Gosh, how much do I love Spring time?
I knew it was going to be a warm day, so on Sunday we headed out to Mottisfont. It was such a simple pleasure to see the children running wild in the open space, arms outstretched, free.
So much is going on. Miss K and Little L are back at school after the Spring break. Miss K is doing so very well in school, it's amazing to see her blossom. I'm starting to see glimpses of the young woman she will become. Serious, funny, caring, studious. Not simply taking the lead from others, but having the courage to do what she thinks is right. Little L is still busy settling in and finding her own way away from her mama. It's tough being five. She feels like she's a 'big girl' now but still finds herself wanting to be that little girl again. This is how she was at four.
We're very,very slowly working on our little cottage, two cracked panes of original glass are being hacked out of the sash windows in the master bedroom and replaced this coming weekend. It's sad to see the panes go, with their little bubbles and marks. We still have all the rest of the original glass left in the other sashes though.
A joiner is coming to assess our stairway as we would like the current staircase removed, the position of the stairway to be moved by 180 degrees, and a new staircase built with understairs storage. As we're a family of four living in 540 sq ft, we need really good understairs storage. Our vacuum cleaner currently has no where to be stored. And we have no where to hang coats. That's one of the challenges of family life and small space living, working out where things go. So things are gradually happening and we're busy planning the order things need to be done:
- Staircases alterations.
- Woodburner installed.
- Carpet lifted and wooden floors stripped.
- Re-plastering in every single room.
- Decorate every single room.
- Fit new kitchen.
I wish everything was going to be super easy and super quick, but I know this really will take time. It's going to be a gradual project as we simply do not have the money to fix this little terraced cottage up all at once.
Maybe there's a beauty in the anticipation? That's what I try and tell myself anyway. There's fun in the dreaming and planning.