Monday, 17 February 2014

Been co-opted as an aunt by next door's young tom, Munro.  Just caught him here as he stretched from a long snooze on the sofa, time to go out again he reckoned.  I was also going out 15 mins later, and felt a slight pang as I saw him waiting at his own front door, with no-one home. Wondering about making him a wee nest in my shed with a cat flap. Maybe thats a bit over the top!! Will speak to his mums :-)

Actually had a sunny day yesterday, took advantage and did a load of washing that could be hung out.  so used to having a pulley for sheets, I recently made the mistake of tumble drying sheets - mistake because of huge cost and also because they come out so creased that i felt compelled to iron them - so they sat in a corner for ages, until yesterday when i managed to iron on the new table i have, what a palaver. but no space to keep an ironing board, which isn't a problem usually because i never iron. and will not be tumble drying sheets again.

Got the ladder out, tried to hang another bird feeder in the tree but branches are far too high.  Had the bright idea to use my walking stick, put the feeder on that and tried to hook it onto a branch, but it fell off and all the seed scattered all over the grass.  Gave up in disgust.  How can a tree manage with its branches so high up? It is really inconsiderate of it, although I suspect it was hacked by a person at some point - no proof of that though.

Monday - cleaning loos day, so am off to do that, having been tempted into a cafe I pass on the way there, this is me having a displacement activity moment.  Always dread the loos, but its good when they are done.

Have severely over-spent recently, which is a nuisance as I have decided I need a new shed - a bigger shed for which there is room in the shed space.  Will have to save up for it.  Always seems to be saving up for something these days!  Most of which has been achieved it has to be said.

Must go clean....

Friday, 14 February 2014

The drains are playing up, smell-wise. Not pleasant but hopefully easily sorted. Will have to wait and see.
Other news is that i have a few more photos to put up

 A walk home early evening through the park and a couple more of the garden, looking forward to spring and summer when sleeping plants wake!

Keep having ideas about what I'd like to plant, and then remembering I need to wait to see what is there first and that means waiting a year - well - roughly - i may not be that strict.
It is quite odd having to get a bus every time I want to go anywhere - well, anywhere that is not for a walk along the canal or up the hill - both of which are pleasant.

Looking after neighbours' cats this weekend! Munro is the young ginger who has taken to visiting me fairly often and is now quite at home and knows where to find his tin foil balls to play with in the flat! He is very sweet and quite voiceferous.  The other one is a lovely tortie who is quite shy and has not yet had the courage to visit, she is older and more mature, will get a photo one day.

A pal who visited recently and I put a bird feeder up in the cherry tree and the other day i actually saw a few birds feeding, but i have not seen any since.  I do believe cats and birds can coexist.  I was trying to hang up another feeder this morning with seeds in it but just couldn't reach relevant branches in the tree.  The tree has been chopped back by someone in rather a haphazard manner leaving it's branches rather oddly angled and high up the trunk.  It needs another trim but no idea how that is to be done without getting a tree surgeon to do a proper job.  Anyway, apparently it is lovely and has edible cherries.  I do think there ought to be a rowan in the garden as well, but don't really think it is feasible in such a small space.  Also want one of those shrubs whose branches go deep red and orange in winter.  Need hollyhocks, delphiniums, stock, pentsemon not sure how to spell that, sunflowers, larkspur, scabious, plus of course the usual annuals - poppies, nasturtium, sweet peas, etc. scabious might be an annual, can't remember.  other stuff too, but of course will have to wait till later in the year to see...... etc.  Oh, and I want wisteria.

Built an Ikea table yesterday.  Finally got the table after scouring as many 2nd hand places and charity shops as I could manage, and ended up with this.  It was unbelievably heavy and I couldn't even lift it in the shop.  Instructions said it needed 2 people.  Anyway I decided to start building it and get as far as I could on my own before calling on the neighbours.  I finished it, managed on my own. Very good.  Trouble is now the sitting room looks rather crowded.  There is still an amount of sorting out and finding homes for things to be done though, so this is not the final layout.
Overall I am pleased with my little house, a bit like a cottage although it is actually a ground floor flat.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The end of an era in my life, 28 & 1/2 years of several phases of my life based in one place.  That place now left and being demolished and re-designed, it will become unrecognisable as far as I am concerned.  I find I am not interested, being quite taken up with interest in my new place.  The interest is more historical.
A few pictures I took the day before I left, just to record it.  (below)

 Not really terribly interesting, apart from to me as a record.

More interesting are photos of the garden, below

All for now!

Monday, 3 February 2014

a new year - february, of course it is Chinese new year - The Horse

So here is another bit of writing, recording, once again after a long spell of nothing.
But I have moved house; after 28 1/2 years in one flat, I finally moved!
I was planning to blog a bit about it all but found it was enough to cope with just the whole process of moving etc without blogging as well.

So I moved and a week later a very close and dear friend had a cardiac arrest, was resuscitated and in intensive care — after a triple by-pass and 2 weeks was allowed home having recovered enough incredibly quickly.

It has all been very intense.  Another very good pal came to stay a couple of nights as well, which was very nice. It is a slow old process getting the new flat into shape — finding places to put things, it is a much smaller place but no walls are falling down and everything works and there is a small garden, so I am very lucky.

For roughly 2 years I have been saving up for a new laptop to replace my ancient one. I was doing a bit of typing transcript from a video.  It was laborious and difficult on the old windows XP laptop, that was when I resolved to get a new one.  So this is it! But have not yet migrated everything onto it, so there are no photos yet.  Also it's a Mac, which I will need to get used to.  I like it so far.

Have an interview - must go.