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Day 2 – Getty galleries

Cam went to school today and Max and I went to the Getty centre first. You park at the bottom of the hill and them get a driverless tram up the hill to the centre. We didn’t cover all the galleries but we did see Spring (Triumphal procession from Granny and Grandpa’s) which was nice.

We had lunch in the cafe, with a lovely shady spot under a loggia, and after lunch we picked up a couple of tickets for the Getty villa (you have to pre-book, which I didn’t know in advance so it was good we went to the centre first).

The villa is on a hillside in Malibu – not much in the way of views because of all the trees, but a nice calm setting. The herb garden smelled lovely. There was an exhibition of the Cyrus cylinder and of Tiberius, and I found a statue of Livia, which pleased me.

In the evening we picked Cam up and then fed her meatballs and spaghetti.

Day 2 – Getty galleries

Cam went to school today and Max and I went to the Getty centre first. You park at the bottom of the hill and them get a driverless tram up the hill to the centre. We didn’t cover all the galleries but we did see Spring (Triumphal procession from Granny and Grandpa’s) which was nice.

We had lunch in the cafe, with a lovely shady spot under a loggia, and after lunch we picked up a couple of tickets for the Getty villa (you have to pre-book, which I didn’t know in advance so it was good we went to the centre first).

The villa is on a hillside in Malibu – not much in the way of views because of all the trees, but a nice calm setting. The herb garden smelled lovely. There was an exhibition of the Cyrus cylinder and of Tiberius, and I found a statue of Livia, which pleased me.

In the evening we picked Cam up and then fed her meatballs and spaghetti.

Santa Monica day 1

Today we went to the Santa Monica pier and watched them remove old pilings. 

Then wandered around the shopping area, visited Naughty Dog, sat in the gardens for a bit then went to Hurry Curry for lunch with a lot of Max’s coworkers. 
After we went to a supermarket then came back and chilled for a bit before picking up Cameron.
We went to her nursery and when she saw me she just shouted “Auntie Livy” and ran to me. I picked her up and we had a cuddle then she showed me her friends and her things. Then we drove to Chipotle for dinner (burrito) and then had a frozen yoghurt at Zingas. Then home, opened presents and then she had a bath and went to bed. 
I followed pretty fast because jet lag. 9:30pm or so (woke about 3:30am though, and can’t sleep).
Photos are on the camera so I can’t upload them yet. 

Santa Monica day 1

Today we went to the Santa Monica pier and watched them remove old pilings. 

Then wandered around the shopping area, visited Naughty Dog, sat in the gardens for a bit then went to Hurry Curry for lunch with a lot of Max’s coworkers. 
After we went to a supermarket then came back and chilled for a bit before picking up Cameron.
We went to her nursery and when she saw me she just shouted “Auntie Livy” and ran to me. I picked her up and we had a cuddle then she showed me her friends and her things. Then we drove to Chipotle for dinner (burrito) and then had a frozen yoghurt at Zingas. Then home, opened presents and then she had a bath and went to bed. 
I followed pretty fast because jet lag. 9:30pm or so (woke about 3:30am though, and can’t sleep).
Photos are on the camera so I can’t upload them yet. 

*Un*decorating – day 2

I spent the morning packing at Thorntree St, with Roy’s help (C is on a jet plane to LA…) and then went over mid-afternoon to see the progress. 2 more rooms were worked on today. The sitting room is now all stripped, just some dent-filling to be done and then a coat of undercoat. Ed and Cody then moved on to the master bedroom and luckily did not have the same problem with the ceiling covering as before and got it pretty much all cleared and some cracks filled, and when I arrived Ed had started on the third (pink wall) bedroom and had done about half.

Photos

Tomorrow they will attempt to get a couple of the rooms undercoated, and maybe the third on Thursday morning. So when we start moving stuff in on Thurs pm, there will be a couple of rooms to fill with stuff while they work on whatever they can with the mayhem ensuing.

On the way home I picked up tester pots for Mizzle, Calluna, Brassica (perhaps I can sneak it by Andrew by changing the name…) and Cord. It’s a difficult job this paint-choosing, particularly where someone else gets a say too :D

*Un*decorating – day 2

I spent the morning packing at Thorntree St, with Roy’s help (C is on a jet plane to LA…) and then went over mid-afternoon to see the progress. 2 more rooms were worked on today. The sitting room is now all stripped, just some dent-filling to be done and then a coat of undercoat. Ed and Cody then moved on to the master bedroom and luckily did not have the same problem with the ceiling covering as before and got it pretty much all cleared and some cracks filled, and when I arrived Ed had started on the third (pink wall) bedroom and had done about half.

Photos

Tomorrow they will attempt to get a couple of the rooms undercoated, and maybe the third on Thursday morning. So when we start moving stuff in on Thurs pm, there will be a couple of rooms to fill with stuff while they work on whatever they can with the mayhem ensuing.

