Sunday, 23 April 2017

Here She Is...

 So many of you are keen to share the joy of our new home so here she is warts and all.  She is in desperate need of some sprucing up, painting and the guttering replacing BUT she has stolen our hearts.  Over time she will be transformed from the ugly ducking into a beautiful swan.  Already we have made a difference to the inside.  I have made curtains, throws and table linen for the lounge.  Gerard has been busy painting a trunk and side table so we are making progress.

Ta Dah...

We have been to the local Historical Society, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis in Gaelic which has a local history archive and a small museum to do some research on the cottage.  It appears that the outbuilding was the original cottage and the newer cottage was built in 1920.  It was a joy to look at some of the photographs through the years of people who have lived and worked the Croft.  The croft leads down to the sea but we have yet to explore the paths down.  If I stand on tip toes, bearing in mind how short I am I can just about see the sea from the attic landing window, Gerard obviously has a better view.
I will share this with you again when the weather is a little better.
We went to the local car boot sale yesterday which made us both smile.  It consisted of 5 cars so not at all what we have been used to.  There was bacon/egg rolls and tea/coffee for £2 available in the school canteen, it would have been rude not to...and the perfect place to chat.  I met a lovely lady who moved here a couple of years ago who is keen to start a knitting/yarn group locally so I am meeting up with her next week.
So far our move has been everything that we had hoped for and more.  There is plenty of work to do to transform our cottage back to its former glory, but we are certainly enjoying the process.  It will of course take time but that is one thing we have in abundance.
See you soon.

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Adventure Begins...

I am living the dream, we have been living in ur new home for the past two weeks and loving it.  We had an amazing trip to Florida which I will share at a later date.  The phone and internet were connected yesterday so I will catch up with you all as soon as I can.  We drove up through the night enabling us to catch the first ferry out from Ullapool.  With hindsight it is not something we would do again we missed out so much on the beautiful views driving through the stunning landscapes at night.  It was breath taking getting our first glimpse of Ullapool despite the dreary weather.  The sea looked rather choppy but we coped quite well.  The dog was on his best behaviour thank goodness, I think he was just pleased to be back with us.

The ferry trip took two and half hours but passed really quickly as we chatted to other dog owners in the dog lounge.
We have moved into our little croft cottage and are now making it feel like home, a little bit at a time.  We have some wonderful neighbours who have made us feel most welcome, bringing us soup and scones on our first day and an abundance of coffee and biscuits.  We both feel at peace and settled.  Our nearest neighbours and view from our windows are a delight.

Mickey, the dog struggled a little for the first couple of days but is now quite happy to ignore them.  We are blessed with some beautiful views and are looking forward to exploring the Island.  There have been a few issues, it hasn't all been plain sailing.  There was no oil and then a problem with the boiler, electric power cuts and a leaking sink.  Despite it all we are happy and settling in well.

The view from the bedroom window, on the ground floor a huge bonus for Gerard not having to climb the stairs.

The outbuilding is enormous and will be a mammoth task, but we have great plans to convert it to a craft room for me, a workshop for Gerard and then around the back a potting shed and indoor garden.   We are excited about the project but will get the house sorted first and enjoy our surroundings for awhile.

I will update you as we progress with our Hebridean adventure.  I thank you all for your comments on previous posts and emails I will get back to you as soon as I can.   Looking forward to catching up.  See you soon.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Long Overdue Update

 Finally the stress and worry of selling our home is over.  The boxes and furniture are in storage on the Isle of Lewis awaiting our arrival.  We have had our offer accepted on a lovely croft cottage and the searches and paperwork are in the process of being completed.  Exciting times, our adventure has begun.  It has been a long time in the planning and we are so excited for our new lives to begin.  In the meantime we are being incessantly teased by our daughters about our homeless status.  We have been making the most of the gap by spending quality time with them.

Last weekend we headed up to Hartlepool to spend some time with Lucy and the girls, it was certainly fun watching the girls at their dance class.  They are coming on in leaps and bounds, they are budding stars in the making.  They certainly have the poise and elegance to become great dancers, they are certainly enthusiastic about whatever they do.  The park is always on top of the agenda and we certainly had the weather for it.

We are at the moment visiting Victoria in Norwich with plans to go to Ampthill tomorrow to visit Amie before finally heading off to Manchester for our flight to Florida.  On our return we will be taking a leisurely drive through Scotland before making our way to the port and our new home.  We have so many plans.  The cottage has a large outbuilding which we plan to have converted into a workshop and craftroom, we are thrilled to finally fulfil the dream.
We found some great inspiration whilst on a trip to Norwich Castle, they had an amazing dolls house exhibition on loan from the V & A Museum of Childhood.  It was a joy to see them.  It was also a delight to become part of the miniature world and reenact  some of the displays.

Wilbur was thrilled showing us around and telling us all about previous visits.  It  certainly is a very child friendly place, with lots of additions for children throughout.
We went in to the Castle Keep which is the oldest part of the castle and certainly has the wow factor on entry.  I would certainly recommend a visit if you are in the area, a great day out for both young and old.
Our adventure continues with lots of window shopping, fabric samples and d├ęcor ideas.  I will try to catch up with you over the next few days but hope all is well with you.
See you soon.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Slow But Steady Progress

The saga continues...Contracts were supposed to be exchanged yesterday and despite several attempts to speak to our solicitor this has not been confirmed.  The completion date has now been set for 10th March, much later than we had hoped but at least we now have a date to be able to work to.  Plans are afoot to find our new forever home.  I have in mind a whitewashed stone croft house with a large outbuilding that can be converted into my craft room, there are several that fit the bill.

