Wednesday, 20 May 2015

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Did you hear me scream, would you like to see why?


This is my kitchen my dears, the plasterer is coming three weeks today & Rob will be home from uni 5 days before that. Which means I will have to book a day off next week to transfer most of the kitchen bits & bats which we have stored in Robs room out. Minor problems, minor problems but its still going to be the end of June before I actually have a proper functioning kitchen. See the lack of sink, washing machine? Dishwasher is still connected slightly out of shot!

What have I been up to I hear you ask while Mike has been busy ripping down walls & ceilings?
 Well, the garden of course!

It's looking rather lush & green full of lovely things. Nothing to harvest yet as I sowed seeds quite late this year & of course I bought my veg plants but it is looking rather lovely in comparison to the kitchen that is!



I've made the decision to extend the asparagus patch. I have 6 plants there already or I did have until my sisters dog chewed the ferns down last year! Three of the remaining ones are growing really well & we've had our first meal from them this year. I was going to give the space over for a couple of chickens but I've vetoed that idea much to Mikes relief as Rocky hound has a hissy fit if a blackbird lands in the garden. He try's his hardest to catch a pigeon or blackbirds. I'm sure he has scared off the thrush. He puts up with the sparrows up to a point & I think the goldfinches scare him as they are very feisty. If I added a couple of chickens to the mix he would probably cry & try his hardest to eat one so an asparagus bed it is. I've ordered some plants not crowns from Victoriana Nursery 5 purple & five green along with some samphire seeds.

On my travels I've also bought/purchased a lemon, orange & lime trees (little bushes really) & a sweet potato plant. The sweet potato plants were on sale at our local nursery for £1.49 & they had three varieties.

The greenhouse will be rather full of exotics this year I fear! I've already got some okra in there.

Take care & have a lovely day x

33 comments:

  1. I do feel for you, I remember having our extension done and was without a kitchen then, it's a nightmare. I think you're wise to forget about the chickens with Rocky about, either he'd end up upset or they would.

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  2. I feel for you re: the kitchen upheaval. I used my daughter's room for kitchen storage when she was in university too ... and she came back home before I had it finished, so a bit frustrating. Here it's not normal to have your washing machine in the kitchen, so that wasn't affected. I love the old stone walls you have under the plaster. Wouldn't it be great to have some exposed! Maybe it's not as pretty in real life ;) Your garden & greenhouse plans sound exciting! My pets govern a lot of what we do and do not do in this household as well. Another reason why I say "no more pets" to my kids.
    Wendy

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    1. We could have a utility room on the side but to be honest I prefer it in the kitchen. The dining part will have the brick wall left exposed. I'm looking forward to it being finished

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  3. Oh no. I can fully understand the scream. Any work being done on kitchens or bathrooms is awful to live with but just wait until it's finished. It will be so worthwhile. X

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  4. It will be worth it all in the end, despite all the inconvenience. The garden sounds a real delight, I have never attempted asparagus, yet it is one of my favourite veggies. We had a lemon and orange tree, the pot variety for patios but alas they didn't do very well here at all, too much wind I think.

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  5. It will be fab when its finished, but I know how you feel. We replaced our kitchen in our last house ourselves and it was ages before it was finished. Make shift kitchen in the dining room and bbq for cooking outside, lucky it was summer and warm!

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  6. I feel for you, deeply!
    This Mike is finishing off the study around me as we speak. It is up there with all of life's great stressors.

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  7. Its not just the chaos its the dust it gets everywere and never seems to stop coming, when our last kitchen was being done, I went a year ith n kitchen sink just a stand pipe and use to rinse the plates before putting food on them, I feel for you its the worse room in the house to renovate but will be worth it in the end :-)

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  8. Refurbs always seem a great idea in the planning phase don't they. I can remember having a kitchen done a number of years back and I completely lost it one evening I just couldn't look at the chaos anymore. I wouldn't mind but as D pointed out they were about to start putting all the cabinets back in by then and he couldn't understand why I was so stressed with it.all. I know our kitchen is going to have be done at some point but for now I'll just keeping closing my mind to it.

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  9. You've been very busy in the garden.

