The Hall part 2


So, there you have it, the final colour choice for the hall was the dark one.  All day at work on Thursday I was worried that I had made a dreadful decision and that I would get home to something I could not live with. Gladly, that was not the case but I do kind of wish I had a shinier finish than this very matt one which only has 5% sheen. As you can see, it really catches the light none the less.  Out of all the decisions, this is the one I have agonised over the most, thanks to everyone who listened, you’ll be glad it’s done too, I will stop going on about it, I promise.  C and I have spent far too long analysing the floor and whether it has a pinkish hue in the artificial light of the evening.  Now we need to get real, look forward to it looking a little less new; with our gang that won’t take long.  Once the woodwork is painted it will look amazing, it spoils it having yellowy skirting at the moment but, we’ll get there. (one day)

We have started putting the study/music room back together and so far, so good. The skirting has been done to the best of my ability, not sure how I kept managing to paint the floor too. Luckily it wiped right off, phew.

(Nearly)Birthday Girl’s Party

I thought you might like a wee peek at the scene before H’s guests arrived for her party, the back room looked great with the bunting and balloons, not sure if you can make out the ‘Happy Birthday’ on the window above the table.  That feeling of anticipation before the event is brilliant, isn’t it.

The Garden Room pre 6 year olds
The Garden Room – before the 6 year olds took over

Kiss the Fish came along with decopatch creatures to be decorated with lots of brilliant choices of paper, check out the before and after shots.  Everyone loved doing the painting and sticking, the googly eyes and glitter are always the highlight of the decoration process.  Sadly, Kiss the Fish does not have a studio any more but they pop up at craft fairs and lots of other events round Edinburgh and I would highly recommend the party, Rhona has it down to a fine art, excuse the pun.

All ready for decoration, they love choosing who they will decorate
All ready for decoration, they love choosing who they will decorate
all done, eyes and sparkle applied
all done, ready to be varnished

Well, that’s another weekend gone. December is here and the countdown to the Festive season is upon us again.  Not long until the decorations are up and the house feels extra special.  We’ve only spotted one tree up so far, bet that will change over the next few days, let the sparkly season commence, yay! x



My eldest is fourteen today, my husband was convinced he would come in September even though his due date was 12 October. He did, but only just, with about an hour to spare.

What a lot has happened in these 14 years.  Two more little cherubs have joined our family not to mention 2 fish, 2 guineas and, most recently, 2 dogs.  We  made a bold move to Edinburgh and another move since then under sad circumstances.  We have visited numerous places and had highs and lows.

I’m not sure that I had a fixed idea about how motherhood and family life would be but there is one thing for sure, ” there’s always something”.  That’s one of my Mum’s sayings , it usually came with an exasperated intonation.  It’s so sad she and my Dad are not here to see their first grandchild turning into a super young man.

The cake for today was a bit tragic.  No way I’m showing you it but it tasted great and had lots and lots of candles round it to detract from its poor presentation.  Teenboy was far more interested in FIFA 14 than how his cake looked, phew.

Day Forty-Two

Well, today has been one full of emotion.  I woke up to find the garden white and gorgeous.  My Mum always said that it snowed on the day she took me home in Glasgow, all those years ago, so it’s not the first time we’ve had snow when it’s meant to be springtime.

snow  for my birthday
snow for my birthday

It has been a very sad day because I said goodbye to someone who has known me since that time and has been in my life ever since. His funeral was today and my love goes out to Sister Agnes and family.

When we got home from the Toon my lovely family cheered me up with a very funny cake.  Not our usual style but very well received.  Back to house news tomorrow.

cake 001