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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Our Lovely Home...

At the beginning of week two all the plaster has gone and there are no walls or ceilings. The contractor was right it is quick to pull it all down!





When we looked up and saw all this space in the attic we couldn't resist a cathedral ceiling, the impulse buy of this renovation. Here you can see it as the new framing and insulation goes in...



Here's our claw foot tub in the living room! By the end of week three the sheetrock has gone up in the bedroom and bathroom, the place looks like a giant grey padded cell.


As you can see there's no room for the bath in the bathroom which is still down to the studs. The blue tape marks an alcove that will be below the window.


We've survived three weeks of renovations and things are coming along quickly. It's a Saturday and the roofer and plasterer are working which seems amazing, I'm beginning to think this might all be finished on time,  or perhaps I'm deluded?!!

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