Monday, November 1, 2010

Autumn Light

Words are unnecessary.

Joyce's Pool, Didmarton

Sycamore Light

Crab Apples

Down the Lane

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Chicken's blog has been updated!

Just to let you know that one of the new chickens has already got to grips with the computer and updated their blog!

A little background, Porch, the last of our rescued chickens, died last Saturday, and on Sunday we got three point of lay girls to join the two others which we bought as point of lay chickens last year.

The one that looks most like Porch is called Terrace, the one that looks most like Tikka is call Masala, and the other one is Korma.

We have now gone from two eggs a day to four! What fun! I had better get baking!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Nearly There

Look now because you will never see the upstairs as clean and tidy as this!

When we got quotes we were told it would be 4 weeks, so I immediately joked and said that meant 6 weeks, telling the company we rented the portakabins from that it would be at least 8 weeks. So, 10 weeks and counting, we are finally nearing the end. The bathroom is nearly finished so it is just the finishing touches to the downstairs floor, then it has to be oiled, and we are in.

Well, not in as such. What I really mean is then I can carrying everything back in from the shipping container! It took me three weeks to empty the house, and I now have only nine days before guests arrive. Could be interesting!

The 'guest' end of the open plan upstairs.

Our bedroom

Working in the bathroom

The 'galleried landing'

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Where is my Teenager?

While putting up the pool on the weekend, Peter was less than helpful. He needed each and every step explained. So just saying, "Right, now we have to connect up the solar panels" didn't work. He needed me to say, "take this pipe and put it there."

I had gone inside to get the camera in order to take photos of how we set it up to make it easier for next year, and when I came out I couldn't see him. I eventually found him laying under one of the solar panels:

When he realised I had snapped a photo, this was his reaction!

Teenagers eh! Good thing I love him so much!

Sunday, May 23, 2010


And this is what the cabin now looks like after we have moved in. It is only 23x8.5, and I think it is good that Peter will learn what it is like to live in such area. It will set him up for being a student living in a bedsit!


It was hard during the transition when we were neither in the house or in the cabin. The house was 'wrong' because the computers were not in the study, but in the main part of the barn where most of the furniture had been taken out.

And this is where all our belongings are going!


Here are some photos of the portacabin from before we moved in:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It Has Started!

Today was the day the portacabins which will be our home for the next few weeks arrived. We are moving everything out of the barn so that we can renew the underfloor heating pipes.

As is often the case with people in the construction industry there was a lot of umming and awing about whether they would get them in, and as you can see, it was a bit tight:

There wasn't inches to spare between the cabin and the guttering on the garage, it was millimetres!

The cabin on the left is where we will live, and the one in front is where we will be putting all our belongings. They are both anti vandal cabins which is really ironic, as there are not many vandals in our area, but they couldn't get the normal ones up our narrow drive.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Safe in our own little world, protected by iPod and sling...

Gazing at the ghost sheep outside the window, watching the world go by...

It is so confusing sometimes, so mixed up, but we are safe in our own little world.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Two dimensional decoupage is where pictures are glued onto a hard surface and varnished to make it look like it was painted on. It started way back when people couldn't afford to have painted furniture so they got their carpenters to hand colour black and white prints and glue them on. Then enough layers of varnish are added to embed the paper so deep that it no longer looks like paper.

This is a 'before' example of a print:

And this is what it looks like after colouring:

It is particularly good on country furniture like this old rocking chair:

Here is a close of of the detail. This one hasn't had the full treatment of varnish yet:

It is also a nice treatment for sprucing up wooden tissue boxes:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

At least there is one good thing to come from having too much snow!