Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Getting better and happy with new fireplace

I'm back today covered in a light coating of brick dust and plaster as is the whole house. Here are some more photos of the recent Spanish trip. This was the view from the appartment balcony overlooking the Med and out to Gib. and the north African coast. If you click on it you may just be able to see them in the distance.In the garden was a pomegranate tree and the fruit were lovely.


Under the lemon tree is where I sheltered from the noon day sun ( oh and picked the odd ripe one for the 6pm gin and tonics!)
Here is a view of one of the main streets in Mijas. Lots of tourist shops but you can't get away from them wherever you go. Now onto the saga of the dining room . This seems to have dragged on for months. We had choosen the fireplace before I went away and it was finally fitted last Friday. We also had our new heating radiators done last week, and this is why the whole house is covered in a film of dust. I've cleaned and cleaned again but the dust is still there. Here is the hole in the chimney where the central heating boiler was removed ...


And here is the new one. Well new to us but it is a vintage one. It still has its original tiles.



We had a visit to the Laura Ashley sale on Sunday and got 50% off the new lamp for this room. Green is going to feature as a colour here.

Today the plasterer has been and replastered the whole of the room. This will take several days to dry and then we can paint. So finally on the home straight. This will be good as there are bits and pieces all over the house that belong in there and it will be so good to get sorted. This has to be done before the begining of November as that dreaded "C" word is getting even closer and I expect people will expect me to do more for it this year now I am retired!!!
Husband and I have recovered from the lurgy that we had. The weather has been kind to us (except this am when it rained) so we have been able to get in the garden. Pictures of the things I'm growing in next post.



43 comments:

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

I love the fireplace tiles-it's going to look lovely!

Liz said...

Oh Mary, the fire place is awesome, especially the tiles, it is going to look fantastic when finished, look forward to more pics -Hugs from N.Z.

Sarah said...

It looks even better in real life too mummy!!!

Jorja's Nanna said...

The fireplace is really lovely. I didn't realise that you were going for a vintage look. I love the tiles they will look fantastic in a mainly green room. The lamp is also lovely. You did well.
Love Jenny.
p.s. have you seen my 'Allys?' (Crocs). LOL

Sandi McBride said...

Oh Mary, that fireplace/gas fire is just too lovely. I love the tiles on it...the lamp is just sexy hon...can't wait for more pictures...had a pomegranate today, it was so sweet and good, but saved 1/3 of the seeds to try to propagate a tree!

Rubyred said...

Love the new fireplace Mary.You'll be so cozy at Christmas!The tiles are very pretty.

Merisi said...

You must be looking forward to winter now, what with that gorgeous gorgeous fireplace! And I love that L.A. lamp, too.
May the plaster dry fast, so you can get ready for the big C.! *laugh*

Your Spain sounds lovely also, makes me want to escape. :-)

Ragged Roses said...

Beautiful photos of your holiday. Love the fireplace, that dust everywhere is awful, you have my sympathies! It will look lovely when it's done
Kimx

nĂ  said...

hello! your fireplace looks very nice! gosh, spain is so white! i've never been there, but i'm used to the coloured walls of italy - how do they keep the white so clean?! i have seen photos of southwold beach huts on sarah's blog, and they look divine, much wilder than the whitby ones!

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Mary,
Those holiday pics are fab and I have to say that fireplace looks worth all that dust,just gorgeous.
Glad you are feeling better too.
Take care,
Sandi x

Mary said...

Hi Mary!

Do you know how great it is for me to see the your view of the Mediteranian? I've never been to Europe. Thank you! Your trip looks wonderful.

As for the "C" word? I am not ready to think about it. Our incredibly hot summer has not ended. Sigh...

Your fireplace and remodel looks wonderful. But, I understand your frustrations with drywall dust. After a project like that, it lingers for months. But it's worth it.

Country Cottage Chic said...

What a gorgeous fireplace & the lamp was a great buy.

thehomelyyear said...

Hi Mary, the fireplace is lovely...gorgeous tiles. I can sympathise with the dust and mess you're having because we did the same thing last autumn...did manage to get it done for Christmas though...sure you will too. It will look fabulous!

julia said...

