The Simpson Sisters’ Sisterhood: Not just a tongue twister!

It never fails to amaze me that, for the greater part, women are incredibly warm, kind and generous to strangers in ways they are often unable to be towards themselves. I don’t exclude men, but just don’t know them in the same way. My career has been widely varied but...

Christmas or Easter or Christmas!

Prior to Christmas, once we knew we wouldn’t be in the barn for the festivities, I jokingly said “oh well, we’ll be in by Easter” little thinking that this might in fact have been a more realistic time scale to work towards. Having watched more...

Family Planning

As the barn makes sure and steady progress towards completion I am savouring the process of thinking about what (of the strange collection of furniture and belongings we have in storage) will live where. I struggle to think just exactly we do have and should probably...

Two by Two

It has been a veritable hive of activity at the barn this week, I spent much of Tuesday on site along with two carpenters, two electricians, two decorators, two ironmongers, two men from the power company, two guys from BT, the tiler and the project manager. I was...

The Right Direction

Hello and a very Happy New Year! I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog for the past few weeks, it has been hard to see progress in the midst of scaffold, mud and various glitches along the way and inevitably Christmas and New Year became a more rewarding focus!...

Finding Light

As autumn has become winter I have found it more and more challenging to take any good photographs at the barn. A scaffold covered building site atop a mud pit does not make a pretty picture, and on the occasions we have been there in the last couple of weeks the...