Hi all! I hope you’re enjoying the first few glimpses of springtime as they start to emerge. Ooh those beautiful daffodils! I can’t get enough. Speaking of which, I belatedly wish all of my Welsh friends ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus’ or, in English, Happy St David’s Day!
Ok, so the cladding…
We can all be well clad in some great garb on the 15th of March as it’s a whole day of fashion on your favourite channel, QVC! I’ve been sporting a top from Fashion by Together which has already caught your eye. We are hoping to feature it at 2pm on the day but I think it could well sell out before then! In any case, there will be plenty to look forward to. Lots of new treats, expert advice and, as ever, a super Today’s Special Value!
The other type of cladding I’ve been engaged in of late is on the front of my house. I know many of you follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook but for those who don’t I’ll elaborate. I have been working on our home for about two and a half years. It’s been almost like building a brand new house. It’s a 1970’s bungalow which I’ve completely remodelled, doing much of the work myself.
The latest part of the job being the wood cladding on the front of the house. I chose garapa wood as, provided you oil it every few years, it wears well and holds its beautiful, rich colour. It’s a very warm tone and, when oiled, it’s markings really come to life. It’s so enjoyable to see some which are like tiger stripes, others which are more spotted and then you get some which are amazingly contrasting tones from deep cherry to light pine colours all in the same plank of wood!
It’s been a real learning experience. So many of you ask me how I’ve learned it all. I’ve had people in to start jobs off and I work as their labourer and have them teach me what to do. Then I get on with the job! This job was one of the most rewarding, yet mathematically demanding, of them all! Calculating angles, cutting to size and trying to create as little wastage as possible was a tall order but one which has been fulfilled! Only just, though… check out what was leftover!
I think what has made this aspect of the work so deeply satisfying is that it’s on show. Much of what I’ve done, such as breaking concrete, insulation walls, putting up plasterboard and so on, has been hidden into the structure of the bungalow. This I get to see every time I come home and that just warms me to the core!
Well, I’d best dash for now as there are a million things to do and two little cats to be fed. If you don’t already follow my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook then here are the details. I’d love you to.
Take care and see you soon on the box or online 🙂
Love Catherine xx