I think the fact that it is a full working week next week is giving me a false sense of security as I normally have some time off before Christmas but due to the way it’s fallen this year, on a weekend, I keep getting a slight shiver of panic that I need to be all done by a week today and have no time off before hand. So this weekend I will be getting the gifts wrapped and set to one side.
We’re in the middle of getting the dining room finished in time for Christmas. We didn’t want to do any inside jobs in the Summer so left it until Autumn but with one thing and another it’s only getting finished now. The plasterer completed the walls last week and my lovely Dad helped out by painting it this week. Normally Ste does everything but December is a crazy busy month in the butchers and we just weren’t going to fit it in, so we asked for help. It looks great, just a plain colour – such a bright sunny room. Somehow we managed to get a roll end of carpet and arrange for fitting for tomorrow. Don’t ask me how but it involved lots of traipsing round and the air was blue by the end. The guy is fitting it at some point tomorrow, then tomorrow night will be spent getting the tree up in there, the table and chairs in for the big day, the mantle decorated and start to dress the table for Christmas.
My Mam is giving us her dinner service, some of which was her Mam’s, so we will be using that for Christmas which is just lovely. It will then be stored in the empty display cabinet that we have.
Sunday will see the goose and duck being prepared and a trial of the frozen red cabbage. Along with a million and one other things that I need to list out and put in order of what to do first.
Sorry no photos today but expect photo overload after the weekend 🙂
Now that things are getting back to normal after the moving in/birthday party, holiday and travel with work, I am pleased to report we have had a lovely weekend.
Having already decorated the snug, we have started to decorate our main living room. The house was built around 1850 and is a farmhouse. We would like to try and be as sympathetic to how the house would have been when it was built as we can. We’ve knocked out (well Ste has) the fire place that has be filled in over the years and yesterday we picked out a multi fuel stove to go in the space that he’s created. The space is how the fireplace was originally built as you can make out the natural space and the brick surround. It needs some TLC but once the stove is in place on the new flagstones that we have bought, it will look fabulous.
We haven’t decided on carpet or wooden floor but as the house is so cold I am veering towards a nice thick carpet.
The room will be the main more formal room (if this house can have one with 3 dogs, 2 kids and other animals whose bedding sticks to our clothes) as we use the snug during the week and to watch films in etc.
That’s what’s happening inside. Outside were having to do more fencing sooner than planned as the pony has decided to jump the stock fencing that’s in place and now I am worried he will get hung up on it. Eventually we will replace all the fencing here but I was thinking over a few years, not months! Anyway we have some posts left over from the last fence and they are going in soon as there is a priority section as the horses have leant on what’s there almost snapping it.
Today we had Sunday lunch and I am mightily impressed with Steven and myself as we pulled off a tasty and mostly homegrown dinner. The chicken, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage were all raised by us. We had strawberries to follow and have gooseberries and rhubarb ready to make more jam with. The rhubarb and ginger jam I made last month went almost immediately despite me saying I was making the first preserve to see us through the winter!! It didn’t make it out of spring.
I have all the ingredients to make more, now I need to find the time. Happy Sunday everyone.