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Sunday morning

Good morning all.  Yesterday saw everything put back to its default position.  The Poop is fixed and now I must replace the water that was lost but at least the pumps are all running well.  The car has new brake pads so that is a happy bunny. The coffee machine demanded a descale and clean so that has been done, the over flowing bins have been emptied and the garden cleared of dogs little messages.  Lots of little jobs got done that have been hanging around and I must say I feel much happier once these things are taken care of.  It is a nice feeling to clear the decks of those niggling little jobs that inhabit the back of your mind.  James and I split the jobs between us which halved the work.  Anyone who has not been following this saga will be thrown by the poop comments.  
I had a lovely chat with my friends in France and found that she has had a really bad time with her health since the winter and now has a black and blue face following some dental work.  On the positive side she…

Saturday morning

Good morning all, it is only just light and I have been awake since 3am. What a pain! thank goodness I don't have to go to work as I will be a dead duck by lunch time.  It is cold still and we are still in the Siberian grip.  Oh how I look forward to the day I can fling the door open and enjoy the early morning suns warmth.  But that is the joy of the seasons always looking forward to the next bit.  
Joy you don't know what you have done with your typo, the pond is now called the poop which suits it so much better.  Today the man is due to come and mend his trashing of the poop so let's hope he does a decent job of it.  The car is going in for its brake pads so everything should be up and running again by tomorrow.  I'm not quite sure what happened to me yesterday but I suddenly wanted to make a victoria sponge.  Why, I don't like baking and don't like eating the finished product.  I did have a slice and found it too sweet and very eggy, yuk.  What possessed m…

Friday morning

Good morning all here is the the weather forecast for our corner.  It is sunny with light clouds but still the temperatures are down in single figures.  Nice to look at from the warmth of the house.  The garden is looking good with lots of colour bursting through but it is still too cold to sit out with my morning cup of coffee.  We haven't had any significant rain for a while and the ground is very dry so a good down pour would be a bonus.  Perhaps I should hang out a big load of washing which should provoke the rain gods.
Yesterday went largely according to plan the car is booked in for Saturday to have it pads done but apparently there is still quite a bit of pad left so there is no real rush and the warning light comes on rather early to give you a chance to get it fixed.  However, I find it disconcerting driving with warning lights on.  Perhaps this is just me as I have, in the past, had the oil light come on which basically told me the sump had emptied the entire contents o…

Thursday morning

Good morning all very late this morning the night from hell is over.  I am sleeping in very short bursts at the moment which is not good but I am not getting up very early I am going back to sleep and persevering.  Nails are done and painted blood red this time.  I have gone for a dark red with a considerable amount of blue in it as I tend to wear a lot of navy so it goes nicely.  I must say I do enjoy the pampering of having my nails done.  On the way home I knew I needed diesel and some baked beans so I stopped at a garage and got completely distracted as there were two approximately 10year old girls who had decided to ride their horses through the Mcdonald's drive through.  The horses were kicking up merry hell as presumably they didn't want a burger and were not enjoying being jammed in a traffic queue.  I don't think the girls realised just what trouble they could get into if one of the horses had kicked out the front of someones car.  The sensible thing would have b…

Wednesday morning

Good morning all we are at 4ºC this morning but at least we don't have frost or snow.  Dentist went well yesterday nothing needed doing except the usual sand blasting clean.  I hate going to the dentist but at least I have not had to have anything done for years.  I hope my largely sugar free diet is some help.  This is not a diet per se but just my dislike of sweet things in general.  
I made a big pot of soup yesterday with a butternut squash some carrots and some leeks.  It was pretty bland so I added some fresh thyme and a grating of lemon zest which made all the difference.  Instead of bread with the soup we had onion bhajis lovely combination.  I have about two bowls worth left so I think I will put it in the freezer as we are three for lunch.  
Today I am having my nails done and they really need it.  It is amazing how fast they grow, it is not something you usually notice.  Next it will be the hair which is getting to the shaggy pony stage but I am trying to get my timing…

Tuesday morning

Good morning all in a bit of a rush this morning as I have a dental appointment at 10.40 and have to drive all the way over to Maidstone.  It is perishingly cold again this morning with the deceptive sunshine making it look as if it is warm outside. However my thermometer is reading 6ºC and that is against the house wall and in the sun.  The central heating has kicked into life as that is on a thermostat which knows the outside temperature.  Therefore I am dressed for the arctic but at least I am not in my dressing gown freezing slowly.
I had a lovely morning yesterday with Ellie and she is looking fit and well after her short break.  She brought her lovely standard poodle  pup [Benjy] to visit as he gets on famously with my dogs.  The dogs had not seen each other for a while and went mad cavorting and chasing each other round and round the dining table then in and out of the garden finally collapsing exhausted with a dental chew each. Benjy thinks my dogs have magical powers as they…

Monday Morning

Good morning all well it might be chilly but at least the sun is shining today.  At last the world has changed from black and white to colour.  There are fresh green leaves and things bursting into flower wherever you look.  My garden has lots of bluebells which are actually quite a nuisance but are impossible to get rid of so I have given up trying and just let them do their own thing.  After all the definition of a weed is a plant in the wrong place!!!! Anyway the bees like them and also the dandelions which are proliferating. Perhaps it is time to stop fighting nature and let it do its own thing just keep the garden tidy and let the plants that want to grow get on with it.  I have real problems with ivy coming over from next door which tends to smother lots of plants so that does get a good haircut from time to time.  The front of the house looks pretty dreadful as we cut the trachelospermum off at the root so the front of the house is now covered in dead leaves but we will soon b…