โš˜๐ŸŒปDEVON COTTAGE 55๐ŸŒžJune 2020๐ŸŒปโš˜(This month marks 3 Years living in Devon๐Ÿ˜ƒ)

BLOG 55 ๐ŸŒž Passed May Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, nothing different happening, but allowed to travel distance just for the day, no stopovers & keeping 2 metres distance at all times, better than total lockdown I reckon but really hard trying to be careful around people, hoping they avoid me too !! We visited local Lyme Regis Beach for the first time in weeks, loved the freedom & not too busy as we go dog walking early. Been back for a second walk this Holiday weekend & was bit busier on the beach but not too bad, everyone wanted some of the wonderful sunshine we are having at the moment. Shops will be allowed to open middle of June with precautions in place, certainly going to be different going shopping everywhere for a long, long time. Maybe we’ll get so used to it all it will stay like it !!

It’s now 22nd June……been out & about being careful everywhere, quite quiet really. It seems busy with cars but when reaching destination its quite quiet with people. Shops have been allowed to open with social distancing last week, queues forming outside, not sure what they are like inside for shopping as do not fancy that at all at the moment. Did try a car boot last Saturday….nice lot of stalls but not the usual crowds so easy walking around and keeping distance. Next week its the turn of the restaurants & pubs to open…..lets wait and see how that all goes ! Update announced today (23/06) that 4th July all holiday sites, camp sites, tourism sites can re-open so just picture that for a moment…….one word comes to mind & frightens me……traffic (or two words ) …..traffic & caravans !!!

Jobs that are finishing ! Finished the railway sleeper steps in front of the Summer House, looking so good. Moved them from an area which was divided into two sections, one higher level with the Summer House on it originally but now dropped it lower to all the same level & re-used the sleepers for the steps….so no cost involved ! Added wood frame flower beds around the base to finish off the area so looking good.

Wall remaining is part of the Outside Toilet !

The area the house moved from is being cleared & section lowered but to do this we’ve had to remove lots & lots of rubble we had buried to raise this section and put the house on it, so yes you can imagine what size pile we are left with….so a skip has had to be ordered….so quess what we’re doing in next couple of days ! It’s the only way to do it !

The pile just got bigger & bigger !!
SORTED !!

The far corner of the garden which was cleared recently of bags & bags of garden/wood rubbish to get rid of will be filled with a shed next week….waited so long to sort a shed, we have no garage to put garden tools in etc so they’ve been hanging around in the Summer House causing chaos everytime you went in to get something so what a great sort out it’s going to be !!

Pile of rubbish from corner where shed will be, now all gone to the tip !!

Something we’ve needed to sort for ages is to have good hosepipes around the garden, we have to have them for the thatch roof if needed, rule of the Insurance Co. so bought one for the front of the house & to make it easier bought one for the garden plants & cleaning the chicken coop in back garden so just bought same make hosepipe so all adaptors fit, makes life so much easier ! Our previous hosepipe was a cheaper one but for some strange reason it did not like the water pressure from the garden tap, even turning it on very slightly, it would pop the spray gadget off every time, been wet on a few occasions !! So anyway all sorted now, never want to have to use it for the thatch but have to be prepared !

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DEVON COTTAGE 54 ๐ŸกMay 2020๐Ÿก

๐Ÿก BLOG 54 ๐Ÿก As promised in an earlier Blog have been working on all the media sites to advertise our Ebay Shop, we enjoy sourcing and supplying a broad range of Retro, Antique & Vintage items of good quality, sometimes there are items that show age & wear that are too good or important to throw away but there is always a good home for these treasured items. So please have a browse of our Shop and hopefully there will be something of interest to tempt you…. http://www.ebay.co.uk/str/honeycottagevintage

Our section we used to have in Colyton, all now being added to our Ebay Shop
Love this Art Deco Bell China Tea Set currently available for sale
Lovely Mr Quaker flour shaker/sifter currently for Sale
Lovely Teapot by Tony Wood, Staffordshire, love this item.
Very nice Ouzo Glasses, unusual set, SOLD
A lovely boat shaped Cruet Set for Sale soon.

Thank you for reading today & take care everyone during these difficult times.

