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Wednesday
Nov232011

A visit from Miss Potter.

Yes I am still alive. There´s just not much to tell you... we´ve been busy working on the house but I need to take proper pictures to show you. It´s also the season of christmas madness already... ugh. I´m not ready for this.

However, I´ve been watching "Miss Potter" with Renee Zellweger recently and I loved it. Loooved it. That´s all.

Talk soon.

Thursday
Nov102011

While we were hiking.

So, Madeira. It´s a lovely island, really lovely - green and lush and dramatic and the views, oh the views. The people are nice, the food is good, the weather is mild. However, you should like to hike when you go there. Because, you know, there´s really not much else to do.

I should´ve known when we boarded the flight and I kid you not, we were among the youngest and everyone except us wore hiking boots. Oops.

So we hiked! And it was great! You can do so many different tours on Madeira, from easy walks to difficult mountain hikes. We didn´t do the really difficult ones because we´re not really experienced hikers, but still our walks were spectacular. Also, I discovered that walking is somewhat therapeutic and is in fact very relaxing.

I also sunbathed and read (6 books in 12 days!) and cooked (oh those tiny and underequipped holiday cottage kitchens!) and watched way too much Food Network on TV (Paula Deen, really?) and it was a great holiday all in all. Just what we needed.

Back at home though, things weren´t going so great. Our brave houssitters had to face some challenges and we ended up flying home 4 days early to help them out. Which wasn´t so bad because we had the loveliest autumn weather and got to explore our region a bit (something we really only do when we have visitors, duh).

As of next weekend, the renovation craziness will continue. I´ve alreay ordered some Farrow & Ball paint for the upstairs doors. Exciting, right? I actually do think so.

Tuesday
Oct182011

Leaving on a jetplane.

(I am sorry. You don´t like that song? I totally do.)

So, on Thursday morning the husband and I are off to Madeira to spend 17 delicious days there. We will not be staying in one of the typical houses above (I wish!), but in a small holiday cottage with sea views and an owner who is a massage therapist. This comes in handy as my back has been killing me lately.

This is indeed a greatly needed holiday for both of us. As much as we love the new house, we really need to take a break from renovating and decorating and gardening. We´ve been crazy busy to an extent that we go to bed around 8pm on Sunday because we´re just so exhausted from the weekend.

However, I´m happy to report that, even by my standards, the house looks nice enough to welcome house guests. The living room is actually quite cozy. I´ll give you a tour once we´ll back. 

But now, excuse me while I will be doing nothing on an island in the Atlantic. Talk soon.

(Picture from here.)

Tuesday
Oct112011

A good weekend.

 

I had such a good weekend. I was supposed to be away with the husband but got sick and stayed at home alone. It was heaven! Being sick meant there was a good excuse to do nothing but sleep, cuddle with the cats, read and sleep some more. Just what I needed.

Also (because I can´t really do nothing), I decorated the living room a bit. As I couldn´t decide on a wall color, I just painted the room white last weekend, and I really like it. Somehow, in this house, I don´t feel the urge to have colorful walls? Yet. I got a new cupboard as well which has been painted the same blue-ish grey as the front door. Oh and my new pillows? I love them. I recently re-discovered H&M Home and oh what nice things they have (they don´t pay me for writing this).

That´s all for now. Go and have a good week!

Tuesday
Oct042011

Front of the house progress.

So let´s talk about the front of the house a bit. Remember the house came with a screaming blue door. Which is fine, I love a statement door, but maybe not with this house. The house itself is a statement with the gigantic proportions and all that very red brick, so the blue had to go.

It is ridiculous how much time I´ve spent figuring out what color to paint that door. I ordered paint samples, I googled images of brick houses, my mother sent me magazine spreads with inspirational pictures and wherever I saw a door in a nice color I took a picture of it. Alas, I couldn´t decide on a color. The choices!

And then, yesterday morning, I came across a can of paint which I had bought some weeks ago for another project and thought... hmmmm.... what the heck, let´s get it over with. Some gazillion hours later, the door of the house is no longer screaming blue. Now it is smurf blue!

Seriously though, I´m not sure whether I like it? It´s supposed to be grey and not blue. Maybe it will get a bit darker over time. It´s definitely better than before, yes? But is it good? You tell me. By the way, we plan to have the wooden gable painted white next spring. Yay or nay? Oh and as for the path, we´ll replace the existing ugly stones with gravel some day.

Here´s a close-up for your enjoyment.

PS: The grass is really that green. We had to resow it due to the construction work done to the house earlier this summer.  Oh and yes there´s a step missing. Oh well. Who needs a step.