Sunday 26 May 2019


For which we say thank you kindly! So a nice long weekend. So what's been happening? Well we actually had another one last weekend as our daughter Lindsey treated us all to a Friday to Monday break in a thatched cottage 5 mins from the beach in Norfolk!

A lovely flint thatched cottage that was lovely and secluded.

A very pretty enclosed dog friendly garden.

The view of the back of the cottage.

Parts of the cottage were very old, I loved the kitchen window and old beams that were evident downstairs.

There were four bedrooms, although only three of us went along with the two dogs.We were lucky with the weather which was dry although a little cool on the Saturday. The table was set for tea when we arrived late Friday afternoon, with a lovely homemade Victoria sponge cake, which we slowly worked our way through over the weekend.

I don't know if you are the same, but whenever I stay in another place on holiday I  get inspired to make changes or resolve something once I'm back home , with my own house.

In this cottage there was a utility room just off the kitchen where the fridge/freezer was, along with washing machine etc but also the toaster. This helped settle in my mind, that I would move my toaster over to the 'breakfast' side of my kitchen to free up work surface by the stove. I said to Paul about doing this but had not got my act together but now my toasters been moved along with the coffee machine.

I also loved the flint wall across their back garden, here with Zak peeking through the gate, although in this case it's not something that can appear overnight once home but I'd love to be able to one somewhere in my garden one day.

It was the dogs first holiday and they just loved playing on the sand and also walking through the woods.But having the dogs long made it much harder to take my thinking through my doll photos, So I landed up taking photos as and where I could and working my story line round what I had which was why the photos are not as complete as they could have been.

I have been some what spoilt this week as I had not only Monday off but also Tuesday as I'm working next Saturday and due to staffing levels, I was given my toil day this week instead of in the coming week.Then I also didn't have to work this Friday just gone, so was able to go to visit my grand daughter Clara and spend the day.

While at my daughters I was telling her about how I intended to sort through all the old family photos and reduce them down to only keeping the best and throwing out the rest, after the girls have checked if they want any, and how I'd sorted out quite a few cookery and gardening books and given them away to charity, in order to get my new books on the book shelves and clear the space to move the Toaster etc.
She told me about a lady called Marie Kondo , on Netfick, who goes into peoples houses and shows them how to deal with their clutter and how she was now folding all their clothes , so she could find things easier. After Clara had finished her afternoon nap I looked at the now organised drawers and was very impressed.

These are a Marie Kondo photo of her folding method.

So I watched a couple of her programmes early yesterday morning and I'm planning to use her methods, apart from the thanking my clothes.. don't ask.. to help me de-clutter the house.
I have been slowly working my way through but her method may help me move on even more than I was.

So due to having a lovely weekend away we've not achieved anything on the kitchen this week although Paul is outside painting the first coat of blue on the top cupboard doors and since we don't have to work tomorrow, I'm hoping that they'll get fitted and a second coat added then!
We had planned to remove the lower cupboards and the sink and replace with the new ones but of course when I ordered them on Monday the delivery date was this coming Wednesday, too late for the bank holiday but we've plenty to be getting on with, so not really an issue.

Because I'm in the clearing out frame of mind, I'll be listing dolls on Ebay and my sales page later, not sure if any will be Sasha's but there needs to be a cull !

Despite the dogs efforts to destroy my circular Iris bed last year I'm pleased to say that it's survived and some of the Irises have been flowering this week.

I need to reset the brick border they've knocked about but at least the Irises are looking nice and healthy.

While away I wanted to get a photo of the dogs sitting nicely by front door of the cottage but needed Paul to get them to sit and stay, some of you will have seen this photo on my feed on FB, with the dogs totally giving the game away as to where Paul is 'hiding' !

 I did manage one with them looking ahead but had to move closer to get it! Which alas meant you cannot see the house.

So I have lots to do, so will wish you all a lovely healthy happy week ahead and go and start sorting!



  1. What a wonderful weekend getaway and an absolutely beautiful venue. So nice that the dogs could come along - they like vacations too. Hope you had a very restful time.

    1. It was a great place and we all, including the dogs had a lovely time :)

  2. Looks like you had a lovely trip Dee, the cottage is beautiful. I have also heard of this lady who does all the decluttering but haven't seen the clothing folded that way, I might have to give that a go as I hate the mess my drawers get into when I pull out the tee shirts from underneath and all the ones on top get squished back in again! LOL
    Love the photos of the boys, they look so well behaved. I've tried to get photos like this for years....yeah, I've not succeeded yet! :D
    Lovely irises, ours were nice this year too but they are purple.

    1. We did. I've yet to seriously start the folding but I'm planning on making a start this coming week, she says with confidence ! lol
      Alas not quite as well behaved as they look but their getting there! xxx

  3. What a great little holiday retreat! So glad you had a good break and could find time to reflect on the way forward with the kitchen. I done think you need Mary Kondo's help......I DO...... but I need to get rid of some clutter before I can think of inviting her to clutter the rest .......and she can't look in the storage unit as it might give her a heart attack....

    1. It was Jen. Always so nice to have a trip away even if for a couple of days! I know what you mean about looking in the storage unit!
      Paul's workshop and the shed at the very end of the garden are both full to overflowing but I'm determined to tackle them when we have our week off in July! Wish me luck... lol