Friday, 3 July 2020

What Ive Got

It's almost the end of my holiday.
And all but one job on my now slightly dog eared to do list have now been ticked off.

But I still have a few wants, a few objectives to complete once I save up enough money.
I have a dreadfully old fashioned bathroom which needs completely overhauling
The bed mattress still doesn't quite fit my bed frame and the carpet in the spare room is a total disgrace
The living room Carpet too is in need of a change and my bedroom needs an upgrade........

I want
I need
I haven't got

But let's get things in perspective
Let's look what I have got

I have this!!!!!


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  1. in that wonderful Welsh village.

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    1. And the countrywide that surrounds it

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  2. What a beautiful view! Beautiful plants and flowers and countryside. It must be so enjoyable to walk your dogs there.

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    1. I realised just how nice the view was at 4.30 am as dawn started

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  3. Says it all John, we all need to stop and see what we have, enjoy that.

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  4. Hanging on to your cottage was one of the greatest achievements of your life and I for one applaud you for it. Looking at the sidebar pictures, surely you could make some extra dosh as a Russell Crowe lookalike. With your nipple tassles and lycra trunks you would be soon be in demand at hen-do's and Women's Institute meetings.

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  5. What you've got is so beautiful! Wow!

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    1. You Just need to see it properly don't you
      Like a painting you forget to look at

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  6. Anonymous11:31 am

    Hi John. There is a very old saying... It's not what we have, it's what we value that makes us rich.
    You are blessed to live in such a wonderful place.
    Love Jane

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    1. Yes......you have to remind yourself of why you picked your home in the first place

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  7. I have carpets in the down stairs of this house. it is a first for me. I have never lived in a house with so much carpet and I can tell you it is hard to maintain. if I had the money to fix all the floor boards I would sand them back and seal them and have a rug I can change or throw outside and wash. Do you have floor boards? so much more forgiving than carpet, especially with pets. Your view is delightful. I can smell the green.

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    1. Bulldogs and rugs don't go
      They can't corner and stop

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  8. You've got so much, and that you see to value it is even better.

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  9. With a view like that what more do you need!

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    1. Panties what else do I need?
      Where's that from I wonder?

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    2. A thong catapult possibly for cupid x

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  10. In what way is your bathroom old-fashioned? Photos needed!

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    1. In the estate agents words " in need of an upgrade!"

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  11. EXACTLY !!! All of the other stuff can wait ...... a pretty cottage, beautiful view, a lovely garden, good friends and a gin and tonic at the end of the day .... isn’t that perfect ? XXXX

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    1. That's what this holiday has given me Jacqueline
      Some time to reflect and take stock

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  12. Like you, I have everything I need and most of what I want so I know I'm rich!

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  13. wonderful view! and for house upgrades, start with the small things first, like carpets or mattress.

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    1. Anonymous12:17 pm

      Carpets and mattresses are small things? Not in my life, things like that need lots of saving for.

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    2. smaller than a total bathroom redo.

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    3. I want a shower in and a bath out

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  14. As long as it has running hot and cold, the bathroom will wait. Stick a few plants in there! That view is amazing - and it's all yours.

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    1. A walk in shower.......my next objective

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  15. Love that view! Really. All that green is so pretty.
    And I agree with Anne Marie: start with the small things. Also, DIY. Youtube is full of projects!!

    XOXO

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    1. I know my limitations ...painting is my limit!!!

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  16. Oh yeah. The wants don't compare to the haves!

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  17. You have a lot more than that, Friend!

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    1. Not so much now since I threw tons out of the bedroom window

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  19. I like your priorities, John.
    Can't buy a view like that!

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    1. I guess it does feature in the mortgage

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  20. Old fashioned bathrooms have character.

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  21. Anonymous12:47 pm

    Well, have you looked underneath that carpet?, if it has floorboards result! l have painted my floorboards and added rugs, mainly from boot fairs and ebay, everyone says they look good, easy to maintain, and cheap to do.
    The mattress is it too long, short or wide/narrow for the frame? and what are your carpentry skills like?
    Bathroom, whats wrong in there?.
    As you might be able to tell l LOVE decorating!!!!
    That view, well, no changes needed there then
    Tess xx

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    1. No a concrete floor !!!

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    2. Anonymous5:36 pm

      Ahha you can do trendy stuff with concrete floors, go on 'ave a google or pintrest or some other sites. l'm thinking diamond patterns in contrasting colours marked out with masking tape, fabulous darling!
      T x

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  22. Fuck carpets. You have animals x

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    1. You know that bulldogs can't corner on polished wood

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    2. Barbara Anne12:22 am

      Basset Hounds don't corner well on wood floors or linoleum either!

