An Update


And so we’ve finally moved. Our book are on the shelves, well most of it, we’ve actually ran out of bookshelves! My husband actually thinks our books somehow bred over night or in transit, but actually the reason for this is that the shelving that worked for our old house isn’t working in our new home, so we had to make do with what we could use. I’m excited about the idea of buying new shelves because that would mean more space for new books!

Let me introduce you to Small Hill Cottage. It’s a four hundred year old house in a very rural setting. The old village where we used to live suddenly feels very urban compared to where we are living now and I love it! The floors are uneven and sometimes when I’m standing up stairs I actually feel like I’m being tipped over. The floorboards are creaky and the plumbing is noisy. I love everything about it.

The house is perfect but we don’t have internet yet!  BT was scheduled to connect us last Tuesday but didn’t arrive.  They promised to come again next Tuesday, hopefully they’ll be true to their word and yes I’ve missed my little bit of cyber space and can’t wait to get back to it.  I’m here right now in little T’s gymnastics club using their internet hopefully the next time I write a post it will be from the comfort of our home.

Let me give you a little tour although we haven’t fully unpacked yet, we still have some pictures/paintings to be put up on walls and wardrobes have yet to be delivered.


We have yet to find space for our books, as you can see, the shelves are overflowing.


I love the kitchen with its slate floors.


The much coveted study.


And here’s T dining al fresco.

Hope everyone is doing good … more updates from the sticks soon!

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. I can see why you’re in love with your new house! Just gorgeous. Looks so perfect too for cosy evenings reading a book with a lovely stove fire. You must be so happy to have finally moved too. We’re also book mad but even though I filled our bedrooms, windowsills and kitchen with books, we’ve half filled our storage room with boxes of books as there was no more walls for bookshelves in our house.

    • I do have books in the kitchen too, mostly cook books! (love them) Haven’t really thought of using up the windowsills though, that’s an idea 😉 Would love to have wood burning stoves too instead of the gas ones, but that would have to wait 🙂

  2. Our house is 40 years old and the floorboards are creaky and the plumbing noisy. Glad to know I shouldn’t expect anything to deteriorate more in the next 360 years.
    Yours is a beautiful home. Congrats on your successful move.

    • Thank you! The move and anything related to it was just hell… Still makes me shudder to think of what we had to go through. At the moment, we’re just enjoying being out of that situation and yes, the house is lovely… Not my husband’s type though (he prefers modern builds) curses the house every time he hits his head on a beam(and he isn’t even that tall!)… Hahaha, makes me giggle though 😉

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