Thursday, February 23, 2017

Taking the unexpected in your stride.

One of the morose lads leaves a roll of kitchen paper on the floor. Sophie finds it. By the time I track her down some of the kitchen roll has been gummed, some swallowed, some regurgitated and the majority shredded. Angus muses out loud on the joys of having a low maintenance dog in the family.

Little did we know when we got up on Monday that within 48 hours 'The Font' would have flown back to Malaga, hastily arranged a cremation, collected an urn full of ashes and returned home. Things get done very quickly in Spain.The PONs are overjoyed at the flocks reunion. Little do they know how close they were to a visit to the k-e-n-n-e-l-s. 

'The Font' wonders why the joiners have installed the basin and the basin unit before the builders have taken out the old paneling behind. 

The basin has been designed by someone who doesn't shave.  It's a metre wide broad but extremely shallow. Not deep enough to scoop up water to wash away shaving foam. The other bathrooms will be 'rethought' to make them more shaver focused.

Old photo of a dog and a cat in Paris :


  1. Such a shallow basin. Why???
    Bertie say it doesn't even look deep enough for him to wash his paws in.

  2. Love the photo of the dog and cat ! Wonder what they were watching?
    From bitter experience of both renovation and new build, we have learned the hard (and expensive) way, that you can't take your eyes of the morose builders' lads, (or the builder), joiners or plumbers, for one second. Surprised that such a space age (and highly impractical - Bertie's right) design should have such an old fashioned tap - or is that just a re-use until the space age one turns up? Just hope that the ROF has "soft" water, because the black surface will show every dribble of lime scale in hard water. (Again, speaking from experience !)

  3. Condolences to "The Font."
    Good luck with the basin. These models are chic in restaurant loos, but not sure about daily life.

  4. What a three days you all have had! ! ! Heartfelt thoughts for each of you.

    1. Just as well I didn't have to go down to join 'The Font'. The local friendly k-e-n-n-e-l-s has closed.

  5. I am often heard saying to Peter "who is going to clean that". The design of many things is cool to look at but impractical in terms of maintainence. Designers desighn only in terms of looks with little thought to how it is used. You will need a glass by the sink to fill and then rinse the sink with. Or grow a beard!
    Sorry for the font's loss, at our ages it seems to becoming a regular thing. What a wonderful picture. Cheers

  6. My condolences to The Font. As Shelagh said, it becomes more a regular thing with time but no less sad.
    Is it too late to return that black basin entirely? Either that, or get a couple of parakeets, use it for their bird bath. Not much use otherwise. Designers, pah!

  7. Please accept our sympathy for your family’s loss.
    Oh dear, the basin does seem a bit impractical. The width as well as the depth is puzzling.
    The old photo is wonderful!
    And who would wish for a low-maintenance dog when one could have Sophie?

  8. Gorgeous basin. Maybe you can use in in a hallway lavatory where it will be used for hand washing only.
    I love the old photo, especially because it shows a cat. Actually, I love old photos in general.
    Hope Sophie doesn't experience any intestinal blockages from the kitchen paper.

  9. I am so sorry for your family's loss.
    I hope that Diva-dog hasn't made herself sick.
    I am trying to restore charm at my home and I LOVE that paneling that is coming out of your washroom. Say it isn't so! And is that a rubber stopper on the sink? Unheard of here in new fixtures.
    Pam in NH

  10. We have a vacuum designed by people who NEVER used one in a house!