Surely I’ll be OK and be able to start a blog. A what, I hear you cry. It’s about time too.
But where on earth shall I start? Shall it be a casual “Hello.” No, no, no that’s so not enough. How about a little catch up? No, tooooo much has been happening for that! So, OK, I think I’ll just dive in and hope my ramblings will make sense and that you’ll actually want to read my blog…
Firstly, I would like to say a great big, humungous THANK YOU to you all for bearing with me and I hope you can forgive me for my lack of action on the blog page. I hope you don’t feel I’ve abandoned you and will accept me back in to your lovely fold!!!
Where shall I begin?
I’d better go back a bit just to vaguely explain what I’m on about! So, remember we moved into our house in March and even though we were living in a somewhat antiquated house, we were already in love!
Plans to totally alter this loved house were necessary and we began some of the building project whilst we were living there. When the roof come off we moved out, which was in January this year. We rented a vile house for six months – oops that’s rather strong, but true. Ali Keenan will vouch for that. And I guess that’s where we got up to on my last blog wasn’t it?
In June, poor Dan’s Birthday actually, I repacked us up (that was pack up number three) and certainly not what I felt like doing following tow launches here at work, which you know means a bedtime of 4.15am since the Zone with ITV has been happening. However the long awaited day had arrived and so we were IN…finally!
Now the house was and IS fabulous, though I was shell shocked as all I could muster up for weeks was a feeble, "Yes, it’s lovely" when I was asked. The day we moved in I couldn’t even decide which of my begged, stolen, borrowed and cobbled together kitchen cupboards I was going to unpack my mugs into.
I think the day after we moved in I holed myself up in my bedroom while the builders fitted skirting boards. I was staring out into the garden just…well staring. OVERWHELMED, now there’s an admission but truly that’s how I felt. It was such a strange feeling as I knew I should be jumping for joy. We were finally back in after the huge project. We were so lucky, yet, I was all sort of ‘nothingy’, if there is such a word (there is now!).
I had lovely friends and family to show round, tonnes of boxes of all my treasures to finally unpack and although we were (and still are!!!!) a work in progress, I was weirdly, well ‘nothingy’ – there’s that word again!
So, I battened down the hatches and in between lots of work and looking after the children, which was all I seemed able to pull out of the bag, a few special friends suggested subtly, (well to start with!) that I perhaps needed to ‘see someone!’
Where had the bubbly Claire gone?
I came to the conclusion I needed to find the deeply embedded, somewhat eccentric, joyful Claire that is me, well most of the time anyway! I had planned to make an appointment to see my Dr to have a chat, but I was given a number of a wonderful lady who practises Chinese 5 Elements Acupuncture.
I’ll be honest, ordinarily I’d have said "Thank you" and tucked it into my bag, but I didn’t. For some reason I called her and well all I can say is thank heavens I did. I cannot seem to put into words the difference she has made. It’s actually quite difficult explaining it, but I no longer feel the need to speak to the Dr and am just, well me again!
I’m nervous to even be trying to speak about it all really, but to just breeze back on here with a "Hello" would feel wrong, rude somehow and possibly undermine how wrong I have been feeling.
Anyway I am truly delighted to say hello with my usually chirpy jollyness and now let me tell you about the house, if I may!
Now let me tell you about the house…
This week the trouble I’ve had selecting the perfect colour of green for the hall has been really quite hysterical. Now I’m a girl who prides herself on having the knack when it comes to colour, if I do say so myself! So off I set to match the curtains I had brought from our other house… a fortune later and a patchwork of varying green tester paints on the wall and hey presto, it proved that the light was just altering things too much.
I was questioning my abilities and contemplating starting from scratch with an entirely new colour scheme, and add into that the search for wallpaper to co-ordinate, when finally, hours and hours later I nailed it. My new found excitement, as I persuaded Dan that I’d nailed it, swiftly evaporated as I was told the wallpaper had been discontinued only three weeks earlier. How very dare they?! So, paint bought, curtain fabric being added in to extend the current width, I now await at least 12 samples of paper to hopefully complete my quest!
The colour in question is a divine soft almost duck egg colour, but more grey green, plus a touch of metallic thrown in – so you can see my dilemma. Actually, writing down that we’re doing the hall, stairs and landing implies we’re nearly there – well, not really!
Maddie has carpet, and finally the dresses hung at her window as curtaining are down, she has curtains! I nearly wept! The boys will have carpet this weekend, hopefully, oh and I’m also looking to have a runner and landing carpet in a boldish stripe. Yet another thing to factor in the hall plan!
Obviously the main factor in our home is that the money tree just doesn’t seem to be blooming this season. I must speak to Richard Jackson about that! The old saying "money doesn`t grow on trees" is so jolly well true regardless of the amount of water it gets!
Incredibly I’m ok with it all really even though I am Mrs Impatient and I’m really appreciative of each small thing we’ve managed to do since the summer and am just so thrilled with what we have, which amazingly is so what we hoped for. I guess not everyone can say that after a build.
And thanks to Dan’s incredible attention to detail and project managing of it all, a superb team of builders, who finished ON TIME and TO BUDGET, it really is the home we can all grow together in.
The to do list is still pretty big
The chandelier is still nestling in its blanket as the lantern roof thing is on the ‘to do list’ Dan won’t let me have it up(meanie) till that’s saved for. You’ll all know that the kitchen is a make-do one, minus an oven and hob, though I totally assure you we are all eating well as my microwave converts to a small oven.
My friend Anna cannot comprehend that the kitchen isn’t top of our wish list – well it is! It’s just the money for smaller things in the house are easier to collate together, hence the carpet, wallpaper etc!!
My clothes are all gathering dust as they are all on rails around my dressing room\en-suite, so please tell me if I look a little dusty!! Actually I lost count the amount of people who said, "I’ll come back and look when you’ve put the bath in place and it’s not in the middle here.” Yes, you’ve guessed it was already in position!
I promise we did check with our very good friend who’s an estate agent, just to be sure some of our ideas weren’t toooo foolish. Not that we intend to sell, but we didn’t want to have created a pink elephant - bet that’s painted a picture of weird and wonderful things we’ve done which I assure you we haven’t!
Now, I shall be asking for help for ideas to dress the massive picture window in our bedroom. It’s a tricky one and without a doubt will be a huge job. Whoever decided the glass should cover the entire wall? Three guesses…Mr Dan, who didn’t even think about fabrics!
I must tell you all about Mummy’s birthday party, dressing up as Daryl Hannah and smoozling with Gino De Campo! But you’ll have to wait for the next blog.
All my love to you, my lovely friends, and I can’t wait to hear all about you too.