Wonderful weekend

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1st of June. The sixth month of the year! Who would have ever imagined we'd still be in lock down?! When my boss sent me home in March (I think it was March), he said it would be several months until we'd be back to normal. I must admit I didn't believe him but it looks like he was right! Anyway, what a bloody lovely weekend it was. I'm pretty sure it was the same gorgeous weather up and down the country. We did a bit of work on the house and then went for a walk and a quick dip on Saturday afternoon. I want do more local walks so I've been trying to research some but because it's not as popular, it's hard to find images of the walks and I always want to see images first because I don't want to waste my time on a boring walk where you don't reach a nice view points or you don't walk besides a nice stream, you know? I had seen a friend of mine walked up to Uldale Force, somewhere I've never heard of before and it was only 10 minutes down the road. We decided that it would be a nice place to picnic and jump in, so I packed some hummus, flat breads, pork pies, sandwiches, cheese and pickled onions and that's where we went. Although, I'm not convinced we made it to the actual force. I think it may have been part of it but not the main attraction! We can attempt it again another day, when I'm not wearing Birkenstocks and have just developed a fat blister on the bottom of my foot! Then, yesterday we worked on the house and got a few little bits done on the dormers ready for the windows to be put in. I'm so excited to get this room done! We have the plumbers coming up this week to sort the main bathroom and our en suite out. Josh will also need to build the stud dividing the landing and the en suite. It will begin to take shape soon I hope! Later, we sat in my Mum and Dads garden all afternoon in the sunshine. It was bliss! We had so much food but that's what Sunday's are for right?

Upcycling our bedside tables

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I've been dying to get my hands on something to sand down and paint. Then I realised, I already had a set of matching bedside tables that my Gran salvaged years ago. One of her neighbours had thrown them out, but she saved them and painted one white for me, which I used as a bedside table when I lived with my Mum and Dad. The other she kept for herself and has been Josh's bedside table ever since we moved in to the flat with her. I bought some black egg shell paint a month or two ago, as I was going to paint the gorgeous book shelf we found on a local sell and seek site. However, I've decided against it for the time being and I'm hopefully going to make the wood work in the office space. Anyway, I used that paint to upcycle the bedside tables. We'll use them now in the flat and take them with us to the house for the guest bedroom. I bought the gorgeous handles from Anthropologie. You can find them here if you wish! I fell in love with another handle.. as far as falling in love with handles go.. but unfortunately they weren't available until September and it wouldn't let me pre-order for some reason. You can see the handles I wish I had bought here. Anyway, enjoy your day! Speak soon, L.

Photo diary from this week

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Hey lovelies! How are you all coping? This week started off pretty grim (weather wise,  obviously) but my Mum is now back from Thailand and she has joined me every morning for a run around the river, which I love and she's enjoying too. I can't believe she will be celebrating a big birthday this year! I had planned on taking her on a city break somewhere in Europe but that doesn't look as though it will happen this year, which is such a shame! She's always wanted to see more of Europe, so I had thought about going to Rome, Amsterdam, Florence or Barcelona.. Hopefully by September, things will have lifted and we will feel safe enough to travel but if not, we'll just have to go somewhere next year. I just know that the two of us would have so much fun. I imagine lots of wine would be consumed, oh and good food too! Today has been a good day, although I would have preferred to get a bit more done at the house. We just made a list of all the things we need to get ordered over the next few days and planned where the electrics would go in the attic, ready for Isaac to come back and wire up for us. We had more of a think and a discussion on the en suite, which I think we would like to keep open so it flows nicely. We have an idea on how we can hide the toilet but I think we'll wait to show you that when it's done, as I wasn't going to show you the attic conversion but I couldn't help myself! This afternoon has gone so slow, I'm not complaining but I just don't know what to do with myself. I think I'll plan some prints to make for tomorrow, as I'm back at work now so I haven't found the time to do them. Speak soon, L.

