Sunday, 8 October 2017

What A Treat!

What a treat the weather was today! Gorgeous sunshine, really warm too, a sort of bonus as it has been feeling so autumnal recently.

Today I finally got the allotment after weeks of being away at weekends or decorating the house or it raining. It needs some serious work, but I knuckled down and got some hard graft done. The weather was so warm I was wearing just a T-Shirt.....I mean not just a top, I had trousers on too but I'm a cold soul and rarely venture out in short sleeves!

The walk home was so incredibly beautiful I walked at snails pace to suck in every bit of beauty and warmth I could. It was like the summer was giving us the last ounces of her best before Autumn and Winter take hold.

I couldn't stop snapping photos of my beautiful walk home, hope you enjoy them.

Harvested Corn Flower Seeds. I will want them in my new garden:)


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Decorating Decorating Decorating :/

Plan Wales is in full swing. We want all the decorating refreshed before we put it on the market. So we've been full steam ahead planning, masking, sanding and painting. It's exhausting! As our home is so small even simple things like moving the furniture out of a room can be a nightmare as we have nowhere to put anything!
The room I'm most proud of is the bedroom. It was an awful streaky white when we moved in. The chap who owned it before seemed to have decorated the whole house with the cheapest white paint he could find. Everywhere got one coat, regardless of whether it covered the colour underneath ir not!

I saw this room in a B&Q catalogue which  was an off white with a hint of greyish/blue with a feature wall of plum. It looked fab! the catalogue. When I painted our bedroom with it, it looked dark, very dark, the whole room looked dark. And we hate decorating so much I have left it for 5 years like that!

Now we've come to move we have finally got the motivation together to decorate it. We did the main walls magnolia with the chinney breast sage green, replaced the blind and the light fitting and it looks SO much better! Why on earth didn't we do it before?! The room is lighter, brighter and just....lovely. I'm annoyed at myself for only doing it now we're leaving! Never mind, I'll appreciate it now it's here.

In other news the slow cooker is back out and I have a lamb stew on at the moment using local lamb and my own squash :D
I HAVE TO GO TO THE ALLOTMENT TOMORROW!! Even though I will be on my own and won't have Dh to remove a massive web that is over the top of my Welly and may have the spider also residing inside I must go!! Must start plot clearing or the weeds will take over. It's been so wet here recently it's hard to find a dry day when we've not been doing anything.

On the craft side I crocheted a lovely hat. It's a bit big but I enjoyed it, especially the flowers so I will do another one a bit smaller. I have also started crocheting socks. I haven't done any before and I'm not really following a pattern...I've gone rogue! ;)

Hope all is all with everyone :)

My newly decorated bedroom complete with my beloved Grandmas furniture x

Monday, 25 September 2017

A Trip To Wales

We've had the first of many trip to Wales the last couple of days. We caught up with friends and on the Monday they took us up and around the Gower Peninsula area. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We stopped off in many villages and beauty spots and they also took us to many areas they thought we might want to buy in.
We had a scrumptious Sunday lunch in Tenby then headed back towards Swansea. Today we went for a stroll in Rhossilli. They day weatherwise was much better today, gorgeous sunshine. We did some more exploring and took in the local area. I was trying to get the courage together to say good morning in Welsh to someone...I failed :(

We need to get the bedroom decorated now as a priority which we have decided to do this weekend as we keep procrastinating and not getting it done!

We still have reservations about the move as we will be moving further away from friends and family but it still feels like the right thing to do. It is scary though. If anyone had done anything similar moving to an entirely new area and wants to offer any thoughts it would be much appreciated!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Getting The House Ready For Selling

We live in a maisonette, which is basically a house that has been split into 2 flats, we live in the upstairs and we have a neighbour downstairs. We have lived here for 7 years and have given it a lot of love in that time, it needed it! But knowing we will soon be putting it on the market has given us the much needed push to do the last few cosmetic jobs before we can finally say it's finished- and move on to the next one!

Last Monday my Dad drove up from Dorset and hung some new doors for us, fitted our new shower door, replaced a light fitting, fitted a blind  and did a bit of tile repair for us.

Now we just have to do some decorating to freshen up 2 of the rooms and the porch and we're ready to go on the market!

So excited about this next chapter in our lives! If the weather stays fit this weekend I will hopefully get to paint the decking and I MUST get to the allotment which has been severely neglected the past few weeks.

On the craft side I am crocheting a hat and have been making gluten free crackers from buckwheat flour which is delicious.

Will check in again soon!


Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Little Catch Up

From now, until the end of September is so busy, almost every day on the calendar  has something written on it! We are pressing forward with the plan to move and had my parents up last weekend as my Dad is going to do a bit of DIY for us as he is a pro at it to help our home be ready to go on the market.

