Join the Graven Hill Discussion on Facebook

Join the Graven Hill Discussion on Facebook!

Why not join us on Facebook – it could be a nice way to meet like-minded self builders who are interested in Graven Hill. It would be great to get some discussion going and share any news, tips and perhaps just vent your frustration!

Wednesday Afternoon Cinema

Wednesday Afternoon Cinema

With Hannah on pre-maternity leave holiday, we’re starting to go a bit crazy being in the house, so thought we’d treat ourselves to a random mid-week trip to the cinema. Plenty of decent looking films at the moment, but Hannah being an action fan, we went for Independence Day.

Looking for a Nursery in Leamington Spa (Part 2)

Looking for a Nursery in Leamington Spa (Part 2)

After looking at The Lighthouse Nursery last week, we were back in Leamington Spa to take a look at a couple of other nurseries. First up was Emscote House. It’s pretty close to The Lighthouse, so still nice and convenient for Hannah’s commute for dropping off and picking up.

Zoweetek Bluetooth Keyboard

Zoweetek Bluetooth Keyboard

I hate typing on my phone – it’s fine for a short message, but if you need to write a long email, or document it’s not very appealing. If you’re out or at work, it’s not always possible to use a PC, so one potential solution is this funky bluetooth keyboard.

Looking for a Nursery in Leamington Spa

Looking for a Nursery in Leamington

Despite the fact that baby is still not born yet (4 weeks to go!), we thought we’d best start thinking about child care for when Hannah returns to work next summer. We’d heard that places get booked up well in advance, and that it’s worth registering for a place early.

Joie Stages Group 0+/1/2 Car Seat Product Review

Joie Stages Group 0+/1/2 Car Seat

As we get ready for our new arrival, there are lots of new things popping up around the house. So, I thought I’d try my hand at an unboxing video. This is for our new car seat – the Joie Stages Group 0+/1/2 Car Seat.

NSBRC Summer Show in Swindon

NSBRC Summer Show

Back in the spring we visited the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon for a Graven Hill presentation, and bumped into Harvey Fremlin, the MD of the NSBRC. He asked if we’d be willing to act as a case study at their summer show, which sounded like fun. Then we realised we’d have

Built It Live in Bicester

Build It Live Show in Bicester

We keep thinking that plots at Graven Hill will become available ‘soon’. It’s driving us slightly crazy, but on a soggy Sunday in June, we went to an old airfield in Bicester to see how soon.

Making the House Baby Ready Part 2

Rearranging the House for Baby (Part 2)

With a fair chunk of our ‘non-essential’ items in storage (thanks Mum and Dad), we can now properly convert our home from Dean & Hannah mode to Dean, Hannah & Baby mode.

Bourton on the Water

A Morning in Bourton on the Water

On the way home from Stow on the Wold, we stopped in Bourton on the Water. I guess everywhere needs to be ‘on’ something around here. Another amazing place, that we knew nothing about before. Probably helped by the amazing weather, but it was such a fantastic morning – chips for lunch was the icing

The Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold

Short Break at The Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold

With relaxing holidays potentially a thing of the past once the little one arrives, we thought we’d take the chance to enjoy a night away. Just so happens to be our wedding anniversary on 7th June, so that was all the excuse we needed! We booked into the Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold.