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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Redecoration...

The redecoration of my study has taken some time - is taking some time - but we have, at last, got the preparation finished. The wallpaper proved tough to strip, but the carpet proved even tougher. I discovered that where, in the UK, we nailed the carpets to the floor using "nail strips" around the walls, in Germany they glue them down. And, with Teutonic thoroughness, I mean glue...

When you have a combination of heavy duty Evostik or equivalent, latex foam backed carpet and concrete, you have a marriage made in hell when it comes to removal. That said, having ripped the carpet away we hired a machine from a carpet shop and three quarters of an hour with a machine like a large power chisel has the floor stripped back to the glue. That will not shift under any persuasuion, so now I can lay the laminate flooring. The dust generated in the process was amazing and the waste latex fowm fills two large industrial garbage bags, but it is job done.

Now, if I can just stop the vibrations in my arms, I'll be able to start laying up the new wall paper and laminate from tomorrow.

And, in case you were wondering, no, we haven't been working on it today. Today is Sunday, in Germany you are not permitted to do this sort of thing on a Sunday. No lawn mowing, no DIY, no noisy gardening. Its a "day of rest" and they mean it. It is also Mother's Day. So we had a fabulous lunch at Mausi's Mother's home in Dietzenbach. Soup with tortellini, fresh asparagas (Frisch Spargel), boiled potatoes with herbs, a delicious sauce, sliced and chopped ham and followed by Creme Brullee. Afternoon Coffee was accompanied by a home-made Strawberry Tort and whipped cream ....

OK, tomorrow, it's back to work and I'll work off the extra girth over the coming weeks in the garden and the redecoration...

1 comment:

  1. Getting settled in is a joy, isn't it? Beginning anew. Enjoy!

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