Ok, two rabbits on a carpet, but Alice and Pepper are getting on great now and settle down together regularly “as snug as two bugs in a rug”.
They seem quite pleased with the new living arrangements, they wander in and out all day and the doors are closed at night to keep them safe.
They’re quite happy sharing most things, it’s quite entertaining watching them eating from both ends of the same dandelion leaf like Lady and the Tramp with their spaghetti, but Alice isn’t too happy with Pepper climbing into her bird house and I’m not quite sure where I fit into the garden hierarchy yet, Alice seems to stop to see Pepper on the way to seeing me, and I’ get grumped at if I smooth Pepper before Alice when I go out to see them.
Apart from that, everything seems to be rosy in the garden.
There I was, Kindle in hand, sitting on the commode; when I noticed a slight movement on my left. Marching towards me was my biggest fear; my source of nightmares and my cause to panic...a slippery, slimy, scurrilous, succubus of a spider.
I froze, afraid to breathe and watched in horror as the arachnoid, that looked to me to be the size of a small dog, headed right for my leg.
Above is another “half way” picture of the kitchen … what a mess.
In the picture I’ve got as far as dividing the cooking and eating areas by turning the units around and cutting the worktop to size but not a lot else has happened yet. The wall cupboard for the radiator corner is still on the far wall and I haven’t got as far as putting a back on the cupboards next to the cooker yet.
Below you can see I added the back to the cupboards with a little extra height and then tiled it with mosaic tiles, (these were a nightmare to keep in straight lines when I put them on). The slightly higher backing on the cupboards means that if you’re sitting at the table on the other side after cooking a meal, you can’t see the washing up which will need to be done when you’ve finished eating. Also, if you’re in the kitchen cooking, you can quite happily still have a conversation with anyone else sitting on the other side.
I’ve been busy in the kitchen again today, covering the cupboard doors in knotted pine sticky-back-plastic. I showed an “Artist’s Impression” of the kitchen before I started to move it from one end of the room to the other and after what seems like forever, I’ve actually completed one small corner.
I didn’t take a “before” picture, but here’s one from half way though …
The kitchen units used to end at the edge of the chimney, and the bit of wall where the unit backs onto used to have a radiator on it, and a floor to ceiling box in the corner containing the bits of electrics. You can see the central heating controls on the wall, we did call an electrician in to move them and tidy up the other switches and sockets, I’m not that brave … or stupid.
I used all of the old units, planning on moving the whole thing across with a minute budget. You can see I’ve taken the base out of two-thirds of this cupboard and now the bins sit into it nicely. The other third is still known as the cat cupboard. Toffee, our cat, used to scratch at the door when she was hungry, then climb into the cupboard to eat her food. Once she’d finished we put the lid down on the dish and close the door again, keeping the food in and the flies out. Toffee has long since gone and now there’s another shelf and a space for cleaning bits and bobs there instead.
I wanted a wall cupboard in the corner too but a double was too much “in your face” as you walked into the kitchen and a single seemed a little lost over the top of the double base unit, so I cut up one of the double wall units and put it back together as a three-quarter unit instead.
I guess that’s about it for this corner, so now that you’ve seen the picture I took before …
One more update on Alice and Pepper and then I’ll leave them in peace to enjoy the garden without the little red box being pointed at them for a while.
Last night they spent the night together in the big hutch, the smallest space they’ve been confined in since Pepper arrived. I popped out to check on them about half an hour after I put them to bed and they were both huddled on the shelf where Alice used to sleep so I went to bed happy, and hopefully so did they.
This morning I set about the hutches with a screwdriver, a saw, nails and a hammer, and numerous other tools with the plan to join everything together. I couldn’t risk taking apart the small hutch yesterday incase everything turned pear-shaped and I needed it back for Pepper for a while longer.
After moving the two hutches and the run around on the patio like pieces of a jigsaw I finally found a spot where they would fit together and started taking bits of wood off here and there, and adding more from the shed, everything goes into the shed so it can be used again if needed ~ and I made good use of the everythings today. Now the two hutches and the run are all attached so that when we put the two furry friends to bed at night they can have the use of all three but still be perfectly safe until morning.
Alice loves to play with the offcuts of wood, I build them up like building blocks and she picks them up and throws them around for me to build them again. It would appear Pepper likes them too.
While I was busy D.I.Y.ing I put a spot of paint on some bits of fresh wood so that it will all be the same colour on the second coat. Pepper just watched from a distance, but Alice …
… Well Alice now has brown fence paint on the end of her nose !