Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Very Quick Catch Up 15th June 2009

Hello everyone and I'm glad you've missed me! I arrived back today at 11am to a building site. The work of knocking through from the extension to the cottage has been done and we are knee deep in rubble and dust and dirt! I went to bed and had a sleep as I couldn't face tackling the mess at first. Then I got stuck in and it's looking a bit better and I can touch the kitchen surfaces without getting grit all over me now. The floor has had a good wash too, so that's much improved.

The new ceiling in the kitchen/diner is super - the old one was hideous. The next job for the builders is plastering the ceilings of the extension then the plumber will be required.

I've had a great time away and will blog about that when I've sorted out my many many photos. Kitty is gorgeous of course and Jack as adorable and funny as ever.

Just a few photos of what we came home to!

part of the new kitchen/diner ceiling, lowered about a foot

The new door opening into bedrooms 1 and 2 and the bathroom

The old doorway to the old conservatory now blocked off. Look at the lovely mess and dust/dirt!

the new door opening into my room. I don't think I'll be in there just yet!

the new doorway into the sun room from the snug

the same doorway, showing how thick the walls are!

We were a bit depressed really, but I suppose it has to get worse before it gets better and we knew they'd have to knock through at some stage and that it would create an awful mess. Ah well, Jim managed to set up my desk and computer, which is now working as you can see.

Buster was very pleased to be back from the kennels and punished us by eating Jim's mobile phone. Then my hearing aid packed in so I am 'wearing' my old one which is on the blink.

The 2 spotted orchids in the meadow are looking wonderful though, so we took some photos of them in all their glory. Actually I had to leave Jim taking them, as I was being eaten by horse flies. The joys of Ireland:

the multi stemmed spotted orchid, now almost fully out

the single stemmed spotted orchid

this is a close up of the above flower. Aren't the individual flowers beautifully marked? Do click on it to enlarge the photo.

A lovely bit of joy to cheer us up. I must go to bed now and I'll post some of my time away tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Welcome home. Glad you had a great visit. I know Buster was thrilled to be back home again. Such lovely orchids - the detail is beautiful. Your extension will be so nice. It will all get cleaned up eventually and you will love that sun room especially.

Renee said...

Terrible news BT, horrible.

Bella's husband died on Saturday, our dear Bella.

Renee xoxo

marianne said...

Welcome back!
Can't wait to see the pics.
Poor you coming home in such a mess but a lot of work has been domne and soon things will speed up and all of this gets better and better each day and before you know it it will be a little paradise!
lovely orchids

Have a nice day!

jinksy said...

I envy your thick walls - mine are little better than cardboard, I think!
Beautiful orchid pics...

Anonymous said...

Woohoo....the blog continues, now I have my bedtime read :) Missed you and glad you are back! No time for you to be depressed, you have a cottage to sort ready for visitors!! I am loving the orchids!

KathyB. said...

So much work and mess, and pretty soon it will be over. You will be delighted, then soon forget ( well maybe not soon ) the inconvenience and mess....so for now you really do need your rest!

Leatherdykeuk said...

Mess is temporary :)

Carol and Chris said...

Nice to have you back!!

Awww, the mess won't last forever and it will definitely be worth it in the end when you have your lovely house exactly the way you want it!!

C x

Ps. My Dad is running a competition to win a signed copy of his book 'Snakehead'...pop over if you are interested in entering

Heather said...

Don't lose heart and don't work too hard. You must be at the worst part of your extension now and it will soon get easier. Brick and plaster dust is awful and gets everywhere. Those orchids are so exotic looking - beautiful photos. Glad you had such a great time with your family and hope you are having some fine weather to aid the clearing up process. Hope Buster is suitably contrite!

Jason said...

Hello mother, how exciting. The mess will pass, at least the work continued whilst you were away!

You were a great help here, and we all appeciated it. It is clear Jack misses you, you had a great time toegther this time. Sometimes "normal" life toegther is so important, school runs and the like.

We asked Jack who should take him to school (ie me or mummy) and he said Gran. He also said can I go and fetch you back! lol. I think you left a great impression.

Kitty is doing well, mixed sleep of course, Sam up yesterday from 3am!

Have fun, see you soon. x

BT said...

Oh poor Jack, I miss him too and Kitty, but Jack especially as we really did the close bit this time, not that we're not always close but this was a bit special. I'm glad I was a help, I did try!

I hope you and Sam are managing ok. I'm sure you'll be fine, you both seemed in your element, if tired, of course.

Love and hugs to all,

BT said...

Thanks everyone for your kind comments. I know it will be worth it in the end and Jim and I are cheering ourselves up today by working in the garden. It's a cloudy/sunny day, just perfect too.

Renee, such awful news about Bella's husband. Thank you for letting me know.

DK Leather said...

yay welcome home momma :-) ~bounce~
Looking forward to seeing the piccies, lovely to see the house coming along xxx

soulbrush said...

it's gonna all look fabadabadoo when it is done. that mobile phone, tee hee...sorry but i just had to giggle.hope you had a good time.

aims said...

Renovations eat at your resolve to be strong. Somedays they are just too much. But when they are done we soon forget what hell we had to live through.

BT said...

Hiya DK, yes, I'm back, photos soon!

Aims, you are so right. We were both a bit down yesterday but a bit happier today.

Stampmaiden said...

YAY! BT'S BACK! And what a beautiful orchid. Sigh. Can't wait to see more pics.

BT said...

Thanks Linda!

Renee said...

BT sorry I jumped on you when you first got home but I know that you needed to know.

Glad you are home.


BT said...

I'm so glad you did Renee, thank you. Love to you.