It is half term here, so the children have two whole weeks of holiday. Charlotte came home too, with a car full of laundry and a cat. I am been washing ever since.
For the first time since I can remember, perhaps it is the first time, the four of them actually played a game till the end, and that without anyone throwing a fit or cheating, they did however complain when I tried to take a photo, still got one though.
-The temperature dropped down to 0°c overnight so time to warm up the house a little more. We have a Nest thermostat now and it so good. We can turn up or down the heating from wherever we are and also monitor our consumption.
More later about that because I am cocooning on the sofa, with my two younger children close by and a new book.
Unlike the last one, this one was available on Kindle, so no waiting. " A Brief History of Seven Killings" just won the Man booker Price and if the opinions are tobgo by, it should be amazing.
I'll be back in 700 pages and a few good meals with my family.
We have two hedges at the top pf our garden that separates us from our two neighbours.
This one which is thriving with Lilac, Elderflower, Forsythia bushes et cetera and trees
And this one that I hate and is turning brown and dying all of a sudden, hence the gap in the hedge.
I will like to cut the whole thing down, but our privacy would be comprised, this neighbour has hens and the fence behind the hedge is about a metre high. This is a problem too, especially as we are getting some hens from a friend soon...just need to finish the hen coop...
A solution needs to be found soon, perhaps planting a couple of new bushes each year and cutting back the Thuyas as we go. This hedge is quite long though so it could take ages.
I have been looking for photos showing how the kitchen looked when we first moved into this house five years ago and I have not had much luck. There are a couple of photos on this blog but I only found this one on my computer. The kitchen was a green and white, well a dirty white as the last time it was painted was in the 70's. The oven, hob, sink was on one side and on the other some floor to ceiling cupboard, all green....
We did what we could on a limited budget and this is the kitchen in progress, believe me it was better (it isn't finished on this picture), but still what a mess.
Here's a similar view of the kitchen taken this morning, no more mess, no more green and so clean. Still fillers to add in the corner and one plug to finish next to the butchers block, and other bits and bobs, but we did it all ourselves over months, no summer vacation this year. Alain even did the electricity as our electrician wanted 5000 Euros for just wiring the kitchen!!!
The kitchen is open now too. One thing we didn't do ourselves was to demolish the wall between the kitchen and our living space. Took him and two others nearly three days to complete and we do not regret our decision one bit.
More photos soon.