Stirring Up A Hornets’ Nest

 

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It’s not a good omen.

In a bid to find the source of an electrical cable Mike had to climb up into the attic, only to be met with loud and insistent buzzing. Not from the wires, but large yellow and black flying things. He stuck his hand back up through the hatch and administered a liberal squirt of fly spray. I can’t help thinking that will just hack them off even more.

Why is nothing around here ever easy?

 

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The study doesn’t bear much resemblance to these pictures now, but before we launch into the horrors of what has already been revealed I thought you should see how it was before. Quite a nice room really, if a tad on the cluttered side. I’ve been reliably informed that none of my piles of papers, brochures and magazines are coming back. Ever. So I have reduced it by over half already and filling the bin bags was actually quite cathartic.

The room has a nice view over the garden and when the window is open birdsong and the bubbling of the river are the sounds that fill the space. It is a good place to work.

 
 

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Beyond the louvred doors is a tiny en-suite bathroom back from the days when the study doubled as a guest bedroom. It’s now a dumping ground for laundry. We’ll paint the doors for the moment, the same colour as the walls in an attempt to blend them in. I want to try and source an old wooden planked cottage door for the main entry into the room.

The built in cupboard in the left corner will go. It’s been useful for storage but an eyesore and an intrusion into the available space. I reckon with more culling of ‘stuff’ I can make do without it.. probably the most overly optimistic thing I’ve said all year and there’s no shortage of competition on that front. Nevertheless, a small free standing cupboard is to be appropriated from elsewhere in the house. It will occupy exactly the same floor space but have far less impact on the room.

 
 

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The trouble is it’s not just the study that now looks like a bomb site. It’s the whole house. I had hoped the mayhem created by redistribution of contents could at least be restricted to upstairs but no, only one room, the kitchen, has escaped.

The dining room, complete with all its cold draughts, has become the new office. Curtains lie on the sitting room floor and the bedroom has virtually no free floor space left at all. The main culprit is books. Just how much space do they take up when stacked and spread evenly around, dutifully respecting the floor loading of this ancient building lest the whole lot should find itself unexpectedly relocating to the room down below as soon as my back is turned. The simple act of drying one’s hair now requires such a gravity defying bum over bosom manoeuvre to locate plug into socket that Mike has abandoned the unequal struggle and taken his own hairdryer elsewhere.

 
 

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Before the wood chip paper came off the walls (how easy it sounds when you say it quickly) I look the opportunity for a spot of mischief by match pot. Once we had replaced all the little cans that had gone solid over the years we were left with about a dozen off-whites. None of them looked right. After the 30 mile round trip to the nearest stockist I acquired three more. And the next day, three more again.

The fabric is an offcut from silk curtains that I made for the last house. 2 pairs of single width floor to ceiling lengths. They will now be joined to make one very large curtain covering much of the window wall. That’s the theory. And given a following wind the only part of this whole sorry misadventure that will come in cost free.

Hornets may turn out to be the least of our problems. Mike is casting doubt on whether it will now all be done for Christmas. Perhaps he has adopted a strategy of under-promise and over-deliver.

Let’s hope he has.

 
 
 

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92 Comments

  1. Julie November 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    You have such wonderful light in your home, everything looks so enticing. I had Hornets in my shed this year, their size was alarming and then was told after I had batted a couple the dying ones release a pheromone to alert their friends to come and help. I know that feeling too of a cathartic clear out of magazines that I had once promised myself to read.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      The light is wonderful when the sun is shining, a rare event at this time of year! Today has been truly awful, it felt as though it was getting dark by 3.00.
      Eeek… I didn’t know that about hornets either.

  2. justjilluk November 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Oh woe, but never boring!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      I can’t see an end to it that’s the problem.

  3. Annie November 26, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I’m rather taken with the window in your study, in fact I’m rather taken with your whole study as was, magazine piles and all. I wonder can I bear to see it as it is now!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      It’s got quite interesting, if you take the emotion as in “this is my house” out of it. Without trying very hard we are down to the basic structure in places… rocks, mud and straw.

  4. Jacqueline November 26, 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I remember moving into our house before this one …. it was a 17th Century cottage and I read somewhere about how living in an old house is all damp proof courses, new roofs, woodworm treatments etc, etc and how right it was !!!!! All of the ‘ pretty ‘ things often come last don’t they Jessica ? We have lived in our present house now for 28 years { late Victorian } and we are still paying out for the same sorts of things …. we had a wasps nest in the loft …. At least you have some decorating projects on the go and, don’t worry about it being done before Christmas …. Christmas is only 2 days and you can get on with it afterwards !! XXXX

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

      This is in the only room unlikely to be affected by one of those ‘big jobs’ that are still to come, hence we could get on with it. Old houses may look very picturesque but as you know they’re extremely hard work to keep maintained, and expensive. The more work we can do ourselves the further the limited budget will go. You’re right, I should chill out about the timescale. I just want to avoid it dragging on and on. The disruption is too great.

