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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).



Posted: 16/12/2015 at 07:44

Morning all!

Well I'm going to be spending my day off wisely today: so far the to list includes

- clean the house (grandparents planning a surprise visit)

- strip the wall paper in the landing (if he thinks the garage is getting top priority in the grand redesign he'll not notice my efforts so win win)

- go and get some shopping (the fridge is getting silly empty now!)

- long walk with the dog

- accompany his lordship to Meadowhell this evening to get the Christmas shopping done (aaaggghhhhhhhhhh)

I'm sure I said I was going to spend my holiday being all cultured, visiting museums, taking a walk along a beach, not having to keep going into work...

Lilly: great news that they wont be operating. Are they sending you to a physio? Please please listen to what they say! 

Wintersong: control freak away! I prefer the term perfectionist but I definitely intensely have a hate of things not being right. Mind you my engineering part of my brain flinches when things are not nice and square (girls are meant to prefer nice curves and flowing edges) and parallel. Regimented onion rows please me greatly!

I can't offer amyone tea or coffee today, we don't have any tea, or coffee, or milk, or clean mugs... 

I've got some rum and shot glasses though so lunch is sorted! 


Posted: 15/12/2015 at 07:13

Ooob that's a little odd Dove. I wonder who left... do have fun!


Today we will be tour guiding for a university group, getting my fire marshall certificate renewed (yawwn), and if time allows re writing the lesson plans. I get the feeling however that any of my plans will be abandoned when I find that despite all the people in last week not one will have thought to cover for the clean er who was sacked last week. 

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