Well, you know that I am quite a wordy lady by now, but today I am all out of words it seems. I have a lot of things to write about, and a few posts in draft, but I need photos and the weather has been grey and gloomy and it doesn't do the best for photos does it.
I will give you a bit of a picture in words of what we have been up to lately, how about that instead of photos!
We spent the bank holiday weekend and yesterday working on the patio. It has been a lot more work than either of us envisaged, and has definitely taken a lot longer than we thought that it would. We are nearly there with stages 1 and 2 - the path round the house and the area outside the back door and the patio - just need to put in a few more slabs, haven't told hubby that bit yet, and return the furniture and plant pots from whence they came. I love the word whence, no idea why!!
If it is dry tomorrow I will take some pictures to share with you even if it isn't the full ta dah! moment. In fact, I don't think that there will be a ta dah! now with the weather having turned the way that it has.
Stage 3 will be to do the path down the garden and will also be quite a lot of work. Having lived here for 10 years with a path of alternating (and very dirty and seemingly uncleanable no matter what I try) pink and grey slabs I will be so very happy to see the back of this path. That probably will not come until October though. Or if the weather is worse by then it may have to wait until the spring, but I hope that it doesn't.
The weather here seems to have changed surprisingly early this year doesn't it. We never really had a summer apart from the heatwave that we had for a few weeks, all hot and sunny but for about 2 weeks, and just dull and now grey and raining after that. I have been denying to myself that summer is ending, but I fear that it probably is, I notice that leaves are changing colour and berries are starting to turn red - or already have in some cases. Sure signs that a change is on the way.
My clearing out and sorting out of the house has mostly been done now and has been great for occupying my mind when I needed it to. I made a trip to the charity shop with things that I could not rehome or reuse happened last week, and yes, I did come back with something! A blue and green bowl to go in the bathroom. I'm not sure about it now that it is there though, so it might go back to the charity shop! I still have the kitchen cupboards to go through but that is more of a tidying and organising job than a getting rid of things job. I don't have room to store everything in the kitchen all at once, so my plastic picnic ware lives in a plastic crate in the loft in the off season, I need to gather everything up ready to go back to the loft. Some things haven't even seen the light of day this year due to the weather and the lack of time that we have had.
The front of the house is all looking good, the rendering, roofing and painting are all done. The builders and other tradies really did a good job. I have been holding off showing you a full ta dah again because I have been waiting to complete some touches here and there and we also want to paint the garage door. Paint was bought at the weekend, so perhaps if it is dry this weekend I will have a go at it. We also bought a lovely new plant pot for the front door and a bay tree to go in it - a very very small bay tree, those things cost a fortune it turns out!! I have been waiting for this for a long time, so it was lovely to finally choose a pot. We got a really good deal on it to as it was reduced to half price!
Well, for someone who started off this post by saying that they didn't know what to write about, I sure have shared a lot haven't it!!! I told you that I could talk a lot.
That was definitely a wordy post for a Wednesday wasn't it!
Back tomorrow with pictures and more normal "stuff"!!