Holiday Clear Up


I woke up at 6am this morning and by half past the decorations were all boxed up! This happens every year, as I love to get everything back to normal on New Years Day.

The box of decorations ^ + a red robin is everything we decorated with this year. We didn’t have a tree – baubles went in bowls instead – after giving it away during our move. If anyone is interested in how we store things in our small home, this box + the robin, are kept under a bed in a storage bag. It’s not ideal but it works for now.

cleaning at the sink

I also took the opportunity to wash a few decorative objects and tidy up my plants as everything seemed really dusty.

Ok, that’s enough about cleaning! I’m off to catch up on my blog reading. Have a lovely rest of the day.

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Sad news

Hello. Just a little note to explain my temporary absence from this space.

Last Sunday evening my Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 84 and after the last few years of deteriorating health, it is a blessing that he went this way. The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity and sadness, and of course blogging has been the last thing on my mind, but I will be back very soon. I hope you are all keeping well ♥


Around the home

Hello! I think it’s safe to say the whole house moving thing caught up with me this weekend and I had to take a little time out. Boy did I feel whacked! Anyway I feel normal again this morning and eager to get on with everything that needs doing around here………mainly house updates and money-saving :)

First up the laundry room cupboard!

One of the first things we did last week was remove the broken washer dryer and replace it with a new one. We’d asked the seller to remove the appliance, but of course he didn’t!

I wasn’t sure about getting a washer dryer, but purchased one just in case we need it during the winter months. I don’t want to use the dryer function if I can help it, so we’ll see how it goes.

laundry room
Before and after (so far)

Over the coming weeks we plan to add shelving above the machine for laundry items (of course) and a mini stockpile – loo rolls, toothpaste etc.

Window handles.

We had two handles to repair. The one pictured below, that fell off when I closed it last week, and another that wasn’t locking correctly. We wanted to fix them pretty quickly as ventilation is so important in such a small place.

window handles
I had no idea you could replace these yourself, but after a little research I realised how easy it was. I bought a two pack of Yale standard handles from Homebase for £13.99 (they may be cheaper elsewhere but it’s the only one store I could walk to) and hey presto, working, locking windows!

Water & Electricity

This apartment comes with a water meter and a pay as you go electricity meter. I’m pleased about the water meter as this should save us money in the long run (they’ve estimated our bill at £23 a month, half the price of our old house), but the electricity will be getting changed as soon as possible as it’s more expensive to pay this way. We can’t get it changed just yet though as they have to see how we run the account first. This is despite us being with this company for about five years (with no problems) previously. One good thing about it is seeing how much electricity (in pounds) you use everyday – it’s slightly obsessive though!

I think that may be it for this slightly random post. I’m off to do a freezer inventory and make a meal plan for the rest of the month as I’ve been slightly slacking in this area!