freshening up in the bathroom

The bathroom was, as with every room in this house, yellow. A kind of peachy-sand shade of yellow.

moving forward: the existing plans have arrived

Three weeks ago the technical surveyor came from the architects to measure up the house. He was here


the world of architects, designs, planning and budgets I knew we wanted an architect to help design the


Q. Can you have too many trees in your garden? A. Yes, definitely. We inherited approximately 3000 trees when we bought this house. OK, so not that many, but we have half a dozen rowans, two crabapples, an apple tree, a couple of flowering cherries, a twisted willow and a twisted pear, contorted hazel, magnolia,


who knew it was so complicated? The house only has electric heating. There’s no gas in the village and there are no plans to put a pipe in so the majority of the homes use oil for heating and hot water. Our house has night storage heaters and economy 7 heating. That’s not something we’re

Introducing Number Eight 2.0

New home, new project, new neighbours, new challenges. It’s a two bedroom semi, built using local materials and

say hello, wave goodbye

It’s been a long time coming. Our plan when we bought number eight was to live here for

fencing round 2

There was a problem with the blog hosting and I couldn’t create new posts. It was so far down our priority list to get it fixed that it’s taken us the best part of a year. Anyway. We’re back now. I’ll update you on all the super exciting* stuff over the next couple of weeks.