Things are getting serious!

Firstly, my apologies for my regular blogging contacts who must feel ignored by my lack of interest recently (I know they only exist to see my affirmations of their posts (not!!!)), but it has been so full on around here I can barely think. So what’s been happening you ask?

Well the biggest priority has been enjoying our new grandson, what a delight it is watching your child become a parent and I can’t explain how lovely it is to share in seeing this little tacker grow and develop. Joy oh joy!

Next up has been our exteno. Full Speed ahead!

Things are getting serious!

We have had builders, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, data cabling people, tilers, heating specialists all in and out either planning, doing or quoting on doing. We are thrilled with the way it is coming together and I can proudly say I now have a dishwasher and a sink. They might be in boxes in the front room but they are here.

Things are getting serious and we face the hardest part of all since we started. The kitchen sink had to go to allow access for insulating, electrical and plastering. A bit of ingenious camping technology means we still have access to the hot water but that will go soon too. Like the way we can still empty the sink dish bucket down the funnel?

Kitchen sink removedI’ve had to resort to using the mini Weber Q on the workbench in the shed for basic roasting and barbecuing as everything else has been relocated to down the back of the yard. Rest easy, my toy oven remains inside, it has however had a loss of its handle.

Weber mini qI’m fine with that. Tonights dinner was some roasted veg (had microwaved first to soften) served with feta, pomegranate seed and some beautiful steak we had left from a BBQ the other night. This brushed with pomegranate molasses, grilled and tossed through the veg and feta and it was lovely. Served with some fresh 40% rye sourdough, yum yum yum. Pomegranates would be right up there as one of my favourite foods. Sorry about the flash and cruddy photo, tasted much better than it looks.


I like to think I’m a reliable sort of person, never miss appointments and if I’m running late, I at least have the manners to ring the party and let them know. If I stuff up their schedule then I’m more than happy to reschedule to suit them. This was blown out of the water last week when my hairdresser texted asking where I was for my appointment. Mortified, I took around a straight from the oven rye and oatmeal loaf which her kids ripped into after school. Feedback from them was that it was very nice, the slice her 10 year old cut for me was indeed very delicious. The addition of oat bran made for a very soft crumb. Will work further with this formula.Oat bran sourdoughI’ve needed to do a lot of thinking about what needs to be included in this exteno so I picked up a crochet hook for the first time in about 40 years. I have found that it has been lovely avoiding the internet, Facebook and work emails at night and just thinking through what needs to be done. Not one to do anything with baby steps and inspired by the beautiful work by Jan at A Gluttonous Wife I picked a ridiculously intricate pattern and thought I’d “crack a tanty” after a few rounds and decide that was a stupid thing to start as a first time in a long time project. Surprisingly, I’ve really enjoyed it. I made Mr ATMT be the colour consultant as I just don’t do that ‘arty farty stuff’ at all well, where as he is pretty good at colours. I was aiming for a Turkish/Middle Eastern feel. Really happy with this little project so far and I think the end result will look good over a bed or as a snuggle rug on the couch for when things are cool. The pattern I’m using is available here, highly recommend the clear instructions and the  bonus is that there are video instructions that another very clever lady has done for each section of this rug. I have found that to be  a very handy resource indeed!

SphiesMy work on the chimney is progressing slowly. I need to get this done before plastering commences as I don’t want all the crap flying around then. chimney 4And as for next week!

Our sons wedding………yep another big week ahead. Stay tuned.

13 Replies to “Things are getting serious!”

  1. Good luck with your sons wedding next Saturday, we’ll be thinking of you while we’re at our son David’s wedding too.
    Thinking of taking your crotchet pattern away with me as my holiday project.


    1. Thanks Maree, will have a sip to you on they! It’s quite a nice pattern to work on, I’m really enjoying it after such a long break from crocheting. Hope the wedding goes smoothly 🙂


  2. No apologies are necessary, it is finally starting to come together. What are you going to do with the chimney? Will you have a wood burning oven in the kitchen?


    1. Hi Liz, we have removed an old wood fire stove from there, just too inefficient and it was a very ugly one! I am putting a Nectre bakers wood oven in the corner of the room, that way we can warm out tootsies while some bread is baking and stock is simmering away. Will probably just have the chimney fireplace for slotting my mobile bread table in with some wicker baskets, a shelf for some old ‘stuff’ on display over it at this stage. Cheers.


  3. Lovely to hear what’s been happening. Nice work with the crochet hook and the chimney! I’m constantly amazed at the things that come out of your non-kitchen. Well done!


  4. How very exciting that you are doing such an amazing reno. I would love to do that. Sometimes that are are more important things in life to get on with. Thanks for taking the precious time out to comment on my blog

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