Finally I've managed to take up the floorboards in the kitchen and put down some sheets of chipboard. Its a bummer - half the floor has concrete with no damp course and the other half is boarded and going rotten. I feel as if I have bitten a bit of the bullet. Also we took the fridge and put it outside.
Anthea who lives over the road came over with her two little kids and we identified some different leaves that they had picked up on their travels.