FOWC with Fandango: Undermine

Renovation 19.04 (9)

2 years ago my existence was undermined by a meeting at our estate where the majority decided that we should be renovated. Not just a slap of paint and a few added bits ad pieces, but a complete renovation down to the bare brick walls. When I saw the first crew arrive with the metal poles and climbing ropes,  I realised that the peace and quiet of the rural surroundings would be destroyed. How much it would be destroyed I did not realise at the time.

It soon came to pass that drills, automatic screw drivers and hammers would be our background tunes for the next few months. They said it would be only four months, but it extended from April to October, although I would say the noise only began in May and continued until September. The last month was just quiet painting in the right places.

My lunch time sleep was now a thing of the past. Who sleeps with a background of sqeals from machines that like to talk to each other, and that also cause vibrations? Now and again we even had light shows

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which made an interesting interlude for my camera. I remember when one of the workers with his sparkling grinder told me to step back as it could be that my camera lens could be hit by some flying sparks.

All good things come to an end and one day our team of merry builders were no longer there. They had disappeared overnight, to be replaced by the artists, those with the paint brushes in the hand instead of the pneumatic drills.


They hid behind plastic sheets. A true artist always reveals his work when it is completely finished.

And one day there was silence. They were gone, and never to be seen since. I do not really miss them, only the opportunity of being able to take fresh photos daily.

FOWC with Fandango: Undermine

13 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango: Undermine

    • I have 1,150 photos of the whole process. If you have time to sit down for a day and read through my various reports you will discover the intricacies of stripping brickwork, removing insulation and renewing it and plastering the walls again. And having scaffolding making the building look like Centre Pompidou in Paris, but not with the artistic values. I am sure I could now construct a house myself. Everything should be much better and preserved for the next 20 years at least, when I will then be 90 years old and Mr. Swiss almost 100, so was it worth it. And we also got new blinds as the old blinds no longer fitted on the windows. I suppose it is warmer, so I open the windows more as it is too warm for me.

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  1. I love that the bathroom installation takes just ONE day. I really hate construction in my house. But I’m glad about this one. It should be coming up pretty soon, too. I know they placed the order because they kept calling me to make sure I wanted this grip rather than the other one (either would have been fine) and did I want SATIN or high chrome finish? Ah life.

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    • The plumber began at 8 in the morning and was finished at 11.00 with all the bits and pieces and he did the job all on his own. He took the company over a few months ago as the previous owner got ill ad could no longer continue. He is a great bloke and does the work well.


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