A quick catch up on the last couple of weeks, I know everyone says how quickly life seems to fly by but it does feel odd that already we’re nearly half way through the year. Life has felt a tad out of control in recent months and after my husband and I both became unwell back in April we’ve decided to try and work on having more down time – watch this space on that one!
So over the past month a few big things have happened for us, Poppy and Caspar were accepted in to our first choice primary school. We were also chuffed to have our planning permission approved – without any objections and most important of all, we celebrated the children’s fourth birthday!
We absolutely loved the hot early May bank holiday, hardly leaving our garden the entire time. We tackled all the garden jobs that were well overdue, with old shrubs pruned right back, borders weeded and the masses of ivy and brambles were removed. The pond which was clogged up with plants and dead leaves was also cleared out and cleaned. New pond plants have now been added and we hope to add in some fish in time. It was a really satisfying few days and the garden is proving to be such a happy space for us. Still to do, but all in good time is to start using the greenhouse and have a go at potting up some seeds.
We enjoyed a very special birthday meal to celebrate my husband and his twin brother’s 40th birthday at Calcot Manor. A place I’ve always loved, the décor inside is gorgeous (how I’d like my house to look!) and there is a children’s play area subtly concealed in the grounds, perfect for the children to escape to in-between lunch courses. We enjoyed a meal together and then sat outside and had tea whilst the children (and Granny) played hide & seek. It was just a lovely family day.
With our planning permission being approved it’s kicked us into action again and we had our second kitchen consultation, this time with John Lewis of Hungerford, you can read more on that process here. Our next thing to get right is the bathroom and downstairs loo, I thought I wanted wallpaper in the downstairs loo but am now thinking of wooden panneling and paint…..we’ve been bathroom exploring this week to see what options we have but my favourite is a roll top and baby butler sink. I’ve also fallen in love with these Bert & May tiles.
My day job has been really busy and I’ve been away to Dublin, London and Leeds in the past month. Coincided with working late into the evenings my brain has felt pretty full for most of the month, so I’m now consciously focusing on how I can address the balance. I’ve been wondering about whether there is an option for a passive revenue stream by using the house or garden for possible projects but haven’t got much further with this thought – except whether our finished house could work as a location shoot house – albeit it’s not in London. Not sure how much of a deal breaker this would be to production companies?
The light evenings means we don’t really watch much TV, instead the plans for the next few weeks will involve us reassembling the children’s playhouse and I’ll finish painting this. Tomorrow we’re meeting with a lighting expert. Our lighting expertise currently only extends to spotlights and lamps, so we’re going to pick their brains to help us plan the use of lights and discuss the different types of lighting we could have throughout the house.
Finally, I can’t not tell you how much we loved the sunny Royal wedding weekend, our awesome neighbours organised a street party and we got to sit in the sun, drink too much Prosecco and celebrate. Nearly the full street was in attendance and I was taken back to my childhood when our street was closed for Charles and Diana’s wedding.
So that’s my ‘lately’…….. xxx
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