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 Sixty-Five

Friday again already,  this is the weekend that we will sort the carpet out and the shower enclosure.  Have to get them organised.

The tiles are in ready for the shower and the enclosure, had to go for the brick effect again despite trying really hard to go for a different look.  They are big this time at least.

corner that will be the shower
corner that will be the shower

The painter has been busy upstairs again today, he’s started on the shutters, my essential extra in the back bedroom.  The rhs one is not balanced yet but the man who can sort it out is coming tomorrow thankfully.

my lovely shutters, I am so looking forward to closing the shutters at bedtime
my lovely shutters, I am so looking forward to closing them at bedtime

I have always wanted shutters, I just love them.  My paternal grandparents had them in their Leopold Place flat and I spent hours opening and shutting them in the living room that nobody went into, unless it was a special occasion, of course.  The room also held my Grandpa’s piano.  He used to play the Sugar Plum Fairy for my sister and me to dance to.  This actually meant jumping from one big blob on the carpet to another.  The carpet was red and the blobs were very elaborate and colourful.  There’s probably a name for the particular type of carpet – I’m sure it will be retro-cool again soon though it’s not the look we’re going for on the stairs this time.

The last image for today is the Hornsea Tapestry items that I promised you from the flea market last Saturday.  The cruet set is going to be a fixture on the dining table. I need to get the pepper pot some white ground pepper which I’m sure is what would suit it best.  I am so pleased with these pots it’s daft, I’m not sure where they will end up so they are gracing the window sill in the ‘big room’ at the moment.

Hornsea from the flea market last weekend.
Hornsea from the flea market last weekend.

Oh my word as I sit and type there is sleet battering the big windows, isn’t it May??? Brrr looks miserable, it started just as C was going to take the dogs out for a walk, he’s now watching Question of Sport until it clears.  It keeps coming in waves, dogs still up for their walk though!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend, without any more mad rain and sleet, x

(He’s still not taken the dogs out)

Day Sixty-One

There’s grey grout in those tiles upstairs now and the en-suite shower tray has been installed along with a rather handsome tap on the dinky sink.

loving the grey grout
loving the grey grout
no go zone upstairs
no go zone upstairs
shower room starting to come together.
shower room starting to come together.
lovely wee tap
lovely wee tap

Other Stuff

I’m feeling pretty austerity virtuous this tea time. I was going to ‘nip’ into the local massive supermarket on the way home but I decided to avoid it to save the inevitable £25 spend on things you did not know you needed.  Next stop the fridge and bread bin, I used up so many odd items for tea it was great – the children had vegetable soup and eggy bread (using the last of the Valvona and Crolla bread from the farmers’ market) followed by mini banana and white choc cakes made with 2 really really old black bananas I couldn’t quite throw away.  The flavour was amazing since they were so ripe. Yum.  What’s even better is that it’s not pay-day til Thursday so the last coppers will last a bit longer now.  Don’t think I could get another day out of what’s there but you never know…

Might have to have a look here to get inspired – love food hate waste.