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Wed 30-Sep-09
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Danny
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S.O.L. - never tried jellied eels then? Frown

We were in London this afternoon. Fiona may blog about it later. But I sat for 40 minutes at a Pret on a busy street corner in Marble Arch and chilled with double-hit Americano and a good book. People watching is one of the best free pastimes that are left.

But it gave me rare time to think away from the Cottage environment and I decided that my next project is going to be to make our sitting room habitable, comfy and welcoming once again. We have both used it as a storeroom this year mostly because we do not sit there to watch TV any more. But I would adore a snug and cosy room for the winter months.

I reckon 30 minutes a day for the month of October should get it back to former glories.

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Wed 30-Sep-09
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Smoked eel yes.  Jellied no. 

We dont have much room in our house, but I still manage to fill it with stuff.  Lived here for 3 years now and you wouldnt believe the amount of carp I have collected.  I am slowly getting rid of things, giving them away at work, freecycle, charity and recycling. We arent going over board, I am not going to say that less is best.  Never, ever.  Books are all over this house and I wont part with any more.

But clothes this is my project for a few weeks.  Get rid of 4 or 5 items a week.  So I dont feel the withdrawal of the contents of the cupboard falling on me.  Or even better, the clothes that I wear week to week, dont even get to the cupboard!  So that is the aim, remove old and ill fitting clothes and get my work clothes and weekend wear on

the hangers.  Wont that be novel.

Dont start me on my shoes, they arent going anywhere.  And all my sets of curtains, nope they will move from loft to loft in each house we move to.  As you never know the size of the windows the next house will be.  I will therefore never part with those either.  Does this sound like a sore spot.  Could be!Surprised

Fri 2-Oct-09
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Well, so much for best intentions. Both Fiona and I were completely out of it yesterday after the trip to London. Very early night last night but she slept badly with a stomach upset. That's why neither of us have been seen around the forum. My project to restore our sitting room to past glories is already 24 hours behind schedule.

Interestingly, I am using Apple's Safari browser for today - the PC version - I don't have a Mac. It's useful to see how the site looks in different browsers. There are occasional differences in the way they render a web page and some are more forgiving of minor errors than others. Safari does not seem to display the little toolbar or allow me to insert smileys when using this editor. But it has really nice touches, as you would expect from an Apple product, like instant spellcheck as you type. I especially like the favourite sites screen where it displays snapshots of the sites you have visited most often in a snazzy parabolic screen effect. Really neat.

Today I found a widget for the blog sidebar that lists Fiona's articles on this day each year since she started. It's interesting to see how her writing style has changed.

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Sun 4-Oct-09
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I have taken myself by surprise and sorted out all the family photos from the past 21+ years...I had to empty the cupboard under the stairs as I was sick of the sight of the hoover but couldn't bring myself to do it as I knew it would take for ever to sort the photos that were in big boxes filling the cupboard. I have been ruthless- all out of focus, thumb-infested photos have GONE.  Photo albums have GONE. All photos now organised by year in small boxes. As we never look at them- except when they are sorted out- why have them in space filling albums? Feel very,very virtuous, but slightly crazed by the feat of memory required to work out what was taken when and where over and over again. Three days later...Hoover AND photos fit in cupboard. Hurrah!

Next project.... I think a little nap might be nice....

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Tue 6-Oct-09
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I am glad that you are experimenting with Safari, I wondered why I couldn't get the little smileys to add to my text as I use a Mac.

Our to do list includes rearranging our furniture so we can fit a wood stove in, boy do we need it

Wed 7-Oct-09
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Over the next couple of weeks I am going to paint our conservatory and get it TIDY. For the five years we have lived here it has been the store-room for furniture waiting to go somewhere else and stuff you don't know what to do with. As well as a place for growing plants. The time has come to get it sorted and to get rid of the junk and paint the gorgeous baby poo yellow walls...yellow is such a cheerful colour, it will warm the conservatory up on a dull winter's day...WRONG. Not this yellow. It is vile. It is so insistent it ruins the view of the garden- which is one of the big points of the conservatory, somewhere to sit on inclement days but still look at the garden. So, by the end of this month, I will have a mellow, unyellow conservatory, a conservatory we will want to sit in without the risk of going sunblind..

I wonder how many coats of paint it will take to obliterate it?

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 8-Oct-09
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I wonder how many coats of paint it will take to obliterate it?

If you buy trade paint from a builder's merchant it is a bit more expensive but has a far greater opacity (especially Dulux). So it cuts down the amount of paint that you need and actually saves money.

Thu 8-Oct-09
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Oh yes- I'm a Dulux trade paint girl. On my second coat of one end and it is looking good- still a hint of the yellow- it is a very persistent colour: being a painter, I can get a bit obsessive about getting the perfect surface, which is why I do my own decorating!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Thu 8-Oct-09
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being a painter

I'm intrigued. What kind of painting do you do?

Fri 9-Oct-09
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Currently, walls, three coats!

Kateuk makes things at http://www.etsy.com/shop/finkstuff and sometimes she does this too http://www54paintings.blogspot.com/ and also this http://finkstuff.weebly.com/

Sat 31-Oct-09
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I have not been on here at all this week because my day job got busy (I am a project manager in real life Surprised ). It was like prepping for final exams because the job I have been doing for the guts of two years came to a close. There were four projects in a small programme of work and each had its own QA "finals". The first one was a bit nerve wracking but you begin to learn what they want to hear and see in the final report and at the review meeting. A bit of paintwork (aka wordsmithing), a bit of Blarney here and there at the meeting and I sailed through the final final. It's a great weight off my shoulders.

Back to the project I started three weeks ago here at CSH - that was clearing an overgrown corner to errect a simple lean-to for storing firewood and other imperishables. Fiona was a trooper and fed the Fargo Machine with all the brambles and saplings that I hacked out. That was then This is now and I have not touched it since. I think an hour a day this week will progress it nicely. It will be good to clear some of the piles from our front driveway.

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