Saturday, 18 November 2017

Bedroom Progress

After working some crazy hours into the early morning my husband finally finished stripping the wallpaper and preparing the walls in our bedroom just in time for the decorator to come in on Monday morning to start work.

Some before shots of the walls.

Ceiling and coving/cornice painted first.

Above the wardrobe painted.

The door alcove, door frames and skirting boards were also painted.

First wall papered - the wallpaper isn't as yellow as it seems in these photos.

The 'fixed' headboard (one of 'Bob the Builder's great ideas!) was painted to brighten it up.  I would have loved to have had this removed, but knowing how other things have been fixed on in this house, it would have been a major job and I suspect some re-plastering would have been needed to have been done as well.

This is a bit more like the true colour. 

All walls finished by Wednesday!

Thursday we went down the road to the carpet shop to choose some samples.  I was pretty certain which one I wanted even before I bought them home.  The lighter blue, the first on the left.

I didn't change my mind.  

Today I cleaned the windows and frames.  The will need painting in the spring when we can leave the windows open for a few days to dry properly.

I scrubbed the curtain rails and attachments, they came up almost as good as new and then reattached them to the walls.

One of the hems had come undone on one curtain so I restitched that.  We will need new curtains, but these will do until we can afford to do so.  They could do with being shorter, but as they will be changed I am going to leave them the length the are.

I did the same with the bay window, but forgot to take a photo!

Next I started rolling back the horrid foam backed carpet - the foam had turned to piles of dust underneath it.  Pretty horrid!

The foam that was stuck to the floor was also scrapped up.

All the carpet is up now apart from a bit underneath the wardrobe - not the same colour, it must have been the original carpet and 'Bob the Builder' who used to own our house (yes he was a builder and his name was Bob) must have built the wardrobes half on top of the old carpet - he didn't even clear up the broken plaster that had fallen on to the floor from the walls!  Like everything in this house, it is not as easy or straightforward as you think.  The legs of the wardrobe are ON the carpet at the back but not the front, so not as easy to remove as you would think.  Good thing hubby has got fairly slim arms as he is going to have to lie down on the floor and reach in with a knife to cut the carpet up.  

Once that is done we will vacuum again and then mop the floor to make sure it is completely clean ready for the new carpet to be laid, which will probably be in about two and a half to three weeks time.  In the meantime our lounge will have to continue to look like a furniture warehouse as there is no point moving the drawer units back in until such time as the carpet is down,

While clearing out underneath the wardrobes, we found my framed music qualification certificates - not sure why they ended up under there.  I've cleaned the glass and the frames and I think once I have my sewing studio cleared I might put them up in there.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Lest we Forget

Arthur Bear is very proud to be wearing his British Royal Legion Poppy today.

This remembrance post was written in 2014, but it still holds true and the poppies are such a wonderful tribute, it is worth revisiting them.

Lest We Forget

Remembering all those who have lost their lives during the many wars. Remembering my great grandfather Private Christopher William Chatterton who died of wounds in France during the First World War on 26th March 1915.  He was in the 1st Batallion of the Gloucestershire Regiment.  He is buried at Caberet-Rouge Cemetery in France and in the mid nineties we went to see where he was buried.  To say it was a sobering experience is an understatement! Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery in Souchez is one of the largest in the region and contains 7,655 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, more than half of them unidentified.

His wife, my great grandmother died the year before on 19th November 1914, and so they left four young children who I believe were put into various homes and foster places.My grandmother was only one year old, having been born only the year before on 11th November 1913.  To think she would have been 101 years old today! (104 today!)

Yesterday we ventured into London to view all the poppies which represent all the lives lost during WW1. To think there are 888,246 which represent each life lost during this war.  It is devastating,  all those lives lost.  I wonder what they would think of the United Kingdom today?  

The sheer number is staggering, and really puts it into perspective...and this is just one side!

One of those poppies represents my Great Grandfather.

On Sunday I sang with the St Ethelreda's Church Choir for both services at the church and also down at the memorial.  

We sang 'In Flanders Fields'.   The music was composed by Jill Knight and set to the words of the poem by Major John MaCrae, 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

You can here a recording we did on the Wednesday before here.

Also remembering my grandfather who fought in the Second World War. During his last few years, we were to witness the long term effects on his mind that the war had. I miss you so much Pop. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Healing Nicely

The wonders of Fucithalmic Eye Ointment.

You may remember on 24th October, poor Dundee suffered from a bad 'eye poke' a condition guinea pigs can sometimes get from getting their eye 'poked', usually with a blade of hay.

