Sunday, 19 November 2017


Well that week whizzed by! It will soon be December at this rate and Winter will have arrived.
Plenty still happening around the garden here, which is unusual as by now we would have stopped anything garden related having put it all to bed for the winter and gone back inside to carry on with those job that need doing.

But I am so pleased to say that the patio is finished! In the spring we will need to coat the stones with a sealant but until then it's done.

so here are a couple of before photos..

The ugly broken old red and yellow paving from the eighties with the old outhouse.

The outhouse too close to the french doors.

the bricked path full of grass and weeds.

and now !

No ugly paving and no outhouse spoiling the view!

The view out from the doorway now.

No more brick and grass!

We have put the table back but changed the position and will see how we feel about the change as time passes.

We still have some clearing and cleaning up to do with a trip to the recycling site planned. Plus now the paving's looking new we need to sort out about all the paintwork that needs refreshing !

Until we know whats happening with the wall we are going to put some grey slate down to tidy the edge.

We have ordered a new fence panel to replace the old cut down one on the left of the wall and will dig out and put in the foundation for the future wall and then put the new fence panel in place. The walls need repainting and the doors, how much will get done before it's too cold to carry on , we don't know. So the rest will have to wait until the spring.

On the Sasha front I bought a new outfit from Ruth Hartley's winter range.

Show here on Wren.

I do love red on the brunette girls.

Seeing Wren outside with the cyclamen gave me the idea I needed for my Christmas challenge, which is an extension of the doll and bear alphabet challenge I did over 26 weeks of this year.

I'm up to R, so this will be R is for RED !

I'm feeling the need to search out the red clothing for the clan, so that's something I'll add to my list.

Well the internet should be back on Thursday......with the new provider, they have already sent the new hub, so I am hopeful!

So the sun's out and things need doing, so I'm off, speak again soon....


Sunday, 12 November 2017


Magda finally got changed into some lovely warm clothes yesterday, so insisted on inspecting the work being done in the garden!

The cheeky minx asked me when we'd be planting the grass between the paving! and she managed to keep a straight face!

But you can just see that twinkle in her eye!

"Are they coming back on Monday to finish? " Magda asks
" They are coming today to clear up more of the rubbish so I can get my car back on the drive and under cover " I tell her

" and then they'll be finished? "
" No" I reply " they still have to lay the paving round by the side gate and then fill in between all the paving so we don't get grass " she giggled so I gave her my mum look , she ignored it and grinned! I continued ignoring her " and then clear up the last of their tools and then they'll be finished "

"Being serious now mum " says Magda " it's really lovely of you and Dad to have this new playground laid right outside the house for us! It's going to be ace for riding our bikes , playing tag etc"
"it's not going to be left empty , it will have the patio table and some pots on it"
"that's okay " smiles Magda " our patio table and pots won't take up much room if you tuck them in the corner " before I could tell her it was our big patio table and Dad's pots , she was off to tell the others she'd checked out the new patio !
Maybe I'll leave telling them for a while , they'll still be lots of space for them to play !


A little catch up! This is a view from the garden back towards the house. I love that I can now see all of the back and not have part missing behind the old outhouse.

Like with anything new that you do, it shows up all the old weathered items so the back of the house will need repainting.

You can see where the trellis used to be for the rose we removed between the doors. The doors and framework have long needed repainting which we will do in the spring as it's now too cold and damp.
At some stage on our list of jobs needing doing in and around the house will be replacing them but for now a lick of paint will make all the difference.
The pond needs a new top edge and a coat of black stain to tidy it up as well.

I don't know about you but whenever we have work done it inspires us to get on with other things that need doing around the house, so plans are being made and lists drawn up as to want needs doing first etc.
The hallway needs to be finished but when we first moved in we got permission to make the window in the stairwell longer. So we'll be looking to get that done first, while we finish removing the old wall paper and settle on the new one and the paint colour.

We still have no internet but thankfully the dongle we bought can be used until it's back on. So I'll be back with more news of the goings on in the Sasha Village. There are still lots of Sasha's etc that need to be dressed for winter!