Thursday, 4 September 2014

House update and first outdoor tomatoes!

These are the first outdoor tomatoes I have grown in the garden of our not-so-new house. I can't believe it's been over eighteen months since we moved in. I don't have a greenhouse yet, that has been one of the projects keeping us very busy over the summer. Got several things half way through. The greenhouse base is built, got to put up the fence, make a low retaining wall at the back and actually buy and put up a greenhouse.

The hallway has had a new entrance door and screen. Inside, the hallway has been drylined and matchboarded to cure some rising damp.  Here is the wonderful Martin laying the new oak flooring.  Since this photograph, it's been half decorated with a little joinery for Martin to finish off when we get round to getting all the materials for it.

Geoff's study, soon to be the dining room has been completely dry lined (including the ceiling!) and replastered. I've done two coats of plain white emulsion on the walls (to seal them) and 3 on the ceiling. So the ceiling is finished but got to choose a colour scheme for the walls and the room in general now. Jobs to do: refit radiator, fix skirting board and windowboard, fireplace surround to be fitted. Here is the "before" shot.

The main bathroom has had a load of boxing in done but one of the pipes has developed a slow leak and is seeping out underneath so some of the boxing in has to be removed for the plumbing to be fixed before I can decorate in there.

Kitchen is virutally done though, still a few soft furnishing touches and a doubled glazed window pane which has gone all cloudy to be replaced but the curtains were finished a couple of months ago

New garden steps are half built, slowly but surely, step by step our stairway to heaven is taking shape ....

However, here's one thing that we have finished today, two chicken and tomato sandwiches (complete with the obligatory salad cream!)

I've been using Facebook far too much, I do hope my blog will forgive me for neglecting it to a shameful degree. It's not you, it's me. I promise I will treat you better in the future my lovely, beautiful blog, do you still love me?!


  1. It takes time Sue :-) Thanks for the promised kitchen photo's. As for your tomato's...., Scrumptious :-) x x x

  2. My turn to garden vicariously - my outdoor tomatoes all caught blight during the rain last month. Your house is looking great!

  3. Thanks both :-) Sorry to hear your tomatoes were a bust, Caroline ... shakes fist at blight and hopes it stays away from mine!


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