Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Gate Way to Home

It can't be rocket science to fit a new front cottage gate. Can it ?
We don't need anything so grand as the ones outside of Buckingham palace.
We like to be secure, but we don't need a gate to keep hoards of people at bay, we don't need to keep a herd of wandering cattle in either.

We've been waiting for ages to update everything on here, hence our absence.

Eventually our new gate arrived almost a month after our new wall had been built and after a few mishaps along the way.

It was too tall.

Right size, just built the wrong way around.

So many things that have happened down here this year, they really couldn't be made up. Can't help but laugh.

 Ah, just right.

It seems to have been a very long nine months on this side of our little bridge.
A whole nine months since the first arrival of a demolition crew to knock down the old cottage next door to us.
It was knocked down to give space to make a water relief channel to help stop the whole area from flooding. Living near a cute looking stream in the Summer can be a totally different bag of worms when living near one in the Winter and the stream goes through a known flood plain. Which most of you know was to our cost last year.

With our new gate in place, everything that had been broken or damaged by digging the new water relief channel has finally been put right. Well, kind of, the actual water relief channel, needs a bit of tweaking.

At the moment the new channel is taking all of the water, leaving the old stream dry.
The Environment agency might be keeping a close eye on it, but we are keeping an even closer one until it is all up and running as it should. More water running down the old stream and the new water channel a relief water course for any over flow of water.
Sand bags are on stand by, just in case.

 We also have a new front wall. It was painted, then it rained, the paint got washed away.
Next time the SOGGIBOTTOM PAINTERS will in charge to give it another coat in the Spring or Summer.

 Luckily the cottage had been painted a few days before it started to rain.
So far so good, the cottage still has that whiter than white, clean look. It was only after the first coat of paint that was splashed on that we realized how bad the ol girl was.

The road outside of Soggibottom has been resurfaced, we have a new car park to park our car and best of all, our little bridge has been fixed. The large lorries that came over it damaged our dear little Medieval bridge. Luckily not beyond repair.
Even inside, the Soggibottom painters have been busy decorating.

Painting, polishing, waxing, dusting. Soggibottom is now green to go for Christmas and best of all the bears are back.

They aren't hanging around long but making their way over the little bridge to new homes ready for Christmas.

Along with the very last rag doll.

A fleece dog pillow and blanket.
Yep, were green to go for Christmas, no more large machines, no heavy lorry loads of stone, cement, no more spoil lorries of earth, no more men with hard hats wandering around.
What will we moan at now !

Frankie de tabby and Freya Rose Blossom can be found over at CAT FLAP CAVALIER

Thanks to all those that have joined in the saga of the water relief channel. At times over the last nine months your good thoughts have been priceless. 

From a very cold South Devon, Happy Thanksgiving for all those over the pond.


Mary Ann Tate said...

The cottage is looking fabulous:)

Jo's World said...

I know you are gonna miss 'em, I just know it, all the workers, and all the trucks, etc. Find out where they are working now and go visit them!


Lynda (Granny K) said...

I love it when a plan comes together! Hope you have a lovely run up to Christmas and the new flood channel works a treat! Xx

WoolenSails said...

Everything is looking wonderful and it will be so nice to get back to normal and be able to relax again. Love the knotty pine kitchen.


YourSpecialDog said...

That is looking wonderful :) good job

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Joanna said...

You must be loving all that neat and tidy order that's finally in place. You have been through alot of stuff. But your cottage looks beautiful and the charming.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think its time for some celebrating.. (ok quietly).
Soggibottom looks beautiful and the new gate is just perfect!
We keep our fingers crossed everything stays good!

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

Soggibottom is looking good! I hope all is going well with you and your family. Been very busy on this side of the pond!

Bear Hugs~Karen

WendyCarole said...

So glad to hear that life is getting back to normal. May your Christmas be nice and Christmassy xxx

Molly the Airedale said...

Everything is looking great!
Mom loves your wood counters. We have them too but they're not as shiny and pretty as yours are.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Old Kitty said...

I am so sorry but I am totally giggling at the front gate fiasco! It's the right size but in the wrong way! LOL!! That is soooooooooo funny! LOL!! Awwwww but glad that's all sorted out now.

Phew! What a hectic and chaotic few months at the cottage! Oh I do hope you now have a very peaceful and uneventful Christmas! Awww and totally lovely to see Frankie de tabby and Freya looking festive! Take care

Heckety said...

Lookin' good! In fact, lookin' very good!

Al said...

You have had quite the year, but things are looking better. Between the wildfires and the floods in my state this year, we've also had an "interesting" year.

Murphy said...

Back to normal! Wonderful!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Unknown said...

Yes all back to normal and this year we hope you have a great Christmas.
Best wishes Molly

Mollie said...

It is looking beautiful, nothing we do goes to plan at first LOL.. xxoxxxx

Mollie and Alfie