Welcome to family, friends and visitors. Here you will find interesting (hopefully) pictures of my part of the world, news of our household and probably, long ramblings about anything that catches my interest.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Dry.

It was a chilly morning with the sea mist obscuring the world beyond the river. The sun broke through later on and there were some brief but very hot spells in the afternoon.
Yesterday somebody got in touch with me about the tent and arranged to collect it this morning. Great news except that in the ad. I'd said I'd include a mallet. But could I find that mallet? I'd seen it in the box marked 'camping equipment' up in the loft. Held it in my hand wondering if it would be useful to have in the camper and then ………… put it down somewhere. I went up in the loft twice yesterday looking for it and again this morning and searched the house but it was not to be seen. I may well have tucked it out of sight on one of the pre-viewing tidies. In the end as I had a couple of things to put back in the garage I thought I'd try there. Opened the garage door and hey presto! there was a mallet. The weird thing was  that it wasn't the one from the loft. I popped the mallet in the tent bag, breathed a sigh of relief and then after all that the person never turned up.
So far the bandages have stayed on Speedy's feet. I used some extra longer finger plasters and on the worst foot I added strapping taking it above the joint. I've also stopped giving him the steroid tablets for the time being. They were to ease the itching partially/wholly triggered by flea bites but the fleas have gone at last, and the vet did say the steroids would slow the healing process.  I'll see how it goes. 
While deadheading the rose bush and picking up fallen petals, real heavy duty work, I spotted this Scalloped Oak moth resting on a rose petal. To me the pattern looks like two nose to nose animals, deer maybe.
The council men came this morning and mowed the communal grass. They left the section I mowed so it is the only part of the grass without rows of grass cuttings. It was a shame to see all the wildflowers chopped down. With people caring more about the environment and the natural world we are constantly being exhorted to allow the wildflowers to grow in our lawns. I've noticed one lawn nearby completely filled with white clover and the purple flowers of bugle. There's another lawn round the corner which has those and tall ox-eye daisies. A real flowering meadow.
I can't get enough of these lovely Sweet Juliet scented roses.
The day ended with a beautiful sunset. The many and varied lavender grey clouds were lit up from below with a deep pink glow which deepened over the evening. I try not to torment myself with wondering how that looked over Cardigan Bay. Instead I'm trying to find useful things to do to make our eventual move go more smoothly. This afternoon I finished off the great pile of discs and got as far as October in 2015.

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Wet.

The forecast was correct. I was just sweeping up the trimmings after tidying up the bigger of the blob bushes when the first raindrops fell. It has been raining on and off ever since and so far there have no leaks in the conservatory. At least I won't need to water the plants today.
One small job done today was to touch up some of the walls in the kitchen where the white paint had come off after I cleaned up a few marks.
My afternoon has been spent copying more files on to discs. I'm currently half-way through 2015 and need to work my way back to 2011 so there's still a lot to do. 

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Sunny.

Another hot and sunny day. The same is forecast for tomorrow for all of the country except here. After a sunny start we can expect rain from the middle of the day.  Then I'll be able to see how successful my latest attempt to stop the conservatory leak has been.
At the moment it feels like we're in a state of limbo waiting for work to start in Borth and hoping we get a buyer for this place soon. For now, apart from the conservatory all I can do is keep the house and garden tidy and be prepared to pack up once more. Today I was able to re-home our smallest TV which we haven't needed since Dingles. Unfortunately I think the remote got chucked out a while back but at least somebody will be able to use the TV. I left the TV out on the doorstep for a lady to collect as I was off out doing the usual round of shops. I nearly forgot to take the bags of grass cuttings etc. and had to do a U-turn at the bottom of the road to come back and collect them. Then it was on to the dump, BJ's, Lidl, Tesco and B&Q.  At B&Q I bought some red busy lizzies to fill up a few gaps as all the summer bedding was being sold off at half price. I also picked up their bathroom and kitchen brochures for a little light reading and dreaming. The roads were fairly quiet for a Saturday, I expect a lot of people had headed to one of the local beaches.
I had hoped to put our mattress cover in to wash today but I just could not get the zip to budge. I could have cut the end of the zip off to open it up but I didn't fancy stitching in a new zip. That is if I could find an 18 ft. zip. Instead I washed the fleece undersheet from our bed. 
The clouds began rolling in this afternoon but we still managed to sit outside for an hour, that's probably enough in the sun.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Summer Solstice.