Interior moodboard: master suite

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I'm sorry it's been very quiet here. We had to stop work on the house for a while but I'll go in to more detail later. I don't want you to think that this house renovating is all well and good because the last 2 weeks has been tough. However, now that it's all behind us, we can start work again and get all excited about the attic room! I've made a little mood board using images from Pinterest which took me a bloody long time to put together. I couldn't find any of the images I was envisioning in my head. So here are some of the nicest images I found that reflected how I plan on decorating and furnishing our master bedroom. I would love a super king bed, with white cotton sheets, white curtains, a wooden set of drawers in one of the dormers, a huge comfy snuggly love seat in the other, which we can use as a reading corner or a mini snug where we can watch a film before bed. I think I prefer the latter... We are a little unsure of the layout of the en suite but I'd love to get a bath in there under the window and I'd also quite like to have a glass wall in to the bedroom, for a more luxury hotel feel. The steels that we had fitted will be cladded in Anyway, that's all for now. I'm sure my ideas will all change again and budget may mean we can't have some of the things but this is where we are right now. We are hopefully going to get a few odd jobs done there tomorrow and if it's not too busy, we can get the gutters and things done on the roof before taking the scaffolding down. We've had a few quotes for windows and the turn around for them to be made it pretty quick, which is good because we need to get it water tight as soon as possible really. Enjoy your bank holiday weekend! Speak soon, L.

Lockdown diary

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Beautiful little cottage in Milthrop. I love Wisteria, thinking of growing some at the front or the back of the house. 

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Spring is the most beautiful time of year. The trees are so full, the blue bells are out in full force, the wild garlic smells beaut and the sound of birds chirping in a morning is just priceless. 

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Obsessed with this! Roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic, with cottage cheese and basil on toast. Also tried mixing in a bit of hot pesto in to the cottage cheese which was the bomb as well. 

It's the middle of May! I can't believe it. This time in lockdown is going a lot faster than I thought it would. I'm now working from home and have been for the past 3 weeks. It's been good to get back in to the swing of things, and although I'm not in the office it's allowed me to structure my days, which has been so much better for my mind but also physically as well, as I've managed to get myself up and out by 6:45 every morning. I've had a couple of down days lately but that's due to being 'that time of the month'. I've been testing out Modibodi undies and they have changed my life! I'll share more about that soon though. It appears that things are slowly getting back to normal but I think we all just need to slow down a little, especially with the travel for exercise. We've seen a lot of visitors here in Cumbria and considering we are one of the worst areas in the UK for Covid-19 cases, nobody actually seems to give a f*ck about it. Anyway, let's not talk about it. Today Josh and I went on a 'social distancing' walk. We were out for a good few hours and it felt good to be outside, with him, talking through our plans for the house and for the future. We are still hoping to be in the house before Christmas, although work is on hold for the time being. We'll be back at it soon though and I'm sure it will all come together pretty fast! He's hoping to move back in with Gran and I very soon but we will take things steady and still continue to be extra safe by cleaning handles, washing hands etc. as frequently as possible. It will be good to have him home, it's been a bloody long time without a kiss and big cuddle! L.

Renovation update: what’s next?

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Last weekend the scaffolding went up and the roof at the rear of the house came off!

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The roof at the front of the house was then removed and we received our Velux windows!

Hello lovelies! I can't believe we are well in to our 4th week of lockdown and the sun has been shining ever since. I don't think it's ever been this nice for such a long period of time, it's beautiful! I've not been very motivated to get out for the past week or so, I just feel so lethargic but I will make an effort to get out later today. Anyway, on to what's next for our home and what's been happening lately. The roof is now off and Josh is getting the steels in over the weekend to support the roof. He'll then build the frames for the Velux windows at the front of the house and then the roofers will fit the Velux windows then felt and reslate (not sure which way round it is, I could be wrong). Once that side is done, Josh will move on to the rear of the house where we are having the two pitched roofed dormers. I'm not sure what process will take place when it comes to the rear.. I presume it will go something like this, 1. build frame for dormers 2. felt and reslate although I'm sure there is a lot more going on than just those two steps. We also don't have any windows yet for the dormers so we'll need to get those sorted but I'm not sure any fabricators are open at the moment, watch this space. Hopefully it won't be too long until the roof is completed. I don't want to make a guess on timescale because I'm usually always wrong but I have everything crossed for a quick turn around whilst the weather is still nice. Speak soon, L.

