i think "change" has been my problem this week
i am not good at change
there has been so many changes in the last year... selling the cottage that i loved, losing a friend to Cancer that i more than loved, closing my shop, moving to the other end of the country
and now change again
new puppers, the house being almost ready so yet more packing and another move....
i wish i could share the new house plans with you but i have a fear of Mr Jinx!
basically the house is almost complete in the factory - we are waiting for the underfloor heating system and the HUGE pieces of glass for the front - it then gets moved to site and is up and weather tight in about three days.
this is also one of my problems this week
i have never, ever wished to live in a new house
please do not get me wrong - i feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to help design the house from start to finish, but that in itself has been stressful
so many decisions and choices - and we can only afford to do it once
there will be no money left in the pot for changes!
so choices of showers, taps, flooring, sinks.....
the list is endless and i see no end in sight
the major problem - and it is major - is that i do not have a love of new furniture or kitchens!
all but a few of our belongings are old - mainly painted - but old
how will this fit in our new house?
can i successfully blend the old with the new?
have i made the right decision on flooring?
ahh - the flooring..... many sleepless nights have been spent worrying about the bloody flooring
i cannot and will not have laminate of any sort - even the extra expensive, so called engineered flooring that says it is absolutely not laminate - but looks a whole lot like it
i have settled - much to everybody who is involved in the project horror - on just ordinary wide pine boards that will be painted white
it is what i have always liked - it is what i have always had
the thought of painting the very large expanse of floor is a little daunting, and the cost of the Eco friendly floor paint - EEEEKKKKKK!
but the decision has been made and i am not thinking of flooring ever again
(apart from what floor to have in the sheep / donkey / pig shed - but that is another story...)
we think we have sorted our wood burner saga at last (thank you Jane xx)
the trouble we have had is finding a burner that will adequately heat the large open space we will have, and also finding one that is plain and yet beautiful.
the joy of speaking to a chap who actually makes the burners right here in Scotland... well it made a rather bad week all better x
and the extra tips he gave on owning a Rayburn were perfect.
ahhh - the Rayburn - currently sitting outside looking forlorn and a little battered.
not an Aga - apparently they do not burn wood as well as a Rayburn - but she is Duck Egg Blue x
enough i hear you cry
i will sign off today and leave you with a whole heap of thank yous
thank you to everyone who left a message
and thank you to all that emailed - you know who you are - without you this week i would have been a nervous bloody wreck!
and just in case you thought i was leaving without a few pics...
i give you
Archie on the piano looking very handsome
please ignore the large axe handle......
Bracken on the piano wondering how on earth a lady of her great age got up there.....
and a close up of the Ghillie Monster
slowly turning grey, and slowly taking over this tiny cottage!
p.s - sorry about the change of blog AGAIN, but the tulips really were not me, and that list had to go!
also - sorry to my mum the hairdresser - yes that is me with a bad fringe that i cut myself with my fabric scissors....