Perous Secret Diary - Stay Out! Photo diary of photographer Perou 9990 Perou October 19, 2017: hit me with your rhythm stick October 19, 2017


freed the front windows from the sleeping beauty style thorn forest blocking all the light from getting in

freed the 'flow' (of air and energy) through the ground floor by taking down the boards blocking passages and doorways

discovered four ground level windows that make the cellar a lower ground floor and not a cellar anymore.

had an alarm/cctv survey

met some more friendly neighbours


9989 Perou October 18, 2017: call the cops (again) October 18, 2017

a busy day at our new old house

most people have some kind of religious conversion on arrival and walk about going 'JESUS CHRIST', 'OH MY GOD', 'JESUS!'

i said to the locksmith, who had told me that i was very brave, not to say anything like that when he met my wife later.

the first thing he said to lucy was, 'you're brave moving to a house like this'


i caused another rail incident

this time, we were first visited by two network rail crew, and then a network rail operations manager and three british transport police.

'we've had reports of a lady waving a metal rod, standing on a wall'

that was sean, putting up 130ft of razor wire along our perimeter 

sorting this took a while, standing in the rain, with the police and network rail
but was eventually resolved

a lesson in mediation and negotiation: a new 'me': not starting with 'fuck you and fuck off'

so we were allowed to finish with the razor wire defences
HOPEFULLY our new old house will be less burgled than it was previously

also had new door locks and window locks fitted, had a security grill survey, electric survey and a roof survey

lunch with lucy and melinda (down for the day) at the railway tavern which served a very tasty lunch

dropped the perou-batmobile to sittingbourne for upgraded audio head unit, speakers, dabs aerial, central locking and USB ports 

and our resident permit parking came through
NOT that we'll be leaving our cars on the road overnight  

9987 Perou October 17, 2017: October 17, 2017

9988 Perou October 17, 2017: just a minute October 17, 2017

a short happy shoot with nicholas parsons and paul merton


6.5hrs driving

9984 Perou October 16, 2017: whoops apocalypse October 16, 2017

9985 Perou October 16, 2017: October 16, 2017

9986 Perou October 16, 2017: October 16, 2017

storm ophelia brings saharan dust to the skies over blighty
and it's summer hot instead of autumn cool

spent the day at new (very old) house
helping the old owners move out (some more: this will be a long process: they've been there 37yrs and 'collecting' all that time)

discovered today that the sprung maple wooden floor in the old ballroom (our new bedroom) has had carpet tiles GLUED to it

but also discovered that there IS a gas supply tot he building after all: the old lady of the house just removed the meter some years ago as she didn't want gas.

caused a short rail incident (stopping trains running on the london to dover line: sorry folks)

it was considered by rail employees that i was about to kill myself under a train: 
i was sitting on our wall, pulling ivy off the top of it, clearing space for the razor wire fence we're installing.
today was the first day i was in our new home alone and it felt GREAT.
had the back doors open and a warm apocalyptic breeze flowed well through the building

there are no motorbikes in the house now
and 30% of what was here has gone
hopefully 10% more that's going to the old owners' new bungalow by next week
then the other 60% will go in the week: into a dump truck.

today was fuelled by orange lucozade and jaffa cakes
after a full day at the house, returned home for some home cooked food

then DTT delirious and aching: muscles trying to remember they are muscles
haven't ached like this since we flipped the bunker

9983 Perou October 15, 2017: our kitchen /diner October 15, 2017

first view

this is our new kitchen / diner

we have a little bit of (37 years of) STUFF to clear before we do anything else

the motorbike is a 1950's matchless.
there were 6 motorbikes inside the house and about 6 more in the garden

spent the day clearing again.
got onto the roof and found a few slates missing 

generally the roof is in good order though

the building was built in 1853
been around a while

yesterday we discovered that the 'silence of the lambs' pit (she puts the lotion on her skin) has a door at the bottom that leads to a well with a metal climbing ladder going into the darkness.

we have yet to explore this properly

9982 Perou October 14, 2017: not our new house October 14, 2017

from 9am-6pm, helped the ex-owners of our new place shift STUFF from their old house (our new one) to their new one

they've moved from a big house to a big bungalow

maximum fixed the wind chime in the front garden

we gave them a 'WELCOME HOME' floor mat, some new, soft white towels and some cakes

(having already given them $1m this week)

aching like i haven't in a while

hot bath, ARGO and difficult night's sleep: buzzing with all the plans and schemes

lucy's new catchphrase is 'jesus christ what have we done??'

(she's gone all religious)
and our new family motto is 'we can work it out'

9981 Perou October 13, 2017: mood board October 13, 2017

inspiration for the new house

think something like this will brighten up the grade II listed, georgian townhouse, in a conservation area we're moving to

i'm not going to fuss about with planning permission, i'm just going to do it as a present to the town

surely our generosity will be gratefully accepted?