One month after seeding the front lawn and look at it now! It was Colin’s birthday so we found a suitable cake for him (we couldn’t find Colin the Caterpillar). Best mates! Also, hard to believe he is 52. Sunny mornings in the house. Cat brought this beautiful glass ornament back from Venice. The chimney… Continue reading Birthday boy
After our plumber fixed the many leaks I couldn’t wait to use the shower (no-one has used it yet). Unfortunately I found two further problems with it. Firstly I couldn’t change the temperature, it was warm but I couldn’t get it close to cold or hot. Secondly, as I was fiddling around trying to change… Continue reading More shower trouble…
Tuesday morning and our plumber Andy arrives to assess what the hell is going on with the leak in the main soil pipe. The first plan of attack is to go in through the boxing and old floorboards above (under the new staircase), to the area where the waste pipe from the shower, bath and… Continue reading Seven bloody leaks!
The day we have been anticipating for many, many months now has finally arrived. Today we are moving back in!!! Excitement is mixed with exhaustion after the last few days/weeks/months but we have a team of 10 very jolly volunteers from the village who arrive at 9am on a Sunday morning (on a sunny Bank… Continue reading Moving day!
Tomorrow is moving day (!) so today we are going to be crazy busy, cleaning, sorting and packing in both houses. There is a team of lovely people from the village all ready to help us move (they have been ready to help for months now) and they are starting at 9am so we have… Continue reading Cleaning, sorting & packing
Cat is on a mission. She is cleaning all the rooms working from the top down, ready for us to move in on Sunday (!!), removing any Ram Board, hoovering, washing the floors, dusting all the shelves, window seats and radiators. This is Zanna’s bedroom, cleaned up and ready for furniture! We haven’t seen the… Continue reading The big clean up begins
This is the last available day to paint and oil and fix and clean before we move in next weekend and it’s going to be epic. I was greeted with this first thing in the morning, some delightful presents from our resident Starlings. Little f***ers. Cat and Colin are both applying a second coat of… Continue reading The last push
So the plan is to move back in next weekend! One week shy of 12 months to the day that we moved out! There is still a great deal to do when we have moved back in but we are rationalising it to the things that must be done before then. There is, however, still… Continue reading Frantic final weekend
We were originally supposed to be back in the house around September/October, but when it was apparent that wasn’t going to happen our next deadline was Christmas… That has now come and gone too sadly but we did cook the turkey in the oven at Pear Tree Cottage. We accidentally purchased an enormous turkey from… Continue reading Xmas not at Pear Tree
Today it rained and rained and rained so Tom and George arrived and left soon after, although George did brush down the mortar that wasn’t too wet before he went. George will be back tomorrow morning to do the same. Another cracking photo of Cat (sorry). She has tackled the kitchen and I wish I… Continue reading Winding down for Xmas