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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…

Renovations - Week Ten

A Syrian lantern we bought in Aleppo.

Things are coming together and my list of things to decide has changed into a list of things to schedule. I think we're on the down hill slope. The painting is still going on, but should be finished soon.

The porch looks great, it's rebuilt, repainted and with the new tempered glass panels it feels like an entirely reclaimed space. I LOVE the bright blue led lights on the steps and the reeded glass overhead.

Lighting in the newly painted bedroom.

The bathroom is coming together. The marble floor looks great and  I love the marble window sill. The marble fabricator cut the vanity top, two thresholds and three shelves from a single small slab.

So what is on the downward slope? Small details like hardware, door handles and towel bars. Chris also has to put in the new electrical plugs and dimmer switches as well as installing the last few lights. The largest outstanding projects are repairing the back porch and installing the windows in the dining room.

At this stage we can see the improvements coming together daily. The shower has been measured for the frameless glass doors and we have estimates to install the mirrors and stain and refinish the floors. There should be  a lot of progress in in the next two weeks.