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A renovating life in the Highlands !

A year on .......

Here is a long overdue catch up, are you sitting comfortably with a suitable beverage.

After settling my mother in law into the Annex which took a few months, she struggles with down sizing !

Work began on Pier House lots to do and I have been really busy, whilst OH still does his day job and helps evenings and weekends, I have knocked down walls, stripped acres of paper, sanded exposed beams, painted, painted and painted some more.

We built a wood store

We found time for some r&r and time with the dogs :-)

We put a message in a bottle in a wall we rebuilt for someone to read in the future.

We have installed a new heating system, layed lots of new cables, sweat buckets, cried tears, had lots of problems I could go on and on.
But do we regret moving here ......not one bit we have breath taking views.

I am exhausted but we are starting to take bookings we have one room ready for summer with the other two later in the year. Our own private spaces will wait .....
We are going for a modern contemporary look whilst still retaining some history of this lovely old property.

Will share more about the amazing history of the place in another blog in the near future.

Toodles for now.
A life in the Highlands.

1 comment:

  1. You've made my day - and the entire new week!

    Wow that's certainly a big undertaking at the B&B but I'm sure all will be just beautiful eventually Annie. "Do what you love, the money will come" so they say - and I'm sure many people will be wanting to stay with you in lovely accommodation with amazing scenery outside the windows. Bet there are lovely walking trails and boating facilities perhaps.
    The dogs look so wonderful - and the 'time capsule' you are leaving for the future is a great idea!
    Here I am with what now seem very small renovations at the cottage compared to what you are faced with! We are re-doing the downstairs bathroom at present, then have plans for some kitchen updates, with the exterior of the house getting a fresh paint job and some small repairs come later Summer. We can no longer do the heavy stuff - today is our anniv., 52 years, and we're not up to much other than keeping things clean and working in the garden! Hopefully the professionals will do a good job - I admit to being a bit picky - and that we will not regret the cost at the end!

    Again Annie, thanks so much for reading my comment and bringing us up to date here with lovely photos and your stories of the renovation. Hope you'll keep popping by on your blog now and then so we know how things are going.
    Good luck and continue to enjoy that beautiful part of Scotland.

    Warm hugs - happy Spring.
    Mary -


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