๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 7๐ŸกJanuary 2016

Blog 7๐Ÿก  Driveway all done, so much better.

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So good to be able to park off road ! Remember how this looked a while ago, what an improvement ! โฌ

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Worked on tidying up the front flower beds today, so big bushes gone from in front of window, much better ( shame  forgot to move bin in photo!) โฌ

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Remember the front too ?!  โฌ

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Much better all cleared, waiting on better weather to clear the back garden next, will the good weather ever come !
Until next blog……enjoy x

๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 8๐ŸกFebruary 2016

Blog 8๐Ÿก   Half term spent at cottage, nice change not having to rush back ! 

Few jobs sorted:-  Chimney Sweep in to check the wood burner & camera up flue to check in one piece, everything good so it was lit to warm the house !

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Aga was looked at & good news, just needs a good service & clean & should look like new afterwards ! 

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Thatcher was in to check the back thatch & quote, also the ridge will be sorted on front thatch & all the moss will be brushed off, should look much better.

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So this weekend new front & back door to be fitted, that will be a great improvement for keeping in the heat !  The back door has been letting in the wet & cold, believe it is an internal door, hopeless !

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Spent our days going to the coast, Sidmouth, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay, all lovely places, the dogs enjoyed it too !

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Now who recognises this house ? Hint: David Tennant !

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So until next time, thank you for reading this update !

๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 9๐Ÿก April 2016

Blog 9๐Ÿก Easter holidays are here so Devon here we come !
A busy time:-  look at our new doors fitted last month, front & back, love them ! Make all the difference to heat & light, especially the back door.

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Another difference to heat the house is the Aga !  It’s been serviced & cleaned thoroughly & now producing lovely heat after being switched on this week, especially in the kitchen, hopefully heating through the house eventually. Enjoying learning how to cook again ! Instant heat all the time, so cups of tea always ready ! Have put away the plug-in kettle, toaster & microwave not been used all weekend !  Used a toaster gadget on Aga this morning & cooked lovely toast, next step is to bake some bread to make toast !  It will go with the fresh eggs from a neighbour’s hens this morning ! We have the wood burner on tonight & not too bad with boiler turned right down, so ok as it was a cloudy, wet day too !

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We have a great table/pool table which has been used alot !  We visited a Furniture Recycling shop locally & found some nice chairs for the table.

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Another shop selling antiques & bric-a-brac had a kitchen table, the right size, but a dark colour so it will be a project later to strip the wood & stain it.  

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Another addition is a washing machine, only you ladies will understand how important that is !  Have been here for the week so glad it’s sorted !

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So until the next Blog…….thank you for reading x

๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 13๐ŸกNovember 2016

Blog 13๐Ÿก  Recently bought a chicken coop, it’s lovely, so cute! After reading lots of information on right sort of coop to buy decided on a complete plastic version, easier to clean !  Took a while to take apart to fit in the car, got there in the end!  Just need to decide where to place it in the garden.   Looking forward to this project, with lots of chicken books on the shelf,  hoping to re-home ex-caged chickens giving them their rightful freedom.๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ

๐ŸกThatcher has been booked, hopefully February time.  Quite alot of thatch is dropping off including moss, think birds have something to do with it too but does need replacing, will be a good improvement. Looking a bit thin & tired ! ๐Ÿก

So come February time,  suppose weather permitting, scaffold will go up just at the back & sides as front section of thatch not being replaced, also lead flash in between the two roofs will be ‘stepped’ as it’s flat at the moment. As lead tucks under thatch it needs to be sorted at same time. No more drips indoors onto the carpets ! 

๐ŸกUntil next blog…..๐Ÿก

๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 14๐ŸกNovember 12th 2016 – 1st Year

Blog 14 ๐Ÿก  A YEAR AGO TODAY completion happened on our Cottage, if you haven’t already, have a read from Blog 1 and see what we’ve got up to over that year ! ๐Ÿก( really a year, where’s that gone!) 

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 25 ๐ŸกOctober 2017

Blog 25 ๐Ÿก Well the weather hasn’t improved for the Month of October…oh well suppose Winter is coming ! The only excitement having weather like this is visiting Lyme Regis when storms are approaching, quite spectacular !  The dogs love it and we all come back with sandy feet !  