This is what it looked like before I started treating it.  Many vets would have said he needed his eye removed - I know this as I have seen less severe problems on other people's pigs who took them to the vet and that was the outcome. Whereas I have used this before and seen the success stories!  So figured it was worth a try.

This is what it looked like about 5 days ago - so much better - it did look worse for a while, but I forgot to take a photo.  However, by this stage,after a week of treatment he had started blinking so I had a feeling his sight might have been returning.

This is the eye today and I gave him his last treatment.  He is blinking his eye now everything time I try to put the ointment in, and has been treated twice daily for the last two weeks.

I am guessing his vision might not be what it once was, but he is certainly a lot happier now.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Remember, Remember the Fifth of November - No Chance of Forgetting!

I awoke, after a pretty rough night to the most beautiful morning.  The sun was streaking through the blinds and I couldn't wait to pull them up.

The orchids are looking good on the window sill.

The garden was bathed in sunlight.

Leaves need racking up.

Job done, they have now been picked up and put in the compost bin.

The spa pool has been 'wintered' and the pump disconnected.

Red berries.  

I have decided to also take part in the 'Every Day in November' Art Challenge.  Some of the prompts I am substituting as they are duplicates of last month.

#1  Sparrow (original prompt was pumpkin)  I think I will work on this some more.

#2 Spider's web.

#3 Umbrella

#4 Gloves - my husband's garden gloves.

#5 Cottage (original prompt was scarecrow)  I decided to just do a 'flat' almost cartoon type image for the cottage.

Having chosen the wallpaper, we decided to go and get it today.  Three stores later, and a phone call to another we left very disappointed and empty handed.  They didn't have enough rolls, despite two stores have 12 and 10 rolls shown as in stock.  Seems it can't be ordered either.  So back to the drawing board - we have exactly one week to decide and get the rolls!

No chance of forgetting the 5th November - the last few nights it has sounded much like the bombing may have sounded during the war!  Why is it that fire works just seem to get louder and louder bangs?  I feel so sorry for all the poor animals and elderly people especially.  I wish they would only sell fireworks organisations that put on properly organised displays that are on just the one night.  At least that way the animals don't have to have night after night of this!

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The Days Go By...

Thursday morning was damp and overcast, and rather on the chilly side and it didn't really warm up all day.

The weather hasn't stopped 'Ingrid Bergman' from flowering beautifully though.

I had to go into London for my third acupuncture session in the afternoon.  I don't mind this particular journey too much as it is just one train to catch and I just sit on it until the end of the line.  I was feeling particularly bad and down  as I had had a bad night and was also tired.   He tried something different today to see if I would respond better.  A more traditional Chinese method where I had needles put into all the outer points - there was some special name/terminology used, but I can't remember what it was.  I had needles in my feet, knee area, hands, elbows and head and then had to lie there for about 15 minutes.  I don't think I have responded favourably this time either as felt pretty bad that evening with a slight pain in my head also and by the end of the following day I had bad pain in my head and just didn't feel very good at all.  Time will tell I guess.  I was told I would need 6 - 10 sessions before we knew whether it was going to make a difference.

Friday morning dawned quite differently to Thursday.  The sun streamed through my window and it was a beautiful day.

Lovely clear blue sky - the sort of crisp Autumn day I love, and actually it wasn't too cold, relatively mild really.

I took some more photos of the beautiful red roses in my garden.

Touches of colour that remain in the garden.

Even a dandelion was flowering!

I decided to bring one of the roses inside as the forecast was for rain the following day.

Such a beautiful rose, with a lovely scent as well.

We decided to make the most of the lovely morning and took the dogs for a walk in a local park.

Greens and blue, such a lovely day.

One of the wood sculptures in the park.

Autumn leaves 

Glimpses of red

Such a vibrant red on this tree.

Even the pond looked good - sometimes this pond can look a bit messy.

Something has caught Percy's eye.

Stanley has spotted something as well.

Continuing on our walk.

Another pond, this one much larger.


Two happy dogs.


Heading back to the car the dogs refused to get in, or go near it - clearly indicating they felt their walk hadn't been long enough.

 So we walked for an extra twenty minutes round some streets and spotted these two Great Danes standing guard in someone's front garden.


This morning it is a complete contrast to yesterday - very grey and very wet!  A day to stay inside.  Hopefully it will also put off the many bangs that terrify the animals tonight - aka fireworks!  Last night was pretty bad and seemed to go on for hours.