Saturday, 21 October 2017

And Breathe!

Thankfully caveman 2's elders remortgage came through yesterday so it's full steam ahead on all the plans

I have succumbed to a sore throat and aches and have only half heartedly painted a wall today

The weather is truly horrendous

But the fire is aglow

I have a fresh puzzle to begin later

So despite the aches life is good

I may have a celebratory tipple later

It's got to be good for the throat surely?!

Blessings J. x

Friday, 20 October 2017



Youngest and her caveman were successful at the auction on Wednesday

And our purchase of Little Winter has gone beyond the point of no return

Just waiting for Caveman 2's elders remortgage to be finalised

Then I can breathe again

Their place was valued on Wednesday

And that was all that was waiting on the application

So fingers tightly crossed


Hubby has had man flu

And don't we know it!

I don't feel great and have had a pottering sort of morning

But I need to sharpen up my brain as I have learners to see this afternoon


The menfolk are all away for the day tomorrow

I plan to sand the remaining wall in the living area and paint it

Next it will be moving up the stairs and tiny landing

That's the trouble with open plan living

You have to decorate everywhere at once


I also wish to crack on with curtain making

And cosy everywhere up before Samhain

Don't want any ghouls peeking in!


After what sounded like a very turbulent night this morning though chilly has been lovely

And I've remembered I still have bulbs to plant

If only the soil was a little dryer

Though soon they will have to go in whatever condition their resting place

My mind is a whirl of tentative ideas

I've ordered new wooden feet for our two pouffes that go with the sofa

Extra bottom perching space

Now the large dresser is in the dining rather than living area the sofa is pushed back and no longer cuts the room in half

One more light is up too

Slowly wins the race hopefully!

Anyway no pictures yet

I want to finish the room and get the look

Rather than the haphazard dumping ground it is at the moment

Just need to get my work done and fight off this threatening virus


Blessings J. x

Monday, 16 October 2017


Is there no end to this?

Our mortgage agreed....bang

Youngest and her caveman though want to bid on a house coming up for auction on Wednesday

A house that you can't get a mortgage on

Enter much legal jostling and cavemans Mother and her partner potentially remortgaging

Enter also a very tight timescale

So far we are waiting for the formal remortgage offer for cavemans Mother

If that doesn't happen then no bidding

Contracts will need to be signed after the auction and whilst that's not such a worry if our purchase hasn't gone through fully it is still a risk

Two more sleeps....though how much sleep I'm not sure!

At the weekend hubby and I escaped all the worry and ventured to Bishops Lydeard to the National Ploughing Championships

We saw...

Dutch Draught horses


Steam engines and lots more besides

It was good to get away for the day

Yesterday was our village harvest lunch which went well but left me exhausted as all my preparation had to be done yesterday morning as I was away all Saturday

And today being Monday means work...though from home there is a lot for me to do so I'd best make a start

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Where Did You Go?

September...last time I looked we were skipping along together

The next thing I notice is the second day of the month of October

Time has certainly been flying by in an instant

So what has been going on around here

Well...let me tell you a story

Two years ago we were renting and the owners wanted to do some repairs and then up the rent

By a fair whack

Enough was enough so hubby took it upon himself to fix up viewings for a couple of Cottages in a nearby hamlet

What was not so easy was getting a mortgage

He had stayed on the family farm putting in a robotic parlour for which no payment had been received at that time

Making the accounts pretty dismal reading

I had my joint issues and had given up full time working and was yet to learn that I was destined to become an assessor

So basically there was no way on this Earth that we would be mortgage material

However youngest and her partner had started considering buying a place together

So together with our help they bought the cottage and we set about practically demolishing it right before Christmas 2015

In April 2016 it was just about liveable and we moved in

Things still need doing but we're getting there

Anyway it soon became clear that they didn't consider it to be their forever home and wanted to move to the back of beyond

With my new job in tow and a couple of healthier sets of accounts under our belts I suggested one day that when their fixed mortgage term ended would they like us to take on the cottage

Yes please was the resounding answer

And so things were plodding along easily to gain a mortgage offer by mid December

