scottishlass: (Sewing house tools)
The past weekend was a long one for some of us here in G. as we celebrated carnival in some parts of this republic. Especially the Lower Rhine area is (in)famous for its Carnival festivities.
However, Hubby and I are not too keen on that whole humbug, so we got together with friends and cooked together, ate together, laughed and drank together. And had a potluck today at our house with the surplus from last night and afterwards we finally took the stained ceiling in the bathroom down.
I had nightmarish visions of lots of mildew and mold in the original ceiling but low and behold, only white old plaster with a beautiful but sadly destroyed plaster rosette appeared. No mildew, no black mold.

Now we have to find a way to close the ceiling again - the plaster could be restored but the tiles have been put on drywall standers and the plaster doesn't fit to the tiles :(
Anyway, I am so relieved, I cannot describe it in words.

YAY!!!!!!
scottishlass: (Sewing house tools)
The past weekend was a long one for some of us here in G. as we celebrated carnival in some parts of this republic. Especially the Lower Rhine area is (in)famous for its Carnival festivities.
However, Hubby and I are not too keen on that whole humbug, so we got together with friends and cooked together, ate together, laughed and drank together. And had a potluck today at our house with the surplus from last night and afterwards we finally took the stained ceiling in the bathroom down.
I had nightmarish visions of lots of mildew and mold in the original ceiling but low and behold, only white old plaster with a beautiful but sadly destroyed plaster rosette appeared. No mildew, no black mold.

Now we have to find a way to close the ceiling again - the plaster could be restored but the tiles have been put on drywall standers and the plaster doesn't fit to the tiles :(
Anyway, I am so relieved, I cannot describe it in words.

YAY!!!!!!
scottishlass: (Sewing house tools)
The past weekend was a long one for some of us here in G. as we celebrated carnival in some parts of this republic. Especially the Lower Rhine area is (in)famous for its Carnival festivities.
However, Hubby and I are not too keen on that whole humbug, so we got together with friends and cooked together, ate together, laughed and drank together. And had a potluck today at our house with the surplus from last night and afterwards we finally took the stained ceiling in the bathroom down.
I had nightmarish visions of lots of mildew and mold in the original ceiling but low and behold, only white old plaster with a beautiful but sadly destroyed plaster rosette appeared. No mildew, no black mold.

Now we have to find a way to close the ceiling again - the plaster could be restored but the tiles have been put on drywall standers and the plaster doesn't fit to the tiles :(
Anyway, I am so relieved, I cannot describe it in words.

YAY!!!!!!
scottishlass: (Sewing Christmas)
Gosh the last two days (including today) have been busy as I had this mad dash of inspiration and wanted to wrap up all the *you didn't finish them up in time so you can leave them till the new year* projects or at least get them off to a good start. But it was worth it :) The only thing I missed/forgot is to trim the tree LOL

But - all the walls in my sewing room are now white washed, the beams are a glistening dark brown and the dark awful looking doors to the built-in closet are now white and show off the wallpaper I put on two of the three doors to perfection. I was not too sure if my colour palette of grey, white and dusty pink would work, but it does. It looks fabulous and I'm so keen on putting up the rest of the shelves as well as the frames and my old Baroque mirror (which still needs fixing).

The whole house has been cleaned, dusted and cared for from top to bottom, even though I still need to wash the upstairs windows and I think I'm seeing the proverbial light at the end of a very deep, dark, and self-confessed tunnel. YAY!

Yesterday His Hubbiness ™ got a pre-birthday present (how very Sheldonesque) in form of a fleece sweater, then today, he got some camera gadgets and a board game. He also got a pre-Christmassy pressie today LOLbut I needed to move some stuff out of the way and instead of wrapping up some I gave it to him instead which he is now wearing with pride so everyone is happy. Just don't tell the Christkind or Santa LOL

I wish you all a Merry Christmas - eat, drink and be happy :)


4/5 of our idiot children :D
scottishlass: (Sewing Christmas)
Gosh the last two days (including today) have been busy as I had this mad dash of inspiration and wanted to wrap up all the *you didn't finish them up in time so you can leave them till the new year* projects or at least get them off to a good start. But it was worth it :) The only thing I missed/forgot is to trim the tree LOL

But - all the walls in my sewing room are now white washed, the beams are a glistening dark brown and the dark awful looking doors to the built-in closet are now white and show off the wallpaper I put on two of the three doors to perfection. I was not too sure if my colour palette of grey, white and dusty pink would work, but it does. It looks fabulous and I'm so keen on putting up the rest of the shelves as well as the frames and my old Baroque mirror (which still needs fixing).

