Hello folks! Thanks for your lovely comments, and once again I’m sorry (for myself) that I haven’t been able to spend time blogging. For one thing, the very cold weather slows our broadband speed down to nearly zero at times, but mostly I have been very busy getting our flat ready to sell. Here’s me painting over the Dafter’s pink wallpaper:
But we’re not painting over the rainbow on the ceiling:
We moved here when the Dafter was 4, and she has loved her wallpaper for most of the 11 years we’ve been here. However, in the last while the pink has been grating on her nerves, and I thought she’d be delighted to have cream walls just until we move – but then she was sad the pink had gone!
Being a Very Good Girl, she had never given in to the considerable temptation to colour in one of the designs, but she asked if she could on this occasion:
And then it was gone forever… One more step along the road we go, towards our new life.
We have had snow, hail and gales for the past week or so. Sometimes the house is so rattled by the hailstones that you think there will be two feet of the stuff outside, but it mostly seems to blow away. (There is a lot more snow a few miles inland.) I’ve kept the paths cleared, and there’s only an inch or two on the ground at the moment after a week of very wintry weather.
Last week, it was treacherously icy, but beautiful:
Here is a magical little place in the western suburbs, above a stream with a Narnia-type of lamp:
The ice, if you can navigate it, is truly beautiful. Here is the view from my bedroom window, towards the North Sea:
You can see the lighthouse from our house if you know where to look.
So we’ve stayed inside a lot. Some of my bulbs are coming up, to cheer me:
And I’ve been very happy in my new full-time role of looking after the Dafter:
She’s been working very hard to help get ready for the move. Sometimes all she can manage in one day is to sort through a box of possessions – hard enough when one is well! But she’s a great encourager of my own efforts, which is such a big help.
We did get out last week, and she managed to climb the stairs to one of our favourite places in Aberdeen, the Victoria Restaurant. We used to come here for a treat after school sometimes. They do a fab Victoria sponge. I can’t remember what this look was in response to, but it’s one the Dafter gives me from time to time, just to keep me in check if I’m getting a bit out of hand:
We still have a bit more painting and sorting to do before the flat will be ready for the photographer, but we’re getting closer to the finish line now. Thanks again for all your good wishes – it’s very exciting!