Friday, 25 January 2013

Latest furniture projects.....

Some of my pre-Christmas acquisitions - the wardrobe from a house clearance shop, the dresser from the auction, and the little cupboard from freecycle.
I can't wait to see how they will turn out!

Edit, April 2013.
Just thought I'd add the 'after' shots to this blog post....don't they look fab?

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Snow Goose & a broody hen...

Loving the snow-geese at the moment.  They are such a family - always looking after each other and they seem to feel affection and loyalty - it's beautiful.  Lucy is blind in one eye and finds it hard to see which way to go but they never leave her behind.  On the pond she stands on the bank and watches Jube (the gosling) while he splashes madly.  Juicey (the old gander....30 plus years) leads the way and is the great protector.  I can't wait for them to start laying again, so we can try hatching some more.

With Ian away on a course in Rural Leadership for two weeks, this activity has been an important part of life this week since coming back from France.  The rayburn devours a wheelbarrow of logs a day in the cold weather. 

The biggest delight this week was finding a certain small chicken who I hadn't seen since last Thursday.  She disappeared and I feared she might have become dinner for Mr F.   However ... it seems they have been laying more than we thought...... and not in the normal nesting box.  She has gone broody and is sitting on 17 brown and white eggs! Bless her little chicken socks.

Yes, that is our outside eco-loo - they've been going under the door and hopping in the sawdust bucket to lay their eggs - the perfect spot!

Love painting!!

I'm so excited about painting all the old furniture I've been gathering over the last few months.  I can't stop going to auctions, junk and charity shops and even the tip (in Hampshire) to find bits and pieces that need their lives saving.  In Somerset it's frustrating that a lot of stuff still gets buried in landfill, but perhaps more local authorities will see the light and do what Hampshire does.  They either have a shed on site where anything with any life left in it goes for sale to the public, or it gets donated to charities who sell it in their shops.  Great idea - specially as I can load my car up when I go and visit Cilla in Bishops Waltham.

Despite clearing out the old kitchen to use as a workshop for all this industry, and even putting the old woodburner back in, it is too cold this week to be out there, so I've turned the back room into a paint studio.

And I'm pleased to say I have finally relented and bought some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax.  I've been holding out and trying to use up various ends of tins I already had (my goodness paint costs a bomb) but I couldn't resist any longer.  The bookcase below is Paris Grey - a very bad photo in electric light but the paint is FAB.  So easy to use and no primer needed!  Plus it looks old almost as soon as it goes on.  That bookcase by the way was shiny mahogany colour with water damage from being under a leak in the tip shed in Hampshire.  Love it!

I finally finished my old chairs.  They've been hanging around for about 10 years waiting for some tlc.  They had retro chocolate brown plastic seats and sticky varnish on the oak frames.  Offcuts from my kitchen curtains make great cow parsley seats.  Somehow painting them accentuates the lovely shape of the legs and the backs, but I can't decide if I like cream or black.