Living With Our Rapido 963f Le Randonneur Motor Home.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

The Final Piece Of The Home Improvement Plan.

Our programme of home improvements have finally been completed. I have already reported on the refitting of the two bathrooms from their original 1984 decor. The last part of the plan was to refit the original 1984 kitchen, which was showing signs of falling apart!

This is how it looked at the start of the project.

We had the usual three estimates from contractors before deciding on Impact Kitchens and Bedrooms of Wigan to do the work. They were certainly not the cheapest, but did seem to be the most accomplished company, who also build all their own units, doors and drawer fronts, so the finished job would have no ugly filler pieces to take up gaps. For example, the drawer unit beneath the hob is 940mm in length. Standard bought in units would either be 900mm or 1000mm, neither of which would fit properly. Our bespoke unit is exactly 940mm for a perfect fit.

The main job was completed a few weeks ago, with just the glass splash back remaining to be manufactured to size.

After templating the glass was cut to size, toughened, and then painted to our choice of colour. This is how the final result looks.

And to finish off, we ripped up the worn click laminate flooring from the hall and reverted to carpet. This was done in the same carpet that we refinished the lounge in at the beginning of the year, a pure Herdwick wool, manufactured locally at Jorgus Carpets of Adlington.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lunch With Basil Fawlty.

Today's pre-planned entertainment was lunch with Basil, Sybil Fawlty and Manuel, the main characters of the now legendary 1970's comedy series Fawlty Towers.

Unfamiliar with the original series? Watch here: Fawlty Towers Best Moments.

The London dining experience we attended today was at the Amba Hotel on the Strand, and laid on courtesy of:

What a hilarious experience it was. On arrival, we bought drinks and waited for Mr. Fawlty to show us to our tables. The action began as soon as everyone was seated. The table settings were all wrong, I had two forks while Margaret had both knives. And then all the old punchlines started to arrive one after the other, with Manuel misunderstanding his every instruction.

Just as we were about to start our soup Sybil rushed out of the kitchen to announce that "chef has misplaced something of importance, please could you each investigate your bowl", at which two individuals discovered one half of chef's false teeth in the bottom of their dish. Of course Basil offered to exchange them, but had to apologise as there was no soup left, until Sybil intervened with "I will ask chef to open another tin".

At the end of the first course Manuel arrived at the table with an instruction from Mrs. Fawlty to collect the dishes (which were all mismatched crockery). He took this literally and tossed each spoon out of the dish into the centre of the table before stacking the dishes in a huge pile. He did everything a normal lunch waiter in a hotel restaurant should not do, and of course the audience loved it, becoming part of the play.

As the meal went on various famous scenes from the original TV series were acted out, including Manuel's lost pet rat Basil, and "don't mention the war", finishing with Basil's funny walk to rapturous applause. An American couple took a huge mocking in good spirit and gave back as much as they had to take.

What an enjoyable afternoon. Interactive theatre based on a popular theme, combined with quite a reasonable 4 course lunch, even though service was a little unconventional at times!