Sunday, 10 August 2014

Making Progress





Really slow progress on the house front - which is frustrating but appears to be out of my hands.  The planning permission has at last kicked into action and the notice is now outside the house which did create a Yippee of excitement, but part of me knows that this is so far from getting the work actually done.  In reality I think we will be lucky if we have it done next year - sigh*

The garage was supposed to be done this summer, but we are still waiting for roof to be tested for asbestos (builder has not sent the sample off yet - another sigh*), and we have not ordered the wooden structure which takes about two months to come (third sigh*).

On a more positive note we have managed to put up two sets of curtain poles and lots of pictures, so the place does feel a bit more like home.






Friday, 8 August 2014

Raspberry Vodka




I have great memories of sitting by the fire at Christmas sipping my mums Raspberry Vodka, but have never tried to make it myself.  As the Scottish raspberries were half price (in a few years I hope to use my own!) and with the preserving bottles on sale too it seemed like a good year to try.  I am already dreaming of sitting next to our little fireplace this winter enjoying a tipple. If nothing else I LOVE the colour.


Having never made it before this is a test run - but my bottles are now happily sitting wrapped in brown paper to preserve that lovely pinky red colour.  Fingers crossed for a good brew.




The recipe notes to try your vodka every now and then to see if it needs extra sugar - but having tried mine it is a bit too sharp but also sweet at the same time? Mmmm... think I will let it brew for longer before adding anything else. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Get ready for glamping



Off Glamping

Full steam ahead for our next glamping holiday.  This will be our fourth Glamping trip and having visited Cornwall and Shropshire we are heading to the Lakes this year for some hill walking and relaxing (http://www.featherdown.co.uk).

Lottie has baked some cup cakes and I have made a Bara Brith (see recipes) to take (if it survives!).  One of the things we most enjoy is cooking over a camp fire - it always amazes me how quickly it all cooks.  Still trying to persuade George (in full teenage mode today) to make her speciality Lemon Drizzle Cake but not looking too good so far. 

Fingers crossed for some sunshine even if we don't get to take a lemon cake ;)





Tuesday, 8 July 2014

One step at a time..


We have now been in Frog Hollow for around four months and at times it feels like we are making absolutely no progress at all.  It is like living with small children when day to day you might not notice the changes but a visitor is amazed at how your toddler has grown.  

Having lived with 'battleship blue' walls all over the house (I mean everywhere) for a few months we caved and decided to do a temporary fix decorate - just to stop ourselves from going insane.  Today is the last day for the decorator and although we have only had some rooms decorated it has made SUCH a difference.  

Ok so the kitchen is a tad more YELLOW than we thought it was going to be....sunny to say the least...but it is better than blue.

     The previous owners took their range cooker and we left a fitted kitchen behind so my clever hubby built a work top out of spare wood as another temporary fix - think he might build the whole kitchen next time (although perhaps need to check that with him?)

Before
After 


Before
After

Lottie wanted to keep the light (!) but as the wiring down had water inside (really) we could not (shame...).


YELLOW (I am actually growing to quite like it)






Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Beginning...



So here we are - Frog Hollow, or at least a little bit of Frog Hollow.  It is a very tiny cottage (end of a three cottage terrace) in a lovely Wiltshire village.  Built in around 1890 it is by no means the oldest house in the village, but it has a sort of old world charm about it.  Once upon a time it was probably a farm workers cottage, with two rooms downstairs and two up.

When it was built there was no inside toilet or bathroom.  The three cottages shared a privy in the back garden!  We do have a bathroom of sorts and a toilet that is currently in a cupboard - really can't wait for that to change but on the plus side we don't have to go in the garden.

Over the next year or two (funds and energy allowing) we hope to make some changes - an extra bedroom, a new bathroom, move the kitchen, and completely gut the garden and this blog is my record.

In the blog I hope to share the experience of both living in and renovating Frog Hollow and I look forward to sharing the experience x.