The first time we came to this house, it was only me that wanted to see it.
We'd all stayed at a friend's house for the night and were having lots of fun. In the morning we needed to leave early in order to arrive on time for our appointment. Our children had already seen a lot of houses and weren't happy with traipsing around another one.
We debated for ages whether to cancel the viewing....
eventually we walked up the path to the front door, rang the bell and the door opened to this....
Well, mostly this.
(A green carpet was still down on the hall floor and the painting and wooden forks weren't there either).
(below) Walking into the house and looking back at the front door, we saw this...
When I look at these photos now, I find it hard to imagine why we ALL fell so in love with this house.
I knew the minute, I stood in the hall that I wanted to live here.
It seems that when you get that 'gut feeling' that something is right,
it's hard to let go of it. This house was perfect for us and we had to have it.
It's easy to be impressed with a properties good points and completely overlook the amount of work that is needed to renovate it. Looking beyond what we could see, it was easy to see it's potential.
The list of our 'wants' for a new home were easily matched and with great excitement three months later we moved in.
In the cupboard (below) in the spare bedroom are a collection of 'things' that have been gained over many years. 'Things' that are still as important as the day they were bought, found or given to us....
The common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is one of my favourite flowers and suits an English country garden so well with it's grace and elegance.It's stems are tall and stately, thrive in light shade and are known to attract bumblebees to the garden.
It's immaculate tubular flowers hang either side of the green stem, inside are tinged with speckled dots. They come in a variety of colours from purple, pinks through to white.
The foxglove's in our garden are in abundance this year. Conditions under an apple tree are favourable. There is adequate light and moisture. Foxgloves are biennial, producing flowers its second year. We have planted them two years running to have them next year as well, in the meantime, we must enjoy these ones this year.
A closer look at some of the flowers in the garden....
This year has got to be best ever blooms we've seen from the flowers.
This has to be put down to healthier soil. We have worked hard these past few years to produce our own compost by recycling organic materials such as leaves, vegetable scraps and grass cuttings. We've made a habit of adding compost to the soil each season because it's rich in nutrients and promotes soil microbes that aid plant growth. We are now seeing the benefits of our hard work.