Saturday, 22 September 2018

Another Week Bites the Dust

 Apart from the off/on/off/on work in the downstairs bathroom  not a lot happened. No one turned up Thursday so I rang up Again............. " having trouble sourcing a small enough pedestal or wall hung basin"........WHAT, come on, this is 2018 - anything and everything is source-able surely. No one turned up Friday either so I rang up AGAIN " should be delivered here Monday will get it fitted first thing Tuesday as long as it arrives on time". Oh good, once that done the bathroom is finished.

Meanwhile I washed some flower pots, went swimming and shopping and the boiler got serviced - another thing done before winter. Heating oil was ordered and I bought a new washing up bowl and washing basket - I really know how to treat myself!

Weeding two of  the vegetable beds  was done early in the week while the sun shone - it soon got a bit too warm and I retired inside to finish a book.  This author has written dozens of books and this one combines characters from two of her series to solve the disappearance of a student 20 years ago. A quick easy read.


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I went to Small WI one evening to hear a really good speaker, although she didn't speak much but got us all making a flower brooch from ribbon.  Originally from Australia she always wanted to make hats but was persuaded by her very conventional Australian/Greek parents to become an architect. Then she came here to work and met her English teacher husband, had 3 children and then eventually realised her dream and went on art and  millinery courses to learn the hat making craft.  Her business is called  "Madge Hatter" and she works with a friend who does hair and make up to create wonderful hats, fascinators  and tiaras for brides and bridesmaids and anyone else who wants something unique . She was very funny and delightfully OTT....... She told us she once wore a tiara to go to a quiz night at her children's school. Just because!
This is my rather poor copy of what she made - took her a few minutes - took the rest of us all evening! It has a brooch pin on the back.
T'was a bit windy mid-week............  Daughter and Florence popped over for a couple of hours and I worried in case there were trees down on their way home.


Cooked a meal for Col's brother one night and got him to demonstrate using the drill so I could finally get pictures up in my bedroom. I was so excited to finally learn a new skill. For 38 years I held the hoover pipe while Col drilled the hole, should have learned years ago. Brother in law said there would be no stopping me now, I'll be drilling holes everywhere!........... I hope he is exaggerating.

 This is my bedroom and the corner where the big ugly shower was. No one will ever know now..........note the baskets on top disguising the fact that the coving is missing!
New grey carpet instead of nasty old  dark pink. Nice light walls instead of the beige/pink dull paint previously. And a picture I stitched AND HUNG myself - whoop!

 One of the reasons for loving this house is  that the living room, kitchen and two of the bedrooms have what the Estate Agents like to call "double aspect". The double aspect from my bedroom is  a view west of the workshop and fields
 and a view North of part of the garden and garage


The weather forecast for the weekend is mixed so I'm not sure what I'll be doing yet. Hope you all have a good weekend with interesting things happening.


Back Monday
Sue

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  1. That flower is really pretty! Is the ribbon wired?

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    1. Yes, you pull one side wire to gather it, then wind round and stitch together

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  2. The bedroom looks great! I love grey as a deco colour and the quilt that is showing is beautiful. Those wardrobes are just the ticket and so very useful too. I can't see the detail of the picture but i bet it's lovely and the whole space is so amazingly tidy.
    You deserve to feel very proud of yourself.
    xx

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    1. Thank you. The quilt is one of my best ever charity shop finds. The design is called wedding rings but it's not old and is machine stitched but I still like it

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  3. You are making great progress - hampered only by the good old British workman!! Your bedroom looks beautifully light and fresh, I like the colour of the new carpet. Best of all, though, lovely Florence, who looks full of mischief and delight.

    I will be spending my weekend trying to catch up on blog reading - and as for interesting, well before 6am this morning I had already found that the milk in the jug was sour (after I had poured it into my coffee) and then as I tidied the dog's bed my hand encountered something rather disgusting, which one of the cats had left there...I may go to bed for the rest of the day, I don't really want to know what interesting thing no 3 will be!

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    1. Oh yuck to the "find" and sour milk. Hope the rest of the weekend is interesting in nicer ways!
      Florence is a delight - always busy and usually happy

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  4. You did a wonderful job making the flower brooch! There will be many ways you can wear it I'm sure. Your bedroom looks beautiful. You would never know there had been a shower in the corner. I love the wedding ring quilt! Did you make it? Florence looks so big in that picture!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. No I didn't make the quilt but found it in a charity shop several years ago - it's not old and is machine stitched but looks good.
      Florence is 2 next month, we measured her on the height chart and she is taller than her cousin Jacob who is 5 months older.

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  5. Your bedroom looks super, fresh but calm. Your brooch is another new skill along with the drill! You won’t need pesky workman soon! Florence is a little gem. It looks like she thoroughly enjoys running around at Grandma’s. Our interesting weekend will culminate in travelling home from Wales in the strong winds forecast. Will be glad to get home safely.

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    1. Hope you get home safe, forecast for Suffolk is horrible for tomorrow

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  6. Easy to source a small hand basin, Jewsons for starters have loads of choice. Had to do the same for a house. My man who does all my work, self-employed, by far the most reliable people, one man outfits, tells me what he wants and I source it and get it delivered.

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    1. We only got this company to do the work becasue they do solar thermal and we needed the system checked when we moved in. They were quick mending a fault on the hot water last year so I used them again - now wish I hadn't and I won't ever again!

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  7. Your bedroom is look lovely and the quilt was a lucky find, I have done lots of quilts and had always wanted to do a wedding ring quilt for one of the grandchildren but since my stroke I can not use the sewing machine or even do hand sewing, but at lease a can do my crocheting and gave made them blankets.
    Little Florence is a darling and must give you so much pleasure.
    Enjoy your weekend Sue.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. The quilt looks very complicated, sorry you are unable to make one but I'm sure the crocheted blankets are much appreciated

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  8. The bedroom looks fantastic. Well done on all fronts/aspects!

