Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
On a wild Sunday afternoon we clambered up to the summit of Hay Bluff. Bo was slightly terrified by the wind and that he might be blown up into the sky like a balloon, but little Sethie jogged cheerfully to the top and was very proud of himself shouting 'I've climbed Hay Fluff'. The views were spectacular, and with wind beaten faces we piled into the car and back to the cabin for hot chocolate huddled around the wood burner. Perfect!
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
The 17th century dovecote has been restored and turned into a community shop, selling groceries and local produced, and run by volunteers from the village.
More info and a map of the Black and White Villages Trail here, including routes for walking, cycling and public transport. Stop in at Dunkerton's Cider Mill to sample their traditional organic cider and perry, and for lunch, at my hands-down fave of the pubs, The Tram Inn at Eardisley.
Monday, 16 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
So it was a shock to wake up yesterday morning and see the landscape muted by a covering of frost, like those people whose hair suddenly turns grey overnight. Seth surprised me by randomly using a Spanish word when he looked out on the fields and said 'it's now blanco grass'. One of my favourite things about the view is how different it is each day. We can't say how it's going to look, and the atmosphere changes so much depending on the shadows, or the colours, or how much of the view is obscured or in full view.
It's frosty again today (more confusion for the plants) and the sky is laden with vast white clouds hanging heavy over the Black Mountains. We're heading out in our boots and hats for a walk in the clouds, and a wander into Hay to raid Pembertons bookshop which is closing and has a magic 40% off all titles (they'll still be running the bookshop at the Festival, but the owner is retiring from daily shop life).
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
The most dramatic change to Pottery Cottage since the initial opening up work was this week when the guys took out the windows and walls on the garden side, to prepare the space for two bi-fold windows. I'm thrilled with how it's looking on the kitchen side, the opening lets the light flood in and we'll have a great view out to the garden from the open kitchen/dining/work space, and that will be the first view as we step into the house. On what was the dining room (will be a playroom) side I'm quite as happy, mostly because we had to build up a supporting column, so from the internal viewpoint, the doors will be off-centre. It's less important in there, and from the garden view the doors will be better placed. From the garden the back of the cottage is going to much less cluttered and fussy, more streamlined. We're also planning on changing all the windows back to wooden frames, probably painted grey, with single pain glass, which will make a huge difference.
Here's how the back of Pottery Cottage looked when we bought it, exterior and interior views:
And here's the work in progress earlier in the week. Window panes out, roof propped up ready to take out the frames and wall:
We really enjoyed spending Saturday afternoon down there, the boys digging in garden, Ollie sawing firewood, and me painting Ollie's shed. I think we'll be really happy there, if we can hang in there and make it habitable before we run out of funds.