Sunday, April 27, 2008

Mammoth Catch Up

Blimey, this is going to be one hell of an update. I'll start at the beginning.

We took the kids down to Portsmouth last Saturday as the boys were staying with Pete's Mum & Dad while we were away. Pete had arranged to meet up with some old friends so we escaped for the evening.

Louisa, Fiona and Me

Pete and Mike

Me and Mike

Pete and Louisa

Then on Sunday we rushed back and did a packing session that lasted most of the day, then dropped off the Guinea Pigs at Sam's, and Isobel off at my Mums. At this point I started to think that although a weeks holiday sounded nice, was it really worth all this stress?
Monday morning we were both up bright and early to get all my members on their three coaches. The journey there was pretty uneventful, we stopped off for lunch in Lowestoft, then got to our holiday camp. Potters is really lovely, perfect for my crowd, but even us youngsters enjoyed it. At weekends it's geared towards a younger crowd, but even so the midweek break kept us entertained. We used the pool and gym most days, and did archery and mini golf. The food was to die for, in fact the whole day basically revolves around food there, and you just get over one meal and it's time for the next! Even lunch is a three course meal, it's unbelievable. On Thursday we were really lazy and literally went back to bed after every meal, and just dozed all day. The coastline here was lovely, we had great weather, although the sea was pretty choppy most days.

It was nice to get home though, and the garden has grown loads in a week. I have lettuce! And carrots!

Monday, April 21, 2008

We're off

I haven't got long to write a proper post, so I'll just have to say a quick goodbye now and write properly later. We are off on holiday with my work today, a week with 150 of our members, sounds terrifying doesn't it? Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

All finished.

I put the new floor down and we finished painting the kitchen tonight, except for the ceiling and door/window frames, so here is the almost finished room. I love it so much, I can't stop cleaning it. :D

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I went to ride the horse on Saturday, and she tried to throw me off when she got spooked by a car backfiring, then she galloped off with me and dumped me on the floor. I got straight back on, as you do, but she wouldn't settle after that. I'm now in a bit of a quandary because she is not suitable for the kids at all, which was half the reason for having her a few days a week. I'm thinking I'm going to have to say no. :( I feel quite strongly that I'm walking down a path that isn't right at the moment, can't explain it really, but now isn't the time for me to be spending two days a week at the stables with a horse that the kids can't enjoy. Bugger.

On a brighter note, look, I have things growing. :D

Strawberry buds

Potato shoots

Onions peeking through

The kitchen is all finished, I'm just painting it now and the flooring arrives tomorrow. Our fridge freezer has picked the worst possible moment to die. The freezer won't freeze, and the fridge won't fridgerate(it freezes instead). Maybe I could put the frozen food in the fridge and the fresh food in the freezer?

Friday, April 11, 2008


...what else have we been up to this week, apart from the all encompassing kitchen remodel? On Saturday I tried out a lovely horse called Jasmine, who I was going to share two days a week. Things have possibly changed slightly since then, for the better, but more on that tomorrow as I'm back at the stables at 10am tomorrow to sort things out. I'm very excited!

On Monday I went to London with work to the Royal Academy, to see the Russian and French Masters paintings. It was very good, I really enjoyed it and got to see work by some of my favourite artists, and found new admiration for some I'd never paid much attention to before, namely Gauguin. There were a handful of his paintings of Tahiti, which were lovely. My favourite of all of them was Philip Maliavin's painting Dancing Peasant Women. It just looked like a mass of flowers, until you spotted the hidden face at the very top;

Guess who I got to bump into at the gallery? Only Ewan McGregor! He was behind me in the queue, and I recognised his voice and turned round. I didn't speak to him as he was with his children, but he smiled at me when he saw me staring...hehehe!

I've been off work the last two days as I've hurt my ankle, but hopefully I'll be able to walk a bit more on it tomorrow. Isobel has been very sweet the last few days, fussing over me loads. I took these pictures of her just now. She doesn't sit still for long so I have to pick my moments wisely.

The kitchen is done for the weekend now, we are just waiting for him to tile on Monday and lay the flooring on Tuesday and we are finished. I keep going out there and just staring at it. The patch of heathery-grey paint near the window is the colour it will be when it's finished.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Am I boring you yet?

I am actually in love with my kitchen.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Getting there

This was the progress yesterday when I got in from work. I couldn't believe how much he'd done. There were some really attractive samples of wallpaper from the 70's and 80's under there.

There has been more work done today, I now have a real cooker for the first time ever and a sink. Yay! Here are today's pictures.

Apparently, the council made a complete bodgejob of the previous kitchen, and our gas pipes weren't soldered and safe, and the electrics in the kitchen weren't earthed either, so we could've been killed at any minute. Nice.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Getting this kitchen cleared and ready to pull out has taken up all my time this week. I'm seriously ready for this to be over with now.

Work started today, so here are the before shots. Our kitchen is scary, I can't wait for the new one. As you can see, over the course of the last few months things started randomly falling off of the cupboards. Once we knew a new one was on the horizon we just stopped bothering to fix things.