It's the longest day of the year and what a beautiful day it has been. First thing this morning it was fairly cloudy but the day just got sunnier and hotter until the afternoon when there were just a few puffs of white cloud in the sky. I got two loads of washing done and ironed. The sheets are back on our bed and the room has that lovely 'freshly ironed' smell. I'm looking forward to feeling the smoothness of the bedding too. I can't believe that many people these days iron little if at all (heard it on the radio), they don't know what they are missing. 
This morning I found Speedy minus his collar and yes he'd been at his feet again. One has gone back to how it was right at the beginning so the plasters and bandages have gone back on. Daft cat.
('Scuse the reflections.) Later in the day I mowed the lawn and the main grass too. For the last few days my neighbour and her sister have been clearing all the weeds in the central paved space as well as edging and strimming the path. In years gone by I too would have been out there helping but not with my back as it is. I offered the mower to my neighbour to mow her section of the main grass but she was too worn out to do it today. It's interesting to see the range of wild flowers in the varying height of grass left by the different frequencies of mowing. I felt a bit bad about mowing off the white clover flowers but there are plenty more in the other sections. I even waited a couple of times to let a bumble bee collect the nectar & pollen from flowers a few inches in front of the mower. 
There's still a small amount of water getting into the conservatory so today I filled another gap and will wait for the next rain to see if that does the trick.
It being such a lovely day  we made time to spend an hour sitting out on the sunloungers. 
The evening sky at nearly half-past ten is fading into blues, greens and yellows and I can still hear the calls of seagulls above the muted roar of the traffic on the main road. Earlier there was just a hint of pink haze with a few pink streaks of cloud.
Thankfully there have been no hitches to writing today's post. Yesterday must just have been one of those weird things that happen with technology.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Second Try.



There's no way we'll be using our tent again which you can't even stand up in so I thought I'd advertise it on a couple of local sites and Gumtree for a nominal sum. So first I had to set it up to make sure that all the parts were there and working. It was put away and stored dry so thankfully there's no sign of mustiness. As I said in my ad. it can be put up by one OAP ie. me but it is easier with two especially if it's windy. After battling with the tent, it was harder folding and rolling it up neatly to fit into its bag. Staying outside I swept up the current scattering of rose petals and did a little weeding and deadheading.
(I don't know why but all sorts of odd things are happening to this post. First it wouldn't take the photos, then when I opened a new post it did but wouldn't paste the copied text and now I've made numerous attempts to re-type  without any success and now I'm giving up.)
PS. Apart from that it has been a good day.
I also carried on with giving the kitchen a thorough clean and sort out, yesterday it was the fridge and today one of the drawers which was filled with all sorts was emptied and cleaned.

As mentioned above I copied a few more months of photos onto discs. I've disconnected the external hard drive and taken out the disc, only my Walkman is attached for recharging. Strange.

Opened up a new blog post and hey presto it worked. A good thing too as I got totally lost on the help advice from Blogger.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Sun, Sun, Sun.

After so many grey wet days it was wonderful to welcome the sun back this afternoon. It was such a nice change that we spent most of the afternoon sitting outside. I did start copying photo files from 2015 but it's taking  longer, I think because they first have to be copied from my external hard drive and then copied onto a disc.
The morning's viewing went well. It turned out that the couple knew the estate well as they lived in the road opposite years ago. Their children went to the school where I was teaching and the mother remembered me vaguely from those days. We share a mutual good friend and they are friends with  some people along the road that I also know. So they know the area and are familiar with the house (the houses on this estate are similar with some size or structural variations) but if this is the house for them, who can tell?
As the biscuit box was nearly empty I decided to bake some cookies for Peter. I was getting on fine until I found that we didn't have any Lidl's chocolate bars. Because I'm watching what I eat I try not to buy extra chocolate, too much temptation but I usually have a bar or two for baking. Instead I added lots of cocoa powder and was generous with the peanut butter. They were okay but you just can't beat the delight of biting into a chunk of soft chocolate in the biscuit.
It was choir night for me. NO seaweed song, hooray. We've started learning a Georgian song, only one word to learn but it has five syllables, Mravaljamier. It's supposed to be a rousing drinking/partying song but so far it's quite dirge like. And it didn't sound anything like this. I think we're attempting a much easier version.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Grey.

With little wind and the cows and the forecasters promising rain I didn't think it worth putting in a big load to wash. I did wash some tea towels that had been soaking and hung them up in the conservatory rather than risk the occasional shower.
We've got a viewing tomorrow morning so I did some extra cleaning and tidying up today.  On the Borth front, Peter has spoken again to the builder and they're working towards getting enough cleared so that we can move in. Hopefully they'll sort something out.
I got on with more copying of my photo files to discs and have finished 2016. With files of such varying sizes this time I hovered over the files to get their sizes and added them up until I got to about 700 MB. That saved having to go back and pick fewer files or add extra one by one and the mental arithmetic was a little challenge for my brain. I've still got files going back to 2011 on my external hard drive to copy.
This afternoon as I was nibbling some Tesco's own Ryvita (definitely not worth getting, Lidl's version is much better) a cheeky robin flew down and peered in through the sitting room window. The blackbirds have been coming down and feeding on fat balls in the buddleia and once in a while a sparrow appears. I've got my window open and I'm sure I just heard an owl. I heard them quite a lot last year. With birds in mind I had a quick look to see what happened with the escaped pelican. It was found a mile away the next day and they were able to entice it with food and capture it safely. It had flown off as the pelicans were getting their regular wing feather clipping.
Pilates again tonight. Only two more weeks until the end of term. The class was down to 10 this evening. I think that's the minimum number needed to sign up at the beginning of each term for the class to continue. Pilates has been so good for me in terms of flexibility, core strength and balance that I intend to keep it up for as long as I can.