Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Venetian Adventure!


Hello, how are you all? Ready for Christmas? No me neither.
If you've been reading my little ramblings for a while now you'll know that this time of year is a bit of a birthday fest!
Mine included.
This year Lovely Man really excelled by whisking me away to Venice.
 I know AMAZING.
There was alot of cloak and dagger stuff beforehand, I variously thought I was going to Bognor, Paris, Barcelona, Ireland........pretty much anywhere.
 I only found out my true destination at the airport.
OMG
What a weekend, so magical.
Venice is simply incredible, this weekend the tides were very high so the water flooded everywhere.


Everything took on a surreal look and feel. 


Life seems to continue as normal even though the shops and cafes are filed with water!


We wandered the lanes and soaked up the atmosphere.


The buildings seem to be sinking into the water, gently decaying, gracefully.



And then there are the gondolas, so beautiful, so elegant, so we went in one of course.
INCREDIBLE!
If you ever go you simply MUST go in one, save your pennies it's pricey, but just save them.


Everywhere we went beautiful architecture made our eyes pop, literally made me gasp. I think I must have said WOW about a million times.
WE didn't manage to get to Santa Maria della Salute.
We'll have to go back then.


Could there be a lovelier building.


Could there be a lovelier sunset.


I don't think so!
I took so many photos.


How could I not.


We did visit most of the 'must see' places, although we didn't have chance to go inside.
We'll have to go back then!


Actually, looking at these photos makes me want to go back very soon.


I hope you've enjoyed my little trip to Venice.
 I had the most glorious weekend. Spent with an amazing wonderful person.
I'm so thankful and blessed to have such beautiful and special people to spend my life with.
Back home now I'm relaxing in my PJs and feeling life is good!
Now to prepare for Christmas.
Enjoy your weekend, are you putting the tree up?
I'm not, not yet, one more birthday to go first.
My gorgeous Dad, on Monday............his special day.
Thanks for stopping by see you all soon.
Love
♥Sue♥




Friday, 14 November 2014

Bathroom Ta Dah!


Finally, I've made it back to Blogland!
I've been so busy, waay to busy and I've missed my Blogland chums.
Hope you're all ok?
And look, all good, a beautiful bathroom for you to look at.
Exquisite isn't it.


We've had baths and showers
and bathshowers. 
Oh yes we are making the most of our stunning new room.



Isn't it pretty.




Everything came together beautifully.


We have created a calm restful space.
Using natural beach colours and sea coloured accents.


And we are so delighted all that hard work, 
all that mess and trauma forgotten now.
We're particularly pleased with the old pine shelf revamp. 
Just spray paint and a rub down followed by a bit of wax.




I'm so lucky to have such a brilliant talented Lovely Man to create our amazing home.
I'll have an idea and hey presto he's done it!
That's it now the last major renovation job, our home is officially
FINISHED!!!!!!
It's a very good feeling my friends.
Have a spiffing weekend I'm spending it in the bath!
See you soon
Love
♥Sue♥


Friday, 10 October 2014

Five Photo Friday............

.................And 
Bathroom Update 2
So mostly we've spent the week in the smallest room.
Not much time outside which I'm really missing.
However progress has been made.
Cabinets are well on the way to being finished.


Tiling and grouting are done.
The colours are much prettier in real life, the look I'm going for is a coastal relaxed look.


Maybe this week will see the rest of the house returned to normal!
I am feeling a bit more positive too, the end is in sight.


It's a bit of an assault course at the moment.


I'll leave you with a happy sight, our hedgehog made an appearance last night.
He's looking very big and healthy, I'm hoping he'll find a nice corner of the garden to hibernate.
We've called him Milligan (after Spike)


Hope you've all had a good week.
See you soon
Love
♥Sue♥


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bathroom drama part 1

Hi!
How's your week been?
Mine's..........improving.
As promised a little bathroom story.
This is the very last room that needed renovating.
Here are the before photos, this is what it's been like for ages, since we had a loft  conversion in 2007 to be exact! No proper flooring and patched up walls, gorgeous!
Oh and a rather alarming crack in the toilet.

                                        Finally I persuaded Lovely Man to get the builders in.
Now, he can do all the work beautifully, loves doing it, is amazing at it.
Unfortunately Parkinson's disease kind of has other ideas, it's just too much after a hard day at work. The last thing he needs is spending all night renovating and getting exhausted. 
We need our free time, free to enjoy, while we can.
So in came the builders.

They made a good start. 
Week one old bathroom ripped out walls striped and re plastered.
Good all good, no stress.
Then week two.

