I know this is a luxury ‘problem,’ but the other week I discovered that Bookwitch Towers is a five bedroom house. And I feel slightly idiotic not have realised this before. Although, you could also ask why the estate agents didn’t advertise it as such. Surely the cupboard under the stairs really meant that the Dursley’s house had one more bedroom than they thought?
Our secret room isn’t quite a cupboard. It’s small (like the rest of the house), and a silly shape, but you could easily put a bed in it, and a desk or a reading chair.
Or you could, had someone not put lots of ‘junk’ in there first. And that was the trouble with the previous owners as well. They used it to store coats in, and the occasional granny.
But having emptied out all our boxroom contents to redecorate the room, I looked and saw another bedroom. And it was quite nice! Both the discovery, and the room (after it was painted).
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a freshly decorated room to re-fill with junk.
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Or tomorrow. Possibly some sort of kitchen next week. Maybe.
But that’s beside the point. It will be like childbirth, I suspect. Horrible while it lasts, but nice enough once you’ve got what you wanted. (What’s the kitchen equivalent to a baby who vomits down your back for six months?)
Times have changed in 27 years. While the bill at Ikea came to roughly the same amount this time and then (yes, that’s seriously weird), unlike last time we made a new kitchen we have disposed of the old one rather differently. Back then we didn’t even have to throw away the higgledy piggledy bits of worktop, as one of the people who paid money for our cast-offs, happily took the debris off our hands.
This time we broke all the cupboards into bits and chucked them into a skip, and that’s that. I am the first person to go the recycling way, but I can’t see anyone wanting what we had.
And the money we made proved to be a problem. I spent it on a much needed break for us in The Lake District. The Resident IT Consultant bought our very first video player. Perhaps we ought to have discussed the spending before spending…
I’m finding the whole kitchen thing more distracting than I expected. I’ve read a little. Panicked over unpaid tax, and water in places it has no business to be. But basically I won’t be back to normal – whatever that is – until we’ve come out the other end.
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I spoke too soon. It could be that Son would quite like the hifi somewhere in that room. The – ahem – library-cum-guestroom-cum-firstborn’s bedroom. We’ll have to see.
The much-thrown-about bed has been slept in. It’s the one Son adopted from some people in the Wirral a few years ago, which – on arrival in Edinburgh – proved too large to go down into the tenement basement flat, and which instead was walked round half the block, taken into the tenement opposite, through and out into that ‘garden’ and chucked over the fence into Son’s garden and in.
A year later it was similarly chucked uphill back over the fence when it was time to move elsewhere, but at least this had been planned and there were more chuckers.
Another year on and Son sent the bed to us to be his bed in the new bedroom. And because there was a lot of decorating and unpacking needing doing, the poor bed has been shoved back and forth, with no room to call home. Until now. For a while it thought it would always have to stand on its side in the livingroom. But then it was displaced by the Christmas tree and spent December in the hall.
To make up for all this, the witch went to Glasgow and bought it something new to wear.
And then, when the hifi had been pondered and the now stationary bed slept in, the Resident IT Consultant and Son crept into the Grandmother’s flat while she was out and stole her kitchen table. But not her one and only. She has a collection of them. We needed a temporary desk for the boy.
They also lifted a rather nice bookcase, which I’ve had my eye on for almost 25 years. Although that was with permission.
And here they are, the ‘final’ shelves with actual books on them. Son is coming to inspect ‘his’ room, and the question is whether he will approve. Or will he notice there is no space for his hifi? I mean, who cares? Who in their right mind would use a large machine to listen to music?
We also need to get our three-book joiner to come and secure the whole shebang to the wall. Or else we could have a repeat of that time over twenty years ago when Son reckoned these shelves looked like ladder… The crash was very loud. Luckily both Son and the shelves and the books and the floor were pretty much as before, afterwards.
The eagle-eyed blog reader might feel like pointing out that there are some gaps still. That’s because I expect to have more books to put in there. Next week. And the week after. Also, there are double rows. Any book I want to find in future will be behind.