I am getting heartily fed-up with every day being windy. Oh and I mustn’t forget the downpours that the wind keeps scudding in our direction. The plants I have in pots in the greenhouse that should be outside by now, are still sheltering behind glass. It makes watering difficult, I have to be very careful where I step as it is very crowded in there. However, I did manage to help Jamie ‘Deck’ the balcony outside our bedroom. He measured up and went with me to get the wood. I must admit to thinking that we had far too much, but when it was down, it was right. Three years training at last has started to pay dividends! With the off cut ends, I made a table, two planters (though it is too windy to put anything in them) and a plant pot holder (see photos). It will be nice sitting there, having morning coffee, when the storms abate (if ever). I did go for a 26 mile bike ride on Sunday with a friend (in the wind and rain and mostly uphill). It took 4.5 hours, on one occasion we had to shelter from the rain in a public house (nice pint) and on my return I was so Kn*******d I had lunch (late) and fell asleep. I won’t do it again. Until the next time.
Philippa bought me a mushroom growing kit for Christmas. I have tried them on occasions over the years, but never managed to grow even a single stool (or whatever you call a single mushroom). I planted these soon after Christmas and yesterday morning I had breakfast on my very own mushrooms! And, there looks plenty more to come. Obviously West Country mushroom kits are more potent than the ones further north. I should have taken a photo to prove trhat they grew, but the evdence was too tasty.
Jamie is driving around in a ‘Matiz’. It is a hire car given to him from the insurance company of the Taxi driver that ran intro the back of him. I think ihs own car is booked in next week for repairs. I once drove a ‘Matiz’ in Kefalonia, and all I remember is that it doesn’t do corners, which is pretty vital on that island! Jamie is not impressed with it, but he still likes showing off an 08 car to all his friends.
Sue is out at the theatre tonight, she has gone to see an author (Gervase Phinn). He was an ex-OFSTED Inspector and as such was seated to the right of Beelzebub! I have read his books and though they are very amusing (I did enjoy them), he did his inspections in the wilds of Yorkshire where they didn’t stand any of the bureaucratic nonsense associated with the inspection process. He now makes his living talking about his experiences. Sue was wise enough not to have invited me along, as he might have had another amusing experience to recount involving a aged Yorkshireman and a cowpat (if I could find one). On Friday she took Sarah to see ‘A boy in striped pyjamas’, it was showing in Harborough and though originally Sue and I were going, Sarah expressed a wish to see it, and she did. I spent a pleasant evening, repairing a computer for a friend, and avoided a heart tugging film about the Holocaust.
Jamie has made all the bits that are part on Nan’s, new walk in wardrobe and they are scattered all over my study. He now appears keen to go up to Yorkshire and install it, but as I have to take it (too big for his car) it looks like this Friday or perhaps Sunday. The problem is that she is due to go to Wales soon for a wedding. Watch this space.
My step-brother David emailed some bad news this week. He lives with his wife Genya, in Bulgaria. One day last week, when they were out for the day, their house was burgled. Mostly electrical items were taken. But what was heartbreaking was that their laptops were stolen and it contained a lot of work (stories) that Genya had been working on for the last 3 years and hoping to publish, also including wedding and holiday photos. There was no back-up, so they have gone. Very upsetting, but it appears they are making the best of things and getting on with jobs around the house and land etc.
Sarah is in the middle of her exams and seems focussed and surprisingly calm (I know I wasn’t and I can bet Sue wasn’t either when we took our ‘O’ levels). We wish her luck, she has worked hard and deserves it.
I feel that I should pen a few words regarding the greedy, grasping, self opiniated, barefaced blaggards that pass themselves off as MP’s who apparently represent their constituents (us) in Parliament. But I won’t, I shall just exercise my vote in a radical fashion, when the time comes.