Spring cleaning is on the cards for the four-day holiday weekend, with Rachel spending most of yesterday cleaning up after the work that has been done to open up the fireplace in the lounge.
I was tasked with clearing out two chests of drawers, to see what was rubbish, what was treasures, and what could go to charity.
Amongst the treasures unearthed (several of which will make good Throwback Thursday features on HeroPress) were some great mementos from the past, ranging from a stack of old school reports to the very first article I had published in the Kent & Sussex Courier (spoiler: it was written while on work experience there, several years before I was actually take on as a cub reporter).
But the crème de la crème was the pair of homemade comics pictured above, issues one and two (the only ones ever produced) of Monster Mag, written and illustrated by yours truly, in February 1976, aged nine.
Featuring a mix of Marvel characters (Thor, Iron Man, and Hulk) and my own creations, I've been looking for these comics for YEARS, long fearing them consigned to the landfill of history.
There was a veritable squee of delight when I found them at the bottom of a drawer.
Once my scanner is found and reconnected, I intend to do an "in-depth" review of, possibly, my earliest work of geeky fiction.
Meanwhile, this week, as mentioned, has seen a succession of workmen, fitters, and plasterers descending on our front room to open up the old fireplace - which the previous owners had blocked up - to make way for a gas-fired heater that we, apparently, can't do without.
The actual installation takes place next month, but here's a visual account of the week's work - starting with the room as it was, and going through the various stages of demolition, rebuilding, and plastering:
|Cheeky shot up the chimney - ready for Santa or Bert, whoever gets there first!|
|Brown-orange dust lay thick across everything - |
but Rachel has done a magic job of cleaning it all today!