So there I was, quietly working away on the computer, and then I hear this loud meow from over my shoulder…
It’s our beloved Sophie, sat in the sink in the bathroom, demanding a drink of water.
You can see the rest of the pictures in our picture gallery, suffice to say that once she’s got my attention, this is a well practised routine.
She always used to demand water in the bath, so first off she will go and sit in the bath and stare at the taps, then once I’ve seen that, she’ll hop up and stand back in the sink again, until I can move her enough to get the plug into the plughole and run some water. Having said that, half the time the disruption of having had to move her out the way to run the water means she goes off in a huff…
Such are the delights of owning nutty cats…
After Jo and Drew’s Wedding last week, rather than drive back home we spent the night in another local hotel, the Richmond Gate Hotel. Basically the choice was somewhat limited when we booked as I wanted a hotel where we could actually park the car – a number of the hotels in Richmond have little or no car parking at all – and the Richmond Gate was about it.
You can read my review of the hotel on TripAdvisor, what I wrote on there is pretty much what I put on the feedback form. Looking at the other reviews for the hotel, and also for it’s sister hotel next door for both the experience does seem to depend very much on which room you get.
In terms of the Richmond Gate there are rooms in the nice Georgian part at the front of the building, but the majority of the rooms are in the modern three-storey block out the back where we were – and they charge extra for the bigger ‘feature’ rooms anyway. Being a modern design though, all of the standard rooms in the block out the back are the same size – small. Looking on the hotel’s website some of these do appear to have been refurbished, but they won’t have been able to do that much about the size of the rooms. They could shrink the bathroom, but that won’t do that much good really as fundamentally I think the basic room is small for the amount they are charging, however many toys they try to add.
So whilst there was nothing overly wrong with our stay, I thought it was expensive for what we got. The room was small, and basically a bit tatty as it had yet to be refurbished. I filled in the form, but didn’t much expect a response. However a couple of days ago I actually got a letter from the manager at the hotel apologising for the room and highlighting that they were refurbishing the rooms, and that our room hadn’t been done yet and offering us a complimentary upgrade to a superior room the next time we stay there in the next year – not that I think we’ll have call to use it though… But it’s nice to know somebody reads those things.
The Richmond Gate Hotel originally uploaded by justindz – who also thought the rooms were small…
In amongst the nightmares with our aborted plan to move house, one other hiccup that came our way was the shower tray in the en-suite bathroom in our present house. Personally I blame one of the surveyors who did a report on the house for this, as when he came round, he asked whether we’d had any problems with the shower, which we hadn’t until now… (Having said that, since then we’ve come across a number of people who bought new builds and had problems with their showers, so I guess we’d just been lucky!)
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, our shower tray, which has always been slightly flexible in one corner became slightly cracked in one corner – since at this point we were expecting to exchange contracts within a couple of weeks, this was a bit of a nightmare. A work colleague of Beth’s recommended looking on the Check-a-Trade for somebody who could help. Through that site we found a guy called Chris Hickman who specialises in bathrooms and plumbing. Beth spoke to his wife, and arranged for him to come around and give us a quote. He took a look, and said that the problem was that the tray had been improperly fitted in the first place, and the support in one corner had been incorrectly adjusted. Unfortunately, the cracks were such that the only possible course of action was to take the whole tray out and put in a new one, and that unfortunately would mean replacing a row of tiles too. He went away, and came back with a really reasonable quote, certainly less than we were expecting, and said that he would be able to fit us in within a week.
Today he came along a did the work – turned up on the dot of 9am, and by 10am had the old tray out, and was starting on fitting the new tray. There was a bit of fiddling around as the drain on the new tray is in a different position, and then after that the tiling, and ensuring all of that is watertight is time consuming. However by 3:30pm he was all finished, more than that, he left the bathroom in a cleaner condition than when he started.
Now all we have to do is wait for everything to set, and I can have a shower again!