Devon Cottage 46 🏑 June/July 2019🏑

Blog 46 🏑 ‘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 πŸ˜”πŸ”πŸ“

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

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Devon Cottage 45 🏑 May 2019

Blog 45 🏑 How can it be end of May already ! The weather has been amazing, hot & sunny most days🌞 Trips to Forde Abbey & the seaside have been very enjoyable πŸ•πŸΆ

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 😁 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 πŸΆπŸ•

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 !πŸ•πŸΆ On 16/4/ dropped to 22.2kg, on 17/05/ dropped to 21.05kg so next clinic Friday 14/06/ dropped to 20.4kg ! πŸΆπŸ• So since beg April he has lost 3kg ! Good Boy !🐢🐾

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🏑Devon Cottage 44 🏑 April 2019

Blog 44 🏑 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 πŸ†’πŸ˜‰πŸŒžπŸŒŠπŸ–πŸŒž

🏑Devon Cottage 41🏑 January 2019

Blog 41 🏑 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 πŸΆπŸ•
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 ⬇ 🐾🐾 !

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. πŸ•πŸΆπŸΎπŸ•πŸΆπŸΎπŸ•πŸΆπŸΎπŸ•πŸΆπŸΎπŸ•πŸΆ

🏑Devon Cottage 32🏑May 2018

Blog 32🏑 Thinking about the colours for next bedroom, this bedroom is bigger and all the walls have artex so guess this will be fun ! Also will be a challenge as it has a very high ceiling with black beams, they will be painted to blend in, (if we can reach !),

not one wall is straight up & down so choosing colours is fun !

This end of the room has different levels and a “lovely stained” ceiling from the original leak through the thatch.

Would still like a feature wall which will have to be a lime based clay paint as it is the original part of the house before the extension, the other two bedrooms are part of the extension so traditional paint was used. Trying “Riding Hood” as colour choice for this wall. A project still to start, weather has been so good so been in garden so will be taking a while I reckon. Did start in September so all about it in Blog 37.

It’s the chicks ‘brooding’ time, started with Dawn, Pam soon joined her ! When we eventually gather the eggs they are so lovely and warm πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”this ‘brooding’ could happen for days or weeks I’ve just read, I hope all four of the chicks are not going to be broody all together, not sure where they’d all fit !

πŸ”Nessa and Gwen….you next ? πŸ”

πŸ”Help needed to drink πŸ˜‰πŸ”

Managed to collect the eggs when Dawn moved out the Coop ! πŸ”πŸ“πŸ”

Lovely Lyme Regis πŸ–πŸŒžπŸΎ

Lovely Seaton Beach…..chill out time, sitting on a blanket with a Latte with just the sound of the sea, Wonderful x πŸŒŠπŸŒžπŸ–πŸ•πŸΎ

🏑Devon Cottage 31🏑 April 2018

Blog 31 🏑 Decorating time ! Once we start it’s ok but it’s the starting that’s hard ! But we did start on the bedroom, deciding to match in the colours from the curtains including a feature wall colour. After clearing the room, made a start using Dove Grey, Taupe and Classic Red…..but would the Red look right and we were happy with it, but it took 3 coats to look right ! Finished off with Camel colour carpet & oak colour furniture matching the walls. Good job !

Next bedroom using Dove Grey, Victorian Lace & Princess again using colours in curtains. Also happy with this feature wall colour Princess. Having white furniture in this room, make a decision on having same colour carpet in all the bedrooms or different colours ?

Very different bedside tables, cute ! πŸ“š

Moving on to next bedroom, lots of paint left, maybe use in other rooms ?

πŸ”New plastic roof going on for the chicks to hopefully help keep them dry. πŸ”πŸ“

Cleared out Summer House, what a mess made by mice deciding to pull apart the sun lounger & use the foam for nesting !! Also eaten the grass seed & box, the bird food & box, they were lovin’ life in there !

And now a big TREAT of fish & chips at the seaside ! #lymeRegis #TheCobb πŸŒŠπŸ–

🏑Devon Cottage 26 🏑November 2017 ( 2 yrs ago Completion on house )

Blog 26πŸ”…. 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 ! πŸ”πŸ”πŸ“πŸ“ 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 !!

🍳Know what’s for tea tonight !🍳

πŸ”Lots & lots of eggs now by end Nov, stopped counting now !πŸ”

πŸ“πŸ”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 πŸ”πŸ“

This month of course included Bonfire Night, we sat on the beach for our first display……Abbie, katherine & Alex joined us for the weekend.πŸŽ‰πŸ†’

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