25 October 2013

Here we are, Friday again and we’re all anticipating the things we’ll do with an extra hour, let’s not worry about how early it will get dark.

Just a few things to share;

The first is the beautiful house we stayed in last weekend in Newcastle’s Gosforth area.  Our pals have not long moved in to it and it is an absolute cracker.  It was built in 1910 and has lots of original features left.  You enter the house via the gorgeous and unusually shaped front door, then you’re hit by the  wood panelling painted white – it really works.  The floor in the hall and the other rooms downstairs is breathtaking too and when you look more closely you notice the inlaid detail round the edges. I was so inspired by the wooden hall that I have had (yet another) sanding floor company round today.  Just cannot decide whether to go for dark or pale boards.  Any advice gratefully received.

floor detail
floor detail
front door
front door – note the built in hatch
tiles in upstairs loo, would be black and white wouldn't they
tiles in upstairs loo, would be black and white wouldn’t they

The other thing that strikes you about the house is the windows, so many bays with the original glazing.  it was hard to capture how stunning they are and how huge!

check this front room's bay, complete with Skylanders, of course
check this front room’s bay, complete with Skylanders, of course

Next thing,

Earthy was looking very seasonal today when I popped in, lovely to see the Halloween thing without hideousness (is that a word).  I’ve never seen so many different types of pumpkins and squashes.

Earthy, Canonmills
Earthy, Canonmills

Lastly, there’s a new place to eat in Edinburgh and here’s the cover for the menu, designed collaboratively by two girls I know.

hope the food is as attractive
hope the food is as attractive

Remember to let me know whether you prefer dark or light wooden stripped floorboards, it’s beginning to get on my nerves that I cannot decide.  Have a fabulous, autumnal weekend. xx

p.s. still no idea what the enamel item from yesterday is

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