May 18, 2017

A Break from Renovations at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

All the work we're doing on our house is really taking it's toll. Hyper-aware of how privileged we are to own our own house, it's hard wrestling with the emotions and stress that come from doing such a large scale renovation, but not wanting to seem like I'm complaining or ungrateful. It just really is hard work. It feels like every task we undertake, another problem rears it's head. We're still living in one room, with no kitchen. Although, at the time of writing, the kitchen should actually be installed today! Then it's time to do the floor, painting, tiling etc. before we can say it's FINISHED. I have a bottle of Taittinger Rose champagne for that day...

You've got to be super flexible when carrying out house renovations. We ARE making good progress and I have to remind myself of that when I'm crying over a radiator leak. I didn't realise the enormity of what we had on our hands when I last blogged about how I would be updating regularly as we go through the process. It's definitely not worked out like that because I haven't had a spare moment to dedicate to blogging and, if I'm honest, I don't want to write about the house right now because I live and breathe it. I think it'll be more of a 'before and after' scenario. We'll see.

So, with that being said, we took a day off last month. I think it was our third day off since January where we weren't in the house. It was a lovely sunny day in early April and we went over to Sheffield for a wander, finally visiting the Botanical Gardens. You know I'm about that plant life. I took my Olympus OM10 out for a spin and snapped some photos. I love the depth and imperfections of film. It's definitely harder than digital, but I'm pleased with these. We also had a walk around the city centre afterwards, hence the Peace Gardens photos - I love magnolia so much.

It was a well-needed spring break. 


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