Saturday, 6 July 2019

And Into July

Brother in Law came last Sunday and between us we got all hedges cut and he did all the big strimming. Everywhere is looking so tidy, should be OK for another year, especially now I can keep things under control with my small strimmer and the electric hedge cutter (in short bursts). Andrew borrowed a massive petrol hedge cutter with a swivel head and even did on top of the hedge between garden and field.
 Unfortunately I didn't notice until too late that he had zoomed the big petrol strimmer under the shrubs out the front and demolished the bee-orchids that I'd so carefully avoided with my small strimmer last week! There are two left which hopefully will seed themselves.

Now I have a massive heap of hedge cuttings for a bonfire.

This week..................

The swimming pool was very busy when I got in just after 8am and I thought " this won't be fun" but several people soon left to head off to work and for most of my time there were only 4 other people swimming.

Didn't see Youngest and Florence as she needed her day off work to catch up and rest plus there was a road closure which would have meant a long detour............... I defrosted the little freezer instead, and cleaned windows after popping out to the mid-week boot sale.................where almost everything I found came from one van load of house clearance stuff, boxes and boxes full of random things all chucked in together. The Christmas crackers, the pack of fly swats, the Ladybird fairy-tale books and the pack of RNLI note-cards set me back a total of £3.50. The Sudoku book was 10p and  the Twelve Days of Christmas fold out book was 50p - another one for the advent book parcels. Someone had several of the House Of Puzzles Jigsaws  but they wanted £4 each and as I've got two ready for Autumn/Winter already (and charity shops sell them for less) I left them on the table.
 
 Looking through these mixed boxes cleared from some deceased persons house is quite a wake-up call to the future and no wonder many of us are trying to de-clutter now rather than later. I spoke to the lady running this clearance stall and she said the boxes had all been from one house cleared just the day before ..........4 people taking 14 hours with dozens of boxes, they had simply loaded everything into their big van and brought it along. She was sorting through boxes as we talked and came across a butter dish........... still with the butter in it!

It got really sunny and hot by 9.15 and I headed off back home where it was annoyingly cloudy on and off all day.

Then there was the WI party which I enjoyed followed by a lazy Friday.

I've watched tennis whenever possible and looked for recipes for using aubergines - they are doing rather too well, I gave three away...........and  three cucumbers. 

This week I'm grateful for...............

A handy Brother in Law
The first beetroot from the garden
More raspberries than last year
Belonging to a friendly WI
Really good tennis from Wimbledon on TV


Have a good weekend
Back Monday
Sue




20 comments:

  1. Your comment about the butter in the dish reminded me of my first flat. Dad hired a van and drove me & my stuff to Hertfordshire. We unloaded it all - and I found a Pyrex dish of beef dripping had been left by previous tenant. "I'll deal with that" said Dad and drove back to Norfolk. Two days later the van hire guy called round "Mrs Hall, your husband left this in the van. The dripping was a bit smelly, so my wife has washed out the dish for you" That was 1977 (times were very different) I am still using the dish!

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    1. Beef dripping probably not seen in many houses nowadays!

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  2. I would love to follow you around car boot sales as you seem to pick up things I would like at 'cheap as chips' prices, lol. Have a great weekend.

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    1. It wouldn't be any good following me, you would need to be in front!

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    2. That's very, very true, but then you would go in another direction, lol. I want to ask you, do you pay the asking price, or do you barter?

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    3. Sorry, I mean haggle, not barter, this hot weather is getting to me.

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    4. It depends what they say the price is to start with.

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  3. Oh dear, pity about the bee orchids. If we lived closer to you there would be no need to visit car boot sales. My OH appears to be selling off the contents of our house week by week!

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  4. Out of the mouths of babes...our 5 year old grandson was walking around one (there are more) of the house garages with his grandfather, looking up and down at the floor to ceiling shelves on every wall filled with mountains of "stuff". He looked at his grandfather and said, "You really need to clean up your room."

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    1. Hope grandfather is going to do as he's told :-)

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  5. It was a good week for you. Too bad about the bee orchids. My youngest granddaughter is now living 400 miles away with daughter and son in law. Miss her.

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    1. I didn't tell him off too much about the orchids!

      400 miles is a bit too far for a quick visit isn't it. Hope you are able to visit as much as possible

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  6. I have said this so many times, I am envious of your car boot. Something that I love to do but sadly are a rarity here on the Isle of Lewis.

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  7. British Heart Foundation do house clearances!

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  8. Why are beets called beet roots but carrots are only carrots and not carrot roots? Question for a Sunday morning.

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  9. LOL about the butter dish. I can remember my Mom saying our packers on one of the moves when I was very young packed an ashtray with ashes and cigarette butts still in it. Even wrapped it nicely in paper.

    God bless.

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