Saturday, 9 February 2013

Starting new beginnings ...

Finally, after many hours thought and preparation our Living Room is starting new beginnings. It has been emptied, wood work sanded, picture hooks removed and polyfilla put in the holes, curtains taken down, and walls washed ready to be repainted.
With the room empty it evokes memories of why we fell in love with our lil 1960's bungalow 8 years ago. Double aspect windows, a south facing patio door to let sunny summer light flood in and a working fireplace to cosy around during the long winter months all take centre stage when the room is empty.
(If you have detected Estate Agent lingo within this last sentence well done you, in a former life I did indeed work in an Estate Agents and am fluent in all things double aspect, Jack and Gill style and compact but with all mod cons)!!!

The possibility of a whole new layout is really exciting. The reality is not as exciting because the furniture has been bought specifically for that space over the years and will only fit in the place it come out of. Anyways, a girl can dream for now.
I'd forgotten how difficult it is to decorate with children and animals around. As soon as you start to look busy they get bored and want your time and attention, no matter what their age, size or breed! Before day one of painting was through a tin of gloss paint (no less) had been knocked over, picked up and cleaned/smeared with toilet paper eliminating animals and incriminating one of our children as the culprit?
I have to confess my lovely husband did most of the work as I was still feeling ill with the fluey-type-virus. I came in to give my moral support but ended up flaked out among the dust sheets and paint fumes.
We are still in a state of flux as we are replacing our carpet at the end of the month and we're still awaiting our fab new chair (yay). Pictures are still to go up on the walls and the table needs to be sanded then waxed but there is light at the end of the tunnel, finally ~ yay for that.
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With our living room needing to be emptied the furniture had to go somewhere ~ now that's my kinda patio furniture!!! ;)
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Also on the theme of new beginnings the Lunar New Year starts today (which also marks the start of the Chinese New Year as this falls on the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar and the year of the Dragon has been taken over by the year of the snake).
For many countries and religions this is a big celebration ~ whoop whoop. Happy new year folks.
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This week saw my friend and I attend our fav auction. This month wasn't full of the usual goodies we have become accustom to (think house clearances must have been a bit thin on the ground). Here is some of what was up for grabs ...
We still managed to bag some bargains though. The first was two boxes of assorted glass for £12.00 which we split the contents and cost between us. This is my half ...
A beautiful cut glass vintage decanter
and these lovely sets of glasses.
This is the remainder that will be donated to the local Guides annual Jumble sale.
We also bagged a totally amazing buy but as it's a present for some very lucky person you'll have to wait a few weeks before I can reveal this special purchase ... tbc, wink wink!!
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Whats going around and around in my lil head this week?
This ...
What a fab blast from the past xx
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What have I discovered this week?
The most amazing Pheasant in the whole wide world! Yep really, daft pheasants can be amazing. Take a look at this beaut ...
He's a Reeves Pheasant and I want one ~ badly. As my Dad is a hunting, shooting, fishing kinda Dad I'm thinking he can source me one from a hedge or something. In the real world they are rare and probably can not just be plucked from a bush, but you know I live in hope.
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What made me smile this week? ...
Living on the edge in good ol' Blighty ;)
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  Until next Sunday, bye y'all xx


  1. Do you know what? I've NEVER been to an auction in my life! Well, unless you count ebay! You always seem to score such awesome things!

    I'm so glad you're feeling a bit better. Feeling is just horrible.

    Big hugs to you,


  2. Thanks Sarah, you are more than welcome to join us at the next auction. It's a long day but a fun, fun, fun one xx