A New (Homebase) Kitchen

When we moved into our flat as it was our first home, we knew we would want to change some things. There were a couple of bigger tasks and the biggest was the kitchen.

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Butcher’s block had been wheeled out by this stage..

To the untrained (not a homeowner) eye there was nothing wrong with it. In fact it was probably quite an expensive kitchen; it had fitted units, with glass fronted doors and a steel worktop, a butchers block… what’s not to like?

  • There were no fitted drawers – the only drawer in the whole kitchen was in the butchers block and it was small.
  • It was quite dark for the space – it’s not a large kitchen and the wood units sucked up all the light.
  • It looked messy easily – there was not enough storage – dead space in the corner, the pots and pans on display on the block’s shelves – the glass front showing the kitchen clutter behind.

I don’t miss it at all.

Our New Kitchen

It’s taken quite a while – don’t think because Homebase is a large company that you should expect reasonable timings. If I could do it over I would have shopped around. We tried to put our order in in March, and our eight unit kitchen was finally fitted (not completely finished..) in August.

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It was a very expensive eight units  –  we paid for the fitting because it came with a 5 year guarantee, and because we didn’t have a clue how to rip out a kitchen with a stainless steel worktop…

I love it – it took a long time to get booked in and it did cost more than it was probably worth but I I love it. It’s easier to tidy things away. We have three drawers and more cupboard space.

The last thing to do – the pull out corner cupboard “solution” was the wrong one – I need to work out who to talk to about either switching it or getting the things collected from our home and get refunded for it.

What do you think?

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Bank Holidays

I love ’em. We should have more. All Mondays ideally… but no, ignore that, that’s not practical for a productive working life.

However when they do come along it’s good to use them. For the most recent bank holiday weekend (Easter) I made mine into a beaut of a five dayer. That’s right folks five whole days off and I am going to tell you how I spent them.

Thursday was spent:

  • Kitchen Shopping – I have my heart set on a Homebase basic, country style like this.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 3.59.29 pm
  • Hen Planning – Myself and my buddy Alice are busy planning a hen for our lovely friend Ailie who is getting hitched in June. I will share some info after the event, for fear that she might get wind of what the deal is.
  • Holiday Planning – I’m tagging on to my sisters holiday in September for a long weekend in Majorca and I can’t wait!Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.04.43 pm

Friday was spent:

  • Waking up some hungover men – J went out with some Sussex based buds for what I am calling his sussex stag.
  • Lunching with Fran and Amy at Burgers & Cocktails by Giraffe – It was lush and I was good and had a salad until I had a delicious Sundae for dessert. Oops.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.09.34 pm
  • Visited the Brighton Museum with Amy
  • Date in the evening with J – We headed to Meat Liquor for our first visit. I have to say: I didn’t love it. Maybe I am too old, uncool and stay home too much but it seemed loud. Loud visually and audibly. I did like the food, which is a surprise as a veggie in a meaty world but the veg burger was good and the cocktails were lush. But I couldn’t think. Couldn’t enjoy them or J’s company because I wanted to Get Out! That’s just me though…

Saturday was spent

  • Being lazy – then feeling bad about being lazy and going to the gym.
  • Going for Dinner – With the lovely Lou, Lou, Adam and Jo – We went to Breeze and I’d go again. The food was tasty and it had a good vibe (forgive me for the use of vibe). It was very hot there though – knitwear not necessary!

Sunday was spent

  • Eating – Easter Sunday lunch was spent with all of J’s family tucking into a great lunch his dad cooked and too many dessert and then chocolate eggs. We did venture out on a little little walk around the village but not long enough to warrant the sheer quantity of chocolate.
  • Watching a detective drama – Vera on ITV on sunday evenings – I don’t know that I am sold but I did watch the whole thing. Ask me again after this weekend.

Monday was spent

  • Walking – We were so lucky to have such beautiful weather for a walk on Monday (the second bank holiday) and I got sunburnt would you believe it! We saw lambs – spring lambs! Awwww.Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 4.46.07 pm
  • Eating – after a significant walk (2.5 hrs round trip) we got to The Coach and Horses and sat out in their Garden for some grub. It was good and you should definitely eat there if you are in the area (Danehill/Chelwood Gate)
  • More Eating – We had takeaway round our flat with some friends from Mumbai Express in Brighton – what we believe to be the best Indian takeaway in the City. Personal opinion but you should totes check them out – I love the vegetarian Thali.

So I think you’ll agree a lot was packed in, and I probably need to go on a fast to repair the damage done to my pre-wedding eating plan but it was fun and I can’t wait for the may bank holiday in a few weeks time.

What did you do with your weekend?