Picture perfect……

Well that’s Christmas and New year passed. Ben and I managed to get a few things done and I even managed to get him out before midday one day for a winter Suzy walk. Let’s start there….

First a little history:

The Thames and Medway canal is a disused canal in Kent, also known as the Gravesend and Rochester canal. It was originally 11km long and cut along the Hoo Peninsula, linking the river Thames at Gravesend with the river Medway at Strood. The canal was first mooted in 1778 as a short cut for military craft from Deptford and Woolwich dockyard on the Thames to Chatham dockyard on the Medway avoiding the 74km journey around the peninsula and through the Thames estuary. The canal was also intended to take commercial traffic between the two rivers.

We both have fond memories here as dad would tell us stories of how he used to play around here and the nearby fort when he was young and he introduced us to the area as somewhere to ride our bikes. Dad would drop us off at the Gravesend basin and then meet us in Higham. When Ben and I reached him we would often find him sitting in the camper, windows down with either the newspaper or on one of his phones for work.

The day we chose for our walk was bright and sunny with a bit of a nip in the air but after a while the sun warmed us up and we could take of our hat and gloves. Suzy was sporting her hoody for today’s adventure.

Suzy had just planted a kiss on me!

Back home to continue with my latest project. Rich and I had planned to put together a photo wall last winter but it was something we didn’t get around to. I was determined to get this done. So after purchasing lots of new matching frames and ordering some more photos I began the next project.

The wall as was.

The wall in the living room looked good but I wanted to change it to really show of the pictures. It’s quite a dark room but I knew if this wall was painted a dark colour the contrast with the new frames would still be bright. I managed to remove the wallpaper and prepare the wall.

Although the wall was in fairly good condition as it was newer than the original part of the house, it still wasn’t good enough to just paint. Fortunately I had some lining paper in the loft so Bev came over to help me wallpaper it before painting.

The wall nicely lined, ready for painting.

After a day or so I began to paint. I had intended to use a roller but with such a bold colour I stuck with the brush. The end result was a lovely smooth matt finish.

Now for the fun part. I marked out the space of the wall in masking tape on the floor and placed the pictures hoping to find a good layout. It took quite a bit of moving around before I was happy.

Now to get them on the wall. This was to be more of a challenge. Getting the hooks in the wall was easy. Getting the pictures on the hooks however was not. The frames are deep and even with a loop of wire it took 20 minutes to hang the first picture. This wouldn’t do. I rang my friends Dean and Yvonne and they suggested putting a wire across the back of each frame with small eyelets.

I set out finding all the eyelets I could muster and began. A few hours and lots of banging later the frames were up. All I need now is a few more of the photos I’ve ordered to arrive.

I forgot to mention this was New Year’s Eve. Quite fitting as I’d promised myself I would get the wall done in 2020. Completed with 3 hours to spare!

Today was a sort of relaxing day. I took down and packed away the Christmas tree, cleaned through the new look lounge and did some baking.

The first bake of the day was Rosemary and walnut soda bread which was enjoyed with a baked Camembert at lunch. Then tonight we had a beef and ale slow cooked stew with the soda bread. When I’ve finished this blog we will enjoy a home made lemon drizzle with custard. All made with healthy low fat recipes.

Happy New year everyone x x

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