Looking at the ‘wobbly floor’ bedroom, (must change that name as the floor is fine now!) have taken down the bin liners which were stuck over the holes catching the rain from the thin thatch, now sealed up so no draughts, also fixed this in landing ceiling, that had same problem but all sealed and no leaks !  We can paint over the plasterboard when we decorate. Looks very neat work by Andy ! I stood and helped if he needed it !  So this room looking much better, needing decorating, carpet, wardrobe….now thats going to be fun chosing a wardrobe as walls are not straight and beams in the way ! So think only one part of the bedroom suitable to get decent size wardrobe in, so on the look out at the Antiques shops. 

The doorway to this bedroom is very low, ok for me being bit shorter but you have to duck to avoid hitting your head if taller, so the plan is to cut out above the door frame and put in a bigger door.  Andy cut away the plaster and discovered a very dry messy mixture of dirt, a dry cob mix used to build this wall. 

It covered everything, it was so dusty, looking around for a new size door, thought of a downstairs door between kitchen and boiler cupboard which is never used and yes it fits width ways and door frame cut to size height ways, may need a new door frame to hang door onto as original frame, part of beam used before makes the door hang funny angle and will not be moving the beam !

Thinking of sending the chickens back….they still have not laid any eggs !! Only joking but what is going on….they are about 25 weeks old now and things should have happened ! Fingers crossed for VERY soon !  We wonder if they were younger than the 12 weeks when we first saw them at the Farm.  More wood added to their run today to eventually add a waterproof cover over the top to protect them in the winter, should be better for them.  They were trying to shade from ‘Storm Brian’ so putting a cover on will keep them dry.

Enjoying breakfast ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“

Hoping next blog will include eggs !!                        ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

UPDATE….๐ŸณFirst egg laid on 5 Nov 2017 …..at last !! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“๐Ÿณ

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 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

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 30๐ŸกMarch 2018

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SO what can be said about the 1st day of March ! โ„โ›„ VERY heavy snow blizzards hit the UK with huge snowdrifts, hitting our area where normally it NEVER snows (not for last 5/6 years!) โ›„โ„

Views from the house….here it comes !

Lyme Regis….. (photo on News) If only the Christmas tree was still standing, that would look so pretty.

The chickens seem ok with the snow, their drinking water freezing over so checking it regularly. Decided to cover the coop with a sleeping bag, an old blanket & waterproof cover & this was hopefully helping to keep them warm ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”

How much the weather can change in less than a week !! We were walking on beach at Burton Bradstock last weekend, just along from West Bay in brilliant sunshine ! ๐ŸŒž Think this snow is here to stay for a while, but hopefully not ! ๐Ÿ“โ›„โ„๐Ÿ”โ„โ›„๐Ÿ“

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 33๐Ÿก June 2018

Blog 33๐Ÿก Starting this blog with a picture of a visitor we had recently in the garden !! Also a small shrew arrived in the house, played at hiding very well but managed to get it to run into a box & put outside !

Views across to Axminster on our doggie walk ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ

What’s going on here ? ! Still brooding I reckon ! Only 2 eggs being laid at the moment so have a reasonable amount of eggs to cope with ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿ“First strawberries & add some clotted cream, delicious ! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“

Early morning in Lyme Regis, very quiet, started running this week, so a good idea to give it a try along the beach front with Katherine ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ

Went to visit Beer Quarry Caves, now me & caves do not get on but would wait & see when I get there to see if I go in, on their website description it says ‘no crawling involved’!!

Entrance to the caves….oh dear !

Great, a gate to escape back through if need to….!

Well, pleased to say it was very spacious inside so made it out again after the hour Tour which was informative! Still would not want to get lost in there, so when you buy your entrance tickets they also give you little red plastic squares so on entering the caves you hand your tickets in & on exit you hand in red squares & they make sure that same number been handed over, so no chance of hiding in there for the night ! Interesting but simple idea, think it’s all to do with people sometimes wandering off !! (Health & Safety).

My treat for being brave was a ‘Cream Tea’ after ! ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ Nice to chill out for the day๐Ÿน

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