Bachelor’s Buttons

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There’s no nature in the home this week but I like my weekly look around the garden so here we are.  I’m not sure of the ‘proper’ name for these flowers but Dad always called them bachelor’s buttons, they are sweet little puffs of yellow. I planted all my bargains the other day, let’s hope they grow in this crazy mixed up weather.

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Day Seventy-Four

This blog is not as prolific as I’d like it to be, the works have nearly stopped but the regeneration certainly hasn’t, not by a long way.

lots of shelves for lots of 'stuff'
lots of shelves for lots of ‘stuff’

We had some shelves and lots of bits and bobs done on Saturday.  C and I both have our eye on these shelves in the spare room cupboard, there are 5 so we may have to do a deal.  The ensuite shower went in on Friday, as you saw, it is brilliant, it was worth all the time it took to choose it.  Now for the flooring….vinyl or Harvey Maria?

peg rails ready to paint
peg rails ready to paint

These hooks are for the upstairs bathroom. All they need is a lick of paint and we can put them up.  That makes it sound so easy eh?  I have sanded them so it shouldn’t take long once I actually get round to doing it.  The back bedroom has had some more paint but it is going slowly for sure.  The carpets should be in soon which  will make such a difference to the children’s rooms upstairs.  It is so warm up there it’s amazing, they’re pretty settled up there.  Feels like forever until I’ll move up there to join them.

the mirror turns into a light when you wave your hand underneath it. clever. C's choice.
the mirror turns into a light when you wave your hand underneath it. clever. C’s choice.

We had the electricians in today to install this magic mirror, the circle is the light, this is one of the few things we have seen on our travels that C really wanted – so here it is.  The upstairs bathroom is finished now, needs a good clean! (apart from the pegs of course, always one more thing to do).

Other Stuff

Goldfish, yum, never seen these here before so I had to get them.
Goldfish, yum, never seen these here before so I had to get them.

Here’s a random snack found today, I used to get them in Malaysia as a treat from the import supermarket TMC.  This is the first time I’ve seen them here, not that I’ve ever actually looked for them.  I’m guessing they hail from the USA.  They’re lovely.

Day Seventy-Three

Yesterday nothing happened works wise but we did move the big cupboards that have been taking up a huge amount of the hall.  The hall is now clear and tidyish – it feels massive – a bit like ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ by Julia Donaldson.  The old lady in the story fills her tiny house up with animals so that it’s seriously overcrowded, she’s guided by a wise old man.  When she gets rid of them all she feels like the house is much bigger and better than ever before.  Great message there.

new shower and screen
new shower and screen
Haven't seen that wee corner of the hall for months.
Haven’t seen that wee corner of the hall for months.
H looking out - yes, it was that sunny today, gorgeous
H looking out – yes, it was that sunny today, gorgeous
slightly useable front room with L's desk
slightly useable front room with L’s desk

We have the last shower and screen in place, it looks brilliant and huge – need to wait a bit to use it though.  The grout in the upstairs bathroom had a little issue which is now fixed thank goodness.  The front room is now useable, in a kind  of haphazard mismatched kindof way, L needs to study for some end of year exams so it’s only fair he has somewhere that does not look like an obsessive hoarder’s house.

Other Stuff

The guineas thought they had gone to heaven today when I put them in some long long grass in their run.  They had a good go at it – just as well since the lawn mower is at the mender’s (up a wee st in Edinburgh that looks like an old Wild West set – really).

Guineas in the long long grass
Guineas in the long long grass

Well,  it’s that time again, have a brilliant weekend, I am hoping lots of painting and sorting is going to make the place an oasis of calm by Monday. as if!  xx

p.s. Sorry HC, no flowers for you today, hope you’re not too upset. xx