Thursday, 19 October 2017

Day 63: The View From the Window

The buddleia has had a growth spurt so the view from my kitchen window is changing as it's now tall enough to be seen just by looking straight out of the window. 

It's still raining out there, much heavier than yesterday, so it's another day at home. I have more energy today though, so am emptying and photographing all the bedroom furniture I want to sell. I'm having a good sort out as I do this so on the next dry day I'll need to take stuff to the charity shop and also to the skip. I'm well over half way through and hope to get it all finished today. That'll be another job ticked off the list!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Day 62: First Day of the Holiday

It's the first day of the half term holiday. I'd hoped to go to The Range and IKEA with J, only ever a tentative arrangement if J could make the time, but she's had to cancel. Plan B was going for a drive and then a photo session but it's raining - that horrible fine, drizzly sort of rain that soaks through, so Plan B has also been postponed. Which means that I have a day at home.

I have plenty to do but I can't settle to anything. I seem to be wandering from room to room but failing to find anything to interest me. I think it is going to be one of those days!

Today's photo is the view from the back bedroom window. My back garden always feels very secure as my neighbour's garden wraps around mine - I love their little red acer tree. The grassy part beyond their wall is one of the many green areas that criss-cross the estate, all paved for easy walking - the path is closer to the wall and can't be seen in this photo. Just behind the trees is a reed bed which runs up through this part of the estate. It's in desperate need of some attention so I was pleased to read in the local newsletter that a grant has been obtained and work will start next year.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Day 61: Little Things ...

... please little minds! This is the message that greets me when I switch the engine on. My car says 'hello' to me!

P.S. Her name is Billie.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Day 60: A New Addition to the Family

Meet ???? .... well he hasn't got a name yet and I'm not sure whether it is a he or a she! So, meet my new car ...

The Clio was having too many expensive problems so had outstayed its welcome and it had to go. This is another Renault, a Twingo, with 2138 miles on the clock and a January 2017 plate. It was the Renault dealer's demo car and is the closest I'll ever get to a brand new car! My insurance worked out at the same price but the added bonus is that there is no car tax on this model!

It's the same size engine as before but a slightly smaller overall size, with the engine at the back this time. It has all the features I wanted with the additional (probably an essential requirement from now on!) of a colour reversing camera. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Day 59: My Sunday Photo

Taken from the back bedroom window earlier in the week, this is a straight-out-of-the-camera shot. The colours were so vibrant there was no need to edit.


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Day 58: Cosmos

There are plenty of buds on the cosmos, so flowers aplenty for the foreseeable future. 

Does anyone know how much longer they will flower before they give up for this year? 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Day 57: Retail Therapy in Bath

I've been looking for a new handbag for some time now but couldn't find anything suitable in Trowbridge so today I tottered off to Bath with L to see if I'd have more luck. I didn't buy a bag but did come home with three cardigans, two shirts and a top.

Here's a photo of the River Avon looking down towards Pultney Bridge.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Day 56: Computer Issues

I'm having problems with my laptop again so if I disappear for a few days, that'll be the reason. It starts to power up properly but then the screen stops working and although I can hear the process continuing, I can't see anything. If it doesn't correct itself (probably wishful thinking on my part), I'll have to get it repaired (hopefully) or buy a replacement (most likely!).

I don't have much to tell you today. I'll be teaching later this afternoon but until then I'm just amusing myself at home. My new Instant Pot arrived yesterday so I'm ploughing my way through the instruction manual before I attempt to blow up the kitchen cook with it. I used to use a pressure cooker many years ago, so should be okay with it! It is very big. I read the dimensions before I ordered, but as usual that information didn't translate into any spacial understanding, so I will have to move things around in the kitchen to find space to store it. 

Today's photo shows the buds of the potato vine.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Day 55: Potato Vine

This is the large climber on the front of the house which will be moved to the back garden next year. It's just too fast growing for its current position and keeps covering the vent for the boiler. In the back garden I'll encourage it to grow horizontally along the side fences and it can grow to it's heart's content!

It was a busy and somewhat frustrating morning. At the committee meeting on Monday I agreed to resume the position of Treasurer and have had the frustration of dealing, or trying to deal with HSBC, who have consistently blocked every enquiry. I went into the local branch at their request only to be told that they couldn't deal with it in branch and I needed to phone in, but the telephone enquiry team wouldn't deal with me as they said I need to speak to the local branch! I will try again tomorrow when hopefully different, more co-operative staff, will be able to help me.

This afternoon I met with Lyn to see Victoria and Abdul at the local Odeon. If you haven't seen it yet I can definitely recommend it. We have plans to try Nordic Walking next, something that's been on my list for a long time. Lyn is going to arrange a taster session/course for us and we'll see how we get on!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Day 54: Wisteria Lane

This is buddleia wisteria lane, where the flowers droop to mimic the growth of a wisteria. I couldn't get the colour right today ... it's actually the pale lilac of a wisteria and not the pinky colour I've managed to capture.