DEVON COTTAGE 56 ๐Ÿ  JULY/AUG/SEPT 2020๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’

BLOG 56 ๐Ÿ  Where have those 3 months gone….Christmas Items are on the shelves in shops now !!! โ˜ƒ๏ธ

Strawberries, peas and courgettes are the best growers this year, had cancelled my seeds order back a few months during Lockdown as they were going to take so long to get here ! Cauliflower started growing well but spread wildly as they grew so gave up with them. Quite cute as a small cauliflower though ! Made some Courgette & Potato soup…..delicious, still have more growing so freeze soup for the winter maybe ?

Enjoyed these, especially strawberries & cream
Tiny, tiny cauliflower starting to grow !

August was the start of preparing an area in the garden for our new garden office to be delivered next month. Breeze blocks had be sorted and placed a certain distance to allow the Office to be placed carefully on them ! What a fun job that was for Andy !

Also this month we bought some more chickens, they are ‘Burford Browns‘ & gorgeous colour black & gold, with touch of green in certain light.๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฅ

Difference in size atm

End of August saw the Office starting to arrive to be built on site, but of course that first day it poured & poured with rain so a slight delay starting ! Made a good start next day & the finished Office is a lovely building. So should be nice & cozy working in there, room for the dogs too !๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ•

Next job is to sort out the room we have used as the Office and put it back to its’ original use as a dining room. It has been a bit tight trying to sit around the kitchen table so will be great to have a good space again to sit in ! Next decorating job will be this room, it’s not been touched yet, especially looking forward to corner of the room as it has a false wall so what could be behind it, we are going to investigate, maybe it’s just covering a stone wall. As the house was extended behind this wall in the 1980’s creating the kitchen and extra upstairs bedrooms so maybe it has just had a brick wall built to seal it in with the false wall added for the dining room….shall find out soon & report !

Thank you for reading, hope you’ve enjoyed this Blog, please have a read from first Blog & enjoy๐Ÿ˜ƒ Will be back soon ๐Ÿ˜

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๐ŸกDEVON COTTAGE 18 ๐Ÿก April – Easter Break 2wks 2017

Blog 18๐Ÿก  Decided to decorate lounge before moving furniture back in, it’s holiday time so have extra days to start a job & finish it ! They say it’s all in the preparation so here goes !

Dust & sand still around from the beams being sand-blasted & trying not to get paint on beam edges was fun !! Worth it in the end as that was a job worth attacking as it now looks much fresher. 

The ‘wobbly floor’ bedroom is being looked at & hopefully work will start on that & be able to use the room again. It has had water damage through the old thatch and dripped through to old airing cupboard and onto wooden floor making them lift away, also as you can see on photo the supports holding the floor are a bit short to wall, support needed for them.  Plasterboard floor will be put down and eventually will carpet the room.  That decision was made rather than wooden floor again as it will be more cozy for the bedrooms & warmer !

Thatch coming along nicely….working on front ridge now, these are ready to be added…

Then onto front porch thatch, seen better days !

Door and frame needs a rub down & will make it same colour, dark brown, as fascias, also paint inside porch with the ‘vanilla’ colour used in lounge.  Maybe add a straw Owl on top ? 

Big job lined up before scaffold comes down is to paint as much as can reach with outside paint, picked the colour ‘ parchment ‘ a creamy colour taking away the white of the house, what a job that will be !  If we get the far end wall next to the road done as it’s the highest end of the house painted, the other walls can be reached with ladder hopefully & scaffold can come down !  This is a job on sunny days & get that suntan going๐ŸŒž!      Jobs, jobs, jobs…but all improvements ! I love writing ‘to do lists’ but haven’t started one yet, wonder why !! ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Until next time…๐Ÿก

๐ŸกDevon Cottage 20๐ŸกMonth of May 2017

Blog 20 ๐Ÿก Starting this blog with a ‘countryside’ photo from our bedroom window….๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ„

Taken out old heating tank cupboard in ‘wobbly floor’ bedroom as not needed….

Beam uncovered & original wall exposed,  new flooring has been started, stripping out the wooden floorboards and repairing couple of supports underneath, treating them and finishing off with flooring, decided on carpet in the bedrooms.

Put up temporary ceiling in kitchen, if you remember part fell down after a bath tap leaking through from upstairs when water was switched on for first time after a year & half being an empty house, soaked through kitchen ceiling and there you go, ceiling on floor !!

This last week of May we thought we should be painting the rest of that outside wall of the house…

but we are only visiting for a day so this is what we decided instead….to get on with the patio area so we moved the Summer House or Beach Hut as I like to think of it ! What a job that was, all in a day ! From one corner to this area was a challenge, emptied it out first ( it’s acting as a shed at the moment ) and moved each panel and put back together in right area…..actually it’s where the outside toilet used to be !

Base down, after removing broken toilet !

All complete !

And the view….๐Ÿก

Until next time….enjoy ๐Ÿก Oh forgot one other thing, decided we wanted the pheasants tails up instead of down, they now look happier !!

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 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”?

                   ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿก๐Ÿ”๐Ÿก๐Ÿ”๐Ÿก๐Ÿ”๐Ÿก๐Ÿ”

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 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