I had a couple of friends up last weekend for 2 days. We had lovely weather. I saved some of the money I got for my birthday and it was lovely to be able to treat them to lunch at my favourite cafe. We went for walks, went blackberry picking, played games and had general merriment. It was lovely
Work has been busy. It has undergone a big expansion and unfortunately now every day seems a bit chaotic and I am having to do regular overtime to cover for people being on holiday or off sick, which I don't really like to do as I value my time much more than a little extra money (not that we don't need it, I just don't want to be at work all the time). I won't be sorry to leave really when we move so it will be an easy tie to cut.

I have not been doing a lot craft wise but I am still working hard learning Welsh and we have been re-enacting recently doing Lacock At War and we have Bude At War coming up too.

We went over a friends house for dinner last night and we played games and had fun. It was realy fun. Today, I started the day by making dh pancakes with stewed blackberries (handpicked from the hedgerows), I've sat with my coffee and had a short read. It is raining here very hard but I promised a friend some allotment produce so I will go down their and pick some bits. We are going to call in for a cup of tea with one of my lovely elderly lady friends, I am going to do some more Welsh, do the ironing and go and pick up a second hand computer monitor dh got off Ebay yesterday as his has packed up and he got this one really cheap :)

My walking challenge continues and I am loving it. In mid August I challenged myself to walk 500 miles before the end of the year (walking round at work etc doesn't count). It has really motivated me to be more active, I walked 6 miles yesterday. Sometimes it's hard to find the time, but I seem to be managing at the moment :)

All in all, a busy time but I will try and keep posting in September as much as possible. We have a trip to Wales planned, more reenacting shows, decorating and DIY to do, the allotment shed to paint, the decking here to finish painting, as well as working full time. Life is exciting at the moment and I am enjoying all the challenges and changes that are happening because of it :)

Breakfast pancakes for Dh
All the extra walking before and after work means I get to see some great sunrises and sunsets. Yesterday I saw 4 deer first thing having a nibble on the hedgerows :)

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

What I Do As Soon As I Get Up

Since we came back from Australia, I have started doing something in the morning I can't imagine ever stopping as I enjoy it so much.

I've never been one for getting up in the morning and putting the tele on, occasionally the radio, but not the tele. I like quiet in the morning. It's calming and I think it's a much nicer way to wake up. I don't even like a lot of lights on if I can help it, prefering natural light or lamps, if neccessary. I used to get up and potter round doing jobs until I was ready to go to work or whatever. But now I get up, make dh and I a tea or coffee, go into the lounge, sit and read, for about 20 minutes. I love it. I love the quietness, I love just sitting, I love hearing the cars of people rushing past going about their daily business. Burt usually comes and joins me. Dh usually goes straight to his office, or if it's a weekend sometimes he stays in bed and has an extra half an hour, so it's always just me. It's lovely.

I usually read factual books rather than novels, but that's just me. I know it's easier for me as I don't have children but I still see this time as a treat. I'm more of a morning person than an evening one so I know I wouldn't do this in an evening, plus there's something about the stillness of the morning that makes my quiet, early morning read even more enjoyable :)

I was at Lacock At War reenacting the weekend just gone so have lots of catching up jobs to do this week before guests arrive for the weekend. We have a busy September coming up before everything quietens down for winter.

My Current Book Bought Second Hand Is Absolutely Fascinating. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Visiting Friends

For the last couple of days we have been away visiting friends in Portsmouth. They are such lovely people, its always a treat to catch up.

We arrived on Monday afternoon and after a cup of tea and catch up, and showing each other our latest ww2 finds, as they are also into reenactors, took their dog out for a good walk, whilst taking the foraging bag. We managed to forage apples from some trees on public land and blackberries. M was also eyeing up stone fruit (that I'd not heard of before) , hazelnuts and plums that wern't quite ready yet. In the evening we socialised and watched A Royal Night Out, I love that film!

On Tuesday we went round Portsmouth historic dockyard and went round some of the museums. We have been before so it was sort of a continuation of our last visit. The weather was devine and I love going on the water bus, which is a free service of a little boat, that takes you from one side of the harbour to another. You get a good view of all the boats moored up too :)

We went round loads of antique and vintage shops and I brought a beutiful woollen deep red dress which will be perfect for when the weather cools off. I also found a large vintage cotton Union Jack flag for my WW2 display. It was attached to a wooden flag pole. It measures approx 2.5 ft x 3.5ft. Anyone who has tried to buy a material flat will know how expensive they are. I got mine for £15, which was a steal! We stopped off for lunch then went round more shops and a final museum before heading home.

We walked the dog in the evening and relaxed. I slept well that night.

On Wednesday we went to the Explosion Museum. This was extremely interesting and had lots of information about the women who worked in the munitions factories is WW2 as well as a history of munitions. I learnt a lot, and could have spent longer there if we didn't have to head off, as I was dog walking in the afternoon so we said our goodbyes and headed for home. 
Forging for blackberries and apples that will be made into jam. We got a jar to take home with us :)
Dog walking! 
The Explosion Museum