  5. Marian St.Clair November 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    It all looks very organized to me…the perfect place to work. My own space is a tiny niche off a larger room and I love its coziness, though it’s not as neat as yours. When I was in Devon and Cornwall several years ago, I visited a clematis nursery where there was a honey bee nest in a wall of the house with the bees flying in and out of the eves. I would have been alarmed about the wax and honey in the walls, but the owner was very proud of having the bees.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

      I would have been worried about that too, and the bees!

  6. Chloris November 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    We had a hornets nest in the summer house roof this year. I always thought that if you don’ t bother them, they won’ t bother you. It seemed to work until one hot day, one of them was clearly feeling a bit tetchy, and it chased me down the garden and stung me on the head. Ouch! Think of a wasp sting and multiply it about 100 times. Agony. The pain went all round the head, down my neck and into the shoulder. It lasted about 3 days. You don’t want to make those guys angry.
    Good luck with all the house improvements. They are ongoing in an old house. We have been in ours for 4 years and I can’ t imagine the day will ever come when we can sit back and simply enjoy it.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Ouch, ouch, ouch! I’d have thought they’d be hibernating by now but that’s clearly not what they do.
      Having an old house is like the Forth Bridge. Cob absorbs water in winter and dries out in summer = constant movement. I can see why wood chip paper might have appealed. It’s a labour of love, but these places need a bit of character and not be too perfect.

  7. Christina November 26, 2014 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Be very careful of the hornets, one sting may be bearable but more than one….. You have a lovely room to work in and a view of the garden is perfect, Just image how it will be when the work is done and not about how to get there!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      It will be worth all the work I’m sure. At the moment I’m just looking forward to being cosy again, it’s probably one of the warmest rooms in the house.

  8. Denise November 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Can’t bear hornets. I have seen them attack honeybees from my hives in mid-flight and it’s not a pretty sight. Looking forward to seeing the revamped room. No grey, though!!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      I couldn’t have grey.. it doesn’t go with the fabric and I want to find a use for the curtains. Besides, I wasn’t going to taunt you when you were kind enough to help me out with the apostrophe last night!

  9. islandthreads November 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    your office looks like a nice room Jessica, and it sounds like it will be even better when the work is done, the piles of books made me smile as up until I started a good clear out a few years ago I was the same, be careful of the hornets they sound dangerous, Frances

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      The piles of books and magazines have been a sensitive area for a while. I keep up the subscriptions on the basis that I WILL have time to sit down and read them one day.. and never do. I’ve been toying with the idea of converting to electronic versions but can’t help feeling that will cost too, either in storage on some server or the need for a bigger and bigger iPad!

      • islandthreads November 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm - Reply

        a few words of hope Jessica, my mum used to buy a weekly woman’s magazine and never had time to read all the stories, they went into suitcases under the bed, she always said she would read them when she retired, she retired over 30 years ago and the magazine were read and passed on within a few years of retiring, the magazines I took to a charity shop were ones I’d read and knew I would probably never need to read again, as for electronic versions you could store them on an external hard drive and just load when you have time to read, I’ve got all the photos and files from my old computer on an external hard drive and I just plug it in and load what I want from it, Frances

        • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:42 pm - Reply

          I’m sure the electronic solution is the way forward Frances. Apart from anything else Mike will not be able to see the backlog so the nagging will cease.

          • islandthreads November 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm

            LOL perhaps that’s why my mum put them under the bed, my dad would not have looked there 😉

          • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

            Now that’s a good idea..

  10. Joanne November 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Oh no hornets, we had some here ones. Particularly nasty creatures!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      I’m not surprised they’re in the roof, I’ve seen them buzzing about around it all summer. They are nasty.

  11. Dorothy @ The Nature of Things November 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful inviting room that office looks. The window in particular really draws the eye. Good luck with your redecorating project. Having just had one of my own completed, I know how disruptive they can be, but so worth it in the end!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      The window is a nice size but a bit of a problem. It’s one of those new fangled ones that tips inwards at the top, so it really limits what can be done with it. I’d have preferred a blind of some sort but there’s just no room. Even curtains are not straightforward. See how the wall bulges out at the base? The pole is going to have to stick out into the room on extenders or the fabric won’t fall properly.

