by | Dec 4, 2015 | Advent Blog, Blog Posts


One of my last jobs is preparing the Christmas Pudding. You might be wondering if this has any relation to a small-ish house.

To Make or Buy?

My mum used to spend hours preparing and steaming her pudding.

It always seemed risky too as the basin had to be completely sealed up with foil and string to prevent the steam getting in. It needed steaming for so many hours that she had to keep topping up the water.

This also needed a really big pan or pressure cooker to sit the pudding basin in.

Eventually she gave up on this palaver and bought her puddings – so for a long time I did the same when I had my own house.

Dietary Considerations Made me Change

I have a slight wheat intolerance so I looked for a wheat free recipe. Now I make my own which is actually a really easy recipe, quick to cook and doesn’t leaving your stomach feeling like you swallowed a lump of lead.

Smaller Quantities and Less Energy

Not only is the receipt more suited to my tricky digestive process but it’s even the perfect recipe for a small home.
It can easy be cooked in little plastic basins in the microwave. It also uses far less energy to cook.

So even making a Christmas pudding can be adapted to work in a small space.

One of the most urgent things on the list is getting odd jobs done, those things that we are prepared to live with but which I realise will become annoying or even embarrassing with guests.

 

About Doors and Privacy

 
My parents had been to visit at the end of November and it brought it home to me that there were some of these odd jobs that we really needed to sort, and they all seemed to involve sliding doors.

Our 3 storey house has an office/ spare bedroom on the ground floor that has a shower room attached.

Both the door to the office and to the shower room are sliding pocket doors (if we’d had normal swing doors it wouldn’t have been possible to get a double sofa bed into the room).
 

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Unfortunately, over time things had shifted and we had issues with both doors – the shower room door got stuck closed and the office door wouldn’t close fully.
 
So someone using the shower room couldn’t just think they’d leave open the shower door and close the office door, yet if they left open the office door and relied on the shower room door, they got stuck. (Well, the door could be opened but only by pushing it at the base whilst standing on your head reciting poetry – well I exaggerate a bit but it definitely wasn’t grandparent friendly).

I suggested that the Grandparents use the other shower room but that had issues with the sliding door to the shower.
 
 

Help is needed

 
So all in all it was awkward enough for a short visit but this really couldn’t stay like this for Christmas. So I contacted my regular handyman and luckily he had half a day free.

The tricky part about fixing all these sliding doors is the fact that the tracks get hidden, making fixes and adjustments tricky.

The handyman managed to fix all 3 doors but the shower room door was the most complicated. The problem was simple, it was actually just a few loose screws that were catching, but he had to remove the door architrave to get access – so that’s some paintwork that will need touching up later.
 
 

Sliding doors are brilliant but…

 
We now have all the doors fixed and the embarrassment factor reduced. I also have some tips to share with you

1. Sliding and pocket doors can really gain your valuable space but
2. After several years you might need access to the track (despite what your builder thinks) so try and plan in access panels.
3. Even though it can be difficult finding a handyman (or handy-woman) for a week of work, finding half a day might be considerably easier.

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