Changes and things I’d like to see and do

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I'm sure there are so many of you who have taken this time at home to reflect on the current situation and your lives. For me, it's made me think about all the things I want to do when this is over. I've been doing a lot of thinking, especially when I've been out of the house doing my one bit of exercise a day. It's not intentional, it kind of just happens. I forget where I am sometimes because I've been thinking that much. One of my main thoughts were what am I going to change or do when this is all over? Will it all go back to normal, will 'normal' life resume and do I want to go back to my normal ways? So I've noted down all the changes I'd like to make in the coming months, as well as all the things I'd like to see/do and stuff I've been putting off!

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  • Walk or cycle to work as much as possible. This will be much easier when we move into the house as it's much closer to work. I don't mind walking/cycling to work but it's when you have to race home for lunch hour that really gets me!
  • Shop locally. Our local shops have been absolutely brilliant during this very uncertain time. I've been reluctant to head to supermarkets and it's been difficult to get a delivery or even a click and collect! Thankfully the fruit and veg shop have been delivering and the butchers put an order together for me ready to collect. It's made life so much easier and I actually really enjoy receiving and unpacking a load of shopping that you haven't had to go out and do for yourself! I'm definitely going to be carrying on with this and although it may cost a little more, at least you know it's going to a local independent business.
  • Go on more less well-known walks. I think we've pretty much done the best walks in the Lakes but if you've spotted one we haven't completed, please let me know! I've been busy researching walks that we can do which aren't as well known, so when the time comes we have a few to chose from.
  • Included in the walks are Ben Nevis and Snowdon. I already put them on my bucket list for this year but it does look as though I might not be able to to tackle them just yet.
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Came across these two beasts today. It's my dream to live out in the country in a barn conversion with some land, a Defender, some quad bikes and chickens!

  • Explore more of the UK. This one was already on my bucket list for the year too but it's something I really want to make an effort with . I love my holidays, especially to Thailand as you may or may not know but the UK has so much to offer, from the Scottish Highlands to the South Coast. When the weather is right, it is a truly lovely place to be. In fact, I'm going to start pin pointing places on the map and find some cute Air BnB's!
  • Start learning Thai again. You never truly realise how much family means to you until there is a crisis like this. To have half of my family on the other side of the world has been brilliant in many aspects, as I've been able to travel out there almost every single year of my life to be with them and spend time with them. However, I never really picked up the language and although I started learning last year, the house took priority and I stopped having my lessons. To be able to call my Sister, my Grandma or my Nephew and actually have a conversation with them would be a dream come true!
  • Have more down time. This time at home has made me realise that life isn't all about living in the fast lane. Before all this, I felt like I had to be doing something all the time. I had to be coming home from work, to then go to the house to work, then come home late and sleep to get up for work again. Some days it will be like that, until the house is completed but it doesn't have to be like that every single day of the week. My Gran told me something the other day and it was that everyone should have 15 minutes a day to sit, think and reflect, with no distractions, no noise, no phone, nothing. She also said that Sunday's were the day for this. They were a day to be quiet, to reflect on the week and prepare for the days ahead. I totally agree with her and it makes sense when you think about it!
  • Do more of what I love. This includes experimenting with print making, painting, drawing, sewing, photography, blogging, filming, the list goes on. I love being creative and I've felt like the past few years haven't allowed me enough time to be. I took the first step of enrolling on a college course which has obviously been suspended until further notice but I want to be able to do it in my own time too, which is why I set up a separate Instagram account to help spur me on!

At home

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Good morning! How is everyone doing? I thought the days would drag what with being on furlough leave but the days are actually whizzing by. I've not been up to much, in fact I've quite liked sleeping in and drinking endless amounts of tea and eating cake. I started drawing again but on my Wacom, as opposed to paper. I'm really enjoying it! It was a Christmas present from Josh a few years ago and I've never really done much with it until now. If you would like to follow my prints and illustration journey, you can find a separate Instagram page here. This morning I went for a run. Probably one of the longest runs (walks) I've done in a little while. I really enjoyed it and I found that after 30 minutes of jogging, I felt like I could carry on for much longer. I just need to find a good route! The best routes are foot paths, through fields, out of the way. I like not bumping in to anyone, in fact I've really enjoyed my own company over the past few weeks. I've loved not having plans to go out and do anything or see anyone, and this time indoors has made me into even more of an introvert! Whether that's a good thing or not.. I don't know! My boyfriend will probably say it's a bad thing as I hate socialising as it is, especially with new people. It makes me feel so uncomfortable! Anyway, plans for the rest of the day.. draw with pencil, have a go with my new brush pens, take those drawings in to Photoshop and have a play digitally, make lunch (probably scrambled eggs, we have some lovely free range eggs from Josh's Dad and they are always so yellow and yummy!), then.. who knows what else! Enjoy your weekend, L.

