A Little Well Done To Moo & I

It seems FOREVER since I’ve been in Blogland, I do hope you are all fighting fit and at one with the world. While I’ve been missing I have been ever sooo busy, The Cottage On The Green renovations have been moving apace ~we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel and have carpets upstairs !! it’s only taken 10 yrs …yes you have read that right 10 YEARS to get this far LOL. Moo is changing bedrooms and I thought what better time to teach him a little DIY

Moo does DIY
Moo doing a fantastic job rebuilding his bed, his next job is to hoover up all the bits of carpet shredding’s LOL

Obviously I checked the bolts had been tightened but he did the rest himself 🙂

What else have I been up to ? studying of course

award ceremony
My good-self being awarded a ‘People Moving & Risk Assessment Key Trainer certificate’ by Councillor Bradwell ~Executive Councillor for Adult Care, Health and Children’s Services

Having passed my Train the Trainer in Moving & Handling ( Train the Trainer First Aid next) I have been offered the position of ‘Training Officer’ not just for the home I work at but for THE WHOLE COMPANY!!! OMGoodness I’m more than a little proud at my career growth ….and a touch surprised if the truth be told 🙂

If that wasn’t enough I’m surrounded by no less than 4 mum’s to be so have been sneaking in a little sock knitting for tiny people paws

little socks
Each pregnant lady will receive a couple of pairs of super cute socks ~ either gender specific or neutral depending on their preferences

I do hope not to leave it too long before I post again, thank you for calling by the cottage to keep me company x

Huston We Have Progress

Beloved & I only have a couple more days of annual leave left before real life resumes, Beloved has been hard at work on the ‘Master Bedroom’ renovations which are taking FOREVER as we either have the time and no money. …money and no time or … time , money and no inclination !!

This week he's been plastering the walk in wardrobe, he even managed to get a fair bit on the floor, himself and even the dog ..who was no where near him at the time !!
This week he’s been plastering the walk in wardrobe, he even managed to get a fair bit on the floor, himself and even the dog ..who was nowhere near him at the time !!

The painting has been done and the skirting boards fitted

Originally we were going to have all pine wood upstairs, but due to being able to work plenty of overtime shits at 'The Workplace' I decided to put the extra money into the renovation fund so we could have oak
Originally we were going to have all pine wood upstairs, but due to being able to work plenty of overtime shifts at ‘The Workplace’ I decided to put the extra money into the renovation fund so we could have oak

We discussed how we I would like the décor, I’m up for just the chimney breast wall to be papered the rest can be painted, I knew all along which paper I wanted, I just needed Beloved to share my vision ..so began ‘Operation Wear Beloved Down’  my cunning plan involved dragging Beloved to as many shops as possible, buying him lunch to muddy his memory a little then go in for the kill.

Ta dah my beautiful William Morris Brer Rabbit wall paper
Ta dah my beautiful William Morris Brer Rabbit wall paper ‘Operation Wear beloved Down’ was another success

Home Improvements And Knitting

Beloved & I have just had a weeks holiday – and I use that term Very loosely, Beloved has been pottering on with the renovations, and as the weather was nice we actually got round to hanging our new gates…

Let me tell you these were very darn heavy, Beloved is a great believer that I'm 20 yrs younger than I am and twice as strong !! not to disappoint I rose to the challenge to help carry them from his man cave and help hang them
Let me tell you these were darn heavy, Beloved is a great believer that I’m 20 yrs younger than I am and twice as strong !! not to disappoint I rose to the challenge to help carry them from his man cave and helped hang them

While not being at Beloveds beckoning I did manage to sneak a little knitting in as I have an order for 2 rabbits wearing little Aran Jackets

I was asked for pink coats as the rabbits are intended for home décor pieces in two seperate girls rooms
I was asked for pink coats as the rabbits are intended for home décor pieces in two separate little  girls rooms
Although the coats will be the same I'm going to use slightly different yarn for the rabbits to make them individual
Although the coats will be the same I’m going to use slightly different yarn for the rabbits to make them individual, one knitted one to go

Also the commissioned buttons I ordered for my ‘Button Bunny’s’ have arrived

Commisioned buttons

These wooden buttons are just too cute, hand crafted and a delightful addition to the ones gifted from Caren

Mmmm I wonder what this week will bring 🙂

“Wall coming Down Dear”

Beloved yelled downstairs, “I’m just taking the wall down Dear” we had discussed said wall, as our airing cupboard is rather on the large side …and to be frank I don’t need a huge airing cupboard, so we came to the conclusion we would pinch a foot or two to extend the walk in wardrobe,

You did say we were going ahead with the plan to remove the wall didn't you??
You did say we were going ahead with the plan to remove the wall didn’t you?? we were hoping it would be a stud wall, just our luck it turns out to be breeze block !!

