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 38๐Ÿก ( 3 years Ago Signed Completion on the House ) October/November 2018

Approaching 3 Years ago we purchased our house……..17 months living here permanently. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ•

Blog 38๐Ÿ˜‰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 ยฃ6.00, yes ยฃ6.00 ! 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.

๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿก๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿก………So which room is next………๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿก

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 39๐Ÿก November 2018

Blog 39๐Ÿก 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.๐Ÿ‘ Boxes all labelled so should work out ok ?! ๐Ÿ‘ & it did !

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 40๐Ÿก December 2018

Blog 40๐Ÿก 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 !๐Ÿ˜‰ Quickest room Award !!

๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐Ÿก๐ŸกHere’s to 2019 & more decorating ๐Ÿ˜€ !

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 41๐Ÿก January 2019

Blog 41 ๐Ÿก January already (actually it’s February when writing this but time moves so fast ! ) Had our first snow this month, two lots but not as bad as last Winter, not yet anyway ! Somehow a conversation one day developed into a visit to Ferne Animal Sanctuary ( Animal Rescue Centre ) on the 21st of this month to see a couple of rescue ex-breeding Shitz dogs, age around 5 years old (10/01/2014), which were found on a ‘puppy farm’ in Wales & that’s all the Sanctuary know about them, they were to stay together as they were very timid, to the point they did not know how to walk with a lead, not quite house trained, run away and hide if you went near them. So can you imagine when we saw them that they just had to come home for lots & lots of love & cuddles. So after all the checks Edna and Edith came home on 25th January. Smudge & Toby our Cocker Spaniels seemed very chilled out about the new arrivals, maybe they thought they were just staying overnight !! We decided to keep the names the Sanctuary had given them, sweet & old fashioned names. So we now are officially a four dog family !

Our first trip out together to Seaton Beach, Edna walked fine, Edith needed some carrying ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•
So when the first snow of the Winter came our way it was great to introduce Edna & Edith to the white stuff ! Smudge and Toby take the white stuff in their stride, they all had fun walking in it, maybe not Edith โฌ‡ ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ !

Edna was quite confident straight away, walking well with a lead but Edith would not move when you put her in the garden, no way was she going to go anywhere ! She’s fine indoors so being persistent will get her walking outside, it’s only outside she has a problem with, she does not like grown ups when we are out walking, she freezes ! But sees a dog and she’s off to chase them ! We’ve been on a few beach visits. Keep at it, that’s the best way. ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 42๐ŸกFebruary 2019

Blog 42 ๐ŸŒžWriting this Blog in lovely sunshine today & it’s still February ! Even more amazing this time last year we were about to have lots of snow, what is the weather doing !! ๐ŸŒžBut of course enjoying it ! ๐ŸŒž

๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“The weather is a good opportunity to sort the chicken area as it has been so muddy for them, so shingle & sand coming weekend. Have boarded around the inside of the run to hold it all in, sand will be nice fun for their ‘baths’ ! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“

‘Before’

‘After’…..So much better, no more MUD !!

The only strange thing…they would NOT walk on the sand ! ( All ok after one day, loving it now ! )

Edna & Edith are doing so well, all fantastic with Edith’s walking, only maybe hesitating out walking with people & noise around sometimes but no carrying needed ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ Both toilet trained already, no problems going in the garden, so no ‘puppy mats’ around the house anymore !๐Ÿ•Laugh I had the other day was when I was cleaning the Coop & Edna & Edith were in the garden, now I haven’t mentioned that they like to eat their ‘poo’ sometimes !! So how do you cope with cleaning chickens, clearing up after the dogs & back to the chickens !!!๐Ÿ˜‚It was funny, whichway to turn first !๐Ÿ˜‚ I just have to get used to having a poo bag in my hand always ! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ

West Bay Beach, was hoping to include the dogs looking at the camera ! ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

Back home now ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ

Lyme Regis at night on the sandy beach ( Enjoy it while we are allowed )

