A project was started after finding a painted chair with flower pot in an Antique Shop in Crewkerne, it was painted a lovely duck egg blue, really liked it & thought that’s something we could make, so couple of wooden chairs were bought from local Auction for £10, already had a pot of outdoor paint in cream colour & bought the flower pots locally for £1.50 each.
Booked couple of nights away & experienced ‘Glamping’ for the first time at Budleigh Salterton. They have ‘pop up’ tents for July & August, believe they are known better as ‘Creamfields’ normally at festivals. It was a fun time except for our first nights’ sleep……the wind & rain were unbelievable that night, didn’t sleep until 3am, thought the car was going to be my bed that night ! Tent in one piece next morning I’m happy to report !
🏡 Spent 4 days at the cottage after Christmas which was great, relaxing time this visit with Katherine & Abbie, James & Sam came for an overnight & we spent the morning in Lyme Regis with breakfast at The Bell Cliff, love it when places accept the dogs too !👍
Amazing how calm the harbour was !
One thing we’ve realised here is that a lot of restaurants were closed for Katherine’s birthday ! Seemed to be an extra long holiday period ! Where were we going to eat ? Found one in Lyme Regis which was pleasant, but no other choices, nearly resorted to a takeaway ! Mum & Ted were visiting overnight so they joined us. The winds were amazing on the beach when we left the restaurant !
Visited Seaton Beach today, still wet & very windy weather but very mild for December ! ☔We got very wet !
So we needed a nice cozy pub & meal so travelled along the coast to Beer Village & relaxed in the local pub, the Anchor Hotel ! Again dogs welcome !
Well it’s time to go back tomorrow morning unfortunately to our rental, if we stayed one more day they are holding the tradition of dipping in the sea in fancy dress on New Year’s Day in Lyme Regis ! Now who fancies that !!! 🌊☔🏊🌊☔🏊🌊☔
🏡 It’s January 2016 & no snow YET ! Glad though as it means the driveway has progressed and should be finished by this weekend so next photos it will be completed ! This is progress so far up to last weekend:
It was dog walking time so walked around the village, still quite wet & muddy, the views are amazing !
And look at our house on the hill, taken from the Village Hall.
We’ve ordered new front door, keeping the black front door but new interior door & back door. Back door needs attention as it leaks & letting in the cold weather as not sealed properly, so quite cold in the kitchen !
We’ve started looking at decorating so started on smallest cupboard, the larder ! Needed the old shelves removing & holes in walls filled. Looking at paint charts for next stage, thinking maybe a cream colour to brighten everywhere, colour is yellow in the kitchen at the moment, which is nice but needs a new fresh colour.
So looking forward to seeing the driveway so here’s to the next blog….xx
🏡 Half term spent at cottage, nice change not having to rush back !
Few jobs sorted:- Chimney Sweep in to check the wood burner & camera up flue to check in one piece, everything good so it was lit to warm the house !
Aga was looked at & good news, just needs a good service & clean & should look like new afterwards !
Thatcher was in to check the back thatch & quote, also the ridge will be sorted on front thatch & all the moss will be brushed off, should look much better.
So this weekend new front & back door to be fitted, that will be a great improvement for keeping in the heat ! The back door has been letting in the wet & cold, believe it is an internal door, hopeless !
Spent our days going to the coast, Sidmouth, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay, all lovely places, the dogs enjoyed it too !
Now who recognises this house ? Hint: David Tennant !
So until next time, thank you for reading this update !
🏡 Easter holidays are here so Devon here we come !
A busy time:- look at our new doors fitted last month, front & back, love them ! Make all the difference to heat & light, especially the back door.
Another difference to heat the house is the Aga ! It’s been serviced & cleaned thoroughly & now producing lovely heat after being switched on this week, especially in the kitchen, hopefully heating through the house eventually. Enjoying learning how to cook again ! Instant heat all the time, so cups of tea always ready ! Have put away the plug-in kettle, toaster & microwave not been used all weekend ! Used a toaster gadget on Aga this morning & cooked lovely toast, next step is to bake some bread to make toast ! It will go with the fresh eggs from a neighbour’s hens this morning ! We have the wood burner on tonight & not too bad with boiler turned right down, so ok as it was a cloudy, wet day too !
We have a great table/pool table which has been used alot ! We visited a Furniture Recycling shop locally & found some nice chairs for the table.
Another shop selling antiques & bric-a-brac had a kitchen table, the right size, but a dark colour so it will be a project later to strip the wood & stain it.
Another addition is a washing machine, only you ladies will understand how important that is ! Have been here for the week so glad it’s sorted !
🏡 Decided to change the two rooms downstairs around, using the log burner when you’re not sitting in the room seemed daft so moved settees into that room, they are slightly big but fine for now….
Back out to garden as weather so good at the moment, thought next job would be to pull apart the chicken house as we are clearing that side of the garden……
BUT look what the chicken house was resting on ! Wheels …! Maybe you could move it around ?
Another shed to knock down was next to the original outside toilet ! (Will not be using that !) From this….
To this……… (that’s the toilet house !)
Problem is we’ve got to get rid of three huge piles of brambles, trees & wood now !! Now it’s lucky across the road lives a neighbour who has a tree cutting/garden clearance & shredder company so when we ready it can go ! Oh and that’s where we get our fresh eggs too ! Handy eh !
Garden looking much clearer on this side now, gained metres due to those nasty brambles, you can see in photo how much gained & where the original chicken house stood.
Well that’s April photos sorted & blogged, it’s May on Sunday so here’s to next blog……thank you for reading xx
🏡 What a wet August that was ! Eventually we were able to finish painting outside house wall and also painted front wall, looking so much better, fresh & clean.
Previously was a white/grey colour I suppose to go with original black window frames so now having oak frames we liked the cream colour (parchment) for the walls. Just leaves two more walls to finish, hopefully before Winter !!
The garden patio area looking good, sleepers in to support the upper area, then shingled and more shingle on lower area, should be enough shingle !! That was fun (!) moving all that in buckets !
We have lots of pots we are filling for patio area so buying a plant each time we’re out ! 🌻🌹🌱
Chickens are much bigger now, hopefully first eggs soon 🐔🤔🐔?
🐔YES, an egg has arrived ! The chickens are around 26 weeks old, overdue for laying, we were advised to stop the treats & see what happens & Yes 2 days later an egg has appeared, actually on 5th Nov Bonfire Day, did they get the frights last night from fireworks & that helped to get things going ??! As I write today no. 2 has been laid too ! Well done chicks ! Big Question: which one/two are laying ? No problems with it as happy it’s happening ! 🐔🐔🐓🐓 Poor things getting wet in their run today so sorting the roof for water to drain away & laid down woodchippings to soak up the water !!
🍳Know what’s for tea tonight !🍳
🐔Lots & lots of eggs now by end Nov, stopped counting now !🐔
🐓🐔Look at this tiny tiny egg ! Can only think it may be Gwen who laid that one, she’s the tiniest chick of them all 🐔🐓
This month of course included Bonfire Night, we sat on the beach for our first display……Abbie, katherine & Alex joined us for the weekend.🎉🆒