Phil’s Outdoor Stereotype 2: The Traditionalist

31 August, 2011

Phil’s second brilliant caricature is now up. Run to see it here!

Phil Lambert’s Brilliant ‘Outdoor Stereotypes’

23 August, 2011


I’m not sure how many people read Phil Lambert’s excellent Doodlecat blog, but it’s always one of the first places I check when I go to Google Reader.

Anyway, it turns out that old Phil has been hiding a major talent under a bushel–it seems that in addition to his considerable writing abilities he’s a very accomplished and witty artist.

At a loss to know how to pass his late summer evenings in darkest Suffolk, Phil has recently dug out and dusted off his painting kit, and has embarked upon a series of witty caricatures of We Walking Types.

The first–The Octogenarian–is now adorning his blog here. Run there and enjoy it! I already knew Phil was a talented sort of bloke, but even so I was blown away when I saw what he had done. We should have them monthly in TGO, I reckon.

Attic storage suggestions?

5 August, 2011


My new bedroom is an attic, and there’s only really one place where it’s possible for me to stand without banging my head.

The roof slopes down very steeply towards longitudinal oak beams that are only a few feet off the floor. That means it’s much too low for any conventional clothes storage, like a chest of drawers or wardrobe.

I’ve been trying to work out how to create some kind of storage for clothes that won’t fit into the chest of drawers and wardrobe in the bedroom on the floor below. I also need space for some larger non-clothing things that I don’t use often but don’t want to throw away. I’d rather not just arrange those things on the floor at the far edges as I want my bedroom to feel relaxed and comfy, rather than like a storage unit.

Does anybody have any ideas for creating storage in low areas like this? I’ve not yet been able to find anything that sounds appropriate on the Ikea or Argos sites. I’ve asked a local joiner to come and take a look, and she’s suggested making a low shelf out of chipboard and running a curtain in front of it, but I’d rather not do the curtain thing if I can avoid it.

Any ideas, anybody? All suggestions welcome.