[Wardrobes and slug barriers]
Our Victorian terrace in Leeds, Chapeltown
had a large utility area separating the kitchen from the lounge.
We used this space for chopping up wardrobes, chairs and other
bits of furniture that we burned to keep warm. By late October
we were dragging entire trees in there, that we stole from
nearby communal bonfires. And when Bonfire night came along
we even let off a few outdoor fireworks in there, just for
Just off the utility area was a small parlour
that we used as a dumping ground. Inside was one of Pete Godwin's
old portfolios, lots of rolled up paper and some bedroom furniture,
though the wardrobe and chest of drawers were the first to
get the chop.
We called this room 'the slug room' and
Riff used to sleep in there before he moved into the house
on a permanent basis. The damp wall under the window was crumbling
and became a haven for slugs. If you went into the room early
enough, they would be up the walls and everywhere.
To keep our guests slug-free, we created
a huge circle of salt around the bed. And in the morning you'd
see all the shiny slug trails over the rolls of paper, the
wall, carpet, bits of polystyrene, etc, but they never crossed
the slug barrier.
Although photographs of the house look bad,
by the end of our tennancy, most of the rooms in the house
including the slug room were as clean as a whistle as we'd
burned everything we could. We lost our deposit of course,
but it was cheaper than paying a heating bill.