Thursday Doors – Cottage Renovation


Does this look familiar? The front door hasn’t changed at all since I last posted it on Thursday Doors. That’s because we’ve been concentrating on the attic rooms, which are coming along nicely – considering we’re not exactly spring chickens. Downstairs makes a nice dry workshop, for now. Upstairs is beginning to look like a home.

We even have a couple of pieces of furniture in one of the bedrooms. That’s Tino, the gaffer, sitting on the best chair, keeping a shrewd eye on us. He looks exhausted because it’s very tiring watching people work all day. Of course, he does allow us to stop for a coffee break.


When he sees us sprawled out on the floor, unable to lift a nail (the metal kind) he gets the hint and calls ‘elevenses’. Being the slave-driver he is, that’s not usually until twelve o’clock!


But the gaffer’s efforts are paying off as we managed to finally get the plasterboard or drywall up and the first part of the partition walls done. We even have flowers, of a sort, in the garden.


I’m hoping this is what we call Rocket. If it is, I’d like to save it when we tackle the garden – we may have no money left by then and it’s an edible plant.

‘Dame’s rocket has an interesting history in terms of its names. It was called the Vesper-flower, because it emits its perfume in the evening, and this is how the genus got its name “Hesperis” means evening. Dame’s rocket can grow to heights of more than 3 feet and is a native of Europe and Asia. It has naturalized in North America and is invasive in several states. In Britain it has been cultivated for centuries, and so has become naturalized in some places being a garden escapee.’ *


The best part about working on the house is definitely staying on the boat. The sky always seems to be different each time we visit and the water reflects it so beautifully. This is what squally weather approaching looks like. My camera didn’t do nature’s colours justice.


Hope I haven’t tired you out with this Thursday Doors renovating post. I’m sure there are a lot more serene doors to be seen over on Norm’s blog. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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48 Responses to Thursday Doors – Cottage Renovation

  1. Tired me out? No way. I love DIY, and you have a lot of that. LOL I also can imagine the fun on the boat. As far as the garden goes, I sure wish I lived closer because I would be glad to help with that too.

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  2. Jackie says:

    Well, I;m tired and I just got up! That gaffer is a slave driver! Typical boss, doesn’t do any work and takes all the praise.
    Dame’s rocket, reminds me when we had a garden (before downsizing) and it spread like crazy.

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  3. Vicky says:

    Gosh, you are working hard on the house. No wonder an elevenses break is required! Well done, I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderful home…

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  4. Pistachios says:

    Wow, the clouds and water in the last two photos look like they’re painted on – looks incredible!
    I imagine the boat is a perfect place to relax after a hard day’s work 🙂 Btw, Tino is so adorable!

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m so glad you put in an update on the renovations. This is such a big job and it’s so exciting when you start to see it take shape!
    I remember that deconstruction and drywalling phase very well. How lucky you are to not be living in it at the same time! I’m assuming your boat is moored reasonably close to the house so you can go back and forth easily?

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  6. Susi Lovell says:

    Wow, that’s a huge job! How lovely to then go and relax on your boat. Nothing better than bobbing on water to get one ready for the next days hard work.

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  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    Keep the updates coming from time to time. It’s a worthwhile project and we’re all pulling for you. I’m only tired from thinking about all the work that has been done so far.
    I think I’m a little like Tino these days: I love work – I could watch people do it all day long 😉

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  8. msgt3227 says:

    It is nice to see the progress on the house, and I think it is fabulous that you are staying on your boat!!!

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  9. It’s neat to see the progress you are making on the house. Tino is adorable.

    The light from the boat moor/dock is beautiful! It must be lovely laying down in your bunk and being lulled to sleep by the sea/river at the end of hard day’s work.

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  10. Looking great, Jean. Every little improvement gets you closer. 🙂

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  11. joey says:

    I enjoyed this post very much 🙂 It’s looking more like a home and less like a construction zone now.
    I can imagine the changing colors of the water and sky as you take to your boat at night, and the joy of elevenses when Tino permits.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Jay says:

    Nice to see doors “in transition.”

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  13. jesh stg says:

    So, your working first upstairs – smart! Because the longer you are in this process, the harder it is to get to the end. I can “see” the work being done. The flowers in your yard are beautiful – already gives it a lived-in feel:) It must be so great to have the dock for your boat so close!

    You can’t tire me out easily, since we were in a 10 year remodel in our previous house, lol! Our kitchen took 2 years to finish up, etc. Or rather, hubby was, since I just graduated and I really needed to work, since the competition for therapists is stiff in Los Angeles (if you find work, you KEEP it!) and we had 3 kids, each with their own schedule, so I was not of much help with the remodel.

    Hesitate even talking about it, since every minute you sit down, you are exhausted, but whenever you get to it – now I have more of a widget area on this theme, I like some feature of your book (s) on there. Sending it to me by email is probably the easiest. Please give your email a subject, otherwise it may be thrown in the spam folder!

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  14. JT Twissel says:

    A garden escapee~! Over here we call those “volunteers.” Good luck with the remodeling.

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  15. I miss Dames Rocket! I remember the first time I came across a colony of the plant – gorgeous, as far as the eye could see… and the fragrance! [swoon]

    It troubles me that people dismiss it because it’s not native and it is considered invasive.

    So what? says I.

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    I love following DYI projects. You guys look like you’re making good progress. I attribute that to Tine the foreman. I wish you continued good luck. The photos from the boat help me understand why it’s a nice place to retire at the end of a long day.

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  17. slfinnell says:

    I’m not much good with a hammer, but I could sew you some new curtains 😉 Hopefully your journey in remodeling is not too stressful.

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  18. Great to see how much progress is being made on the reno. I think the door will have to be modified in the future to let the little guy in and out on his schedule (a new door post for the future). 😉

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  19. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful progress, Jean! I admire you both for tackling this project. I can’t even imagine my husband and I having the skill or patience to even think about it!

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  20. Gloria says:

    Have you moved jean?
    That’s a big job there! Really interesting about the rocket. 🤔

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  21. Oh yes, I wish to be Tino: he gets to supervise the renovation of his new home and meanwhile sleep on the boat! Does he eat the rocket too? I think our former dog did it, or a relative if it wasn’t your rocket. We certainly loved including it in our salads.

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