Long time, no post!
I don't know where the time has gone but I think it's about three weeks since I last posted, apart from to add the fantastic running totals of our Knit Your Square to Give Your Share group on moneysavingexpert.com.
These are the only windows at the moment but we will be adding a Velux window in the roof to let in more light during the day, and to see the stars during the night! You can just make out the old water pipes - these are being removed this week as we add to the central-heating system up here. The electrical wiring has all been installed - it just needs fixing once the rest of the work has been done.
We spent most of yesterday emptying this room of boxes and spare furniture ready for the roofing work to be started. For a change, I'm not going to be helping - we have the professionals in for the week. I shall just keep the cuppas coming! I shall also be refurbishing myself - I have a visit to the hairdresser planned, then a visit to the dentist and, as I'm not being called upon to assist, probably some retail therapy, too!
A Bit of the Woolly Stuff
Well, the sun has been shining and things have been going on outside, too. We've heard our first cuckoo, as well as the noisiest woodpecker we've ever heard here. The swifts are gradually returning from their winter holiday in South Africa - they will stay with us until September when they will have raised their babies and taught them how to fly for their next winter holiday. The local commune is tarmacking the track that runs through the hamlet and alongside our house but, sadly, they've had to fell two very old trees on our land to allow for widening the road to allow for emergency vehicles - this photo was taken in the rain, from our drive, and reflects the sadness we felt at losing the trees. On the plus side, they were very old trees and may not have survived many more gale-force winds, and they will become a good source of firewood! You can see that the track is desperate to be upgraded - we have to wheel our wheelie bins along it - come rain or shine - every week. We're hoping that the widening will allow the dustcart to come to us, rather than the other way around! Luckily, we have two entrances to ur property, so we shouldn't get hemmed in while the work is being carried out. The widening and re-surfacing starts on 12th April, and will include re-siting our water supply, too.
So, as you can see, I may not have been on here much lately, but there sure is a lot going on! And now I need another cuppa! Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter.
Two copies of The Simple Home to win - Good morning friends. The lovely Ben at Penguin has given me two The Simple Home books to give away. I'll give one away in June and the other in December....
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