Over the next few weeks something very exciting is happening….we have builders coming into our house to carry out some well overdue work and I would like to share it with you.
We have been in our house nearly eleven years now and we haven’t really done anything to the inside of it, except to give it a quick lick of paint. All this time we have been dreaming of knocking our kitchen wall down and having a kitchen diner, as our kitchen is really small and impractical for the amount of cooking I do.
It doesn’t look too bad in the photograph above, but the kitchen is too small to have a worksurface on both sides of it, which makes it very difficult to store my cooking equipment and groceries. As you can see in the photographs below, we have things stored in all sorts of places in different rooms and my fridge is in my pantry and my freezers are in my dining room which is totally inpractical:
Life is too short
If you have been reading my blog since the beginning of the year, you may remember that my very good friend, who I had known for many years, passed away in February. This devastated me and I still struggle with coming to terms with it now.
The death of my friend made me question every part of my life, (which I think must be a normal part of grieving) and it has made me realise what is and isn’t important to me.
It has made me realise who matters in my life and who never did and I have finally realised that life is too short to worry about what others think about me. My home is the centre of my universe and I love the simple life I lead with my family, even though it isn’t the ‘normal’ way to live.
I love growing fruit and vegetables at my allotment and using them to prepare food for my family and friends. I enjoy preserving, freezing and storing my produce so we can eat like ‘kings’ on a small budget, but I do find this difficult in my tiny kitchen, so this is why we finally decided to make our dream a reality.
So we have decided to spend some money to knock two rooms into one, to make a kitchen diner. It will be lovely to have room for my freezers and places to store my groceries and preserves altogether, but most of all, it will be big enough to have my family helping me with my cooking and preserving, which at present is just not possible (which is a lot of work for one person especially during the summer months). I am also looking forward to chatting to friends and family whilst I cook, instead of being locked away in my little kitchen that no one else can fit into when I’m cooking.
It is something we have thought long and hard about, in fact we looked at moving house to start with, but every house we could afford seemed smaller than we have already or was too far away from my allotments. We also came to the conclusion it would be more expensive to move house anyway.
Starting the building work has been a big decision for us and it feels like the planning has been going on for months, but finally tomorrow it will begin. I have spent the last couple of weeks batch baking microwave meals for us all, packing things into boxes and moving everything from our sitting room and kitchen into our front room and bedrooms for the duration of the building work.
We have ‘car booted’ excessive items and given things to charity shops and now we are left with the items we really wanted to keep.
So for the next few weeks I will share with you the ups and downs of our new kitchen diner, together with my usual allotment posts.
The death of my friend has made me re-evaluate everything around me and make changes for the better. She has made me realise that life is short and it’s important to do the things that make you happy. So even though this work is expensive and people would say it is not really part of a simple life, it will make my life much simpler and make a much more comfortable household to live in. It really is time to spend some money on our house so we can enjoy the rest of our lives here.
And finally, I would like to say ‘thank you’ once again to my old friend, for making me realise that dreams can come true.
Thank you for reading my blog today.
I will be back on Friday at the usual time.