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One Room at a Time

I’m not sure if this is “nesting” of just a frustration at the state of the house boiling over, but I have embarked on a mission! I’m going to go through the house and clean/organize/tidy one room at a time. I started with the smallest room in the house – the tiny front porch – so I would feel successful right away, and then yesterday I tackled the living room. Both of these rooms were relatively simple, compared with what is to come. The focus is to make things tidy and functional, so that everything has its place. There are rooms I would love to redecorate but to be honest at this point, clean and tidy almost constitutes redecorating, so I’m settling for that, though I try to add a few nice touches here and there.

As I move through the house I’m trying to make good decisions about things that we do not want/need anymore. Inevitably things will get shifted from room to room a bit, but hopefully by the time I’m finished I will have identified all the things that do not belong/have no use and they can be dealt with the appropriate manner. Sounds very organized, doesn’t it? The trick, of course, is to make sure each room I’ve tackled STAYS is good order. (hence the desire to make sure I find places for everything and am not just superficially tidying)

Ok, I realize this is much less interested to you than it is to me, but I felt I should mention it because it’s going to be taking up a fair bit of my time and there will likely be some project offshoots that I will want to share here (I’m already plotting something with the house plants) so I hope you bear with me.

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Good Cheer Print

Print of Good Cheer. It’s a work in progress as I don’t have any proper printing paper and am having a little trouble pulling a good print on computer paper, but you get the gist! I have to post something as I’ve been away all week (you can probably guess where) and this space has been pretty quiet.

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Introducing “Good Cheer”

Introducing “Good Cheer” our new, old house. We are, without a doubt, in love.

We spent a fabulous four days there, wandering about with big grins on our faces. We had next to no furniture but that mattered not one bit and the nearby family provided a splendid picnic that was a wonderful welcome. Please indulge me……

Food prep in the kitchen.

Our packing crate table, with the first supper.

The “studio/workshop” and “daisy mound” seen through the kitchen door.

The “barn”. Perhaps truthfully a small shed, but it is a barn for us.

And a bit of knitting on the only wet morning.

Hidden treasures. Somewhere, under all that grass.

I’m still smiling at the pictures…..can’t wait to go back.

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Soon to be ours

A house in the country. Soon to be OUR house in the country. I can hardly believe it. Even on a grey day it looks lovely. (In fact, it was raining, so I had to rush a photo. Trust me though, it is beautiful.) At this point we have jumped all the house-buying hurdles, and are now just waiting for closing day, a little less than a month away. In a way I’m sure it will not feel altogether real until we have the key in our hands!

This lovely house is 180 years old and has been lovingly cared for by the previous owners. It is a short 11 minutes drive to Annapolis Royal and sits on a beautiful piece of property with two outbuildings. Buying a house is a big decision, but it wasn’t a hard one because this house felt so right. When you see a good thing…… Plus, this is the dream! But for those who are wondering, no, we are not moving anytime in the near future. Someday it will be our full-time home, but for now we will have to content ourselves with the summer, weekends and holidays. Still, I think it will be wonderful.

I will doubtlessly be posting a lot about this house. For one thing, it calls for some major making and crafting. I’m even thinking I need to take up carpentry and build some furniture! And learning about country life  is going to be a journey in itself. But I’ll try to hold back a bit until I’ve got that key (that cute skeleton key) in my hand.

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