Four kids, and a fuckload of coffee

Things I Adore About Summer

If I’m honest, the summer has never been my thing. I don’t like the heat or the sun unless I can hear the sea too. Watching the kids play on the beach is pretty delightful though. Last summer we took a few spur of the moment trips, and they will be in my favourite moments forever.

Still, I think there are moments of loveliness in every season, even if you don’t love them all the time.

I love late evenings in the summer when the sun has started to set and the golden hour is in full swing. Sitting with an ice-tea, peach flavoured. The kids smell slightly of sweat and grass from their day playing in the garden. Sitting by my desk, and staring out of the window… but it always makes me wish I had bay windows, with a seated bit, piled high with books.

I guess the downside of summer is that all that gorgeous sunlight is a constant reminder, I need new windows, but you know, it’s hardly the worst way to be reminded, is it?

In 2017 I finally got my drivers license, so summer 2018 was the first year I got to roll down my windows, kids in their car seats and just drive.  On the motorway for the first time, the joy of skipping the motorway and taking all of the country roads. Shouting COWS! Or HORSE! Taking a deep breath as you drive by the fields filled with hay.

The holidays. Pushing open french doors, and putting your bare feet onto the warmed slabs. The morning being balmy already, and planning the day ahead. Packing 972 pairs of pants, but inevitably forgetting your hairbands and brush. But, that’s cool, you were going for boho princess anyway.

The fact you can swap to light, golden glowing make-up. And, you can smell lilacs in the heat of the day, and jasmine at night.

That just for a while in the summertime, you could be anywhere in the world – just for a minute.

(to get you started on some great summer driving tunes)

Take Care Of An Older Home: Here’s Why And How

Home is a sacred spot for all things family, friends and fun. You can express your personality in your interior design, and out loud. Make rules (or break them), test entrepreneurial ideas at your kitchen table, have secret chats with your other half, play hide and seek with your children, tell stories, dance, sing, share your home with pets, grow plants and infuse the house with cooking aromas, all because you want to and can. It’s a retreat curated by you, and for you, that is home.

An old home, in particular, is a wise home, the walls are soaked with memories both good and bad, chance encounters, milestones, it’s witnessed acts of love and provided you (and others) consistent shelter and safety, and above all old homes effortlessly ooze character.

With all old homes have to give, it’s essential to reciprocate your abode with some much-deserved love and attention when you have the time and money to do so. To give back to your home and upgrade your retreat, here’s what you can do;

Windows

Single glazed wooden framed windows are only good for one thing, summer, and also if you like external sounds riveting through your home.

Instead, opt for double/triple glazing PVC windows with style. Be it sash, painted windows, or wooden effect frames; to suit your dwelling’s design, to keep the oil boilers radiating heat inside in winter, and the noisy neighbour’s bbq outside in summer.

Electric

With UK electric regulations being updated regularly, for safety and efficiency, your old home may need some new wiring and plug sockets to give your house back some spark.

Heating

If your heating system has aged, consider replacing it to keep the bricks warm. With the central heating installation cost ranging from £2500 to £4400, this is a long-term investment in the efficiency of your home.

Decor

Think twice before you stifle your home’s personality, by masking the open fireplace, exposed brick wall, ceiling beams, original wood flooring or authentic hallway tiles. Let your home’s spirit shine in all its glory by accepting and enhancing its unique features.

Treasure your old home by providing it with attention and quality workmanship. Ensure you research and plan ahead before any home reviving commences. Scour the market for central heating quotes for the best deals, refer to decorators reviews before hiring and read tips on how best to enhance your home’s characteristics.