Friday, 10 October 2014

Spoiled Puttycats...

Probably not so much spoiled and more their humans wanting to remain partially sane....
We had a cat enclosure made for them so they can go outside and hunt dead leaves and sit in the sun (when there is sun) and at least feel as though they are part of the big bad world.
because they have had to be indoor cats whilst we were travelling, they have no road sense so would get hurt or worse so at least now they can venture out and see what is going on in the garden.
Pandy thinks it is wonderful and has been known to sit out on the high shelf even when its raining!
Tom-Tom thinks it isn't big enough... there is no pleasing some folk!!  Poor wee mannie, he has had a tough time of it over the last month or so... he got very stressed with the kitchen reno work and being shut in a room all day for a couple of weeks so I took them to the cattery for a couple of weeks hoping that would help... it didn't... so a trip to the vet and some tablets and calming medicine and lots of Feliway plug ins and spray and he is feeling much more like his laid back self now.  I know how he felt... I could have done with the calming medicine myself!! 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Kitchen is finished... sort of...

Yep, it is almost done... some issues that need to be sorted out, a missing curved door that they seem unable to get hold of, some plaster work that wasn't done properly or done at all, the worktops don't fit...
but I have working taps and a working hob and a working oven!! LOL
and now we have knocked half the wall down between the kitchen and dining room, we use the dining room space all the time, which seems so much better than having a closed off room that nobody went into.
this is the dining room from the kitchen...
and the kitchen with the double doors to the lounge from the dining room...
and at the end of the kitchen is Chris' chair where he sits and chats to me while I cook or make green smoothies and the mahoosive radiator that will hopefully keep us toasty and warm come winter!  (the bookcase will go as soon as I find something that I like to put the phone and modem on...) 
and I have been busy in the scraproom too!  I have unpacked all the scrap boxes!!  I know... its hard to believe, but they are all emptied and the stuff is put away... the fact that I won't be able to find anything for months is lost on me... but at least the cats can now sleep in the scraproom while I sort cupboards and get rid of stuff I don't need and soon... very soon... I will be able to sit and create something.  I have missed that... way more than I thought I would.








Sunday, 7 September 2014

Still buried under boxes....

I kid you not!! LOL  I get rid of stuff and yet still I am surrounded by boxes... of course, it doesn't help when the shipment from Australia arrived and I had even more of them to deal with... and then started to question the sanity of having a kitchen reno done at the same time... hmmmm, in hindsight it was probably not one of my more clever ideas!!
So the wall between the dining room and the kitchen had to come down...

and they built me a pantry... isn't it the mostest fabby doozy pantry?  I love it to bits...

and this is the state of play with the kitchen at the moment... we moved some doors, removed some doors, took down part of a wall and then put it all back together again...
So I am still about... just not playing in the scraproom at the moment... think it could be a wee while yet before I get round to doing that.
Chris leaves for his latest assignment tomorrow... he is off to Holland and I get to stay home and sort the house... but I am looking forward to a trip or two to visit and see windmills!!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A walk to Drinnie's Wood Observatory...

On the main road that I turn off from toward my little village is a sign that says to Drinnie's Wood Observatory and after all the years of living here I decided the other day to walk through the village and see if I could find it.  I had been told that it was 'open' in the summer months and as we have had some really lovely weather since I got home, it seemed the right time to venture out and see some of the things on my own doorstep.
So I walked through the village past one of the little cottages that is need of some TLC...

past one that has had some TLC...

past the church and through the village...

and then took a couple of miles walk past farms...

and fields of corn...

and stopped and picked raspberries on the side of the road...

and found a bush of yellow raspberries, which were new to me, never seen them that colour before!

walked some more and finally came to the sign that said I had found it. Yay....

oh, right, a bit further on then through the woods is it?

and a bit further.... hmmm, that sign didn't say how far....

past some firs that had been chopped down...

and past the wooden bench that sort of said that it might be a bit further on than I first thought...

oh heck, another seat?  How much further is it?

ooooh what is that I spy through the trees.... 

Voila! The observatory... 
This is open in the summer months, with a lower viewing area reached via a short stair but the upper deck reached via an inner spiral-staircase. From here there are excellent views over the Forest of Deer and the surrounding countryside. The tower was built by Admiral Ferguson of Pitfour, once the owner of the estate. The grand Pitfour House, once the centrepiece of the estate, was demolished in 1928 and the stone used for a housing scheme in Aberdeen.

and the door was open even though it was only 8 a.m. so I went in and had a look about.

up the staircase to the viewing area... but the trees are so tall around the observatory you can't really see very much from this point.




but if you go up the ironwork spiral staircase that runs up through the middle of the building you get a fabulous view from the top windows.

The top windows give you a complete view of the entire area... well worth the walk and the climb!!  I was sort of tempted to phone home and get Chris to come and get me in the car at this point... I could have met him at the picnic area and saved myself a couple of miles of walking but it was such a lovely day and not too warm so I walked all the way back too! LOL

Monday, 28 July 2014

Enjoying settling back into 'normal' life...

OK... not totally, because sorting out a decade of moving from one place to the next with a few weeks at home to shove the boxes into attics or any other nook and crannie available is not always fun... but you find some stuff that you forgot you had and you find a lot of stuff you wish you didn't have... LOL
Chris and I have now cleared the top of the garage and I even unpacked the last few boxes from 2006 when we came back from South Africa!!  There is only so much African anything that one person can find a spot in their home for.... so most of it went straight to the local charity barn.
we then started on the attic... OMGosh... years and years of  wonderful memories rubbish was disposed of... it took us 5 loads to the local recycle centre as well as a few deliveries to the charity place but it now a very organised and slimline version of what it used to be!  A shelved section for Christmas decorations, another one for my son's childhood toys, a section for our suitcases... voila!! :)
Other than that and a quick trip down south to look at apartments and visit family, I have spent days sorting rooms and cupboards...