Time For A Woodland Drive

Early this morning Richard and Al of Kitchen Makers visited to cut the bottom off the new inner door and return it to its position. They brought a trestle in order to measure and cut the door in the front garden. Before they put back the door, they carried the long case clock into theContinue reading “Time For A Woodland Drive”

Fitting Perfectly

Connor and Josh completed their work on our floor this afternoon. The last stages had them working on different locations alongside each other, and finally together as the work was completed in the vestibule. Connor’s fitting of the tiles round the WC bowl and macerator; and his joins at the corner of the doors fitContinue reading “Fitting Perfectly”

A Knight’s Tale (69: Soho’s Seamy Side)

It was probably meths that the dead man was drinking. On Sunday mornings, after the wild life of the night before, Soho was generally calm and civilised. The small garden squares, like Soho Square in which a visitor photographed me in October 2017, were tranquil places in which to settle with a book. In 1975Continue reading “A Knight’s Tale (69: Soho’s Seamy Side)”

A Masterclass

This morning Connor and Josh prepared the boards they had laid yesterday by “feathering’ them with a mixed cement-like material and leaving it to dry while they went on to another job leaving me in charge of their powerful heater. The skim was then smoothed in preparation for fitting the tiles, which is what theyContinue reading “A Masterclass”

“Would You Like To Photograph Connor Doing Something In The Bathroom?”

Connor and Josh from Crestwood arrived promptly this morning to carry out the first stage of the final flooring project. We are most fortunate to have enjoyed Connor’s work on all three ground floor jobs. First the original floorboards were smoothed and swept. Some of these required screwing down to form a flat surface forContinue reading ““Would You Like To Photograph Connor Doing Something In The Bathroom?””

A Little Light Music

While I was seated in the sitting room this morning, blinded by bright sunshine reflected from Jessie’s present of a solar light creating its own moon and star-scape, I became inspired to wander round the house playing a little light music. After lunch I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/11/21/a-knights-tale-68-the-mans-fingers-still-clutched-the-ball/ Otherwise much of the day was spent clearing myContinue reading “A Little Light Music”

A Knight’s Tale (68: The Man’s Fingers Still Clutched The Ball)

Michael and Matthew (clearly in the midst of a perennial growth spurt) often played soccer in Horse & Dolphin Yard. The Ball, the subject of this next story was not a deflated football. To take these photographs I must have been standing outside the door of our flat. On another occasion two gentlemen, to myContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (68: The Man’s Fingers Still Clutched The Ball)”

Hollow Post On Fire

I’m doing my best to rest my right shoulder today, which severely limited my angles of focus as I held my 35 mm lens to photograph some garden views on my way to examine the last of the Head Gardener’s incineration, to which I could make no contribution. The pictures show the final demise ofContinue reading “Hollow Post On Fire”

Traffic Control Duties

On the morning of a very dull day we cleared much more of the wisteria arbour. We have now realised that the plant itself held the posts in check, thus protecting the greenhouse and the potted plants. Jackie carefully extricated the beams from the clutches of the heavily pruned wisteria, and, apart from a coupleContinue reading “Traffic Control Duties”

A Knight’s Tale (67: “Don’t Turn Round”)

Following the captured boy featured in my last episode I found another reason for a foray into neighbouring premises. As shown in this very small header picture taken from Wikipedia, Horse and Dolphin Yard is entered beneath an extension of the corner building which spans the De Hems pub and what, in those days wasContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (67: “Don’t Turn Round”)”