So yet again the cottage is covered in what seems a foot of dust…deep sigh

I'm not sure if Beloved is going grey because of me or the dust
This is the view from the airing cupboard, I’m not sure if Beloved is going grey because of me or the dust, either way he’s overdue  a hair cut LOL

Beloved K9 & I took half an hour out to fetch Gelfling Grandson from school

Beloved & Gelfling are now hard at work taking the rest of the wall down
Gelfling is adamant he is going to help Grandpa to take the rest of the wall down, which is fine by me 🙂

I suppose I ought to flick round with the feather duster because our annual leave is over tomorrow and our work lives take over again for a while

Just When I Thought I Wasn’t A Hoarder

Just when I thought I wasn’t a hoarder…..I think I have to admit I actually just might be a teeny-weeny little bit !!!

Let me start at the beginning, Beloved & I are on a weeks annual leave, and although we were planning on hobnobbing around the country we HAVEN’T had one single day of sunshine, thus uninspired we turned our attention to ‘The Master Bedroom’ renovation

This was the beginning of the weeks...looks a little like the black hole of Calcutta doesn't it
This was the beginning of the week…looks a little like the Black Hole of Calcutta doesn’t it ??

While Beloved flogged away I was left with the enviable task of emptying the walk in wardrobe, I know spoiled or what !!! when I came upon a pair of shoes I’d forgotten I even had !!!

How can you forget you had a pair of shoes ??? The best bit is I was going shoe shopping this weekend now A) I don't have to and B) I have shoe money burning a hole in my pocket :-)
How can you forget you had a pair of shoes ??? The best bit is I was going shoe shopping this weekend now A) I don’t have to and B) I have shoe money burning a hole in my pocket 🙂

I also came across MORE wool I had stashed away ….I now have more yarn than is legally viable when you don’t own a wool shop!!!

Oh and books…I have an extraordinary amount of books oops LOL

Beloved has been busy, if not a little messy
Beloved has been busy, if not a little messy, wondering what the wooden frame /stage thingy is about ?? it’s a platform so Beloved can stand at the right hight to plaster the ceiling which he’s never done before, so that should be fun

Oh and I nearly forgot

My lovely fireplace has been fitted,
My lovely fireplace has been fitted,

Thank you Beloved

I really don’t know how Beloved manages to pick up on my emotions….possibly because I relay them in such precise detail that they come across as subtle as a sledgehammer, I ‘may’ just possibly have mentioned to Beloved how guilty I felt about removing the Jackdaws nest from the Master Bedroom chimney

Yes I know the Jackdaws has moved out of their home, yes I know they have 2 more chimneys to choose from, and even after 3 trugs full of sticks, soil, an
Yes I know the Jackdaws has moved out of their home for the winter,  yes I know they have 2 more chimneys to choose from, and even after 3 trugs full of sticks, soil, and stuff I don’t even want to discuss had been removed I still felt REALLY bad

I have visions of Mr Jackdaw bringing his new bride to the cottage only to find they have been evicted…a row ensuing …Mrs Jackdaw leaving on her wedding night…Mr Jackdaws dreams being shattered ….

Beloved has brought me back from the brink of despair by informing me that if need be, he will perch on the roof come spring and direct the newly weds to their new apartment, offer to pay for the broods christening and be on hand to babysit when required, which is fair enough I’m happy with this arrangement.

Beloved has spent many an hour searching, trawling the internet, scouring salvage yards all so he could buy me THE  most perfect fireplace for the Master Bedroom

Be still my beating heart, to you it might just look like any old cast iron fireplace that needs a fair bit of work
Be still my beating heart, to you it might just look like any old cast iron fireplace that needs a fair bit of work, but if you look at the top left hand corner …there is Beloveds homage to the Jackdaw, who had to move one chimney so I could fulfil my dream of having a fireplace in our bedroom, and of course this fireplace will provide the central heating to the adjoining chimney which will be sublet to Mr & Mrs Jackdaw should they condescend to move in with us come spring 🙂

The Legacy

Although the ‘Designer Bathroom’ is still awaiting curtains…the great fabric shop will commence soon I assure you, Beloved & I decided why wait, let’s make a start on the master bedroom renovation, the burning question was “Will we find what we are looking for ?” I stripped a little wallpaper off, Beloved tapped where a modicum of re-plastering had been done, then it was time for the hammer & chisel

Woo Hoo there is a fireplace opening, the thought of being laid in bed of a winters night with a fire in the grate is my idea of heaven
Woo Hoo there is a fireplace opening, the thought of being laid in bed of a winter’s night with a fire in the grate is my idea of heaven

There is just the small problem of the last tenants legacy, you see every spring we sub let part of our home…well the chimney to be exact, to Mr & Mrs Jackdaw who over the years have filled their new home with little knick knacks

Huston we have a problem...the chimney is stuffed full of sticks !!
Huston we have a problem…the chimney is stuffed full of sticks !!

So now Mr & Mrs Jackdaw and their brood have moved into their winter residence we can clear the chimney and begin the ‘Great Re-claimed Fireplace Hunt’ the cast iron fire-place in my crafting den only took 6 months to find, which gives us plenty of time to renovate and create the room of my dreams …there is just a wall to move, insulation, dry lining, plastering oh and a million & one other things to first 🙂