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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…

Renovation - Week Nine

I realize my home and travel blog is becoming all renovations all the time, sorry but that's the reality over here right now.

Today I went to the paint shop, again! Yes, they know me by name at the paint place, the tile shop, the plumbing supply company and the lighting store. I now know where to have your antique trim matched and all sorts of other things that are very useful right now.

So where's the progress report....
The floor is in and the tile is now finished in the bathroom, thank you Jeremy!
The painting has started, all of the trim is done and the colors have had their first coat in the bedroom, thank you Theo and Jonathan.
The porch has been rebuilt with a lovely new railing and newly poured concrete steps which will continue to "cure over the next few months, thank you Chris, Greg and Ryan!


Old windows going out, new railing on the porch going in.

Rebuilding the porch took a few days though we're still waiting for it to be painted which has been delayed by the rain. The new concrete steps  are dyed a taupe color which is slowly lightening. 


Greg moving the concrete by hand.

Perfecting the steps!

Adding a final waterproof coat in the bathroom before the floor tile went in.



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