Angle Tarn and Place Fell

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Our walk began from Patterdale. It was a beautiful Spring like morning. The air was fresh and the roads were quiet. We parked opposite the Patterdale Hotel which was £4.50 for the whole day. The machine doesn't take card or notes though, so you'll need a bag of change!

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Helvellyn looking absolutely stunning.

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From the car park, head towards Side Farm. I'm sure that this is a fairly popular camping spot for families, so you may or may not of heard of it before. The views looking back towards Kirkstone Pass were insane!

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We followed the sign towards Angle Tarn.

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There she is, in all her glory.. Angle Tarn! What a beautiful day we had, honestly I cannot believe how lovely the weather was. It was perfect hiking weather!

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Then we headed back towards Place Fell.

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You can just see Ullswater peaking through and Place Fell in the background. The views were breathtaking and I'm so glad we didn't see many people up there.

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Place Fell Summit!

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And then lunch. My stomach was rumbling the whole way up. I only had a crumpet before we set off, so my ham and coleslaw sandwich soon disappeared.

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Glenridding nestled in the hills. It really doesn't get much better than this!

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Urgh, my camera needs a clean! Those splodges are from dust on the lens. I'll have to take it in to Wilkinson's when normal life resumes.

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It was so good to feel the sunshine no my face. The sun makes everything better.

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Almost down! I wished I had taken my wet suit with me. Ullswater looked so lovely and calm. Next time for sure.. whenever that will be!

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The walk along Ullswater was lovely, although longer than we anticipated. There are some really lovely spots where you can go and chill with a picnic and watch the world go by.

Hello! Long time no speak. Last week all kind of merged in to one and by the time I knew it, it was the weekend! Not that we can do much due to the lock down and although I resent not being able to work on the house or walk in the hills, I'm actually quite enjoying spending time at home, watching tele, drawing, painting, sleeping, eating, creating Tik Toks and just being present. So far, I've learnt how to French braid my hair and I'm going to practise with two plaits later. I love being able to have it out of the way and I think it looks quite nice after having slept on it too, as it doesn't look too put together. I've been busy creating a list of all the things I want to do when this whole thing blows over. I'll share those in a separate post though this week! I've tanned my face and my legs, which I never get time to do - or I used to feel like I never have time to do! It's made me feel so much better about myself. And yeh.. that's pretty much it! I had a flick through my diary from last year and we were preparing to fly to Thailand for a month. We hadn't planned to go this year, which is a relief as Dad has cancelled his flight and my Mum is currently stuck out there until further notice. I don't know when she'll be home but I can't see it being anytime soon. I still hope to get out there next Easter, although Josh thinks I'm being optimistic. I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens! Anyway, hope you enjoyed my photos. Maybe you can add it to your list of walks for when we can get back outside. This was one of my favourites and if you want to view the walk you can see it here. We did take a little detour though to Angle Tarn which I would recommend! Speak soon, L.

Spring, is that you?

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Ah, the sunshine! Today has been beautiful and makes working from home much easier, even if I don't have a garden to work in, it's still nice to have the sun beaming through the windows. After checking the weather forecast late last night, I knew it was going to be nice, so I woke up pretty early, picked my camera up and went for a stroll around the lanes, went to the Post Office and picked up a paper for my Gran and nipped in to the local fruit and veg shop for some bits for tea. Josh and I ended up going for a little stroll before tea, so that we could stretch our legs and get some fresh air before an early night. The sunset was amazing and was so lovely to witness. I haven't seen a sunset this good in such a long time! I'll try to post daily with either photos from my morning walk or just some reposts from previous hikes or adventures! I'm trying to make the most of my mornings and evenings and planning something to keep my brain and body active. We are hoping to get a few jobs done at the house tomorrow. We have a huge book case we bought from Facebook Market Place that I'd quite like to rub down and paint for the office. We'll see though, as it's not really a priority at the moment. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your evening. Speak soon, L.

