Getting plastered!


That got your attention, didn’t it? Well, I don’t mean me. The first room at the future Chez Huntley is what I’m referring to.

This is where a building site begins to show signs of looking like a home, and the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is now progressing at a more satisfying level. So much of what we’ve done so far has been thankless and invisible! All that insulation, the floorboards, electrics and so on. Not to mention the initial weeks of ripping stuff out and loading of countless skips!

111I found a lovely duo, Mike and Elliot, to do the plastering. It feels like the first big leap forward in a long time, possibly even since the project began. They like the fact I’m getting hands on so encouraged me to have a go, too! They tell me they’ve seen a lot worse from people who were experienced! Apparently I’m a ‘natural’…

Mike said he plans to let me do some more when we move on to the next rooms. Yep, I’m excited! He also said it’s just like putting on your make up, haha! Cheeky… although I have been known to trowel it on at times.





222Various friends have popped in to help from time to time. That’s in addition to everyone who has supported us from giving up spare rooms to looking after my little angel kittycats. I truly feel blessed. Here are my great friends Mel & Chris who helped me with the pesky task of fitting the window seals.

If you’ve ever been in my position and had to work extensively on a gutted house with no kitchen you’ll have probably eaten a lot of soggy sarnies or unhealthy fast food. I certainly have fallen off the Body Rescue Plan wagon more than a few times. My Vitamix blender has been great for soups and smoothies, and now I have been given a Rangemate to test as it’s our Today’s Special Value for Monday, 18th May. I’ll be launching it at midnight on Sunday.


The Rangemate has appeared on QVC in the U.S. and already has over 600 five-star reviews! I can see why, too. It saves time, cuts down on the need for pre-packaged ready meals and genuinely does the job of your main oven and hob, from steaming to frying bacon and even baking.


I made this pizza from the enclosed recipe book. It was crisp on the bottom, which surprised me; I was expecting it to be a bit soggy but it really worked and it was ready in 10 minutes! A fried egg on top of a pizza can give that extra decadent touch but, instead of frying, I used the included muffin tray and made a poached egg with virtually no effort at all. Cleaning it was easy, too – I just used a wet kitchen towel and wiped the non-stick surface down. This will be great on the building site! Grilled salmon and steamed vegetables will be far better than a greasy burger and chips and we won’t even have to leave the site to go get it!


I highly recommend it, having trialled it myself. Imagine how quick baking a cake could be! Crisp croissants, gooey cookies… so much scope to cook just about anything you like! It’s a super bit of kit and the price is going to be around £25 so a really great deal, too!

How’s your summer going so far? Anyone got any warmth yet? It’s finally sunny, at times, here in the south but certainly colder than I’d expect for this time of year. I’m bored of the cold weather now. Bring on the heat – I’ve got my Ultrasun at the ready!

Love Catherine


  1. John Clinton May 15, 2015 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine ,good on you girl, putting us men all to shame xx. The new DIY show .

  2. mary howarth May 17, 2015 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hello Ms.Plasterer – you are doing a great job girl – well done! It will be so great in the end
    to look back and feel “I’ve done it” So I am sending you my good luck and God Bless wishes
    for a long and happy life in your new home

  3. Catherine Huntley May 22, 2015 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Hi John,

    I keep saying I’d love a DIY Diva show lol!

    Hope you’re keeping well.

    Love Catherine x

  4. Catherine Huntley May 22, 2015 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Mary,

    What a lovely and encouraging message, thank you! Must admit I never thought it would take so long but that’s what you get for trying to do the work yourself at the same time as a full time job! I keep telling myself it’ll be worth it in the end.

    I hope you are well and enjoying some nicer warm weather,

    Love Catherine xxx

  5. Freda May 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Go Catherine ! Hope it will soon be finished and you’ll live happy.ever after in your new home.Youre my favourite presenter,love your shows,you always make me smile Love Fredax

  6. Catherine Huntley June 10, 2015 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Dear Freda,

    Thanks for your kind words. I’m currently typing from a camping chair in the only liveable room at my house. Can’t wait til it’s all done! I’ll be keeping people updated on the blog about my progress.

    I hope you’re enjoying a good summer so far. It’s not feeling too summery where I am this morning but it’s got to warm up soon! Here’s hoping.

    Much love,

    Catherine xx

  7. Andrew Taylor May 27, 2016 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    it certainly looks like you’re a natural – well on your way to becoming a pro. We’re currently looking to partner with a skilled plasterer in Peterborough or someone willing to travel to the area, so if you have any recommendations please let me know.

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