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Happy 10th Birthday Facebook

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Can you believe it’s been a decade since Facebook launched!? And with the current global upload of everyone’s ‘lookback’ video (our wall is inundated with them), we thought we would share some quick stats about the world of Facebook (we do do more than just travel and eat you know)…be prepared for a barrage of facts and figures:

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Convenience vs Community?

UNWRAPPING THE STATE OF THE U.K. HIGH STREET

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Relaxing, feet up, sipping on a coffee from the comfort of the sofa, it was hard to control the smirk as I congratulated myself for managing to do all of my Christmas shopping online. But it made me wonder, how was the old high street going? It had been awhile since I had heard about the ‘death’ of it, so with laptop conveniently balanced I launched Google to get the latest insight.

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Happy Renovation Anniversary!

We can’t believe it’s been virtually a year since we completed our house renovations (it took that long to get over it)! So we thought we’d pull together a quick ‘before’ & ‘after’ picture blog to show the transformation (more for us so that in 10 years time we can look back and remember it all, but also for our international friends who have not yet had the chance to visit).

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Hidden London Gardens: St Dunstan-in-the-East

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Without a doubt London is an amazing city. You can live here for years and unexpectedly take a wrong turn and find something new; such history covering such a small metropolis footprint. And there is nothing better than finding a garden oasis in the heart of The City.

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Bieber Drag Racing

This was the first thing that popped into Elldrew’s mind upon learning that Justin Bieber had been arrested for drag racing! Although we can’t help wondering who was the actual winner…looks like a photo finish!

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Secret Cinema Mayhem

secret_cinemaLast weekend Planet Elldrew headed down to deepest darkest Croydon (we’re North London boys) for our first experience of Secret Cinema, and what an experience it was…we’re still processing a very surreal night, still rather unsure what it was all about, except to say that we loved it!

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Kitchen Renovation Kapers

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Elldrew hate to say it, but truth be told, after 3 months of decision making, 4 months construction, and another 3 months to do “finishing touches”, we’re a little bit over talking about renovations. For the best part of a year our lives have been dominated by the search for and creation of our ideal home…and we love it! We love coming home every night to the finished result, but it was a labour of love. Nevertheless, not only did we want to show off a little of what we’ve done, hopefully we can provide some helpful handy hints for anyone else embarking on such a project (do ask away if we can be of help with any supplier details, etc).

We will start this series with one of our favourite rooms, the kitchen.

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Made To [Not] Measure

So we have to say that last night the final blind (the missing piece of the renovation puzzle) arrived but half the size of the actual window! We and blind person not sure how it happened, so we are just going to have to wait a little bit longer till we can say we have officially finished renovations (for now anyway…the outside decking proposal is definitely on hold until 2014 earliest, giving us enough time to put the past months well and truly behind us).

And possibly down to timing, but phone holding over 100 renovation pics decided to die suddenly causing all data to be lost (stupidly not backed-up properly) so at least we wont be able to bore you with too many progress photos.

But there is some good news. We have finally taken photos of the new kitchen and will be sharing these very soon.

We Ain’t Been Snoozing…

…We’ve been snagging!

So we know it’s been awhile since we posted an update on the renovations, 2012 to be exact. Now that the sun is beginning to shine with the sniff of Spring in the air, and not to mention the final bit of snagging has been completed in the last week, Elldrew are planning to post some before and after pics soon.  Watch this renovated space!

Grand Designs: Week Eight/Nine

elldrew_christmas_treeJust a quick update as the Christmas silliness seems to also be consuming Elldrew (which is a welcome distraction from the delayed renovations)!

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