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New year, new hobby

Back in Montreal last year one of the group activities that we did on the final day was a trip to a climbing centre. We did a bit of bouldering, which was a lot of fun even if I probably was getting sick. I fully intended to look up the local (ish) centre and have […]

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General House

2022 done

And 2022 went whoosh. It was a year of house projects, really. We both settled into the jobs we started last year and got used to the rhythms. We’re getting there, slowly getting used to being just slightly out of sync (Clarkie works early, I work late, I have Saturday/Sunday weekends, Clarkie has Sunday/Monday). It’s […]

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Maybe I’ll just stay home

This morning I had big plans to go into Oxford, visit the Ashmolean, maybe have a bit of a mooch around town, possibly treat myself to a crepe. Just a few hours, nothing too much. Then I remembered there are train strikes today. I could get the bus, but it takes an hour instead of […]

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Garden House

Replacements

The electrician party I thought we were going to be throwing in my last post did not, in fact, happen. Sadly, the electrician who was supposed to be fitting the infrared panels let us down. Twice. On the Monday he emailed to say he had stomach issues, he’d be with us on Saturday. On the […]

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House

All at once

I had a couple of big house projects in mind at the start of the year, and for various reasons both got delayed. And that has meant that suddenly, both happened at the same time. This was really not the plan. To be fair, the shower in our en-suite bathroom mostly stopped working reliably back […]

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Science!

My birthday was back at the start of November, on a Monday this year. As it happens, Clarkie has Mondays off unless she’s covering somebody, so it seemed like a good plan for me to take the day off and go out. As November is at best sunny and cold in the UK, and at […]

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Inktober 2022

A little while ago I posted that I was trying to get back into drawing with a Udemy course. I enjoyed it – it was informative, and got me back into using my pencil and a sketchpad. But I still didn’t really know what to draw. I also bought an ink style tablet, with the […]

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Garden

I like big butts

It’s felt like a strange summer here in the UK. Other than a couple of weeks that were hotter than we’ve ever been before, the rest of the summer has felt a bit meh. My solar panels say we’ve had a lot of sun, but I’ve barely sat outside at the patio table. But it […]

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Garden

Window ledge review

This is the second year of growing things on my home office window ledge. It wasn’t such a good year, but I have some reasons. This was taken mid-September. I’d already harvested the basil (which was in the pot with the yellow fly-catcher), and actually I had a good year for basil. I’ve got enough […]

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House

Domestic Disarray

That title might be a bit strong, I don’t know. But I liked the alliteration, and it’s closer than disaster. There have just been a couple of irritations over the last couple of weeks. First up, our washing machine. The machine came with the house, because we went with the in-built appliances option on our […]