Banished to the bedroom!

Basically I'm banished to the bedroom today and not even my own bedroom at's the guest bedroom. 
We've moved in here whilst our own room is being painted etc, so it feels a little like being away on a mini-break or holiday. 
The reason for my banishment today is that the builders and painters have taken over virtually every room downstairs. I've escaped to the hairdressers yesterday and the garden centre before that to save my sanity...but I wanted to stay home today.

There are gaping holes in the walls where windows and doors used to be, dust in every conceivable place even though dust covers have been draped everywhere and I spent quite a considerable time last night hoovering, dusting and steam cleaning the floors. It all looks a little sad and ghostly, but then I just have look at the completed work that has been done already and I think it'll all be worthwhile. 
At least I'm not having to live in a caravan whilst all the work is being done like so many other people have had to do.  
Every morning starts before dawn and Muffy and I decided this morning to escape the mayhem. We wandered around the park and came back suitably refreshed and revived but it was still before 8am! 
We haven't seen the sun here for quite a few days, so as it made an appearance this morning it seemed that everyone wanted to make the most of it. 
The birds were singing beautifully trying to out do one anothers song, crocus and daffodils have managed to push through to make an entrance, although I think they may be held back from flowering for a week or two as it is still a little chilly.
But the snowdrops are putting on a good show.

(I liked my shadow in this photo so I didn't edit it shows how low the sun is at this time of year)

At one stage I counted 14 small dogs all grouped together in the centre of the park having fun, running and stretching their legs, barking and playing ball. 
Life's good when you can run full pelt with friends off the lead! ^..^
It was a doggy social whirl there, so no wonder McMuffy is curled up now snoozing and whimpering in her sleep...she's obviously still at the pooch party by the sound of it. 

Here's my favourite photo of the week...well for now it is.
The gorse bursting into flower.
For anyone who isn't familiar with is a large evergreen shrub covered in needle-like leaves and has a distinctive coconut perfumed yellow flower. 
It makes such an impact on the landscape. 

But the flowers aren't the only thing that feel spring maybe just around the corner...the crows were swooping and calling overhead with their beaks full of twigs and nesting material. 
All natures positive signs and greatly appreciated even though it hasn't been a harsh cold winter. 
Meanwhile back at the ranch...there's cuppas to be brewed and fires to keep alight.
Yesterday someone decided that it was okay to pop their lunch bag (plastic) onto the fire WRONG! 
Fire alarms ringing, smoke billowing and general choking commenced.
I tell you there's never a dull moment. 
I even had to paint my nails to hide the ground in soot after cleaning everywhere! 
It was ingrained into my skin and my face cleansing wipe last that night looked like I'd been down a coal mine! 
I've got so many blog posts backing up in my mind that I'd like to share with you so I might have to post daily if there's not too many major incidents to keep me away. 
Enjoy your week and I'll hopefully see you again soon.

Toodleloo for now