Brenda of Bristol, when she was interviewed by the BBC after Teresa May called the recent snap election, summarised the views of the majority so accurately. Not another election! In our case, not another renovation project!
The last time our usually clean and ordered home underwent a substantial renovation, I distinctly remember likening it to giving birth. What seems like such a good idea at conception more often than not proves to be very painful at birth (with startling déjà vu if birth has been experienced previously). I keep telling myself that the end justifies the means. I live in hope that once the project is delivered, all painful memories will disappear in a haze of wellbeing.
The current renovation will eventually provide Mum with a wet room as part of her ground floor accommodation. I naively thought that converting the downstairs loo and slicing off a metre or so of the dining room would be a doddle. I should know by now that nothing undertaken in a 19th Century building is ever a doddle. All sorts of oddities are revealed many of which require remedial attention adding to the estimated time involved and the cost.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I so wish we’d had this work done in 2012 when we were having our last renovation. But as a very wise person once said – if wishes were horses, beggars might ride.
There is a silver lining to this cloud – a new pantry, more of which later.