Day Seventy-Three

Yesterday nothing happened works wise but we did move the big cupboards that have been taking up a huge amount of the hall.  The hall is now clear and tidyish – it feels massive – a bit like ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’ by Julia Donaldson.  The old lady in the story fills her tiny house up with animals so that it’s seriously overcrowded, she’s guided by a wise old man.  When she gets rid of them all she feels like the house is much bigger and better than ever before.  Great message there.

new shower and screen
new shower and screen
Haven't seen that wee corner of the hall for months.
Haven’t seen that wee corner of the hall for months.
H looking out - yes, it was that sunny today, gorgeous
H looking out – yes, it was that sunny today, gorgeous
slightly useable front room with L's desk
slightly useable front room with L’s desk

We have the last shower and screen in place, it looks brilliant and huge – need to wait a bit to use it though.  The grout in the upstairs bathroom had a little issue which is now fixed thank goodness.  The front room is now useable, in a kind  of haphazard mismatched kindof way, L needs to study for some end of year exams so it’s only fair he has somewhere that does not look like an obsessive hoarder’s house.

Other Stuff

The guineas thought they had gone to heaven today when I put them in some long long grass in their run.  They had a good go at it – just as well since the lawn mower is at the mender’s (up a wee st in Edinburgh that looks like an old Wild West set – really).

Guineas in the long long grass
Guineas in the long long grass

Well,  it’s that time again, have a brilliant weekend, I am hoping lots of painting and sorting is going to make the place an oasis of calm by Monday. as if!  xx

p.s. Sorry HC, no flowers for you today, hope you’re not too upset. xx

Day Seventy-One

We had a last minute bit of work today, the tiler arrived about 4pm and  he finished off the upstairs bathroom tiles and finally got the last blue tile down in the downstairs bathroom.

The  children are getting used to their new rooms upstairs, it will be much better once the carpet is in.  The upstairs bathroom has been painted, after 8 tester pots, from dark intense blue to light grey, it is white!  F is not liking all the white, he said tonight that it looks like the bathroom is decomposing because it’s white and grey, not sure of his logic really.  We’ve agreed  to keep it white until we find the perfect colour, if it exists.  I love the white…

Other Random Stuff

Here are a couple of photos from the weekend, hope you like them, x

Louis' toastie, before it hits the sandwich press.
L’s  toastie, before it hits the sandwich press.  All his own work
the dogs' daft 'sister' bought them a very indulgent treat from Stockie market.
the dogs’ daft ‘sister’ bought them a very indulgent treat from Stockie market.

We really are getting closer now, there is just so much more stuff everywhere – maybe we should just chuck it all and start again.  As many of you know that would be impossible for me!

Day Forty-Nine

look, no scaffolding
look, no scaffolding

More or less ten weeks in and it’s looking good.  All the plastering is done, we have two working loos, two rooms are totally ready to paint, funnily enough I’m not so excited about that now it’s actually come time to go for it!  Downstairs has lots of developments, the ensuite looks great, just need to finalise which shower to go for now, the cupboard is going to be the best ever storage space for this’n’that so I can have a beautifully uncluttered home (and a chronic cupboard).  Today I was quite fancying the ensuite for a wee hidey hole study type room but I think we’ll go with the original plan.

into the ensuite, love how the window works in there.
into the ensuite, love how the window works in there.
stairs drying off
stairs drying off
bedroom cupboard to under the stairs
bedroom cupboard to under the stairs

Other Stuff

We have shown off our regeneration to numerous people today, the house has been going like a fair this afternoon, great fun with about 13 kids dotting about in total making iPad films in the garden.  Brilliant,that’s what this house should be about.  Tea was the order of the day with the visitors and I reckon I had about 8 cups in amongst the comings and goings, lucky we now have two loos.

Wishing you all a brilliant weekend. xx