Escaping the indoors

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Ah, fresh air! I cannot even begin to explain to you how amazing it feels to breathe in fresh air and witness the sunset from the fell behind our home. We are so lucky to live here anyway but even more so now with everything that's going on. To walk outside, on to the hills and not see anyone is something I'll forever be grateful for. Today I started working from home. It's weird and even though I'm with my Gran, it's a little lonely. I enjoy the banter in the office and talking about things I wouldn't talk about with my Gran. To go from being so free, doing your shopping whenever you want, going out for a drink with your friends and family has now turned into quite a scary time. I can imagine for people who live alone that the next few weeks or month are going to be extremely daunting and I cannot imagine how it must feel. However, what I do think is that these things are sent to teach us something. I'm a big believer that the world is in need of a little more love. In fact not just a little more love but a lot more love. I hope when all this is over that we don't go back to normal. That we continue to think of our elders all the time, not just now. That we are less greedy and think about what we are buying and where we are buying it from. That we spend more time with our families and we just STOP and slow down.  Someone said something really interesting to me the other day and it was that her, her husband and children all spent the weekend in the house together and watched a film, on the sofa for the first time in a long time. They talked, they weren't distracted by anything else or anyone going out to do something else, it was just them and they were present. They were living in the moment. That's what we need, we need more people and more families who spend time together and make time for one another. We are all so busy working, trying to be the best that we can be, trying to be better than the next person, trying to have what everyone else has.. I'm guilty, I know I am and I hope it does make us all think. Anyway.. I wasn't expecting to come here and rant. I know it's been a while... sorry about that. But yes, I'll be working from home for the foreseeable future so if you feel like messaging me, please do. Stay safe everyone, look after yourself, your loved ones and your neighbours. Get plenty of sleep and eat good food. Drink tea and eat biscuits. Life is too short <3

What we’ve been up to lately…

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A few images from my college days.

I don't know where I've been these past couple of weeks and I cannot quite believe that it is March already! The days and weeks are merging in to one, I feel like every single day is wet, drizzly, cold and miserable at the moment, coronavirus is beginning to scare me a little and to top things off, Josh has been off work this week with what the hospital thinks is a partial dislocation. So, work on the house is pretty much on hold. Although, Isaac has been doing the electrics over the past couple of days to keep things moving and we have been bathroom shopping the past two weekends -  I guess it ain't all that bad! We were pretty much set on the idea of having a wet room on the 1st floor but after comparing the difference between a wet room or a shower tray, we've decided to go for the shower tray. The tray will be flush with the tiles and is made from stone, so will blend in nicely with the textured tiles and neutral feel of the bathroom. I want to keep it super simple, clean, light and classic. We've chosen light coloured tiles, a plain glass screen and a huge back lit mirror. I'm still keen on the monkey accessories from Dunelm but we'll see nearer the time...

Incase you missed a little glimpse at my new student ID card over on my Instagram stories the other week and the reason for sharing the images above, I started college at the end of February! Every single time I talk about being back at college I feel so incredibly happy and excited to be back learning and growing. I'm doing a part time illustration course which fits in perfectly working full time! It's been 5 years since I left college, where I studied Art and Design for 3 years, so I wanted to go back and figure out my style again. I'm a completely different person to who I was back when I was in my late teens and I'm excited to learn new technique's and experiment a little more. I'll be sharing my progress when I've got back in to the swing of drawing and printing again and if you do have any ideas for what you'd love to see, let me know!

I have hated being so quiet on social media and more so my blog but I haven't had anything to share with you. So, I'm going to leave it here and continue watching 'Next in fashion' on Netflix. It's such a good series/competition about a group of designers creating and making fashion garments! Anyway, enjoy the rest of your week. Speak soon hopefully, L.

