With views like these, we don't really mind how bad the place looks for the foreseeable future. When it gets too damp and dusty indoors, we can simply go outdoors and sit watching and listening to the surrounding countryside.
There are several doves fluttering about, settling now and again in the old pear tree near the bottom of the garden. It certainly attracts plenty of smaller birds and we can hear the pheasants right down at the bottom of the garden on the other side of the stream.
Out on the hills, which we can see from the kitchen window, cows graze peacefully. The cottage sits in the only street that runs through a quiet village. I still haven't seen or heard any children, other than a few visiting at the weekend. I have, however, heard a neighbour's cockerel crowing, so the chickens certainly shouldn't be a problem once we move them over to their new home.
We've been blessed with good weather for the past five days. This should, hopefully, help to dry the house out a bit, as it means we can leave the front and back doors lying wide open to air the place.