Wow.. It is almost March!! Where has the time gone!!
Months have passed since my last post so I thought it was possibly time for a quick update.
Where to start! We have moved house twice, from Newton Stewart to a house share in a cottage just outside Dumfries and then to a flat closer to the town centre. Madalaine moved schools, I started Uni, started working, and it’s all go go go..
The house share was an interesting experience… As I was not working in Newton Stewart it was practically impossible to save for a rental deposit to move closer to anywhere with better job prospects. So when the possibility of sharing a 4 bedroom cottage came up, I jumped at the chance. I was wary of moving Madalaine to a new school as she was settled at the one she was at previously, but hoped that it would be beneficial to us all in the long run.
The cottage was beautiful, set at the end of a farm track with a lovely big garden and vegetable plot. At first it felt a bit odd sharing space with others, but it soon started to feel homely. We were sharing with a friend and his Mum and their gorgeous but enormous dog. Madalaine enjoyed the space outside in the garden and whilst the weather was nice it was a lovely place to live. However once winter set in it was sooooooo cold! I had no experience of how expensive oil heating was to run, and have since vowed to NEVER take on a house with oil heating.
Here are some of the pictures from our time spent there:
The table at Christmas, Dawn made a lovely early Xmas dinner.. and the chairs added a bit of humour 😀
Some of the apples on the tree in the garden.. They would have made a lovely cider.. but we never got round to it 😦
We got a new baby lionhead rabbit.. and called him/her Boo.. We thought it was a she.. until about a week ago when we realised she was actually a he… ooops lol
One of the plants in the garden attracted the butterflies like crazy! They looked so beautiful, I counted 20 odd on it at one time.
Even a few celebs came to visit 😉
He’s probably going to hate me for posting this picture.. but there were some really funny times..
And others where I got stuck in a sandwich…
We liked to pose occasionally..
And Madalaine got ready to start at her new school.. which has 63 pupils instead of 20 odd…
Sometimes I wondered who the biggest kid was.. but whoever it was in the end-up Conor was always a hit with the kiddies…
There were a few parties at the cottage, which Conor organised and pretty much decorated for by himself..
Sam and Megan stayed as crazy as ever…
The kitchen was often the hub of activity..
The skies were beautiful sometimes..
Yeah, if he doesn’t hate me for the last picture I posted.. then this one will do the trick 😀 sneaky sneaky..
Around bonfire night I think, it was fun to play with the sparklers…
There were lots of ups and downs to sharing the house.. But it was nice to eventually find a flat of our own. Although it does sometimes still seem a bit quiet…
So, our newest place is a flat close to the town.. it is easier to get about thankfully as my car died.. completely..