A year on…

These were given to me before Christmas, the vivid colour and whiff of perfume is so welcome at this dull time of year.
These were given to me before Christmas, the vivid colour and whiff of perfume is so welcome at this dark and dingy time of the year.

The last tiny steps of the works are still ongoing, today we had all the little bits of plaster that had blown where screws lie underneath filled in.  Now the rooms look a little spotty – I’ll go round with the faithful white paint once they’re sanded.  There’s tidying up outside and a couple of other bits to be done too.  Slow and steady we are getting there (haven’t I said that before a few times) and compared to this time last year the house is a joy. You can refresh your memory here about how I was feeling – One Year Ago and Stuff

My thoughts are turning to the next projects to be done in the bungalow.  There’s the front door to be painted Front Door Colours and the front room to be decorated Living Room Ideas, I am swithering between going dark navy on the walls and my usual white with colourful furniture.  The hall needs something too, I’m looking out for just the right piece, I think that may be a long-term hunt.

The poor old garden needs lots of love and thought. After a happy hour or so faffing around out there this morning, snipping a few shrubs and snowdrop spotting made me realise that it got little attention last year.  Flowers are a priority and sorting the paving when you first go out either the back door or the side door.  “There’s always something” as my Mum always said. She was so right.

How can it be Friday again?  This working four days is not good for my blog post rate (I’ve only done two weeks so far).  It’s interesting though that I feel a lot more productive and efficient at home despite doing the day job too.  Maybe there’s a different gear for work that helps at home too, so far so good. Ask me again at Easter!

Time to wish you a splendid weekend, no matter how skint you are waiting for the end of the longest ever month! xx

(or is it just me?)

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Snapshots

view from the kitchen this festive season
view from the kitchen this festive season
train tracks makes a comeback, I will never get rid of these
train tracks makes a comeback, I will never get rid of these
spotted in Hanover Street
spotted in Hanover Street
new light in the study/etc room
new light in the study/etc room
view from the stairs this festive period
view from the stairs this festive period
music and football, what more do you need?
music and football, what more do you need?
teatowels in use after some time, all the way from Helsinki, thanks Jane
teatowels in use after some time, all the way from Helsinki, thanks Jane
another red mini, cannot resist
another red mini, I cannot resist

 These are from the last few days of December and the start of January, I’ve just transferred a load of snaps from my phone and these are the ones I like the best.  What do you think?