Sunday 24 January 2016


At long last we have moved!
After months of living out of boxes in a cramped rental.. we now have space, space, space.....

A typical Northumbrian farm...and...with a big barn for storage...yes!

The garden faces South and has the bones of a pretty mix of formal and informal, herb border and flagged patio for eating outside.
My favourite plants are going to be the wild strawberries that line the sides of the brick paths.
 Roll on Summer....

With a neglected paddock too, Miss Ottie is in her element, mousing and bunnying and leaping through the tussocks as if she had springs in her feet!

Lots to do inside, but isn't that like most properties?
You always want to change things in a new place and have it just how you want.

Starting in my favourite room the years of greasy muck off the floor to reveal the lovely flagstones...

It has actually made the kitchen feel much bigger too.

Bringing our own furniture in bit by bit...even though we haven't repainted the panelling yet.

 So impatient. 

And yes... After years of wanting.... I finally have.... an AGA.!

For those who have followed my blog and know my wish list, it is cream not powder blue... 

To go with the black Labrador, not the chocolate one...

How life and dreams pan out...I couldn't be happier xxx

Julie x


  1. What a lovely place you have moved to. The transformation of the flagstones with lots of detergent and elbow grease is remarkable. Wishing you many many of bliss in your new home. x

  2. How wonderful such a magnificent location and home...
    Ottie looks most pleased too in front of the new AGA.
    Spring is just around the corner and look at all the land you can grow a garden in!
    Take care.
    Susan x

  3. Looks lovely, Julie. I hope you'll be very happy there.

  4. How very exciting but also such hard work.
    However I can tell that you will love making your new home "yours" with the skill and attention to detail that you have at The Bastle . Looking forward to more images.

  5. Congratulations for finding such a beautiful new home -
    How long did it take to clean one flagstone?

  6. Congratulations! How wonderful o be in your new place. I dream of having an Aga! So happy that you finally have one. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of your new place.

  7. Swoon! It looks so beautiful , may you be very happy there!

  8. That's wonderful news Julie, glad you have somewhere to call home again and I'm sure you'll have fun decorating and furnishing it x

  9. Lovely to see you at Coulby Newham. The jug has pride of place in my conservatory, my daughter now covets it - tough! Linen curtains unpicked all ready for use if we don't need blue!! lovely pictures of your new abode - wishing you many happy times there making memories - Spring is on its way..............

  10. Wow! Julie, its beautiful already but I cant wait to see what you do with it! Congratulations! Xx