Wednesday 10 April 2024

Spring Feels Very Early

We have bluebells that grow under Gladys. They've already started showing and it feels very early for me. I normally expect them around May. 

As you can see above, they're starting to crowd out Gladys. I need to get bear out to hack her back again. It did wonders for her last year. 

It's been a fairly quiet day, and I'm glad of it. Bear decided to skip the pub quiz today and I'm glad I didn't have to drive. I'm shattered at the moment. I had a dreadful night with lots of nightmares and I was glad to wake up.

Writing Stuff - I was watching some YouTube videos as part of my research for the next instalment of Back at the White Hart and I made some decisions about what types of research I was not going to do. You can read my thoughts here

Hugs and good health to all. 

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Stupid Bathroom!

The man came today. I am not convinced that there is a water tight seal between the bath and the wall. 

It looks like a gap at the bottom of the trim - and, yes, that is what it was left like. There is no sense that there is sealant behind it and that's the side where the gap was before. It's the third attempt to seal it! The lad dashed out of the house before I could check it. I'm just so fed up. DH is talking about getting a caulking gun and finishing it off himself. The problem was that the tile board was cut too short and replacing it would mean redoing the whole bathroom walls to keep it matching.

But we've got a new microwave, so that's an improvement. The lining on the old one was bubbling and flaking, so we got an inexpensive replacement. We use it mostly for heating baked beans, reheating leftovers and very little else, but it's used regularly. I've made some nice microwave sponge puddings in the past, and I may have another go at them. I've also had some good results with potatoes diced and stirred with a little oil and flavourings like curry powder or garlic granules. Perhaps this is a chance to get more creative.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Monday 8 April 2024

Changing My Mind

I'd been planning to get rid of the apple tree in a big pot as it's been in the way. Except today it had flower buds.

Though I don't think that the apples will stick there. And I'd planned to fill in the square at the centre of the yard in front of the study.

But that extremely poor pic shows a very pretty miniature acer that I'd love to keep. It may be surrounded by four gooseberry bushes that are armed and dangerous and all the weeds plus Gladys overflows into that space, but I think that it's beautiful. I'm rethinking my very theoretical plans here. 

I'll be glad when the weather settles down. 

Writing stuff - I've put up another instalment from the White Hart here. I've been having a few thoughts about what should be happening next which has taken up a large amount of today, but watch this space. I feel like I'm waking up!

Hugs and good health to all. 

Sunday 7 April 2024

I Finished Another Thing!

A couple of weeks ago, when I finished the last blanket, I started to re-knit a previously failed blanket and today I finished it. 

That's not static. It's the way that the colour worked out. As it is, it's very approximately 160cm by 90cm (63 inches by 34 inches) which is a ridiculous size and I ought to re-knit it again, but I can't face it and it's lovely and warm and squishy. 

I decided to use the same needles for the same drape and squish with the yarn I failed to resist at Aldi the other week. I got 8 balls of 100g (175 metres, or just over 190 yards) at £1.29 per ball. It's a wool and acrylic mix and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. 

As far as I can tell, the yarn is the same sort of weight and I cast on 115 stitches instead of 175 so it should be a more manageable shape. It knits up easily as well. It's funny how some yarns seem much easier to knit than others. I miss Marriners Yarns. 

I am also pleased that I resisted the Mystery box that was advertised on the knitting network. I do not need more yarn!

It's been a quiet day today, with bear and DH hanging out all day. It's incredibly relaxing. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Saturday 6 April 2024

A Little Draughty

We are on the edges of Storm Kathleen here, but it's still quite windy. I had a pot of hyacinths that my brother had kindly given me on the front step.

The wind had literally blown the hyacinths out of their plant pot and I couldn't find the pot. When I went to Tesco to have a walk, I picked up a pot. 

But I decided to put them in with Deirdre, and I can top up with soil tomorrow when I'm able and leave them there for the next year.

By the way, when I called into Tesco with an excuse to shop and to attempt a walk, I noticed that all the bottles of spirits were wearing girdles.

Even the cheap stuff was tied in. There must be some issues with theft. From what I saw, the mesh around them was like the wire bit of a bike lock and they had security tags on. 

Hugs and good health to all. 

Wednesday 3 April 2024

I Got Out of the House!

It was fine when I got into the car. By the time I got to Tesco, it felt like the skies had opened. I tried taking a pic of water cascading down the shop window where the guttering had failed.

But it doesn't really show what it was like - a river running down the glass and bouncing off the pavement. 

I only picked up a few bits, but I'm finding walking hard and wandering around Tesco while leaning on a trolley helps me get some movement going. 

I've got a few bits sorted out but now I'm shattered and need an early night.

Writing stuff - I wrote a chatty piece here where I invited opinions on what I should be writing. With my track record, I'm making no guarantees, but I'll do my best if you want to drop ideas about what I should be doing next.

Hugs and good health to all. 

Bathroom Continues to Fail

There is still a gap between the bath and the tile board that is in the splash zone whenever anyone has a shower. Bear has a shower daily before school and any other event, and I thoroughly approve, but not at the expense of potenitally rotting my floorboads. This is 22 months after the start of the refit of a bathroom that's maybe six feet square and with nothing moved around. It's a mess. 

I am not a happy bunny.

I'm considering my options. I am just so fed up. Also, very tired. 

However I'm on Day 2 of 'Getting My Act Together' and while it's not brilliant, it could be worse. I've done a few bits while waiting around for the dratted plumber, but I couldn't focus on much. And I've nearly finished off another big project, so that's something. I'll post a pic if (when) I finish it. I'll start again tomorrow.

Hugs and good health to all.