No news is good news

So they say. I’m never convinced.

We’re still waiting to finish the dining room floor. What a palaver. Nearly there, though, and I’ve been writing an epic blog post about it, ready to post when the floor is finally finished.

In the meantime we haven’t tackled anything on a great scale. It’s been a continuation of our ‘chipping away at it’ approach.

Yesterday we spent hours in the garden and we’ve got some biannual seeds sown for a hopefully glorious display next year. We’ve rather belatedly sown a few more summer bedding plants to see if we can fill up a hanging basket that’s currently in the shed but could hang by the front door, which would be lovely. I potted on some rose geraniums to a spot near the back door, where we’ll brush past them each time we go into the garden, so the scent will be beautiful.

ammi majus

ammi majus

The potatoes are lush and green but so far there’s no sign of flowers. We’ll be waiting a little longer for our first potatoes. The tomatoes have just started flowering, so we should get our first edible fruits in about 6 weeks.

The various shrubs and climbers that we planted out into our first bed are now settling in well. The clematis has put on a burst of new growth, with beautiful bronze leaves clinging to the fence. The mock orange is flowering, though not as prolifically as I’d like. I’ve had a couple of small vases of sweet peas so far but only one rose. In general it’s all looking A-OK, but not outstanding.

Indoors we’ve re-arranged the living room to work better. With the tv tucked away in the corner it’s now a more sociable space.

TV on a bracket in the alcove – it swings out so we can see it from the sofa

TV on a bracket in the alcove – it swings out so we can see it from the sofa

We’ve also put down the rugs that have been waiting in the wings and I’ve swapped over some of the other soft furnishings. The warm oranges and reds looked out of place against the blue walls so I dug out old cushion covers to make the most of the blue colour until we decorate. It looks much smarter now.

sofa so good

sofa so good (plus hangover-unfriendly zigzag rug)

I’m learning to knit properly (I used to knit, but nothing beyond straight knit and purl) and as a pattern test I’ve created a lacy throw for our bed. Next on the list are bedside rugs, then I’m going to learn to cable and make some squishy cable knit cushion covers for the living room for autumn.

Next weekend we’ll (finally) be staining and varnishing the dining room floor. The weekend after we’re painting the garden fence – before the clematis makes that impossible. In between the fireplace man is coming to install our slate hearth in the dining room. It’s all go.

But right now it’s time to make a huge lasagna for Sunday dinner. We’ve earned it.

2 thoughts on “No news is good news

  1. lynn says:

    This looks like home, Louise!

    Like you, when I lived in the UK I wanted to use warm colours; lots of reds. Well, it’s obvious why! Out here, under the blue skies, I want white, black, grey and purple. But like you, the transition happens very slowly since we brought reds with us – so reds it is for a while yet.

    And you and I have the very same up-and-over lamp. Got mine from the builder who started this house.

    Floors maketh the house. Good luck with the finishing stages.

    Well done you and that man!


  2. loulou says:

    Thanks for your message Lynn! Yes, I can imagine out there in the heat you’ll want cooler colours. It’s astonishing how much colours affect us, whether we’re conscious of it or not. The blue in this room, which doesn’t get much sun, makes it feel so cold. It’s only now that it’s summer that I don’t shiver each time I walk in.
    The lamp – just shows what immaculate taste you have ;)
    Photos of the dining room floor coming shortly…

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