At the start of turning Ridgeway from a 1960s bungalow (a very nice one) into an early 21st century eco home it seemed like a good idea to blog about the work. It was a fairly simple writing task which should be well within my capabilities as a journalist and would not take so much time that I would neglect managing the project. And I was an experienced blogger having written successfully and influentially about the media.
What could go wrong? Several things: for a start, I found talking to suppliers, contractors and researching took more time and was more stressful than I imagined. But mostly, I could not find a way of writing entertainingly while maintaining good relations with contractors and suppliers and individual tradesmen.
Now the work is mostly completed and we have moved in. All the eco stuff is working well although some tweaking remains to be done. We had guttering before the rains of the past few days but no downpipes: it seems they were damaged in transit and further supplies from Sweden are awaited. That is just a minor irritation.
So a New Life, for Ridgeway, myself and Lesley is really beginning now. The blog is being revived with a rather wider focus — a lot will be about the house but also other things which interest me.
We are still opening boxes, some containing things have remained in the loft since we moved from London to Debenham 15 years ago. So some memories will probably creep into the blog as I am reminded of my past life, the places with have visited and the rings we have done.