Plans for high dining

have high hopes for a big family Christmas dinner at our new house, we have a
dining room but it’s in need of some definite love and attention before it even
becomes a possibility. I currently have a 60’s brickwork fireplace, a possible
damp problem (although since we started airing out the new house this seems to
be improving!) and a rustic paint job; we have started stripping the

ceiling is a suspended one to cheaply hide all the electrics, so that will be
getting ripped out shortly, the ceiling above it looks pretty good, so I am
keeping my fingers tightly crossed that it will not be too expensive getting it
back to its rightful condition.

It seems a long way off having my perfect
homely room but if we gradually work on it we should see those

It’s really tough when
your working on such a big house, so much needs doing and it seems at times
overwhelming but then I look at the bigger picture, what we have, how much more
space and opportunities it will give us. Friends can finally stay
over comfortably (well once the guest room is tackled of course!) and we
can enjoy meals with everyone having a seat, I can fit a huge dining table
into the room.

It will be such an improvement for hubbie
and I as we have had a fair number of meals without getting a chance to sit
down. If the boys had a friend each over we never had a seat at our
dining table. I have been browsing the
Internet to find an affordable
dining table, I love the range
from Tesco, I shop a lot from
the website already as its good value. I need at least six seats, but I
would ideally prefer eight, because you never know my brother might
actually decide to grace us with his presence for Christmas. I have been looking at different themes too, whether we go
traditional or modern, I quite fancy a country theme, and we do have sheep as
our new neighbours.

Although its not just getting the room itself
ready and furnishing it, we might also want to refine our cooking skills,
my mum currently is in charge of our Christmas dinner and does a fabulous
job! I know she would be grateful of a rest one Christmas and
us taking the helm, but if we burn it then her gratitude will wane

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