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FF – Ooh, Aah!

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Mikhael Sublett.

Well, I just hit “publish” instead of “preview”… bear with me… πŸ™‚

Okay, I think I’m there.


Copyright Mikhael Sublett


β€œYes! Will you look at that!”

β€œPerfect. At last, a combined kitchen/diner. Seems weird, bashing down a wall in the house but this is gonna look great for when Billy and Sarah come round for dinner. They’ll ooh and aah!”

β€œYep! What do the instructions say next?”

β€œLet’s see… prepare the area… smash wall with sledgehammer… turn the page, ah, yes… but first, check the wall is not load-bearing. What’s that, then?”

KerrrrrrASH! Cough cough splutter

Ding dong!

β€œHi Billy, Sarah, great to see you! Please, come through to our ultra-modern state of the art open-air kitchen diner…”




  1. December 11, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I’m one who rarely reads the instructions hahaha! I think every DIYer has had this happen at least once πŸ˜€


  2. December 11, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    That’s why I leave the real renovations to the professionals.


  3. December 11, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Ha ha – they’re remarkably unfazed by their unexpected open-air kitchen/diner! πŸ™‚

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • December 12, 2019 at 8:07 am

      Might as well make the best of it!


  4. December 11, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    They should invite all the neighbours. Open house!


  5. December 11, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    A unique bit of internal architecture. It’s all down to the way you sell it.


  6. December 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    πŸ˜€ loved it! You write well!


    • December 12, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚


  7. December 11, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    I’ll take this as a warning… how I hate reading instructions…


    • December 12, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Read them, read them! And remember to turn the page!


  8. December 12, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Drat, those loadbearing walls. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne


  9. December 12, 2019 at 10:29 am

    How to change a room into a terrace in one easy step.


    • December 12, 2019 at 12:26 pm

      Think of all the work it saved!


  10. December 12, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    OK, I’ve just bashed down all of the walls in here… and it’s still not roomy enough! I guess I’ll start on the outside walls…


    • December 12, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      They can’t possibly be holding anything important up…

      Liked by 1 person

  11. December 12, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    They might be a little dumb, but they are fast thinkers.


  12. December 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    I enjoyed the way you turned around the change to an open air kitchen-diner, while retaining the Ooh! Aah! response.


    • December 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

      They’re quick thinkers! Hopefully the weather holds while their guests are there.


  13. December 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Who reads instructions? Let’s hope it doesn’t rain before they get their dream building work repaired, besides people will get sick of BBQ’s.


    • December 12, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Sick of BBQs? Bite your tongue, sir!


      • December 12, 2019 at 8:05 pm

        Well, yes, maybe a roast hog over an open pit would be very rustic.


        • December 12, 2019 at 8:14 pm

          Knowing them it’s probably an accident involving a pet pot-bellied pig and their fireplace, though…

          Liked by 1 person

  14. December 13, 2019 at 3:32 am

    like they say, it’s all about perspectives. πŸ™‚


  15. December 13, 2019 at 4:28 am

    I actually know people who have done that. I had a father in law who was a construction engineer, so I learned early about “load-bearing walls,” but I could have been one of them. Ooh. Aah!


    • December 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      It’s one of those terms you need to learn early on!


  16. December 13, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Let’s just call it shabby chic!


  17. December 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Dear Ali,

    That’s creative thinking. Not sure it will work for the long-term. πŸ˜‰ Funny.




    • December 14, 2019 at 5:08 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      One thing at a time – first the guests, then the roof πŸ™‚


  18. December 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Haha… the rustic look?


  19. December 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Lovely piece – that’s reminiscent of my approach to knocking down stuff sadly so it brought a wry smile whilst reading.


    • December 14, 2019 at 5:09 pm

      Measure once, cut twice and all that jazz. Or did I have that backwards… nah πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  20. December 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I love the way you ended this. Perfect πŸ™‚


  21. December 13, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Oh my!


  22. December 14, 2019 at 12:31 am

    Too funny… my father was told by a contractor he could remove a wall in the basement… Yeah. No. Funny how water would puddle in the middle of the living room when spilt…


  23. December 14, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Tee hee ! The house owners seem unfazed by kitchen collapsing. Bet they’d be good participants of a Grand Designs programme on tv. (I never read manuals.)


    • December 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      They’ll be smiling right up until their entire house collapses…


  24. Lyn
    December 15, 2019 at 8:46 am

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ always read the ‘destructions’ before beginning work.


  25. December 15, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Hope the weather holds up! Get it? πŸ˜‰


    • December 16, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      Unfortunately someone knocked down a load-bearing cloud πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  26. December 22, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Remind me not to ask that couple for help in my remodeling! Enjoyed!!!


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