Christmas came a little early for me this year. Santa has been very good. I got the outside of my house tarmac’d.
Doesn’t really sound like a big deal. But if you’ve seen the tonnes of farm mud that has been trapsed through my house the last 13 years you’d understand. And yes, like a muppet I got white tiles in the hall. I love them. Simple as. The wooden half of the house came from a company called Lapponia House. My sister in law is Finnish and knew of the company. We never intended building a wooden building when we moved back from Cork, it just kind of evolved. The foundations were dug the day I went into labour with Jordan, 18th August 2002, and although the frame was constructed in about 5 days, it takes a long time to finish the interior. Then we decided the kitchen really wasn’t big enough so started an extension. The costs of importing from Finland had drastically increased in the 7 or so years, so we went with steel this time.
We faced this extension in stone to blend with the stone wall around the wooden section. It took longer than the 5 days to build, but was finished Christmas Eve. We spend that Christmas painting it completely, and although had really only added on a couple of rooms, the new kitchen made such a difference.
Then this year, we decided to finish the outside of the house (I know, I know- we waited a while!). So a strip of grass was laid at the front, and a patio. You know, for those long summer days lazing with a glass of wine ….
Fingers crossed we get some dry weather. But we’ve already used it, and look forward to using it more. Now, I wonder what the next project is???? Suppose we’d better finish the kitchen!