Posted: 30/12/2016 at 18:37
Loved that film when it was last on but t'other pair not interested.
It's been a long and exhausting day. Heavy fog and frosts as we got north of La Roche and very cold and foggy around Nantes but we made it to the airport OK with no stress. Amazingly, the French were driving sensibly with lights and not speeding! Except for one pratt on a motorbike.
Did a wee raid on IKEA which is just across the Loire from the airport but no lovely views cos of the fog and frosts so heavy they looked like snow. Thence to Les Herbiers and more freezing cold and fog. Stopped for a delicious baguette sandwich in a "produits de terroir" place and came out with a gâche - brioche made with cream as well as butter - and rillettes de sardines and some red pineau.
Got to the sewing machine shop just as they opened again after lunch. Much sucking of teeth and shaking of head. Arranged to go and find a coffee while he took off the casing to have a look. Did a full circuit on foot of the town centre and finally found coffee in the patisserie just across the road and to the left. Typical.
Diagnosis - needs a complete new electronic/computer assembly, needs mechanical parts checking for hidden cracks, needs needle mounting and mechanism re-aligning. Can't guarantee the work cos of potential hidden problems. Mega bucks in labour and have to wait for cost of parts till next week cos Bernina in Switzerland is closed this week.
Upshot - I now have a brand new machine which is, of course, more expensive than the last but does feature a special foot for freestyle quilting............ Much mumbling from OH till I said it was the same as 2 years of his golf membership and should last me 20 years. As long as no-one drops it.
Quiet night in now cuddling dogs and kittens. Simple pasta with a garlicky and herby mushrooms sauce for dinner and no booze. No chocolates left except for OH's Q Street which I don't eat.
I have friends who always go away for 3 or 4 weeks in Jan/Feb on the grounds that it's the only safe time to leave their garden so long without missing too much. They aim to be back in time for their hamamelis and the snowdrops.
I would think ash makes very good firewood, plus it probably all needs cutting down anyway now cos of ash dieback disease. Interesting about it making others grow straight tho. Got my eye on a couple in this garden that are in the wrong place and probably self seeded.
Have a good evening all and may all colds, flu, abscesses and other ills be vanquished.