Made in Margs: The diary of a renovation #2

Month three of ‘project bungalow’ and I have become obsessed by two things – the sky and the tide. Who knew a committed city dweller like me would be buying a book on tide tables (apparently there’s also an app) and timing her Saturday out to coincide with the sun going down.

But there is a reason Turner chose the Kent coast to inspire his paintings, saying “…the skies over Thanet are the loveliest in all Europe”, and one cannot fail to be moved by the magnificent giant skies, both by day and night. In fact the sky in the above picture was so impressive that the dog and I got soaked in a thunder storm, as I couldn’t drag myself away from it in time.

Walking on the beach early morning and evening is very special, as the light is constantly changing, the air is fresh and the horizon gives one a sense of perspective (literally) and I can (almost) see why one would want to live by the sea permanently!

The house renovation is coming along well – mainly because M.I.D is a DIY genius and can turn his hand to almost anything. So far he has pulled up all the horrible carpets, ripped out the grubby kitchen units, stripped all of the wallpaper and removed a hideous lean-too and dangerous greenhouse. Give him a power tool and a project and he is at his happiest and I rather traditionally (for me) am resigned to dog walking, tea making and attempting the garden.

My compulsion to make even grimmest of interiors homely means I have been picking flowers from the over grown garden and trying to make corners of loveliness among all the chaos. The furniture from my parents old house looks perfect alongside our new Ikea chair and Anglepoise lamp and our collection of vintage vases are slowly starting to make their way to Margate from London.

The garden however is a complete mystery to me – having only had a small decked yard filled with pots in London – and having attempted a back breaking weekend of weeding – I realise I have no gardening knowledge whatsoever and need expert help, as well as some good gardening books.

Unfortunately the previous tenants decided concrete and paving stones were a practical solution and we are now faced with the huge task of removing them, so I am investigating fake grass which has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and now looks very real. It may be the ideal solution – especially since we won’t be there full time to cultivate real turf. Watch this space and if you have any experience of this – please let me know.

It isn’t all work, work work, however, as this weekend Dreamland opened for the summer season (by ex local Tracey Emin) and we took a stroll along the seafront to see what it was all about. I’m not a huge fan of theme parks, but Dreamland has been sensitively restored and is a great combination of vintage and modern rides, good quality food trucks and excellent music events. Entry is free, so if like me you are not one for rides, it possible to just hang out and take in the atmosphere. I will however be trying out the roller disco one night in the future!



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