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I live to write. It's not wise to get in my way.
August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Well, we have a functioning outside loo! (It has a small leak, but hopefully that can be put right tomorrow.) No washbasin yet: we have to arrange when that can be fitted.
And the curtains are finished and hung - they look OK, nowt special, but then I wasn't aiming for anything fancy, just a little insulation, and privacy, for the winter.
The sink unit is a bit more of a headache: like just about everything in this house it's non-standard (although I suppose it might have been at the time it was built? No, don't think so...) Apparently the standard length of a unit these days is forty two inches (that number is haunting me!), while ours is something like thirty six and a half inches, which means we'd have to buy a complete replacement including the sink and draining board (which is still in acceptable working order). And then it would be too long for the space: as it is the current unit overlaps the (never used) kitchen door area and makes getting to the larder a bit of a pain, especially with kits underfoot (whereas the main cupboard unit is six inches too short for its space).
Which probably means that any replacement kitchen will need to be custom-made. Oh joy.
In the meantime, Denis is going to repair the unit as best he can without replacing any major elements - we don't have time - and we'll make do with the work top - replacements come in ten foot lengths, we need about two foot - for now. It's hardly ideal, but it'll have to do for the moment, and I shall start hunting ideas for making the best use of the little space we have at the cheapest price. It'll have to be done sometime soonish, we've been putting it off for fifteen years.
Kai arrived home around 2.15, bouncy and happy, and proceeded (with only a little help from us) to draw a six panel comic of his first impressions of his first day at school, for his homework! It's a fine piece of work too: although he's used stick figures, the facial expressions are amazing.
And Ken managed a much-needed mow of the grass front and back. I need to trim around the bases of the new shrubs tomorrow, but overall the garden has fully recovered from the dry spell and is looking quite good. But the skins of all my tomatoes are splitting, which apparently is caused by uneven watering (well that would make sense!) - damn nuisance, as they're beautifully sweet and juicy. Must get back into the habit of watering twice a day again...
Throat still sore, but nothing else seems to be happening, so hopefully whatever bug it is isn't going to come to anything.
Another attempt at an early night tonight, I think...
Oh, forgot to say, we managed to catch the tiniest snippety bit of the lunar eclipse tonight, beautiful golden sister planet rising with a little shallow bite out of the top edge. Very pretty, if not spectacular. However, next March the 3rd there'll be a total lunar eclipse visible from the UK, peaking at about 10 minutes to midnight. Kai's already looking forwards - it's a Saturday, so he'll be able to stay up for it. Now we just have to keep fingers crossed for a cloudless sky.