To Do … To Do …To DOO

Where to begin. Life has been getting a little busier these past few months. We were given an amazing opportunity to go overseas for a few years … and we grabbed it with both hands! It was an interesting experience, neither of us hesitated in saying lets go for it and we didn’t think twice about leaving our lovely home for a while.


It’s exciting and scary and  I would be lying if I said I haven’t had heebeejeebee moments like ‘What if the kids don’t settle ‘ or ‘what if I hate it’ or ‘ what food will I be able to buy in the supermarket’ but for the most part I can’t wait to have a big adventure as a family. Making memories together, learning new things and opening the children’s minds is what excites me the most.

If I am completely honest, I thought my travelling days were well and truly locked in a suitcase under the bed … there was definately a little spark reignited at the thought of unleashing the wanderlust again 🙂

Overall I feel grateful to be given the opportunity and it makes me appreciate what we have in our life here all the more. Gulp. It will be hard to say goodbye.


SO . Now that you are up to speed on what lies ahead … this is a pretty good idea of what the chalkboard in our kitchen has been like for the past few months … just when things get knocked off another 10 things are added . It’s been relentless … and that is just what’s been written down .My brain is like a washing machine drum full of ‘I musts’

The crazy part of it all is that we have been finishing off lots of bits and pieces around the house and it is finally coming together. I feel like I am on the last mile of a marathon … gaining momentum only to press a pause button just before the finish.

so here’s a sneak peek at some of the befores in the children’s bedrooms upstairs

remember this from  House Tour … the BEFORE!

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Now One big room has become two rooms . This was very exciting for the kiddies to have their own rooms. It made the pain of all the dust easier to bear.

this was when the partition wall was being put up.



These are probably not the best pictures but the rooms are more spacious than they seem here. When the rooms are tidy enough I will post the afters .. heehee … I promise it won’t be too long … our clock is ticking!!

That’s my lot for today … I hope you are making progress with any projects in your homey homes … or planning a big adventure … please feel free to tell all in the comments below!

ciao for now.


House Tour … the BEFORE!

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I was saving this post for when I had all the before and after pics together…and then decided to just go for it and make a start on the makings of ‘The Happy Casa’ casa!

These photos were all taken on the day we moved in. The purchasing of our home – like many other homes- was a long, slow, painstaking,stressful process. Even typing that sentence brought all those memories flooding back!!

When we first viewed the house it was being rented out to a group of single lads – need I say more! It was – for want of a better description – a little lot lacking in some TLC. The lovely owners had moved into another house which they had built in another town and had rented it out whilst waiting to sell.

In order to make a very LONG story short.

We put in a bid. Bid accepted YAH!

Mortgage approval denied NO!

We rented the house while waiting for mortgage approval YAH!

House remained on the market although we were living in it and awaiting approval NO!

We got married and had our reception in the ‘nearly’ our house YAH!

A couple came to view our house a week before the wedding NOOO!!

They didn’t put in a bid YAH!

A Year later we finally purchased our home almost 11months after getting our mortgage approval YAAAAAH!

So now that you’re all up to speed on the very windy rocky road to getting to where we are…this is how it looked before it all began ….

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This is our Kitchen /Dining area the day we moved in …check out this monster of a stove … this has broken our hearts a good few times since becoming acquainted with it but we are finally warm friends a couple of winters later!!

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From the Dining area we move into the old part of the Cottage which is well over 100 years old … lacking in light and love when we first moved in… check out the floorboards in front of the fire …

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This is the view from the corner beside the fireplace … the stairs is in the room ..not fire safe the engineer told us … it’s an old cottage … we told him back !

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This is the door leading to the front porch from the livingroom – now my little office space!

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It’s difficult to see from these photos but there is a lovely view of the countryside from here …



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And up the stairs we go …I don’t seem to have a photo of the landing … I’m laughing here to myself because we don’t HAVE a landing of any description! The Cottage was a one up one down style house which was in turn converted into a two up four down type situation … if there is such a thing … I just made that up!

Anyway if you go up our lovely stairs you are faced by a tiny landing strip with a door in front of you – the hotpress. A door to your right – the master bedroom. A door to your left – the kiddies room. fullstop. C’est ca – as they say ‘en francais’! An Air Steward would feel right at home at the top of our stairs!!

This is the master bedroom. We had no bed for the first few months when we moved in. A Trustee materass on the floor and lots of patience. Note the lack of wardrobes in the room aswell … let’s just say we had a very basic beginning!

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The children’s room is very spacious. I was mapping out where the beds would go and who would go where when we first arrived! This was one of the first rooms we tried to make homey!




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There is a lovely view of the apple trees in the garden from this room … it’s really beautiful in the summertime with the apple blossoms in full bloom.

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So VOILa! That is the official tour of ‘The Happy Casa’ in it’s pre-loved state. Hope you enjoyed the tour and more importantly stay tuned for the AFTER tour!

* well it’ll be the ALMOST after tour as we are still a work well in progress!! but hopefully you’ll notice some small changes!!

Thanks for coming, next time we’ll make you a coffee ..ciao belli …hasta pronto! xxx