As you’ve probably gathered by now, we’re undertaking a bit of a challenge, creating our perfect cottage in Hay. Friends and family, intrigued and curious, keep on asking for updates on our ‘project’. I can’t help but to find the word project slightly terrifying. Maybe it’s from school days, when the year would end with some giant assessment disguised as one. Or perhaps it’s from being glued to the endless reruns of Grand Designs on Channel 4. You know the ones, the happy young couple with the best intentions who end up with a mortgage the size of an Airbus A380 and restraining orders against each other.