The whole house has been cleaned, dusted and cared for from top to bottom, even though I still need to wash the upstairs windows and I think I'm seeing the proverbial light at the end of a very deep, dark, and self-confessed tunnel. YAY!

Yesterday His Hubbiness ™ got a pre-birthday present (how very Sheldonesque) in form of a fleece sweater, then today, he got some camera gadgets and a board game. He also got a pre-Christmassy pressie today LOLbut I needed to move some stuff out of the way and instead of wrapping up some I gave it to him instead which he is now wearing with pride so everyone is happy. Just don't tell the Christkind or Santa LOL

I wish you all a Merry Christmas - eat, drink and be happy :)


4/5 of our idiot children :D
scottishlass: (Sewing Christmas)
Gosh the last two days (including today) have been busy as I had this mad dash of inspiration and wanted to wrap up all the *you didn't finish them up in time so you can leave them till the new year* projects or at least get them off to a good start. But it was worth it :) The only thing I missed/forgot is to trim the tree LOL

But - all the walls in my sewing room are now white washed, the beams are a glistening dark brown and the dark awful looking doors to the built-in closet are now white and show off the wallpaper I put on two of the three doors to perfection. I was not too sure if my colour palette of grey, white and dusty pink would work, but it does. It looks fabulous and I'm so keen on putting up the rest of the shelves as well as the frames and my old Baroque mirror (which still needs fixing).

The whole house has been cleaned, dusted and cared for from top to bottom, even though I still need to wash the upstairs windows and I think I'm seeing the proverbial light at the end of a very deep, dark, and self-confessed tunnel. YAY!

Yesterday His Hubbiness ™ got a pre-birthday present (how very Sheldonesque) in form of a fleece sweater, then today, he got some camera gadgets and a board game. He also got a pre-Christmassy pressie today LOLbut I needed to move some stuff out of the way and instead of wrapping up some I gave it to him instead which he is now wearing with pride so everyone is happy. Just don't tell the Christkind or Santa LOL

I wish you all a Merry Christmas - eat, drink and be happy :)


