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February 19, 2007

Are they or aren't they?

Great weekend full of stuff!  Went to see M,L and J this weekend in Manchester.  The boys went off to the football (only HP's 2nd big match, he was v excited!) and me and L went off to John Lewis looking for curtains.  I love that shop and yes I found my curtains at long last which now means I can plan the rest of the colouring for the bedroom.  Back to the house for a few glasses of vino while we watched the match from the comfort of their sofa.  A nice curry when the boys got back and then a quick sprint down the M6 and back at home by 1am, perfect!

Sunday was spent on the beloved allotment and it's looking more and more like somewhere you can actually grow food!  I've dug another bed and tidied up a bed that looks like it might be a row of fruit bushes, unfortunately I need some identification on this and I did take photos it's just they took too long to upload at home yesterday - so are they or aren't they fruit bushes? and if anyone has some handy hints of how to tell just let me know.  I was so pleased with all the work I'd done and it was so warm I decided to actually bite the bullet and plant something so in went my rhubarb and asparagus (photos to follow here too!) Now the blurb on the back of the packet said use manure but my trusted gardening friend T said he'd got rhubarb in his garden and hadn't used manure so I've followed his advice, but if my rhubarb dies then I know who to blame (just in case you're reading this T!)

One more question though, I think my seed potatoes have gone too far in their shoots and now feel a bit soft, is this normal or do I need to get some more and start chitting them again - I'd be grateful for advice!


February 05, 2007

40th birthdays

Well, had the second of the run of my friends' 40th birthdays this weekend.  It involved a trip to Exeter for a big party but it was worth the effort!  It's going to be a very long time before I get the image of T in a pink ballerina inflatable suit head banging....I suspect most people won't  be able to rid themselves of the image, its made worse by the comment of his partner E 'no-one will want to try that on after he's been in there, it'll be full of wee!'  So he's got to the age of 40 and his bladder has already given up the ghost.

That aside, it was lovely to see my old friends again and relive some memories it was also brilliant to have a good old boogie, even HP was up on the floor for much of the night, so certainly a fun time. 

It's my turn next but I'm giving the party thing a miss, why have a party when I can go to everyone else's during the year!  D is talking about white water rafting for hers in July....we'll see, I quite fancy living at least until my next significant birthday!


February 02, 2007

We know how the song goes….

....It's Friday Tra La La etc., etc.  always a good day!

I've been preoccupied the past couple of days and haven't had any thoughts that I particularly wanted to express but one funny thing has kept coming back to so I might as well recant the tale.

The other day, before I left for work, I asked HP if he would put on the dishwasher after he'd finished breakfast, he promptly replied no problem, I remember how to do that 'I stuff a tablet in it's mouth, slam it's jaws shut and then poke it in the eye!'  He was still half asleep at the time and he does have a tendency to talk drivel whilst in this state but no, he was wide awake. 

If only I'd known I only had to think of a Batman/James Bond fight sequence for him to operate domestic machinery my life could have been so much easier! 


January 29, 2007

Decisions…decisions

I had to make a decision  late Friday afternoon just before I left work which basically affected my whole weekend.  I'm currently working on a project that will inform people of future changes in a particular area.  The team has gone to some trouble to ensure that the information is correct, realistic, reassuring and most importantly non-inflammatory.  It is also being drip-fed as new information becomes available.  So how come some person outside of the working team decides it's ok to announce completely incorrect information that has the potential to cause more disruption than the actual project? 

I had the choice of leaving the comment to see how it would run but knowing that it could become something quite big and difficult to control or responding to the comment with the correct information but exposing more people to the information than we were necessarily ready to deal with yet - rock and a hard place springs to mind!

There was no one available to get advice from so I plumped for the latter, but I spent all weekend wondering if this decision was going to cause trouble for me come Monday morning!  However, so far so good, someone else has added that the incorrect announcement seems a bit of a waste of time and although the stats for the information webpage have increased I haven't had a torrent of panicky emails to deal with which is a big plus point!

I have been left wondering though why this person went to the trouble of announcing this incorrect information and I've come up with 3 theories:

  • They didn't have the correct information in the first place so thought it was something that should be raised.
  • Politically it will advance their cause as much of the work has already been done so they will look like they've made this happen
  • They just like to cause problems

I wonder...

It's a good job I've got the allotment to do my thinking on!  Another 2 days spent up there (HP even came up on Saturday!)  We've got some old carpet laid down on my paths and another 2 beds dug!
It's really beginning to look like an allotment.  I also hot-footed it down to the garden cantre and got some rhubarb and asparagas to go in a permanent bed - also spent a bit of time eyeing up the manure....next weekend perhaps...


