Posted on August 17, 2015
Our Island Move: 6 Month Update
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.
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:
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!
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…
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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