Toby and Edith..ahhhh๐Ÿ•

Liking their photo taken by Katherine๐Ÿถ

Toby enjoying the February sunshine๐ŸŒž

Playtime ๐Ÿ•

So far all is well, they’ve settled in, seem to love being outdoors so roll on Summer ! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ–๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•๐ŸŒž

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 43๐Ÿก March 2019

Blog 43 ๐Ÿก It’s March already ! The weather has changed from warm days in February to wet & VERY windy for few days, flipflop Summer hurry up !! ๐ŸŒžActually last few days this month have been very warm, it’s sitting outside weather๐ŸŒž….YES !
Jobs so far this month included finishing the chicken coop with shingle and it’s nice and clean walking in there now, no muddy marks on the eggs and easier to clean everywhere. Yet again the chickens have laid all through the Winter, which is amazing as they are supposed to stop, so a good supply of eggs always available. It’s time to sell them at the front of the house ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“

Remaining shingle has been put around the path at the back of the house, another job finished, just going to add a gate or fencing at the end of the path out towards the road. 


Would like next project to be sorting a new vegetable plot, moving it from area we used last year at back of garden but had a poor show of veg, some not even growing at all ! Now I imagine it’s a combination of not being an expert at growing veg, not being in a good part of the garden, last Summer was very warm so maybe not watered enough ? So decided to move it nearer the house, combining it with the area where the herbs & strawberries are at the moment and see what happens this year. Determined to make them grow !! Let’s see what happens over the growing months !

As the weather changed for the better this weekend, decided to make a start on vegetable plot, going for a much smaller one this time to see if it’s a good position & you never know could be bigger next year if successful !๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŒฝ๐ŸŽ

Seeds ordered, get them planted soon & see what grows this time ! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒถ

Had Thatcher Phil call by to tidy the roof mainly on the right front of the house, it’s the crows having a go trying to get out the insects, they pull out the thatch & just drop it on the floor, what a mess ! Wire has been laid on that corner of the thatch & other corners pushed thatch back in & see if that sorts problem ! Looking all ok after a few days. Oh yes, also moved one of the pheasants to road side of house ! ๐Ÿ†’๐Ÿ‘

So looking ahead to April, if this weather stays good, the plan will be to finish painting the outside of the house, quite good planning that we have already painted the two sides that show from the front of the house, so looks a complete job, sneeky !! Oh yes another job, take down those Christmas lights !!

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๐ŸกDevon Cottage 44 ๐Ÿก April 2019

Blog 44 ๐Ÿก Finished making the vegetable plot this month, planted the seeds, also trays made up with broccoli, cucumber and sunflower seeds & placed in little plastic greenhouse….thought I’d give the plastic version a go ! It’s quite a cute size so ok to experiment with. Next few blogs hopefully will have results !


Over the Easter Holiday made a start painting the outside of the house, the two sides we had not yet touched ! It’s good when the weather is dry but when it’s very very warm, hotter than the rest of Europe, it’s quite hard as soon as the sun comes round to that side of the house to carry on painting as it was so bright ! To be fair we only had enough paint to finish the one wall but we didn’t even succeed in that, do not complain about good weather but sitting out in it is good but painting is a no no ! Anyway gives us a chance to get more paint ordered and when the weather is a bit cooler we’ll crack on with it, must finish this Summer, it’s been planned for ages !


We visited Lyme Beach & Forde Abbey in this wonderful weather but when at home the dogs decided it was best to stay in the shade under the garden table, wise move ! (spot Toby!)

Edna and Edith are coming along fine, they love being outside, if the weather is to continue very warm through the Summer we’ll seriously have to get another paddling pool just for the dogs. Toby loved the pool to cool down last Summer as that was a hot one ! I only buy the small toddler size pool, it’s just enough water depth & easy for him to get in & out, loves it !