4/5 of our idiot children :D
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
The following entry was supposed to be posted on September 1st ... so much has been happening I hadn't have the time to sit in front of the computer :s
Is it already a year since we moved into our little paradise in the country?
In the past 12 months I have made memories and experiences that have been both exhilarating and annoying, truly wonderful and deeply hurtful. But we persevere. We all do and with each little life that comes and goes, we strive on.
This slowness, this de-accelaration, it works for us. Especially for me as I have never been happier than on our little smallhold here.
September ... a year from now I wonder what will have happe4ned. Will I be busy doing all the things that I had already scheduled for this year and didn't get around doing because of the continued attack of the vicious chickens? Will my garden strive and be full of plentiful harvest or will it wither like it did this year because of the chickens?
The past year has offered many great experiences. We have become richer and wiser, but also a bit more lonely (in the winter) and much more secluded. Friends come and go, my great grandfather used to say, good friends stay. Well, I haven't had any good friends, or so it seems. During winter most of my so-called friends turned away because of little petty schemes from someone I had never thought would be so ruthless. But where doors close, windows open and since spring, as with the first blossoms on our apple trees, friendship has sprung and abounded. This village and it villagers are not so strange, so utterly different anymore. I know a lot of ppl now, and friendship slowly blossoming.
Over the past few weeks, ever since our anniversary of the move from D to B occurred, I've been thinking about all the things I've been and should have been grateful about. The garden ... our delicious potatoes even though they are quite small, the courgettes and tomatoes fresh from the garden. Did you know that lettuce freshly picked and eaten is actually SWEET????
Nothing to compare with the lettuce you get from the supermarket. The vitamins turn bitter once lettuce is picked. The wonder of eating freshly picked strawberries and tomatoes still warm from the sun is something I wish a lot more ppl can experience. Of course, it's more work. You need to find the time to tend, to grow, to weed.
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
The following entry was supposed to be posted on September 1st ... so much has been happening I hadn't have the time to sit in front of the computer :s
Is it already a year since we moved into our little paradise in the country?
In the past 12 months I have made memories and experiences that have been both exhilarating and annoying, truly wonderful and deeply hurtful. But we persevere. We all do and with each little life that comes and goes, we strive on.
This slowness, this de-accelaration, it works for us. Especially for me as I have never been happier than on our little smallhold here.
September ... a year from now I wonder what will have happe4ned. Will I be busy doing all the things that I had already scheduled for this year and didn't get around doing because of the continued attack of the vicious chickens? Will my garden strive and be full of plentiful harvest or will it wither like it did this year because of the chickens?
The past year has offered many great experiences. We have become richer and wiser, but also a bit more lonely (in the winter) and much more secluded. Friends come and go, my great grandfather used to say, good friends stay. Well, I haven't had any good friends, or so it seems. During winter most of my so-called friends turned away because of little petty schemes from someone I had never thought would be so ruthless. But where doors close, windows open and since spring, as with the first blossoms on our apple trees, friendship has sprung and abounded. This village and it villagers are not so strange, so utterly different anymore. I know a lot of ppl now, and friendship slowly blossoming.
Over the past few weeks, ever since our anniversary of the move from D to B occurred, I've been thinking about all the things I've been and should have been grateful about. The garden ... our delicious potatoes even though they are quite small, the courgettes and tomatoes fresh from the garden. Did you know that lettuce freshly picked and eaten is actually SWEET????
Nothing to compare with the lettuce you get from the supermarket. The vitamins turn bitter once lettuce is picked. The wonder of eating freshly picked strawberries and tomatoes still warm from the sun is something I wish a lot more ppl can experience. Of course, it's more work. You need to find the time to tend, to grow, to weed.
scottishlass: (Sewing Road)
The following entry was supposed to be posted on September 1st ... so much has been happening I hadn't have the time to sit in front of the computer :s
Is it already a year since we moved into our little paradise in the country?
In the past 12 months I have made memories and experiences that have been both exhilarating and annoying, truly wonderful and deeply hurtful. But we persevere. We all do and with each little life that comes and goes, we strive on.
This slowness, this de-accelaration, it works for us. Especially for me as I have never been happier than on our little smallhold here.
September ... a year from now I wonder what will have happe4ned. Will I be busy doing all the things that I had already scheduled for this year and didn't get around doing because of the continued attack of the vicious chickens? Will my garden strive and be full of plentiful harvest or will it wither like it did this year because of the chickens?
The past year has offered many great experiences. We have become richer and wiser, but also a bit more lonely (in the winter) and much more secluded. Friends come and go, my great grandfather used to say, good friends stay. Well, I haven't had any good friends, or so it seems. During winter most of my so-called friends turned away because of little petty schemes from someone I had never thought would be so ruthless. But where doors close, windows open and since spring, as with the first blossoms on our apple trees, friendship has sprung and abounded. This village and it villagers are not so strange, so utterly different anymore. I know a lot of ppl now, and friendship slowly blossoming.
Over the past few weeks, ever since our anniversary of the move from D to B occurred, I've been thinking about all the things I've been and should have been grateful about. The garden ... our delicious potatoes even though they are quite small, the courgettes and tomatoes fresh from the garden. Did you know that lettuce freshly picked and eaten is actually SWEET????
Nothing to compare with the lettuce you get from the supermarket. The vitamins turn bitter once lettuce is picked. The wonder of eating freshly picked strawberries and tomatoes still warm from the sun is something I wish a lot more ppl can experience. Of course, it's more work. You need to find the time to tend, to grow, to weed.
scottishlass: (Sewing snow)
The past year has been such a crowded, overwhelming one. A lot of good and a lot of bad has happened. We had to say good bye and we were able to say hello.
For the past three months we are now living in a dream come true and yet, we are still learning, still adjusting, still mourning.
We are literally getting our feet wet as smallhold farmers and it is both exciting and scary.

Our small livestock is growing and all are well and we are looking forward to the time where we get a couple of more hens as well as ducks. Soon I will have to built my raised vegetable pads. But atm we are all enjoying the stillstand of winter, the daily routine of looking after our livestock. There is much wondering, discussion, dreaming and planning for what will come next. Books are piled up beside my bedside and on my kitchen table - providing me with ideas and inspiration, and a much needed planner to get to know the rhythm of garden life.

