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?)

Hogmanay

calendar from a great friend who knows me well
Rob Ryan’s words will be with me all year, thanks Jean

Well here we are, the last day of the year, a time of reflection and the end of the delicious lull between Christmas and the New Year.  Before Christmas I felt like a tightly wound spring, now I am calm and enjoying the rewards of all the hard work and angst that come with renovating a house combined with Christmas preparations.

Edinburgh is one of the places to go at New Year, there are bands, parties, ceilidhs and all sorts going on.  I won’t be up town tonight with the hoards of revellers (as the media would say) but here, at home, watching the telly, trying to stay awake and then rushing out across the road at midnight to see the legendary Edinburgh fireworks with my family and neighbours.

Lots has happened here this year, you’ve seen the regeneration and other bits too.  January will be a month off from house stuff – wonder how long I’ll last without getting the next thing done or at least organised!

My hall decorations have made me smile this year. I bought them before the hall was painted or the floors done, they kept me going to get the hall done by Christmas.  It was worth all the effort.  When they are gently moving about they really are stunning.

You have no idea how hard it is to get a decent photo of these hall decorations in this winter light, I am still not happy with this one but it does let you see how it looks, sort of. These snowflakes are magical and so simple.   I'm tempted to leave them up but i think they are better kept as a Christmas delight
You have no idea how hard it is to get a decent photo of these hall decorations in this winter light, I am still not happy with this one but it does let you see how it looks, sort of. These snowflakes are magical and so simple. I’m tempted to leave them up but i think they are better kept as a Christmas delight

 

a collection of delicious hand made treats beautifully presented from a supercrafty friend
I had to share this collection of delicious hand-made treats, beautifully presented, from a supercrafty friend of mine. The cup on the right is from her wedding party and filled with truffles.  A perfect gift – lots to eat and something to keep,  thanks Sarah x

Have a wonderful Hogmanay, thanks for reading people, it makes me so happy to get  your comments or when you mention my blog when I see you. It matters so much that you take time to keep up with me and I appreciate your support hugely.

Wishing you a fabulous 2014 and let’s keep looking up, not down, no matter how hard it is. xxx

4 December 2013

walked through the Dean Gallery today - this was looking good against the Edinburgh skyline
walked through the Dean Gallery today – this was looking good against the December Edinburgh skyline
the middle room on sunday, if only we had not possessions
the middle room on sunday, if only we had no possessions

Just a quick post this evening to show you something that always catches my eye and to show you how the middle room is coming on.  I’m sitting at that desk right now and it is looking pretty much the same.  The room seems so big and so calm now, selective restocking of the shelves is required this weekend.  But what will we do with everything else?  There’s no radiator in here at the moment so it’s bloomin’ cold – sitting with my coat and boots on.  Brrrr.

More information about the installation at the Dean Gallery is here.  It is a favourite of mine.