"Although I speak from my own experience, I feel that no one has the right to impose his or her beliefs on another person. I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable for you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is off no use, then you can discard it." Dalai Lama...

Sunday, 27 February 2011


The house is getting a new coat of paint inside ( 3 rooms ) and out - later in the year when the weather improves.

 In an ideal world Alan would prefer to clear a room completely and just get on with it.Life tends to get in the way though and the three rooms being painted are the open plan sun room, kitchen, dining room, and back lobby leading to outdoors.Not ideal in the most used areas of the house to have paint and ladders out all day and rooms unusable whilst he is at work.Also, if he focuses completely on decorating, his time with Em is reduced and, as the rooms are quite large,  it isn't a quick job! He would spend all his time off  'busy'. So compromise needed to be reached and a new way of working is being attempted
A couple of weekends ago he started painting the woodwork in the lobby and over two weekends did it in stages, this meant we got to spend time as a family and he also got to sit down and watch Rugby:-) Then another day he painted the ceiling and yesterday the walls got a lovely fresh green colour on.
This morning (whilst Milly snoozed ) he put it all back together and did the cutting in on the ceiling of the sun room.I painted the clock ( which had been pine, painted in red ) and the mirror ( which was pine ) white to brighten things up.
This is not the best picture and I will probably take a better one in the daylight and replace it...

When we joined the pool/spa we decided that we would make one Sunday a month a family swim day ( Alan didn't want to become a member but said he would come along with us at times ) and this afternoon was it! However the weather this morning was fabulous.As we painted we thought it would be a shame to be indoors this afternoon and once Milly was up we discussed plans to go for a walk to Buttermere.Since Milly has been feeling anxious about going out we haven't been, although it is one of our favourite places to be.
Initially, when we suggested it she was reticent, however she quite quickly decided we should do it :-)

The sun didn't stay out to play but we had a fabulous time regardless....


Milly is looking a little glum in this picture... Alan accidentally broke a branch as he attempted to join her, apparently it was a very important branch - much needed for holding onto when sitting in the tree and also essential when dismounting from the tree:-( Tree-gate ensued, the larger of the two didn't see why an apology was required! Tears and bad tempers meant the next part of the walk was not quite as harmonious as it had been!!

I acted as mediator and thankfully, shortly after, the sun came out in reality and metaphorically as they made peace:-)

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