"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

We had a pleasant couple of days at the lake cottage, enjoying the brilliant sunsets. And the passing boat...

...and time on the dock with the girls

My homeward journey yesterday lasted 51 minutes. It's not quite 10 minutes more driving time than from the Lodge to the cottage.

Arrangements in some areas of the new house are coming together.

The kitchen, for instance. Very pleased with the granite worktops and the new cabinet colours.

The parlour/dining room is in a finished state, except for curtaining the windows.

The high tent ceiling in the big bedroom is perfect for the fourposter.

The guest quarters are suitably prepared for company. A few remaining items are being installed in various places this week--the electrician comes soon to add new light fixtures and other upgrades.

The latest heat wave subsided, and as usual was immediately followed by drenching rain and threats of flash flooding. We've got used to this pattern. And the English weather has been much the same as ours. I'm sure it will moderate by the time we return.

I look forward to having my bookcases. The mountain of books in my library/office will have to be thoroughly sorted, the categories are all jumbled up. Writing--and royal infant updates--are good distractions from the chaos!


Mary Reed McCall said...

Your new home looks gorgeous! I especially love your kitchen - layout, textures, colors, and style included. Just lovely! And how nice to still have the familiarity and beauty of the cottage to go to as well. Wishing you many happy years in your wonderful new abode. :)

Margaret Porter said...

Thanks, Mary! We are so comfortable in this house and 'hood. Had lots done to the inside, a little to the outside, to make it truly ours. Still working on finishing touches. And waiting on built on bookcases. The garden is coming along well, too!