This is for Anne!
Anne left a comment for me this morning, kindly saying that our house is what her one should look like!
( You can read Anne's great blog here
Balmoral Park Garden) (*mmm when you click here it says it doesn't exist, but click on the name ~ where it doesnt exist! and it'll take you there)
I said I would show her a before photograph of Darroch Cottage to let her see that it was far from a pretty sight when we moved in!
Anyway here is is
Obviously the after is the big pic at the top of the blog!!
I had to post this as I did all the fretwork by hand and almost cried! It was such a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun! ( the renovating, not the fretwork, though)
We wanted to put a large deck and verandah round 2 sides as we knew we'd be living outside a lot in the summer. Luckily there are companies that will supply the lacework and fretwork and you just choose a pattern you like!
There was a lot to do inside as well, like a new kitchen, total redecoration, cutting so many holes in walls to put in french doors!
Anne, thank you for commenting as it made me look out this old pic and also ~ jeez what possessed us to buy this place from that original pic I have no idea! We came from the centre of Glasgow, were total city people!
I do remember walking down the drive on the day we moved in ~ only a day or 2 off the flight to move here ~ and looking around at the weeds growing out of the gutter, the weeds covering almost all the garden, the grass which was almost knee high and thinking to myself "what the #^%$ have we done?" but being too frightened to say it out loud!
It was weeks later Lloyd said he was thinking exactly the same thing!
Now I can't imagine living anywhere else.