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?)

Getting Christmassy

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We are happy to be getting a bit festive here, at last.  The tree has been up for a wee while but the rest of the house has not had much attention yet.  The holidays are here and somehow  I managed to coax all three children to come and make some decorations using cranberries, star shaped oranges, tufts from the offcuts of the christmas tree and some green wire thread.  There is a most unusual additional item on one of the decorations, teen boy’s idea of a joke.

The component parts
The component parts

Yes, that is a jaffa cake on the closest one.
Yes, that is a jaffa cake on the closest one.
there they are on the wall in the hall, using hooks that are waiting to get their old pictures back.  like the radiator?
there they are on the wall in the hall, using hooks that are waiting to get their old pictures back. like the radiator?

This weekend we’ll be shopping, making the back room festive and relaxing with friends.  All of us here really need some slow time to recharge and get ready for Christmas.  It feels like I have been in a whirlwind this week.  F was in a play, his main part was Dopey the dwarf and he was brilliant.  What a laugh (it was meant to be funny), he got the rather serious audience smiling.  Now he’s absolutely shattered, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did not see the morning tomorrow.  That’s what holidays are for though, isn’t it.

Wishing you a happy and fun weekend, good to know we can have a bit of a breather before the big day.xx