I think when a person gets to a certain age, there is a huge amount of joy to be had in knocking down bits of one’s house and making them better. I don’t own a house yet, but I’m already looking forward to being fifty or sixty years old and enjoying a parade of home improvements.

My friend bought a house only a few years ago, so she has a long way to go until that certain age – but, on the other hand, her husband (pictured below in non-OH&S-approved footwear) is a builder. So they bought a really cheap house and they’ve been doing marvellously messy things to it ever since.

I am heartily enjoying watching all of it. . . from a safe distance, of course! Renovation is a wonderful thing, but it can also be incredibly stressful for all involved.

By Christmas, this space will be a gorgeous North-facing multipurpose room. I can’t wait to see it done!

Do you look forward to renovations – or dread them?

What do you look forward to doing when you’ve reached fifty or sixty years of age (or, if you’re there already, when you’re another ten or twenty years older)?




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I write books (mainly adventure fantasy for kids and young adults), real-time twittertales, and a blog of Daily Awesomeness. @Louise_Curtis_ and My fantasy ebook is on sale at

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