Forde Abbey fountain

Lyme Regis beach

Back home

Fun times had by all ๐Ÿ†’๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒž

Devon Cottage 45 ๐Ÿก May 2019

Blog 45 ๐Ÿก How can it be end of May already ! The weather has been amazing, hot & sunny most days๐ŸŒž Trips to Forde Abbey & the seaside have been very enjoyable ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ

Well so far the veggie plot is doing well, just the onions not growing properly, only about quarter of them popping up so think I’ll put in the broccoli instead, they’re ready from the ‘experiment plastic’ greenhouse I ordered last month, we will see how they get on. Added some cane supports for the peas today which are growing well. Also added the broccoli & cucumber which I’ve grown from seed in the ‘plastic’ greenhouse, shall try the cucumber in the wall area again, same as last year as they grew very well ๐Ÿ˜ The only issue I’ve had this month is that the plastic came away from the zip on the greenhouse, otherwise it’s worked well. Contacted the supplier & they replaced it by next day, now that’s service !

Edna & Edith had their first proper grooming session, I asked to stay to check they would be ok & they coped very well, they’re looking much better ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•

Toby has been on a diet for past 6 weeks (from beg April), he’s losing the weight, will be weighed again middle June & hopefully down to under 20kg ! He started around 23.4kg so that’s great isn’t it !๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ On 16/4/ dropped to 22.2kg, on 17/05/ dropped to 21.05kg so next clinic Friday 14/06/ dropped to 20.4kg ! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ• So since beg April he has lost 3kg ! Good Boy !๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ

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Devon Cottage 46 ๐Ÿก June/July 2019๐Ÿก

Blog 46 ๐Ÿก ‘The Vintage Shed’ Colyton Devon We have decided this month to have a section in an Antique & Crafts Shop, The Vintage Shed in Colyton, 15 mins from the house, you sell your items amongst other traders having your own area which you pay a monthly rent, it’s situated next to the Seaton Tramway which travels between Seaton Beach & Colyton bringing lots of tourists who depart the Tram and pop into the Antique Shop. We are buying from Auctions, car boots, charity shops, it’s fun especially all the bidding at Auctions. We have two local places we visit, Atkins Auctions in Axminster & Lyme Bay Auctions near Seaton, Devon. They hold auctions once a month, different days which helps, on Fridays & Mondays. There are a lot of Auctions held around but it takes a lot of time out of your day but you can bid online too, so that’s the easiest way sometimes. But there is an extra commission charge when bidding online so adding this on top of buying the item, you add this in to selling cost & then you’ve covered the cost of purchasing. It’s good fun, if you’ve watched the bidding at Auctions on tv, it’s a good feeling when you win an item against others bidding against you ! We now need more space to sell so looking around other Antique Shops, Bridport & Lyme Regis have good shops which are very busy with tourists.

YES, gave in and bought a bigger paddling pool for the dogs ! The weather has been so amazing this last month, cannot remember last day it rained, it’s been cloudy every now & then but certainly not cold ! So we replaced the silly little pool we bought at the Car Boot and purchased this bigger one, have to leave part of the sides down flat so they can get in & out !

The vegetable plot has grown very well, strawberries & peas are the best growers ! (Got to stop strawberries & cream most evenings though !!) Broccoli, onions, carrots, runner beans are doing well, still waiting on the tomatoes which seem a bit slower this year. Not sure why, they’re all in growbags, think they grew better in pots last year !

The chickens are still laying well with fresh eggs every day, omelette is on the menu once a week to use them up, still haven’t sorted selling them outside the front, must get on with that plan. Sad news, we lost one of our chickens recently to an illness, not sure what but she went to the vet due to her suddenly messy & runny bottom & very slow & quiet, he thought she seemed quite hot & maybe it was a virus so she had an injection & analysed her poo which was fine but sadly she didn’t make it through the night. We shall never know what poor Doris had wrong with her XXX ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“

This is Nessa making all the noise ! ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ“
Weigh-In for Toby soon, keep you updated as to weight loss ! Hopefully hitting under 20kg. **YES now 19.9kg ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•That’s over 3kg since April.๐Ÿ•๐Ÿพ** Brilliant X

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