25 December 2015

Christmas Decorations

Here are some of our Christmas decorations for this year, all of which are Vicki's handy work.

The nativity set on the dresser.
Note the lampshade, you will spot the same design on the wall on another picture, Vicki made the shade out of left over wall paper.

The tree on the mantle over the fireplace.
Note the wall paper.

A small basket by the fireplace.

This years Christmas tree in the sitting room.

The kitchen window sill.

The window at the top of the stairs.
Merry Christmas to you all.

24 December 2015

The Illusive Christmas Present.

People ask, 'what would you like for Christmas'?
Or maybe, 'What can I get you for a Christmas present'?
I can tell they get frustrated when I don't answer.
The truth is there is only one thing I really want for Christmas but there is no one who can give it to me so why cause upset by saying what it is?

1 December 2015

Sale Day.

Today is the sale in London of some of the contents of the hall. If anyone is interested you can see what is being sold and the price it makes by clicking [HERE].

According to the two people that left recently this is all part of the bosses plans to sell up in five years time. It's not the first time that this rumour as surfaced but the boss has always denied it. It makes you wonder about the smoke and fire saying though doesn't it.

27 November 2015

My Little Helper

Tess likes to help in the garden, here she is helping keep an eye on the ball.

Off to fill the log box.

That's that job done, now I'm off to fill up the log box in the hall. This entails carrying logs up from the cellar in a basket and loading them in to a big wooden chest. I will probably have around ten baskets full to carry up after which I may get offered a coffee.

Soil Removal

I managed to get one of the greenhouses fully insulated yesterday and this is where I am at the moment, in the middle of removing the soil from the border. I change the soil every year so as to avoid any build up of bugs and disease in the soil. I will refill the bed with fresh soil in late winter. I could do it now but  the depth of the empty bed helps when storing taller plants for the winter. These plants and others will be brought from the conservatory where there is no heating and will spent the winter in this warm greenhouse.

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26 November 2015


Preparing the bubble wrap involves measuring, cutting out to size and then joining the bits together with staples. I like to do this on a flat surface before taking to the greenhouse for fitting.

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Today I am going to be insulating this greenhouse. I have been putting it off with the weather being so mild but last weekends cold snap made me think that I've put it off long enough.

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21 November 2015

A few questions answered from my last post.

A few questions answered from yesterday.

Yes Tess and Blondie get along fine Janneke I even have them together in the garden sometimes.

Blondie is just a big softie Doc, she does need watching though or she tends to run riot but her heart is in the right place and will usually do as she is told once she understands what it is you want her to do.

Hi Sara, They aren't all over each other all the time but I can tell when I first bring them together that they are pleased to see one another.

20 November 2015

Dog walking time.

For the time being I am walking the bosses dog as part of my duties. He did have someone else doing it but they went and left. I also make use of the time to take Tess along too. I know I shouldn't really walk my dog in works time but I do work on a weekend that I don't get paid for so it all evens itself out in the long run.

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