My month in pictures

This happened….

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Oh yes, we lit the Rayburn, so winter is definitely on its way. I must admit, I do enjoy the colder weather so much more since having the Rayburn. There’s just something about a fire and having the heat from it warm the home, to me its cozier than radiators doing the job.

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D had a week off work and this happened! Yes operation en suite has started and oh my goodness what a mess it’s brought. When I read interior magazines and someone’s renovating their house and they move into rented accommodation while the works being done, I turn slightly green with envy. I do think D does a super job of getting the work done while putting up with my moaning of keeping things tidy.

Want to see what else D did?

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A hole through the wall. This whole wall will eventually be no more and that will all become our bedroom.

Because of all this disruption, the boys room got used as a dumping ground, so I spent a day in there, sorting, tidying, a bit more sorting and after about 6 bags of stuff for the charity shops and a few bits sent up into the loft, I was happy with the calm that seemed to have settled on the clutter(ish) free room.

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Can you see all the bags, mostly clothes, I really did have a good sort out.

Toys were tidied into cupboards..

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The floor was cleared. Their room used to have my wardrobe right there next to the window and there was hardly any floor space. I have since moved the brown chest and the hamper baskets, so they have the whole floor which I’m very happy about. I can’t wait until we sort their room, decorate, new carpets and new beds.

I’ve wanted a bureau for a while and I found this one on that famous selling site and went to collect it. I’m really pleased with it. It’s been painted but not particularly well so it will be sanded and repainted at some point, but for now I’m loving having all my crafty, notebook, pens etc cozied up in here.

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In amongst all the chaos of the renovations I had a bit of baking to do for a very special day.

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This was a cake for visitors who came the day before the big day. The ones who couldn’t have the real thing cause, well it hadn’t been finished! Don’t feel sorry for them though, I did make this a bit special too. It’s got cinnamon, honey cashew butter, buttercream in the middle and melted chocolate drizzled on top. I was told it was delicious (I’m not a huge cake fan and didn’t have any).

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I was, however, delighted with how the proper birthday cake turned out. It looked just how I hoped and everyone loved it, especially Little C who was the special birthday boy.

That wasn’t all though, there was even more..

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A surprise inside, made Little C’s face light up when he saw all those tumble out. It’s made up of 2 cakes, that one above is chocolate sponge, with chocolate fudge buttercream and the other is a vanilla sponge with caramel sauce. I love using the chocolate fingers round the edge because it hides everything and just makes it all so neat. Definitely the best looking cake I’ve ever made.

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I took this just the other day. We had horrendous rain all day and the drain in our backyard was blocked with leaves and I couldn’t believe how quickly the water level rose.

I’ll be back in the next couple of days with some hooky photos, hopefully the weather will brighten up so I can get some better photos of all the colourful hookings.

See you soon, take care E x

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Bank Holiday Weekend Walk

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Sunday we had some lovely weather, after a rather gloomy Saturday. So late morning we set off for a quick walk that turned into a 2 hour walk. We started on our usual route, but instead of turning up the hill and round our normal circuit, we carried on through the fields. I love the views over all the countryside, I kept having to catch up with the others as I stopped to admire the views and capture them with my camera (well my phone!) and got left behind.

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Just look at that dog, I’m thinking it was cooling her down, but she really did get right down into that muddy puddle! Luckily the rest of the walk, with some long grass and sun, managed to clean and dry her, so when we got home she was pretty much mud free.

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My view walking up this track, was a chatty, singing, very entertaining Little C. He was so sweet, he walks so well and never complained once in the 2 hours. Our daily dog walks have obviously made his little two and a half year old legs very strong.

Some lovely things to look at along the way. I love being out in the countryside and the sunshine makes everything look so much happier.

We then turned off the road and along a very narrow track, with walls of greenery up above our heads and then out onto a wider track which runs along the top of the hill that our cottage sits about halfway down.

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We could see down into the town that’s a couple of miles away from our lane, love¬†how much green there is as well as the houses.

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Of course D had brought along blackberry picking tubs, so we stopped off to pick and eat some more. We had D’s daughter stay on Sunday too so had an extra mouth to feed with blackberries, but also extra hands to pick them. D’s got ideas to make blackberry gin!

