We have now been in our "new to us" home for a year and much has change. We have been busy on the inside first of all removing a decorative beam that went from side to side which did nothing. After that was done we changed the lights in the kitchen as niether of us liked them.
We converted part of the room that was the laundry into a small office for Susan so now she has her very own computer of which she is quite happy about. We are now in the process of remodelling the living room to reduce the length of the windows. Sound weird I know but there is really no need to have windows that stop about 18 inches from the floor. So what we are doing is leaving the windows in place but closing them in with gyproc for about 30 inches from the bottom. This way it will look like we have shorter windows and more solid wall. Who wants to look down onto the ground anyway??
Thats about it for the inside for now I am sure.
Now the outside, the deck has been completed with railing and glass panel inserts and we have put up a cover over half of it which looks pretty good even though I say it myself. We have also removed a lot of the cedar hedging and replaced it with cedar fence panels as you can see in the pictures. Susan had a pretty good year with her garden boxes, growing tomatoes, swiss chard, beans and peas etc. This coming spring we are going to build a small greenhouse so she can hopefully grow more vegies etc.
Our apricot tree was loaded with fruit, some of which we ate and some we dried for the winter. We also were able to go and pick about 200 pounds of cherries. A friend has an orchard and the cherries were not worth picking because of the low prices so we picked them. Susan and I juiced most of them but we also froze a lot after our friend Meip helped her pit them. Yes they must have pitted around 50-75 pounds. We are now using the frozen cherries and boy are they ever yummy. She also dried a lot of apples and peaches also.
Since our last blog entry which was a year ago we have purchased a new to us pick up and trailer. We had hoped to use them this winter by going south but my health this year would not allow it. So hopefully next year we can so we meet up with our good friends in the USA and have a fun winter. Man we are looking forward to doing that.
Well we hope you all have a good Christmas and we wish you all happiness and the best of luck in the new year.
Stay safe and keep warm.