Monday, 20 March 2017

Weeks 10 & 11

Happy International day of Happiness .... well that is, if you're reading this on Monday 20th March.

I'm playing catch up again, so here are two weeks worth of happenings.  As you can imagine, life is pretty chaotic at the moment.  Trying to get both homes ready; don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying it, but I don't feel I have as much time for blog reading or writing at the moment.  Still, I know we're all busy people, so I just need to get on with it, and stop faffing.  So, here it is

Week 10
I finally got my act together and painted the walls of the utility room.  Now at least the walls are all the same colour throughout downstairs.

I met a few friends this week too, first up was my lovely friend, Jenny, whom I first met at a gardening class we did.  We had a lovely catch up at a garden centre and later that week, I also went out with the "WOW's" (Women of Walsingham lol, which is the name of our road).  Anyway, we had such a lovely evening at a local Thai restaurant.

I also managed to do a little project life catch up, with the help of Bertie. Who shockingly didn't actually grab everything in sight in my craft room.

It was Crufts this week and it was lovely to see a Lakeland in the final. He didn't win, but we were cheering for Alan.

On to week 11
Simon had this week off as we had a lot of appointments.  First up, Simon got his leg braces; its going to take a while for him to get used to them as they're so so different and quite cumbersome.  We spent some time at the little house too, seeing more tradesman and we also got our loft boarded out.  The decorator will be starting soon, so we did a little trip to Farrow & Ball for him.

Now one of the huge huge highlights for me was that Simon surprised me, and ordered me the original artwork from the woman that is making cards out of some of my instagram photos.  I can't tell you, how happy I am with them.

Also this week, we had a new trainer for the bears, well not a trainer of sorts, oh no, they've only now got a dog phycologist lol.  She was here for 2 and half hours, and I was shocked at how well she managed to get them to behave, so I have high hopes.  Staying with the bears, they had a trip to the groomers
I just love that the groomers, takes photos of them. 

Finally, we have a super duper new coffee machine. Oh my, it's amazing. Seriously, the best coffee that I've ever tasted.  

Ok, that's it from me for tonight.  I'm hoping to try and get back to blog reading.  As you know, I'm a big believer in if you blog, you should try your best to get around to blog reading.  Its an amazing community and I love it, but you only get out of it, what effort you put in.  So I apologies that I've been lacking in that department.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Week 9

Lots of plans were made in week 9, from which wood burning stove to have installed, to choosing decorators and landscapers.  Like the tv show used to say .... I love it when a plan comes together. 
Other things this week, included Pancake Tuesday, followed by Lent starting on Wednesday.  I've given up chocolate this year, and already suffering.  We tried a new local restaurant, not one to rush back to though, and finally, I'm back to wearing my Fitbit. 

Wishing you all a lovely week, I've got a nice social week planned this week, and really looking forward to meeting up with some friends.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Garden Design

I think Simon and I are just those type of people that will always be making changes to our home. The latest, is of course the little house.  As I explained in a previous post, it needs just a few bits to make it more an everyday home, and not a holiday home.  We're also having these changes done before we move in, in other words, easier without the help of bears. 

So, let me share with you the first of our ideas .... The Garden

Simon has drawn these plans up on sketch up for me.  So the idea is to change the patio from the old slabs and gravel, to sandstone blocks.  We're also removing our old decking step, to larger sandstone blocks, and having a little gazebo built.  The borders to are going for a makeover, and are going to be a little more "bear proof" and built up, so less toy digging (hopefully).

A new fence along the waters edge, with a gate put in for when Simon gets his boat, and also a little fence at the side, so that the side gate can be left open for visitors and the bears won't run out. 

Of course, Pinterest has been a great source of inspiration for me, and I've lost many an hour on it; here are a couple of ideas I've pinned regarding the blocks
Image from Peter Bird Designs
This is the style for the patio, and we're extending the old decking step, so that the garden table and chairs can sit on it, nicely. 

Image from London Stone
And then these smaller square blocks for the paths  

I'll leave it there, but be back with more posts on my ideas for the garden, and the rest of the house.  

I apologies now if I've been bad at blogging or reading blogs.  I didn't realise how much I need to get rid of in our home, as it certainly won't all fit in the little house.  

Monday, 27 February 2017

Week 8

Week 8, saw us starting making the changes needed to put the house on the market in May.   So I emptied the utility room, ready for painting.  Simon has now taken down the shelving, so I can start painting.  It also means that I did more trips to the charity shop. 
It was also a lovely social week; were not only did Maria pop in for a coffee, but I also went out with a couple of other neighbours, Brenda and Moira; and then grabbed a quick coffee with Jo, before the hairdressers. 

