Friday, 3 October 2014

Do It Yourself

Chimney Sweeping Morning In Trelawnyd

89 comments:

  1. nearly every time i visit your blog i wish there was a "like" button, a la facebook. this time is no different :)

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  2. Me too, Kyle, don't often comment, but this is brilliant, live it x

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    1. Comment again sandy plwase

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    2. Also agree!

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  3. De Camptown ladies sing this song,
    Doo-da, Doo-da
    De Camptown racetrack's five miles long
    Oh, de doo-da day.

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    1. (sings) I get no kick from champagne

      one of my fave movies of all time!

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    2. ....but I get a BELT out of you......... ;-)

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    3. YP ...........you'll have the PC brigade after you quick stix

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  4. I first thought it was a funny picture. Then the person in the pic slowly dawned upon me. Great surprise!

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    1. Kk nice to hear from you again...it's been a while

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  5. Perhaps you could install a" like" button for us John ?

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  6. (sings) a sweep is as lucky as lucky can be!

    I DO hope you will take a bath after completing this task, dear boy.

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    1. I've had black snot all day

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    2. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! and you even have a mask!

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  7. I thought it might have been the weekly clean of Winifred's arse when I saw the photo.

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  8. How do you clean up the soot which comes down the chimney (using your face by the looks of things?). Seriously though, I have a chimney brush but don't want to ruin the Dyson. We were really chuffed with ourselves this week as we managed to change the central heating pump ourselves, saving a fortune on a plumber's bill.

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    1. I collected most of the soot with a shovel and brush.. 4 bin bags of it

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  9. Where was Mary Poppins?!

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    1. Indeed. we demand to see a video of you doing the 'sweep dance':-
      'Votes for women step in time, votes for women step in time.....'

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    2. For lummy.......love a duck

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  10. Kudos for doing maintenance yourself.
    That being said I ask:
    1) Did you use "bottom up" (the chimney's not yours) cleaning method or did you get on a ladder and climb the roof all by yourself?

    2) Tell us you wore safety goggles and a dust mask.

    Not having similar experience I ask for safety purposes! Don't want you risking fall from ladder or roof and/or inhaling cinders, creosote or whatever. Okay...safety commercial done.

    Whatever is around your neck and chin looks like duct tape, Bert. x

    "Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cheree...
    Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cheroo..."


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    1. Look around my chin.....it's a surgical mask!

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  11. Chim, chim, Cherie! Good for you for thanking that on.

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  12. Nah, you can't get that sooty cleaning the chimney. You're supposed to stick brushes up the chimney, not your head! You chump!

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  13. Your talents always amaze me

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  14. Ooh, do you fit log burners as well?!

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  15. You look like you photo in the woods

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    1. You will have to elaborate on that one traveller x

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  16. At first I thought you got beat up.

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    1. Honestly..who would dare to hit a fat lovable face like mine?

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  17. And you said you are not good at DIY? Even I won't touch that one.

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    1. I can't do anything else...chimneys are easy ...dirty....but easy

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  18. Jack of all trades I'd say!
    Hilarious photo!!

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  19. I love chimney sweeping. When I answered the solicitors questions on the house sale form last week I was asked to supply the invoice for the chimney sweeping. I replied that I did the chimneys myself. I would like to have been a sweep if I hadn't been all the other things I've been in my life.

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  20. One job I'd hire in help for. Good for you!

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  21. Oh, yikes. Now THERE's something I hope never to have to attempt myself. Thank goodness for rental properties with sealed-up fireplaces. :)

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    1. Oh you haven't lived unless you've stuck your head up a sooty flue

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  22. I almost lost my coffee here this morning. hahaha!

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  23. Now I've seen EVERYTHING.... Tiger Bay Sweeping Services.

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  24. John,

    A job well done!!! There is nothing better than getting down right dirty cleaning your own chimney.

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  25. As my Scottish chum Graham would say, " You have a wee sonsie face".
    Jean
    x

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    1. I think I have a fat sonsie face

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  26. Apart from Auntie Gladys baking your scones is there anything you don't DIY?

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  27. Well the chimneys clean...now to get you sorted.

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  28. Ha ha! And I never thought I would say this about you, but you look so cute! That's cute in a sweet childlike way.....

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  29. No goggle lines....

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  30. Glad to see the mask round your neck and from the looks of the clean around your mouth, i'm thinking you wore it. Good on you.

    I pay for a sweep to do mine. He also inspects the flue and the stove (flue pipe goes up the chimney and out), and although i can look at those things myself, i don't know how to judge if it's all as it should be. He also checks the chimney and can make repairs if needed.

    He's not as cute as you, though.

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    1. Is he as expensive as the ones here?

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    2. Dunno. I paid either $100 or $125 US for the last cleaning, which translates to what, about £60 or £70? Cheaper than a house fire, and as i said, they check the integrity of the flue.

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  31. That cute face put a big smile on mine!

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  32. Did you just stick your head up the chimney...you're supposed to use a brush you know!

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  33. Reminds me to do mine before we start using the fire!

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  34. Cor blimey Mr Gray, you dun it good i reckon!

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  35. John, will wonders never cease? A true renaissance man you are.

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    1. I wouldn't say that......I just can't afford a chimney sweep

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  36. I can only guess what you front room looks like now!

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    1. Coventry after the bombing

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  37. Best that I don't say anything today (other than this) because I've been hitting the sparkling mineral water again.

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  38. Perhaps you can come and sweep our chimneys next year - might that be a way of getting you to visit (I will provide soap and water afterwards.)

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    1. Deal.....I secretly love getting mucky

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  39. Love your picture John. You could make a calender of your pics - it would go a bomb.

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  40. Aren't there machines for that kind of thing nowadays?! Chim-chimeny-chim-chim-cheree!

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  41. You are just too freaking adorable you are....honestly!

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  42. When you're with a sweep you're in glad company . . .

    Love,
    Janie

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  43. Heh heh heh. Sorry for laughing. Looks like you're a man who really gets "into" his work.

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  44. Charming! What do the dogs get up to while you're doing this?

    btw - we are heading to Toronto tomorrow to see a movie called Pride, about an gay/lesbian group that raised money to help out the striking Welsh miners. I was not aware of this story.

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    1. It's a cracking film by all accounts,,.....weare going on Monday!

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  45. So, late to the party as always, but...do you do sidewalk drawings also? Like Bert?

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  46. If I had known that you could do that I wouldn't have spent 65euros last week.

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  47. I thought you'd been in the hospital lab and the Bunsen burner exploded (Don't think these antiquated exist any more!)

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  48. Someone's been up to no good!

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  49. You look so cute like that John!! I bet Chris can't keep his hands off you when you clean the chimney.

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  50. "Chim chimeny, chim chimeny, chim chim choo ree, a sweep is as lucky as lucky can be"
    And so are we, to have this wonderful bolg to read!

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