I’ve started painting the kitchen in earnest. Isn’t it strange the difference just a coat of paint makes? because it’s just a veneer really isn’t it? But it makes such a difference when something’s decorated well. The place feels calmer, more organised, makes me more likely to think what can I do next? It actually makes you feel better. Simple is best I think, I don’t like clutter and there’s a lot of it about at the moment.

So I’m doing it in stages, one wall at a time, it’s looking good, but it’s difficult. I’ve just had to buckle down to it and to be perfectly honest, the kids have watched a lot of TV over the past couple of days. But we always try to get some outdoor time too and today, it was around 4 pm but we were out.

We went up on the field at the back, it was a little drizzly and misty but it was gorgeous, especially after being inside all day painting/playing/watching TV. The kids were running about with the dog on the field, I sorted the chickens out fairly quickly, they didn’t need cleaning out, so it was just a matter of checking the feed and then I was on the field too. Taking a deep breath of air and listening to the quiet.

The kids were hilarious, trying to get the dog to drop his ball but chasing him round, so he just kept running off. J runs everywhere, he’s really fast, he loves running, it’s really lovely to watch him.

Then we were back in, the fire was lit, tea was put on and Chris came home. Tomorrow there will be more painting, I’m on a roll now, it needs finishing. Not sure how long it will take though.

The major bit of work has yet to be done though, this is only painting, it will probably be next year sometime, but Chris is going to weld some units, probably out of steel (the frame anyway), so that’ll definitely be exciting. There’s no units or cupboards in the kitchen at the moment, just a cooker (well two cookers, a range and an electric one), freezer, washing machine and a sink, so it’ll be great!

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