Home Improvements: It’s only the beginning…

My boyfriend and I have recently moved in to our own home, a house which we have bought with our own pennies! One which we can do what we like with and don’t have some crazy landlord ready to kill us…. Our first port of call was to get a new boiler.. ta-dah! Done that, big tick. Which then leads us on to the ghastly sight that is out utility room (see above)


I plan to make this room very clean and serene, so doing the laundry doesn’t seem such a daunting task. Please be aware that if you are following my blog for DIY tips or to watch some magical restoration work in the space of a month it ain’t gonna happen. We’ve been in our new house since November 2015 and all we’ve done so far is get a new boiler and put some plasterboard in the utility room. I say ‘we’, I mean the handy man we hired to do it for us πŸ™‚

Here is the utility room all nicely plaster boarded. Within the next few weeks it will hopefully be transformed in to a beautiful blue washing haven πŸ™‚

I admire our enthusiasm regarding all the work that needs doing, take for instance our afternoon in the garden today. We’d been and bought some shiny new gardening tools and so we’re all set to clear it all out and make it look perfect. (Obviously not in one afternoon, we know it will take time) We were out there for 2 hours, we’ve ripped a couple of plants up and we’d already decided we’d get a man in to tidy up the big trees.

The conversations regarding the garden have escalated over the last few weeks, something along the lines of;

“We can do most of this ourselves, we just need the big trees cutting right back, lets get a gardener to do that” Β Then suddenly to this after pottering in the garden for a couple of hours.

“Wow it’s really hot”

“Yeah, do you want to just pay someone to do the lot”?

“Yeah. Do you want a cup of tea”?

Our plan is to have a vegetable patch down the right hand-side of the first photograph and have a lawn area to the left. Then in the second photo that is the top of a 4-tiered garden, pretty awkward! We’re just going to clear it all and put in some dinosaur plants (you know the ones I mean) and create some kind of rockery.



The top area here above the shed is where we’re hoping to have a herb garden, we’re not even sure if it’s the best place for that…we have no clue when it comes to gardens so any tips or suggestions are very welcome!

There is one thing we managed ourselves! We built a shed and even managed to get the grumpy 12 year old to help us paint it! The shed is awesome, it needs customising in some way but the finishing touches can wait… I have no idea what will be in the next installment of our Home Improvement but I’m hoping it involves some blue paint or a cleared garden!


Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing πŸ™‚

‘Blind faith is no way to run a world’ – Victor Stenger



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