Tuesday 31 March 2009
Monday 30 March 2009
My new farmhouse table with its four chairs and bench looks lovely in the kitchen (just ignore the mess under the stairs and the unpainted and untiled walls). We've eaten virtually every meal around it since it arrived on Friday afternoon.
The three veggie beds just waiting for their wooden sides. We finally finished the third vegetable bed, no easy task, Jason must have had 4 wheelbarrows full of stones by the time he had finished.
The beds are all just about three metres long by just over two metres wide and although we have got most of the big stones out the soil is really heavy and full of clay. Up to now we have added some manure and compost but we are hoping that once we have got a couple of crops of potatoes out of each bed the soil should have eased a bit and be slightly easier to work.
Lovely Hubby painted the door furniture (knockers, locks etc) with black Hammerite. That's what he's doing in this picture below, the only way to do the knocker was to hang it on a tree!
Putting the finishing touches to the door knocker.
Another six fruit trees were liberated from their orange plastic buckets and put into the space in front of Tumbledown Wall. Two Golden Delicious Apple, two Conference Pear and two Cherry trees. I doubt we'll get any fruit this year (or even next) but they will start to grow and look very pretty.
So all in all another good weekends work, progress is being made all round. We ended Sunday with a small bonfire (as is now traditional) and a couple of glasses of Cinzano in front of Monty Halls Great Escape, a brilliant tv programme.
Sunday 29 March 2009
So I bit the bullet and had a go at making my own. And guess what they don't look half bad.
Anyway whatever it is, it is finished and looks lovely, so that's six down and five to go.
Saturday 28 March 2009
I always wondered when I lived in my nice neat town house why farmhouse entrances had messy coat/shoe corners.........now I know!
There's always a reason to need a different pair of shoes, dog walking, muck shovelling, going somewhere posh (i.e. to civilisation) or just dashing across the stoney yard to rescue your washing from the branches of a tree.
And it's the same for coats, do you just need to be warm for five minutes or warm for 5 hours, dry from the lashing rain or protected from force 10 winds blowing the bushes across the front of the house.
As you can see my nice neat corner (that used to hold one jacket each and 3 pairs of shoes) has developed into what it needs to be. And this is only one of them............... the other 'grab one quick coats' are hung by the other back door in the utility room!!
(And no......I have no idea why the little bin from the utility room is there on the bench in the kitchen!!)
Farm life.....................developing nicely!!
Have a brilliant weekend.
Thursday 26 March 2009
Starting to look a bit better.
Today doesn't look much better outside, so I am going to get stuck in and finish the spare room. Then it will be time for the best bit ... playing at adding all the finishing touches and titivating and twiddling until I am happy with the look. I will turn a blind eye to the stack of boxes in the corner and stand back and enjoy the fruits of my labours. Having the stock helps, I can pick and choose just what I need to finish the room, after all I only bought what I wanted myself in the first place!!
Have a good day. (If you want to see a few more pics of the shop, click onto the link at the top of this page for Lavender's Blue)
Wednesday 25 March 2009
Archie posing on the hearth, just begging to be photographed!
Have a good day.
Tuesday 24 March 2009
It's starting to look really good and we have 5 wild ducks now using the pond. On Francines instruction I am going to feed them at the same time each evening with just a little bit of brown bread, to keep them eager to use the pond. Although I have heard that they always come back to the same place each year to breed, so maybe they've been here a lot longer than us!!
There are two ducks in this picture.....honest!!
Sunday 22 March 2009
Friday 20 March 2009
Wednesday 18 March 2009
One side of the sofa.
Bookcase number one.
The other side of the sofa....in my mind magazines are books too!!
Bookcase number two, not full yet!!
Books and magazines living happily side by side!
Now I have to go, to read a book........All my Eggs in one Basket by Francine Raymond. We are doing her Hen Keeping Course on Saturday in Suffolk, so it's revision....honest!!
Tuesday 17 March 2009
The remnants from the lovely surprise Fortnum and Mason hamper we got at Christmas. With Pepper (the salt cellar), bought because of it's resemblance to Pepper our cat. The matching pepper pot was dropped....why do you always break the things you love. And the little CK knitted dolly that I just could not resist!!