Interior moodboard: bathroom and en suite

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As you may have seen, we fitted our staircase this weekend. I thought work would pause on the house for a little while because we have been working so hard but nope, Josh has been plodding away with building the bathroom stud walls. It was hard to imagine the bathroom because of the stairs moving position but now they are in, we know how much space we will have to play with. It won't be big at all, only enough room for a shower, toilet and sink but we are happy with that on the 1st floor. I want to keep it really bright and minimal because it will be small and there won't be any natural light either. I was a little sceptical of this but thinking about it, most hotel bathrooms don't have windows and are pretty small, so I'm going to be taking lots of inspo from hotel suites and try to think back to our holiday's to Thailand. Our en suite in the master will be a little different. We have permission to fit sky lights on the opposite side to our two pitched roofed dormers, so we plan on having one of the sky lights in the shower. Don't worry, nobody's going to see us unless they are peering down from the fell with a good pair of binoculars! The plan is to also have a bath but I'm not sure whether that will be in the en suite or in the bedroom. When we visited the Brimstone hotel and spa last year, there were not one but two roll top baths in front of the bed. It was beautiful! We won't need two but I do love the idea of soaking in the bath in the bedroom, peering out of the dormers across the fell. Ah, I'm totally dreaming again, haha! Anyway, I just wanted to share with you my little mood board for the bathrooms. There is a clear theme of grey, black, white, wood and I will of course add a splash of green (my favourite colour). Speak soon, L.

The new staircase is in!

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It has been a full on weekend. Josh's football game was cancelled on Saturday because of the weather, so he cracked on with the house. We got SO much done, I feel so proud! Josh has worked his arse off to get this staircase in, he's an absolute legend! Kind of feel like we deserve a day off tomorrow to put our feet up but we need to go to actual work to pay for all this stuff, ha! It took 6 of us to lift the new staircase up and in to position. It was really difficult with three acrow's in the way and trying not to damage the new staircase but we did it! Of course we did it! We had some good people helping us out, even if it was baltic! We had the spindles and newel posts matched to the existing ones, which was so worth the extra money. They are beautiful! We are going to have to leave the spindles out for now because the plasterer will need to get behind them, so it's just a pain in the bum for them if we put them in. Although, I would absolutely love to see them in! Still undecided whether I want to just give the bannister a good wax/varnish or whether I want to paint them. I love the black hand rail and newel post with white spindles but I am just seeing it everywhere! Anyway, I am knackered. My body aches, my eyes feel heavy and I cannot wait to jump in to a nice warm bed! I hope you all had a lovely weekend, whatever you were upto. Speak soon, L.

Painting our back door

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We finally got around to painting the back door and window on Sunday. It was dry enough to get the first coat on but who knows when it will be dry again to get the next coat on. Saying that though, I'm not 100% on it but we've now spent £45 on paint for the back door. Josh is happy with it but I feel like it needs a bit more umph. Something stronger. You know what I mean? Black, dark dark blue, even charcoal perhaps but this just isn't doing it for me at the moment. I think I'll leave it for a few weeks now as it's not a priority but I'll perhaps have to convince Josh to change it. I always do this with paint. I get carried away, spend money on paint, paint it, waste time (and money), then want to change it. I never learn! I've been following Emma Hill and her house renovations over on her YouTube channel, she has swatches of paint all over her walls and she leaves it for a good few days before making a decision. This is what I need to start doing! I'm not settling for anything in the house until I've tested at least 10 different colours. I may go back on that though, if I do happen to stumble upon 'the one'.. we'll see! Sorry about the lack of photographs... I've been filming the majority of our latest renovations so the photos have been a little neglected. Did you see our latest home update over on my YouTube channel? You can view it here if not. Anyway, this evening I do feel rather tired. I think I'm going to do some drawing, have some tea and get an early night. I'd usually be playing netball but because it's half term we don't bother. Shame really because I do love a good workout on a Tuesday, it usually makes me feel so much more alive! Speak soon, L.

This weeks photo diary

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Thursday morning before work, Josh and I woke up super early to catch the sunrise from the top of Winder. It was a beautiful morning!

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Went to a military style fitness class on Saturday and then pigged out at Method Cafe. The polenta and passion fruit cake is delicious! I will certainly be back for another piece of that.

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One morning before work.

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Storm Ciara causing chaos here in Cumbria. The River Rawthey had burst it's banks and all of the roads were flooded leading out of Sedbergh.

