A Happy New Life at Meadow Cottage Please!

A Happy New Life at Meadow Cottage Please, is what we hope was awaiting for us here in the middle of January, I don’t really know how we have arrived here so quickly, but time does fly when you are having fun eh!….we have fitted 1 rather large house into 1 rather small cottage very well I think and in a very short space of time. It was a real daunting task, as there was just so much to do, and as Fred is a bit of a collectaholic...

We realized that we had miles to many bits and pieces to move with us….so it was a downsizing effort on a Grand Scale….it was all so daunting, as somehow I had to pack and move a lot of the things myself, you see my hubby Fred has been very ill lately, coupled with the fact that he had had a mild heart attack back in October…so he was unable to lift things, we had our son away at University, so you know the saying ‘its not what you know, but who you know’…well that was the case here, we had a great deal of lovely friends help us move, so several trips in a friends van and voila…We had done it!…We were moved in!

We choose our new house because apart from the fact it is beautiful and full of charm…it had recently been decorated with a new Kitchen which is lovely and compact, the windows are large and all the rooms but the dining room has a fireplace…complete with dado rails and quaint cupboards and lovely old doors and NO BLUE CARPET IN SIGHT!! he he he! (we now have a more neutral coir carpet in every room…Horaah!)

It was four weeks before Christmas…and we set about putting everything where we wanted…or rather Fred told me where to put it…and I put it there, bless him!….each evening I felt like I had done a complete workout…which was good, coz I always need to loose a few pounds.

Its funny isn’t it that all your things don’t really fit in like they did in your old house…I mean I thought as this house was half the size of the other house…only half of the things would fit in…but with the different sized rooms and all the little nooks and crannies….its just not the case, but we persevered and it started to look good rather quickly…once we placed items…we started to decorate it for Christmas…as a few sparkly lights always makes a place look like home, doesnt it!

We had a lovely Christmas…Our son Daz came home and we had Christmas Day altogether…I was even awake for the Queen’s speech! Fred is now on the mend although he has just recently been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome and what with his Ehler Danlos we are trying to look on the brighter side of things, he is in a lot of pain but things could have been so different for us, we are getting through it together day by day, so hopefully this new house will be the start of happier times.

…And we are now in the middle of January already where did that time go, I still have to tweak and rearrange, to get the house into ‘Happy loves Rosie’ style, We also have a lovely garden now with three very old trees and lovely established bushes and shrubs and lots and lots of ivy all up the front of the house! We have also been watching the wildlife in the garden recently and so far we have spotted blue tits, robins, squirrels and rabbits…Ill be keeping you all posted on the progress of the house and garden in my posts through the year…

See you all soon…


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  1. Homemakers Tales
    24th May 2009 / 2:45 pm

    Hi …i have just been reading your blog ..so lovely …! where oh where did you get those fab gingham lampshades if you read my last entry you will see my lampshade dilemas…. i pop by yours about everyday as its like a dose of medicine !… Kieren x x

  2. Jennifer
    1st February 2009 / 12:00 am

    HAPPY!!!!! I hate not coming to your blog for a hwile.. but then again it always gives aa good half hour of eye candy 😉 I hope Fred finds himself to feeling better! I LOVE your new place… Its sweet looking at it empty then watching you fill it up! LOVE IT! XOXOXOXO

  3. prettyshabby
    23rd January 2009 / 7:19 pm

    Hi Happy, I hadnt realised you were moving house, I kept checking your blog, then ta da! all of a sudden loads of eye candy (I'm drooling over that Cabbages & Roses fabric) and lots of news.The cottage looks absolutely gorgeous, as does the newly covered trolley AND the pink tunic..I'm a great fan of tunics, they hide a multitude of sins! I always think its disgusting how much it costs on public transport too, for a 10 minute, 6 mile train journey it's over £4 here and I paid £4.50 to go to the hospital on a bus! utter madness.I cant even afford to be green at the moment! Anyway, I hope Fred is keeping his chin up,sounds like a new start in a new house is just what you needed after all those worries and health problems.Have a lovely weekend x

  4. Nostalgia at the Stone House
    21st January 2009 / 8:39 am

    Hi H,Hope I’m not too late to wish you ‘Happy Housewarming’ and also to wish Fred ‘get well’ wishes.Hope 2009 will be wonderful for you both.Take care,Niki x

  5. Tracy x
    19th January 2009 / 9:03 pm

    oh – i am so sorry that Fred is not so good :(but i am so happy that you are happy in your new home :)may 2009 find Fred feeling lots better and you both continuing to make your house simply wonderful xhugs to you both, and sending Fred healing thoughts.t x

  6. Andrea
    18th January 2009 / 5:44 pm

    Congratulations on your New Home and I hope everything works out ok, I am sure it will! It is exciting moving home but also very stressfull without everything else that you have had to contend with! It looks vloevly so keep up the hard work! x

  7. cupcake studio
    18th January 2009 / 9:02 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog…it is gorgeous and lovely!

