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Welcome December!!

Oooh, I love December… the run up to Christmas!  In past years I would be wearing my vocal chords out singing carols in services all over the place, but this year I am just singing at Church, and maybe 2 other carol services – so not much at all really.  I mean last year I had a choral performance of Messiah, 2 choral Carol concerts with a brass band, and three or four other carol services plus singing at Midnight Mass.  It is definitely more restful this year.

Well, it is on the vocal front.  In the few days since the end of #NaBloWriMo, which I am pleased to say I survived with only minor cuts and abrasions and a slight nervous twitch, I have been busy.  Really, really busy.

The first job was to sort out the room that will be the baby’s when they arrive.  I thought it was going to take a long time, like a day or two.  Well, from the moment of getting in there to tape everything off, to the moment I left having taken the tape off and cleaned everything… 4 hours.  No, seriously.  4 hours.  This is what it looked like before…

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And this is what it looks like after the paint.

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Tomorrow, I am going to get the fabric for the curtains which will go up in this room.  I am very excited because I am going to teach myself how to make them.  It is something I want to be able to do.  I have A LOT of windows in this house, and I need to work out how to make window treatments that will not break the bank.  And you know, I am also going to be making the curtains for the baby’s room.  Adds another realm of excitement entirely to the situation.

So, one room done… but one room wasn’t enough.  I decided I wanted to decorate the dining room as well.  I did that yesterday.  Hubby helped me HUGELY by moving all the furniture and taking down the curtains and pelmet, and putting them all back, but I did all the painting.  Here is the room before…

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And this is the completed room.  The colour is serene, and I think I will spend any enjoyable hours reading in my book nook.

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Again, the painting only took me about 4 hours.  I used a paint pad for the first time in this room, and it was so easy and so much fun to use… I am inspired.  In fact, I have already got plans for decorating the hallway, the guest bedroom, the room I have adopted as my craft room, the bathroom… well, let’s make this easy… the whole flipping house!   But maybe not before Christmas.


Autumn and the house…

So who else is fighting a rising tide of leaves and mud in your house?

dog shaking

I love autumn, I really do, but with the rain and the wind we have had this week, and how sodden the ground has become, if this weather continues, we are going to have mud halfway up the walls by Christmas.  It doesn’t help that the dog comes in from her walks (very enthusiastically) and then shakes the mud and grime up any surface that happens to be around, and my husband is something of a world class muck magnet at the best of times.  The combination is rather cataclysmic.

When we moved into this house, a lot of people were telling me that I should redecorate every room immediately.  I can see why they suggested I do that, because with the best will in the world, when one family has lived in the house for 33 years, there are some corners of the place that could do with a bit of a touch up when new people move in.  But I am firmly of the opinion that a house will tell you when it wants to be decorated, and indeed I think it will even tell you how it wants to be decorated, the colours to be used in each room.   Do not call the men in white coats.  Honestly, I am quite sane!

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I am thinking that painting the hallway might be the first big decorating project.  A wipeable surface is an absolute must.  I can feel myself being drawn to a light terracotta colour, something warm, but not too dark.  The carpet in the hall and on the stairs is a lovely darkish brown colour, so that will work nicely with the palette of colours I have in mind.  But I need to think about window treatments in the hall.  Currently we have roller blinds, but I am thinking of making some blinds myself.

The living room will look rather fabulous in two tones of brown… one lighter tone on the walls and a darker tone in the inglenook fireplace, plus the curtains in there need a refresh as well.  The dining room is probably going to be a willow or a sage green.   It matches nicely with the curtains in there at the moment, but I am hoping to change those curtains shortly but luckily the fabric I am considering will have the same sorts of colours in them.  I have never made curtains before, so it is going to a something of a learning curve, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

cream kitchen

I want to lighten up the wood work in the kitchen as well.  I am thinking of painting the doors and drawers in the kitchen, though I might just clean them and then put yacht varnish all over them once I have got the colour to the right point.  I have the right paint to paint over them if necessary though. I fancy primrose yellow kitchen cupboards and drawers with accents of oak, and perhaps fashion some blackboard sections on the pantry cupboard door.

Obviously I have the baby’s room to get ready, just in case we get news about that soon.  I am thinking of a gender neutral nursery because we do not know which gender we will eventually adopt.  We have some paint which will do, and I have my eye on some gorgeous curtain fabric, which won’t date too much for the children.  It might even take them through to being 10 or 11… with luck!  I am not sure quite what to do in the master bedroom or the spare bedroom, and I am stumped on the guest room come craft room.  So I still need some inspiration to come.

It would seem to be an ideal time to get on with these kinds of project.  We are within spitting distance of finishing the window painting on the back of the house (please pray for decent weather on Saturday and Sunday so we can get the last two coats on!  Please!!!) and then… well, I think we need to get a project underway to take us through to Christmas and onto the spring.  Painting a room is an achievable target, although if the weather is nice I intend to be out in the garden when I possibly can be.  There is masses to do out there as well!!

this is me!

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…


And annoying neighbours burning wet leaves and effectively smoking you out of your own garden.  I tell you, if I wasn’t so tired from all I have done today, and interested in rotting my leaves down for soil improvement purposes… I would return the favour.  When their washing is on the line.  Just saying.

Anyway… Autumn is officially here.  The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning brown and falling off (they don’t really turn pretty colours in the UK… they just go brown and hit the deck), and in theory, the garden should be full of stuff to harvest and store for the winter.  Obviously, this year we haven’t had a chance to really get our garden producing anything much because we haven’t been in it long enough.  I can tell you we have had a lovely crop of tomatoes, our chilli peppers are looking great, we have some aubergines (eggplants) coming on in the greenhouse, we have had 6 cucumbers from 1 plant, which I think is pretty awesome… Over all, I am really happy with what we have managed to produce.

pretty veg patch

But… ooh the plans that I have.  First of all though we need to dispose of a box hedge which is in the way, and then I am going to dig myself a veg patch.  We are going to grow those veggies which we love to eat – peas, beans, courgettes, pumpkins, onions, lettuce, radishes, potatoes (but in bags, not in the ground), carrots (the same as the potatoes), beetroot, spinach, maybe I will try some brussels sprouts (though maybe not… cos they can be tricky little blighters.)  The patch is going to have a border of dwarf fruit trees (which we already have and which are currently in pots) and a little fence as well – with strawberries growing by the little fence as well.  Can you picture it?

One of the beds which currently houses a whole load of fuschias (shudder – I loathe the things) and other assorted items which have self seeded there, will be cleared and it will become my medicinal herb bed, with a backdrop of the most gorgeous peonies.  Lots of lovely things will grow there… and will no doubt feature in future blog posts as well!


All of the specimen plants which can be moved, will be transplanted across the lawn to the perennial border.  That needs a serious haircut on all fronts.  And I have some bay trees which have got all wild and wooly this year and need significant taming.  (I wish it looked half as nice as the one in the picture at Sheringham Park!!  Maybe in a few years time…!)

So, autumn might be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… but it is also the time for fervent planning and plotting, as well as dreaming of future produce.  So tonight I shall dream of full cornucopia… and a medicine cabinet full of home made remedies.