Appreciating my hood

I think the last six months have been about the act of appreciation. When I say this I mean appreciating the people I love, my love of food, my new house, finding new ways to exercise and of course my holiday. However, now I’m starting to have time to admire and explore my hood.

To me Christmas is the time of year where family and friends make the most time for each other and, you guessed it, appreciate each other the most. This week I’ve had time to really wonder around and see my hood during the week so what did I do?
– I went for a run – I love sprinting and the outdoors here is fantastic, this is my garden:
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– I went to the market in my town and realised I have a date with the French in a few weeks – I love diversity:

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– I went for a walk to find my advent decorations for 2014 – red cheeked and happy I made a few:

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– I enjoyed the last few days of autumn and it was beautiful:

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Have you taken time for appreciation this year?

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Dreamy bank holiday – diy, friends & food

It just so happened that the last bank holiday of the year was the first bank holiday in the house on the lake for Welly and I.

We have extensive plans for the downstairs of our home so we wanted to paint a bit and put in some colour before we get going with our kitchen extension next year:
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I love Habitat so safe to say we paid them a quick visit. Our eBay antique and history-filled furniture are perfect backdrops to a punch of colour:

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Upstairs is another story. We’re currently getting the second bedroom ready for mama and papa Hansen’s visit in September – check out Welly exposing the fireplace:

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And ripping up the gorgeous chocolate brown carpet:

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Between all the diy and interior goodness we got to have our first dinner party with my favourite gal over at the house called abe and her hubby herringbone kitchens which was just dreamy! We followed this with a BBQ with good friends enjoying the fab weather until the bats came out to play!

This weekend has been one we’ve dreamed of for a very long time and the fact that we did it all is another tick on the to-do list 🙂

Decorating our pad

Our little project is coming along nicely, still lots to do but I’m starting to play around with the interior.

Welly is epic at eBay and wins awesome things most of the time, he’s keeping his technic a secret, probably because if he told me I’d be on there all the time!

Basically I’m all about furniture having a history and antiques have always done it for me – for example I love this wall already:

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Then there’s my love for NYC and Danish furniture:

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Then there’s these fellas which I found on holiday in the Cotswolds last year – they make me smile:

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Lots more to come but we’re slowly getting unpacked and still loving it!

The big move

It finally happened, we’ve moved to the house on the lake and it’s fab!However, let me take you back to when we started the big move.

It’s incredible how much two people who share one room can have between them. So Everyone who knows me will be aware that I like a good plan and the move was therefore organised, time managed and it came as no surprise that the first van load looked like this:
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But the two other that followed was a bit of a shock. So what’s a girl to do?! After all I do have my priorities in check :-):

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Welly and I did the move each day after work for three days, we could have waited for the weekend but the excitement of having bought our first home made us feel a bit like Hercules. Plus we treated each day like a big celebration:

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I’ve always been a morning person but I realised that mornings in the house on the lake are better than what I could have imagined – they are simply blissful:

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And when your morning commute starts with this wonder of a walk you can’t really complain:

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I can’t wait to share the progress with you as we renovate, clean and unpack this little gem.

Do you have any exciting projects brewing?