Much as we enjoyed our stay at Rhoda’s Cottage, we were itching to move into Balliemeanoch. And that’s exactly what we did, early in March.
We still had to rough it for a while. There was heat, light and hot water (and not forgetting, of course those miraculous flushing loos!) but not much else in the way of creature comforts. But at least it meant that we could spend every possible minute working on getting this lovely old farmhouse back into great shape.
With the essential services and building work mostly sorted, we could turn to some of the more fun stuff. While the builders worked their magic on the outside – turning the grounds from a battlefield into a gorgeous lawned garden – we got on with the painting and decorating inside.
And then the momentous day came when our belongings arrived out of storage. Reunited with our favourite bits and pieces, we really started to see the place transforming into a welcoming home in front of our eyes. And how delighted was Charlie when he found that his favourite old radio even manages to pick up Radio 5 Live, so he can listen to the football again!
It wasn’t all plain sailing. Our boiler decided to give up the ghost shortly after we moved in, so we had a few days of extra jumpers and cold showers until the new one arrived! At least we were too busy to be cold, and we were lucky that this winter was nowhere near as severe as last year’s.
In fact, March most definitely went out like the proverbial lamb, with record breaking temperatures and day after day of warm sunshine and beautiful clear blue skies. Shame we spent so much of it inside painting!!
In the meantime we just held our breath and prayed that the fine weather would hold for our Easter visitors…..