Like Tom Hanks and Shelley Long in 80s classic movie, The Money Pit, we moved into our new wreck of a home earlier this year. Leaky roof, no heating or electrics . Draughty old windows. A hose over the bath. No kidding here.

Romantic is what we’re calling it – and luckily we’re still smiling (if shivering too). Paint stripper is our friend and we’ve become painfully used to stubbing our toes on loose nails in the floor boards.