Tiny Sparks of Joy

Sorting through the remains of the school year and planning more photobooks so we can recycle all this art guilt free. I adore the ones from Google photos I’ve ordered.

The glass backsplash we splurged on for our kitchen. It is beautiful and shiny and sleek and minimalist and I love it every time I look at it.

Holiday time on the way. France here we come (again).

This podcast episode. We don’t live in a small home but there’s always something to be gained from listening to how other people live their lives.

Eight weeks of maternity leave left. Going to focus on the joy of this and not the return to work.

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Tiny Sparks of Joy

School’s Out….

…and I’ve been stopping to smell the roses, especially this one from our garden.

img_20190701_151828Along with the rose smelling, I’m getting through a gentle list of jobs and getting organised for our holiday next week. Whatever the psychology behind crossing things off a to do list is, it makes me more productive. Today’s jobs include sorting out a tiny mess in our sitting room and a much larger mess in my daughter’s room.

School’s Out….

Tiny Sparks of Joy

Another tidying festival, this time involving all the summer clothes I’ve held onto for year  but now actively dislike. Time for a small summer capsule wardrobe.

New sockets and switches in our lovely new kitchen.

Letting go, of physical and mental stuff.

Summer holidays being less than three weeks away.

Enjoying last year’s sparkling wine and the memories it sparks. Things have certainly changed a lot in a year, mostly for the better.

Tiny Sparks of Joy

Pizza

img_20190615_130009One of the only things my husband really wanted in our new kitchen were quartz countertops. I was on the fence, mainly because they added 25% to the cost of our refurbishment and would delay completion because they had to be made to order. I’m happy to say he was 100% right. I love them, he loves them, they look amazing.

Having work surfaces again meant we were able to make pizza for the first time in many weeks. My husband makes amazing pizza dough and I make the tomato sauce. We had some leftover asparagus spears and these combined with some mozzarella cheese and a tin of anchovies made for a delicious lunch.

I have resolved to buy a pizza stone to cook pizza on, however, because scraping the remnants of cooked dough off various baking trays and roasting tins was no fun.

Pizza

Oh Happy Day

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Kitchen renovations have meant we were without a tap and sink downstairs for the past two weeks. This has not been good. I’ve washed dishes in a baby bath inside a larger bath and improvised with a bath towel to make a draining board. Thankfully we have an outside tap which provided us with drinking water but the absence of a sink was something I felt keenly. Every surface felt grubby and making food and tea or coffee was irritating. Sad to say I’ve eaten more than my fair share of junk.

Yesterday I wasn’t expecting Tap Man to come but he did! And installed our new tap, something which I hummed and hawwed over because it was a bit pricey. I LOVE THIS TAP. This, along with a shiny new sink, is the stuff of dreams. I washed up after dinner, wiped all the gritty bits out of the new drawers and made a pot of tea. Bliss. I will never, ever take easy access to running water for granted again.

Oh Happy Day

Tiny Sparks of Joy

A walk from one side of the city to the other, and crossing the bridge which looks like a harp and traversing streets I never see on foot.

A little lunch date after said ramble.

A working dishwasher. The stuff of dreams.

Looking forward to our kitchen finally being finished. Inching towards that goal this weekend.

Holiday plans. New passports, a new campsite and a new car.

Tiny Sparks of Joy

Progress

Our kitchen looks like this,  but this is a vast improvement.

img_20190605_095616We have no sink, no hob, no floor and no proper plastered walls but I’m still happy. I have a newfound appreciation for access to running water in a convenient spot and I never thought I’d say this but I miss eating stuff which needs to be simmered in boiling water.

I’m looking forward to the new floors which will be fitted on Friday and the fancy countertops we decided to splash out on being fitted next week. I’m hoping the local builder who seems pretty reliable comes back sometime soon to fix the plaster, or lack thereof.

A new kitchen is an absolute luxury and despite all the hassle and irritation of having to wash stuff in the bath and fill water bottles 25 times a day, we’re very thankful we can improve our home like this.

Progress