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Doing a side return extension on
a Victorian terraced house
~ Part 4 ~

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Sorry gang, for the delay in writing this final instalment of our side return extension building project. A little thing called Isabelle rather scuppered my writing schedule and all of a sudden 4 months have gone by.

However I am thrilled to now share with you our new transformed home. Doing a side return extension on a Victorian terraced house brings with it all manner of challenges and potential complications, however everyone we worked with ensured that obstacles were overcome, challenges were relished and complications were always ironed out. And we are over the moon.

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I was terrified of driving on the motorway.
(And now I’m not.)

Birdcage Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

I consider myself to be a pretty confident person. I don’t tend to shy away from people or places and when life obstacles pop up, I do my best to find a way to bash them out of the way. (It doesn’t always work. But I try.)

I learnt to drive when I was 17. I passed on my third attempt (I managed to drive over a roundabout in my first test – it was a low point) and very quickly I was on my way, tooting around London town in my little old Mini Cooper.

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A (very special indeed) afternoon tea
at The Cornithia Hotel London

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I had a baby recently. (Have I mentioned that?) And she is the bees knees. However, she does take up rather a lot of my time. And energy. And, um, everything that I used to have more of. (Yes, that includes money). (And minutes I can spend in the shower).

Finding time to meet a pal, have a proper chunk of time together and a real catch-up, with  no interruptions and no nappy changing is proving to be tricky. Which is entirely understandable and exactly what I expected…

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Me & Tea.
(BFF)

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Jumpsuit – Anthropologie

Hello team, from a very hot and sticky London. I love the heat, but I love it mostly in countries that are geared up for it. Countries with air conditioning. You know, small stuff.

But I am not complaining. I really am not. If I was going to pick a Summer to begin life as a new mum, it would be this one. I, along with my new found NCT chums, can’t quite believe our luck. We’ve been hitting all our favourite local haunts, sipping iced this and that and revelling in the balmy shade with our sleeping babies (HA HA HA HA HA HA).

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Possibly, the best competition ever. (EVER).
Thank you, Cadbury.

Madbury for Cadbury

I love chocolate. I know this isn’t new information for you, but if there were ever a time to reiterate this, it is now. Chocolate has seen me through some of my darkest hours – romantic break ups, exams (cramming, taking, exam-results-waiting…) and more recently, sitting up for hours each night with my newborn, Isabelle, bouncing on an exercise ball, jiggling her like a lunatic (me, not her) and nibbling chocolate into the wee hours and beyond…

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May the 4th be with you, Isabelle

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When your little one decides to be nearly 3 weeks early, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it 💛 I had no idea how much extra love I had hiding in my pockets… it turns out, I’m overflowing and it’s completely overwhelming. Welcome to the world, Isabelle Rose 💕

Born May 4th, 2018. She is an actual Jedi.

(I’m going to be a little quiet here for a while, but I’ll be back. Just like Arnie. But with more poo).
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Getting my nursery ready
with Naturalmat

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Finally, FINALLY, we are getting there.

Having moved out of our house for 4 months (thank you mum, for having us!) while we smashed up the downstairs for our side return extension… and then returning a few weeks ago to more dust than I have ever seen in my life (it gets everywhere)… then cleaning and cleaning and midwife visits and cleaning… our beautiful, bright, calm and peaceful nursery is finally starting to take shape.

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