Monday, July 10, 2006

Summertime, and the living's easy...

Unbelievable, how time flies. I thought it was barely a week since my last blog entry, and instead it's much closer to 2 weeks! Well, we have been busy...

The last week and a bit have been occupied with varnishing bathroom floors, getting rid of the stubborn dust which seems to be in limitless supply in this house (is it breeding somewhere? It seems to only explanation), small attempts at gardening, and generally settling in.

There isn't much furniture in the house yet. We have our camp beds and I have a small desk in the makeshift bedroom, which doubles up as my office. D's office is finished. We have a TV and a few mismatched chairs on the dusty (!) concrete floor in the unpainted room which will one day be our lounge. D has managed to free two shash windows, which means that at least we have some fresh air. We have a little bathroom and a makeshift kitchen in the unfinished old cottage next door, we have a washing machine (we brought it this Saturday from our old home - it really shouldn't be as exciting as it is!), and we have 9 fruit trees laden with apples, pears, plums, and cherries. I have bought a tomato plant and MIL has given me two pots with French beans, which desperately need to be planted. I have a sweet-smelling jasmin which I want to plant in the corner of the garden closest to the kitchen window. There are some knitting supplies and now there is the internet and a phoneline - a connection to the outside world.

Life is good. Simple and stripped down to the essentials. It's an adventure. So far I love it.


  1. Iris...I LOVE it. The pictures are wonderful, thank you for sharing. Alot of work ahead for you and D...but don't over do it. I have made some sock for the "bean" but want to put a little something else together...this may take me a bit of time...but we have time yet before the little guy arrives.

    Have you been able to get any kniting in or spinning?

    Enjoy the garden!

  2. Your place looks lovely! Enjoy the process of it all.

  3. Your house is lovely! You have a lot of hard work ahead but it will be so worth it at the end. Make sure you take enough time to relax and enjoy yourselves too!

  4. Anonymous7:47 am

    Looks like a lot of work ahead of you but what an adventure!!!
    Make this beautiful house your home and have fun in the process!

  5. Anonymous2:52 pm

    Your home is beautiful! I can't wait for progress shots and to hear the plans you have to get it all into shape.