Friday, November 24, 2006

Pick of Champions

Here's a great shot taken at a rugby game by hubby. Hell, that ball went high!
I have to say though, one of the best sporting photos I ever saw was taken by an old boyfriend; it featured racing driver Jackie Stewart picking his nose. The title was 'Pick of Champions' !

Freecycle worked it's magic today, when a lady came to pick up our old sofabed. It was only with the greatest reluctance that we let it go as it was squidgy and cosy and jolly useful. It's done service in the spare room (now my studio), Ben's room (where he covered it with the detritus of teenage bedrooms) and in the sitting room for a while, where the dog took a shine to it. Now we find it's become a piece of furniture too far and as we already have a pump-up double bed in case of visitors I advertised it on Freecycle. And so it's gone and I'm sure will get a new lease of life elsewhere. The dog will default to his bed again.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Before...and after!

The house renovations have stopped now till after Christmas, except, hopefully, for the installation of the new stove as it's getting a bit chilly now. Here are a few 'before/after shots so you can see what Neil the builder has done.

Here's the dining room, before and after plastering and reflooring. The 'new' stove is still waiting to go into the sitting room but until that glorious day we've chucked an old sheet over it to keep dust off. It's chilly and the convector heaters follow us around the house at the moment.

This is the other end of the dining room, showing the new hall door.

And the hall, with my new bookcase!! Not finished yet, still some mouldings to fit and a coat of paint which will be done when the hall is plastered, but the books are off the floor and out of boxes again, at last!

Lots and lots of painting and tiling to do now, worse luck. Still, it'll look nice when it's done, as they say. Maybe it'll sell quickly when the time comes, too.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Christmas card contemplations

It's getting near that time of year again and I'm starting to wonder what to draw on our family Christmas card this year. Last year's offering went down a storm and it's going to be a job to follow I think. Maybe an interior scene for a change, featuring the dog; a new addition to the family? Or an exterior snow scene of our cottage ? I bet it won't really snow here, but I'm so fond of painting snow scenes! Perhaps a Cornish scene, on the lines of last years, or is that cheating? Here are some of the previous years offerings starting with last years: