In the beginning, our blogs were mainly about destruction, demolition, debris, dirt, dust and sometimes, despair. It wasn’t easy, and sometimes, sitting in our new “home”, surrounded by boxed up belongings and builders’ tools and ladders and half built walls, we did wonder what we had done. But those walls do get built, the tools are finally dispensed with and the familiar belongings find new homes.

We hope that this journal will provide inspiration if you are embarking on a similar journey. We hope that it will give you the courage to just do it. And we hope that it will give you an unshakeable sense of belief that it can be done. Because it can. And guess what? We’re doing it all again!

So, open a bottle of wine, curl up on the sofa and come and join us on our journey…

Latest Blogs…

The Gold Room…

The Gold Room…

I've thought long & hard about adding blogs to the website, in the current climate. It seems too frivolous to be posting about renovations and life-style things and recipes. But, and it is a big but, we've worked hard for so long to get to the point where are...

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Another Room Done…

Another Room Done…

Yes, we are edging closer and closer to having the house fully renovated, with the completion of the renovation of the second guest room. This room, on the top floor,  currently looks out over the village and has a great view down onto the piece of land, with a tiny...

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The Well Room…

The Well Room…

Recently, we've had our latest Workaway couple staying with us, Kaiti and David, a couple from Oklahoma. Like the other couples who've come to stay with us, they are on a sabbatical, travelling and working and embracing the cultural highlights of other countries. They...

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Did We Meet Bathroom Challenge?

Did We Meet Bathroom Challenge?

A while back, I set ourselves the challenge of renovating our upstairs bathroom for less than £500 - excluding labour. Labour is a whole lot less expensive out here, but I'm not mad, as there's no way we could do a whole renovation of a bathroom, including labour, for...

We Might Be On The Move…

We Might Be On The Move…

Sometimes things take a turn of events that you just didn't anticipate. And this has happened to us. We've spent the best part of the last two and a half years renovating our stone house in Istria, from top to bottom and have almost, almost completed it. We're on the...

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Our Latest Workaway…

Our Latest Workaway…

We've just said au revoir to our lastest WorkAway visitors, a very handy French couple, from the Pyrenees area, but on a travelling sabbatical, in their trusty campervan. They contacted us, having seen our profile on the website, and felt that their skills were a good...

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Bathroom Reno Challenge

Bathroom Reno Challenge

The best part of the last two and half years has largely involved renovation. Somewhere in the house, something is usually being knocked down, built back up, painted, restyled, tiled, plumbed in or redesigned. We knew the challenges we would be facing when we bought...

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WorkAway Continues…

WorkAway Continues…

Our second and third WorkAway visits have just come to an end. We are delighted to report that our second visitors - a couple from Tasmania, who are travelling and working their work around the world - were another massive success. Like we said we preferred, they were...