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Monday, 23 April 2018

Tarting up the summer house

Hello. I went to Crafty Club this morning at the Village Hall, as usual. The heating was on and we were all sweltering hot. It's a bit windy today but still dry. There was a fabulous rainbow last night as I was finishing my walk. Apparently there were thunderstorms somewhere close by but we didn't get any. 

I made a video yesterday while I was working in the summer house, and this morning I uploaded it to yoooootoooob. So here it is. 

So now I have had my lunch, one slice of bread, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and one egg. I'm off outside now, lots to do, I have a list, so I'll leave you to it. Well done the Duchess of Cambridge, a baby boy has been born.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Scruffy dusters

Hello. When I looked out of the window this morning, I saw that my feather dusters were looking a bit bald. How did that happen? It hasn't been particularly windy. Very strange. 
Five minutes later I had the answer. Just as I looked up a little bird was taking flight with a bundle of feathers in it's mouth. Aha, there is the culprit. I watched as it flew straight across the road and landed on the roof of the house opposite, and went underneath the eaves. Nest building, what a clever bird, finding this lovely soft material to make a comfy place to lay some eggs.

I was thinking about chopping the top off a very tall conifer which is at the bottom of my garden. It leans over the boundary into my neighbours garden and I don't want it to grow any taller. I should have done it ages ago but kept putting it off because it means climbing it with a saw in one hand and holding on with the other hand. I mentioned this to the neighbour yesterday and she said there is a wood pigeon nest in it, so I will have to wait a bit longer before I can take action.

I tackled the Forget me nots yesterday, pulled quite a lot up. Put some in a big tub, transplanted a bunch to fill a gap, and left a few where they were. Trouble is that now I have some bare soil in the beds and the cats see this as a toilet. I have spread some plastic trellis over it to hopefully keep them off. Now I need to buy some plants to fill the gaps. I am going to a plant sale next Saturday at Aunties, so I will get something there.

The home made wooden tree is coming along nicely. All painted, now I need to put the leaves on. I'm going to get some bird feeders for it.

Another sunny morning so I'm going to get off this computer and go outside. Some painting to do in the summer house. Luckily someone gave me some free paint so I have enough to freshen it up.

Thanks for popping in. Make the most of the sunshine and go out, that's if you are in the UK, those knee deep in snow stay warm indoors. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

Friday, 20 April 2018

The cost of shopping

Hello. I think summer is here to stay, another nice day. This morning I did a Bailey poodle walk, then I went to see Scruff, Barry's dog, as Barry is out for the day. Scruff had his dinner, then we went for a little walk. He is a very laid back dog, just mooches around, it's just a case of follow him. He didn't want to go far, so I sat out in the sun reading Barry's newspaper, while Scruff laid in the shade next to the hedge. 
After I had my lunch I couldn't decide whether to go to town or not. I have a bill to pay at the bank, and I need some food so Aldi would be convenient. On the other hand the bill could wait till next week and I could do the yellow sticker dash tonight. I thought, yes, that's what I'll do, so I'll get on with some gardening now. 
Then I changed my mind. The garden needs sorting out, these plants have taken over and some of them need digging up and replanting, but I haven't got any compost. Oh bother. Change of plan, I'll go to the bank, go to Aldi, and see if they have any compost. If they haven't got any I will have to go to Home Bargains on the retail park. 
I don't know what these are, or where they came from. I remember scattering a lot of seeds last year, but there was no sign of these then. Anyone any ideas what they are, should I dig them all out, they seems to be taking over and choking everything else up. They are quite pretty but I don't want so many of them. If the bees like them I would rather transplant them in other parts of the garden.

Aldi did have some compost. I thought this was a good buy so I bought four bags. When I checked the receipt they had gone through the till at 99p each. Not sure why, there was no sign to say they were cheaper than the marked price.

