Thanks to everyone who left such lovely comments on my last post. We've been pretty swamped here of late, but it was lovely to hear such wise and kind words. You're all awesome.
I thought a little progress check on the house could be in order. We put the Butler's sink in place yesterday, just to see what it looked like.
The VJs and ceilings are looking... like they need to be painted. The charm of the old pastel boards is slightly compromised by the nice newness of the cabinets.
What had looked ethereal and quaint now just looks old and dirty.
You can start to get a better idea of the space and layout now. This was taken standing in what will be my study, looking down the kitchen to the pantry.
However, it occurred to me I may have given a slightly overly optimistic view of where we're at, renovation wise. By just focusing on the big kitchen/living/dining area, I've perhaps not shown how much work there still is to do through the rest of the house.
The bathroom, for example, currently looks like this.
The sitting room looks like this - all unpolished floorboards and dust and items we don't have space for in Little House.
No one is looking forward to sanding and painting all these VJs. Absolutely no one.
And our big old verandah, which one day will (hopefully) be the place we can recline with books and a g&t or three, is STILL enclosed - although quite a useful storage place.
I will spare you the rest of the house. None of it's much better.
This is like that point where you decide to Spring clean and then pull everything out of the cupboards and then look at the piles of crap on the floor and just decide to go out instead because it's all a bit overwhelming.
And then you get home later and you kick all the crap under the bed because you've had a couple of drinks and can't be bothered dealing with it, and then three months later it's all still under the bed and it's not even Spring any more.
Thank God for the relative clean and quiet of Little House, is all I can say.