So, here we are in 2015.
A lot of renovation work has already been done on Ash Cottage, but there is a lot still to be done. A start has been made on many projects, but none even close to finished. Boring but essential things like the electrics and gas have been made safe. Water entering the house has been chased down to a flat roof and blown Victorian render on the gable end of the house.
In the garden the previous owners love of leylandii, grown to epic proportions, has been tackled and the difference in the garden is incredible. Mr Fox got a chain saw for Christmas and couldn't help himself.
But, like the house this has all been a case of pulling out and cutting down. And mostly done by other people. I want to get my hands dirty. With the new year it's now time to look forward to the positive changes of the renovation, so much to look forward to:
Una and Louis' rooms are to be tackled first.
A quick clean up job on the upstairs bathroom.
New front and side doors and new hall/boot room.
An Aga in the kitchen to keep me, and the whole downstairs, warm during the daytime.
Tiled floors in the rooms that flooded last February.
Flood defences in place in case it's likely to happen again.
In the garden, raised vegetable beds, green house, new fruit trees and chickens.
Bishop Stortford Bee Keepers Association. I'm signed up to their introduction to bee keeping course in March.