Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Bargains and Boarding

I had seen a rug in Ikea that I really, really liked.  The colours were perfect.  But my sensible head wouldn't let my impulsive heart buy it.  It was expensive v it was worth it - we were not ready for it v but they might sell out - waiting a while won't hurt v I want it now!  As it happens Ikea discontinued it :( Then on Sunday it appeared - on eBay - my rug - £15 Buy It Now.  I have never hit that button so quickly!!! It was two minutes from work so I picked it up Monday lunchtime.  And here it is, my rug in situ.  Isn't it lovely...


Pete has been busy putting the tongue and groove on the wall up the side of the stairs.  We were originally going to put it all over, but Pete worked out we needed over 2km of boarding and that's was a serious amount of money!  So as he is a plasterer by trade, guess what the alternative option was?  Yep, plastered walls.  Some doubters were a little dubious, but we have probably had the stormiest winter getting blown all around and it has held up beautifully, no cracks at all.  Perhaps that is testament to the craftsman that Pete is.


Every day the barge moves on further and I love it even more.  Although workwise things are still up in the air and I am living with a serious amount of stress, this boat is definitely my safe haven.  A place where I feel at peace and it is the first time that I gave ever felt truly at home.  If I was a cat I would be purring.......






19 comments:

Jo said...

Your home is coming along beautifully : )

Fran said...

Thank you Jo, I am rather partial to it :) xxxx

Karen said...

Love the warm colours of the rug, you got yourself a lucky bargain there, everything comes to those who wait :-) i hope things settle workwise, iat least you can snuggle up in your chair destress and admire your new rug. X

Down by the sea said...

That was such a bargain and looks lovely! Sarah x

Mum said...

Everything comes to 'she' who waits!
Love from Mum
xx

Fran said...

Karen - thank you and you are right about snuggling up, especially as it is also in front of the woodburner xxx

Sarah - again thank you, I am rather pleased with it as you can tell xxx

Fran said...

Mum - not one of my greatest virtues I'm afraid! Xxx

Jo said...

The rug is perfect, and what a bargain. I'm sorry that things are still up in the air workwise, but you've got a wonderful home and I'm sure that everything else will fall in to place.

Fran said...

Jo - thanks I'm a little chuffed. I am sure that things will work out soon and I am glad to have a sanctuary xxx

Connie said...

Hello Dear Fran . . . Your home is beautiful. Every time you post new photos we see just what a marvelous craftsman Pete is. A+ outstanding work. How blessed to not only live by the sea, but in it and so comfortably. Oh, and your rug is gorgeous, I love the red rich color . . . it really warms up the space and makes in cozy.
Smooth Sailing,
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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thrift deluxe said...

Everything is falling into place, great news about the rug!

A Heron's View said...

I think the price of that rug was a total 'snip'. It looks like an Axminster type carpet; Mrs H had a similar carpet in her studio until the roof leaked and it was ruined, fair broke her heart it did.

Fran said...

Connie - I just knew that you would love the rug - I think we have very similiar tastes xxx

Thrift Deluxe - it falls in to place a little more each day :) xxx

Mel - I am sorry, I am too much in love with my rug even to gift it to Mrs H!! It does indeed look like an Axminster type carpet - without the price tag! xxx

Wendy said...

The rug is lovely and a bargain, too! Pete is also doing a fantastic job there. I'm pleased the boat has become a haven for you - sorry to hear that work is still stressful. But hopefully the winter storms are over now at least.

Gill - That British Woman said...

love the rug and what a great bargain. I can't wait to see your home all finished, it will be beautiful.

Fran said...

Wendy - thank you. I don't mind the rain, at least we haven't had the frost or snow. I end up a quivering wreck each winter as I hate driving in it. Give me rain anytime xxxx

Gill - thank you. It is slowly, slowly but I think that makes me appreciate it more xxx

Val Poore said...

Oh my, I missed this post in my excitement over your review of HW! It's looking beautiful, Fran! and the rug is perfect! I am so in awe of Pete's craftsmanship. Mine would not bear any kind of scrutiny at all!

Powell River Books said...

Like the rug, the right job will come along at the right time. Love the paneling. While Wayne and I are away in the States for some basketball games, John is busy painting walls, putting new plastic panels in the ceiling, and finally installing pine paneling much like yours. I debated vertical vs horizontal, but finally decided on horizontal. We are going to install it over the existing walls to get extra insulation (and it will be easier and less messy). Like you, I'm only doing selected walls downstairs and the wall behind the head of our bed upstairs. Once all the mess is done I want to get new carpets for the downstairs. I found a remnant shop that does binding. It'll cost extra, but they won't ravel on the edges. - Margy