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Diary of 11 days
Sat 23-Apr-11
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brightspark
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You're right Sue, they sit on top of the ridge over our bedroom, too, coo-cooing! steam 

It's such a pity they don't have a less-monotonous song ..... smile

 

Meanwhile, back to the diary - did you have hot cross buns on Friday, Danny?

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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What would any thread be on this forum without a sharp detour to the extreme left or Tibet now and again. It's like illustrations in a book. Keeps the reader interested big_laugh

No hot cross buns, BS - forgot about them. For some daft reason I thought they were a pre-lent thingy. Early alzheimer's.

I am very fond of the pigeons in our garden. Only fell down our chimney once and the nice man from the RSPCA came and extracted it. Every call out costs them £50 so we donated. Next time, though, we will go down the pie route i_am_hungry

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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I made some, Danny - but, oh dear, they're a bit heavy-like(!) - would probably sink in the river before the ducks could attack 'em !!

Delicious, but filling ..... if you know what I mean! big_laugh

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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Diary Summary of Day 1: Fiona played a blinder but yours truly could have done better. Escaped to do the shopping late afternoon. It was great to have the time to catch up with lots on the forum.

Day 2 (Sat) promises to be the best of the weekend with highs of 24 c.

Task list includes fix the chainsaw - chain has fallen off (Prinnie bartered computer expertise in exchange for 6 oak beams and has plans for one or two raised beds in front of the house). Also remove dead mouse from trap in larder (P hates that task), move my junk down to my shed in the garden, clean the bathroom (satisfies the Virgo side of me).

Mum in law arrived at her hotel at 11:00. She was due to phone at noon but called immediately in a state of great excitement, which is lovely. She really gets the max out of her rare holidays away from home. She wanted Fiona to join her immediately. We were not long up and I was cooking breakfast. She was disappointed that I was not joining F and her for a bar lunch in the hotel but I want to crack on and also watch football at 3.

Got a smashing Easter card from Val. A handmade work of art that took loads of time and effort. Thank you very much, BS brightsparklystuff

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Sat 23-Apr-11
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You're welcome, Danny, glad you liked it! embarassed

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Mon 25-Apr-11
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What a glorious Easter holiday weekend it is here in the east of England. Apart from some distant thunder and a welcome but light spatter of rain late Sat evening, it has been bright and sunny with just a few overcast periods.

I fear we may pay for this in the summer. Wouldn't that be just typical?

Day 3 (Sun) was both enjoyable and exhausting. From early morning we worked on the final tasks to make the kitchen, sittingroom and bathroom vaguely presentable. That is our entire ground floor. "Presentable" is relative because ours is very much a working house and will never be a spic and span home.

I did the cooking - roast leg of lamb done Delia style - with a slatering of herb butter wrapped in foil. We know that Delia's timings produce more well done joints than we like. So it was guesswork to calculate it for our 6.6 kg joint from her recipe for a 2 kg joint. I roasted it for 15 mins less than she recommends at a slightly higher temp aiming for that balance between raw and pleasantly pink. First time I checked it appeared too underdone so I gave it another 15 minutes. Slightly too well done but juicy for all that.

Served with Jersey Royal potatoes, carrots and broc. And my gravy, which was just the juices with a splosh or red wine added and reduced.

Fiona picked her mum up from the hotel at midday and we kicked off with a glass of champers, which mum in law adores. Lunch, tours of the garden and long conversations ensued and I returned her to her hotel at about five. F crashed for an hour. I wish I had done the same.

Day 4 (Mon) will be a less hectic repeat and we hope to round it off with tea and hot cross buns. F and I have effectively written off these two days as regards getting anything else done, and that is absolutely fine.

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Thu 28-Apr-11
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Day 5 (Tue) was mum in law visit #2. F and I had a bit of a sleep in for a change before prepping lunch, which she did. Leftover cold duck with slices of prosciutto and potato salad from the leftover Jersey Royals. Then we all sort of sat back and did our own thing. F went to bed. I read the papers on the swing seat and m-i-l caught up with back copies of F™s Country Living magazines at the kitchen table.

I got a bit of a shock when the church bell rang the time at four. I idly counted them off. One. Two. Three. Four.

Five

Flipping heck. The plan was that she would be on her way back to the hotel by now. So I put on the kettle and rousted Fiona. œWhy are you waking me at five in the morning? came the sleepy groan from under the duvet.

Mum in law gets tired after a few hours. When she is tired she can be scratchy. There was just a hint of that after half an hour when she surprised me by asking for a second cuppa. I thought we might be in for a testing time because conversation had dried up. F and I were weary by then. But all ended happily and she decided it was time to go half way through the second cup.

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Thu 28-Apr-11
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Day 6 (Wed) marked the half way point of my 11 day break. I worked early morning on trying to understand the technical stuff that is required to really speed up the whole site. It was a real struggle for the old braineo. My Internet connection was as slow as a hippopotamus on land. Eventually I gave up.

My responsibility in the Great Tidy Up operation is the front gateway and driveway. Fiona is working her cotton socks off on the veg garden and the herbacueous border out back. She reseeded the path that has been worn through the lawn by digging over the bare patches, sprinkling on lawn seed and sifting a covering of fen soil. Then she pinned down strips of protective matting, whuch the dogs dislike walking on, and watered it well.

Three piece of great good news arrived.

First, the insurance company and bodyshop finally agreed to repair the Duchess with used parts. Initially they insisted on new (for an 11 year old car!), said they could locate none and offered Fiona £560 to do the job herself. Knowing how expensive it had been to panel beat Jalopy, F dug her heels in and won her way. Later, the bodyshop called to suggest a total buffing, touching up and deep wax to help mask any colour mismatches. The cost to us? A mere £200 !!

Eventually the guy conceded that nobody takes that price and offered it for £100. A cunning ploy or what? The Duchess will be in hospital for another 10 days or so and will return a polished lady. magic

Secondly, the TV production company called to confirm Mon May 9 as the Big Day. It will just be a director and three or four crew. No mention yet of any celebrity personage, nor what format the day will take. Just that it will be a full day. We are not pretending to be cool. We are BLOODY EXCITED! cheers

Thirdly, F cancelled her mum™s invitation for us both to lunch on Thursday in Bury St Edmunds, 14 miles away. We had agreed on Tue with heavy hearts because there are more important priorities at the moment. œWe need to spend all our time working on the house, apologised F, œso we have to forego some pleasures in the meantime.

She is a Masters level blagger (and blogger)! cool

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Thu 28-Apr-11
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Is this the, erm, occurrences of a filming nature which may or may not be happening to/with/connected to/starring person/s unknown, in or around the Newmarketish area, on a randomish date in possibly May, that we're not supposed to mention? wink

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!  magic  (oops, that's not very discreet dohbig_laugh)

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Thu 28-Apr-11
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We have no idea what you are talking about, Sue big_laugh

I lost a day somewhere along the way in my two previous posts. If found, please return in a plain brown envelope . . .

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Thu 28-Apr-11
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wave  BLOODY EXCITING  post, Danny!!!!!!    champagne    medicine

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Thu 28-Apr-11
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Ooh - swearing Danuta! eeek  big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh

I'll try that again!

Thu 28-Apr-11
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Hope you have better luck than me Danny both my appearances led to trouble . First and worst was in my schooldays mother saw me at a Test Match in London ,should have been at school and I was SMOKING (Chicken Lickens Sky was mild to mine falling in ) corporal punishment I got the Regimental Sargent Major. Second was the misfortune to be in Diamond Lil's in Plymouth the night they were filming the Sailor series ( OH was more understanding than mother ) the  only stripper that could be described as artistic was a fella !!!    thumbs_down

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You don't do things by halves do you Seth? big_hug

I'll try that again!

Thu 28-Apr-11
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I have just found a scruffy little day hiding behind some binns in the seedier side of newmarket ,we gently coaxed it out and managed to get it to take some food but it was in a bit of a state ,we managed to find out that it was from a family of eleven and it was sad because all the other days had happy and exciting things happening around them but this little waif was just an ordinary day with loads of empty hours .so it had run away intending to go to sea and find some excitement ,but after losing all its pocket money on the horses at the races it was hiding in shame when we found it .So if anybody has misslaid a day or could use an extra one give us a ring and we will bring it round

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