Then they go and fall in love with a house

That's coming up for auction mid October

Skates on

Paperwork rifling

Shoulders tensed

Anyway Friday afternoon we had the news that we have a mortgage offer

Tomorrow our solicitor is requesting searches on the property

So fingers crossed soon this sweet little cottage will be ours

Well and the banks

But nothing to do with hubby's family

With all their broken promises for nigh on three decades

This will be our H O M E

Anything else will become a bonus rather than a necessity

I would love to say I'm really excited

But I'm still very tense

There is still an auction coming up and it would be lovely for them if their dream could come true

But there is only so much money in any budget

I've been painting and the wall lights are being changed

Furniture is on the move

Curtain poles are down and tracks are waiting to go up

The sewing machine will soon be busy

I just need to relax and enjoy the ride a bit more

Last evening we discussed a new front door

Ours is glass top and opens directly into the living room

I find this rather freaky

Happy dance to a new door!!

Anyway that's my news

Blessings J. x

Monday, 25 September 2017

I've Been


Actually feeling rather poorly for most of this past week

Probably due to lots of things all happening at once

Changing seasons

Another funeral

Business meetings



I also have fingers toes and everything else crossed

Lots of big stuff going on

I'll let you know if it's a happy outcome

If not you'll probably find me living in some cave off the North Devon coast!

Micky has taken a liking to sleeping in our bedroom

In front of the window

As long as he's a good boy this is ok with us

Quite shamefully this is the only photo I've taken recently

Answers on a postcard please!

Must dash...a longish journey awaits for work meetings today

Blessings J. x


Thursday, 14 September 2017


This fairy has been feeling a tad battered and even crumpled since braving going out in the heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend

Unfortunately this fairy also has lots to do and yesterday lit the woodburner and sat literally up against the hearth to warm her wings as she worked

She was working late into the night as she had issues with the caveman's paperwork!

She realised in the dead of night that she hadn't changed the duvet from Summer to Autumn and woke many times feeling cold

Her garden is looking sad and neglected after the storms which have been raging all week and don't appear to have blown out quite yet

Poor fairy has another spell of mad panic this morning, but hopefully this afternoon she will find the time to have her locks cut and made to shine again and this will help her feel able to tackle all that she has to

The fairies accountant wants paperwork

The fairies financial advisor wants paperwork

The fairies bank account needs some money

The fairy has been feeling hungry all the time

Oh fairy I do hope you can find what it takes to make some magic happen

Perhaps this chap could help

Well at least he's not lashing out as people pass him anymore

He even accepts a cuddle sometimes

Unfortunately he doesn't like dogs and Heidi would love to press her nose against him to see if he squeaks

And continues to do this when claws are attached to her face

So for now he resides in his upstairs flat!

Anyway, much as this little fairy would love to hide under the duvet and let everyone else deal with the chaos that's happening at the moment, she deep down knows that without her nothing will get done and everyone will be in the same situation that they are now

And the fairy is going to do her best to make some good things happen

Blessings J. x


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Mightily Uninspired

I find myself alone on this miserable excuse of a Sunday afternoon

Sonshine left after an early lunch

So he is still on his journey

The weather is pretty vile

I have lit the woodburner

But even that keeps blowing out

A sorry state off affairs if ever there was one

Youngest is working

Hubby is at an all weekend Ploughing event

I went yesterday and wore plenty of mud home

The photo shows Sonshine pulling the fish and chip van with hubby issuing his orders!

It is not the afternoon for berry picking

Or meandering through leafy lanes

I am not a Sunday shopper by choice

A jigsaw has been finished

A 99p beauty from a local charity shop last week

Not the easiest which was rather nice

Now I know I have work I could be doing

But I can't face it

I should maybe even be planning what to make people for Yule gifts

But no, no enthusiasm here today

I need sunshine

Beans have been picked with great reluctance on my part

I still have to process them

However I have managed a batch of Cornish Fairings

Oops...too much syrup!

Still officially yummy though

And news that Sonshine has made it back to his girlfriends house for a roast tea

I always get a bit low when he leaves after a visit

Though I know he's happy

And that counts for a lot

Still... a Mother is allowed to miss her Son surely

It is rather windy here

But with the goings on in America and Islands it's but a whimper in comparison

Caveman no.2 has returned to the fold

Things are looking up!

Blessings J. x