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26th.February - 12th.March 2007
I avoid, as much as possible, not wishing the month's of January and February to pass by quickly. Every month should be of equality and by longing for something to pass, is longing for your time to go by quicker.
I've just about wrapped up the big decorating job in Minster, the last three days there being spent leaning over tins of gloss paint. At least I slept well every night!
This weekend has been really good to Kent weatherwise and I spent all day yesterday in the garden on various jobs.
I sowed some carrots and lettuce yesterday. The Rocket from last year has self seeded in the other greenhouse and really springing up.
We've four Robins in the front garden at the moment, nosey little things, always following you about to see what you're up to. The Blue Tits are quite abundant as well and the songs they all sing early morning and at sunset are beautiful. Even the Magpies are behaving themselves and seem to be more interested in what the Squirrels are getting up to.
It's strange how the weather affects our movitation. I've been so busy at home between the other jobs and have cut down most of the ivy around the house, fixed the gates, cleaned the windows and only fell over a cat once last week.
Today, I donned the Kent Cricket Kit and returned to Canterbury in dressing room mode. With the sun shining and a very comfortable 16 degrees, it was odd not to see the players out on the pitch.
I am not too sad about being unable to complete my black bitumin paint job around the main Grandstand though. After reading the back of the tin and seeing the assortment of major ailments the fumes may cause, I broke off every hour to have a roll up on the principle that it was the healthier option!
Finacially things are a lot better than they were. With the much appreciated work from the Club and senior colleague at Minster, the phone hasn't gone once for a week now - and I've even managed to pay the phone bill!
I'm watching the new series of 'Castaway' with interest. I already see that the enphasis appears to have moved from sef sufficiency to more a mixture of 'Big Brother' and I'm a celebrity, get me out of here'.
12th - 26th. February 2007
A very busy and hectic two weeks. Last weekend's weather enabled me to get stuck into outdoor work at home. I dug an area and sowed the broad beans, cleaned out the chicken shed 'A1 category', collected about three weeks worth of wood, sawed it all up and still had time to have a grand bonfire of universial proportions.
The week before that I was decorating at the Cricket Club all week and the last week has been spent with a couple of days at the Club, then starting my decorating job in Minster.
It's amusing planning the trips by moped, it's the only form of vehicle, beside a bike I guess, where you have to take wind direction into account. The two days I went to Minster there and back, because of a fairly strong northerly wind, took me 57 minutes to get there and 75 coming back!
I even managed 4 hours working over the Lane yesterday, again clearing the banks along the side of the stream. I must admit to finding it quite therapeutic and get a lot of thinking done.
The chickens are laying again!! This week has been about three a day. I have two 'pedigrees' in amongst my ex-batts, a Sussex Star and a Black Rock. The Black Rock lays eggs are a work of art to me, natures absolute brilliant best. They're pure terracota colour and always the perfect shape.
Talking of ex-battery hens, forumer Wendy has sent an article in about her hens. You find the link at the top right of this page.
I was quite pleased with myself last week. The site suddenly got, in about 4 days, over 1500 hits above normal. It appeared that the BBC put a link called 'Dragons Den ideas' on their main BB2 page and linked it to the Blog entry. At last, my 15 minutes of fame!
Leo's picked up a part-time job at a local Restaurant, so with three days College as well, he'll be out much of the time now and hopefully afford the bus fares!
I promised myself a day off today, but alas there were things to be done again outside. I haven't got round to replacing the glass lost in the greenhouse by the high winds a few weeks ago, but at least I found on piece of the plastic sheet glass this morning. It was lodged in a tree at least 200 meters from here. And what a bounty, whilst going into the depths of wood to get it, I came accross an old really nice shaped bucket which is now pride of place in the shed awaiting something to go in it.
Well, I shall now go and fill the Moped up. I love saying "Fill her up please" at the local olde Petrol Station and the "That'll be £2.75 please Sir". Magic.
Why? Because I'm worth it!!