Back to the Victorian house, and this time we are in the hall, looking towards the front door. I bought the fabric for the curtains from a shop which was closing down. The shop was busy and the woman serving me didn't want to measure out the many yards that I needed, so she simply sold me the whole roll for a very, very cheap price - I stll have some left!
when we moved in, the porch was parting company from the house, so we demolished it .......
We employed a wonderful plasterer to do a lot of work for us in the Victorian house. One of the major jobs was to turn some odd shaped doorways/openings into arches. It was a joy to watch him work, as he made the frameworks himself, rather than using preformed ones
this is through the arch into the dining room - the previous owner had raised the level of most of the room, forming a hall on the lower level. We replaced the heavy dark spindles with thinner light colored ones. In the photo on the bottom right, the new carpet had just been fitted, and Honey the spaniel was enjoying the view from the window
When we bought a Victorian house in Falkirk in 1990, we knew that it needed a lot of work done on it - we didn't quite realise what a labour of love it would turn out to be! The first job was to install a proper kitchen - the previous owner had made one out of bricks and old floorboards
it's hard to believe that this is the same room some weeks later!!
When I was walking across the garden on Saturday, on my way to the studio, I detoured to have a look at Malcolm's olive tree, that he bought for a whole £3 at the start of the summer. There are lots and lots of olives on it .......
...... however, as they are about the size of peppercorns, I don't think we will be producing our own olive oil! We also have two grape vines, and we have had a few grapes in previous years, but this is all that has appeared this year
we gave Malcolm's Dad this little hardy fuchsia - it sat at his back door in a pot. When he died we brought it home and planted it in the back garden. Every year we think it has died, then suddenly in late summer it appears and starts to flower
when I was sewing on Saturday, I decided to watch some of our country music CDs
I was singing along as I finished the quiting on my New Zealand Vineyard walhanging. As it has been a bit warm over the summer to wear quilting gloves, I have been using these rubber grips
they cam in a packet of 3 blue and 3 yellow ones - but as you can see the yellow ones are jsut a bit big for my fingers!
I have finished the quilting, so all that remains is to put the binding on