I was back, honestly! but, just as I was about to explain that we were having a new kitchen and I might be coming and going for a while, everything became chaotic! I've mentioned the sort of state this place was in when I moved in, and the home making process is proving lengthy!
It took us nearly three weeks to get everything packed and sorted so the building work could start (we are in an upstairs flat) we do have two brick built outhouses downstairs, but they all had to be cleared sorted and cleaned to allow us to move all the stuff inherited from my beloved's father when he passed away. Then we had to do the packing inside. We had to have the kitchen stripped completely so new ceiling, floor, walls replastered, electrics. etc. etc. Builder did a fantastic job, but then the kitchen fitter was delayed, so we spent nearly an extra week "camping out". Not fun! My room was full of the kitchen equipment and new units, so I couldn't get the my computer, or my craft cupboard and desk, so all art craft and stitching has had to be forgotten.
But - we now have a beautiful new kitchen which we love. Just got the new skirting board to varnish, and new floor covering and we're there. No more climbing into broken down old cupboards to retrieve things, and no more screaming and shouting,"I hate this, how can anyone cook here?"!!! every night. Joy, joy, joy! I will post before and after pics in a bit so you can see I'm not exaggerating ( no really, I'm not).
Finally, I must mention that I lost a beloved auntie this week. Auntie Nell was 97 and totally wonderful. She was the last of my mum's brother's and sisters ( 10 children in all) , and had been a "granny" to all my cousin's children as well as her own two dearly loved grandchildren. I'm pleased to say she hadn't been ill at all, and was in her own home, with her independence intact. Auntie Nell was a wonderful knitter, crocheter, and dressmaker, she spent much of her last years knitting for children in third world countries. She always liked to have something to do, but she always had time for people. We are all missing her dreadfully, but she's left us a wonderful legacy.
Hope life is going well for you all. Many apologies to my friends who's blogs I normally try to contribute to on a regular basis. I look forward to catching up with what everyone has been doing whilst I've been away - normal service for this blog will be resumed asap!