January 23, 2007

Comfy bed

Well I spent the weekend up t'allotment and I was very lucky with the wind damage.  My self-constructed compost bin hadn't blown over and there was just one piece of tarpaulin in a nearby tree that I managed to retrieve.  The same can't be said of my neighbour who's greenhouse fell down! I managed to clear the ground on 5 other beds giving me a grand total of 8 beds but best of all I actually dug one over and I found big fat worms, red and white onions, some strange insect eggs and spider babies! My finished work looks as comfy as anything for the potatoes I plan to get in there and hopefully all this cold weather will break the ground up even further!

1st dug bed, I found onions and spider babies

I'm really enjoying spending time up there it might look like a waste ground but it's full of birds and really peaceful, it'll be great when I can start to watch things grow :)


January 19, 2007

The sun has got his hat on…

The sun HAS got his hat on and its staying on all weekend! That can mean only one thing...allotment time!  Yep, I think I'll aim to spend a few hours on Saturday and Sunday up there and just continue to clear the ground. There may well be some damage from yesterday's winds and I bet any money my tarpualin coverings aren't where I left them!  Still won't be able to do any digging though as the ground will be to be wet so I'll just have to curb my enthusiasim for that particular job.

I think the rest of the weekend will be taken up with a trip to the pictures on Saturday, some Greek homework on Sunday, ironing :( and HP will doing something with a saw and nails I think (he he!)

But feeling good coz it's Friday tra la la.....


January 15, 2007

The sun shone on me!

I thought it wasn't going to happen and I'd resigned myself to disappointment but no I was in luck!  The weekend was just right for me to have a first go at my allotment.  Saturday I spent measuring, looking, smiling and planning.  The photos show what a mess it's in but after getting some stuff down on paper I'm confident that it will all come together.  Sunday was such a beautiful day that I managed to build a second section for my compost heap and begin the clearing of 2 beds, which are now covered over with tarpaulin to try and dry and warm the ground ready for some digging.  Only slightly bothered by the fact that I 'borrowed' material from what are obviously overgrown and unused plots but I'm not sure what the etiquette as regards this is...do they have allotment police?

After all that strenous work I nipped off to the garden centre only to find they had a 50% sale on seeds, so I bought loads, + seed potatoes and onions, I can't wait until I can actually start planting stuff.

It really was a worthwhile and satisfying weekend, now I'm just looking forward to the next one so I can carry on in the same vein!


January 05, 2007

It's Friday tra la la…

Well after yesterday’s miserable post I can say that today I do actually feel much better. By the end of yesterday I had made some head way into work related stuff and felt much more on top of things which has now given me a more positive frame of mind and of course it’s Friday!
The weekend stretches out and I’ve got the prospect of my allotment to look forward. Strangely enough I was thinking about that this morning when I was looking at the paper and I noticed that there is a programme on tonight about how to grow your own vegtables. It’s a new series so that should at least give me some pointers to get the whole thing started. I think it’s potatoes tonight which is great coz I love them!
I’m also looking forward to seeing D as I haven’t seen her since the summer and it’s always good to have a great natter with your old mates especially when a pub is going to be involved!
Hey Ho work is waiting that’s if I can keep my mind off the allotment and the pub!


December 04, 2006

Kingfisher

I had a lovely weekend visiting my borther in Bradford on Avon, it really is a lovely town with some great architecture and history.
We went for a couple of walks along the river and canal. The first walk we saw a heron sitting very happily under the railway bridge, although I’ve seen plenty of those I’m always excited when I see another!
The highlight had to be our walk on Sunday. I had only a few hours previously mentioned that I’d never seen a Kingfisher and how much I’d like to when lo and behold my brother spotted one sitting happily in a tree. He wasn’t bothered that we were taking pictures, even though rumour has it they are very shy birds, and we ended up drawing quite a crowd of walkers gasping in delight at the unusual pleasure of spotting one of these beautiful birds. It really made my weekend and those funny bits of plastic I mentioned on Friday have really given me a wonderful clear memory of a great weekend and a rare sight of a Kingfisher.Kingfisher


November 30, 2006

really, nearly there!

Yes we’re really, nearly there to so many fun things:
1. Greek lesson (tonight)
2. Friday
3. Friday night!
4. The weekend
5. December (happening on Friday)
6. Seeing my brother (who I haven’t seen for ages!)
7. Advent calendar opening
8. Week 10
9. Christmas parties
10. Christmas presents!

I worry sometimes how much I look forward to the next thing, maybe I should just spend sometime enjoying the here and now…


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