We have decided to use Bumbles lodge as a self catering letting unit, so we need to set it up for that use.
Being by its nature and design a wooden chalet there is quite a lot of wood about the place, so we had some problems deciding how we should approach decorating and furnishing it.
We were lucky that a trip out to a large furnishing store –Hafren– provided us with an easy answer, as we found two very nice sofas covered with William Morris Fruits material, when delivered they set the scene for the rest of the décor.
We already had two large coffee tables that were in good condition but thought there was then too much wood so we decided to paint them. It was about that time when we discovered Annie Soloan`s Chalk paint, though! Not until I had already spent a couple of hours sanding the first table.
The beauty of this paint is you can just paint it on to any surface and it sticks, so there is no hard preparation needed, once painted a piece of furniture can be further treated. You can distress it by sanding the edges you can use dark wax to age it if you have the nerve, seemingly the finishes are only controlled by your imagination skill and daring.
Not being intrepid (to start) I just painted the tables a rather nice pale green, to pick up one of the colours in the sofas, and then waxed them. We also had some nice paintings in store, so after a deep clean it did not take us long to finish the living room.
Some catching up is needed, so I envisage a few posts on what has been happening with us at the Waterdine.
The first thing many will already know I became ill over two years ago and have been helped on the road to recovery by several teams of fantastic people in four separate hospitals, not to mention our local doctors surgery staff and the fantastic district nursing team. Things are looking now up and I have been able to continue doing the cooking most of the time.
Then last November Isabel’s mom Pammy past away suddenly. although she had been struggling with mobility there was no real indications that she was that ill. Again the NHS was excellent and extremely caring, I could not believe it but even the ambulance crew who rushed her into Hereford County Hospital on the Wednesday evening visited her in the ward the following day to see how she was.