Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Dust On Everything

...and the work continues!


What can I say but sorry for not replying to your comments on my last post. I finally got some time to post replies. Thank you so much for all you comments on the lovely Cirl Buntings at Broadsands.

Here's a quick overview of the work so far


The kitchen all ripped out


The outside looking like a building site


The kitchen is coming along nicely


Oh dear, this is my dining room!

So that means everything from the dining room is in the lounge, half of the lounge is in the office. Most of the kitchen is in bedroom three, the lounge and the office, the cat food is in the office (very smelly) as are the coats (very wet), a sofa and the plants (very crowded)...and me of course, trying to work.

Smelly toilet (the cloakroom) is in pieces to try to discover why it smells! Discovered the waste pipe was not sealed properly, which really means a total botch job from whoever installed it. They only bothered to seal the bit they could reach and left the rest.

New central heating is in and we are so warm and cosy. The electrics are a work in progress and still on-going.

All that on top of some unusual ill health for both of us...what a time we are having. Part of my foot has gone numb and it has been difficult to walk far. Having physio with plenty of exercises to do, so it is getting better slowly. An infected finger (on antibiotics),a  sinus infection, and horrible colds for both of us...I'm not joking, it's been quite difficult to take photos with all that!

A trip to the zoo

A rare trip out last Sunday in some sunny weather took us to Paignton Zoo for a couple of hours. When I took these photos I didn't realise this was mum with her baby under the sack cloth. When I got home and checked out the images I saw a little face tucked away.






How lovely to have some new followers, thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at the blog. 
I hope to start posting regularly as we are finishing all the major work soon.

Wishing you all well
SeagullSuzie

24 comments:

  1. Hello Suzie,

    We know only too well from past experience how once a job starts in the house, positively everywhere has some sign or another of the work in progress. Where does all the dust come from? And, all of this happening whilst you have been unwell cannot be easy. There is light, however, since the kitchen is looking really good. More imagination needed yet on the dining room, we fear!

    Your zoo pictures are so delightful. The bitter weather cannot have been easy for this new mother but they look beautiful snuggled together under the sacking!

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    1. Thank you Jane and Lance. I think the animals at Paignton Zoo are very lucky as it is quite mild here and their zoo is full of plants, trees and flowers so is quite protected and sheltered. Going on a sunny day in winter is always a good idea as the primates in particular are usually out.
      The new window is in so Mondays demolition has finished, it's a very messy job. Electricians wired in the kitchen yesterday so it's a great feeling to be using it and to have moved out of the living room!

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  2. Haven't been to Paington Zoo for years, Last time was when our eldest was about three, he is now 34!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. I'm sure it has changed for the better, in 34 years the trees have matured and the gardens are superb. If you come for a visit again you will be delighted.

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  3. The pictures of the orangutan mum and her baby are priceless and she must have helped to put a smile on your face.
    I personally hate, hate, hate, having work done in the house, but when it is all done you will be so happy. Not much fun having it done in this weather, but it will leave you free to enjoy the coming summer.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, that's true, it will all be done for spring and summer will be calm and quiet. The orangutan's have a wonderful enclosure and David Attenborough filmed here recently. It was such a surprise to see the baby and I was delighted.

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  4. My goodness, you have been busy!! The new kitchen looks lovely, I really like the cupboards. Sorry to hear that you have had so many ickies, not nice, especially with all of the other upheaval. At least you are in and progress is being made though! That is good isn't it!! Keep focussing on the positive and plan some more trips out as you need to take some breaks from it. Spring will be here soon too!! I hope that you are all much better soon and that the work keeps going well. xx

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    1. Many thanks Amy. I was covered in dust yesterday too as well as the house, you can feel it in your hair! Kitchen is looking great and I'm really pleased, it's such a cost so you want to get it right!

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  5. Oh dear what a mess but at least things are moving along and the central heating is in :-) I am sorry to read about your health problems, no doubt the recent stresses & dusty environment haven't helped, and I hope you feel better soon. Hopefully spring will be early this year as I think we all need a bit of warmth & sunshine :-)

    Best wishes & kindest regards :-)

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    1. Thank you David, oh yes it's so messy everywhere I turn! The cameras are tucked up safe in the office with me, but the dust has got in here too. It's quite mild today, already 10 degrees C, it'll give us all a break from the recent cold weather and strong winds. Is your house renovation going well?

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  6. Oh dear, what a time you are having. I hope you are soon in the fullest of health. I know only too well the state you are living in, although I have never had the misfortune of the loo issues. Yeuch! I love the zoo photos - and your kitchen is looking fab!

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    1. Hi Sarah, many thanks. My plants in the front garden are covered in brick dust. I feel sorry for the daffodils, they were looking so pretty. Loo is still to be fixed-just a great big hole at the moment.

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  7. Cripes! But it will look gorgeous when it's all done and just in time for summer too. Hope you're both soon better, sounds like you need a dose of sun. LOVE that little wee bairn tucked up with mummy x

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    1. Thanks CT, we need a dose of peace and quiet for sure, but we have had some sun here. There's a baby giraffe at the zoo as well so we went up to see it. Too many people around to take a photo and sometimes it's just nice to watch and enjoy the moment.

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  8. Goodness Suzie I hadn't realised how much work you were having done but the new kitchen is looking great - I really like the units. Every day that passes is a day nearer to completion. I do hope you both feel better soon - its bad enough feeling poorly at the best of times let alone when the house is so upside down.

    The zoo pictures are just delightful - I am glad you managed to get out for a day away from it all.

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    1. Many thanks, we just decided to go for it all at once...although now I'm not so sure it was a good idea! I took some good photos of the flamingos, they were preening and washing a lot in the sunshine and really showed off their beautiful colours. I'll get a post out with those later.

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  9. Oh dear poor you, hope the physio soon works and you are back to normal. We have building work too in the past and it's amazing where all the dust appears from even after you think you have cleaned it all up! Your kitchen looks lovely, is your home similar to the one across the road which also looks similar to ours? Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, yes it is, although that's their bedroom windows you can see, as they have great views out the back so the living room and kitchen are at the back.
      I can't wait for the guys to leave, but then the electricians still have to come back to finish off the rest of the house.

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  10. It will look good eventually Suzie.{:))

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    1. Thanks Roy, I'm sure it will, but all the decorating is still ahead of me and the dust drives me mad!

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  11. Oh my goodness, you have been busy, to put it mildly! Sorry about the colds and hope you all feel better very soon. I can see the kitchen will look gorgeous when it is finished, as will all the other hard work you're putting into things. Loved the little face poking out from under the cloth. So cute!

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    1. Thank you Denise, we have joined up for a years membership at the zoo again as I love going there and can't wait to spend a whole year visiting, not just for the animals but the beautiful parkland and plants.

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  12. My sincere commiserations, there is dust here too but the kitchen is behind us at least. It will be wonderful when it's done.
    We had the same problem re interesting aromas in downstairs loo and uncovered an open drain, just under a sheet of plywood! Only from the sink thankfully, but that was bad enough. Building regs were less stringent in the past, obviously.

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    1. Many thanks, you are of course going through the same sort of things. Loo is being sorted today, it'll be so nice not to have that smell seeping into the hallway, worse the fridge had to go into the hall so was next to smelly toilet and the drain..! Your place is starting to look wonderful-sorry to hear about the radiator and the door problems.

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