Basin in, pipework done. 
New window in.
Then without warning everything went downhill.
The stress began to build, Lovely man wasn't happy.
Things weren't been done properly.
Bad pipework, brick dust EVERYWHERE from using an angle grinder INDOORS (idiots)
Lovely Man was going to tell them not to come back.
Ooooo stressful!
Before we had chance to speak to them.
 FLOOD! 
 They left one day, left the water off, so we turned it on.....................OMG
I've never seen so much water pouring through my kitchen ceiling. Obviously I cried, brick dust infused water in my cooker, electrics blown, an evening spent clearing up.
Sack the builders!
Which is what we did.
So anyway first job was to check the work already carried out.
It was DREADFUL, this is 'finished pipework' every joint had a leak!

Look at this mish mash, again finished work.
It makes me crazy just looking at this!


After Lovely Man got his hands on it.
Would you just look how gorgeous these pipes look!
I know he's a genius.


He's also completely worn out.
The one thing we tried to avoid by getting people in to do the work.
I'll never win that argument again will I.

The good news is that we are making progress, the brick dust is almost gone 
and 
the bathroom is looking a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
Next week I'll show you some pretty bathroom photos.
Think of me this weekend, I'll be mostly grouting and painting and making tea!
I'm feeling better I've stopped crying...............no jokes yet though........too soon.
Have a good weekend.
Love
♥Sue♥









Friday, 26 September 2014

Five Photo Friday

Hi everyone!
It's been a long long week, plagued by the back to school cold and stress levels through the roof!
Let me explain a little.
Last week I showed you a happy student back in his house at Uni in Nottingham, that's some good news.
And here is a jolly giraffe, I made for a friend.
Do you like his handspun scarf!


A late blooming rose in the garden.


And a family who have been 
AMAZING!
We had the builders in.
We don't have the builders in ANYMORE.


Basically we had to rip everything out and start again.
Of course the troops rallied round. Heather used her muscles and Oliver used his pencil finding skills to help Lovely Man put right the mess.


Here is some of that mess, these are some of the new pipes that had to come out!
Arghhhhhhh


Hopefully this weekend will see some good progress.
I'll tell you the whole sorry tale next week.
Have a good weekend
Love
♥Sue♥


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Five Photo Friday

I'm posting from my phone, who knows how this will turn out!
Anyway round up of the week. A computer that can't find my SD card.
Two cross cats and one happy student!
I'll explain all next week.
In the meantime I'm off to eat chocolate and drink tea, yes folks we're officially having a Crisis!
Hope your week is going smoothly.
Love Sue x

Oh by the way I do know it's Thursday, don't look till tomorrow. X

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Let's build a deck 2


Hi how are you all did you enjoy a glorious weekend?
We've been enjoying some lovely Autumnal walks.
Anyway............
..........as promised here's the story of the deck.
Remember how we hated decking, 
I was holding out for slate flagstones actually.
But as a temporary solution decking would do so we began.

The first job was levelling using concrete and bricks.


Now we didn't want to spend too much money on this project so decided to use roof joists, which we got for a very good price.
Bring in the de-nailing team.


Oliver came up with the idea to take away the roof supports!!!!!
I know it'll fall down......
.luckily Lovely Man knew a cunning way of supporting the roof on two bespoke brackets. 


I think Oliver was having second thoughts at this point.


As you can see they make a crack team. Look at the awesome strength!


It's okay the roof stays up! 
And even better we'll have even more space.


Next came the joist laying and protecting.
It proved to be a rather smelly job, wood preserver yuk.


We decided to add a decorative wooden canopy

  


Then came a very exciting moment, laying the deck, 
we've used the plain side, just because we prefer it.



The whole family got involved, including Getto, he's good at measuring!
Two days of hard work by everyone.


We got some muscle to break up the old concrete path, after it had taken me about half an hour to break up a couple of inches and I'm freakishly strong!


Look at that I've wanted to get rid of that path FOREVER!
So happy the flower bed can be wider now.


A bit of soil and turf.


Ta Dah!


All done.


And that's it, one deck, a family of very happy people 
some seriously chilled out cats and a summer of outside living.
Really this one project has transformed our lives, we all spend even more time outside, we're more relaxed
more connected and altogether happier.
Improving your home is always life enhancing,
 but THIS project has had an amazing effect on our family.
I would say if you're dithering about doing something around your home, you know leaving it till the perfect solution comes along or you can afford it.
Don't, think outside the box, buy secondhand, do it together, do it in stages, do something, anything even something small can have a transforming effect.
Really what I'm saying is love your home.
We love our home.
I'll show you some deck life next time, 
be prepared, there are some photos of gratuitous relaxing!
See you soon
Love
♥Sue♥