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Back down the hill now, to find our little cottage. There are some hungry tummies, the blackberries not quite making up for lunch, some soup is waiting for us that D had cooking before we left. Yummy, yummy!

Well this was quite a photo heavy post, I apologise if it got a tad boring. Tomorrow I’ve got some colourful hooky to show you. My crocheting seems to have taken on a life of it’s own. I’ve got other projects waiting, scrap booking and sewing, to name a few, but I just can’t get enough of my gorgeous colourful yarn. So I’m thinking I’ll carry it on and along the way I might fancy a day with my sewing machine, it might be a better task for when Little Man is back at school perhaps. Wow that’s only a week away, doesn’t 6 weeks fly by!

Last day of August tomorrow, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again very soon.

Take care. E x

Darkness

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Good evening, I know you’ve already heard from me today, and twice in one day might be too much for some people to take, but I had to share this very sad state of affairs with you all. You see the photo, you might be wondering what is so interesting about a street light, well if I tell you what time I took this photo you might start to realise I’m going completely round the bend. I look out of my kitchen window at 7.40pm and was greeted by this! 7.40pm, I couldn’t believe it. My mobile phone informs me what time sunset is and today it should be 8.10pm, but half an hour before then it’s so dark the street light came on. So that’s it the nights are really starting to drawn in and soon it’ll be dark at 4pm.

I need to find something to cheer me up when the darkness sets in. I don’t really mind winter and I love Christmas but I struggle with the darkness, I think lots of colourful crafty goodies are in order to add some light to it!

Good night, E x

Quick Hello

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I just wanted to call in quickly today to show you this…. sunshine and blue skies. Wonderful to wake up this morning to this, rather than the dull grey of the past week.

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The door is open again here at Well Lane Cottage and the boys are happily playing outside, while I sit at the kitchen table, with the sun streaming through the window and pick up an old WiP to try and finish it….

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I’ll hopefully show you the finished article very soon, but for now it’s back to darning in ends and maybe some construction, if I’m allowed.

See you soon E x

Gloomy Rain Clouds

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The weather turned last week, it’s still not improved. The sun has gone away and taken the glorious blue sky with it. The boys have been going a little stir crazy, although we have managed a few quick walks in between the downpours, they haven’t been able to play outside like normal and the tv has been on far too much. I’m hoping for sunshine very soon!

The wet, gloomy, grey weather made me think of lighting our Rayburn again, it’s usually mid October, when it drops too cold in the evening, when we decide to light it. I looked over at the lovely red range in our kitchen and realised it was looking a bit dull and cluttered, so I set about on another tidying mission.

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Now imagine the before photo (which I forgot to take!) with pans being stored on the top and chopping boards leaning against the back, dust over all of it and loads of rubbish, things without a home, stuffed down the side. It was one of those things that justs get overlooked, “where can I put this, oh I’ll just put it down the side of the Rayburn for now”, the ‘for now’ obviously turns into forever! It’s been like that and getting worse since we stopped using it about May time. So something had to be done. I took everything out from down the side and vacuumed it all. Put things where they should go, the pans are in cupboards and a frying pan can live in the Rayburn oven while it’s not lit. All the paper we save for lighting it, I put in a bag and a couple of bits of wood neatly next to it. A pot with a cleaning brush and the poker hidden away at the back. Then I set to cleaning it up. Lots of elbow grease a steel scourer, toothbrush and black hands later, it looked like new (well nearly new) and I felt so much better for doing it.

Obviously you can tell there are a few things missing, things D hasn’t finished yet. A false ceiling needs putting in above the Rayburn and a spotlight putting in so it’s no so dark. Also need the plug socket and light switch putting in and a shelf in the gap next to the Rayburn, but we are so pleased how it’s worked out. I’ll show you more photos of the kitchen renovation in another post. I’m busy gathering all the photo’s together so I can get them all in order and take you through everything we’ve done.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my little hanging baskets, I want to add some trailing plants, maybe some ivy. But they add some colour for now, which is definitely needed against that grey, cloudy sky.

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Hope the weather where you are is better, but if not, lets make the most of staying inside more and hope the sun comes and dries us out very soon.

Have fun and take care. E x