Garden news and cottage progress.

10 Oct

006   Up to a few days ago the weather was fabulous…in fact it’s still nice…even if it’s not so warm. Today was only 12 celsius but it was beautifully bright and sunny all day long. The last few weeks have been so warm that the Peas that are being saved for seed have started to flower again… 007   and the Strawberries are still giving a few ripe berries occasionally. 015   In the cottage renovations are finished. It’s so nice to have the house to ourselves again. As nice as our builder and plumber are I just don’t like someone in my space all the time.  Just today we put the table and chairs in here in the conservatory.  Be lovely to sit here over breakfast on a nice morning. On the not so nice mornings the stove will be lit to keep things cosy. lurgan 009   Bit of a difference to when we moved here back in February!  Apart from getting rid of lots of clutter the new roof has made the biggest difference here. Much brighter and of course much better heat retention from the polycarbonate. 018   The plants that have been brought in from outside should flower here for some time. 017   The last few Squashes are ripening on the windowsill. Small but perfectly formed they will be used for Winter soups or roasted…one of my favourite ways to eat Squash…accompanied by Beetroot and Carrots just delicious served on a bed of Quinoa. 019 Andy has given our big old American fridge of new coat of spray paint. It was meant to be chrome paint but it actually turned out like brushed steel. It will have to live here as it doesn’t fit in the kitchen or utility. We bought this old fridge about 16 years ago in a second hand shop. It is a Hotpoint manufactured in 1957 in USA. I much prefer it to the new fridges…so much more spacious. 032   In the kitchen all is finished too… civilised living is back! It’s so nice to get the last of our stuff out of boxes.  The sink will have to go though…this round sink is just so impractical…and no draining board…doesn’t work for us. 031   After initially deciding against it we ended up getting the splashback for the range.  The bookshelves on either side set it off  nicely and create a focal point for the room. With lots of timber from the forest behind the cottage we should be nice and cosy for the Winter here at Flynn’s Cottage.

15 Responses to “Garden news and cottage progress.”

  1. salpal1 October 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    so pretty – and all put back together! Must be nice to be settled again.

    • bridget October 11, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      It sure is…we like our home comforts.

  2. Anne Wilson October 10, 2013 at 11:39 pm #

    The sunroom looks fab, and I love the splash back on the range, you have both done so well since you moved in, a lovely warm welcoming cottage.

  3. Jane October 11, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    It looks so cosy and inviting…isn’t it lovely when a house becomes a home?!
    Jane x

    • bridget October 11, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      It certainly is Jane! We had the first frost last night so everything is done just in time.

  4. gardendaze October 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    You’ve done a lovely job.

    We had an old fridge like that. We just got rid of it a few years back for a newer “energy efficient” one. Well, the darn thing has broken down once already. So much for modern living!

    Does yours have the shelves that swivel out on a central pivot? Ours was very cool that way. I’m not sure why we all think “newer” is “better” all the time.

    I adore the conservatory. I think I’d spend most of my time in there. Enjoy all your renovations.


    • bridget October 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      No ours does’nt have the shelves on a pivot, just normal push in shelves. Our fridge is very energy efficient despite it’s age. I do spend a lot of time in the conservatory, I love it!

  5. Kevin October 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Your photos have completely captured the warmth of your home. Wishing you many blessings in your new place.

  6. elaine October 12, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    I tried to leave a comment the other day but no comment box appeared. It looks like you have everything sorted beautifully – I hate workmen around too – it is always good to have the place for yourself again. Enjoy your breakfasts in the lovely conservatory. Love the colour of the range. The weather here has taken a turn for the worst which is a shame as there is still quite a bit to do outside.

  7. Willowarchway October 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    Your house is looking so lovely, Thought your last home was nice but this one looks even nicer !! We will get to see you one day !

  8. silverbells2012 October 12, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    It must be good to have your home back – and all done up! Looks lovely 🙂

  9. Donna@Gardens Eye View October 14, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Love the range and that old fridge…good year 1957!

  10. Gina Gaines October 22, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Oooooooo… So pretty! Can I come live with you? 😉

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