Interior moodboard: office

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If I'm being honest, I can't picture the office to the same extent as some of the other rooms in the house. We want it to a be a functional space for both of us, somewhere Josh can go and do his paper work and somewhere I can go and draw, paint, print etc. so it does really have to work for two completely different things and it's not the biggest space. We have a huge book case we plan to put in there which we bought from a local sell and seek site. I was going to sand it down and paint it but I think I'm going to leave it now and just see how it works with the room. We have planned to have a l-shaped desk which will sit under the window and wrap around that half of the room, allowing us both to have some desk space and leave work out and not have one another moving anything around. That or I have thought about a desk dividing the room in to two, running oblong towards the window (does that make sense?). I've included some sketches to show what we mean! Other than that, I picture it being a fairly light room, with a wooden floor, a rug, some comfy seats, lots of frames and inspiration on the walls and definitely a filing cabinet or two because I hate paper work not being filed away properly! I'm also IN LOVE with that green and blue wallpaper. I'm even thinking about trying to incorporate it elsewhere in the house! I just think it looks so fresh and vibrant. Would look pretty awesome in the master bedroom as I want to go all out up there, seeing as though its our little hideaway. Not sure who we are hiding from but.. you know what I mean, right? Anyway.. thanks for stopping by for another mood board post. I wish I could be sharing more progress pictures with you but never mind! Next up, we have the roof coming off this week, the steel should arrive to support the roof which should go in over the weekend and then the dormers will be built! Hopefully I'll manage to stop by there during this week for some updates! I'm so happy things have started moving again. Lots of love, L.

Photo diary from the weekend

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Our internal doors for the bathroom, office, spare room and dressing room have arrived back and I love them!

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Continued stripping the windows and door frames at the house. 

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Sedbergh Main Street looking wonderful in the sunshine.

Hi guys. What a wonderful sunshiney week it's been, again. It's unheard of isn't it? Typical that it's lush weather outside but we can't even go out and enjoy it. However, I am thankful I can get out for my one bit of exercise a day which I know some countries aren't allowing at all. I've been so sleepy this week, I haven't done as much running/walking as I'd like to but I did do 18 miles which is good. I'd ideally like to be running/walking between 20-25 miles per a week Monday to Sunday. Hopefully I'll manage it this week! It does look like we are in for another great week of weather though, so I'm hopeful I'll achieve it! I watched Jamie Genevieve's latest YouTube video and she mentioned that she had started a 30 day yoga programme with 'Yoga with Adrienne', so I might give that a go and see if it makes me a bit more flexible. We have scaffolding up at the house now and the roof will be coming off very soon, which is a step in the right direction! Once that's off, we'll get some sky lights fitted at the front of the property. We aren't sure whether to have two or three... although I think the more light the better, so we'll probably go with three. We will then need to build the two pitched roof dormers at the rear of the house and then the roofers will reslate! When you write it down or say it in your head, it doesn't sound like much but I know it will take a while until the master bedroom is ready to plaster, so I'm trying to keep level headed! Hopefully once that is done, we'll be able to sort the bathroom and kitchen but that will be dependent on whether we can get supplies or not. Anyway, I'm going to get a yoghurt and watch tele for a bit before I head to bed. I stayed up a little too late last night watching 'too hot to handle' on Netflix last night so I'm struggling to stay awake! I really enjoyed it though, anyone else watching? Speak soon, enjoy your week and stay safe, L.

