Saturday morning - 7:30am and the alarm is buzzing.
As Dale and I live in Glasgow we told ourselves we would need to spend as many hours as we possibly could at Burnsyde during our weekends at home. We are both from Saltburn but we moved to Bonnie Scotland three years ago and travel back and forth as often as we can. Some may call us crazy for taking on such a mighty project when we live 200 miles away but we are not people that shy away from a challenge……and we have an amazing project manager running things in our absence.
Throughout the day we had family and friends pop by to say “Hi” and to have a nosey around. It is the most amazing feeling to have support from our loved ones and we are super, super lucky that many of them were willing to roll up their sleeves and help this weekend.
The wallpaper stripping continued throughout the house which revealed a dozen different colours, lots of patterned wallpaper and a whole load of mess. Although we had only been in there for a matter of hours we really felt like we were getting somewhere.
The afternoon came round pretty fast, the garden was full of furniture (we were deciding what to keep and what to donate), the sun was shining and the house was looking ‘naked’. We had a visitor arrive, not just any old visitor though, it was John, the lovely gentleman we had just purchased the bungalow from.
As he wandered around each room with us he could clearly see we had been busy, he seemed surprised at how much we had managed to do in such a short space of time. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, although I knew that what we were doing was the right thing and in our opinion it was for the better, I wondered if it was difficult for John to see the place he had called his Holiday Home for 24 years in a completely different state and effectively, in a bit of a mess?
He seemed a little relieved to be handing the keys over to us and as he walked away he wished us “the best of luck with everything”. I watched him walking over the bridge back to his car and wondered what he was thinking. Did he believe me and Dale would manage to turn this lovely little property into a place that people would travel far and wide to stay in? I would never know but I really hoped so.
Day 2 – Done!