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The big move, part 2

A couple of weeks hard work getting a new kitchen sorted for Ian’s mum – although most of the hard work was on Ian’s part. As mum is 88 we didn’t think it would be a good idea for her to cope with all the dirt, noise and dust at her house while the kitchen was being done and apart from that there would be periods of time when the gas and water was off, making life very difficult for her. As mum usually has a carer in each morning i went with her to Kent to stay at Ian’s brothers with her so i could give her a hand if she needed.

Getting the paintwork done while the kitchen was empty.

Getting the paintwork done while the kitchen was empty.

I should really have taken a “before” picture with all the old units still in place. Ian says he remembers his dad building the kitchen a very long time ago, probably 40+ years ago.

Mmm, maybe hold the plans the right way up...

Mmm, maybe hold the plans the right way up...

Always good with a tool in his hand

Always good with a tool in his hand

Looks level to me anyway...

Looks level to me anyway...

Very happy with the end result though

Very happy with the end result though

A few little finishing off touches, blimey must be my feminine side coming out :-o

A few little finishing off touches, blimey must be my feminine side coming out, scary! :-o

A lot of hard work but worth it. Hope mum enjoys it too.

A lot of hard work but worth it. Hope mum enjoys it too.

Kent was interesting – Ian’s brother is also a birder since the year dot and he took me along on a twitch to Dungeness where, after two hours searching we eventually found the White-tailed Lapwing.

Explored Whitstable a little while staying in Kent too

The beach huts fascinated me and i couldn't resist "tiddling" with the shots i took.

The beach huts fascinated me and i couldn't resist "tiddling" with the shots i took.

How many different colours can you get on a door?

How many different colours can you get on a door?

So, a busy couple of weeks was over and time to head back to Shropshire for a few days relaxing with my folks. Moths were good with White Satin Moth and Scalloped Oak both being new for us.

White Satin Moth

White Satin Moth

Scalloped Oak

Scalloped Oak

We had the good news that the purchase of the house in South Uist has now all gone through – we are no longer homeless!

Before heading north i was keen to go and visit my Uncle Harold who is somewhat unusual in that he lives in a gypsy caravan that he made from scratch, entirely from hand – he has no electricity and no mains water, he cooks on an open fire all through the year. As far as i can remember he has lived this way for at least the last 12 or 13 years. Conditions occasionally get the better of him, like the time during a cold Shropshire January when he woke up and his beard was frozen to his pillow and he said “enough’s enough, i’m off to Australia for a few months”.

You can't drive in to the secluded spot where Uncle Harold lives

You can't drive in to the secluded spot where Uncle Harold lives

Waiting to greet us

Waiting to greet us

Looked a bit different in this shot taken in the winter!

Looked a bit different in this shot taken in the winter!

Kettle on for a cuppa

Kettle on for a cuppa

Making tea

Making tea

Everything inside is also custom made

Everything inside is also custom made

This photo was taken on a different day

This photo was taken on a different day

This home-made stool is just great isn't it!

This home-made stool is just great isn't it!

With having no electricity there is of course no TV or radio. Luckily Uncle H can amuse himself by playing flamenco and classical guitar.

Dad’s a bit talented too – he makes walking sticks, this is one of my favourites:-

Walking stick with deer antler walking stick made by my dad

Walking stick with deer antler handle made by my dad

Mum had obviously been busy in the garden, the flowers were looking amazing and there were bees and hoverflies all over them. Tried my hand at a bit of flower photography.

These lilies were just gorgeous

These lilies were just gorgeous

Fab bright colours

Fab bright colours

Well, sorry there wasn’t much in the way of birds, moths or other wildlife in this. The next blog post will be from the Isle of south Uist, our new home in the far flung Western Isles…

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