DIYers knock hole in wall to find 'old man' lurking in the brickwork

A DIY hole in a wall that looks like an old man in a hat
Can you see the old man in the hole in the wall? (Image credit: SWNS)

When a pair of DIY renovators started chipping away at their chimney, they didn't expect the outline of an old man to emerge from the brickwork.

But that's what Wendy Manik, 54, and her husband Armo Manik, 52, discovered after opening up a blocked fireplace at their property in Royton, Hertfordshire.

Amy Willis
Web Editor

Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.