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Working hard on the cottage

Slave Sis has been staying for about ten days now. All of the major work has been completed – it’s just the tweakings. However these have thrown up problems here and there.

The main one being that we just don’t have the physical energy that we had ten years ago, when we tackled similar edifaces with verve and aplomb.

We have Pal Builder on hand, who can swish in and solve everything. But I still like to tackle things myself even though every now and then I have a crisis of confidence and have to ask about a job that I’ve happily completed many times before over the years. He pauses, considers as he looks up from the job that he is doing – and is always patient and polite.

Today I completed the tiling in the kitchen. These are just upstands that basically finish off the Expensive German Worktops. The kitchen paint is Dulux Diamond Eggshell that can cope with kitchen splashes. Even if Slave Sis goes mad with the felt tips on the walls, these can be wiped away with ease apparently.

The splashback for the cooker – clear toughened heatproof glass – was ordered today and will arrive mid June. Just before I plan to put the cottage on the market. Hopefully Pal Builder will be free to fit it.

Meanwhile we work on. Up at eight in the morning and often in bed by nine in the evening.

With these final tweaks, the cottage is finally transforming into a beautiful, peaceful oasis that will be hard to leave.

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  1. It must be very hard to do all this work, only to leave it behind.

    • Fiona Nevile

      Yes, you are right. I am finding it hard. Having borrowed and invested in all the repairs I now have the cottage that I always wanted. It’s a joy to live in although I’ve always loved the cottage and feel absolutely at home here.

      However, this cottage is my pension – having been stupid not investing in a private pension or even the state pension much :0( I’m very lucky to have this wonderful home. I know that I will find a tiny house that I will be happy in, nearer my sister and down south. It’s a wrench but I have to put that aside and just get on with it.

      I’ve been so lucky to live here for over 30 years and hopefully the buyers will bloom here too. It’s a magical and very peaceful place.

  2. Kimberly Davis

    Remember to eat and hydrate. There are seasons in our lives, so look forward to the next wind of change

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