We are still enjoying the winter wonderland that is surrounding us. There are still chores to do, especially in view of the New Year ahead of us but it all goes smoothly, as if we have never done anything else before. These former urbanites have smoothly and effortlessly slipped into a farmer's life ... and we love it.
scottishlass: (Sewing snow)
Remember the Big Nothingness from Michael Ende's Neverending Story? We haz it.

Mists enshrouding the winter wonderland )
scottishlass: (Sewing snow)
We had lots and lots of snow (and it is snowing right now for over two hours now as well) and our house and garden look like a Winter Wonderland.



We have four new additions to our little farmhouse family. Four (Indian) Runner Ducks, which is a half breed of the domestic mallard. We have one male and three gals and hopefully they will settle in nicely with the snow and all. They come from a small allotment which will be demolished in March. :(



So now we are having a zoo ... we will be getting two Beijin/Peking Ducks (the typical Donald ducks) in the New Year as well.

more pics )
scottishlass: (Sewing Christmas)
One of the most wonderful things about our new house, beside having much more space and a huge garden, is the fact that I can decorate our little house with lots of seasonal trappings.

Our front door


This wreath has accompanied me throughout the years. I made it way back when I moved into my first own apartment. Since then almost 20 years have gone by and this little wreath is still there. I love continuity.

Sorry, bad photography :) As I had to cut the cherry tree, I re-used one of its branches as a Yule-log. I added candy canes, dried Orange slices and apples and it now hangs across my kitchen window.


There is more, especially outside, but my camera stopped working due to the cold LOL
scottishlass: (Sewing Christmas)
One of the most wonderful things about our new house, beside having much more space and a huge garden, is the fact that I can decorate our little house with lots of seasonal trappings.

Our front door


This wreath has accompanied me throughout the years. I made it way back when I moved into my first own apartment. Since then almost 20 years have gone by and this little wreath is still there. I love continuity.

Sorry, bad photography :) As I had to cut the cherry tree, I re-used one of its branches as a Yule-log. I added candy canes, dried Orange slices and apples and it now hangs across my kitchen window.


There is more, especially outside, but my camera stopped working due to the cold LOL
scottishlass: (Sewing Christmas)
One of the most wonderful things about our new house, beside having much more space and a huge garden, is the fact that I can decorate our little house with lots of seasonal trappings.

Our front door


This wreath has accompanied me throughout the years. I made it way back when I moved into my first own apartment. Since then almost 20 years have gone by and this little wreath is still there. I love continuity.

Sorry, bad photography :) As I had to cut the cherry tree, I re-used one of its branches as a Yule-log. I added candy canes, dried Orange slices and apples and it now hangs across my kitchen window.


There is more, especially outside, but my camera stopped working due to the cold LOL

A D-Day :)

Nov. 6th, 2010 10:31 pm
scottishlass: (Dogs Careto Cool Dude)
It seems that Wednesdays will be my D-Days. As in Düsseldorf-Days :)

As His Hubbiness™ has only three lessons to teach on Wednesday mornings, we will accompany him into the city where I make some much needed dog and the big city training (mainly walking on leashes again etc.) and then he will take the dogs to the River Rhine and I will have a whole afternoon in the big city for errands and stuff.

The house project is coming along nicely. The chest of drawers (a huge thing) is in the barn and the first coat of paint is drying atm. It has a new shiny coat of white with maroon accents. If the light is good enough tomorrow, I will install the new lamps and start on the ceiling (which is still bare and sports the glue of those idiotic ceiling panels) in the hall. But for now, the hall is finished (to the best of my abilities).

OMG! Found the almost perfect settee ... if that would come in dark blue or dark green velvet it would be perfect ... atm this is [livejournal.com profile] little_witch27 perfect :D


Three more pics of the hall .. the back hall is maroon coloured, the front all is white.





Marathoning Sungkyunkwan Scandal. All four main characters are adorable but I really love those little bickerings of Yeorim and Moon Jae shin. It is so funny to see those two dancing around each other and they so would make such a good OTP. And Yeorim has an uncanny similarity to G-Dragon of Big Bang ... the looks, the mannerisms ... WOAH! :)
I'm enjoying this dorama so much ... it is like the Joseon version of Hanakimi without the Japanese dorama's antics and a much more adorable Sano LOL
Even ppl who don't like wuxia (historical) check it out ... it is funny, sad, angsty and it shows a wonderful friendship of four very different characters :D Oh and it has cross-dressing to boot :)

A D-Day :)

Nov. 6th, 2010 10:31 pm
scottishlass: (Dogs Careto Cool Dude)
It seems that Wednesdays will be my D-Days. As in Düsseldorf-Days :)

As His Hubbiness™ has only three lessons to teach on Wednesday mornings, we will accompany him into the city where I make some much needed dog and the big city training (mainly walking on leashes again etc.) and then he will take the dogs to the River Rhine and I will have a whole afternoon in the big city for errands and stuff.