  12. Mark and Gaz November 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Have faith in Mike, who knows he might be able to deliver before Christmas. If not then he was just being honest :)) that’s going to be a beautiful room!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      He’ll do what he can and I’ve been doing my bit too, how I love stripping wallpaper (not). It’s a case of all the other commitments coming up and us thinking about the limited time we have to spend on it. Not to mention all the problems that could yet pop up as we go boldly on into the unknown!

  13. Alison November 26, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    A neighbor had a wasp’s nest in her attic this past summer, I hear it was enormous and a devil to get rid of. I hope yours is small and easy. And that your upheaval is at least tolerable.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      It will be a case of getting the professionals in if it is a nest, it’s such a confined space they’re in and we just don’t have the expertise or the protective clothing. Why did it have to be hornets!

  14. Linda P. November 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    The description of the birdsong and the bubbling river from the open window of your study sounds delightful! It’s a lovely window with that deep sill. At least you’ve made a start on the refurbishment of the room and it’ll look good when it’s done. Hornets – they’re scary and not good news especially as we come across them frequently in Italy and have had emergencies due to our children being very allergic to the sting. Getting rid of any returning wasps or hornets in the roof space each time we go there is a priority.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

      I’m tempted to make a long cushion for the sill and turn it into a window seat.
      It’s the potential for an allergic reaction that worries me the most Linda. A hornet has a very nasty sting.

  15. Sol November 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Love the sage colour in the fabric swatch. Also love the dark wood of the desk, chair, trunk and box. I am so over blonde wood.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      I wanted a modern grey/cream/dark wood scheme but it doesn’t seem to want to work with that fabric. I still haven’t found the right colour!!

  16. wherefivevalleysmeet November 26, 2014 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Dear Jessica – when one job begins it seems to create lots of others, the same goes for mess. It will be great though when it is all done and dusted – it looks a very nice room in which to work from. Take care around those Hornets!!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Rosemary, I will be dusting for MONTHS 🙁

  17. frayed at the edge November 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I was laughing at the piles of magazines ……. but then remembered the growing piles in my studio! Bad news about the hornets – fortunately when we had a wasps’ nest last year it was on the outside of the house.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      The piles accumulate very easily I’ve found. What I need is four extra hours in every day. Then I will be on top of it. Maybe?

  18. Freda November 26, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it astonishing to think that ALL the information on those shelves and in those stacks can probably be got at more quickly with a few clicks on that little wee machine there on your desk? It is a lovely room and good luck with the hornets!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      You are right. Of course. I’ll keep culling..

  19. Anne Wheaton November 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I don’t envy you stripping woodchip paper but still chuckling as I imagine you plugging in the hairdryer.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      It was extremely tedious stripping the woodchip but not as difficult as we had feared. Just as well really as it’s in every other room in the house. It’s what lay underneath that is frightening.

  20. Cathy November 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Taking that step to cancel subscriptions is hard and you might suffer withdrawal symptoms at first, but you will get used to it… perhaps just one to begin with? Looks a lovely room – and lots of light, something we tend to lack here. I like the idea of a window seat – oh, and it’s not difficult to knock up a planked door yourself, perhaps using recycled wood… If I knew anything about blogs or even the internet (wonder when blogs did start…?) when we were renovating our house and building the extension I would definitely have been a blogger way back then! Love hearing about your ‘trials’, and sorry about your hornets 🙁

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Knocking up a door is a definite possibility. Mike has already said he fancies doing it, but we’ll look for an old one first. Trawling round the salvage yards in pursuit of floorboards figures prominently in my future. Maybe we’ll find one along the way.

  21. Amy Myers November 26, 2014 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    That’s a lovely, sunny-looking room; no way you could have that window in something built now! But I know it does come at a cost of time, energy, and funds… 🙁 Getting rid of the hornets will be one less thing to worry about; we had bees (they’re the “Africanized” bees, the kind that are part killer bee) building a hive on our eaves this summer; fortunately one treatment eliminated the problem. I hope yours will disappear as easily! And I can’t help laughing as I look at your piles of books and magazines – at least yours are stacked neatly!!! 🙂

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      Killer bees? Suddenly hornets seem friendly! The magazines were tidied specifically for the photo. 🙂

  22. CJ November 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    What a lovely room, with such a gorgeous window. I can see why you like to sit there. I’m surprised the hornets haven’t gone to sleep for winter. Maybe hornets just power through. Can you still hear buzzing? We had wasps once and you could hear the wall buzzing at certain times of the day. I didn’t work out what it was until they ate through the wall. Didn’t take me long after that though.

