Adios asbestos

Our long suffering readers (for all of six weeks & consisting of my Mum & a few friends :-)) will remember our headline issues at Auchenard from our home report. Our asbestos pipe removal was a primary concern although as it was external to the property and no longer in use it wasn’t as urgent…

Roofing, re-tiling and random vaccuming

The roof works have been ticking away up out of sight. As we discussed our roofer Charlie felt that the roof didn’t need to be fully replaced – but could be repaired. Another factor that encouraged us to work with what we have got is the adjacent house that we are attached to i.e. the…

Paint disasters

We spent some time trying out paint in on a sketch book at home some weeks ago. While we were at Auchenard over the weekend we thought we would double check to see if the paint looked any better on the wall of the living room. Guess what – it didn’t! Back to the drawing…

Open shelving

Source – Houzz Staged design photos are one thing, but living in a kitchen with open shelving is another. We’ve had open shelves for over a year and while we couldn’t totally do away with cabinets (where else do you hide the condiments) we are introducing more open shelving into our kitchen design.

How does your garden grow?

While much has been going on inside the property, there haven’t been many exterior developments. When we first got they keys to Auchenard we spent a long time & even hired in some help in the form of my youngest brother Abraham to clear the overgrown lane adjacent to our property.  We chopped, strimmed and…

Home, home on the range

As I posted earlier we hit the shops hard this weekend. We bought 10 light fittings, a lampshade for my thrift shop find and paint samples. We’ve also bought tiles for the kitchen, the wall tiles for the bathroom and black and white floor tiles. It is hard to press the ‘purchase’ button at times.…