Moodboard: the backyard

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Moodboard - I love the idea of quite a Mediterranean space. When we visited Greece a few Summers ago the surrounds of the hotel were so clean and pretty. Lots of stone, white washed walls, plants etc. I would love to replicate that in our small courtyard.

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Quick little sketch of how I imagine it will look (next Summer perhaps!)

After my little poll on Instagram last night, I asked you to decide which mood board you'd like to see next and the majority chose 'back yard' which I was planning on doing anyway because it's such good weather but I'm glad you want to see a mood board of that space too! We probably won't touch the back yard, court yard, garden (?) until we've actually got settled in. It's not a priority and will only delay us moving in if we start faffing around with it now but that doesn't mean I don't have some ideas for the courtyard (that's what I'm going to call it). It's very small and we have plans to convert the 3 sheds/outbuildings in to a utility room and a shed for all of Josh's outdoorsy stuff! At the moment it's red brick but we'd ideally like it to be stone faced like the house. We also need to do something with the flooring at the back and throughout the whole walkway. At the minute it's just patchy and weedy and it gathers water in certain places after a heavy down pour, which isn't ideal! I'd love an l-shaped floating seating space, which will run under the kitchen window (I think) and along the wall. I want it to be floating because I expect it will give the effect of more space. I'd also like it to be stone, wood or concrete but I'll have to do some research in to that. I think concrete is a good idea, as it's smooth and easy to look after. We can store cushions and blankets in the utility room to sit and lie on to make it comfier. The wall behind the seating area I'd ideally like to paint in a light colour. Perhaps an 'off white' or a 'stone' like colour. I think a lighter colour will feel brighter in the summer, as the sun moved across the courtyard. I'd love to have some wall hanging plants too. I'd love a wall just full of them but I imagine the up keep is tough. So just a couple dotted a long the wall would be fine, just to add a splash of green. I don't really want much else going on, other than a couple of planted pots. We'll have to hang a  washing line across the courtyard when we need it, which will go from the kitchen window, diagonally across to the corner of the sheds. It will be enough room for a few things but I also plan on having a collapsable wall hanger in the utility room for small bits like underwear etc. Woah, this feels like a long post but I feel so passionate about this house and I'm just so ready to be in our home with our own space! Anyway, I think that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed this post. Lots of love, L.

Winder to Arant Haw, alongside Crosdale Beck and down Howgill Lane

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The top of Arant Haw again, for the 2nd time in two days! I love reaching the top of here. The views are incredible. On a really clear crisp day, you will be able to see right over to the Lakes. It's a bit hazy at the moment though!

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On the ridge on the way up to Winder. Sheep are always so wary! I'd love to give them a pat on the head.

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Almost back down from Arant Haw following the fell wall to reach the bottom. It was such a lovely walk. I got talking to a local guy at the top of Winder who suggested heading this way and I'm so glad I did! There was a stream and a pool which would be perfect to sit by with a picnic in the summer. 

Hi! Another absolutely stunning day here in Cumbria. I'm so so thankful for these days because it means I can get out, do some exercise, soak in the sun and start the day off well. I took a different route today to try to change things up a bit. It was so lovely to venture elsewhere, as I've never done this route before. I bet there are lots of different walks I've never done before that are on my door step. I need to look in to some and do some proper research.. or if you are local, please let me know what your favourite, quieter routes are! Anyway, I had planned to be home and sat down at my computer much earlier than 12pm but never mind! I wrote a really long list before bed last night which I'd like to at least start, so I'm going to crack on with that before I lose motivation. Speak soon, L.