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๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 53๐Ÿก End April 2020 ๐Ÿก

Blog 53 ๐Ÿก Week 6 of #CoronaVirus Lockdown๐Ÿก Well here we all are still staying at home, hard work but has to be done !! When reading this in a few months time when we hopefully have our lives back, it will be very strange to remind ourselves about how we coped ! ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿค”

Found this lovely large metal stable feeding bracket/ hanger at the Auction a while ago, loved it for under the window at front of house & for ยฃ 6.20 including fees at Auction it was a fantastic bargain๐Ÿ‘ Managed to get a liner which was exact fit for ยฃ12 online, so with the food shopping on our ‘one trip out’ to the Farm Shop, I put some bedding plants in my trolley, thought that was ok to do that as food shopping too ?๐Ÿก

Last Blog I mentioned that I would hopefully have my seeds planted but unfortunately my order still waits ‘fulfilled’ status & that will total a month waiting !๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒฐ Completely understand as they’ve been snowed under with orders, I’ll be on the packing list one day soon.๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒน๐Ÿก

Peas are growing ๐Ÿ‘

So this last weekend was glorious & that dreaded corner of the garden was to be properly attacked & cleared ! What a job…most done by Andy, very hard work but what a difference it has made, lovely & bright. Cannot decide at the moment what we will eventually use the area for, but we do need to sort the compost heap out next so decided will use a compost bin instead of throwing it in a big heap, so an ideal area for that.

Old chicken house/shed falling apart !
Well rotten !
Getting there….
Opened up area
the back of garden from roadside
Left with all this to get rid of…maybe a skip is needed ? ๐Ÿคฃ Think it’s a No….very expensive to hire !

Have been sorting out items to go on our EBAY Shop, as I mentioned before we stopped our shop area at Colyton to concentrate online with Ebay & selling ok at the moment, sort of glad we pulled out in January as customers unable to visit of course at the moment ๐Ÿ˜ฎ! Luckily we have lots of stock still to go on Ebay as no Auctions at the moment.

My ‘one walk’ earlier today, road empty ๐ŸŒป

Until next Blog…take care of yourselves

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 21๐ŸกMonth of June 2017 – Our MOVING IN Month !

Blog 21๐Ÿก  This is the Month we have waited for & by the end of it we’ll have moved in ! ๐ŸŒž ๐Ÿ–  ๐Ÿ

In the garden we moved the ‘Beach Hut/Summer House to the area of the ‘outside toilet’ (Imagine when that was last used ?!)  Made the patio area all clear of weeds & levelled the soil.  

Andy removed concrete slabs, broke them up & put them & the other rubble into a path edge around the hut, to then fill with concrete/sand and finally shingle.  The edges to hold all this in will be sleepers, needing a couple of steps made as hut is higher than patio. Good way to bury the rubble.

Wobbly floor in bedroom is now sorted, can now walk ‘straight’ in the room!๐Ÿญ Couple mice nests found when lifted floor ๐Ÿญ…& very dusty boards ! What a job that was to clear the floorboards to the rubbish tip ! Still have another trip to make but most has gone.

(completed floor photo coming soon !)

Here’s to moving in next, but where’s all our stuff gonna go ?!  Oh well, sort it all one day, maybe when it rains because we’re gonna be at the beach otherwise !! ๐Ÿ–  ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿจ ๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿพ 

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 23๐Ÿก Chickens are here๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ” 21st July 2017

๐Ÿ”Blog 23๐Ÿก 

๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ” Chickens now in the family (Egg laying family members only) !!๐Ÿ” Pouring with rain we visited Manor Farm, only 15 mins away,  luckily for us & them they were indoors. He had quite a few, different ages, we picked 4 aged 12 weeks, trying to catch them was fun, oh no not by us but the expert farmer ! Should hopefully start laying in around 6 weeks ๐Ÿ”, so looking forward to first egg, who’s gonna have that, me ?!  Abbie held the box tight on the car journey home, little tweets coming out of the box, but they were fine, got home & straight into coop & run, not sure to come out at first but lovin’ it now ๐Ÿ”. 

