Were All Mad Here

Renovations, Stories & Finds

Victorian Kitchen Cleaning

Hazmat territory ya’ll. Seriously. I started cleaning the basement the other day because I had a half empty trash bin waiting to go out to the curb that needed some more stuff. See how things spiral out of control? I met this guy under a pile of old flour sacks on top of a table I was hoping to replace the legs on and keep. These sacks in the background of the shoes: That table is being burned now. I was thinking of putting him under glass and setting him on the fireplace mantle.  ...

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Renovations

Minimalism is the new black

I’m weeping over my new landscaping. Or lack thereof. And shocked at how quickly a 60 year old English Garden could disappear. Ok, so it was more like an English Jungle, but still. It had nice bones and with a little bit a lot of  hedging anything is possible. But the problem is roots…and damp and giant metal supports just nailed into the only thing standing between the weather and the lime plaster inside: antique wall mortar. So while they were fixing the drain problems they  ...

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Renovations

The Wall is Wet

Hey guys, I came in last week to an awesome surprise. The wall is wet. Ok, so a lot of the walls are wet at the moment, but this was a new one. One that never was wet before…most importantly it was one that wasn’t too inclined to be wet. It was dropping hints at its unhappiness in the form of plaster chunks on the floor. So on Saturday I started thinking. Yes, the drain pipe outside of the wall IS cracked, but a cracked drain pipe wouldn’t cause this much damp.  ...

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The Laurels History

Remembrance Sunday: The Laurels During World War I

The Great War: the War to End All Wars. If only that were true, but the rows of veterans filing passed the television screen and those down the main street of every town on both sides of the pond tell us otherwise. I remember watching as a little girl when the young men from the Gulf War walked proudly next to the grey haired men from WWII, there were only a handful from WWI left. And today we count down the remaining men and women from WWII as the Gulf War veterans are now grey and the  ...

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