Our Old House

As I might have mentioned, I’m on floors at the moment.  The old house had wooden floors, the colour was great and they stood up well to everything we threw at it, often literally with all three of the children being little there.  The whole ground floor was done at once as the last stage of the renovation, it finished the place off so well. The house had four rooms, a bathroom (in pink and black) and a kitchen when we moved in. We added two bedrooms and a shower room upstairs and bashed a few walls about downstairs to end up with a brilliant kitchen diner leading straight out to decking and a fab garden.  We probably would have put a room on the back had we stayed, we had good times there, the decision to move to the bungalow once Dad died was a tough one but we made the right choice, definitely.

At the weekend I was looking back through the images used for selling the house, to remind myself the look of the old floors.  I realised you may like to see them too, have a look. I do have to admit this was the day the house looked its best ever.

 

I love white houses, it just wouldn't work on the new place at all,
I love white houses, it just wouldn’t work on the new place at all, shame
you can see the colour well here, that is it after about 8 years
you can see the floor colour well here, that is it after about 8 years, it did pretty well
the front bedroom upstairs
the front bedroom upstairs
my beloved old kitchen
my beloved old kitchen- it was the best – especially the way it opened onto the deck,  I really miss that here.

The Regeneration

The next stage here is well underway, we cleared the middle messy pit of a room and, since it’s now empty, the decision is whether to just go for it and redecorate it before the floors are done.  I’m for white in there, what a surprise, and C really fancies some wallpaper. Although I like a bit of white, I saw a great blue colour today that could work, the sample’s reserved to be picked up asap.  One thing that is for sure, we’ll get rid of the light fitting, photos to come of that soon.  This is the room that C has allocated as ‘his’ and he is thinking that a new Gibson ES-339 would be the perfect accessory for it.  There’s a lot of chatting to do I fear.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Katy Perry

Hope you enjoyed that great video. After a big debate, H almost believes that the lyric is not, ‘Eye of the tyre’, don’t think she’ll ever be 100% convinced though.  She absolutely loves this song – it featured in the final of the CBBC show ‘Who Let The Dogs Out?’.  I think she fancies herself on it with one of the Westies, they are not so keen when she tries to get them to do the tricks.

 Regeneration News

Just cut a hole in the carpet, it's coming up anyway.  Floor sanding guy looks in disbelief then asks for a knife.
Just cut a hole in the carpet, it’s coming up anyway. Floor sanding guy looks in disbelief then asks for a knife.
Colour options - LHS no stain then 3 options. What would you choose?
Colour options – LHS no stain then 3 options. What would you choose?

If you’ve been wondering about how the flooring for the hall and the ‘middle’ aka dump room is coming on you can see for yourself, it’s still a work in progress.  No decision made yet.

Have a great weekend x

6 November 2013

So, we’ve had Halloween and fireworks night so it is definitely time for  hunkering down and making the place cosy and warm for winter.  The clocks have changed, the temperature has dropped and we can look forward to the Festive season very soon.

These events in the rhythm of the year make my thoughts turn to my Dad.  It is three years today since he died, one Saturday morning, without any warning.  Before he died, I thought that people must have had some inclination that their loved one was not well or that they were at least ‘not themselves’ before they passed away.  Sadly, I now know that it does happen, out of nowhere.  Remember to enjoy the little things and moments when you are caught up in the whirl of life, they are so important and so easy to miss.  Enough of my wise words now, my Dad always let you know what he thought whether you invited his wisdom or not, I miss that so much now he has gone.

This made me stop, stare, and take pictures, yesterday.  The photo does not show the whole arch, it was too big to capture, what a shame, it was simply phenomenal.

there was a feint secondary rainbow there too, amazing and so vibrant
there was a faint secondary rainbow there too, above this one, look closely on the left of the picture.

 

Rainbows have symbolic meanings in lots of religions and cultures, here are some interpretations, there are plenty more out there in cyberspace to consider.  This rainbow helped me to remember that it is good to take a minute once in a while to appreciate the small things in life.