🏑Devon Cottage 40🏑 December 2018

Blog 40🏑 Thought we’d ‘tidy up’ the upstairs bathroom as a quick job, not too bad this room, decided to put up ‘Contour Sandstone – Stone’ wallpaper to add colour to the all white room, some mushroom colour paint, some white gloss also added & nice large rug, job done ! Amazing what a touch of colour can do to a room ! All within the week !πŸ˜‰ Quickest room Award !!

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🏑Devon Cottage 39🏑 November 2018

Blog 39🏑 The smallest room in the house was next to be painted. It’s a built in wardrobe/cupboard off our bedroom. You can step into it but awkward, had a hanging rail & coat hook on back wall, all removed. You’d think just one day all would be done, well it was nearly but didn’t enjoy that, couldn’t work in such small places, I was hot & bothered ! Getting this one painted quickly, one coat ! Laid carpet & sorted !

As we have no loft space, which is good, stops putting up boxes & boxes of ‘stuff’ you never see again, decided to use this cupboard as storage for boxes of ‘stuff’ wanting to keep.πŸ‘ Boxes all labelled so should work out ok ?! πŸ‘ & it did !

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🏑Devon Cottage 38🏑 ( 3 years Ago Signed Completion on the House ) October/November 2018

Approaching 3 Years ago we purchased our house……..17 months living here permanently. πŸ‘πŸ˜‰πŸ–πŸŒŠπŸΎπŸ“πŸ•

Blog 38πŸ˜‰Still decorating, downstairs bathroom this time with Magnolia colour. Thought it would just take couple of days as it’s a nice square room but a week later nearly finished !

We removed a Roll-Top Bath as we no longer wanted/needed it in the room. In its’ place we have put a ‘tallboy’ cabinet which we found at the local Auction at a very good price to store toiletries, towels etc. Have to next remove the pipework & taps from the bath area so the tallboy can be placed in the corner.

It has new metal legs added & a lovely wax polish to finish its’ lovely look.

Another good bargain for this room were the curtains, needed some pattern to brighten the walls, looking around shopping in Bridport found a pair of used curtains for Β£6.00, yes Β£6.00 ! Needed two pairs for both windows but looking at the curtains they were each made from two so could unpick them & separate. Really made them cheap !

Another item bought was this lovely mirror, matching metal work on ‘tallboy’ & windows.

So remaining work to do to finish this room is to remove the pipework not needed, change the existing toilet cistern,

as you see its’ a lovely old style cistern but VERY noisy, can hear it in bedroom upstairs so quieter one needed !

Painted hall & Boiler cupboard (that was fun !) we were keeping coats and shoes in this area but tight area opening boiler room door so moving into the freshly painted bathroom.

🎨🏑🎨🏑………So which room is next………πŸ˜‚πŸŽ¨πŸ‘

🏑Devon Cottage 37🏑 End September October 2018


Blog 37 πŸ– We knew this was going to be a huge effort painting this bedroom, it has a very high ceiling with beams, it has uneven artex walls, sticking out here, there & everywhere !! But of course that’s the charm of the cottage, do not want to have straight smooth walls, it has to be quirky !

The beams are painted black but thought we’d like to brighten the room and painted them the same colour as ceiling. It’s something I wouldn’t have thought of doing and changing the colour but previous owners painted them black so wanted it brighter

….it’s the same as the original window frames when first bought the Cottage, all black, they needed changing as rotten & not double-glazed so changed to oak colour & against cream colour of house, very pleased.

This photo showing new window frames being fitted….

Finshed result…

Back to bedroom….Look at this end of room, all different levels !

Other end of room….

Ceiling painting too hard !

Now don’t be shocked by the ‘Riding Hood’ colour, which is a clay based paint due to old part of house, it does look better when wall covered.

Now it looks a completely different colour!

Skirting board all around was next as floor was replaced due to a roof leak during the time the house was empty, floor was sorted, skirting before carpet fitted. Job next is to varnish skirting & let that dry.

Door needed varnish…it has been moved from the kitchen, too many doors in a small area. The old bedroom door was short & as door frame was made higher this door is ideal.

Picked raspberry colour, should feel warm & cosy.

🌻Devon Cottage 36🌻 September 2018

Blog 36 🌻 This was a surprise Sunflower, it just started growing next to our Bay tree, nice one !🌻

🌷Bucket found buried in garden when clearing it, so why not plant something in it !🌷🌹🌼

What a very HOT August that was ! When I look back last year at September’s Blog I started it with the line β˜”What a wet August that wasβ˜” You just never know what our Summer months will be like here in the UK ! So we had severe ❄snow fallsβ›„ beginning of the year & a 🌞heatwave Summer🌞 what’s next ?!!

πŸ“Time has come to put a Coolbox outside & make a sign to sell the eggs, we are back to the situation of too many eggs to cope with, even giving them away ! It’s a good problem to have but they must be eaten !πŸ” Omelette tonight & maybe next night too !! Update:- Now we’ve a problem again with same two brooding again, Pam & Dawn, getting them out so many times during the day, after reading about broody hens we’re going with the plan to keep coop main door closed during day after others have laid ! πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”

Pumpkins are growing & more on the way πŸŽƒ looove pumpkin soup.

πŸ…Fruit & vegetables finishing, some tomatoes still going πŸ…

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🏑Devon Cottage 35🏑July 2018

Blog 35 🏑The month of July started with a trip to Falmouth Cornwall, lovely weather, pretty place.

Our new chicken, Doris has started laying, tiny eggsπŸ”

Lacking eggs at the moment, one time we had too many to eat but the broody hens, Pam & Dawn, who have finished brooding now, are slowly laying again, but we do collect 4 eggs so getting there ! πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”

A project started outside with all this wonderful weather is painting the wind-up Gramophone in ‘Clotted Cream’ colour, (like that name) we bought it recently ! I hear you say why ? It’s a project to strip everything out and put in a vinyl turntable & speakers, we’ll advertise items as spares. Have bought the turntable plus need speakers & cd player to finish it. It will all fit in the unit plus all our vinyls (including my Osmond vinyls, & on that subject did you ever read my Osmond Blogs if you fancy click here ! http://tinamckenzie.blog πŸ†’πŸ‘ Back to this blog ! So original wooden gramophone looked like this…..

Nice varnished lid keeping the original wood colour to finish it off. πŸ”ŠπŸŽΆ

Ready to go ! πŸ”ŠπŸŽ›πŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸŽΌ

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πŸ”Devon Cottage 34πŸ” 23rd June 2018

Blog 34πŸ” Welcome today to Doris, our new Warren ginger chicken, age around 22 weeks. Always wanted a brown one too ! She’s been in the run with the others from early evening, a few pecks later Doris has stood up to them & doing fine, she’s quite the bossy one ! Just checked them all for bedtime & all nice & quiet in the coop, left the door open if she feels like moving around, but looking good so far πŸ‘

Had been advised to gradually introduce her so put the fence panel inside the run, but she wanted none of that & through the panel she climbed ! So let her carry onπŸ”

Dust bath time, settled in well then ! Let’s see how they all are in the morning πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“

Update first morning Sunday… Doris sat in with Pam & Dawn this morning all cosy (they’re still brooding), all up & about now, great ! πŸ” Monday morning….bit of pecking with Nessa & Doris if they’re near each other !

As far as the brooding is concerned, have read that need to close the coop, stop them entering it & see if that stops Pam & Dawn ? Will let Doris settle this week & then give it a go, have just put door on side of coop for now to stop that entry & main door will give it a go next, Wednesday…..giving it a try & closed the coop πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”πŸ“