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    1. Thank you. I said the bathroom would be done when the basin is in but I've got to paint it - bother!

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  9. What a beautiful calm, light room now Sue. I also choose grey carpet but you seem to have the shade I was aiming for-mine is really darker than I had hoped. Florence seems to like the wind judging by her facial expression. Funnily enough, I love a new washing up bowl-Wilco’s is great for an i expensive one and my current one is silver coloured. The old ones are put to good use as outdoor basins, of course, and only thrown away when theyare beyond use.

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    1. My new bowl is cream and a pleasure to use! I had a collection of about 3 old bowls at the smallholding which came in useful outside for all sorts of jobs. Now I have one here for pot washing in the greenhouse

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  10. What colour did you use on your walls? I have Caramel Cream at the moment but want to go lighter and your colour looks exactly what I'm looking for but haven't seen in the colour charts (which as we all know are 100% accurate LOL)?

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    1. It's Dulux Timeless. Not quite white but not cream.I've used that for the bathroom too but in bathroom paint

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    2. Thank you! I've seen that on the colour charts but it looks much nicer on your walls than in the chart. I didn't want white as two of the bedrooms are north facing and white on them can make the rooms even more cold looking.

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  11. The bedroom looks lovely, so fresh and calm. Nice compliment to the double aspects!

    Florence must bring a smile to your face as she romps around the garden and the house. A little bundle of energy and delight.

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    1. She thought the windy weather blowing the leaves was great fun

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  12. Love the brooch, you did a great job. The bedroom looks amazing, another great job. Fingers crossed with the delivery of the sink... Have a nice weekend, we have no plans.

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    1. The forecast here for tomorrow is awful and I've just lit the woodburner here today.......so chilly

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  13. Bedroom looks great. Florence is such a poppet! Hope the bathroom saga soon reaches a resolution.

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    1. I hope the bathroom saga gets finished on Tuesday - then I have to paint it

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  14. What a lovely spacious bedroom and what a great job you have done - know one (other than a few hundred bloggers will ever know!) I won't tell - it all looks good and that is the main thing. Hope you have better luck with the bathroom - perhaps the reason for the sink delay is that many of them have to be ordered and they sometimes come from abroad making delivery 2-3 weeks - not many bathroom places keep stock.
    PS - you will be a dab hand with the drill soon - my DH won't let me near his.

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    1. The basin delay is because the bloke who came to write down what I wanted didn't actually measure the space available for the new basin!
      I had no idea about all the different sort of drill bits and twiddling the dial thing to the right setting - now I'm ready for anything!

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  15. The bedroom makeover turned out really well, didn't it! I am also guilty of letting my husband run the power tools (while I did the clean up afterwards). Good for you, now knowing how to tackle jobs involving a drill. -Jenn

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    1. The bedroom now looks as it should - a normal large double room room without a silly shower spoiling it. I'm pleased it's done

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  16. It looks lovely- very peaceful colours, it must be very satisfying having accomplished the work. I realised when I thought about your post yesterday from the church at Aldeburgh with the stained glass window to Benjamin Britten that the beach is where the Scallop is --- I've always wanted to see that. I was interested in your comment that names on the lifeboat memorial are still around today. Jean/Winnipeg

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    1. Yes the scallop is on the shingle halfway between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. I thought there was a photo on the old blog but cant find it. It's been there several years now and I think the fuss it caused in the beginning has calmed down.

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  17. Oh your bedroom looks beautiful and I love the quilt on the bottom of the bed. Did you make it?
    Hugs-x-

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    1. No I found the quilt in a charity shop. It's not old and is machine stitched but looks good

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  18. That WI speaker sounded like a great one, and your creation looks good to me :) Bedroom looks really nice!

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    1. She was very entertaining and it was nice to have a go at something rather than just listening

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  19. Your bedroom looks wonderful. Great job!

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  20. Snap ... I used a drill to put up some garden things for the first time ever last week. There'll be no stopping either of us from now on :-)

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  21. I can use a drill as shown by the 7 holes behind a picture in my old house. I just couldn't get it dead centre over the fireplace, anyway they didn't show as the picture hid them. LOL Hope your plumber carries on for you, ours was to start on 24th Sept, we've had him booked for months but he has contacted us to say he is running behind so we will have to wait anther 4 weeks possibly.. not a problem as long as he comes!! Very autumnal today and we have had a bit of a garden tidy up, but still loads to do.. have a good week Sue and no harm in watching TV, it has bucked up quite a but now Strictlys back. Take care

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  22. Your bedroom looks wonderful! Very light and airy and calming.

    You do live in a beautiful spot.

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    1. I'm very pleased with the bedroom. I just have 2 wardrobes, bed, chest of drawers, book case by the bed and a chair in the corner so the room looks very spacious and light

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  23. Mum said it was really windy, but not too cold. It got dark quite early today while we were Skyping one another so the nights are certainly beginning to draw in early.

    So glad you got to learn a new skill and Col's brother is more than willing to help you learn.

    Sounds like a great WI meeting. I still wish there was something like it here. Sigh. Mum tells me stories of how my nana was training to be a milliner but gave it up when she got married (as it was in those days). I remember Nana to be such a talented lady. I think I get my love of crafts from her.

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    1. Today - Sunday early, is wet and maybe dull and wet all day - yuck

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  24. Your bedroom looks lovely. The grey carpet is definitely an improvement over the pink.

    Good for you learning a new skill!

    God bless.

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    1. The pink carpet didn't look to bad until the furniture came out then I could see how old and dull it was. The light grey is much better.

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  25. Pretty projects and great idea,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !

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