On the way home I picked up tester pots for Mizzle, Calluna, Brassica (perhaps I can sneak it by Andrew by changing the name…) and Cord. It’s a difficult job this paint-choosing, particularly where someone else gets a say too :D

Decorating – day 1

Ed the decorator and his lad Cody started today. They got the steamers going and stripped the sitting room – wonderful. The smell of wet wallpaper brings back memories of Max helping me to strip my Leith flat when I first moved in in 1998. They had problems with the ceiling – not only was there painted woodchip (visible), underneath it was a thin lining paper that had been painted with a vinyl paint and was very very hard to strip.

They also identified the purpose of the two dead switches (actually not dead – bang!) in the sitting room – old wall lights (the cables etc. appear to have been left in place), so we will need to get a sparky to fix that. Ed will sort it out.

I sent a text to the previous owners to see if they could show me where the stopcock is – Mrs came round (dog and father in the car…) but just thought that it was in the loft somewhere (not great in an emergency – we’ve not even been up there yet! We showed her the newly painted utility room and she saw the steamy mess of the sitting room. I hope she wasn’t too shocked…

Late in the morning, the en-suite loo stopped working (wouldn’t flush) so Dyno have been called (Wednesday morning) – I hope that we will be able to claim for it on the Homecare scheme (which started on Friday – the loo has worked since then, so unless there is some “existing fault” that they diagnose, we should be OK). I had a bit of fun trying to find a number to call on my mobile (so many freephone or 0845 numbers – not mobile friendly). I eventually called the mobile-friendly PAYGE number and pressed the “other sort of meter” option and then spoke to a chap in Leeds who transferred me to P&D in Edinburgh. Going the long way around :)

Then John Lewis arrived and surveyed our steps (longer front steps or wiggly back steps) – they came up the front after the recce. They removed all the packaging out in the road and just manhandled the naked appliances – and promptly managed to bump the washing machine into the door frame of the dining room and take a (very small) chunk out of it. Grr. They made up for it by kindly removing the retaining bolts of the washing machine though, which we hadn’t contracted them to do. I guess they spent a bit more than half an hour sorting it all out, including installing the dishwasher.

Just as they were finishing up, the Scottish Gas service engineer arrived to do the initial visit on the boiler and gas fire. Boiler passed with flying colours, and we got a good walk through on how to use it and why it was a good boiler. We have 13 radiators, which feels crazy. Kitchen, dining room, 2 in sitting room, 2 in hall, 1 in each of 3 bedrooms, 2 in master bedroom, 2 towel rails. When we have our stuff in and we learn how the flat works, temperature wise, we can adjust them so we don’t spend too much. I am tempted by a room thermostat (with an App so you can turn it off remotely…) but Andrew is less bothered. Sadly the gas fire did not do so well in the testing. The fire works fine, the chimney is clear and draws well, but there is no air vent in the room (legal requirement) so it has a “do not use” warning on it now, and we need to consider what to do. If we replace it with a lower-spec one (7kW or less) then we don’t need a vent. This is probably the best option, rather than cutting holes in the room (and doesn’t that just make the room colder again?)

All fun. Then I came home and did some packing of books into boxes. 10. One of them is pure Bujold, including my first edition hardbacks, so I’m thinking of transporting that one myself so it doesn’t run the risk of getting lost.

Tomorrow: more packing. And dentist :( I have managed to put the removal men back until Thursday (also bad weather is forecast for Wed) which gives us a bit of breathing space for packing. The main reason is that it gives the decorators another full day without STUFF in the way.

Decorating – day 1

Ed the decorator and his lad Cody started today. They got the steamers going and stripped the sitting room – wonderful. The smell of wet wallpaper brings back memories of Max helping me to strip my Leith flat when I first moved in in 1998. They had problems with the ceiling – not only was there painted woodchip (visible), underneath it was a thin lining paper that had been painted with a vinyl paint and was very very hard to strip.

They also identified the purpose of the two dead switches (actually not dead – bang!) in the sitting room – old wall lights (the cables etc. appear to have been left in place), so we will need to get a sparky to fix that. Ed will sort it out.

I sent a text to the previous owners to see if they could show me where the stopcock is – Mrs came round (dog and father in the car…) but just thought that it was in the loft somewhere (not great in an emergency – we’ve not even been up there yet! We showed her the newly painted utility room and she saw the steamy mess of the sitting room. I hope she wasn’t too shocked…

Late in the morning, the en-suite loo stopped working (wouldn’t flush) so Dyno have been called (Wednesday morning) – I hope that we will be able to claim for it on the Homecare scheme (which started on Friday – the loo has worked since then, so unless there is some “existing fault” that they diagnose, we should be OK). I had a bit of fun trying to find a number to call on my mobile (so many freephone or 0845 numbers – not mobile friendly). I eventually called the mobile-friendly PAYGE number and pressed the “other sort of meter” option and then spoke to a chap in Leeds who transferred me to P&D in Edinburgh. Going the long way around :)

Then John Lewis arrived and surveyed our steps (longer front steps or wiggly back steps) – they came up the front after the recce. They removed all the packaging out in the road and just manhandled the naked appliances – and promptly managed to bump the washing machine into the door frame of the dining room and take a (very small) chunk out of it. Grr. They made up for it by kindly removing the retaining bolts of the washing machine though, which we hadn’t contracted them to do. I guess they spent a bit more than half an hour sorting it all out, including installing the dishwasher.

