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Much to the kids’ delight we finally unpacked all their toys from the garage this week and moved them into the playroom. We still have a couple of wee jobs to do in here (putting up pictures, reattaching the shutters, covering the window seat and making a play table) but it’s pretty much there and looks really great, especially now it’s full of toys and life. As you can probably tell, Arthur particularly enjoyed posing for the photos!

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The cupboard has gobbled up all their reading books with room for more and the painted floor makes the room feel light and bright while still being easy to clean. The walls are in Farrow and Ball’s Dayroom Yellow and the floors are Ecos Organic Paints white floor paint. The best thing about both products is they have no smell. When you are constantly decorating, as we have been, you really appreciate not having to breathe in nasty paint fumes. I really notice it now when we’re using standard paints and varnishes. 

Kester can’t believe there’s all this stuff to play with and is enjoying exploring for himself, We’ve put most of his toys in the chest in the middle of the floor with some more in the bottom layer of the storage unit so they are easy for him to access.

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By a happy accident, the white plastic ice-cream tubs they give away at Cream O Galloway for re-use fit the second layer of the storage unit shelves perfectly. So, in exchange for a small donation to red squirrel conservation, we’ve given several tubs a new home and they now store stickle bricks, Barbies (they fit perfectly in the 6L tubs), Barbie clothes, toy cars, Happy Land characters and animal toys. Smaller, squarer open tubs house foam shapes, pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbons, thread and other crafty bits and bobs. Reduce, reuse and recycle.

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So, another room almost done. Although the point of having a playroom is that we can close the door on chaos at the end of the day, the way it’s set up makes it really easy for the kids to tidy up after themselves. Even after the excitement of its debut outing and rediscovering every item in the unit, it took less than ten minutes and not much chiding from Mum to get it all tidy again. Fingers crossed it lasts!

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A very rare Mothers’ Day off work today, which meant lots of spoiling for me. The weather was extremely kind, so once I’d opened the lovely cards and gifts, we went out in the garden for some pottering before heading to Galloway Lodge in Gatehouse for lunch, followed by a trip to one of the local beaches we hadn’t visited yet, Cream O’ Galloway and home.

I’ll do some posts through the week of our day out but for now here’s Iris’s very nice words for Mothers’ Day.

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It’s been a bit of a stop-start couple of weeks with work on the house. We have had a stuttering start to the kitchen installation which we are hoping to complete next week but what we have of the kitchen is lovely (see previous Island Life post) and it should only take a couple of days to install the remainder next week – if our DIY goes well!

But we have made much better progress in other areas. Our scaffolding has been taken down so our chimney stacks are all repointed and watertight, our cast iron gutters have been repaired and painted and our wooden fascia boards have been overhauled. If you ignore the masonry paintwork which we’ll do in the summer the outside of the house is looking lots better and, along with getting new external doors, it means we have another big item ticked off our pre-Christmas to-do list – specifically, Plunton is now watertight!

The other niggling job that was finished this week (this very lunchtime in fact) is reinstating the back staircase. For reasons lost in the mists of time the useful back stairs were partially removed by the last inhabitants – with half of them left hanging in mid-air and the remainder stored in the garage. I suspect this was due to using the former kitchen as a bedroom.

The joiners who replaced our doors came back to reinstate them for us so we now have a quick route from the connecting room (AKA laundry, tool storage and baby-changing room) to the utility kitchen.

Here’s a couple of before and after pictures.

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Once we get round to overhauling the utitilty we’ll build storage into the gap under the stairs.

And, of course, we’ve also been attempting to keep going with all the many Christmas jobs. Arthur had his first nativity yesterday (spectacularly mis-cast as a wise man) and we are going to a panto at the High School t tonight. We’ve also managed to order a wreath for the front door and will probably be getting a Christmas tree next week once the kitchen is all done and dusted. Iris has been practising her Christmas songs around the house ready for her performance next week and then it’s the holidays. We’ve also had a couple of house visitors – Ellie brought Arthur’s friend Elijah this morning to update us on the appointment of a new head at Iris’s school and James Finlay popped in earlier in the week from Cream O Galloway and welcomed us to the neighbourhood with a tub of ice cream. We also popped into Colt Cottage to talk smallholding with Jo and resident WWOOFer Anna. Christmas gift to each other will, I think, be signing up as WWOOF hosts.