Turns out the racing green paint we decided on looks terrible on the back door, so after Josh decided to paint the frame, I now have the best job of sanding it down! Nevermind - you live and you learn! I must learn never to rush in to things and just think about what I want. That's a £25.00 tin of paint wasted. Anyone want to buy it from me? I actually purchased another tin this weekend. It's called 'green glade' by Dulux. It's a softer green which Josh told me to go for originally. I don't think we'll be getting the back door painted anytime soon, as the weather is.. wet, windy and just rubbish basically. Never mind, we still have lots to be cracking on with, including the ripping out of the attic space, yay! I cleared it this afternoon, so all we need to do is get some scruffs on, get a mask on and start knocking it to pieces. This is in preparation for the two pitched roofed dormers we hope to get passed by the Yorkshire Dales National Park.. and if we don't get it passed then we'll be terribly annoyed. Fingers crossed we hear from them very soon! Oh, after also whinging about a summer holiday on my last post, we actually went ahead and booked a week in Italy for the summer. I'm incredibly excited and I have a list as long as my arm about what I want us to see and do. Anyone else plan their holidays? I always note everything down so I don't get stuck when we are there, otherwise I feel it's a wasted trip away. I'll share more on that nearer the time! Anyway, I am super tired. It's been an energetic weekend to be honest with you. I'm ready to snuggle down and get cosy and warm in bed, so I'll love you and leave you.

Interior moodboard: kitchen/living space

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What a bloody miserable week it's been. Obviously I'm talking about the weather (cause I'm half British and it seems that's all us Brit's talk about). We need a holiday but cannot decide where to head off to. We want sunshine, adventure, soft sand and beautiful clear blue water but I can't find anywhere in our budget that I want to go... I had thought about Sardinia. I even got as far as reserving an Air BnB for a week until I realised flights would almost cost as much as going to Thailand. I compare everything to Thailand because I know you get so much for your money there. Speaking of Thailand, we are planning a trip for next Easter. I know it's a long way off yet but I have to have something to look forward to and aim for in the gym - whatever that is. I haven't been in god knows how long. This week has been a quiet one and we haven't set foot in the house. I thought about painting the back door this weekend but it's been far too wet and we couldn't decide on a paint. After sleeping on it though and asking you guys on our @verynorthernhome Instagram, we've decided to go for green. Josh is more keen on a lighter shade of green and I'm much more keen on like a dark racing green - the same colour as my first Mini I had to say goodbye to a few years ago. I'll hopefully get that sorted sometime this coming week, if the weather cheers up! I've been pinning a lot on Pinterest lately, mainly because I'm really starting to think about what I really want in the house. The kitchen/living space is open plan and I really want to make sure it all flows, rather than feeling like two separate rooms. Even though we had plans done for the kitchen from 3 different kitchen designers, we think we are just going to design and make our own. On entering the kitchen through the back door (which will be used as our main door), we'll have a little bench, shoe store area and hooks to hang our most used coats up (the top image on the right is what I'm hoping it will look like). This has been one of my latest ideas and I think it will break the space up, as previously it was just going to be a full wall of cupboards, from floor to ceiling. I'm thinking of having all the cupboards on this side dark and the kitchen cupboards on the other wall a light grey colour, which I hope will flow in to the living room better. The wall with the log burner will be a light grey/green colour, same as the big window wall. Then the main door (which will be out of use) will be dark green, the same as the rest of that wall leading up the stair case. This probably sounds like total gibberish to you so to put it in basic terms, the colours downstairs will consist of, grey, blue and green with added brass accessories for the kitchen cupboard handles, lights, door handles etc. I'm still unsure about the stairs but I think we are best just getting the bannister fitted and seeing whether wood works or whether it will need to be painted. Woah, this is an extremely long post. I hadn't planned on typing so much but I feel so inspired when I see these images. It makes me very excited!

Planning submitted!

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Our fabulous friend Will has done all the drawings for our planning, with the help of Josh of course who measured up and photographed all the dormers in our town etc. so we have now submitted our second lot of planning! I'm a little nervous about it actually because our first application was rejected. We had originally applied for one big flat roofed dormer in the roof of the house. The main reason for this is because we want to convert in to a master suite and you need so much head height over the stair case to class the space as a 'bedroom'. With a sloped roof either side it would make it difficult to list the building as a 4 bedroom house without adapting the roof space, so we've reapplied with two pitched roofs, which is more in favour around our area. We probably won't hear back from the Yorkshire Dale planners now for another 8 weeks. However, I'm hoping because we already submitted planning previously that it might be a little quicker.. but I won't keep my hopes up. It was a last minute decision to have windows on the side faces of the dormers but it should allow much more light in, which is exactly what we want. I've also noticed that one of the houses a few doors down have these too, so I can't see how they can say no but you never know. Anyway, wish us luck. Keep your toes and fingers crossed for us because I feel as though we may need it! Speak soon, L.