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To try and create beautiful living areas where things are a bit boring and drab.

Guesthouse reno.

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Guesthouse cottage from my back patio.

Hi! I’m still around, would you believe!! 😁

You can be forgiven for thinking or hoping ( 😉 ) that I’ve thrown in the towel on blogging, but sorry, no.

I’ve been busier than I’ve been in a very long time, and just did not have the time to sit and chat to you and download pictures. I also realized how much time blogging takes up, because it is not only about the writing, it is also reading and commenting on the blogs you follow. I did get behind – way behind! And it is difficult to catch up.

The guesthouse is still not a 100% done, but like I mentioned in the previous blog, the one unit is completely comfortable and livable – just a few things I still feel I want to do to add to the overall charm and comfort. The second unit is still some way from being finished. Oi…

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the changes and the progress. I tried to give you some reference points so you can figure out what I’ve done.

Before : Counter between kitchen and dining area.
The counter built up, dining area now a kitchen/diner.
Nook behind the door – previously the linen and storage cupboard’s place.
Now the washing up nook.
Previously: the kitchen – lots of wasted space.
Now: Bedroom and bathroom.

So, those are the big changes!

The previous bedroom is now the whole second unit, and is the one that is still a work in progress, and I’ll update you later on that. To end up with, a picture or two of the living area.

Previously: The view from the kitchen. Lots and lots of wasted space.
Now: the view from the bedroom entrance towards the rest of the unit.

That’s it folks!

This is what has been keeping me busy lately, and it is not done yet. This coming week, I want to push for the second unit. By the end of the week, I want it done and listed for occupation. Let’s hold thumbs for that…🤞🏻

I apologize for not reading and commenting as regularly as I usually do, hopefully that will change again soon. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Still eating dust, and anybody else out there who’s had enough?

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Nothing to do with my post, but a little island of calm in a mad world.
Photo by Dario Fernandez Ruz on Pexels.com

Yip.

Although things have moved along a bit with the alterations on the guesthouse, we are still eating dust, listening to noise and living in chaos.

I can see things changing drastically within about two working days (I really, really hope it does), but for now everything still feels crazy and uncomfortable.

I am upset about how we are all being manipulated by our governments. I am not a puppet on strings, and I cannot remember giving anyone the right to decide for me how I should live my life. Initially I thought it was a good idea to be cautious about this virus that seemed to have taken the world by storm, but now things are just plain ridiculous. At which point do you decide to return life to normal? Because at this rate it is never going to happen. How can you continuously close everything down every time a few more people get the virus? There are reports from all over about how unreliable the tests are for a start. The tests are unreliable, the vaccines are not safe, nobody seems to know for how long they will protect you, or if it is safe for pregnant women, older people, or anyone for that matter. Yet still nothing can return to normal. Businesses must continue to close down. People must continue to lose their jobs.

And yet, we accept all this without a word of protest, as if it is the way it should be…

Do you know the parable about the frogs? If you put them in cold water, make a fire under the pot, they will not even realize that they are in water that is constantly getting hotter and hotter, until they are cooked – and then it is too late.

Oi…a scary, scary thing to allow others to make all these decisions for us, don’t you think?

CHAOS !!!

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This is where I would much rather be right now….Photo by Dario Fernandez Ruz on Pexels.com

I have no time to write!

I am going to quickly try and sneak in a few words, though.

We are busy building and changing the guesthouse, and it is chaos!! Noise, dust, dirt, stuff everywhere! I do not know if I should laugh or cry.

Eeeeekkkk!!!!
And even more eeeeeeeeekk…

I cannot do my washing anymore, because the only washing machine I’ve got is the one in the guesthouse, and they have now turned off the water to do the plumbing of the new bathroom. Eeeeek!!! There is not going to be space for the washing machine in there anymore, and there is no space for it in my house (weird I know, but true.). So until we’ve figured out a new plan, we are a bit screwed.

And I’m back – after having to run out again for something.

So, I’m not going to chat with you now, but wish me luck please, and also hold thumbs that my sanity doesn’t escape somewhere where I can’t find it…

Happy days are here again.

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A scene between Villiersdorp and Grabouw in the Western Cape.

A new week has begun.

And I am a happy camper at the moment! 🙂 My significant other arrived Friday evening around 8 pm., and we’ve had a busy weekend of looking for and buying some of the fittings needed for the reno of the guesthouse, as well as exploring and visiting a ‘new’ town (this time one of the oldest towns in the country, Tulbagh, ca. 1699) one of our favourite pastimes. We also managed to fit in a quick visit to my son. The weekend flew by!

Having lunch with Daisy at Hussar Grill in Paarl.

The builders have arrived, and they are just about to start doing some of the walls that need to go up to change the one guest cottage into two separate units. Happy days! I am at once very excited and very nervous. I’m quite sure it’s the right thing to do, so I’m hoping that we manage to do everything in the time I’ve allowed for it, and that we don’t have too many hitches in the completion of the task. And most of all, I’m hoping that everything looks professional and beautiful when we’re done – I don’t want anything to look scruffy and rushed.

I’ve once again realized that life is so much more fun if you don’t have to do it on your own. Sharing the everyday things with someone just makes things so much more manageable and less daunting.

There is a definite change in the air – autumn is well and truly here! I love having to cover up, especially at night. Being too hot to sleep has never been my favourite thing, so snuggling in under the duvet is a treat and a half!

Vine leaves turning red on my son’s veranda.

Good luck for the week ahead, I hope it meets your expectations! 🙂

Oh, so hungry!

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I am constantly hungry these days.

Darn.

It irritates me no end. And I cannot figure out why. I am having the hardest time to not nibble the whole freakin’ day! I love good food and I love eating, as I’ve told you before, but I’ve never been a person to eat all the time.

But when I’m hungry, I have to eat – ask my SO and people who know me well. I get soooooo irritated when I’m ravenous and I don’t get fed. I scowl, I snarl, I bite. I get intensely HANGRY. Feed me when I’m hungry, but definitely before I’m ravenous, and I’m all smiles. Mostly. Unless I’m irritated by something else.

This constant hunger is something else, though…

Maybe it’s psychological, not physical… 😉 😀

So, I am excited for Monday, because then we are starting the changes on the guesthouse! There are a few things we still have to figure out, but that’s the least of my worries – things will get done, and the builder reckons it will happen in 5 days’ time – I will be happy if it does, but I’m not holding my breath! I will keep you up to speed, with news and photographs.

Remember the last time I talked about this reno, one of the issues was colour schemes? And I said that normally I see an item I fall in love with, and that determines the colour scheme of a room? Well, I found the item(s) that decided it for me! In the one room, that is. I wonder if I should give you a sneak peek? Maybe just a peek…

Yes, it was the mugs that did it for me! What do you think?

The Cat. Oh, The Cat.

He still doesn’t eat. I’m not sure how he is still alive. He really eats a few dry pellets a day, and like I said the previous time, he licks the wet food. How do I get him to eat? And he started peeing in the house, even with the back door and numerous windows open!!!! That’s not cool. I absolutely hate a house that reeks of cat pee. Can. Not. Happen. What to do, though?? Aaaaargggghhhh….

On a more positive note – my SO is driving down tomorrow to be here for a couple of weeks!! I am delighted, and counting the hours. 🙂

Hope you have a lovely day! 🙂