Day Fifty-Five

The good news is that I had a shower this morning, yahoo.  The bad news is that the bathroom is now out of bounds!

no go zone

mat for underfloor heating
mat for underfloor heating

 

More good news is that the upstairs bath is fully functional now so we can get clean. Phew.

upstairs bath all working
upstairs bath all working

 

The window sills are all in upstairs, lots of fiddly little jobs are being done now like the ceiling and floor in the cupboard where the old stairs were and a stud wall in the hall cupboard.

window sills looking good
window sills looking good

 

We had a brilliant trip to London this weekend – photos coming soon. We’re all a bit tired zzzz

Day Forty-Five

Easter Monday or not this house was a buzzing hive of activity this morning. Electricians putting in lights, switches and power points, walls being knocked through, cupboard doors being made and plastering being done. All good and it feels like they are getting closer to completion. I cannot wait to get upstairs to paint that lovely smooth plaster, hopefully this weekend I can get in there and get on.

When we got home from a lovely day out, the space was knocked through the wall for the new door and the place was tidied up a treat, so good to come home and not have to clear up lots of brick dust.  The doors for the little cupboards are looking good and so is the plastering.

Here are lots of photos for you to see how it’s going, enjoy.

bedroom wall before
bedroom wall before
the bedroom wall after
the bedroom wall after
bedroom wall after
bedroom wall after
upstairs bathroom lights
upstairs bathroom lights
front to back today
front to back today
cupboard doors
cupboard doors
back to front today
back to front today – shiny dry plaster on rhs

Other Stuff

Easter Monday seemed a good time to get together with some old friends and their children.  Yellowcraigs in East Lothian was the perfect destination for children aged 3 (only just) to 13 and dogs.  There’s a great big playpark and a gorgeous beach – not the best beach weather but good to get some fresh air and Lucy the dog just loves the beach, she runs about like a puppy this way and that, very cute.  We went out for lunch (I’ll tell you about that another time).  Lunch was followed by more playing in another park – the sun came out to make it even better.  All of us ‘grown ups’ agreed it was a successful day and that we really should do it more often.  It really is just a case of planning which sounds really boring but it is necessary for these days to happen.  The diaries will be out soon to make another date.  Let’s make it soon. x

Day Forty – Windows

Well, the day finally came when we were to have windows upstairs.

It’s not getting any warmer here so I’m hoping that they will keep a bit more heat in the house.  We have removed the magic curtain and it’s good to see the light coming down from the skylights above the stairs. Have a look and see what you make of my lovely windows.

in they come
in they come
front first thing this morning
front first thing this morning
front with windows
front with windows
looking out the back window
looking out the back window

So that’s upstairs fully sealed and ready for the plasterers tomorrow, the bathroom will be getting some much needed attention too.

Other Stuff

We had quite a quiet weekend, teenboy was not well and the weather was pretty cold. Surprisingly, apart from a few flutters, we missed out on snow.  The best part of the weekend was Sunday morning when we headed out to see what happened, despite the freezing wind. We rediscovered an old favourite of ours, the Botanic Gardens here in Edinburgh.  It was just too cold to stay long at Inverleith swing park so we decided to trot over to the Botanics.  What a great move, it was full of life and the children had a brilliant time in the classroom part of the entrance area planting marigolds and sunflowers, with the help of really enthusiastic volunteers.  I liked the ‘shelf life’ display too, just shows you that you don’t need much to grow a plant.

shelf life - as seen at the botanics
shelf life – as seen at the botanics
treasures from the botanics
treasures from the botanics

There was a fantastic stand in the plant shop with, yes, you guessed, Ranuculus plants for sale, the children chose one each, they’re planted up and looking good out there, hope they won’t perish in the cold though.

Ranuculus (again)
Ranuculus (again)

After the Botanics, everyone was keen to head on to Stockbridge Market and we had great fun trying every tablet and sweetie on offer there. We came home with a lovely lunch, comte cheese and a baguette, how continental.  Tasted good too, we have pledged to go more often and support the little guys out there.

delights from Stockbridge Market
delights from Stockbridge Market

Being inspired by the Botanics, H and I headed out to our local DIY store for some potting compost and came out with another armful of bargains from the plant dept – pansies, daisies and margarites this time. The focus on the garden continued when we got back, the greenhouse has had a pane of glass missing since last summer, we fixed that, at last.  Good job, C.  Every bargain is now planted and cheering up the garden – all we need is spring to return and help them grow.  Fingers crossed x