Thursday, 23 March 2017

Well I passed module 1

I once again didn't mean for this long to pass between posts but evenings are still spent in the throws of study.
The good news is that I passed my first module exams and there are only two modules to go.

Spring is finally starting to take hold here and the trees are starting to bud, I can't wait for some warmth to creep into our lives.

This weekend we moved James and myself into our new bedroom and baby girl from her old room into the new. This means her old room is vacant ready for us to start knocking down walls to join the extension to the old house in the right spot.

We've been getting quotes to knock the wall through and reverse the stairs, and have settled on a friend to move the stairs and an acquaintance of his to do the knock throughs. They have said it could take up to 8 weeks to start, but after all this time we're in no hurry. It's the same guy who put together the frame for our bay roof window so we know the work was done to a good standard, here's hoping the rest will be too.

Our new bedroom in the extension is so relaxing, not to mention warm! The wonders of modern insulation ;-)

Baby girl has been poorly this week with vomiting and a high temperature, she's coming out the other side now but is still very tired. I'm off work tomorrow so it'll be nice to spend some quality time with  her. She did dress as a princess this weekend, see the cuteness for yourselves.

I tried to get a picture of her room tidy when she'd moved in but by the time I'd taken pictures of our room the duo had done their best to give her room the lived in look. Obviously we have no carpets yet, hopefully at the end of the year they may be bought.

For some reason our internet has gone back to being particularly annoying, the connection keeps dropping or being unbearably slow. It does lead to some ripe words when I'm trying to get work finished late in the evening and I'm getting tired and crabby. If the God of the internet hears my prayers, super fast broadband would make me a true believer (and a little less blasphemous!)

Monday, 27 February 2017

First exams done

I know it's been ages but today I had my first set of exams as part of my uni course so I finally have 5 minutes to myself. James has been fantastic taking on even more of the household responsibilities and building work to enable me to spend evenings and weekends studying.

The less said about the ineptitude of the university and their exams the better, suffice to say it was a somewhat stressful day but at least I am one module through the programme, even if I may need to do some resits.

A few weekends ago we put another of our vegetable beds back in place and finally put in the strawberry plants that we dug up last year. It seems that at the moment everything we do is last minute. It was snowing whilst we planted but I really needed to get them in whilst they were dormant before Spring starts to show it's face. I also put in some Spring bulbs I ordered last autumn that should have been planted months ago. I'm not sure if they'll come to anything being put in so late. I think this next 6 months I am going to have to put any non-essential jobs on hold until I'm done studying.

James has finished the plastering in our new room, along with putting on the skirting and architrave. He made some window sills and fitted them. Bless him he's even taken over my job painting and the room suddenly seems to be almost finished. Yesterday he even fitted the facias on the plug sockets and fitted the light shade and curtain poles.

The fire place in our bedroom has been a bit of hard work. When we investigated the fireplace it became obvious why I had been completely unable to stand the Rayburn being lit when I was pregnant. The flue pipe only went as far as the first floor and was spewing smoke into the space just behind the fireplace which had been covered loosely with some particle board. You can see where it was leaking around the mantle piece. Thank God the smell made me feel so ill, all that carbon monoxide would have leaked into where we were sleeping. The carbon monoxide alarms were both fitted into the rooms where the burners were as per recommendations so were never activated when the fire was lit.
We have put in a floor as we don't intend to use the Rayburn again in it's current incarnation and will get a new flue fitted when a burner is fitted into the extension.
The chimney breast was a pain to get boarded and plastered, especially in the tiny alcove but it looks good.

Yesterday I took the kids on an hours walk in the local woods to atone for spending so little time with them recently. Luckily they're happy with their dad most of the time but it's difficult and I feel guilty for neglecting them.

I will take some pictures of our bedroom in the light and post on here soon.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Back to being a student

James has been working evenings at home this week to get our bedroom plastered and today he finished all four walls with just the chimney breast to go. It's looking great and it's almost at the stage where I can lend my painting skills. 

On Friday I attended an induction day for the university course to do my prescribing certificate. To be honest they scared me to death with the amount of work required over the next 6 months. I had been told it takes 12 hours a week to complete, but they said it needs 100 hours a month, where will I find the time? I think to be honest you just find the time when you have to.

I'm still not fully enrolled, I've had to take just about every official document that I've ever had and I still hadn't taken everything they want. This leaves me without my student ID, which I'm told is required to get into the medical school there, so I'll have to attach myself to someone else to get me in, I'm not looking forward to that.

So tomorrow I'm back in to do my first day in a classroom in 10 years, how exciting and scary.

There are some very pretty (and ugly) parts of campus and I had a wonder round. I didn't take any pictures but I found this a few online so you can see the best bits.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Last year's achievements

Now my one standing achievement so far seems to be taking forever to put a post together so I'm a bit behind on last year's achievements.

2016 was a bit mixed, with some great successes, it just seemed to take a few tries to get everything right. I've made a list for us to see what we've done and it gives us a sense of achievement when you read it all and realise why you seem to have no time or money!

So here's a bit of a list in no particular order:-

  • Got water and electricity to the cabin, fitted the cabin kitchen and bathroom and furnished
  • Emptied the old extension
  • Had old extension knocked down old
  • Moved the boiler again and not for the last time
  • Had more chicks
  • Had a whole new extension built...slowly
  • Bricked up the old doorways in the house
  • Built stud work upstairs, insulated studs and plaster boarded
  • Plumbed and wired the extension
  • Fitted a new bathroom (partly)
  • Plastered and decorated baby girls new room
  • Built and fibreglassed the extension bay roof
  • Had windows fitted
  • Had doors hung, both internal and external
  • Had back garden levelled and seeded lawn
  • Changed jobs...twice
  • Been to Sicily, Devon and Cardiff
  • Grown a multitude of fruit and veg
  • Canned and preserved the harvest

I will admit to using 'the royal' we. James has worked himself very hard, whilst keeping up a full time job and spending time with the family. I think it's fair to say that he pushed himself too hard last year and the plan this year is to spend more family time together. That's particularly important to me now that I'm also working full time.

So here's a quick pic of before and after this year of the front of the house. Would you believe that when I put this together I couldn't find a picture of the whole of the front, so the new bit will have to do, I must rectify that.



And once again baby girl is called into play to show how time's flown, just look at that hair! Not to mention the first photo is Easter, so a quarter of the way in to the year.