We spent a lovely day walking in the mist and drizzle of the Cotswolds. From Bourton-on-the-Water to Lower and Upper Slaughter, Lower Swell and on to Stow-on-the Wold.

It was a gorgeous walk with stunning unspoilt villages almost empty of tourists. Lower Slaughter was my favourite with a country inn and a mill.

We ended up in Stow where the weather really set in and we returned by taxi to the sanctuary of our hotel and the lovely hydrotherapy pool.


A weekend in the Cotswolds

We have decamped for the weekend to have a couple of days with a nice bathroom and clean sheets. Lovely!

The Barnsley House Hotel and Spa are providing a very enjoyable respite from our current living conditions which are less than relaxing.

Arriving around lunchtime on Friday we enjoyed a sandwich, a walk around the nearby country house estate and a couple of hours in the spa including a lovely heated outdoor thermal pool, one of my favourite things to do.

Feel the stress decrease!


Last night our tiler and bathroom installer came round for a quick chat. Four hours later he left. We have some interesting plumbing including a stopcock in the bathroom ceiling. It’s all feeling a little bit challenging.

In addition to the kitchen plans, I’m cheering myself up by looking at pictures of the bathroom designs we like…





Design by Committee

It seems our kitchen plan will have to be reviewed by the Board of Directors as it’s deemed structural. Apparently they will have to appoint their own structural engineer to review our plans before any decisions can be made.

This is not the best news and is sounding more and more expensive. Perhaps a bedroom in the kitchen isn’t such a bad idea after all! It would be handy for making coffee.

To try and remain optimistic I’ll be looking at the kitchen plans which just came in…

We can dream!



Agnes is not doing Dry January

In recent years Dry January has become a big thing. We’ve done it ourselves and reaped the benefit of thirty one days without booze. The eyes are clearer, the sleep is better and overall it’s a very positive thing.

This year though it’s not happening and Agnes is to blame as she was spotted having a crafty pint at our local.

I’ve never seen a more guilty looking dog!


Caught in the act


Our structural engineer Mervyn came round at 8:30am yesterday morning to inspect the kitchen wall. We were on tenterhooks (sort of) to hear the outcome.

After a bit of bashing it looks as if part of the wall is structural but then there’s a bit missing which is slightly odd.

Our proposal to the management company is that we’ll put in a supporting beam which is actually doing them a favour as the building may collapse if we don’t. And then we’ll knock down the maid’s bedroom. Shame really but we won’t be having a maid!

Of course the building’s stood up for a hundred and twenty years already but I’m sure it’s a persuasive argument.

Our plans are due in on Monday for a committee meeting so hopefully we can get things moving.