We seem to have skipped Spring here and gone straight to Summer. Already it's 25°C even though just a week ago we were still wearing wooly hats and scarves! While it was a bit hot to play outside in the middle of the day Alba and I took the chance to do a bit of baking. It's the first time I've baked with her and I was expecting chaos. I obviously underestimated her though as she stood on her chair as quiet as a mouse, delicately stirring and adding raisins one by one. At the finish she even asked for a cloth to clear up the bits she'd spilled. I'm looking forward to doing some more baking or crafty projects with her. If anyone has ideas of fun, creative things to do with toddlers please share them in the comments.
It's a lovely sunny day here in Umbria so this morning Alba and I took a walk up to the village to take photos of our newly plastered house. The scaffolding came down yesterday and we can finally get a proper look at the work that's been done. I'm really happy with the way it's looking so far. I had a few doubts about the colour but now that I can see it properly I love it. The inside is light and airy and seems so much bigger now that it's been plastered. There's still a lot of work to be done but finally I can see light at the end of the tunnel!
For weeks and weeks I have abandoned my blog, lacking inspiration, time and energy to post anything or even to read the blogs that I usually love. I don't know why today I suddenly feel inspired to post again but I'm hoping that the feeling will last!
In recent weeks we have been busy trying to choose floor tiles and bathrooms for our house. Work is still moving along at a snail's pace but at least I'm finally getting to choose some of the interior fittings. We're preparing to start the plumbing work and so we've been concentrating on bathrooms the past few weeks.
It's really important for me to get the bathroom just right. I hate using a dirty bathroom but I also hate cleaning bathrooms! So, we're trying to come up with solutions to make the bathroom as easy to clean as possible.
I want to share with you some of the bathroom features we're considering and ask your opinions on how practical they are.
The above picture from Velvet & Linen is pretty much what we're aiming for, clean, simple, light - perfection! I love the shower with just a simple glass screen and the shower head coming straight out of the wall. However, I'm wondering if it would be useful also to have a hose attachment, like in the picture below (from here), for cleaning or for showering little people! What do you think?
As for the sinks, we'd really like to have basins which sit on top of an old piece of furniture like in the pictures below (from here and here). Those of you who have sinks like this do you find them practical? Does water splash out everywhere? And, is it better to have the taps coming directly from the wall as in the first picture or from behind the basin as in the second picture?
It's such a hard task making decisions like these especially if, like me, you are an indecisive perfectionist! If you have any tips or ideas I'd love to hear from you.
Hi, I'm Sarah Elizabeth, a Scottish girl living her dream in Umbria, the 'green heart' of Italy with my Italian husband and our wonderful brown-eyed girl. This blog is our family's story of leading a simple and green life in the beautiful Italian countryside.