We headed off to Galway on Wednesday to buy things for the kitchen. Mainly we needed a new worktop and were going to try and get one to match the existing worktop already in situ round the sink.
We didn't leave until quite late, as Buster disappeared, but then returned just in time for us to go. I tried to take a couple of photos out of the car window but they didn't work very well. The sun was peeping out behind the clouds and the beams were reaching down to the ground.
The photo didn't work very well, but you get the idea!
I rather like the next shot I took, travelling along the road:
We didn't manage to get our worktop, though, but we could order one from B & Q so we're having a think about it. We also needed tiles, but couldn't find any we liked! Jim did buy some wood and a couple of other bits and pieces so it wasn't a total waste of time.
Afterwards it was a quick trip to Tescos for supplies then we headed home in the dark.
Yesterday, Jim removed all the doors from the kitchen cupboards and I spent some while giving them a real scrub. When I told Jim I was going to do a mini blog as I hadn't much to write about, he said 'tell them what a good scrubber you are'. Typical.
This morning Jim removed all the contents of the cupboard over the cooker and took it off the wall. Now we have the cooker there, it was too low, so he raised it up about 5 inches.
You can see what a bright yellow the kitchen was! Not my taste at all. Those green tiles have to go too as they never did fill the gap twixt worktop and cupboard! We painted over the yellow with our new green and it looks much better. The cupboard and shelves are now back and it's much better, and the cleaned doors are back on the lower cupboards.
The other half of the kitchen looks like a bomb's dropped there! I tried to take a photo of it but Jim ran off - he said it was too messy:
I still managed to catch him!!
On the left, the cupboards are without doors. In fact they're stacked below and all clean, being left to dry.
That's about it for kitchen progress - you always seem to take a backwards step before making progress. Tomorrow those wall cupboards will be split. One of them will become a floor cupboard and the other will go on the wall plus the middle one and a shelf underneath. I'm not sure how far we'll get as we have to head into Ennis in the early afternoon.
Our dishwasher has gone wrong and leaves all the dishes soaking wet, so we're taking that to the menders. Also we are going to the Glor theatre at 7pm to watch a film. This film has been made by the local people around Killanena and Lough Graney and was made by our friends down the road, Joe and Hilary Comerford. I'm really keen to see the film, which is about 45 minutes long I understand. Joe is a film maker of some repute and Jim and I have already seen one of his art films on DVD. Hilary is the main influence behind this film. Joe just 'advised' I think.
So a good day in prospect. I have just watched 'From Popstar to Operastar', the semi-final and it has amazed me how well some of the pop singers have performed the most difficult of arias. The two in the final are Darius Campbell and Bernie Nolan. I'm looking forward to the final next week.
That's it for today. I hope everyone has a good weekend.