P has now got our friend Humph to help with the insulation and laying of the oak floor and thankfully things have seemed to motor along since. In fact by the end of next week I'm hoping we'll have got the electrics done and painted the room and can then consider moving the furniture back in! No doubt I'll be pleased with the finished result but at the moment it's all just taking too long.
|Last bit of the floor being taken out|
|Insulation being cut prior to being inserted between the joists|
|Insulation half finished|
However, life isn't without its compensations. We've had a glorious autumn and even now in the middle of November, there's enough in the garden to make me want to be out there.
|Seedheads of Japanese anemones|
|Abutilons seem to go on forever|
|Fat buds of the camellias developing for early spring blooms|
|Little cyclamen poking through the pebbles|
|Many consider this tiny calendula to be a weed, but it tries very hard and I haven't |
the heart to pull them all up...and their starry blue brightens up the garden
when there's little else.
|Potted geraniums are lasting well this year...|
|... even the less hardy ivy-leaved white ones|
|It's been so mild that the birds haven't eaten all the grapes yet|
|The hydrangeas are putting on a final show before going to sleep for the winter|
|There's even the odd Japanese anemone in bloom still|
|Winter jasmine starting to bloom for the holiday season|
|Had to throw this away last week after forgetting about it in the garden |
- thought you'd like to see our Halloween witch and her cat
|First scarf finished|
When Isabella and Ava saw the scarf, they loved it so much that I'm now knitting one each for them. Halfway through the first one I had a lightbulb moment. I realised that in all my years of knitting I've never worked on two identical pieces at the same time. I know some people work on two sleeves at the same time and also socks, but it had never occurred to me to try until now. So... I've got two scarves on my needles right now and enjoying it... eureka, you can teach an old dog new tricks!
|Yummy handmade birthday macaroons from Annabelle|