Monday, 18 March 2013

Time for frogs and decorating...

Frog 35

It will soon be time for frogs.  Can you see the little one in the middle of this picture? He's just alighting on the lily pad.

It's also time for Spring cleaning and here in the cottage - decorating. It's time to do the dining room and give it a little spruce up.  I took the curtains to the dry cleaners today and was horrified to find that I had to pay £22 to have them cleaned and wait ten days as well! Things have changed since my youth! It's still cheaper than buying new but only just, I feel. They are long curtains, not quite reaching to the floor and a lovely warm shade of red, just right for winter nights. I'm sure they will look a whole lot better when they come back...

So this morning J got up bright and early and started painting the ceiling in the dining room.  It looks a lot brighter already, but with the window open to let out the fumes, it soon got cold so after lunch we disappeared into the back of the cottage and closed the door on the morning room to watch 'The Lady Vanishes', a new production, which was quite enjoyable although not as good as the original nor the remake with Elliott Gould.

Unfortunately, once you start decorating, all sorts of other things seem to look wrong. The lampshades need changing, the carpet needs cleaning and we need a new bookcase because my grandson is heavy footed and I'm afraid the one we've got may fall on top of him. To prevent that happening for the moment, we've put the dining table in front of it, but that is only a temporary measure.

Here's another frog picture:

Frog 1


  1. Yes, I know all about the decorating challenge ! My daughter has just bought a little farmette, with an older home which all needs painting and decorating, I spent the entire weekend helping, the more we changed, the more needed changing :)
    Love those frogs, each year we have them return to the pond, and then vanish like magic.
    Dry cleaning IS so expensive, if I'm able, I like to fluff the articles in the dryer with one of those nice perfumed dryer sheets.
    Your ahead of me !

  2. I agree with the decorating it can get quiteout of hand if you let it!!


  3. Thanks for this and the fantastic photos. Frogspawn, tadpoles and frogs in ponds - all bring back beautiful childhood memories growing up in the north of Ireland with lots of roaming freedom. I wonder how much wonder has been lost now in the 21st century by keeping our kids couped up like battery hens! Shame.

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