Thursday, 19 February 2015

Slow Beginnings

Slow on more than one front actually. Firstly the rationing is going absolutely fine. I am well aware that this is early days and the excesses left over from the festive season has helped. Also as yet not much is actually rationed to us.

Secondly I know that a tidy house will save me time in the long run. Here is a photo of my current filing arrangements for our business paperwork.

This is annoying me greatly as it is in our living room and when trying to relax, a hodgepodge of mess is staring me in the face. However I have plans. Big plans.

Hubby has an office indoors at the moment. He calls it an office, I call it the hovel. No photos of that place thank you very much!

As I have 'stolen' the apple crates from their original uses throughout the house I want them back, so ordered in a knockdown sale a glass cabinet. It hopefully won't look too out of the way with our other oak furniture. But that's not all...fed up to the hind teeth with the multicoloured mess of files on show, I now have a large box of vintage looking files. The blue books I shall be covering in red wallpaper, and somehow writing in gold on the spines. I intend to obtain copies of the most useful of hubbies product catalogues and cover them also. When we move hopefully his office will be out of the house. Ha ha...but he gets plastered in oil...and worse organic matter! Last evening he deposited a starter motor for a tractor on the kitchen table, and looked shocked that 'gear dust' as he called it made a mess everywhere for you know who to clean up. Things were a little tense in our house last evening!

Anyway...that's about it I'm afraid. Things seem to be stalling on the moving front and I don't want to talk or think about it now. Suffice to say that wanting to keep shooting rights to land you're trying to sell with a house is probably not the way to go. But that's my father in law for you.

J. x

 

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Bemoaning Dust and Dirt

Ok the facts...I work outside of the home at least three days a week...I am doing a level 3 diploma in Health and Social Care...I hope to complete this in eighteen months...to get free funding I have had to do several units at level 2, plus functional skills maths and English...I have a very fluffy muddy pawed Newfoundland dog...I have an oily, cow mucky splattered husband...I have an Esse and a woodburner, and I do all my husbands paperwork for his Agricultural Engineering business...my home is less clean and tidy than I would like it to be...Don't get me wrong...at times parts of it look amazing, but turn my back and woosh, a torrent of mud, dust, oil smears, and crumbs sweep themselves effortsly around wherever they feel inclined. Will I post pictures of my less than palace like abode...er no way!

To cheer myself up I allow myself to dream that one day...in hopefully the not too distant future...when we're living at Winters End things will be different. Everything will have it's allotted place. No place and it'll be out the door...or in the one way cupboard as my Father used to say!

Winters End in my head will be warm, beautiful, have all our treasured possessions housed effortlessly, and never will I fear unexpected guests! Yeah right...we'll see about that one. However I have been holding onto things which either have exceeded their usefulness for us, were mistake buys, or gifts that didn't quite suit us amongst other poor excuses of reasons that some stuff has just got to go! I refuse point blank to hold onto things we neither need or even like any longer. No rubbish or unwanted items will get carted off to Winters End so theoretically Winters End can be beautiful and tidy...HOPEFULLY!!

Today I've made a start...My youngest and her boyfriend helped by pulling funny faces making sensible decisions as to whether items should stay or go. So glasses cupboard no longer has glasses teetering over the front edge of the shelves. We still have plenty of various unchipped glassware to use and a local charity shop will gain a few items to sell...Little steps.

After a week off it's back to work for me tomorrow. Mixed blessings...I love my job, but have had a humdinger of a sore throat for a few days, and feel really rather grotty. But on another note my scarf is finished...have I a photograph of said scarf yet...NO! I do still need to press it then onto my fair shoulders it can go. More than that I've cast on my next project...a hat, going great guns around here for a change. Think it must be just that time of year. A glass of baileys cup of tea helps too!

So just twaddle words today. Take care in the cold. J. x


Friday, 6 February 2015

On Ice

Whew! At last I have finished the next instalment of my diploma, and yesterday received the very welcome news that I'd passed my maths exam that I took a few weeks back. We're on a roll folks!

But snow...where is our promised snow...there was plenty on the moors of Exmoor and Dartmoor, but barely a scattering here. Oh but ice we have had for days, ice that sets in and stays all day, even under the sun's warming rays.

Our trip to Bristol was lovely, the production of War Horse was very thought provoking, the puppetry amazing.

On our way home we called in to visit Hersercombe gardens. It was a beautifully cold and crisp day, and we had a lovely walk by the lakes and waterfalls, and guess what, my blinkin iphone refused to turn on the whole morning. Then at lunch time when we'd about completed our walk around it came on so we just nipped back and took a few photos in the vicinity of the house. But oh, the waterfalls and looking back down the frost covered valley was truly amazing and I'm sorry I have no photos of it to share.

But hey ho, here are a few snaps I did manage...

 

 

And there you have them...now for something else...after recently knitting a dishcloth I decided to rustle up a scarf for myself...here it is in production...

I just have to cast off in picot edging then I'm done. Next I'll be knitting a hat and after that youngest is hankering after a very long...sigh...scarf, and I also fancy giving this a go...

As you can see it's a pattern by Carol Sunday from Sunday Knits. I've spied some rather nice cheeky Merino joy yarn for the project. Wish me luck. It's rugby tonight so I'll have a happy husband...tense but happy!!

J. x