Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Bless This House


One of the reasons I’ve been absent from blogging  of late, is that we’ve had quite a big building project going on. I’ve no complaints about the guys working here, they’ve been great, but you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs and you certainly can’t knock an old house about without some disruption, noise and dust. It’s a scheme of works we’ve been planning for a long time

Construction gets in your head space, making decisions and sourcing everything from light switches to windows, gobbles up a vast amount of time  energy and money.

We’ve tried to chose our building materials carefully, recycling where ever possible,


trying to do justice to the existing building. In addition we’ve been bringing insulation up to a higher standard.  Here is Rocky the cockerel checking out the acoustics and the under floor heating ( which is heated by  ground source heat pump).

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I was pleased when I found that we got to the ‘soft stuff,’  curtains, furniture, pot plants even. I went shopping at Ikea, at the checkout, I helped the Chinese couple in front of me in the queue to find the ubiquitous and ever useful Ikea ‘big blue bags’ I must have earned myself some good karma, for in return they explained that the house plant I had in my trolley was good feng shui for our home, and that it would bring us good fortune.

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All I can say is it certainly seems to be flourishing

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and I am indeed fortunate to have such a beautiful space, Spud and Jammy agree.

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Bless This House

  1. Oh underfloor heating and a ground source heat pump. Oh, oh, envy.

  2. It’s good to see you starting to see light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. The last picture made me smile. xx

  3. Wow, is it finished now? It looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to viewing it soon. I can imagine how this room makes the rest of the house feel – tired and asking for a makeover. It’s never ending, isn’t it?

  4. Ahem – hovering the pointer over one of those photos makes me think that another editorial slip might have occurred.

    It’s a very long shot but might “Bubble” be missing . . .

  5. Building anything can consume your life and picking out all those dreaded odds and ends seems fun but turns into a challenge. My sister has been dealing with a year of delayed construction due to neighbors and environmental issues, so I understand your pain. I’ve been eyeing that very same house plant from ikea and you just gave me the excuse to purchase it. Your home looks nice & cozy, I hope its all done!

    • The dust will be with us for a while, as the floor screed can’t be tiled for a few weeks yet. We are trying to keep it down with dust sheets, but we must allow the floor to ‘breath’! the plant is thriving, it must have nearly doubled its ‘canopy’ I hauled it in to the shower to wash the dust off, next time it gets a wash down, it was a bit of a squeeze: I think it will need to be outside with the garden hose

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