Our Island Move: 6 Month Update


Our Island #Move: 6 Month Update - An Island Family By Grace

 

It is now just over 6 months since Our Big Move to the Scottish Hebrides islands, so I thought it was time to give an update on how we are getting on.

After a very stormy and dark February and March, we had some very good weather in April, and we were able to enjoy lots of outdoor time, and stock up on some Vitamin D! May was very wet, leading to my vegetable seedling fails, and June got steadily warmer, to the point where, shock horror, I was able to stop wearing two pairs of socks at a time, just before the end of our school term.

We had discovered around the end of March that part of our house would need re-roofed. This was a bit of a blow to our plans, but thankfully we know that God’s plans for us are much better, and His timing is perfect.

Our Island Family Move 6 Month Update ~ An Island Family By Grace

The front of the offending roof

My husband has been working hard to fix the roof this past week, with the much appreciated help of some able friends, and you can see the transformation that has taken place:

 

Our Island Family Move: 6 Month Update - An Island Family By Grace

The roof tiles being removed

 

Ours Island #Move: 6 Month Update ~ An Island Family By Grace

What we discovered when my husband removed the roof tiles

 

Our Island Move: 6 Month Update - An Island Family By Grace

Hurray- our roof is waterproof!

 

Our Island Move: 6 Month Update - An Island Family By Grace

Tiling nearly finished!

 

Today they will finish the tiling, then it will all start over again with the front side. This all means that we will be able to use all the rooms in our house within the next few months! We were previously able to use the dining room only for storage, starting off seedlings, or ceilidh dancing practice! Now we will have extra space to play and learn in, which I know I will be particularly thankful for in the winter.

Other than the roof, we have also been able to finish off the ‘pantry’ with a door we were given by a kind friend, and my husband was willing to turn his hand to creating a storage space for tin cans at the side of our fridge, for which I had seen inspiration on Pinterest some time ago.  My husband adapted two extra drawers that we had left over from fitting our new kitchen cupboards, turned them on their sides, and fronted them with wooden panelling taken from the wall in a different area. It fits nicely between our fridge and the pantry wall. Looks like we eat a lot of baked beans!

 

Tinned Food #Storage - Our Island Move: 6 Month Update on An Island Family By Grace

Our new tinned food storage system!

 

You can see my organisation board on Pinterest here for more ideas on kitchen storage for small spaces. Follow Gwen An Island Family By Grace’s board Organising on Pinterest.

Really the amount of work that we have done to the house and garden since February has been huge, most of it by my husband, and the place is looking transformed!

In terms of family life, we have continued to get to know lovely new friends better, and to get into a ‘normal’ routine (if there is such a thing!), with homeschooling, looking after the chickens, and being part of the church here.

Before winter comes round again, we would like to finish the work to make our dining room weatherproof, which will include installing a new window, and finishing the wall around the fireplace.

I would possibly like to join the local craft group, and I hope that the fitness class I was previously going to will re-start for the winter, so that I can have help with Making Time for Fitness!

Finally, I can’t finish this update without showing you a picture of our new arrivals! Two of our hens went broody a few weeks back, and so far we have 5 chicks! Much excitement all round here…

Baby Chicks - Our Island #Move: 6 Month Update } An Island Family By Grace

 

Obviously a lot of this Our Island Move: 6 Month Update has covered the work we have been doing to our house- have you been doing any renovations to your own house, or do you have a list of things you would like to do? Please let me know in the comments section.


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15 Comments on “Our Island Move: 6 Month Update

  1. It does look like you are ‘making your home sing’! I’m just visiting from that linkup (I’m one of your neighbours). I enjoyed reading your renovation post – I spoke to a builder today to get the ball rolling for our renovation – very exciting, but a bit scarey too – not sure how functional our house will be during the work being done!
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    • Thank you Belinda! Yes, it can definitely be a bit scary! Thankfully our dining room is at one end of the house, so we are able to close the door and not have it interfere too much with the rest of the house. I know that might change once we are fitting out the inside of the room, however!

  2. I’ve always been partial to islands. I live on an island in the tropics right now–and love it. I’ve worked on a few roofs in the past–I know the dismay that comes from taking off the shingles and finding rotten wood underneath. That’s a big project! Glad it’s all taken care of now!
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  3. I have always wanted to visit Ireland (where my ancestors are from), but I’ve always also wanted to visit Scotland too! I love the look of the cottages much like yours!

    Thank you for sharing the blessings of your progress there and your hopes for the future.

    The pictures of your new baby hens brought a huge smile to my face!

    • Thank you Karen 🙂 The chicks are bringing a smile to our faces too- there are now 10 of them!

  4. So glad you got your roof fixed! What a cute cottage you have. I have always wanted to visit Scotland and Ireland. My husband went to Scotland and said how beautiful it was but cold and wet. Your chicks are so cute!+
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    • Thank you Rebekah. Cold and wet mostly sums up this summer, but thankfully we have had two beautiful days this week!

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