I just love words
and words that make me think
I love even more
So I've fallen in love with a purple sofa, and I will possibly get a matching footstool. There's no space for a chair as well but then there's usually only going to be me and a certain little Pug there so we won't need one. The footstool can be for tired legs, can be a coffee table if I pop a tray on top or can be additional seating if I do get visitors.
I would say little dogs won't be allowed on it ... but that's never worked out in the past, so maybe I'll get a matching fleecy throw for Suky's half of the sofa 😄
The hardcore from the back has all been taken away now, and over the weekend the Indian Stone paving slabs that were taken up from the right-hand side of the garden were laid into position where the mouldy wooden decking used to be. It's like a patchwork of stone, and once they have all been properly laid with sand and cement all the stone will be pressure washed to make it look nice and clean.
Wall Down - Parking for 3 cars, all with access to the road.
We thought we might have to use some of the front parking area's flagstones to finish the patio off but we don't need to, in fact there should be some of the smaller sized flagstones from the back to make good the damage in the front where we have taken the little wobbly wall down to open up all of the front garden to the road. This now gives us space to neatly park three cars off the road with no struggle and no blocking of the pavement.
Although it all looks a bit concrete-y and bare at the moment once we are there we will be adding some plants and colour to soften things a bit. Little steps but all in the right direction, and I have a guy coming to install my two new interior doors on Monday and the electrician to move the TV point from halfway up the wall to my preferred lower position.
I have also made an exciting purchase from a company called Vinterior which should be arriving in a couple of weeks, I'll show you it as soon as it's here. If you like vintage and retro furniture and fittings you'll love looking round this site.
Remember back in the 70s or 80s I think it was, when Shirley Conran said 'Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.' ... well this sprang to mind when I found myself skinning chickpeas yesterday.
The night before last we took a late evening doggy walk along the canal to the house to check on progress. Alan has been much better this week and our walks have gotten longer and longer so now walking round to the house is back to normal, and both he and Suky have been getting some distance stamina in. The downside to walking the canal in the evening is the midges, they get everywhere, I hate the little buggers.
It's a sign of the times for sure when your new birthday present bag comes complete with a free face mask!!
I had to smile, it's just so ... Covid 😎
I went out for a mooch around the charity shops after completing a blog post over on the other blog, it should have been done last night for publishing first thing this morning but as usual was left until the last minute. Have you ever noticed that when you have money to spend and the will to spend it the offerings at all the local charity shops are zero, zilch, nothing. I came home with four cushion covers and a little vase that just called out to me. I doubt it will ever hold flowers but it was just something about the shape and texture that appealed.
It's a bit of a strange day, my birthday always is, I'm extremely phone phobic, I will walk miles to tell someone something rather than ring them, and this is the one day when everyone feels they should phone you, I end up being all sweetness and light on the phone and then once they've gone yelling at my phone ... 'JUST LEAVE ME ALONE'. Then I feel guilty and end up in tears.
It's not a normal response I know ... but then did I ever say I was normal? If you thought I did then you were sadly misinformed.
I have nothing left to say I am all talked and cried out ... oh and I don't want sympathy just say Happy Birthday and go on your way 😉
While the guys were dismantling the two kitchens on Saturday morning we went for a doggy walk along the canal. I wanted to get a new header photograph ready to use on this blog for when I move into my new place. The weather was cold but gloriously bright, just perfect to get a nice clear shot of the bridge and far too nice to sit on the floor watching men work.
The little barge called My Newt tempts me every time we walk past. Her handrails and trims are all sporting a fresh coat of glossy red paint so I think someone loves her as much as I do.
We walked first one way and then the other as I was trying to get a good shot of this bridge. As you can see from the centre writing it was put up in 1927 and it carries a large water pipe rather than pedestrians, which is a bit sad as it would have been a handy cut through to town if we could get over on it.
And the view from the top floor window.
The fence panels that were dividing the two areas originally are going to be used in this area at the end of the annexe and along the bottom of the garden, and a new fence will be put in between us and the neighbours once some more of the work has been done. They have been nice enough to let us be able to remove one of their panels to gain access to the skip at the front through their driveway, as our only access to the front would have been through the house.
I mentioned on Saturdays post about missing Challenges, quickly came up with copying an idea I had seen on YouTube and you were all so quick to support me, so what better time to start a new Challenge than on a Monday morning.
The sun is shining and as the frost melts ...