The house project is coming along nicely. The chest of drawers (a huge thing) is in the barn and the first coat of paint is drying atm. It has a new shiny coat of white with maroon accents. If the light is good enough tomorrow, I will install the new lamps and start on the ceiling (which is still bare and sports the glue of those idiotic ceiling panels) in the hall. But for now, the hall is finished (to the best of my abilities).

OMG! Found the almost perfect settee ... if that would come in dark blue or dark green velvet it would be perfect ... atm this is [livejournal.com profile] little_witch27 perfect :D


Three more pics of the hall .. the back hall is maroon coloured, the front all is white.





Marathoning Sungkyunkwan Scandal. All four main characters are adorable but I really love those little bickerings of Yeorim and Moon Jae shin. It is so funny to see those two dancing around each other and they so would make such a good OTP. And Yeorim has an uncanny similarity to G-Dragon of Big Bang ... the looks, the mannerisms ... WOAH! :)
I'm enjoying this dorama so much ... it is like the Joseon version of Hanakimi without the Japanese dorama's antics and a much more adorable Sano LOL
Even ppl who don't like wuxia (historical) check it out ... it is funny, sad, angsty and it shows a wonderful friendship of four very different characters :D Oh and it has cross-dressing to boot :)

House love

Oct. 29th, 2010 11:43 pm
scottishlass: (Sewing Womble Wanted)
I'm so in love with my kitchen. The dog guard is in place and I will be putting on the finishing touches to the kitchen (by moving the buffet) tomorrow. Then I'll start on the huge chest that goes into the hall. I just hope it will be small enough to fit through the door once I have finished painting it.

I've put some photos up on the walls in the hall. It looks really nice and I have found other black frames to put in pics of the dogs or landscapes for the front hall.

New pics of the hall and kitchen )

And tonight's yumminess:

Unsweetened whole-egg pancakes with tomato salad. YUM!

House love

Oct. 29th, 2010 11:43 pm
scottishlass: (Sewing Womble Wanted)
I'm so in love with my kitchen. The dog guard is in place and I will be putting on the finishing touches to the kitchen (by moving the buffet) tomorrow. Then I'll start on the huge chest that goes into the hall. I just hope it will be small enough to fit through the door once I have finished painting it.

I've put some photos up on the walls in the hall. It looks really nice and I have found other black frames to put in pics of the dogs or landscapes for the front hall.

New pics of the hall and kitchen )

And tonight's yumminess:

Unsweetened whole-egg pancakes with tomato salad. YUM!
scottishlass: (Sewing house tools)
My kitchen is finished .. well sort of. I still need to clean it, move my kitchen buffett to a different wall and find a small square table and two chairs, BUT!!! Me haz work topz!!!
Beautiful teak stained work tops which need one final glossy finish and several open shelves for cooking books, bric-a-brac and bowls and stuff.
Once the final finish is applied and all is moved in I will take photos.

The next project is ... a tiny one ... a dog fence for our front door.
Atm we are using the yard door to do business with a sign on our front door to go to our yard door. But with the weather getting colder I really don't want to put on my winter coat and my shoes to go out across the yard, to the door, keeping the dogs back when getting mail. So I decided to make a dog fence for the front door which I can hook into the entrance. This way I can open the door, the dogs can look out but don't run into the street - the pavement in front of the house is really small and we live on the stretch of the road which is straight hence a lot of idiots using that piece of road as if it were the Shizuka Formula 1 course. So tomorrow I'll make that and then there will be more painting in my sewing room and more shelves to be put on the walls :)

Oh and the back hall is now dark maroon :) I love


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Yozora no mukou ni wa mou asu ga matteiru

ano toki kimi ga ushinatta mono wa
yozora no mukou no hoshi ni natta
nurashita hoho wa itsuka kawaite
kitto habatakeru kara

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