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. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lagom

Last year I wrote some posts on Hygge, and how I wanted to try and bring into into our lives more, you can read the old posts HERE but for 2017, we have a new Scandi buzzword - Lagom.

Hygge is more "here and now", in the moment, if you like.  Candles, hot chocolate and cosy socks. I know, thats a very basic explanation and of course there is a lot lot more to it. So much so, I'm still embracing Hygge this year. I even thought about using it as my 2017 word.

Now sadly Lagom, is not quite as cosy as sitting in front of a fire and eating as much chocolate as you can, but its something that I think we can all get behind.
Its all about making simple changes in your everyday life - be kinder, think about our food, and eat foods in season.  Think more about of your spending habits, picking up reusable items and reducing food waste etc.,  So not just easier to pronounce but Lagom, is more about a sustainable way of living; achieving a good work/life balance.  Its not about denying yourself things, not at all, but buying better if you like.  Quality over rubbish, being kinder to yourself and those around you.

IKEA  are running "Live Lagom project, click the link and you'll be about to read more about it, but its helping you to save money on bills etc., anything from LED lightbulbs to recycling bins.

I think both Hygge and Lagom go hand in hand really, and I for one, can get behind it.
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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Week 4

Another fabulous week, the main highlight believe it or not, was one I forgot to take a photo off.  My friend Susan came back from France for a visit and I got to catch up over coffee with her.  Maybe we were talking too much that the whole idea of a photo, just slipped my mind. 

We started the week at the little house, and the thickest most dense fog, I've ever seen.  The workshop is coming along really well.
I also decided this year that I wanted to use my huge selection of cook books more.  So I'm going to try and cook something new each week, and this week I started on that plan.

Also this week, I downloaded my first proper kindle book.  I've had my kindle for years, as I got it in a black Friday sale, but I'm a proper book fan.  So I never really got around to downloading, and then this week I did. I downloaded my favourite author, Nora Roberts, and I haven't put it down yet.  Maybe I'll give my kindle ago again.

Back at the little house again for this weekend, and more work on the workshop.  I'll admit the last picture was taken today (Tuesday) its coming along so well.   Oh and guess what! I'm actually up to date on project life 2017 ... yes, I know its only a few weeks, but hey, I'm taking it as a win.

Have a great week friends.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Week 3

What an exciting week 3 it was for me.
It started out with the loveliest of surprises. As you know, I've been having coffee with my friend Emma now each week for must be 10 years, and its funny how we can still chat for England. Anyway, as I sat down at the table she handed me a beautiful plant and said it was for me. She'd seen it, and thought I'd like it.  I more than liked it.

Now the next part of my happy week had me jumping for joy.  My new sewing machine was available for me to pick up.  A quick background on it; I've been looking to change my machine for a couple of years, and keep going back and forth as to which model. So I spoke to a few people that do projects that I have planned, and one suggested I look at the Juki. I'd never heard of this brand before and was sort of leaning towards Janome. Well, I was blown away by it (and by the local shop that sold it to me).  Its a brand that is used more on the industrial side, but are now branching out to home sewers. Its got lots of buttons and gadgets that come as standard, so now I just need to read the book and practice, practice and practice some more.

Also this week, my cocoa daisy kit came; I downloaded my first proper book to my kindle (yes, I've had my kindle years, but never really got on with it lol).  The bears got mail, in the shape of new collars and leads and I went with my friend and neighbour Moira, for a coffee and cake.  So all in all you can see, I had a fabulous week.

It got even better, as we've been spending the weekend at the little house.  The sunsets and even sunrises have been stunning.  Its been very very cold and lots of fog, which has also mean cuddling around the log burner.  We also had a big delivery of kitchen units for our garage/workshop which is on the side of the house.  That's all part of my exciting new create venture for this year.  I'll share photos when its finished.
Have a lovely week friends, and I'm hoping to be back this week with a couple of ideas I've got for the blog (all thanks to Emma)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Week 2

As I write this post, I've just turned to Simon and said, "have you only been back to work for one week?" .... Goodness, it feel like forever.  Yes, I've really missed having him at home.

Ok, so what happened this week.
I know its not everyones idea of happiness, but it is mine .... snow arrived. Not for long sadly, but it bought big smiles to our faces.  We also had lots of texts and calls from the flood alerts about the little house. Luckily it was safe and they shut the flood gates. 

The fire has been burning here a lot this week, which the bears and I love. We also had a new delivery of logs, so I see more fires in our future. 

I managed to get hold of a magazine I've been after for a while now. My cousin got me the planner for Christmas and I love it, so I thought the magazine would be wonderful, and I wasn't wrong ... its a great one. 

Ive also started sorting my craft room in order for me to start being able to get to things easier.  My sewing bits were in the corner and difficult to get to, so I shifted everything around and it feels good.

I'm also still on my quest to be better organised and that means having less clutter, so another visit to the charity shop happened this week, and I've a bag full already to drop off this week, from my craft room sort out.

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy your week friends xx