I think we are all familiar with the saying 'the writing's on the wall' but I am talking about something else entirely. When we moved into our house on January 10th (can't believe it's almost six months) I met the former owner for the first and only time.
We walked up our lane as she told me various things about the house and walks in the vicinity and before she left she said "Make sure you carve your name on the wall of fame." Apparently it's a tradition with the owners of the cottage to leave a mark in the brickwork. The earliest carving I can see is 1939 but a box housing the electric meter may well be covering earlier inscriptions. I think it is a lovely tradition and definitely one I will continue when we move on …. no plans to in the foreseeable future!!
It's funny, we spent such a long time searching for somewhere that felt like 'home' and this house really does, even though there are things we want to change eventually. And the garden, although not big, is an absolute pleasure to be in. The rustle of the leaves of the silver birch trees has a wonderful calming effect and I'm am so pleased that we haven't spoiled it by the addition of the gym.
Speaking of which, Chris has been hard at work this week laying the wooden flooring and it looks fab. It's my weekend off so I will be having my first workout in there tomorrow. The first thing that went up on the wall is the dancer's clock, a house-warming present from my friend, Nat!
Anyone who has ever had anything to do with dancing will know that a choreographer always counts you in "… and 5, 6, 7, 8!" I think it's brilliant! Although it's not completely set up I thought I'd give you a first look inside as promised.
The garden, although beautifully stocked, had got a little bit overgrown, so we have been gradually bringing it back into shape – still a way to go but we're getting there. When Chris was clearing the space for the gym he unearthed this beautiful stone plant holder. After cleaning it up I planted it with nemesia and lobelia and I think it looks like a colourful hat, or even her hair! I wonder what she is thinking?
Wilfie is also a big fan of the garden particularly since he met his 'girlfriend', our next door neighbour's cat, Jenny. She has a lovely nature and isn't afraid to bop Wilfie if he is getting too boisterous! Chris and I are alone in the house this week as Daniel has taken his Crystal Palace U9's and U10's to Slovakia for a tournament. The last I heard they had played four games and won them all – infinitely better results than the England team in the World Cup!!
Pretty soon the norm will be for Chris and I to have the house to ourselves as Daniel should be moving out into his first home later this month … more on that once the contracts are signed. Well, I guess I should stop now and get ready for work.
Have you seen the Eyeko Today's Special Value yet? I've been using Revitalsh for the last four months (on a maintenance programme now) so my eyelashes are really long and my favourite mascara to show them off is Eyeko Skinny, which is in the TSV. I hadn't tried the brow gel before but that could also be a favourite for me. Great value too, over a £57 saving compared with buying direct from Eyeko.
Must dash, have a lovely weekend.