This week, we had a visit by storm Doris, we got off lightly, as she only took out most of the glass from the greenhouse with her but its all fixable. 

I also had a visit to the hairdressers, actually I had two visits. The first one, was to have my colour redone, only I came out rather blonde! its so unlike me to actually complain, but I honestly didn't think I could live with it, so the following day, they managed to tone it down a bit.  

Finally on Sunday, Simon and I took a little trip around Kingston, where we had breakfast out, and then such a happy surprise to find they've opened up a Kikki K shop there.  Of course, I had to buy this candle with my 2017 word on it. 

Lots of plans again this week, although no coffees (other than my normal R&D with Emma), but I want to crack on with house plans, and also get some work done on blogging, and blog reading.  

Have a lovely week friends. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Week 7

Week 7 was Valentines week and Simon got me some lovely chocolates and a Master Plan notebook! Couldn't be more perfect for me. 

I also started boxing up some bits; I need to change my craft room back to a bedroom. So I'm moving bits over to the little house slowly. 

Simon had a couple of appointments this week. On Valentines day, he had an appointment for his feet. He's in a lot of pain, and they don't really want to operate, so they are fitting him with richi braces, and he had to go and get his feet and ankles moulded for them.  On Friday, he had a 2 hour dental appointment. Poor chap, he's certainly going through it all.  It will be so much better when he can retire, and not walk around from meeting to meeting in London. 

We spent the weekend at the little house where we met some people to get the ball rolling.  First was the Aga people, of course we've got to take Betty with us.  So she'll be going at the end of the kitchen counter.  We also then had a landscape gardener visit to quote for some ideas we have.  

I'll be back with a post on our garden design soon. 
Have a lovely week dear friends.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Week 6

Thank you all for your kind comments on my last post (well, apart from Jo's lol), its all very exciting and scary at the same time.

Ok, so week 6 was just wonderfully social and I think I must have been enjoying myself so much, I actually forgot to get photos of them, but I got to spend time with a few of the lovely ladies that live in my road. I will certainly miss them, but I had a coffee with Moira, Debbie popped in for a cup of tea and Maria came over for some cuddles with the bears and a cup of coffee or two.

I also met up with a lovely friend that I first met on a quilting course many years ago; we then connected again through IG and this week met at Gorgeous Gerties in working for a coffee, cake and long chat. It was lovely.

We also went out for a curry with Colin & Maria on Saturday night ... so you can see why I say it was social.
Also this week, Simon surprised me with this gorgeous little wooden terrier for my collection.

Also we started to sort through our loft. Goodness, I'm a hoarder!  I found all my old baby clothes, my tiny tears dolls, and every card that Simon and I ever sent each other.  Also was my old scrapbooks of interiors that I'd cut out and keep, dating back to the late 80's.

We just won't have the space and I think even if we did, I really need to let go of some things; not everything, but those memories don't diminish just because I don't have the actual item (seriously, I'll be just fine without my tiny tears doll) lol.   I'll never live a minimal lifestyle, but at the same time, I don't want to have things in boxes which I'll never never look at.

I need to do some more serious sorting and charity shop drops this week, wish me luck.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Week 5

I know this post is so late, but goodness, its been one of those weeks.

Well, week 5!!! it sure was a big week for us.
So here's the run down. 

It started of in a fabulous way .... it was Simon's birthday and yes, that is him with his birthday present! A Lego Wall-e, and he loves it. Like any kid, its kept him quiet for ages.  We celebrated it at the little house and had a lovely day out in Faversham. 

We came home, to a couple of parcels; first was a new lead for Molly. I actually won it on an Instagram competition. Next, was a new cushion from Plum & Ashby, with the perfect name of Bertie. 

Also this week, the bears had a trip to the groomers, and I attended an embroidery class ... and had a blast. 

Now, for the most important news of the week, and one that's both got me super super excited, and terrified at the same time. 

We're moving! Yup, we've decided to sell our home and move full time to the Little House.  Also, and this is huge ... Simon is taking early retirement, although this will take pretty much most of the year to actually happen.  We had meetings with Estate Agents and our financial advisor, and this seems like the perfect time, for a fresh start.  So over the next few months, we'll be busy, getting our home ready to put on the market.  Apparently May is a good month, so we're aiming for that. We also need to put some work into the little house as although its lovely, its been a holiday home, and we need to do some renovations to make it our main home.   Of course, I'll be sharing this journey with you all. 

So there you have it! As you see, week 5 certainly was an eventful week.