In Wales, helping Catherine with her new house

January 24, 2020

Robert’s sister Catherine is in the middle of a big project.
She has bought this beautiful but derelict cottage in a rainbow valley in Walles and we’ve been visiting her to help her sort the cottage out.

The cottage had been unoccupied for several years, untouched since the owner died, and was in desperate need of heating, cleaning, repairing and updating and bringing it into the 21C.

So much has been done to it since Catherine bought it; such as washing and cleaning mould and damp off all walls and ceilings, ripping out stained carpets, taking away a wheelchair stairlift, cutting down an overgrown garden, hours of work to get the wood burner working, new boiler and refitting the central heating, and throwing away mounds and mounds of hoarded junk.

Then came the ripping out of the built-in 1970s kitchen. This was the best fun for me because it’s something I always wanted to do. Catherine’s new kitchen will be centred around her gorgeous farm table, a huge armoire, a freestanding Belfast sink, and this new cooker.

As usual, the kitchen table is the central hub of all activity.
Here is the starting point for endless cups of tea and plans for the cottage futures.

And there’s always time for a walk in this gorgeous valley.

Welsh sheep like to follow you around and then stop just a few feet away and stare you down!

Behind the cottage is the most beautiful church.

There’s nothing I like better than to explore churches and castles and other such old buildings.

This church has a couple beautiful old masters type paintings and Medieval tiles on the floor.

Then it’s back to the cottage for more work…

more views…

and endless cups of tea.

Painters have come this week and will be there painting walls, floors and ceilings for the next few weeks.
What a transformation Catherine!
I’m so proud of you.

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  • Reply Catherine January 24, 2020 at 1:40 am

    Thanks Veronica! It was an absolute pleasure having you both here, and I couldn’t have gotten this far without you! X 🙂

  • Reply Robert Frank Gasch January 24, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Don’t see how you and Robert have time and expertise for all that you both do. But that is great.

  • Reply Hilda Kauffman January 24, 2020 at 7:37 am

    Thanks for this visit to Wales… beautiful.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks January 24, 2020 at 8:12 am

    It will be cozy and gorgeous when everything’s done!
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  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm January 30, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    How exciting! The countryside looks beautiful… What about those sheep! Cheeky girls ..

  • Reply Susan March 4, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Sounds like a major remodel. Beautiful location and the views are outstanding. Catherine will have a beautiful custom cottage, designed to her exact specifications. What’s not to like about that? The rolling hills and sheep grazing add much charm. I hope the design includes a nice guest room for you and Robert. That church is a true historic gem. I’d have to consider attending church if that was behind my home. Nice to see you again in blog land. All the best, Susan

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