The fireplace looks lovely, it will really make the room.
Glad you enjoyed the holiday.
Julia x
ps. did someone mention a 50% sale at Laura Ashley, where are my shoes, I'm off!

Kari said...

That fireplace is positively DIVINE! Oh how I love that. I just can't wait to see it all finished.

Beverley Abbott said...

Mary I love that fireplace! and the pomegranates I bet you didnt want to come home!!
love bev xx

Amy Wagner said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog!
I really like your new (old) fireplace.
Amy

Sandi McBride said...

Hi Mary, I tell you this, I am not ashamed to say that I cried as well...and then laid the blame squarely on her shoulders...between her and Kari I go from tears to insane laughter...who needs pills?

Sandi McBride said...

Of course I was talking about Kat people...don't know what I was thinking lol...

Kari said...

Nary,
Thank you so much for leaving your kind message for Joey and Karen. It just means the world to me that you took the time to do it and, even more importantly, I know it will mean that much to them, as well. You're truly a gift.
Kari

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Mary,
Me again...in reply to your question about the care of Penstemmons, mine are only a couple of years old so I don't cut them back. Yours must be very mature to reach that size. I really don't know what to advise but I think the RHS website might be helpful.
Take care,
Sandi x

Merisi said...

We had such a beautiful blue sky in the afternoon, but it was paid for with a strong northerly wind and it's only 6° C right now, and I am dreaming of your fireplace.

vintage twist said...

Thanks for the welcome to blogging. Love the fireplace. I tried to grow a pomegranate bush from seeds once, got 3 or 4 seedlings but sadly they withered and died when I tried to prick them out and transplant them,seeing this beautiful picture makes me want to have another go.

jules said...

lovely fire looking forward to finished room, also lovely piccies of spain looks like you had some good weather. glad you are feeling better, I haven't posted lately still having problems with vertigo and the computer seems to make it worse.

jules xx

sally's chateau said...

What a pretty fireplace, not sure I could resist 50% off at Laura Ashley either !! Look forward to seeing the finished room.

Sandi McBride said...

Just checking in to see if you have posted anymore pictures and any news...bought another Pomagranate yesterday, gonna have it for lunch...I hear it's an aphrodisiac, and I have plans for my Anniversay, lol...thanks for the sweet comment...now, GET BACK TO WORK! We need entertaining.

A Thing for Roses said...

Adorable fireplace! Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hi! So glad you enjoyed it. I love hearing from new people.

Best wishes,

Lisa

buttercup & roses said...

That room is going to look fabulous when its finished, that fireplace is gorgeous! and I am loving that lamp!

Sandi McBride said...

Mary Mary, when you get a chance come over and pick up a little something I have for you...
Sandi

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

What a gorgeous fireplace! Wow!

tea
xo

Papoosue said...

Mary!! You fed your children cat mince!!!! Pray tell.........

corry said...

I love the fire place! and what a wonderful tiles!!

Sophers said...

She did once feed us cat mince but to leap to my mothers defence it may have been my fault I was only little and had been sent with a saucepan into the big freezer in the garage...oooppps. We didn't eat it.... all!

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Hi Mary,
Me again, different day. I have given you an award, check out my blog when you get a chance.
Hope you are well.
Take care,
Sandi x

Mia said...

I am pleased to hear that both you and your husband have recovered. The fireplace lookig just lovely as is the new lamp from Laura Ashley. I am looking forward to photos of the finished dining room, and as far I as I can gather it will not be long now.

Angel Jem said...

That fireplace is so cool! I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all finished!

Merisi said...

It's been raining since last Friday and I wonder if I could have an hour or two at your fireplace, to warm up, please?

jessica daisy said...

Mary, the fire place is beautiful! I love the pictures from youe holiday, how wonderful to be able to pick your lemon for your g&t!
Jessx

Sophie Rose Designs said...

That fireplace is divine!!!

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mrsnesbitt said...

I am in the middle of a DIY project......slight hickup today...undercoat instead of Primer!

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

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