Hopefully if all goes well we will have a wait for the paperwork to be done on our new home so we intend to fly out to Florida for a well earned rest.  On our return do a round robin of the family and then head North with the dog to start our new life.  We have told Mickey all about the changes to his life and that he his going on holiday for a little while but he doesn't appear to have any concerns.

He has found a new friend and is not concerned about the boxes that surround him and that all his favourite cushions are no longer around.  He is looking a little scruffy at the moment and is more than ready for his wash and brush up, along with a good cut.
We have a few jobs to do before we head off as Storm Doris hit with a vengeance here on the coast and caused a lot of damage.  Branches from a tree hit our daughters car and smashed the windscreen, thankfully they were all safe.  Here the wind took the shed door right off its hinges and blew one of the shed windows out.  There is a lot of debris that needs to be cleared but no serious damage thankfully.
There is not a lot of crafting getting done as my workroom has been packed up.  I have made a start on a wreath but cannot finish it until we have moved and unpacked.  It has been fun to do so far.

I have in mind some nice buttons and perhaps some beads for the centres of the flowers, it will be nice to experiment with a few ideas once we are settled.
It has now been put into the last box and sealed, I am now working from the bag that I packed for my travels.  Although I have already finished the baby quilt that was in there.  This could be the perfect excuse for a trip to town for some craft essentials....

There is a slow but steady progress on all fronts.  We now have light at the end of the tunnel and exciting plans for the next phase of our lives.  It has been a long time coming but our dream is now starting to become a reality.  Bitter sweet in that we are not as close to family but with lots of plans in place for visits both ways, we can make this work.
I am thankful for all your wonderful comments and emails wishing us well on our new venture and I am looking forward to sharing the beautiful Isle of Lewis with you.
See you soon.

Monday, 20 February 2017


We had little visitors this weekend filling our days with love and laughter.  We visited some old haunts adding to the wondrous memories already stored.  The majority of the toys and such  are packed but Bertie came prepared, bringing some puzzles and games for us to play.  We had some fun with the Tom and Jerry puzzle which I must admit thought was a little difficult for a 4plus child, even Grandad needed some help from super Granny...

Honey loved the horse as long as her big brother held her tight, he is such a lovely big brother.

He was so good taking her on the Hello Kitty ride too on our trip to the arcade and soft play.
He has certainly come along way from playing on the roll a penny...
Look at the concentration on his face, they are so good with technology these days.  I am in awe of his skill.
Growing up so quickly and yet not too big to still want a kiss and cuddle with his Granny.  He had made us a beautiful card for our new home drawing a castle on the front and writing his message all by himself, what a joy.

Honey chatters away but we do recognise some of the words, crawls around at the speed of light and pulls herself up and walks around the furniture.  She loved the dog, perhaps a little too much... he was happy to take a break in the kitchen now and again.  A lovely weekend with lots of memories to treasure.
Hector is one today, where has the time gone?  I am so looking forward to seeing him on skype later on today, they are having a day out at the Zoo hopefully the weather will hold for them it has been so Spring like all weekend.  I have just been looking at some of the photos that have been sent today, it is so nice to be included in the celebration. 
As always thank you for your comments and visits to my little place in blogland.  We decided to do a small shop and have takeaways this weekend so fish and chips were on top of the agenda followed by doughnuts and icecream with a stroll along Skegness beach, it is certainly on the list of things we will miss.
See you soon.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

To Shop Or Not To Shop, That Is The Question?

Sadly the sewing in fairy did not pay me a visit so I had to sew all the ends in myself.  It was worth all the effort I really liked the end result, all ready to be rolled into a basket for those cooler evenings.

Using the same colour yarn I have made a start on what will become a large granny square, they seem to be making a revival.  it is one of the first things I made when I learnt to crochet many moons ago.
I have also made a start on another quilt to finish off the parcel for my daughters best friend.  The cute little woodland animals are a delight.

These are the little projects that I had ready for when we were on our travels so I am going to have to add to the travel bag once again. 
The freezers are now almost empty and the store cupboard is coming to an end, the uncertainty of exchange and completion dates I am now finding quite irksome.  To do a food shop or not, that is the question????  Our plans are now on hold once again...
See you soon.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Another Finish

Time seems to be dragging a little, but we are filling our days well.  We have been hopping around some of our favourite spots so that we have lots of cherished memories to take with us.  The home that we have known for 21 years is not recognizable anymore taking on the look of a warehouse.  Our home has become a house making the transition so much easier, we have taken the time to cut emotional ties.  Time will tell if that is true or not.  We are reading a lot, it so nice to be able to sit with a book and I am crafting.    Moving home is not for the faint hearted I can see why it is Number one on the list for causing stress.

I have finally finished Honeys quilt, it is already for when I see her at the weekend.

I have finished another throw/lap blanket.  The dreaded ends need sewing in.  I was hoping that the sewing in fairy would come and help but as yet there has been no sighting of her.  So I will sew them all in today.  I intend to start another one later today and have decided upon a large Granny square using the same yarn.

I am sorry about the quality of the photos, we have dappled light everywhere at the moment making for some beautiful Spring like days.  The temperatures are rising too giving Mother Nature false signals, so many bulbs are emerging through the wet heavy soil early.  What a beautiful welcome for the next home owners, Mother Nature giving a helping hand.

See you soon.