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While Tom Daley was limbering up for a 25m plunge into the Olympic pool, at Peel Cottage, we were looking forward to our own aquatic adventure. The electric shower was now fitted and working! Having completed the decoration of the stairs and landing, we were looking forward to a little relaxation time before the next […]

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Day five of the Olympics and we set off on our own cross country trek for a marathon effort at Peel Cottage. This meant having to leave behind the television (to which I had been glued) and tune into the intermittent radio coverage of Bradley Wiggins’ time trial as we wove our way around the country […]

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Move over Glastonbury – Dilwyn is the place to fine-tune your stage-diving technique! We recently spent our first night in Peel Cottage – not the cosy affair that you might imagine but a tiny sanctuary of calm in the debris of our building site. This consists of a single room (fully decorated) and one double […]

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We have spent the last few weekends ‘drying out’. This had nothing to do with an excess of Herefordshire cider but the plumbing problems ‘on high’, the solution to which is still in the hands of our insurer and awaited quotes from builders. Given the situation our great strides of progress have been somewhat stunted and […]

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You know that feeling when you’re hit in the solar plexus. You reel for a few seconds before you re-enter reality? Well, that happened to us at the weekend. We opened the door to Peel Cottage, ready for the last lap – the decorating and finishing touches – only to be met with an indoor swimming pool […]

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We have resumed work at Peel Cottage after a month-long lay-off. Business commitments and a poorly ‘other half’ had kept us away but on Saturday we returned and the whirr of the sander and subsequent white dust cloud was soon emerging from our little haven. Having completed the decoration of two bedrooms we’d decided on a […]

Darkest Before Dawn

Feb
2012
03

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They say it gets darkest before dawn and at Peel Cottage it gets colder before a P Cert! There is a snagging list of jobs that our builder is ‘attending’ to after a show down (ahem, site visit) last weekend and we are now toiling away on the decoration in the midst of a new […]

Disappearing Trick

Jan
2012
11

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Did you know that builders are magic? They do an amazing disappearing act when you’re not there and living two hours away from our ‘work in progress’ it would take telepathy or a spy camera to know whether they were on site and what exactly they were up to! A fortnight before Christmas we walked […]

What Rotten Luck!

Dec
2011
02

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This is a bit of a retrospective one – it’s taken me a few weeks to get over the shock – but our lovely little cottage had a problem…it’s huge base timber was rotten. We discovered this after inviting a timber specialist to advise us on cleaning up the interior beams and he offered to […]

Over Indulgence

Sep
2011
20

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Shopping is a bit like food – great if you can enjoy and savour occasional indulgences but one big blow out can leave you feeling a little queasy. At the moment there’s some high-impact activity on the credit card front. It’s amazing how much there is to buy when refurbing an old place – the things that you […]