Sunday, 2 October 2011

Catching up

Visitors gone, weather glorious, time on my hands to relax, and in the evenings to read blogs and perhaps, at last, find time to leave comments.

But it hasn't worked out like that. Weeks of lovely visitors who actively discouraged housework (bless you, Shelagh!) came with consequences. The house needed attention, with me in rubber gloves and a pinny.

The kitchen and bathroom have been cleaned within an inch of their lives, The Wall has been painted, the hoover has been employed with vim and vigour, furniture has been shifted around and back again, then moved somewhere else, the numerous cakes and treats that had slid immediately onto my hips have been attacked with long walks up and down hilly bridleways, and the days have just flown by, with very little of that planned relaxation. Lottie kept me on task.


But my house looks much, much better now. I have yet to tackle the pictures. No longer a matter of banging a picture hook into a wall, changing my mind whenever I liked and re-hanging; oh no - these walls require a drill, a masonry bit, rawlplugs and screws, a tolerance for dust and nerve-shattering noise, as well as a certain confidence that where I place a picture or a mirror is somewhere that it can stay for a long time. Where's that Lovely Son when I need him? In Berlin, that's where, celebrating his 40th birthday with the lovely girlfriend.


He is under orders to eat at least one doughnut on my behalf. The best doughnuts ever, Berliners.... a fond childhood memory.

The boys have come out of hiding. You have to visit for at least a fortnight before they emerge, and even then they will regard you as highly dangerous.



They appear with brazen stares at mealtimes.

Next wave of visitors scheduled for the 12th....

I will leave comments one day, and that's a promise.

16 comments:

Arthur Ransome said...

Didn't you use to have a lovely fuchsia at your back door?

dinahmow said...

The "grown-up girls" were very chuffed that you left a comment for them!

And you're right about the Berliner - they have none of the battleship anchor weight to them.Mind you, it's more than 40 years since I ate one...perhaps your son could manage another one?

flwrjane said...

Even cleaning can be a pleasure can't it?

Your life sounds lovely, scrubbing brush in hand and all.

xo Jane

judy in ky said...

It's so good to see and boys again! And Lottie too!

Anna at the Doll House said...

Yes, they make the best doughnuts in Germany. Here, in the North, they actually call them Berlineboller.

Anna

the veg artist said...

Well, your wall with the shelf and tidied wires looks great, but we want more photos! More house details! How is the new cat? Why is blogger being so mean about accepting comments now that the little Preview box has appeared? In hope ..........

jabblog said...

It's looking much more 'you' now.

Toffeeapple said...

Your living room is so much lighter now that the rendering has been painted. Lottie is looking very sternly at you...

Susan said...

I'd love to see side by side before & afters of every thing, every little reno-ed bit ?!?
We heart an update - kisses to the Team
xoxoxox Susan + les Gang

Marcheline said...

All so lovely at your home!

I have one kitty that greets newcomers by walking all over their stuff, and another that hides away upstairs until they've gone home. Wonder what makes the difference?

Anonymous said...

I can't leave comments! I wonder if this will work? (Isabelle)

Isabelle said...

Oh, I see - my attempts to comment on your last post did work, though they didn't seem to. Oh well. Hello!

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I love the changes you made to the fireplace wall. Also love your kitty pictures.

the veg artist said...

And now the comment I left on the cats' blog has vanished! Blogger does not seem to like me or Isabelle!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

While getting someone else to eat it for you is probably a very effective way to lose weight , I can't quite see it catching on in a big way .
Your sitting room is looking lovely ! Lottie is obviously an excellent site manager .

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If you've already received two similar comments from me , don't please feel obliged to post them both ..... or this one either .
Blogger's being odd again .

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