June 25, 2006

Update from over the border

haven't posted in a while as I've been really busy with the Scottish move:) House is wonderful, very peaceful here overlooking ancient forest and a half ruined castle. This morning I sawa multitude of birds from the bathroom window(we don't have frosted glass as there is only forest to see) spotted woodpecker? cuckoo, blue tits, chaffinches, gold finches and blue tits- all from one window:)
The house is getting done and not too slowly as DH bless him is wonderful at fixing up. We had a friend came on the monday after we moved in on the thursday and he painted the bathroom for us.He made an excellent job of it and was just what we needed to start the transformation into our home:) Its now a delightful shade of purple and awaiting me adding chunks of shells etc to bath panel to add to the under water theme I want to create. Living room is now done bar 2 ash poles for curtains over the entry to conservatory and a curtain on stairs. poles are there ready and waiting. It does get cold here in Scotland in the winter so I'm preparing as we go. My craft room is now done and just awaiting a new carpet which arrives today hopefully with friends. The old one was disgusting the 2 men who lived here had used the room for storage and cutting up of wood including telegraph poles so it stunk of creosote and worse. Gave me asthma problems each time I went in. So carpet went to tip. Room is now one cherry red wall and 3 white ones. It has a jotul stove in green which is wonderfully warm. I lit it yesterday to try it out. DH is currently making lockers in conservatory for storage and for seating. This gets all the sun and is for growing peppers/tomatoes and herbs this year plus assorted house plants. I want a tropical theme in there:) Also thought if I made thinnish seating we could use it for breakfasts and general enjoyment throughout year.Still have kitchen and 3 bedrooms to paint but that will come. I find myself slowing down much more up here its another pace of life completely. I haven't done much knitting but once I get my craft room unpacked that will come. I want to make a bedspread for our bed in knitting/crochet not sure which yet. Earth tones will be good:) Any ideas gratefully received on patterns etc. I do have earth tones yarn, some but will need to swap some of my jewel colours for more to get enough for double bed.If anyone has spare yarn in those shades and would like to trade let me know. Think earth/ moss/ greys browns greens tans????
I will post some pics of the house this week soon as I can get camera working.
Health is not good, much more painful moving about now and my knees are incredibly sore all the time. Seems like I can't get shot of the pain but maybe when house is fixed up and we can chill more then the health stuff will ease.
As for the "always rains in Scotland and they have midges" quote of my DDs when we first mentioned going over the border- we find that the midges are worse teatime and early evening. Solution don't go out then without the avon skin so soft or even better stay in if they are particularily bad. More from north of the border soon.


rachel said...

I think I have a kilo of brown/fleck tweedy aran wool at home _ i'll have a look this evening, if I have I'll put a pic on my blog and let you know to have a look!

Ambermoggie, a fragrant soul said...

sounds good thank you:)

maylin said...

I probably have lots of things that will do, including handspun and natural-dyed. What kind of weight yarn were you needing and what is the smallest amount of any particular colour that you want?
Hope things are still going well, we have been moving in for 3 years and still haven't got round to unpacking books!

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