  8. Vintage Tea
    18th January 2009 / 1:21 am

    Your new home is certainly looking wonderful.Best wishes to FredVictoria x

  9. Libby Buttons
    17th January 2009 / 9:29 pm

    Everything looks as lovely and snug as in your old place. So sorry to hear about Fred. I hope ll turns out well fr him soon. Sorry to have lost touch, (accidentally erased my old blog and couldnt get it back duh). Ive started a new blog. Happy to be back after being gone for the holidays.smiles”LiBBy”

  10. Emily
    17th January 2009 / 1:56 am

    Wow… you’ve had a lot to deal with lately!Best wishes in your new home! Sorry to hear Fred hasn’t felt well, glad he’s doing better. Take care!Emily

  11. Lavender hearts
    16th January 2009 / 10:39 pm

    I’m glad to hear that Fred is resting up. So many people I know seem to carry on regardless and then make themselves ill.By the way, if you need to ‘offload’ any of your things then I’m sure I could help you out! ;-)Sian x

  12. Gena
    16th January 2009 / 6:42 pm

    Hello! I have lurked on your blog for sometime,it is absolutely lovely! I am surfacing to say I wish you and your family lots of happiness in your new home and I hope your hubby is feeling better,what a worrying time you have had and you have moved home! Lordy! I take my hat off to you! incidentally I have been trying for ages to find Gingham lamp shades would you mind sharing where you got yours? lovely pics,you have great taste!

  13. Jules
    16th January 2009 / 2:53 pm

    Do hope Fred is feeling much better and you have all settled a bit in your lovely bew cottage.Wishin you a Healthy Happy New year.Best wishes, Juleswww.thefollycottage.blogspot.com

  14. Flossie and Tom
    16th January 2009 / 2:25 pm

    Your house is looking lovely – managed to get the EDS link on my blog – thanks for that – I’m just trying slow release Tramadol now to see if that eases things – oh and Vit B6, magnesium, calcium, evening primrose oil – chocolate – biscuits !!!Well you never knowLooking forward to seeing more of the new house and garden.SaraXX

  15. Helena Santos
    16th January 2009 / 2:22 pm

    Ficou linda!!!Adoro as suas cores.

  16. Lace hearts
    16th January 2009 / 10:22 am

    It looks as if you’ve settled in well and I’m pleased to hear Fred is better – it sounds as if he has more than his fair share of problems, and it must have made the move hard for you. Hugs to both of you. You remain two of the most inspirational people I have ever met. xxx

  17. thriftymrs
    16th January 2009 / 9:58 am

    Gosh! Terribly sorry to hear that Fred had been ill, that must be very stressful.Wow the move looks like it went well and from what I can see of the new house it looks wonderful.I hope you and your family are very happy in your new home.Enjoy!

  18. Yvonne
    16th January 2009 / 9:55 am

    Your new house looks perfect! I know what you are talking about, I bought furniture that fitted my old house but now in this new house everything looks too cute and too sugary. I need grown up people furniture ;o) I can’t wait to see more of your new house. I wish Fred well and lots of good health xox Yvonne

  19. MelMel
    16th January 2009 / 9:14 am

    I do so love your new home!xx

  20. The Fairy Glade
    16th January 2009 / 9:11 am

    Hi there just wanted to say that I am fairly new to your blog. Just wanted to say that your new house looks sooo beautiful, you have real flair. I wish I could put things together like that, mine is such a mish mash of styles and colours that just don’t seem to gel together. Sorry to hear about your husband and hope things well with him. Dev XX

  21. Kitschen Pink
    16th January 2009 / 8:35 am

    Get Well Soon Fred! Glad to hear you weathered the move without further drama! I can’t believe you got so settled so quickly! Time to start collecting again methinks! New home, new collection! HA!Looking forward to update posts as you make your lovely new house into your new home! t.x

    16th January 2009 / 6:01 am

    just had to tell you that i love your blog 🙂 also glad to know Fred is doing better ! Did you visit my blog? I used one of your headers and it is so cool. thanks again and keep posting !happy new year also !www.foreverjann.blogspot.comjann

  23. Sunny Tuesday
    16th January 2009 / 4:35 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! I love your color palette. 🙂

  24. Lynne Laura
    16th January 2009 / 4:14 am

    Hi Happy,Congrats on your new home! Sounds lovely and you will soon have your Happy touches everywhere.Poor Fred..I know what it is like to be in pain 24/7 so I do wish he feels better.Kindredly, Lynne Laura

  25. fitty's pinky rose cottage
    16th January 2009 / 1:15 am

    Glad to know that Fred is getting better.. and take your time to decorate your home and don't forget to do home tour of your new home!.. Can't wait!.. Take care & have a happy weekend!fitty

  26. vivian
    16th January 2009 / 12:26 am

    moving is such an adventure and other then the laborous part.. the decorating and putting things together is such fun.. if you take your time! “welcome home” and have fun!hugsvivian

  27. GeorgiaPeachez
    15th January 2009 / 11:57 pm

    Thank goodness Fred is on the mend! The new house looks fab, it’s really got your “touch”. xo, suzy

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