6 June 2019

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

 
The upstairs work is finished.  You never really finish with a house like this as there is always something else to change or improve.  There are still things that we would like to do but we have run out of steam for the time being.  We have downed tools and decided enough is enough, for this year anyway.  Having spent two months working on the house we have called it a day and from now on we are just living our lives.  Getting on with the routine stuff, gardening, shopping, cooking and just enjoying being here.
 
 
Spending so much time working on indoors means that the outdoors is not quite as summer ready as we would have liked by now.  Nick has managed to do some crisis gardening while I have been restoring the inside to normality, tidying, cleaning, putting away and finding a permanent home for the stuff in boxes that landed in our bedroom to make way for the work at the other end of the house.
 

 
We have not yet made full use of our picnic shelter.  All we have done is a quick tidy up so that we could have a few meals outside in the fine weather.  A little more time spent will restore it to its full glory, always ready for a relaxing meal - lunch, dinner or a cup of tea with a slice of cake.
 

 
While I have been busy sprucing up the inside Nick has been wrestling our garden furniture out of the barn and cleaning it up for summer use.  Washing bird poo off the chairs, dusting off the cobwebs and oiling the wood.  There is somewhere to sit in shade or in the sunshine all around the house whatever the time of day, according to the weather. 
 
 
The crop around the house is coming on and the views are stunning.  If you don't mind a few pylons of course.
 

 
 
So this is as good as it gets.  The house is more or less as we want it.  We have ironed out its wrinkles and changed things to our taste.  It has taken us over four years but we can now begin the rest of our lives and just enjoy living here instead of doing it up.  The garden is full of roses, which is how we like it. 
 
More later.

7 comments:

  1. You have both achieved such a lot. It's required hard work, vision and determination. You've turned a nice house into the most lovely, welcoming and comfortable home.
    A job, well done, I'd say! You deserve your time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. xx

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    1. Thanks Gaynor, it was lovely before but we're very happy with it now. The rest of our lives has finally begun!

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  2. The outside certainly looks good! Enjoy!

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  3. We're waiting for the work to start on our new lieux (WC) upstairs. The plumber and carpenter are threatening to start on Tuesday or Wednesday. We thought it would already be done by now, because initially they said they'd start on June 1.

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    1. That's so frustrating, you do your bit in getting the place ready and they don't start when they said they would.
      I'm sure that once they get started it will soon be done and then you can get the room back and appreciate having your new facilities.

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  4. It looks 'good enough' indeed !

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  5. The trouble is with these old houses the work never really ends as we have found out. There is always something that needs to be done. I love the old buildings but they are hard work, and the bigger garden is also very time consuming! For all that we would never change unless we really had to. Hope all is well Diane

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