It’s Life Jim, But Not As We Know It

Sorry for the geeky nod to Star Trek in the title, but life lately has most certainly not been as we’ve known it. I thought I’d do a bit of a catch up post to fill you in on this wonderfully eclectic life of mine:

The Boat

Regular readers will know that we have now sold our home in Yorkshire, with the intention of moving to Wales. Yeah, so that didn’t quite go to plan. What with the whole country being in disarray post Brexit, and the definite sign of change in the air, we decided to stop looking for a home in The Gower Peninsular. At least for the time being.

Any sane person would then have taken their house of the market. But nope, we continued down the road that led us to being slightly homeless. And I say ‘slightly’ because we did have a fallback house in Wales, with just one teeny, tiny problem – it still had tenants living in it. And you can’t exactly ring up your tenants and say, “It’s been grand having you, but we’d like our house back now.” Well technically, because it used to be my actual home, we could, but that would make us arseholes now wouldn’t it? 😉

The ‘tenants’ also happened to be our daughter and her fiancé who, thankfully, were in the process of buying their own home. It was just the timing that was a touch off, by two months! So we were left with three choices:

  1. Move in with our daughter.
  2. Live on our boat for a couple of months.
  3. Live under a bridge like common trolls.

Needless to say we opted for the second option. The house in Wales is simply too small to accommodate two couples without someone ending up under the patio. So we lived on the boat for a couple of months, a bit like Rosie and Jim but without the bad taste in clothes.

Boats lit up for Christmas on Ramsgate Marina.

And we kind of had a blast. So much so that when the time came time to leave we found ourselves wishing we could stay for another couple of months. And we would have, if the British Winter was more forgiving. We have stayed on the boat during Winter but it’s not really practical, especially if it’s peeing down with rain and there’s no choice other than to shlep into town for a pint of milk (or bottle of fizz).

The House In Wales

So we are now living in a three-bed semi in Wales, not ideal it has to be said. Not that it’s a bad house, it’s just a tad on the small side. What can I say, Mr Chic and I used to have a very large four-bed property which we absolutely stuffed to the brim. Our crap is a bit like a goldfish: it tends to grow as large as its surroundings.


It also need redecorating from top to bottom, either that or a flamethrower. I’m actually being a bit harsh, it’s been very well looked after but it’s extremely tired and dated in the decor department. And it was a conscious decision not to rip the guts out of the house as Rachel and Ross were only ever going to be living in it temporarily. I now see a whole lot of DIY in our future.

I’m thinking of doing a bit of a video walk through, and then following up with posts of each completed room. Do let me know in the comments if this is something you’d be interested in seeing.


One of the absolute joys of being back in the land of song (apart from the sheep) is being able to see more of my family. In fact, we’re off to a family get together tomorrow to celebrate my mum’s birthday. It’s all a bit weird at the moment, but in a very good way. The simple act of nipping over to see my daughter, or knowing that I can invite my children to dinner is blowing my mind!

Me and my children after I had an empty nest.

The Blog

You may have noticed that The Barefaced Chic has had a bit of a makeover. A number of you commented in my reader survey that you found the old site a bit hard to navigate, and that there was too much information on the homepage.

I was going to change themes in the New Year, but I was hit with the mother of all technical problems, which meant my site had to go into maintenance mode for a few days. It seemed only logical to change the theme whilst the site was being debugged.


So I’ve decluttered and changed the look. What do you think of it? Is it easier to navigate, or are you missing the old design?

In Other Bloggy News

I’ve been nominated for a UK Blog Award and, after the blast I had last year, I’ve decided to enter. Well, I might get to wear another gorgeous dress and I do have a trophy shaped hole on my desk. Just saying 😀

So I’ll be nagging you to vote when the voting opens – so sorry about that in advance.

And I think that’s us all caught up. I’m back to my usual blogging schedule, but I might try mixing it up a little. From the reader survey feedback it seems that you’re happy with the amount of content, but you don’t really mind what I blog about. Catch you in the next post.


  1. October 15, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    I would absolutely love to see photos of before, during and after photos of any renovations you do to your home. I so enjoy reading your blog–bit of voyeurism perhaps (but only in the best way!). It is such fun reading, no matter what the subject. It’s interesting and notable to realize that those of us who share the “middle years”, really do have quite a bit in common and that “sisterhood” is comforting. Keep doing what you are doing and all the best with whatever projects and plans your life has in store for you.

    • October 24, 2016 / 12:38 pm

      Ah thank you so much Mirjana!

      I’m just waiting for the last of the boxes to disappear to my daughter’s new home and I’ll do a video walk through and photograph the house. My daughter and her fiancé have actually bought an identical house to the one I’m living in (expect her one has an extension). They are also renovating from top to bottom, it will be really interesting to see how we approach the tasks.

      She’s taken a few pics as she’s going along, I think I’ll ask her if I can share them with you all.

      Michelle xxx

  2. Elisa
    October 15, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    Also would love to see before and after photos. I need inspiration to update.

    • October 24, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      I think I’ll put some ‘during’ pics up as well. It’s going to be a mammoth task, but I’m quite looking forward to getting it started!

      Michelle xxx

  3. Vickie
    October 15, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    Me too, your old home was lovely so it would be great to follow you through the before, during and after process of renovating your current house.

    • October 24, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      I did love our old home, it was a bloody nightmare to clean though! I’ll be doing a video walk through very soon. I’m just waiting for the rest of my daughter’s boxes to move out.

      Michelle xxx

  4. October 16, 2016 / 8:46 am

    Well, I love to see the surrounding as I love Wales!

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