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Diary of 11 days
Fri 22-Apr-11
9:55 am
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Danny
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To celebrate my spring break I thought of recording events of the day and maybe learn some lessons from it at the end. Plans rarely work out as expected at CSH.

What a fantastic start on Good Friday. A quick glance at the BBC web site, weather headlines, shows three orange suns in a row on a clear blue background.

Fri: Sunny. max 21 degrees c " min 10
Sat: Sunny 24 " 8
Sun: Sunny 23 " 10

Of course the downside is that this has been a very dry April with practically none of the soft April showers to bring forth May flowers so Fiona (Prinny) has been wielding the watering hose every evening. the ground is rock hard like the end of summer.

immediate plan is to do a major tidy up because mum in law is dropping by tomorrow afternoon and lunching with us on Sun. She has booked into the Bedford Lodge hotel in Newmarket because the days of staying with us are over. Our winding and steep staircase would be lethal for her at age 92. I am looking forward to her company.

First, breakfast. I think a nice juicy omelette with some sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes as a filling.

Just standing in our back doorway a few minutes ago was a joy. Prinny's herbaceous border is a sea of many tulip varieties and other early flowers. Four blackbirds were playing and swooping low to catch insects, zipping through the arch in the yew hedge, over the pond and around again. That was an unusual and uplifting moment. We are blessed with a great deal of birdsong in our garden. To the extent that I often have to close my office window when I am on the phone.

No complaints!

Never knowingly underfed

Fri 22-Apr-11
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wave  What an excellent idea Danny.  Looking forward to the next ten and hoping they are just as informative and cheery.  big_hug

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Fri 22-Apr-11
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Agree with Danuta - it is a good idea!

My Mother kept a diary for years, and about two years ago, with her memory failing, it just didn't get done ....... so I took over the mantle, and it is quite surprising just how the information recorded can be a very useful reminder.  ok

(That only applies, of course, if the info recorded is what you're looking for!!) laugh

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Fri 22-Apr-11
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Thanks, Danuta and BS. Let's see how it pans out.

The first "not according to plan" event was going back to bed for an hour at lunchtime to get up the energy to tackle the wash-up. Well, I was up exceptionally early this morning, before 5.

But Fiona has gone through all the seed and nursery catalogues that had built up on the kitchen table. There were loads of them, many unsolicited. Unwanted catalogues, circulars and general paper junk is now bagged and ready to be taken to our recycling centre.

Seems a shame to be indoors on a gorgeous day like today.

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Fri 22-Apr-11
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Danny said:

But Fiona has gone through all the seed and nursery catalogues that had built up on the kitchen table. There were loads of them, many unsolicited. Unwanted catalogues, circulars and general paper junk is now bagged and ready to be taken to our recycling centre.

Seems a shame to be indoors on a gorgeous day like today.

 

Glad to know I'm not alone in that!

"Oh Dan, I need to work in the yard! I switch to the inside when the weather gets bad!"

Meanwhile the seed catolgues stack up, the dishes sit, the house goes unswept (I'll just track in more...) whistle

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Fri 22-Apr-11
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My neighbour and agree on many things

1) Squirrels are bulb-stealing bastards.

2) The best use of a sexpigeon is a PIE.

3) Do not discard your vest until late May unless the weather is truly exceptional ( today we are vestless).

4) You have to choose inside or outside.Both cannot be tidy and organised and up to the minute.That way madness lies.

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Fri 22-Apr-11
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Danny
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KateUK said:

2) The best use of a sexpigeon is a PIE.

Clarify please, Kate. Is a sexpigeon found in woodland settings or in London's Trafalgar Aquare (the flying rat variety) ? laugh

Or did you marry one?

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Fri 22-Apr-11
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Kate, make sure that the sexpigeon is of the edible variety.

I'll try that again!

Fri 22-Apr-11
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Unless you married one and need him to pay for the water, electricity and the likes....eeek

Who lives long sees much : The diary of my life in Bulgaria

Sat 23-Apr-11
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Sexpigeons are Woodpigeons that have forsaken the harsh life of foraging in the woods  and live entirely for pleasure and pleasuring on and around suburban roofs and television aerials occasionally ineptly 'building' rudimentary nests in highly unsuitable places.Their habits include laying eggs on steep sloping roofs so they just roll off onto unsuspecting householders as they leave their back doors,gorging themselves on birdtables that have been built for use by birds way smaller than they are, falling about the garden smashing plants willy-nilly and flying into patio doors. On warm days they entertain themselves, when not engaging in aspects of hot pigeon lurve, which is all they do for 99% of their waking hours, by wandering into conservatories and getting surprised by the owner with catastrophic results.In colder weather they prefer to fall down chimneys,preferably those with a blocked fireplace behind a fitted cupboard at the bottom.

Sex Pigeons have almost lost the ability to think, fly,walk or balance but have wildy overactive libidos,absurdly over-compensatory self-confidence,hearty appetites, very loud voices and BIG BOOTS which they keep hidden up on the roof above our bedroom and put on to dance around in at 4 am...

 

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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Oh my word, Kate, that is such an accurate description, and we have the close relatives of your sexpigeons living here!! surprisedaarghangry

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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Danny, I see your diary has been taken over by sexpigeons ......   whistle   whistle

 

(Sue & Kate - I think there are so many of these characters, we all have experience of them - they leave their calling cards in our garden, yuk! - they may be 'pests' in that sense, but they are very pretty birds, too ... )

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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brightspark said:

Danny, I see your diary has been taken over by sexpigeons ......   whistle   whistle

 

(Sue & Kate - I think there are so many of these characters, we all have experience of them - they leave their calling cards in our garden, yuk! - they may be 'pests' in that sense, but they are very pretty birds, too ... )

and they still TASTE GOOD !!

they dont dance on my bedroom roof more than once (need a blunderbuss smilie )smugwhistlekiss

sit down with a cupa and the urge will subside

Sat 23-Apr-11
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brightspark said:

Danny, I see your diary has been taken over by sexpigeons ......   whistle   whistle

 

(Sue & Kate - I think there are so many of these characters, we all have experience of them - they leave their calling cards in our garden, yuk! - they may be 'pests' in that sense, but they are very pretty birds, too ... )

 

Not when they're jumping about energetically and cooing enthusiastically on our flat roofed extension for an hour or so in the early morning! angry

 

(embarassed apologies, Danny.....please may your diary continue now wink)

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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oops, I mucked up the quote thing there embarassed.......and I'm still hijacking Danny's diary embarassedsorry

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