After a long time (too long according to Fran) I picked DIYing again. Took Thursday and Friday off, brought Fran and Hannah to my inlaws because it's difficult to do anything with the little inquisitive lady running around the place.
Wow, it's now almost midnight after the first day, I'm dog tired but pleased I tackled some rather difficult and awkard tasks. I will put some photo's online tomorrow. The two outlets on the 'long side' of the kitchen are in place (one of prerequisites to start the tiling !). The old worktop on the 'short side' is gone, the steel supports cut with an 'angle grinder' (funny name for such a dangerous power tool, the sparks are beautiful, but when you get them full in the face the appeal lessens ... (yes, I wear safety glasses, ear protection, gloves the works, I'm not that stupid. I just look stupid when I've got all these things on, but that's something else), we (the dutch) call them: 'haakse slijpmachine', and now if I think about it again, the English name doesn't sound so bad after all.)