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Lockdown at home


We have been making the most of our time at home and in the garden during lockdown and really loving it. When we moved into our home three years ago, the garden was so overgrown we couldn’t see where it ended; to say it needed some TLC is a huge understatement!

The photo below was taken the day we moved in. The most useful thing left in the garden was the ladder and we’ve used it lots. But an old broken canoe was also left in the garden which wasn’t so useful!


The photo below was taken after a fair amount of work had been done but it gives the scale of the amount of work that was in store for us. A post will follow showing the different stages of the project.


Over the past three years, through an enormous amount of hard work from family and friends we have finally got a beautifully big space perfect for very energetic children! The decking was finished at the end of last summer so this is the first time we’ve properly been able to make use of it. Little did we know how necessary the space would be last summer!


Eoin and I just can’t believe the transformation and how far we’ve come with this garden. We now have two plum trees, two wisterias, a rhododendron, a heebie and an apple tree! Eoin also put up a washing line for me a couple of weeks ago which is now my pride and joy!


During his paternity leave, Eoin gave himself another project and made the children a mud kitchen using palettes. It’s brilliant! Benedict, Rose and Clara absolutely love it and are getting so much fun out of it.



Finally, we succumbed to the ‘lockdown haircut’. Eoin shaved his head a couple of weeks ago… using a beard trimmer. There were some scary moments in the middle of it all when we thought the beard trimmer had stopped working. Luckily, it saw it through to the end. But Eoin is looking quite different!

Before (!):






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The Holes In Our Walls

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There’s nothing pretty about this post, but I had to laugh at this! Mostly, Eoin is an incredible ‘DIY’ man; he will teach himself anything and then just get on with the job, and he will always finish it off really well. But a couple of weeks ago he wanted to put up another shelf, and at this point I just looked around and laughed. There were already holes in the walls everywhere… and they’d been there for weeks!

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A shelving unit fell down on the both of us in the sitting room and the remains were still there. We then decided to take down the shelving units above our bed because we didn’t want them knocking us out in the night, so holes were left there too!

But Eoin did start to put the new shelf up in the end, but half way through we realised the radiator was in the way so we had to abandon that idea too!

holes in the wall

On Eoin’s behalf, I think a lot of it is actually down to the walls of a new build… they’re not great. But I could only laugh when he suggested drilling more holes. I’m just wondering what the next “project” will be.