Bad weather creates more work

After a really mild dry start to the winter, the weather has been horrible recently. Switching between freezing temperatures one day, and strong winds the next, all interspersed with a lot of rain. The rain is the worst, as it just makes everything and everyone so wet and muddy, especially Willow! We are thinking an outside shower is definitely going to make our lives easier for dog washing.

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Vegetable garden progress

Since we moved in we’ve been steadily getting the vegetable garden clear. This has been high-up on our priority list as we want to be ready to get planting as soon as the weather warms up. We’ve made good progress so far and spent the day out there today in the winter sunshine. A beautiful albeit rather chilly day.

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General garden maintenance

After a few weeks of rain it’s finally been dry for the last few days, and we’ve been trying to make the most of it. The sun was out today so the afternoon was spent outside having a general tidy up. There seems to be an incredible amount of small fallen branches around the property which all need picking up and we removed bricks and old logs from the temporary fire-pit we setup for bonfire night.

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The "allotment"

One of our requirements when looking at properties was enough outside space to be able to grow our own fruit and veg. We have a long term dream of being self sufficient as far as possible so this was especially important to us. At our old house in Hove we had a small but productive veg patch then took on an allotment with friends a few years ago from which we enjoyed a couple of great years and delicious produce. 

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Annexe Update

The annexe renovation is in full-swing and starting to take shape. Our incredible carpenter has been flat out creating a new stud wall for us to divide the room into two distinct areas. He has cleverly created shelving and room for a TV and sound system and his handiwork is just amazing. Walls have been batoned out, insulation put in, and woodwork prepped. 

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Renovating the Annexe

Last week we started work on the annexe. We spent two days stripping it back, removing the built-in furniture, taking apart the kitchen and bathroom. It’s hard to believe that someone was renting this place until very recently given its condition. Oh and the rats in the roof…

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A New Addition

Just four days after getting the keys and making the move into Mill House we picked up our delightful four legged friend Willow. She’s a ten week old golden doodle pup and is ready to join us on this adventure.

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