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  10. With that lot going on I would retreat to the garden as well.

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  11. Could Rob not sleep in a tent until the refurb is done? I'm sure the weather will buck up (eventually......)

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  12. I'm sure that it'll all be worth in the end, and mean time
    at least you have a garden to take refuge in.
    You too, and thanks. Flighty xx

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  13. oh that cooker is beautiful though! :)
    new follower from TheUndomesticDiva :)

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  14. just think of your finished kitchen, and spend all your time in the garden until then.

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  15. Home renovations are no fun. I've never done a kitchen but I lived through the most agonizing bathroom reno in the history of the world (I'm exaggerating, but only slightly), so you definitely have my sympathy. What a nice oven you have now! Wow. I'm glad you can expend some stress in the garden; it sounds like everything is doing beautifully so far. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

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  16. Oh dear. We are planning to do our kitchen next year. I'm already dreading it. Seriously I'd rather move house. Actually that may be a little over dramatic, but you know what I mean.
    Leanne xx

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  17. Eeeek! We did a big refurb on ours when we moved in - walls knocked down, that sort of thing, it took months in all and for three weeks we only had a microwave. Gotta say, it was tough at the time but oh-so-worth-it! X

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  18. Hang on in there, it will all be worth it in the end. In the meantime, lots of eating out and takeaways and supper with friends. Asparagus is a very good thing to grow, I love mine, down at the allotment. Citrus plants are some of my favourites, I think I'll get a lime one day, they're so pretty, and I love anything lemon and lime in cooking.

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  19. It will be soooooo worthwhile, mine took one month from start to finish. I recommend an outside tap, a kettle and a washing up bowl and a microwave for when you get fed up of eating out. Oh yes and a sense of humour. But I did have the washing machine plumbed in throughout, going without that would have tipped me over the edge.

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  20. Oh no! It will be worth it in the end :)

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  21. Nothing worse than having building work and trying to live amongst it!
    As for the garden, every year I'm going to plant asparagus and every year I don;t get round to it!

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  22. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, it was lovely to see you there. Oh dear, I remember what renovations are like, I'm not surprised you sought refuge in the garden, they are such a calming place. It will all be lovely when it's finished. Hx

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  23. I had a whole house like your kitchen for three years when my children were little! Our uni one is back next Tuesday and I too will lose my handy storage!! It's worth it tho xxx

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  24. Kitchen replacement work is tough to live with as there is so much to find a space to store. I'm sure al will be worth it in the end,

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  25. I'm sure your kitchen will be wonderful when it's all done. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

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  26. At least you have the dishwasher ..... when our kitchen was out all I had was the shower and a plastic bowl.

    It'll be worth it in the end .... HAHA that's what everyone is constantly telling me about our outside building work. Isn't it annoying when they keep saying that when you are living through the dust, noise and mess !!

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  27. We went through the whole kitchen thing a few years back and it was just so crazy an disruptive. You will be so thrilled when it is all sparking new.
    Hang in there,
    Meredith

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  28. We are in exactly the same position at the moment, except that we now have a washing machine plumbed in temporarily. We have stored much of our kitchen things in our two oldest's rooms, but they will be back from uni before it's all finished. Washing up in the bathroom is wearing a little thin now, and we have resorted to paper plates. Good thing it's summer so we're eating lots of salads. Still, it'll all be worth it in the end! I call it indoor camping :)
    Cathy x

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  29. I feel for you with your kitchen...we had ours done 12 years ago and I think I still have fresh woulds from it.....having said that it is well worth it in the end!! I tried growing orange and lemon trees once but they died off over the winter ...I don't think I insulated them enough to be honest but I didn't try again as I don't really like to have to fuss over things in the garden when the colder weather is coming up so I am now sticking to stuff that will thrive no matter what the UK throws at us!!

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  30. Oh dear, but it will be worth it in the end. Looks like it's gin o'clock at your house in the meantime :-/ x

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  31. The greenhouse and your plates ... it all sounds yummy!

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    1. Oops, I hit publish too soon, that should continue ... just as soon as your kitchen is sorted, you poor kitchenless soul. You must be made of stern stuff, I'd be saying more than aghh!

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