Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Sorry I haven't been around - this is why.....

Hello. Thank you for all your comments. I am sorry I haven't posted for a while. Thank you for asking about Poppy, she now has hair and blue eyes (she did have a mouth but it just didn't look right) But for now she is under a pile of boxes. I'll explain more in a bit. But..... on the 27th January, this... my little girl turned 16!!

Along with their Dad, we went out for a meal.
This is the main reason..... I think the photo's will tell the story. But if not ....

This is the old rotten window. I am Grade II listed (the cottage not me although I do feel like it sometimes!!). So really my old windows shouldn't have been put in by the old people. They needed to be like the windows out the back or next doors front windows. Too expensive for me to do. I was having trouble affording to buy paint to re-paint my rotten ones. Then a couple of month my next door neighbours had new windows fitted. I asked for the old opening bits (can't think of the proper name) I, in my wisdom, thought they looked the same size as mine, I could just bodge them in place. OK, remember I am NOT a builder!! Then a friend suggested I find out about a mortgage. (the cottage is mine, you know the saying property rich cash poor!! - without doing some work on Poppy Cottage I wasn't even going to be property rich).
The long story cut short is........
A friend who is a great builder has done this..... took old windows out (REALLY REALLY rotten, that is why my front walls were SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO damp.)
Made new frames for the recycled bits from next door. Old windows were smaller so made the holes back to the right size, so more light!
This is recycling at its best!

The window from the 'craft' room.
Jasper's window (soon to be Josie's, they are swapping rooms although I don't think Jasper is too keen on this idea!)
Now I too have posh, Grade II happy windows.
And my front porch was not only rotten but the door was in the wrong place. In the summer (not just the summer) I always have my doors and windows open and when the lady next door smokes it always come through my cottage. I HATE, (I really mean HATE the smell of smoke) so now that won't happen as the door is on the front.
See. Poppy Cottage looks so so right now.

Lily is a bit confused as to why the door isn't where it was.

And this....... is my little cottage door. My ex gave it to me when he was taking it out of a little cottage they were re-placing the doors and windows. I LOVE this door. I have had it for about 6 months and every time I looked at it in the garage I got a really excited tummy feeling.

And now I keep sitting looking at it, keep opening and closing it. I love how it make my cottage really really feel mine. So you see, I haven't really had my head in a place to make stuff, finish stuff, diet, or write a post. My cottage is totally upside down inside. But that isn't really unusual!!
I just have to decide. Do I paint the wood work white and the cottage walls pink or do I do the wood work cream. Do I have the patience to re-paint my picket fence. Would it look silly white. See my head is just SO full (again)
Have a look at this. Couldn't you just live in one of these!!
The other thing that is swimming around in my head is my new wood burners. I am having one in each room. I don't really watch TV but could happily sit and watch a fire burn all evening! It will hopefully cut down on the gas bill, keep the cottage warm and look and smell lovely. After reading this post I spent the evening googling what people thought. Where I work, they have five carrier bags of papers a week. If I could turn them into free flue that would help. I can dry them out in the poly tunnel and store them in the garage. Time consuming but worthwhile. Most feed back I came across was really positive. So another inside idea in my head.
On top of all of this, I had been thinking of jacking my job in. One of the girls I work with (only sometimes) seems to be a bit of a control freak. I went to school with her, primary and secondary. I didn't know if it was just her trying to prove a point or just they way she is but she makes me feel SO stupid. Lots of put downs. Unnecessary. I have had that for too many years to go through it again at work. But it seems to be sorted, so I can relax as I really do enjoy my job and working there. I may not have qualifications (yet) but I do know I have HEAPS of common sense.
Anyhow, sorted plus the offer of more regular hours which will really help.
All I need now is the builder to turn up...................................


  1. Aren't you a busy little beaver?!?! The cottage looks fabulous, even in its not-yet- finished state. I hope it gives you a homey settled feeling now.

    And I'm glad you didn't let one silly person push you out of a job that you like. You do a lot of good for the people you look after. They would miss you.

    You'll finish the house just in time to start work in the garden!!

  2. Like all your new/old windows and door, the cottage looks lovely. Worth all the mess this kind of work creates and you sound pretty happy with both the new look cottage and life in general.

  3. Your new windows and door look ab fab - I REALLY like the front door I bet the previous owner had a upvc one instead - sacriledge! Don't give up a job you love for the sake of one person envision them changing / leaving and see if that works.

  4. Thanks colette for the mention! Happy Birthday to your daughter. Your cottage looks great x x

  5. Love the windows and so glad you can have more light - very important for a feeling of well-being! I notice nobody's ventured forth with a painting-colour opinion yet. I like white woodwork as it looks so fresh, but colour is very personal! A white picket fence would look great in the summer sunshine, but more stark in winter dreariness, I'd just go for it! xx

  6. What a really pretty cottage! Your daughter looks just like you. Happy Birthday to her - the worry gets worse from hereon in though!! xxxxx

  7. o my goodness, no wonder you have not had time to blog!!! your windows and door look great! Good for you for not letting someone put you down, especially when you enjoy your job so much - takes a lot of courage.


  8. You have been busy!
    Looking good though.

  9. I loved reading this ! Your cottage is looking so pretty .

    Isn't it emotional to, realise your little girl is all grown up - mine is 17 & lovely !

  10. Many happy returns to the Birthday girl xxx How lovely to be sweet 16 :o)
    Your cottage is looking lovely - so much work though, yikes!
    The door is a beauty, can understand why you love it, I would too.
    We recently had new external doors and windows fitted (very plain, not exciting like yours), as well as some bits done to the kitchen and it is a huge upheaval!

    I was thinking about you, just before you popped over to my blog :o)

    Take care xxx

    Warm hugs


  11. Hello,
    I'm SO pleased I've found your lovely blog...and LILY!...she gorgeous.Will be happily following.

    Bellaboo :)

  12. Oh...i can see why you love your door so divine...and the little burners...i want to come and sounds so cosy comfy and inviting...sorry i have not popped by in a while..thinking of you and working on your stuff, hoping to post it off next week...:)x


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