Wednesday, 12 October 2011


The saga of the dining room has almost reached its conclusion.  The relief!  

We did, indeed, go to stay at my MIL's for a week.  Such a good decision to scram from the crime scene.  The dust in the dining room and kitchen has been horrendous and it was such a smelly job too.  Now, the concrete has hardened nicely and the workmen are returning on Saturday to do the rest of the work.  It is anticipated that by Tuesday it will all be done and I can put the dresser back in there.  Yipee!!!!  Currently, my china is bubble-wrapped and kept in plastic storage boxes in the bathroom.  My kitchen paraphernalia is in the top room of the house, just laid out on the floor.  The furniture from the dining room is squashed into our, already very small, living room.  

But things are on the up!  

Just so pleased to be home and cosying up.  Everything is slowly but surely going back where it belongs.  We're expecting delivery of the remaining dining room furniture in a couple of weeks and I really can't wait.  

The weather has turned chilly here and I am so looking forward to lighting the fires and spending my evenings on guilt-free crochet, reading and Downton-Abbey-watching.  The little barn in our garden is all stocked up and we are ready to hibernate:

I'm also looking forward to cooking some proper old-fashioned, hearty meals.  I saw this book in a local (amazing) kitchen shop at the weekend and I can't get it out of my head:

The photo is taken from Amazon and, as you can see, it gives you a preview of the book if you fancy having look.  It is such a lovely read, loads of fab-looking recipes but it has that 'oooh' factor that makes you want to sit down with a cup of tea and devour it from cover to cover.  It has gone straight on my wish list.  As soon as I can fit back in my leather leggings (unexpected sojourn to MILs and a week of delicious homecooking has done wonders for morale but nothing for the waistline) I will be buying myself an enamel pie dish and cooking up a storm.

Hope that everyone is having a good week so far - have been checking in with a few blogs here and there but I'm looking forward to a proper catch up now.




  1. Glad things are looking up and you're back home!!

    Very jealous of your real fires - we had one growing up, had quotes this year to put a woodburner in our little semi but it was extortionate.

    Can't remember if I've said but love the blogs new look!!

    S x

  2. Ere. I have log pile envy. Not helped by the fact that Dick the Log man can't come to us till middle of next week. This is a blow. Made worse by the fact that when I called him he started flirting with me and just as I was feeling all gorgeous he then said "Oh hang on, you're the one on the hill, sorry I thought you were the one from in the village with all the little boys" Thanks mate. Boo hoo! I have well and truly lost my appeal, even Dick the UGLY log man doesn't want to flirt with me.....

    Your picture is hanging over your side bar. Mine used to do this till I read this post

    Not that I'm criticising your blog in any way shape or form but I can imagine it might irritate you than you can't get the pictures to stay where you put them.

    Hurrah for moving back home!!


  3. Glad to hear your getting things sorted, Nothing worse than not been in your own home.
    I wish we could have a log burner or an open fire, but we live in a smokeless zone.
    angie xx

  4. Glad the dining room saga is drawing to a close for you! The log store looks yummy and loving your new look blog!

    Have a super Thursday!

    Vanessa xxx

  5. Love your log store :) can't wait to see the pictures of your new dining room and dresser all filled up.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  6. Gosh i can almost feel the relief through you post, i am so pleased for you x
    love your log store, enjoy all that crochet
    love jooles x

  7. Ooooo Mrs, loving your blog's new look!
    I am seriously envying your logs- we have a lovely, modern house, but a fake fireplace!! (I'm anticipating problems when my 4 yr old asks how Father Christmas get in!)
    Glad you're back home.
    Nearly the weekend....

  8. Oh phew.. glad that the whole dining room fiasco is nearly over. Can't wait to see what your new dinging room furniture looks like.. That's if you decide to post a pic obviously. No pressure!

    I love that it's getting cooler now.. It's beginning to feel all festive and it's nice to be able to layer up on the clothes and wear my favourite winter boots. :-)

    I've become addicted to Downton Abbey. I never watched the first series but when it won all those awards I ordered it off of amazon and watched it almost back to back, I just couldn't get enough! And guess what... Tomorrow we're going to visit Actual Downton Abbey, well Highclere Castle is it's real name.. I much prefer Downton. We found out it's only about an hour away and there's an open day tomorrow with tea rooms... Yes please, I'll have a cream tea! xxx

  9. I'd love to know who chopped up all that wood for you... Do u have a handsome woodcutter that visits??? Heh..
    It's always a pain when work is going on in your home isn't it? It feels like an invasion... And the dust! Urgh
    Back to normal real soon.
    Jennie. X

  10. Ah I am so out of the loop at the moment, think I need to go back and read some earlier posts. Liking the changes you have made to your blog and who doesn't love pie?

    Nelly xx