If anyone from overseas is interested in the prices we pay, here is a breakdown.
Pack of four cans of pear cider. £1.99
Australian Chardonnay £3.99
1 pint of milk 49p
Tinned spaghetti hoops 14p
Tortelloni 300 gr £1.15
Baked beans 23p
Apple and orange juice 1 ltr carton 55p
Banana milk shake 1 ltr carton 85p
Greek style yogurt 500 grm 68p
Wafer thin chicken 400 grm £1.49
Frozen raspberries, and blue berries, 300 grm £1.29
Six pack of mini pears 79p
Chopped iceberg lettuce 48p
Avocado four pack £1.58
2.5 kg white potatoes £1.15
Farmhouse seeded batch loaf 79p
Packet pasta sauce Macaroni 37p
Broccoli 46p
Salad leaves 47p
Porridge oats 1kg 75p
Cream crackers large pack 40p
6 Large free range eggs 90p
Carrots 500 grm 26p
Cheddar slices 250 grm £1.49
Flavoured cheese 5 slices £1.29
Cauliflower 72p
Bananas 13p each, cheaper than buying a bag

I often buy two or three or more of something if it doesn't have a short date on it. Most of these things I buy on a regular basis. So there you have it. This will last me a week or more.

I'm starting to yawn, so I'll sign off. Have a nice weekend. We'll catch up soon,
Toodle pip.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Well done Tammie.

Hello. That must have been a terrifying experience for all those people on that plane when the engine blew up. The time it took for the pilot to turn it around and head for the nearest safe place to land must have seemed like forever, and the turbulence inside the cabin as filmed by one of the passengers looked frightening, to say the least. One can only imagine the relief when Tammie managed to bring it down safely, but it's so very sad that one passenger lost her life.

It brought back memories of my first flight to the USA, Toronto was where we landed. Word got around that we had a female pilot, I was thrilled to hear this news. I said to my boyfriend that I would love to meet her, so he had a word with the steward, and we were invited into the cockpit to say hello. I was over the moon, it was an experience I'll never forget. She was happy to chat for a few minutes, while the plane flew on auto. This wouldn't happen now, such is the fear of a terrorist attack.

I remembered asking her some of the questions I had been asked as a trucker, like how do you get on with your colleagues, are you accepted, and do you get the same opportunities. I was curious to know how difficult she had found it to get to where she was in her career. The fact that she was in charge of a whole aircraft made my achievements of driving 38 tonne truck, pale into insignificance.

I am so pleased to hear about women who have set their sights on aiming high, (sometimes literally), in their career, and actually achieved their goals and dreams. It takes a certain kind of personality to push ahead when the odds are stacked against you. I'm not a feminist, not a women's libber, and I would never go on a march for women's rights. I have never wanted preferential treatment in my working life, I just wanted equal rights, and equal opportunities.

I remember doing a live television interview on a morning chat programme in the studios in London. The topic was that BP, the big oil company, were offering free training courses to women who wanted to become lorry drivers. I was outraged at this, so I asked them live on camera if they were offering the same opportunities to men. They weren't, but I was glad I had made my point.

Thank goodness for Tammie, she managed to save the lives of a lot of people.

The sun is shining and I am going to spend the day outside. Thank you for popping in, we'll catch up soon. Toodle pip

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A new floor for the summer house.

Hello. It's been a glorious day, quite hot in the sun. I did a Bailey poodle walk this morning, then I was out in the garden painting the tree. It needs some more branches and then I can add the leaves. 
After lunch, which was a tin of M & S Carrot and Coriander soup, it wasn't too bad, nothing special, I made a start on the floor in the summer house. Everything had to come out, including the carpet tiles. There is a damp patch where the roof was leaking.
And this paving slab is broken, it needs replacing.

I have stored the carpet tiles in the garage, they really aren't fit for anything else after 25 years. They may get taken to the tip when I next go.

Ooooh look, I found just the thing for the repair. A chopping board that I got out of the Village Hall skip. A few bits of wood underneath to level it, and some pieces to fill the gap at the side. Perfect, just the job.

I think I deserve a sit down after that. cheers.

I got all the vinyl flooring out of the garage to see which pieces fit the best. There were three long pieces which went right across from front to back,  then I had to add a strip which was a slightly different shade of grey. That's ok. Now my summer house has exactly the same floor covering as the library in the town centre. A jolly good skip find if I might say so.

And Mayze slept through it all in her cosy little shelter.

Thank you for all your comments on yesterdays post, it was an interesting topic of conversation. A few people didn't know about the 'put your name in the box', system we have going now, so I have put a reminder under the header at the top of the page. It works well when everyone is doing it.
The start date for the exhibition in Burton upon Trent is August 20th.
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip