We've had another busy week at pennypincher cottage. Despite the recent hot weather, we managed to complete the chicken run a couple of weeks ago, with temporary summer roof (old glass clear tarpaulins lashed on!), and have now created a little sitting out area under the already in situ pergola. I managed to move 9 large paving slabs across the garden, and actually felt like I had achieved something doing so. Actually I did achieve something, a couple of strained back muscles! We now have flower beds around the drive as well, which adds to the kerb appeal of the place. I've also riddled a lot of gravel off the garden in an area near the back door where we want to create a wood shed.
Here's the almost finished chicken run, and some assorted garden debris!
OH has been working crazy hours recently, and helping out (for free) at the rugby club with their sound system, and I've been doing the garden, so we spent the day relaxing on Friday. I couldn't resist a quick charity shop rootle on Saturday morning but only spent 50p. This lovely summer top from Gap has a side zip fastening so fits really well, and is fully lined too. I found it in my favourite independent animal charity shop where they often have large baskets of clothes outside for 50p or a pound.
Today we have been for our weekly walk around the village, the lambs are getting bigger and now, instead of running from us they follow us! They were in another field away from the public footpath and I imagine this could be a reason for their bravery.
We walked down a lane we've not been down before, and quite frankly I'm not sure about driving down due to its narrowness, and the national speed limit signs which I think is ridiculous! Could you go down this lane at 60 mph?
I couldn't and wouldn't and don't think anyone should either.
We soon came across a set of steep steps in the bank, a way of getting off the lane and up to the public footpaths running through the fields, known locally as the Devil's steps, apparently.
Very steep! Nice views from the top though!
Just a couple of fields from home now, nice gateways to pass through
and a glade of trees to walk round
Past the church, and we are home!
I do like those twin bootscrapers by the door
My walking outfit
Moto jeans £1, Tommy Hilfiger rugby shirt £1, both charity shopped, brand new Hi Tec walking shoes £10 (reduced from £35) from The Original Factory Shop in Stourport on Severn, and a warm Cotton Traders parka shaped fleece, bought new. It costs hardly anything to look this cheap!
This week we have the architect coming, who will do some millimetre perfect measuring up for the builder and chat about our ideas for altering the layout of the cottage (honestly, who puts a downstairs loo next to the lounge, who?!)
I'm hoping to get some semblance of a woodshed constructed this week. Give it 7 days and we'll see!
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