A new thread starts. Having bought a house I’m learning something else new – DIY! Sally bought me a book as a gift called “You Can Do It!” (It’s a B&Q book and B&Q’s advertising slogan used to be “You can do it when you B&Q it!”). This thread will be the ups and down, ins and outs, successes, failures, and lessons learned, of learning to do DIY.

Which starts here with the question “Why does no one teach us this stuff?”. I remember painting and stuff as a kid but DIY should be handed down to us somehow. I’ve lived in rented houses since I was 18 and so all my DIY and decorating has been done for me. I haven’t got a clue about filling, sanding, wallpapering, plumbing, electrics, lighting, interior design, building, plastering etc. There’s so much to know! And so much can go wrong.

I hope my readers can learn something from my mistakes.

And, for those of you who know, I’ve already learned my u-bend lesson!!! Won’t be doing that again.