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      I can’t hear buzzing. But we did have a dead hornet drop out of the crack in the loft hatch yesterday. Luckily the bin bag holding the old wallpaper debris was directly underneath! I’m grateful for the image of wasps eating through the wall, just before I go to bed.. 😉

  23. Linda from Each Little World November 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I have been trying to reduce our books, magazines and general paper memorabilia so I am sympathetic to your task. We just cleaned out the garage enough to get one vehicle in now that it is snow season. And one room of stuff from the basement is living in our bedroom indefinitely while Mark gets ready for a big remodel. I feel your pain!

    • Jessica November 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      It’s getting up in the middle of the night that’s the challenge, remembering where everything is. If it’s Mike and he stubs his toe he won’t be quiet about it that’s for sure.
      Have a great day tomorrow Linda, I hope you’re recovering well.

  24. Charlie@Seattle Trekker November 27, 2014 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I can see I would not be much help. I love having my things about me; I find it so comforting to have the piles of magazines and reference texts. I have concluded that it is my way of telling the world, sharing with them about who I am. I am picking up a bit thinking that who ever is pushing you to climb into the new century could come for me next; that is not a comforting thought.

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      I do like the comfort of things close at hand. Electronic subscriptions and maybe a Pinterest account to store images and stuff that I don’t want to lose sight of is what I am looking at. The trouble is rural broadband in the UK is still tediously slow and unreliable. It’s so easy to be cut off from everything, as has happened often in the past. Swings and roundabouts!

  25. Linda November 27, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Oh dear……hornets…..and straw?
    Good luck….looking forward to the after pics!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Now then, there’s no way you’re going to get away with skipping to the end and avoiding all the pain. Straw coming soon.. 😉

  26. Peter/Outlaw November 27, 2014 at 3:44 am - Reply

    I also love the way your study looked in the before picture but then I’m a fan of interesting stacks of things. What a labor of love it is to maintain an old house. I hope you are enjoying the process!

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      In a perverse sort of way I am enjoying it, although usually at the point of finishing each project rather than in the midst of it!

  27. Sue@GLAllotments November 27, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    It’s a mystery how decorating one room always causes an upheaval in every other room of the house. Don’t hornets die off in winter like wasps do?

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm - Reply

      I thought so too, with only the new queens hibernating. With luck the ones in the roof will soon expire.

  28. Mise November 27, 2014 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Well, Jessica, I have a lot to say here. You make your own silk curtains! Hugely impressed!!! And I do like your furniture, with its lovely lines and aged wood. And the deep windowsill and the birdsong, although that is undepicted. The place is going to be beautiful. May I visit when it is all done? I’ll probably be wanting to steal a few objets here and there.

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Mise you are very welcome to visit. Why wait until it is done? Plasterboards and paintbrushes available on loan. You will need to bring your Cath Kidson wellies though, and pass through security on the way out.

  29. Jo November 27, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

    What a wonderful room to work in with a lovely window and view in to the garden. I love your desk. Hope you get the hornets sorted out.

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm - Reply

      I think we are ignoring the hornets and hope they go away! If not then get them professionally removed. Thanks Jo.

  30. sustainablemum November 27, 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Ah the decorating one room takes over the whole house conundrum. I think that is going to be us next year when we tackle our hall/stairs and upstairs landing!

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      That’s a dreadful job, second only to a kitchen or bathroom for the amount of disruption. It’s still to do here too, tempting to leave it till last.

  31. Em November 27, 2014 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Your office looks MUCH tidier! Good idea to paint the louvres but, having done so myself once, it’s a horrible job. Looking forwar to seeing you very soon! Will bring cake………x

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      Looking forward to seeing you too, and cake! But could we just avoid mentioning to Mike how awful a job painting louvres is? 😉

  32. Janet/Plantaliscious November 27, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Don’t you just hate the way everything gets worse (a lot worse) before it gets better, any time you tackle a little (no such thing) refurb… And why are matchpots so expensive?! I have spent a small fortune on them over the years, and still never seem to have quite the right one for the next project… Mind you, its going to be a lovely room to work in once you have finished. My fingers and toes are firmly crossed for you in the hope that work is at least sufficiently for you to be able to avoid the limbo when hair drying come Christmas…

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      I wonder if there is a business opportunity in loaning out match pots? I only ever seem to use a fraction of what is in the tin.
      It’s all getting very earthy here, mud walls, clay paint.. I’ve even found a clay product for my hair. Apparently one just rubs it in, styles with the fingertips and leaves to dry. No hairdryer/limbo needed. We shall see. No-one could accuse me of not being green. Or brown.

  33. colleen November 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Was it very wrong of me to laugh out loud at this?