Abbie has spent many hours in with them, even in the pouring rain under a cover, feeding from her hand, stroking them, handling them, they’re used to her already ! ๐Ÿ”

Their first morning was the perfect picture & they climbed up there themselves ! 

Introducing Gwen….

Introducing Nessa……

Introducing Pam & Dawn…….

Where did those names come from…name the TV Show ?! ๐Ÿฅ

Oh dear Smudge, have to keep away ! Toby is playing up too, fingers crossed they calm down eventually ! ๐Ÿ”

Brilliant photos taken by Abbie sitting in with them x ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

Next move is to corner off the garden with fencing, put the coop & run behind it so the dogs realise they cannot reach the chickens & let the chickens have a good run around.  So while they’re young they seem fine but planning soon to expand the area….๐Ÿ” and that will be another job sorted ! ๐Ÿ”

August…..Expanded the area for them, have lots to explore now ! 

                  ๐Ÿ”Just chillin’ out ! ๐Ÿ”

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 24๐Ÿก September 2017

 Blog 24๐Ÿก What a wet August that was ! Eventually we were able to finish painting outside house wall and also painted front wall, looking so much better, fresh & clean. 

Previously was a white/grey colour I suppose to go with original black window frames so now having oak frames we liked the cream colour (parchment) for the walls. Just leaves two more walls to finish, hopefully before Winter !!  

The garden patio area looking good, sleepers in to support the upper area, then shingled and more shingle on lower area, should be enough shingle !! That was fun (!) moving all that in buckets !   

We have lots of pots we are filling for patio area so buying a plant each time we’re out ! ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฑ

Chickens are much bigger now, hopefully first eggs soon ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ”?

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 26 ๐ŸกNovember 2017 ( 2 yrs ago Completion on house )

Blog 26๐Ÿ”…. YES, an egg has arrived ! The chickens are around 26 weeks old, overdue for laying, we were advised to stop the treats & see what happens & Yes 2 days later an egg has appeared, actually on 5th Nov Bonfire Day, did they get the frights last night from fireworks & that helped to get things going ??! As I write today no. 2 has been laid too ! Well done chicks ! Big Question: which one/two are laying ? No problems with it as happy it’s happening ! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ Poor things getting wet in their run today so sorting the roof for water to drain away & laid down woodchippings to soak up the water !!

๐ŸณKnow what’s for tea tonight !๐Ÿณ

๐Ÿ”Lots & lots of eggs now by end Nov, stopped counting now !๐Ÿ”

๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”Look at this tiny tiny egg ! Can only think it may be Gwen who laid that one, she’s the tiniest chick of them all ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“

This month of course included Bonfire Night, we sat on the beach for our first display……Abbie, katherine & Alex joined us for the weekend.๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ†’

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 27๐ŸกDecember 2017

Blog 27๐Ÿก Walks along beautiful Lyme Regis Beach, brilliant sunshine & the views !๐ŸŒž

๐ŸŽ„Axminster Lantern Parade & Christmas Lights Switch On & lots of market stalls to browse๐ŸŽ„

๐ŸŽ„Lyme Regis switched on their Christmas Lights after a Lantern Parade & Display, what a beautiful glowing Christmas tree๐ŸŽ„

Work carries on in the house, finishing adjusting the height of the bedroom door, if you were not as short as me you had to watch your head entering the room ! A good project, almost finished…

Finished….

Not a straight forward door frame !

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 28๐ŸกJanuary 2018

Blog 28 ๐ŸกA New Year starts….๐Ÿก Seaton Beach looking good๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ• Chickens are still laying, all the books say they take a break during Winter, but reckon as they were late starters –November– then maybe that’s the reason they haven’t stopped ? Grateful to the chickens still for all these eggs๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ“Look at this tiny, tiny egg ๐Ÿ†’๐Ÿ” What do you reckon on the weird egg ? Didn’t use it ! ๐Ÿ“Porridge for breakfast๐Ÿ” ๐ŸŠ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Can I say hello ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ Lovely Lyme Regis on a calm day..๐Ÿ– โ˜”BUT the difference on a very WET day !!๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถโ˜” oh dear ! ๐Ÿก๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ–๐Ÿก๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒŠