All entries for October 2006

October 25, 2006

This made me chuckle…

October 24, 2006

I love my flat

Had a busy weekend of DIY in my flat – it does sometimes come in handy having a dad who is a carpenter.

Got lots of odd jobs done… put blind up in the kitchen, put coat hooks up in the wardrobe, fitted a booster aerial to my TV… Dad made me a stand for my TV/DVD player etc. I even used the washing machine for the first time and put the bin bags out on Monday! : )

The living room…

My Flat 5

The living room…

My Flat 4

My new TV stand…

My Flat

The kitchen…

My Flat 2

My girly bathroom…

My Flat 1

There are still a few things to do. I need a couple of shelves in the bathroom and a new mirror, I need to figure out how to use the heating (at the moment I am relying on the blow-heater in the lounge) and I am still waiting for the sofa! Shouldn’t be too long now, but in the meantime am feeling the hippy vibe sat on a mattress in the lounge with a couple of big cushions!

Manga Me

So this is what I look like in cartoon form…

Manga me

Thanks Casey! : )

October 23, 2006


A few weeks ago I went to Stratford Butterfly Farm and took the opportunity to test out my new camera. The macro function was pretty good on it – and it’s handy when you have some pretty things to photograph (and they stay still long enough to photograph them!)

Not all of the butterflies at the Butterfly Farm stay still though! I found it pretty un-nerving when they kept flying into me and landing on me and was scared I would tread on them too (as my Mom did – oops!)

Unfortunately, the camera was set for the date to be on each individual picture which kind of spoils them. Oh well – I know for next time.

Stratford Butterly Farm 4

Stratford Butterly Farm 11

Stratford Butterly Farm 13

Stratford Butterly Farm 23

Stratford Butterly Farm 34

Stratford Butterly Farm 33

Stratford Butterly Farm 9

Stratford Butterly Farm 1

Stratford Butterly Farm 16

Stratford Butterly Farm 8

October 20, 2006

I need broadband…

Writing about web page

So I need broadband in my new flat and need to find a good deal…

Someone has already recommended Talk Talk…

You pay £8.99 a month for the call plan which gives:
  • Unlimited number of calls between all customers on the TalkTalk network for up to 3 hours per call at no extra cost
  • Unlimited number of inclusive calls to any local and national UK landline number, anytime

You then pay £11 line rental and broadband is included ‘free’.

So for £19.99 a month you get all calls and broadband.

That sounds alright doesn’t it??

October 09, 2006

MySpace Update

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A very lucky girl

Follow-up to Moving tomorrow… from For blog's sake

Well that was a busy, daunting, exciting, exhausting, fun, emotional and rather hungover weekend and I feel like a very lucky girl!

Spent Friday morning hanging around waiting for a call from the solicitors….waiting, and waiting…. then got a phone call to say that there was a sight discrepancy on the money…. more waiting around…. eventually got the keys at about 1pm.

The guy who sold us the flat was a very lovely man. He met us at the flat at 1’o’clock and gave me the keys. It was quite weird opening the front door for the first time, knowing it was now mine! He gave me a gift of champagne, chocolates and flowers for my moving in present. It was pretty emotional when he left… the flat was his mothers who died two years ago. It has remained empty since then and he wasn’t sure what to do with it. I think it was sad for him to finally let go of his mothers home and he said he wished I would be as happy there as his mother had been which was lovely.

Moving in...

We then had to move the fridge, tv, wardrobe, drawers, cushions etc in while we were waiting for the delivery men to arrive with the bed and the sofa. The sofa arrived first…. and rather embarrassingly, it didn’t fit through the door! I felt a bit silly since I have told everyone how great my sofa is! Not so great if it doesn’t fit in the room. The two delivery drivers and dad tried their hardest to push it through the door! It did manage to get through the front door but couldn’t quite make the 90 degree angle and step up through the inside porch door. So they then had to heave it back out and stick it back on the lorry – bye bye sofa!

Next the bed arrived… in three parts. Dad and I had to bolt the headboard and footboard(?) to the base which was easy enough and then try to manouevre it around the room and find the best spot for it. Mom and aunty Mary then took over putting the bedding and pillows on!

Bedroom - Day Three

It was a pretty tiring day and by the evening I was exhausted but my cousin Katrina had come home from Leeds for a Brummie night out so I went home and got ready for a night out at the Arcadian. Had a great night and got a little tipsy and stumbled in around 3am. Luckily it was my parents house, not my new flat that I stumbled into so I knew how to get my drunken self to bed safely.

The rest of the weekend was spent looking for a sofa – not the ideal day out when you are rather hungover but a McD’s Bacon Cheeseburger soon sorted me out. Found a new sofa on Sunday at ScS – it is lovely Italian Leather and was only £675. Well, it was meant to be about £800 I think but was reduced to £699 and was then meant to be £35 delivery but Dad got it for a bargain price for me! : ) Only trouble is I will be waiting 5-6 weeks for it! Oh well, it will be worth the wait i’m sure. The one in the photo is shiny leather but mine is going to be a matt finish.

New Sofa

I also bought a beautiful table and chairs yesterday in Homebase – a bargain at £169.99 and fits in the room lovely. Will look forward to having a few dinner parties in the future! (the photo’s a bit dark but you get the idea…)

Dining Table

Kitchen - Day Three

So, by Sunday evening the lounge was looking a bit more homely. Obviously, candles, photos, vases and cushions were a priority! Anyway, now that I have my flat I feel like a very very lucky girl and can’t thank my parents enough for all of their help.

Lounge - Day Three

The photos are a bit dark – I took them yesterday evening and was too tired to figure out the correct settings on my new camera! You get the idea anyway… and you may even be invited to see it in real life soon enough!

More photos in the flat gallery

October 05, 2006

Moving tomorrow…

Follow-up to Moving pretty quickly… from For blog's sake

My last blog entry was ‘moving pretty quickly’, in fact things have been moving so quickly that I haven’t had chance to blog an update! Am actually moving tomorrow!!

Went to the solicitors on Monday to sign the contract. Have spent this week buying a bed, TV, fridge/freezer, wardrobe/set of drawers/bedside table, hoover, kitchen junk, contents insurance etc etc – it’s been an expensive week! But the real expense will be tomorrow when the deposit, solicitors fees etc gets taken out of my bank account and we have completion!

Got the day off work tomorrow to move in. Hopefully should get the keys around lunchtime once the money has gone through. Then have both my bed and sofa arriving tomorrow afternoon between 12-6pm and will spend all day carting boxes up and down the stairs!

Going out tomorrow night to celebrate being absolutely broke and having a scary mortgage for the next 30 years!! Exciting stuff!!

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My name is Ellie Lovell and I am the Web Editor in the Communications Office at the University of Warwick.

I started this blog in August 2005 when I started working at the University and have learnt a lot from it. I don’t update it so much anymore (I have been unfaithful to WarwickBlogs) but I hope you enjoy what is here…

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