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

      I seem to remember you had your own fair share of building related mayhem a while back. Therefore it’s allowed. It’s when the laughter gets to the hysterical, manic stage it becomes a problem. That’s where I am..

  34. starproms November 27, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    That’s a beautiful room. I also have probs with books because I love them so! Can’t bear to part with them but you have to in the end if only to make space for some new ones. Why not sell on EBay? There’s always a call for back issues.

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Oma. I won’t be getting rid of any books, I love them too. It’s old magazines that are going, and clothes brochures from 4 years back!

  35. woolythymes November 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    oh, those deep window sills……i’m pea green envious!!! loved the little glimpse into the inside world of rusty duck!

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Downstairs they are seriously wide, the walls are over two feet thick.

  36. Caro November 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I sympathise with the paintpot matching – I spent weeks trying to find the ideal shade of eggshell to complement the pebble splash back above my bathroom basin. The walls are white, the subtle colour was needed for eggshell for the woodwork. Two repaints later, I’m still looking. Those are very beautiful colours in your silk curtains – can you make a swatch board with paint chips from colour cards? Re hornets, definitely go down the professional route; my brother had an extreme reaction to a hornet sting when young (we lived in the tropics) and nearly died of anaphylactic shock. Best err on the side of caution. Keep us posted!

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      It’s exactly that sort of extreme reaction I fear the most. We will be careful. I hope the hornets will get sleepy soon, if not deceased. Colour matching is really difficult and especially so in that room where the light seems very odd. The colour that on my kitchen units appears very slightly off white is deep beige in the study.

  37. 1gus1Janice November 27, 2014 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Your study looks wonderful – calm, uncluttered . Our entrance porch once looked like that . ,. . sigh . . .Farrow and Ball or Fired Earth and then get Homebase to match – you can tell one of our daughters is on the job, updating us . . .

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Much as I would like to be tidy and uncluttered it never seems to last. I will get the study cleared. And decorated. Then I give it three weeks..

  38. AnnetteM November 27, 2014 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Your study looks so inviting – I would like to sit in there to write letters. Does anyone write letters any more? I write one a year to an elderly couple in Ireland that we met over 30 years ago. I am sure it will look wonderful when you have finished it.

    • Jessica November 27, 2014 at 10:25 pm - Reply

      It is years since I hand wrote a letter. It’s all emails or typed and printed off. Sad really.

  39. ginaferrari November 28, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    It does look like a lovely room and I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end. I’m putting off similar projects because ?I just know what a mountain of clutter I need to face. Years of it!

    • Jessica November 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

      Starting is the hard part. Then it gets easier!

  40. Rosie November 28, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Oh no – hornets! I remember when visited a friend who’d moved to France she was so worried about the hornets – she had huge ones around her cottage and in her plum trees and when we sat out to eat in the evening there was a huge spray with a nozzle nearby – just in case. She also had the largest snails I’ve ever seen in and around her porch too – but that is another story. Good luck with all the clearing and sorting:)

    • Jessica November 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

      We’ve had a lot of hornets buzzing round the garden and outhouses this year and they have a nasty sting. I can understand your friend’s concern. She could have eaten the snails though.. 🙁

  41. Sarah November 28, 2014 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Your study looks a lovely room. I will look forward to seeing it when all the hard work has been done. I have found the longer i keep magazines the harder it is to get rid of them. I now don’t keep them so long and don’t have the same attachment. You seem to attract so my wildlife! Sarah x

    • Jessica November 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      There is always something on the wildlife front isn’t there! Big strides today, I now have a Pinterest account so can start to think about going electronic. Think about anyway… !

  42. Donna@GardensEyeView November 29, 2014 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Some of the nastiest bugs those hornets…I do hope no one is tung and you have minimal delays….that window is absolutely perfect….I love it as it really lights up the room.

    • Jessica November 30, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

      At some point I need to show you more of that window. It is lovely but has some serious shortcomings too. The work seems to be dragging on, I’ve had enough of it already!

  43. hoehoegrow November 29, 2014 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Jessica, that looks like a lovely place to sit and work … or just to sit ! I love the low windows, and I can nearly hear the birds and the river.
    Hope all planned works get finished before the big day !

    • Jessica November 30, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Thanks Jane. I want my study back now. A completion by Christmas is looking dodgy in the extreme. The walls were in a worse state than we thought before we stripped off the paper. In hindsight we should have waited until the new year. But isn’t hindsight always 20:20. 🙁

  44. Natalie December 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I feel for you!! At least our current renovations are only going on in the barn. Hoping for a Christmas reno miracle for you!

    • Jessica December 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      It’s shifted to a New Year miracle I think. Still good though. 🙂

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