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Garden

Sorry Starlings (blame the squirrel)

Pretty much as soon as we put the arch up in the garden back in 2015, I added a bird feeder. A fat ball holder, which I think would hold four fat balls if I ever filled it that full. It’s had a few adventures over the years – early on I think either a […]

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House

Infrared heating

Back in February I posted some thoughts about the house and heating, and came to almost precisely no conclusion. But I was quite intrigued by the infrared heating option, and as it happens, Herschel do an under desk heating panel. I’m in my home office at my desk all day, and I actually get pretty […]

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General

Blue and gold revision

While we were in Florida, Mum bought a cheap t-shirt from the J Crew outlet. Unfortunately, she didn’t read the size properly, so managed to buy an XXS rather than the S that she was after. An XXS, as it happens, will fit me very nicely, so she offered the shirt to me. The catch? […]

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Garden

Once more, with pictures

I thought I’d just pop up a few of the pictures that should have gone with the previous post. First up, the blackbird nest: Yep, it’s not remotely hidden from us in the conservatory this year. The rose hasn’t grown around it yet. I can’t see any way that the female blackbird is going to […]

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Garden

Spring is springing

Must be Spring, we’ve just been to WCAGS again. (I’ll definitely do a write up this time, for sure, but right now it’s just the pre-meet info.) The other thing that means is that I’ve been busy in the garden. I love my garden, but honestly I far and away prefer sitting in it and/or […]

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General

Mini-adventure

Currently I have at least one day per weekend on my own, and for April mostly both days. Clarkie is currently working every Saturday, and in theory one-in-three Sundays but actually, due to colleagues’ holidays every Sunday in April. That’s ok. Really! It’s just that I get a little fed up sometimes because I end […]

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General

Escape

Finally, after two rearrangements, we managed to get out of the country to Florida. We rather optimistically booked this for April 2021, back in the summer of 2020 when it looked like everything would be dying down and be over by then. Yeah. We guessed oh so wrong. This is what flying looks like at […]

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Knitting

All in the toes

More specifically the toes of socks that I have knitted. We had an ice-breaker question at work about something we have over-engineered or made more difficult for ourselves, and while I do tend to overthink and research a lot of things that I do it was this that came to mind. I’ve been wearing barefoot […]

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House Knitting

Aeons (but finished!)

I have a confession to make today about exactly how long a certain project has taken me to finish. But first, in a follow up from my last post about heating options, this week I bought an 220W underdesk heater from Herschel. It’s an infrared panel heater, which at 220W is significantly lower powered than […]

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House

Heating up

Back in September I mentioned that I was thinking about some big home improvement projects. These are driven by a desire to have a warm and toasty house but also reduced bills, with a side helping of being more ecologically sound, but I’m mainly thinking of getting off gas. At the moment gas is much […]