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Posted: 18/12/2015 at 08:27

Morning all! Well I survivec the bowling last night: even won a game! Unheard of for me I'm the one that skirts the gutters.

The volunteer of the year went down well and he seemed genuinely pleased by it all. I let the boss present it: after all it is more his job than mine. I'm sure knowing the way gossip works people will eventually realise who actually organised it. I'm just glad he "chose" the volunteer I was nominating very loudly 

Off to work later to make sure things are organised for the last weekend before we close for Christmas. We must be one of the only museums that close for two weeks over Christmas! Still it means I'll have chance to enjoy my holiday and get the rest of the wallpaper stripped. You know, inbwtween emails and lesson planning.

Beautiful sunrise this morning but to my horrors... my clematis is flowering!



Posted: 17/12/2015 at 16:43

Lily. You might not be sore right now but please please make sure that as you settle down tonight that things don't start to struggle. Just keep wiggling around as best you are able to keep things from seizing up. 

Grandparents have visited and seem most impressed at my destruction of the hallway. I have to confess that aside from responding to work emails I really don't seem to have achieved much today (you'll be pleased to know that at a steamer is on its way for the rest of the wall paper!!) I'm meant to be going out tonight (works Christmas bowling) but think I might just make a small appearance and leave early. I rather have to go as I have the Volunteer Of The Year award on my kitchen table! (Didn't trust the boss to actually organise anything so I did it all myself: thank goodness for Moon Pig!)



Posted: 17/12/2015 at 09:05

Bushman: didn't hear you sneak in  there. I'm glad that the shadow is treatable, keep rattling it proves at least you're still moving. I hope all the sore bits heal quickly.


Posted: 17/12/2015 at 09:03

Winter song I wondered where all the blankets had gone.

Feeling unwell has turned into vomiting, but at least that seems to have eased my headache. The dog was most concerned! Think he was worried I was drinking out of his big white water bowl.

Lilly: do keep safe on the roads, I hope your visit helps.

Jo: I am unfortunately not surprised the agents are so awful at getting stuff done, they never seem to care once they have your money. Perhaps you need to suggest with holding rent to cover the cost of getting someone in to get it repaired? Helpful offerings like that do tend to perk their ears up.

KEF: Good luck with the shopping, I went yesterday. Regretting not having a spare freezer that I could have stocked up in October to keep us fed til February. Online shopping gets more and more tempting! 


Posted: 17/12/2015 at 07:47

Morning all. 

Thanks for all the advice re my stripping career Woke up with an epic headache, stiff neck, and generally not feeling at all well at all so might spend the morning under a blanket until things settle. 


Posted: 16/12/2015 at 17:13

Thanks Fidget I'll see if I can get hold of one. (I want to strip the bedroom too so anything to make things a little easier as there's over three layers of paper in that room!)

Having cuddles with a very tired little (ha!) German Shepherd I think he's saving himself up until his lordship gets home so it looks like I've not been pauing him any attention all day.

Lilly: my trouble is that I get the brand name of a known paint company muddled up a certain birth control manufacturer. I never trust myself to say it out loud!


The Secret History Of The British Garden

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 16:11

Verdun place nice!

But those ... they got to ... at. Weren't they fascinating? 


Posted: 16/12/2015 at 14:29

Stopping for a break. The last wall is refusing to give up its paper so it sup my tea and attack it with more vigor. 

Lesley: the hallway was grey (thick layers of paint on top of textured wall paper... agh! The water can't even get to the paper such is the thick layer of paint) and it's amazing how much lighter it looks in the smokers yellow plaster.

Lets just hope his lordship appreciates how busy I've been. I was only meant to be doing one wall of the landing where he'd damaged it putting a new loft hatch as this area is last on the to do list for the grand designs. But hell if he's going to be busy on the monster garage project (top of the list: presuming he thinks we can then live in it while the house is done?) I'll need something to keep me busy. A paint pot might be just the thing.

Only thing though: how are you meant to reach that bit above the stairs??

What's in your bag?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 14:22

Mel: like you when I emptied the compost bin at my house from the first time (previous occupants were very keen gardeners) I found a silver spoon (still have it!) And half a tub of Roses sweet wrappers! Me thinks Mr. Previous Occupant had been sneaking sugary treats and hiding the evidence!

Even in expensive shop brought compost I'm amazed at the amount of wood chippings, bits of string, blue plastic (why always blue?), you get with it. I currently have four compost bins on the go to try and reduce the need to buy the rubbish.

Entertainly the BEST compost I brought was three ton of cheap top soil in my previous house: nothing you put near it could do anything but grow into epic monsters. And not a single bit of rubbish in the entire three ton.


Posted: 16/12/2015 at 11:25

Glad you got some sleep Hosta!

Half the wallpaper came away really easily. The rest is putting up a fight however and we may need to resort to a bigger scrapper. Grandparents have just called to say they're coming over tomorrow so I might go and get some paint samples so we can start thinking of suitable colours (trouble is we both like blue but are most determined that we're not going to paint the whole house blue: its.... not going well).


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