3 December 2019

Handyman




I am a great fan of Escape to the Chateau and love watching the creative and eccentric antics of Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel at their chateau in France.  It seems that Dick can’t resist his winsome wife and Angel just has to smile and giggle and he will do the impossible for her.  It probably helps that he is a skilled engineer.

I am very fortunate that I have my own Dick in the form of my husband.  Paul doesn’t have any engineering credentials but he will have a go at most things.  He  doesn’t always agree with my design ideas and my smiles and giggles have no effect but he eventually he gives in.

I’ve just had new curtains made for the large bay window in my bedroom and I wanted a matching upholstered pelmet to give it a sort of boutique hotel look.



“It has to go right to the ceiling.”
“Don’t be ridiculous, that’s far too big.”
“No, that is part of the design.”
“It will be too heavy, I won’t be able to fix it.”
“You can do anything,” (flattery works well)
“It’s too big.”

Paul spent a few hours in his garage and built me a pelmet.  It was very big, over three metres long.  With the help of a staple gun we covered it with wadding and fabric.  I am delighted with the result.  Who needs a Dick when you can have a Paul!




32 comments:

  1. You were right , it looks terrific !

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    1. Thank you, it was a relief that it turned out okay.

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  2. That's a very luxe treatment to the window! It looks great.

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    1. Luxe is a good word! I'm very pleased with the result.

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  3. That's wonderful! He is very handy to have around. Can you clone him?

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  4. Is that programme still on? I haven't seen it for ages; even then I think they were repeats.

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  5. One of my favourite "must watch" programmes too.
    The pelmet looks very smart and the whole effect is very luxurious.

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    1. I wasn't sure it would work until it was finished. It hides the central heating pipework too.

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  6. I love Escape to the Chateau too.....but I wonder if they get fed up with cameras in their faces all the time.....and for the last 5 years!! (It must have paid for a lot of their work so probably worth it!)

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    1. I think the whole family must be used to it by now. Like you say, it helps pay the huge bills.

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  7. Small world, I watch this series here too. The curtains are so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Yael, I'm very pleased with the result.

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  8. Is there a new series?!? I'll watch for it. I thought it was all re-runs now. Your curtains do look wonderful! I looked at that picture of your bedroom and thought "Where is all the "stuff" on her bedside table?" You are a very tidy person! -Jenn

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    1. Yes, new series on at the moment. Tidy bedside table - that's Paul's side of the bed!

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  9. I bow to your design cred (and husband's skill). The window looks amazing.

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    1. Thank you, it was a tricky window to dress but I'm pleased with the result.

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  10. Very smart bedroom - it makes mine look shabby. I'll have to sweet talk the OH into getting out the paintbrush now.
    I enjoy watching Dick and Angel. She certainly has some interesting ideas!

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    1. She is very creative. Seems like Dick just can't say no to her.

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  11. I could not concentrate on the rest of the post after I read the words: “... I have my own Dick in the form of my husband.” Schoolgirlish giggles made me roll off the couch. Oh, blogland, I love you!

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    1. I tried to choose my words very carefully but even so...

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  12. The name "Dick" invites dozens of double-entendres. Being a civilised and well-mannered chap I refuse to venture into that territory. Instead, I will just ask if Paul could make a twinkly tiara for Her Regal Majesty?

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  13. Have you thought of opening a blog to rent him out for jobs like this?

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    1. Hmm, I wonder how much I could charge!

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