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  23. That view is so amazing. You are right, it is always nice to appreciate what you have. I bet living where you do brings happiness to you every day. I was only in Wales once, years and years ago, and I absolutely loved it.

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    1. You are always very welcome mick

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    2. I just may take you up on that one day!

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  24. Thanks for the reminder that what we have, far exceeds what we need. What an amazing view, and it is yours. Your house. I spent the price of a nice car on a bathroom remodel this year, and I like it, and it is very pretty, but bottom line with exception of a little better storage, it does the same thing the old one did, it just looks better doing it.

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  25. I may be preaching to the converted here John, but have you heard of Freegle/Freecycle? You may be able to pick up carpets, mattress etc in good condition free. We've both donated and received good quality items when we needed them. Stops items going in landfill too.

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  26. you can always get those other things but that view? most people never have that! just wonderful!

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    1. No I loved my previous home but there was no view just bricks and windows of the houses opposite x

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  27. And "this" is worth all that!
    We have an old house and some things need redoing or refreshing. We have a punch list that needs to be done and we are slowly working our way through.

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  28. Happiness doesn't lie in having everything. It lies in being happy with what we've got.
    Or something like that.
    You've got a lot.

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  29. Oh to have a view like that - and a genuine cottage!

    Perhaps you should consider laminate flooring with the doggies John - it looks so good these days, can't tell it from real wood - and the cleaning is so much easier. We replaced our carpeting all through lower level and love it.
    Those 'to do' lists never go away do they!!!!!

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    1. It's an option for sure x

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    2. Anonymous10:14 pm

      Laminate would be even worse for the dogs than wood. More slippery.

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  30. Your view from that window is breathtaking and you did pay for it by being able to keep the cottage! Lucky you!!
    I have a similar view from my 6th floor apartment -- I look out over green pastures, trees and more trees, a beautiful ridge of the Wet Mountains that are stunning when frosted with Colorado snow! In the late Fall into Spring, I get to count the new calves being born out in the pastures! Watch the herds of deer cross the pastures on their way to other pastures! Watch the rancher mow and bale those pastures ...
    Like your view ... just too beautiful and surely priceless!

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  31. All I can say is ... !

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  32. Beautiful view you have there, John! The other things can be saved for and purchased in time.

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  33. Barbara Anne3:06 pm

    What a glorious view you have!

    You're right, all you want to change can wait. Wouldn't Queen Winnie be a hazard to new carpets at her stage of life?

    Have you quietly painted your hallway?

    Hugs!

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    1. That was my last un ticked box

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    2. Barbara Anne5:41 pm

      Well done in getting everything else done! The painting can wait. Besides, the hallway is likely to be small, so won't take much paint or much time when you get to it. That's a plus for having a small home. :)

      Hugs!

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  34. Joan (Devon)3:15 pm

    We have similar views, but I don't get to see them as we live in a bungalow, lol. You can never get tired of a view like that and the only changes would be with the seasons and growth. You will always need a new bathroom, mattress and carpets as they wear out or become dated, but that view will live forever.

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    1. I would also like to add, just to do one thing at a time and you will appreciate them that much more.

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    2. Good advice dearheart x

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  35. Breathtaking vista.

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  36. Heather3:39 pm

    Your garden is looking great and what a fantastic view, money could not buy that. Not sure if you agree, but with several dogs, it's not worth spending a lot of money on new carpets.

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    1. Agreed but the joy of a new one would be the icing on the cake

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  37. My children are in the process of moving across the pond. Wales is high on their list. I can see why.

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  38. Yes, you have it all. Gratitude is so healing.

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  39. Concur on buying new carpet for dogs to ruin. How about scatter rugs on top of old carpet, especially in favored places to be messed on? Also they tend to stay put on top of the carpet.

    Think carefully about doing too much in the bathroom if it actually works. New tubs tend to be much less generous, for example. (We've replaced 5 bathrooms over the years; I refused to give up my old tub and have never regretted that.) And the house is unequivocally old fashioned; the bathroom shouldn't look very modern. People are still buying new old fixtures to maintain that look, at least here in the states. So look for what you need to make it work better, first. (I lived for a decade with no cold water in the bathroom sink. Luckily it took a long time for the hot to come up 2 stories from the basement, so morning ablutions were a little dance with the water temperature at the tap; drinking water was in a pitcher filled from the tub. I was glad to have that fixed.)

