Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wednesday odds and ends

We have snowdrops - I hope we don't have snow
A chillier day today, temperatures dropping, but nice and sunny. We've got a bit more wood cutting done. Col feels OK standing still and just moving the chainsaw up and down and we've been doing the odd half hour cutting so the heap doesn't get too low - we have no idea how he will feel during the chemo treatment.

Two other jobs outside today, the first we did together - involving the draining rods and lifting manhole covers all the way between house, septic tank and ditch, lots of plunging the rods through various places and pouring down buckets of water - the joys of being on "private drainage"! The second job was Colin taking an old  plough back down to Friston. He brought it here a few months ago, just before he started to feel ill. The plan was to clean it, get it working properly and sell it with the proceeds being split between us and the owner. But of course he hasn't been able to do it. He gave someone we know ( who deals in secondhand machinary) a call to see if he wanted to buy it as seen, only to find that the man had had an accident and was hopping about on crutches. So the plough has gone back to the shed it was standing in where it will probably stand for another 30 years!

We've got a tree sugeons here at the moment, they are working for National Grid trimming the trees that are under the high voltage cables and pylons. This is done every few years but this company actually asked if we wanted the logs and wood chippings, whereas last time a different company just left a right-old-mess behind them with heaps of chippings all along the ditch edge. They are leaving the logs in small piles and all the chippings in one giant heap ready for the new owners to use in any muddy bits in the campsite driveway.

A Lakeland catalogue came through the letter box this morning, full of lovely things and expensive gadgets. I opened at random and found a £49.99 replacement for a saucepan and spoon -it's a special popcorn making pan with built in stirring thing. I suppose someone will buy it. I like the look of the Mason Cash bowls in very dark blue but I have enough.

I'm still going round the house packing things away in boxes and sorting out stuff to go. Today I hauled everything out of the airing cupboard, there were a few  sheets that we won't need as there won't be room for an extra bed. Also found some curtain liners that I'd fogotten we had and a couple of  old pairs of curtains that might be handy in the bungalow, as we still haven't heard what is being left behind. I've asked our solicitors twice now to see what's happened to the form the vendors need to fill in. On the selling side we had an email wanting lots of information on planning permissions for the kitchen extension, which I'm sure I've already photocopied and sent.It's a good thing we have a photocopier to do them again.

And a few primroses appearing too
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  1. pleased to hear Col feels up to doing a few little jobs better than sitting around moping, has he got a date to start Chemo.

  2. Chemo takes people in different ways, I know I've been there! I was fine, but, a lady I knew at the same time wasn't, I won't go into details!
    Had my Lakeland catalogue too. Like Our New Life in the Country blog I have been replacing my cooking tins with Lakelands two for one.
    Julie xxxxxxx

  3. Oh dear, the Lakeland catalogue has landed on the mat here, too, and I do need some Mason Cash bowls ...
    I've bought Lakeland baking tins and they're superior to any I've bought in the supermarket, really thick metal and strong, i.e. worth the extra money.
    Just a word about chemo: I've had this so I'm not speaking hypothetically, but it was eleven years ago now (and yes, I'm still here!)
    Every chemo is designed for the recipient, so every person reacts differently. If it's any consolation, I wasn't ill at all when receiving chemo, indeed, I felt well (other than the occasional metallic taste in my mouth) and losing my hair, but that didn't bother me one bit. What I would say is that medication is given to counteract any sickness which might occur, but sickness isn't always experienced. What I did find, though, was tiredness, especially on the 3rd or 4th day following chemo, but I'd not call tiredness an ill feeling, it's just, well, tiredness. The need to stop whatever you're doing right away is overwhelming. You can't finish the washing up or vacuuming, you just have to stop right away and lie down and go to sleep. But this passes and you begin to feel something like normal again a day or two later. So if Colin feels tired, then he must just lie down and sleep, stop whatever he is doing. I wish him and you the very best of luck.
    Margaret P

  4. Its good to hear Col is pottering about. The Lakeland catalogue is swooned over by some colleagues at work. Some of the gadgets are good while others are a waste of money ad storage space. I go to the shop about once every four years in Ipswich.

  5. Yep, we have snowdrops too, all over Charleys grave they look wonderful although they seem smaller than last year. We also have daffodils about to open up it seems very strange.

    When the tree surgeons worked their way around the hillsides here in Spring we had a chat with them and they brought us everyone's unwanted wood and chippings. The whole of our Veggie Patch on the hillside now has paths covered in chippings and Nut Wood is half covered. They promised they would be back with more to finish it off next time they are in the area.

    'If you don't ask you don't get' is Lovely Hubby's motto ;-)

  6. Those snowdrops and that primrose do the heart good Sue.

  7. The new owners want to extend the kitchen? When you had pictures online I thought what a lovely big kitchen you had, compared to mine! Hope all goes well with Col when having chemo.

    1. No they are querying the planning permissions etc for the kitchen that we had built in 2011.

  8. I have had a Lakeland catalogue today be safe it's going straight in the recycling bin! No temptation then. x

  9. Not seen the new catalogue, I like to look, but rarely buy! Shame about the plough, but at least it can be returned. Lovely to see the snowdrops! xx

  10. Goodness Sue, you make my cleaning projects at the moment seem positively child's play. Very glad to hear that Col is still up to pottering around, although I imagine he's under your very watchful eyes to make sure he's not overdoing it. What fantastic workmen to not only ask if you want the logs and chippings, but to then pile them up neatly for you as well. xx

  11. We are on private drainage and have found those rods invaluable, I hope the new owners have got some too. It is very reassuring knowing that you don't have to wait to sort out a blockage !

    Good for both of you being out in such cold weather, it must have been a bit of a shock for the primroses !

  12. Wonder if this cold snap will stunt the early spring before it gets out of hand - perhaps a good thing to be honest. I hope Col hangs on in, got two relatives who have been through cancer and come out the other side smiling.

  13. Sounds like you have been really productive and nice that they are leaving the logs. Good to hear that Col is ok and managing to get outside although its so cold here again today. Best wishes, dee

  14. lakeland ...the little book of dreams . Cant afford anything from it but nice to

  15. I'm always amazed at the level of 'stuff that I didn't even know I wanted' in Lakeland. I live about 5 miles from a store, but rarely call in. Having said that, the plastic food storage boxes that we bought from them have lasted and lasted! Jx

  16. Great to see these little signs of spring.

  17. signs of spring are popping up, big T had daffodils in the other day, seems really early for those x

  18. I am amazed at your snow drops and primrose! I had no idea spring came so early for you, or it is especially early? -Jenn

  19. Thank you for the snaps of your snow drops and primroses. Cheers me up no end.

    Your tree people were very good and kind indeed. Did you make them big mugs of tea? My mum always did and the workmen were always so very appreciative but perhaps it is different nowadays.