OH went for his walk early this morning, having found out yesterday that in this weather there are a lot of people at the Millennium Green later on, including many children on bikes. It's not easy to do social distancing. He was out later than usual yesterday, having waited for a delivery which actually did come before I was awake.
It's bonfire season. There was a very smoky one yesterday and a lot of people in the village were complaining. As soon as the weather improved, people started clearing their gardens and the more thoughtless ones are burning stuff, which is annoying for people who want to hang out their washing or just enjoy their garden. Garden refuse collections here have been stopped for the time being. I can smell smoke right now, which is apparently coming from the wooded area of the grounds of Kingston House about a mile away! Luckily I haven't put any washing out today.
YD was up early for the tutorial with her other tutor, but had a message to say it was cancelled so the students could get on with their final projects. It's now officially end of term. YD is working in her (south-facing) room, with her AC on. Her laptop gets hot otherwise and she doesn't want it to stop working!
I shall go outside and do some more gardening this afternoon, and continue cleaning the kitchen later. I cleaned the utility room fridge yesterday and found a few interesting life forms in an opened jar of jam, and some out of date items that were hidden behind other containers. A few bits had to thrown away but other things have been brought into use.
I rang my sister in Sheffield last night. Her OH is in lock-down in his house. He is having treatment for cancer so is vulnerable. Younger twin nephew is doing the shopping for him. H is fuming because the owner of the company she works for insisted on having not one, but two face to face meetings recently, bringing people from other areas, including London, to Sheffield. He has now seen sense and has acquired a lot of laptops so that staff will soon be able to work from home. All the directors have gone home now to work, leaving only the staff in the offices. H, who does the payroll and accounts, has her own office so is less vulnerable than most.
Chicken report: three eggs, from Griselda, Lilith and Dottie.
Another lovely day here, so this afternoon, more gardening will be done.
I went to Morrison's this morning, which was rather a frustrating experience. I did manage to get the things I needed, except for flour, which was absent, along with caster sugar, pasta and rice. Tinned stuff also in short supply. Then I wasn't allowed to use the self checkout because I had a trolley not a basket, although the self checkout was deserted. Grrr!
Greetings, villagers, from mild, bright and a bit muggy Oxfordshire.
We have a Waitrose order coming tonight, and almost everything I ordered is in it! A few (acceptable) substitutes, but no yeast or OH's bean salads. However, there should be yeast in my Lakeland order next week.
I've checked Delivery and Click & Collect slots for the five major supermarkets. Though you have to be online at exactly the right time to book anything at all (usually around midnight), at the moment Asda and Tesco do both D and C & C up to three weeks in advance, Waitrose has limited slots for both D and C & C but you have to check on a day by day basis, Morrison's does Delivery only, up to three days in advance, and Sainsbury's has Delivery slots only for the vulnerable and C & C up to three weeks in advance. I hope this might be of help to people.
YD is doing her weekly live-stream this afternoon, killing two birds with one stone, as she doing her university project online. Next term is starting and ending two weeks late, in the hope that the campus will be able to open for at least some of the time. So YD will not finish until 14th August (which happens to be OH's birthday). We would normally be on holiday by then, though not this year of course.
We have a trampoline in the back garden with a cover on it. There is a pool of water in it, and a few days ago, when I was pruning the gooseberries (which should have been done a few months ago but it was too wet for gardening) I threw the prunings into the water. They are now sprouting leaves, and I may be able to root some of them. Anyway, a few minutes ago there was a lovely little goldfinch perched on one of the twigs, drinking the water! In the front garden there was a blue tit on the drive, pecking away at the crumbs dropped by other birds, or by the squirrel, from the feeder above. I must refill the feeders this afternoon.
Chicken report: two eggs this morning, from Dottie and Lilith.
Goldfinches are such pretty birds, aren't they? We've got quite a lot of gardening done; all the hydrangeas in the back garden are deadheaded, so now just the four in the front to do. One of them produces masses of flowers and takes an age to do, but the others are smaller. One of them really needs transplanting as it's squashed next to the fuchsia hedge. I have made a pudding with rhubarb and meringue, which is in the oven now.
Funny you mention Bonfires Cookiepus, but we were sitting watching TV last night and our whole house smelled of smoke. So annoying because we couldn’t tell where it was coming from.
I spent today clearing out and cleaning next doors Greenhouse ready to put some Tomatoe plants in.
To clarify, next door neighbour died last year and the bungalow has been cleared and was due to go for Auction last week however, Coronavirus has put paid to that and so the earliest it might be auctioned is July. I know the son and he offered me the Greenhouse but I sadly haven’t room in my garden so he said if I wanted to use it until the sale I could. I am delighted to have it, even for a short time and have put some cuttings in there.
It was in a filthy state as my neighbour hardly used it since his wife died several years ago, he had just used it as a dumping ground for household rubbish.
I cleared it out and washed it down cleaning the glass and now it looks great. Good to have a project these days
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Post by MeanderingMollusc on Apr 9, 2020 1:23:11 GMT
Would you like to pop over and clear out our greenhouse too Anna ? It was in a real mess when we moved here just over 4 years ago, full of all sorts of stuff and with lots of missing and broken panes of glass. So far I've merely added to the junk but hope to get round to emptying it out and replacing the damaged glass this year. We also need to move it as it's right underneath 3 silver birch displaying a distinct lean and it would be most upsetting to fix it all up only for a tree to fall on it !
Today OH and I finished our potting shed project - About a year ago I spotted one on Freecycle, free to anyone who would come and dismantle it. Apart from a hole in the roof it was in pretty good condition and has been sitting in its constituent parts under a tarp in the garden since we brought it home. We finally put it together this week and I repaired and waterproofed the roof while OH gave it a couple of coats of paint and it's now looking rather smart and ready to put all my gardening things in.
Anna: Did you eventually discern where the smoke was coming from? However, if you really enjoy Household tidying ..... I'm about 200yds from the Railway Station so tell me when you'll be arriving there - I have some spare Marigolds.
No Smoke herre, but there is a sound of somebody doing a lot of "Black and Decker'ing". In fsact - He could have built a House by now .. if the Timbershops were open.