October 12th, 2013

Cottage, paint, concrete, kitchen, fireplace, stove

2013 – The Cottage (30Jun13)

June 30th, 2013

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We really need to get this done before the winter. I’ll have to try and learn how to plaster because we cannot pay anyone to do the work I’m hoping that because we want it old style it will work out okay.

We have started with the ceiling which should make a huge difference. To start with we will just tape the seams. Later, when money allows we will be adding beams and will finish it properly.

I have lost ‘laborer’ Josh as he was studying for his exams and now working so my new trusty apprentice is Bex. Unfortunately she isn’t quite as strong so we have adapted our materials to suit – all the slabs are to be cut in half so that we can lift them safely (ish).

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We did manage one full sheet of insulated plasterboard but it was really difficult





Cottage in Bloom (29Jun13)

June 29th, 2013

We have been plodding on with jobs here and there but I haven’t updated the blog for ages.

I also haven’t been taking many photos recently, but we now have a potted Garden at the front.

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Shame about the tonne bag of gravel spoiling the picture!



Still Painting (03May13)

May 3rd, 2013

I forgot how much I hate painting!


But it’s looking good – shame I missed the bit at the bottom!

Painting the Cottage (02May13)

May 2nd, 2013


Summers on its way and I decided we should try and maker the front of the House look lived in!

We are going to paint some of it and generally tidy up what we can. I also want to move the huge pile of stones at the front gate.
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Master Bedroom revisited (02Apr13)

April 2nd, 2013

We finally decided to finish our bedroom – there are a few cracks in the plaster and we never got round to carpet tiling the floor or varnishing the woodwork. It makes a huge difference.



Wow, scary amount of dust under the bed!!


Kitchen handles good beer and a few Ghoulish pumpkin heads (28Oct12)

October 28th, 2012

I forgot to take pictures of the complete kitchen (so far….for now) and the sink (another bargain) and the handles which our visitors bought for us and Nigel helped to fit. I’ll add more pictures later…

Kitchen Worktop (17Oct12)

October 17th, 2012

Almost finished…..with a little help from my?áapprentice…

Kitchen worktop(16Oct12)

October 16th, 2012

Finally got to use the worktop jig – not as easy as it looks…After all my deliberating about what kind of worktop I finally realised that the only type I could use was the cheapest….Picked this up for Ôé¼35 per length – slightly banana shaped but soon straightened it out…


Kitchen (10Oct12)

October 10th, 2012

Need to find a suitable sink – preferably a Belfast sink but then we may end up having to buy expensive worktop so not sure what to do.

Sinks and worktops are?áridiculously?áexpensive….


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