Run 5k, donate £5, nominate 5

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What a day for it! I was nominated to complete 5k over the weekend but I couldn't find the energy on Sunday and yesterday I just felt so heavy, so I only managed to do a quick yomp around the bottom of the fell. It's coming up to that time of the month, so I know that I will probably have to stop running every single day.. because I know I'll just feel like crashing on the sofa. But I'm glad I managed to get up and out this morning because it really is a wonderful day! I decided to make my run/walk a little longer and headed up to the top of Arant Haw (I think that's what it's called) or what most of us locals call it.. Higher Winder. It was a fair climb and my legs were burning but it was so worth it for the views at the top. It's only the second time I've been up there, the first time was on a beautiful, sunny, cold and snowy wintery day back in December. I did take a comparison photo which you can see on my Instagram here. Which do you prefer? Spring or Winter? I'm definitely a Spring girl. Spring and Autumn are the best, especially here in Cumbria. We get the nicest weather! Since we've been spending more time at home and getting outside for our one bit of exercise a day, we've realised how many wonderful walks there are on our door step and now I can't wait to get a dog and have a companion to run alongside me. We are hoping to get a dog this year for when we move in to the house. I guess we'll have to wait and see how things turn out, what with coronavirus and all. Anyway, I'm going to do some drawing and get some lunch shortly.. even though it feels like I've just had my breakfast! Speak soon, L.

This week | house update & motivation

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Et Voila! I didn't know what to do with the pile of stones so I just left them there for Josh - hehe! I cannot wait to get the dormers in! Oh my god, it's going to be so light and spacious (hopefully)!

Happy Easter! It must be a weird one for a lot of you! I've never really celebrated Easter because we are usually always in Thailand. I've never had Easter eggs or a special dinner, so I guess you never miss something you have never had before!

I spent most of today at the house. I'm not sure whether I should be there really but I walked there, spent my time there on my own and I'm going to class it as my daily bit of exercise because man I am tired from running up two flights of stairs non stop! There was loads of wood to get rid of and it was all on the top floor so I brought all that down ready to dump on the pick up and burn when we can get round to doing that. I also started stripping the big window in the living room too. Josh has told me not to bother getting all the paint off but just make it even and smooth for another coat on paint. It took me ages and I'm still not even half way finishing it! It was a lovely day to be at the house. It wasn't too hot or too cold, it was quiet, the birds were singing, the sun was shining through the windows, just bliss!

I've had a couple of messages this week asking how I stay motivated and push myself to get out running or do a bit of exercise. In all honesty, I'm not a runner in any way, shape or form. I have quite a big bottom and my legs are heavy, so I don't run fast at all but running has helped me immensely during this lock down so I thought I'd share with you some of the things that help motivate me to get up and out the house.

  • Firstly, I'd say that telling yourself what you plan to do the next day always helps. Write it down just before you go to bed. Bullet point everything, even things as simple as 'breakfast' or 'shower'. I always find that adding in some things you know for certain you will do, helps towards ticking off the things you might struggle to complete that day.
  • I like to get out as soon as I've woken up. This might not work for you, as you may prefer to have breakfast and wake yourself up a bit first. Whenever works best for you though, get your workout gear ready the night before. This particularly helps when you live with your partner because you don't want to be rummaging around trying to find your sports bra or a pair of trainer socks if they are still snoozing!
  • Download an app to help. I used the couch to 5k for a while (not really long enough) which I thought would be good for anyone not used to running at all. I'd say that this app is a good starter app! Strava is also a great app. It's like a little community of runners, cyclists, walkers and swimmers. When you run certain segments, you can see how you compare to others who have also run that segment - which really spurs me on! You can also compare your own run times.
  • Share! I've been sharing my photos, my routes and videos on Instagram and I love the feedback I get. It's so motivating and I think that during this time especially, everyone is so much more supportive of one another and willing to help in what way they can.

That's it really. I hope they help a little! I'd also say that if you haven't ever done any running or much exercise before, that's okay! Don't be afraid! Plan a route, don't stray too far from home, take a bottle of water and just jog and stop when you feel like you need to. You don't have to go full throttle! At the end of the day, it's good to get up and outside and do something different to sitting at home all day. Speak soon, L.