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Posted: 04/01/2016 at 14:23

Ikea done, we now have two light fittings for the hallway to put up (when plaster has been put back on the walls, paint splashed around a bit, DIY disaster averted). It was so very busy but it was nice to be going somewhere that wasn't Screwfix for a change! These lamps must be fashionable I got the last two.

I also managed to get a little something that fulfils my criteria for brightening up the lounge now the tree and decorations have gone.

Sort of.

If you squint.

And then realise that its a childs toy castle for the dog to sleep in!

To make it more uncomfortable when I was waiting in the the queue a grandmother proceeded to tell me how wonderful it was and that her grandson adored his and wasn't I spoiling my little boy so much. Well yes Reggie is indeed my very spoilt "little boy"  I didn't dare let her know he was a dog who just likes to sleep under things!


Still raining here and the garden is too wet to work. I looked in the greenhouse to find the dwarf daffodils I had put in there "to force" for an early display are actually smaller than the ones sprouting in the garden. Oh well so long as we get some bright colours soon I'll be happy enough.


Anyone for a mug of tea?


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 14:04

Oh David sorry to hear about your toe! What a horribly inconvenient place to get it. Still only a few months til we'll be enjoying the warmer spring temperatures. Can you wrap up warm? I know I am near attached to my hot water bottle to cure my broken bits as as long as I don't let the chill set in I'm not too bad. Mind you: perhaps you could fill your wellies with warm water!

I have a feeling Jo will reappear if she feels the forum of any use. It is so easy for tempers to get frayed, especially when you have personal problems and aren't expecting to see your safe haven of a retreat suddenly full of meat and two veg (I have to confess I didn't even notice they were naked til people commented! Must get a bigger screen to view this site on...) But for some people the forum outgrows its usefulness and it is in fact a release for them to have a reason to leave.

Til then we pull up our socks (or warm water filled wellingtons) and keep the place ticking along til our friends, new or old, arrive.


Anyone for a mug of tea?


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 09:09

Glad you're there safe Hosta! I hope you can start to relax soon.


Dove: I've seen parents in dressing gowns walking past the house taking children to school. Normally we don't see night attire on the first day, it usually takes three or four days before standards slip and routines fall to bits. Mind you Facebook and Twitter is full of people struggling and moaning so maybe the offices are full of odd shoes and tooth paste stains.


Took my mug of tea and climbed back into bed. Allergies mean I can't even motivate myself with having breakfast at Ikea so all I have to hope for is good traffic and a strawberry milkshake when I'm finished!


Posted: 04/01/2016 at 07:06

Dove, not sure what it'll be like with you but up here some schools are going back today the rest tomorrow. 

Why am I the one getting up early to attend to the dig and make the tea? His lordship is the one who needs to leave the house early! (Dog has curled up on the bed and gone straight to sleep).

Wow Pat when it rains with you it really rains!  I hope some is soaking in.


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 23:03

Well DIY is proving quite the disaster today. Plaster has fallen off bits it shouldn't and we cracked several tiles. But I'm being sent alone (agh) to Ikea (eep) tomorrow for the light fittings (decisions!!)

Ikea is worse than the sin bin in garden centres for me. So many lights and bright colours and fun things I really want.

I watched Sherlock with my partner last night who hasn't seen any other Sherlock .... it took some explaining but I loved it!


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 15:40

Congratulations Verdun! Funny how your eyes water Star Lily: in my family anything under 10lb is a runt! 


KEF funny you mention your little sister not having many baby photos: my brother "appears" in the photos at the age of 18 months! There isn't a single picture of him prior (and funnily very few pictures of me after he hit 18 months). The reason was that my grandma had exhausted herself taking photos of me (there's two albums covering the ages 0 - 3 weeks) that no obe bothered to take pictures of him. Been there done that mentality. He too was convinced he was adopted!

I guess after 18 months they decided him the prettier one and that's when I was bubbled.

Trying to find motivation to make something appealing for supper. DIY is proving a bit disastrous at the moment (tiles broken, leaks in the new plumbing, and the plaster has "fallen off" on one wall in the hallway) so I need to cheer his Lordship up with something as he's back off to work tomorrow and we're still without an indoor loo (shower at least works again: thank goodness!)

Pond life diagnosis

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 15:25

Get a bucket, a net, and start poking around! You'll be amazed at what you can find in even the most wildlife unfriendly looking ponds (it's handy to have your mobile phone handy to google!)

What's the best app?

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:42

*chortles* yep that sounds about right! I am finding that although my garden has a fixed plan (and some set features like the pond, fruit trees...) the location of some plants have changed so many times as they grow and compliment others at different times of the season several have been put in large pots so I get a different view every few weeks.

What's the best app?

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:06

Guns and Roses??

Berkley just mention names else you'll not help anyone!


Afraid I'm a pen and paper person myself.


Posted: 03/01/2016 at 09:01

DD don't throw all the toys away, I have nothing from my childhood (oddly my parents kept a fair amount of my brothers toys), no toys, no school books, and since my family weren't really keen on taking photos, very little evidence that I even existed between the years 3 - 21. Since my memory was reformatted after an accident I've struggled to fill in this huge gap in my life but even my fit healthy brother can't to tell me what toys I had.

Maybe I really was put in a bubble. 


We're taking the decorations down today but I'm already on a mission to find a way to redecorate the house with some colour to cheer the rooms back up. We're in various states of redecorating / demolition and once the festive cheer goes the house feels so empty. 

There is already muscari in a pot (I had forgotten about and found in the greenhouse now) flowering away in the kitchen and my little orange trees in the bedroom full of fruit but I may need to explore the garden centre for more ideas.

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