⚘🌻DEVON COTTAGE 55🌞June 2020🌻⚘(This month marks 3 Years living in Devon😃)

BLOG 55 🌞 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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⛱Blog 51 February 2020⛱ In these strange times a lighthearted different Blog…..Special Holiday to Meedhupparu Maldives recently just before this World Lockdown….⛱🌞⛱🌞

⛱Blog 51…..Strange times happening World Wide at the moment……adding another Blog but this time about a very recent fantastic fortnight holiday we’ve had in the wonderful Maldives. Luckily we arrived back home before this virus took over one of the Islands & put it into lock down. Our journey took us from Heathrow, through Sri Lanka & onto Male Maldives, then seaplane to Meedhupparu Island. We’ve been to this Island a couple of times before so knew what to expect, but the biggest change was the shape of the Island…..depending on the winds & tide it shifts the sand around, wearing it away on one side of the Island and pushing it around to another part of the Island, changing the shape all the time. Having a conversation with a Manager he told us that December was a very windy month, so this did not help the change. We had the same room we had before but the beach in front of us had completely gone, leaving the palm trees creating shade & no beach directly in front all gone ! On our previous visit there was a wall around part of the Island helping to save the beach but that has now been replaced with a huge barrier dropped in at water level further out, the wall has been dropped into the sea. This part of the Island has a massive beach area at the moment, I suppose depending on the time of year you visit, the beach would again be changed ! I certainly feel at the moment I would like to be back there but not to be stranded even on an Island ! ⛱🌞🌊

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🏡DEVON COTTAGE 1🏡August 2015

Blog 1🏡     AUGUST 2015  we found this lovely thatched cottage in Devon & decided to buy it !

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The garage needs knocking down due to parking issues, that will clear the cottage side windows & let the sunshine in ! A gravel driveway is planned, it’s a tiny tiny garage, no proper parking in front to fit even my mini on it so has to go !

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The garden is very overgrown ! A gardener is booked to clear it so will be much better !

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Garden was cleared, looking much better !

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Calling a thatcher (Phil) was next priorty, he called round & Andy went up the ladder too in the pouring rain ! I stood under the thatch & discovered that rain pours off everywhere, no need for drainpipes ! BUT the cottage does have drainpipes which are not connected at the top, why ? Maybe not originally a thatched roof ? Looking into that ! We do have to have some work done as thatch is thinning a bit around chimney & back of house so that will be sorted as soon as move in. Fun times coming ! 🏡🏠🏡 XX

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🏡DEVON COTTAGE 2🏡September 2015

BLOG 2🏡   INSIDE THE COTTAGE
Before moving in……

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Reception room 1

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Kitchen

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Bedroom

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Each room has its’ own interesting features, but all the rooms have one thing in common, COBWEBS !! The house has been closed up for over a year so cannot blame the spiders !! XX

🏡DEVON COTTAGE 3🏡November 2015

Blog 3🏡  Brilliant, completion happened today Thursday 12th Nov 2015 ! Moved some items in but need to spend time giving a good clean, its’ been empty for over a year ! 

Soon the builder is starting work on the garage & knocking it down & plumber installing a new boiler, heat at last ! Knocking the garage down will make all the difference to parking next to the cottage !

Now this is interesting, the cottage was originally named ‘The XVII Century Farmhouse’, this house sign was found tucked in the garage, where shall we put it ?

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Found this paperwork of an auction back to 1981 about the cottage named as above, so interesting 🏡

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Need to get the house clean & get down to that coast as soon as possible ! 🏄 Yes, made it Saturday morning, Lyme Regis so empty this time in the morning !

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Favourite Book Shop in Lyme Regis High Street at night ! XX

🏡DEVON COTTAGE 4 🏡December 2015

Blog 4🏡  Went to Cottage today to check on new heating system & garage is being knocked down !

Everything seemed good with the garage, lots of rubble & soil to get rid of !

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Then walked into a heated house, felt good, BUT
the kitchen had a different story awaiting us !!  As the water system had been off for over a year & now our new boiler installed & water switched back on, the bath tap upstairs had a leak & has dripped down pipework & soaked part of the kitchen ceiling !! Of course we thought it was a problem made by boiler installation but discovered this leak under the bath so quick tightening up of tap & dripping stopped, luckily ! But part of ceiling fell down, so another job and hopefully be fine to fix !

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All cleared up, no need for red bucket now !

Well that was a busy day, hopefully not too many more surprises but suppose that’s what it’s all about buying such an old cottage ! 🏡

🏡DEVON COTTAGE 5🏡December 2015

Blog 5🏡  Spent 4 days at the cottage after Christmas which was great, relaxing time this visit with Katherine & Abbie, James & Sam came for an overnight & we spent the morning in Lyme Regis with breakfast at The Bell Cliff, love it when places accept the dogs too !👍

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Amazing how calm the harbour was !

One thing we’ve realised here is that a lot of restaurants were closed for Katherine’s birthday ! Seemed to be an extra long holiday period ! Where were we going to eat ? Found one in Lyme Regis which was pleasant, but no other choices, nearly resorted to a takeaway !  Mum & Ted were visiting overnight so they joined us. The winds were amazing on the beach when we left the restaurant !

Visited Seaton Beach today, still wet & very windy weather but very mild for December !  ☔We got very wet !

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So we needed a nice cozy pub & meal so travelled along the coast to Beer Village & relaxed in the local pub, the Anchor Hotel !  Again dogs welcome ! 

Well it’s time to go back tomorrow morning unfortunately to our rental, if we stayed one more day they are holding the tradition of dipping in the sea in fancy dress on New Year’s Day in Lyme Regis !  Now who fancies that !!! 🌊☔🏊🌊☔🏊🌊☔

🏡DEVON COTTAGE 7🏡January 2016

Blog 7🏡  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 ! ⏬

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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!) ⏬

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Remember the front too ?!  ⏬

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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

🏡DEVON COTTAGE 8🏡February 2016

Blog 8🏡   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 !

🏡DEVON COTTAGE 9🏡 April 2016

Blog 9🏡 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