It turns out that having an extension built is pretty time consuming. The last 3 months have slipped by in a blur of organising, clearing up, walking down the corridor sideways (that particular aspect wore thin very quickly!) and painting (we did all the decorating ourselves, which is great – it saved lots of money and we’ve done a pretty good job – I did everything bar the ceilings and John manfully took on that particularly unpleasant job)……but, given that we have very busy lives anyhow and I have very few child free hours, that took up pretty much any time I could have spared for sewing or gardening or managing to exercise more than once every 10 days or so. But it is finished now and all the children have a room of their own for the very first time. We love it and feel incredibly lucky to have been able to expand our home. That, topped off with living in an area which feels increasingly like home, is very special indeed.
The dogs have been a blessing in disguise (we’re back to being a 2 dog family as my parents are away) – it has felt very time consuming to have to give them a good walk each day but I’m sure it has helped my sanity! All the photos* in these two collages were taken while out dog walking on a weekday.
This last weekend I think we got off very lightly compared to much of the country and certainly the north of England and the Borders. I do feel for all those people who are suffering. We had the North District Cross Country Championships and the rain held off while Islay ran as a tiddler in the U11s, and Finn and Angus ran in the U13s. They all had good runs and, most importantly, had a very good time. They don’t care about mud, and neither does Katie who had a whale of a time ‘ploring and rolling around in the heather ready to shout when appropriate. She takes it for granted that she’ll run too just as soon as she’s old enough. Can you see the start of the U13s race? It was a very narrow start and there was a fair bit of shuffling around for position beforehand but not too much – the runners are approximately ranked at the startline so the best are more-or-less at the front – but the minute the Starter called ‘on your marks’ their arms were out and they were ready for full-on pushing for position when the gun went off. What I like so much about cross country running (and most other sports I guess) is that all these children are friends. They run for different teams, but because they see each other so often and there is also a fair bit of cross-over between teams and schools, they nearly all know each other – they love to socialise and chat afterwards, no matter what position they finish in.
Now that the house is more or less back in order I can start to think about the lovely piles of fabric I have twaiting for me. I can’t wait to get started…….hopefully I’ll get some done before Christmas and Islay’s birthday which falls at the end of next week.
How are you? Do you have any builder or decorating stories to share? I’d love to know what your best or worst memories are. I think my abiding memories will be our sideways shuffle up and down the hallway, and the radiator which hung down, rather like a modern art installation, in the middle of our newly knocked through and enlarged utility room for a good 10 days or so.
*I love that all the scenery photos were taken within 10 miles of our home, most were within 1 mile