Sunday, 27 July 2014

Back and Going Green!

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So, it's only been a year! Not that long!  We have been SO busy here on the farm with lots of improvements, additions and still a huge long list of wants, needs and "how are we living without that"s!!

Our first news is pretty major and to be honest the main reason the blog posts dried up!  We have had a new arrival on the farm! Daughter number two was born on April 29th this year. She was another c-section baby (so technically a week early), she was a little bigger than out first, but only by a couple of pounds and still under seven.  We both spent four days in hospital, just like the first time, but this time it was me keeping us in rather than baby.  But our experience in the hospital was MUCH better than last time. It seemed like the whole place had just chilled out, no people trying to (literally) force baby to breastfeed, no forcing me to wake up every three hours to wake up and force feed a non-hungry baby!  They just left us to it and we were fine, it was great!  Even though I had my first experience of reflux/heart burn.  I've never had it before so when I woke up with a burning in my throat and feeling like I wanted to be sick I was terrified! It's almost embarrassing now!

So, the new baby has been taking up a lot of time, but we are getting back in the swing of things.  Work has pretty much finished on the extension, we are now moved in, although there is various decorating that still needs to be done, I will do more in detail posts about that later.

WE'RE GOING GREEN!!!


With the building work drawing to a close the focus of Realising the Dream will be heading down a new path. I will be focusing more on Going Green!  Sustainable living, self sufficiency, recycling and all the bits in between!  We have started here on the farm with the fitting of our solar panels (more on that later) and we have other projects lined up!  I hope readers, wherever you are will enjoy following along this next stage in our dream and maybe, just maybe, get some inspiration of your own!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Extension on the Outside

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I've given you a peek inside the barn extension but I guess you might like to see what's been happening outside!

This is what will be the new 'front' of the house, the side that will give us all the views!  From left to right, the kitchen door, which is a stable door style, the French doors off the family room and the very end (behind the stepladder) is a set of mini French doors which are off the guest bedroom.

You can see on the gable end, above the kitchen door, where our wonderful builders matched the hap-hazard style of stonework when rebuilding the gable end! Love it!


This is a picture of the only wall we actually had to build.  Before it was two garage doors, but the stone masons did a wonderful job matching the stone and style, after a bit of weathering it'll be tough to see the difference!  These windows are the cinema room!

Monday, 15 July 2013

Work Begins in Earnest

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So long since my last post but by gum things have been steaming along!  We have been painting and decorating like people possessed.  We needed to have all walls prepared and painted by the time the carpet fitters came in so never has so much paint be thrown around!!


We have been saving good money on paint though! We got £200 worth included when we bought our kitchen, so that did for the kitchen and dining room walls.  Then thanks to the joy of Nectar knits, which we got from buying the kitchen, the paint for the family room was halfway paid for!  Then some vouchers from a shopping monitor deal-io that we do has taken money off too! Hurray!

The flooring is proving the most problematic however, with this laminate flooring stuff you are supposed to start in the far right corner of your room and work right to left.  However, due to time restrictions and the fact the floor had to be underneath the big stove we had to start in the left and work right!  This means the boards are awkward to fit... Ho hum!  It is looking good though and we are happy with it.


Once we had the floor down throughout we were very pleased and raced to get the sofa in position!  Very comfy, although there is still a lot of decorating going on roundabout as you can see!


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Gardening with a Rooster

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Last weekend I decided to hit the garden and get some seeds planted out, nothing overly fancy, basically I decided to have a bed that used up all those seeds that have been sitting around going past their plant by date!

Helping me out was my all time favourite chicken.  Not sure of the politically correct term for him but Differently Enabled seems the best!  He suffered what I can only describe as a chicken stroke and couldn't walk.  I have had a hen do the same and with patience and time she came around and now, besides a slight robotic style limp, is absolutely fine.  I am hoping with the same time and effort my little pal will do the same, he is already much better and hobbles around quite the thing. 

I took him into the patch with me and he sorted out all the beasties and bugs as I was digging, then came over and helped pick out the best seeds and their placement!





We found a mouse nest under the carpet that I had laid down on the bed over winter.  Empty of course!


 

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