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We moved to Ireland with the notion of building our "dream" home in May 2007 after purchasing the site earlier on that year. Mr C is Irish and originally from Limerick but he remains in the UK during the week, his job is running www.cruise.co.uk and earning the bucks that will hopefully allow us to "live the dream."

It's taken us almost two years but ground will be broken on the site by the end of May 09!! A lot of blood, sweat & loads of tears (all mine!) have gone into this project already, we left a fabulous house behind in Newcastle...and now for my Kevin McLeod bit, "can the new build can live up to my expectations and the old house we left behind"? I'm not sure...keep watching my blog and you'll find out!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Not a great day.....

  • Really wanted to tell you that my windows are on their way.....but I can't
  • Received final quote for my Aquatherm Eco F34 stove....comes it at nearly £1000 more than I'd budgeted for (I need a special type apparently, which costs more...and I didn't factor in the previously unmentioned but supposedly necessary extras).  Am going to have to have a little re-think about this one...heart is saying  "I love it still" - head is saying "look at the alternatives"  
  • Kitchen quotation came back......not quite as bad as I maybe expected....but still over budget.

Hoping tomorrow is a better day for all and trying to be thankful that whatever happens, it is really only small stuff as long as my family are happy and healthy!!



  1. Mrs C, you will have many "at least my family is healthy and happy moments". If you need counselling, drop me a line: a-m@armchairtrader.com.au.....you will find somewhere to cut costs so that you can have what your heart says yes to! A-M xx

  2. I'm sorry! So frustrating to take one step forward and two steps back. When we finished our basement a few years ago, it took us what seemed like forever to establish what we thought was a reasonable budget. And then the quotes began to come in and it took only a matter of seconds to bust that budget. We finally found a happy medium, but it cost so much more than we anticipated. My only regret is that we didn't spend more on lighting. Not the actual fixtures themselves, but more lighting and a more thoroughly thought out plan.

    Good luck. It will all come together and your priorities are definitely in order!


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