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20th.November - 4th.December 2006
First of all - before you buy the Supermarkets dry, here's my frugal tip for Christmas Lunch = Have an Omelette.
You recall from my last entry the Electricity people were trying to up my Standing Order to £180. After a phonecall and discussion on the readings, it's now £63 per month!! Even that's too much I told them.
Financially, things are better than last year. I'm only one Direct Debit behind as of today. This day last year, it was three!
Well, you've got to laugh but take it seriously all in the same breath. 'Our' way of life has to be like that and you just plod on.
Between the terrible wet weather I've really got on with the painting work over the Lane and only have about another 10 hours or so to do. Luckily there's some gardening work as well plus a window with dry rot which needs doing.
I think on Christmas Day I shall see Leo in the morning, then have the rest of the day to myself, going to Southampton on Boxing Day. I don't have a problem with that. The following days will be quite active, so a day to reflect will be OK for me.
I'm afraid the chickens have let me down with no eggs for a few weeks now. Eggs are off the menu therefore.
I am starting a free Down the Lane Newsletter in January, trying to make it a monthly event.
By the way, many thanks to those who have purchased items by using the Amazon links. It really does make a difference and the hosting's just come up - and I paid it!! Problem is with web sites; the more hits you get, the more it costs.
I received a nice email from Anna Shepard, a writer of articles for 'Times Online'. Anna asked me to have a peep at her pages under the heading of 'Eco-Worrier'. It's very well worth a look at and you will see she is keen to know from people who have views on the subject. )
I've been working hard on my other web site 'Silvertops' but have now reached a stage where it's big enough to ease up a little on, so this means I can get back to sorting a few things out on Down the Lane which have been niggling me for quite some time - especially on 'same layout' and page loading time due to some being a tad large.
When I had, what some people would call, 'the proper job', I'd work from 8am - 6pm approx., but I'd get home and not do a lot. Nowadays it seems I don't have a second to spare and I'm darting around everywhere.
6th. - 20th. November 2006
Autumn Proper has finally made an appearance down the lane and it's quite comforting to be back to the high winds and rain we've had in recent years by putting a hole in th Ozone layer the size of Yorkshire!
During the wind I was putting the undercoat on two Stable Doors opposite. Because of the gale, I carefully lay the sheets out, put bricks on them, guarded the doors by putting a wind breaker board next to it - great - until the ladder which was about ten feet away got an upsurge and clobbered me right down the back!
Even so, I've managed quite a bit of work this week, also doing someone's garden, painting a front door and putting up a load of curtains (I've always been drawn to that work - sorry!!).
I have however refused to pay the Electricity Standing Order. Between January and end of March, I had two storage heaters on low, switched the water heater on three times a week (I shower) and beside that just had the normal TV, PC turned on - and being an old git, I never leave things on standby etc.
The chickens haven't laid an egg for 10 days and this is getting serious! I've searched all round the Pen and found nothing.
Despite about 5 frosts over the last two weeks, the Lettuce continues growing in the Veggie patch. My word, things are tough in Kent !!
The Moped still proves to be a real winner on the financial stakes. I put £2.80 worth of Petrol in the day I made the last Diary entry and I've still got about a third full still.
I've been working on the Diary Archives a bit and put 2006 all into one section, about 12 pages.
My Mothers illness was short lived and she's now well again back home. Seems the old ticker was going a tad too fast at a constant 150/160 a minute and there was fear of a Stroke coming on.
I hope you noticed the new 'Quote of the Month' at the top of this page - I rather like it. I await all the complaint emails!
Well, Christmas is just around the corner and I haven't a clue what I'm doing yet. More's the point, I haven't dowsed out my Yule Log yet, so must do that this coming week.