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    1. I am really tired of my tub
      I so want a walk in shower and instant hot water x

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    2. Where will you wash the dogs?

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  40. When we think of what's lacking in the lives of millions of people on this plant who don't have beds, or bathrooms, or even a roof over their heads - we are SO blessed to have our needs, such as they are, and the beauty that's all around us if we take time to look. You are TRULY blessed, and may you always be!♥ That's a view I wish everyone had from their window.

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  41. You know I meant "planet"...

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  42. Yeah, that IS pretty fantastic! I be our bathroom is even shabbier than your bathroom. If we owned ours we'd upgrade it in a heartbeat, but we're renting so we're just living with it. :/

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  43. Steve,, I want a bathroom to be proud of ...I'm so shallow x

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  44. Just finished 'On The Red Hill' what a good read it was.
    A lovely view in any season I think
    Swapping bath for walk in shower is what we did -so much easier to use and clean.

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  45. S*d the carpets they only get dirty and smelly and your view is worth so much more.I wish I had such a paradise to see each day.My house is a hovel and no carpet,just a rug in the posh room which gets weed on if given the chance-I like it that the dogs can feel relaxed x

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    1. I'll price up hardwood floors

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    2. My most used room has thin real wood strips from usual d I y shop but scratches so badly and unfortunately looks like laminate-my cousins laminate floor looks like wood and after years still looks good and it's a more realistic colour and mine is cold and can feel the draughts up my legs x

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  46. Lovely garden John - is that water between the lawn and the outside wall?

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  47. You are a wealthy man. You have loving family members, friends and furry friends. You have an amazing cottage in an amazing town and to top it off you have that view!

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    1. I can balance that out with a ugly face

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  48. Fabulous view, i have things that need attention in my house too. Its on the saving up list.

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  49. Oh my, if I had that view it would be like a holiday everyday. Your garden is beautiful and so peaceful. Here in this city we have crime, over development, corrupt city government and destruction of history. I'm researching small villages in the NC mountains and hoping to move soon. Thank you for sharing your home and village it gives me hope. Take care, Constance

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    1. Perhaps I should air BnB my spare room?

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    2. Perhaps you should; I can't imagine anyone that wouldn't enjoy a visit to your home and lovely village.

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  50. Gorgeous view! You're correct that we often overlook the treasures we already have. Besides the walk in shower, what else is on your list? Towel warmer? Combo toilet bidet? You designed such a nice kitchen I bet your future bathroom will be equally nice. And, planning is half the fun!

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  51. I'm sitting here watching Escape to The Country. Jules is having a hard time coming up with what you have!

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    1. I will post a photo of the bathroom to change your mind lol

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    2. Whoops, I meant the VIEW you have, LOL

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  52. A beautiful view and a lovely cottage in a village with community spirit...all that and you have decluttered!
    You are doing well.

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  53. That view, and the friendly villagers are worth a million dollars John. The bathroom makeover is the big item on your list. It’s all very well to say it adds value to the house, but that only helps when you sell, and that’s not your short term objective... but, as a nurse, having things clean, and easy to clean, comes pretty high up your Basic Requirements List, doesn’t it . Hardwood bedroom Floors might be easier to clean, but they’re cold underfoot and more expensive than an off cut of carpet that’s you might source with a bit of luck.
    The mattress would seem to me to be the first to tick off. A good night’s sleep is pretty important, especially when you work as hard as you do.

    Things to aim for give a focus for the future, and yours is looking bright.

    Meanwhile you have a gorgeous view, and drop dead kitchen and a happy. Life with your animals. What not to like!!

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  54. What a beautiful view.

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  55. That's a perspective I would love to have. I was fortunate to spend 2 months in northern Wales a couple of years ago and was staggered at its beauty. I'd have to flip a coin as to where I'd live...Betws y Coed or, Llandudno.

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  56. Positively bucolic! I'd wager a new bath and carpet would lead to untold anxiety compared to the present dog-friendly situation :)

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  57. That is a really fine view. Your flower beds (are those the newly refurbished ones?) are lovely, and all the different shades of green in the background are wonderful.

    It's nice to have dreams, too, though. Something to anticipate, something to accomplish, something to enjoy once they're done.

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  58. A room with a view of the country side and your garden how lovely John, it's always nice to dream and aim for something it gives you a sense of direction the fun is in the planning.

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  59. Magnificent view!!
    Not gonna lie, we have a walk in shower and I absolutely love it.
    Renovating takes time, but it is all worth it in the end.

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  60. Such a beautiful view John. I'm jealous.

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