Thursday, October 15, 2009

warm arrivistes

Our new gates have been electrified so now we are arrivistes with remote controls. The cows in the field across the lane stare in bafflement at them as they open and close eerily through the mist.

Yes, the stonemasons ruined the drive, but you'll be wanting to remain glued to this channel as I'll be debating the merits of granite versus limestone gravel to sort it out. No? Ok then, be like that.
And my stance is that soft furnishings are much more interesting than insulation, but as I was overruled by Scottish Husband the house got insulated today.

Warm arrivistes: what a feeling.

19 comments:

  1. Ha ha, I couldn't get anyone to join in the crucial gravel debate either!

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  2. Mise..! You just wrote a hilarious post out of fairly boring material (for those of us who would much rather discuss soft furnishings): electric gates, driveways and insulation. Really - I'll be thinking about those baffled cows for the rest of the day! Thank you, dear.

    -maria

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  3. when you say electrified? is that to stop the cows getting in?0)
    i asked joe about the gravel ...zzzzzzzz...

    looks like insulation has arrived just in the nick of time for that lovely autumnal landscape.

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  4. Oh, all the boring details. My Australian Husband was a bit of a dream squasher and overruled me on some of the details too. Harumph! would love to visit you and waltz through that gate.

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  5. I must cry out loudly in favour of insulation as a fascinating topic. Our 100 year old house had none and we shivered for 10 years before we bit the bullet and invested a relatively paltry sum to insulate the old part of the house and OMG it's a 2 degree difference!!!! So my husband keeps obsessively pointing out when he checks the thermometer. What is it with husbands and barometers anyway? Who cares what temperature it is.

    And I would vote for gravel absolutely. Even better, get the tradesman to pay for it, given he ruined the drive in the first place.

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  6. OMG you live in a gorgeous place. LOVE those views!

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  7. Your views are beautiful!! Do you ever leave the window? I'd be parked by it (or outside) all day. Also, Ethan is also obsessed with insulation. My eyes glaze over when he starts to talk about it.

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  8. You have an electric gate? You are too chi-chi. Love it; it's truly gorgeous.

    Do you mind if I pack up the brood (+ the new one when he arrives) and head your way? I think that the opening and closing of the gate will keep us occupied for hours...

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  9. Those gates are heavenly. I love that first photograph of them.

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  10. Oh Mise, wha beautiful views you have. I am truly envious.
    We used to have a gravel drive but I used to find it in the hall, my car and most of it ended up down the street. I think that it looks lovely but choose the larger gravel if you decide to have it. Insulation ?.....BORING !!!! XXXX

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  11. Ohhhh - the top photo is gorgeous and makes me want to be where you are RIGHT NOW.

    Though I hasten to add - not in a weird, stalky way... :)

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  12. I guess the old cliché of man as hunter-gatherer should be replaced by man as hunter-gatherer-insulator.

    Jane, two degrees, that's not even a world-famous soul and disco musical group. At least hot-water bottles can have fancy covers, right?

    Devon, you're on, provided your children teach mine wonderful words like chi-chi

    Jacqueline, thanks for that good advice!

    Serena, sure we're all stalkers here...

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  13. i agree with vintage simple! what a writing talent to make such an entertaining post out of electric gates,et al :-)

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  14. I'm sure the cows are grateful for the entertainment, Mise.

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  15. Soft furnishings are infinitely more interesting than insulation. Those pesky husbands can be so practical sometimes(!) Every time you post photos of your surroundings I gasp a little. So. Stunning. You'll have to take us on a little tour some time - cows included. Have a lovely weekend, Mise!

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  16. OMG, I am absolutely DYING over your property!! It's so gorgeous. Makes our swimming pools and palm trees seem devastatingly boring. Yawn!

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  17. One of the joys of being a renter is that you only really have to concern yourself with the soft furnishings. The insulation is someone else's headache - and money.

    I would like the feeling of power that must come with an electric gate, though. Do you feel like the Lady of the Manor? I would.

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  18. Love the view of your property--and I vote for gravel! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

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  19. I vote for the large gravel too....lovely lovely view!

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You're looking particularly well.

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