Just as they were finishing up, the Scottish Gas service engineer arrived to do the initial visit on the boiler and gas fire. Boiler passed with flying colours, and we got a good walk through on how to use it and why it was a good boiler. We have 13 radiators, which feels crazy. Kitchen, dining room, 2 in sitting room, 2 in hall, 1 in each of 3 bedrooms, 2 in master bedroom, 2 towel rails. When we have our stuff in and we learn how the flat works, temperature wise, we can adjust them so we don’t spend too much. I am tempted by a room thermostat (with an App so you can turn it off remotely…) but Andrew is less bothered. Sadly the gas fire did not do so well in the testing. The fire works fine, the chimney is clear and draws well, but there is no air vent in the room (legal requirement) so it has a “do not use” warning on it now, and we need to consider what to do. If we replace it with a lower-spec one (7kW or less) then we don’t need a vent. This is probably the best option, rather than cutting holes in the room (and doesn’t that just make the room colder again?)

All fun. Then I came home and did some packing of books into boxes. 10. One of them is pure Bujold, including my first edition hardbacks, so I’m thinking of transporting that one myself so it doesn’t run the risk of getting lost.

Tomorrow: more packing. And dentist :( I have managed to put the removal men back until Thursday (also bad weather is forecast for Wed) which gives us a bit of breathing space for packing. The main reason is that it gives the decorators another full day without STUFF in the way.

Moving – day 3

Today (Sunday) R&C came around to Leith to put a few things in the Volvo to take to Campbell Avenue (nice long car…) and we headed over in time for lunch (foraged for by Roy at Craigleith). Cecilia Ironed the curtains she’s donated, Andrew & I demolished pelmets from 3 windows (including having to cut and re-connect the front door bell wire) which was satisfying. I painted inside the wardrobes in our bedroom (shabby white to clean white) and Andrew put a second coat on the walls and floor in the futility room. Andrew also managed to remove about 20m of phone cable that was totally redundant – snaked all around several doors and under carpets.

One thing that does niggle at me is all the odd painted cables snaking around – it’s very hard to work out what they are (TV? power? phone? bell? something else?), where they come from or whether they are live or not. This is why carpets are evil (and so is painting wires or leaving dead wires without removing them. Grrrr.) I remember the phone wire in my current flat was a horrendous old thing (probably about 50 years old – literally) – wrapped in fabric and then painted over many times. It snaked under the tiles in my bathroom. When I eventually got a BT engineer to come round because the line was getting a bit flakey, he was astonished that I was able to get any connection at all through the thing, let alone Internet. He fitted me a shiny new master socket, drilled a hole through 1+ feet of stone and let me rip the old cable out with impunity. I get the feeling in the new flat that this has never been their practice though. Shame. I don’t even know where the water stopcock is (should probably try to find this out pretty soon. Like before John Lewis come around tomorrow to fit the new dishwasher…

Alison & Alexander came around for a bit and we showed them our progress, then Jonathan joined us and admired the work too.

I then made a short trip to Homebase to stock up on paint (we’re going with Farrow & Ball Pointing for our “white” (ceilings, woodwork etc.) and a few other things like a door mat and some cable connectors to rejoin the bell cable we cut earlier. When I got back, Karen and Adrian had arrived to have a look around too – not for too long as two boisterous labradors were stuck in the car.

We have moved a few boxes of things in – mostly to make a bit of space back at my flat to stack boxes of things as I fill them.

Tomorrow is going to be busy – White Goods getting delivered, Ed the Decorator starting, and the boiler & gas fire being serviced. Plus I should probably make a start on packing – removal men are due to come on Wednesday… (although I might manage to put them off until Friday).

Moving – Day 2

Saturday 9th – didn’t get off to a very brisk start (Andrew went for a jog and to visit the gym) and so when Alison phoned at about 2pm to say that she was just about to say goodbye to her chaps (who were off to the rugby at Murrayfield), and was she OK to come around, I was only just on my way there. The rugby puts a lot of pressure on parking in the vicinity – this means that one is very glad that one has a drive to park on! It was remarkably busy when I arrived.

I showed Alison around and we painted up tester pot squares onto lining paper offcuts – better than going directly onto a wall – these squares can be moved around into different lights.

In the evening, we prepared and painted the utility room. The new washing machine arrives on Monday, and so we wanted to do the work before it arrived. The (painted concrete) floor was a bit shabby so that was the final job we (Andrew) did before we left for the night. It was pretty much dry by the morning.