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♥

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Let's build a deck!

Hello!
Did you miss me?
How was your Summer?
Mine was busy.
Let me share with you what we've been up to.
Look through the window, what do you see?
That's right, a lovely garden, some wellies and a bird.
Now look closer, can you see the concrete, with the crack and the weeds. It's been like that forever. All uneven okay, but not really very user friendly.


We've painted and preened on various occasions.
The walls and shelves look fine, we like them!


And the flowers always cheer us up.


A comfy bench.


It's the floor that gives us a problem, all uneven and cracked. 
"We'll save up, lay flagstones or slates or brick" we said. "It will look expensive and stylish" we said.
We never did it, waaay too expensive and complicated, all that levelling and rubble.
"It can't be done, it's not so bad, we love our garden it's........... FINE!"
Then back in May something happened. I don't know how it happened but we decided to deck over the concrete. 
You need to know.
WE HATE DECKING!
But the concrete was breaking up the cracks were getting bigger.
We'll do a deck as a temporary measure..............
...................Boom.................
Off we went.
How did we get on?
Well, I'll tell you...........
......................next time!
Here's a little teaser.


Exciting isn't it!
Thanks for dropping by it's always lovely to have friends round.
Next time we'll have a cuppa, you'll need one they'll be a lot of photos!
Love 
♥Sue♥




Friday, 16 May 2014

Five Photo Friday


Hello!
Just dipping my toe into the waters of Blogland once more.
I haven't forgotten you all but sometimes life has a funny way of overwhelming you doesn't it.
Anyway I'm beginning to feel ready to catch up and share my life once more.
A little glimpse of what we've been up to recently.







I'm not promising, but hopefully I'll be able to visit again and tell you all about some of the exciting things we've been up to, very soon.

Meanwhile hope you enjoyed these photos,
Take care
Love
♥Sue♥

Monday, 9 December 2013

Blessings

Today I'm counting my blessings.
Look at this lovely bunch, they're mine, gorgeous aren't they!
We have from the right, Jacob, Adam, Heather, Oliver and Ali.
Beautiful amazing young people each and everyone of them.
On Saturday they came and gave me a lovely surprise party.
Heather arrived from Manchester and Jacob eventually from Nottingham, just for me.
Just to say Happy Birthday Mum!


All this wonderfulness was organised by my incredible 
Lovely Man!


So I'm feeling very loved and blessed today.
My home is full of flowers and love.
What could be better!
Love
♥Sue♥


Friday, 6 December 2013

Five Photo Friday

Memories of Summer
Hasn't it been dark this week, get up, dark. Leave work, dark!
So to cheer us all up I thought I'd post some lovely sunny photos from our holiday in Northumberland.










Ah that's better
Sunshine and blue skies.
Have a great weekend.
Love
♥Sue♥