This weekend is a painting weekend, hence the late Sunday blog, it's one job I don't like, I admit it, I hate painting, but for better or worse, my bathroom needs a lick of paint, so out come my trusty brush set, all clean and put away since the last time I was convinced that some part of the house needed attention and we were not going to pay for a man to come in and do it.
Fortunately it's inside and I'm dry, but it's cramp and I have to kneel a lot. . But, that's twice in the same paragraph, the wood work needs attention the original construction used cheap, and I mean cheap softwood that now needs filling and on one place replacing.
Part of the problem is the basic detailing, skirting that just don't meet, door architraves that have been trimmed to fit a corner detail, that could have been avoided by just placing the door correctly.
Still after a long sanding, filling and replacing exercise, I have now got down to the actual painting, I have gone for a simple spec, two coats of primer, well sanded after the first coat, an undercoat, again sanded, but with an old piece of glass paper, and a top coat of Dulux brilliant white gloss. It all looks fresh, clean, and smooth and will last a while, and the chips and gaps I have been staring at for a couple of years, are no longer.
As you read this, I will be reading the Sunday papers, there is no chance of me getting up early to paint, no electronics, just simple paper, I will read the electronic global versions particularly the USA editions, I like to see all the news and in particular the way it's portrayed by each county, so often what we read here can be viewed differently overseas.
In the UK, the “A” level results are out, if you have secured a place in a UK Architectural Technologist University, well done, I think you have made a good choice, this web site has seen a dramatic increase in readers, I hope some of them are first year students looking for information, and I hope I will be able to provide it. But your first job will be to join CIAT, as a student member, if you want to talk and ask why leave a message, I will reply. I will be expanding this in the next few weeks, if your going to Birmingham City University, then one of your first lectures will be from me, outlining our profession and why the need to join.
Today's photo is a screen dump from the step app counter I use, it's look well over 3 hours of walking Cambridge to get the 10000 steps in, so who ever thinks that I should do this on a daily basis, is barking up the wrong tree, a short walk with my dog, put it up over 12,000 and me very tired.
Ever wondered why we are so locked into two main computer OS systems, I am, part of the answer for me is, that there are no CAD program's of any note on Linux, otherwise I would have been there some time back. Why think of this, well today, whilst looking for my paint kit, I found a copy of MiniCAD, ( Vectorworks ) on an old, but old Mac drive, that can not be played on anything other than an old mac plus.