COVID 19 Update - Introducing changes to the way we work

We're open for business as usual and are following Government guidelines for the safety of customers and our staff. Below are a few important changes to how we're currently operating:

  • We're adhering to the 2-metre social distancing rule.
  • Our staff now carry gloves, masks and hand sanitiser.
  • Where possible, our preference is to be left to work in the room alone where the blinds are being fitted
  • We'd appreciate it if you could clear the area where we'll be working by removing any furniture/ornaments etc. This helps us avoid touching anything unnecessarily.
  • We'll call you on the day of your appointment to confirm that you and your household are free of any symptoms.
  • We'll only attend an appointment if we are free of any symptoms.
  • Unfortunately, it's currently not possible for you to look through our sample books. Instead, we'll hold relevant samples up for you to see.
  • We'll wipe down any surfaces that we've come into contact with and take all packaging away with us when the work is completed.
  • If you or a member of your household is 'shielding', we won't be able to come to your house. This is for your own safety until the Government lifts this restriction. We are, however, able to give you a quote over the phone if you're able to give us accurate measurements.

Best wishes and stay safe everyone! – All at Blindingly Obvious

Charles Dickens and Gravesend

Gravesend, close to the historic town of Dartford wouldn't be Gravesend without mentioning Charles Dickens who lived only a couple of miles in nearby Gad’s Hill Place in Higham, Kent.

For Dickens fans, Gravesend is renowned for getting a mention in at least three of his novels.

Aside from Gravesend also getting a mention in The Pickwick Papers, in the book David Copperfield, Mr Peggotty, the Micawbers and Ham depart from Gravesend on their way to pastures new in Australia.

Also, in Great Expectations, the main character Pip rows Abel Magwitch from London to waylay a steamer (whilst underway in the Lower Hope, off Gravesend) bound for Hamburg.

So the story goes, Dickens spent quite a lot of time walking with his father in the area as a young boy. He was especially impressed with Gad's Hill House and harbored dreams of owning it when he grew up. He spent his honeymoon in nearby Chalk, Kent and eventually realised his dream of owning the property when he bought it in 1856 for a sum of £1,790. He also paid an additional £90 was for a patch of land across the road which was nicknamed ‘the wilderness’.

He loved the place so much that he chose not to live anywhere else and eventually died there some 14 years later in 1870 following a brain haemorrhage. He's reported to have had quite a few well-known visitors at his home near Gravesend including Hans Christian Andersen.

The 18th Century Grade I listed building is now open to the public and you can visit his study, conservatory, drawing room and the underground tunnel that led to the chalet he had built on "the wilderness" to retreat to and write some of his novels.