It is with sad news that we have to report the demise of our favorite festive decoration - the tasteless, weird fiber optic christmas tree with the strange baubles that made an odd grinding sound.
It hailed from our days in Liverpool, in the flat, and it was neither attractive nor calming, but we loved it so. It was love at first sight when we saw it the Renshaw's hardware and it took us ages of stalking to finally get one. It has illuminated many a window in the years since - broadcasting to everyone we have little taste when ti comes to Christmas decorations.
It probably lasted 10 years and I doubt anything like it's magnificence will ever be seen again in our home.
And since our wedding was in the early days of Facebook, back when photo albums had a limit of 60 photos to an album for the first time ever all of our photos are in one place - we haven't actually gotten around to getting all of the physical photos in one place yet ;)
A lot's happened in 10 years - and I'm looking forward to kicking back tonight and watch Rich Hall at the Gatehouse, picking up a pizza on the way home and enjoy it with a bottle of fizz as is our tradition - since that's how we were still partying at 3am on the evening of our wedding. This was before we got up the next morning, heading back to our flat and serving up breakfast to everyone.
Such a happy day, surrounded by friends and family - not all of them with us still - so it's lovely to have this record of that sunny, breezy day in the city we loved, surrounded by people that loved us.
The garden has needed a tidy and some love for while now, so since the kitchen and bathroom have both been done - and we've had some spare time over Easter with the boy in nursery we've cracked on with phase 1 - reclaiming land and lawn edging. Inspired by this Pinterest pin
We've used wood gathered from various projects as lawn edging - we looked at the rolled wood stuff or the bamboo stuff and none of it seemed like us -and there's quite a bit of lawn to edge. So a bonus that it was free asides from a couple of tester pots to liven it up.
I also wanted to sort out the seating a little bit - we do have quite a big table and chairs, but often that's a bit big for a glass of wine and some nibbles.
so the ever talented Mr. Wearn used some scaffolding planks left over from the kitchen bookshelf to make us a garden bench.
and we've added an Asda bistro set to have a smaller set up in the area we've reclaimed from a giant bush, unused mini greenhouse and hacking back the sage.
Phase 2 involves painting the fences and shed and reseeding the lawn - but I did also unearth some pots I can use out in the front garden too. Now we just need some sunshine.
As the annual St. David's Day picture tradition is strong in school across Wales, but we don't live in Wales, I always make a point of taking a photo of Brit, in a relevant top (and it appears blue jeans) every year.
This years photo
Super handily for us the new Primark in town randomly had Welsh flag t-shirts in so I didn't have to scour the internet or hope Pete was gigging in Wales at some point before March the 1st.
We're on the home straight now, walls are painted (with a few bits left to sort) and the brilliant white sets off the tiles fantastically - and the art from Quantum Prints looks fantastic
Last bits of painting, the skirting, the shelves for the alcove (and Pete was so proud he only needed to buy one bit of wood, since his wood hoarding has paid off) and a cabinet to hold towels etc so Saturday hold a trip to IKEA on it's cards to buy either this one
or this one
(if you have a preference let me know on twitter - I'm too tired to make any more decisions)
So, the fitters were all done and dusted just before Christmas - the bath & shower combo, sink and toilet are all in and working - and we've been getting used to the space a little bit more. We've plumped for two shower curtains and some of the excellent Croydex Press'N'Lock products to make it usable - the joy of having tiles everywhere is the suction pads work really well. They look smart too.
So now we just need to paint it, add shelves into the alcove and add skirting boards and a linen cupboard of sorts but the difference in the space, and the feel of the room is amazing.