No rain here since yesterday, I'm pleased to say. However, there was a downpour into the south transept at church yesterday. 11 buckets needed, and all the frontal, fair linen, etc. on the altar is now drying out. It's never flooded there before, and OH wondered whether anyone has checked the lead. I think it's smart water marked,but I've no idea how that works. Insuring a lead roof costs a fortune. Ah, I've googled smart water and it's a marking detectable only under UV light.
Good morning all from a bright, sunny but cooler slice of Spain. I´m enjoying a cup of coffee or two ( I know this isn´t the right image for coffee but couldn´t find one and I like this teapot anyway!) to ease me into the day - I´m not the most morning of people!
Hope you´re all doing well despite varying degrees of isolation and lockdown? A good day to all
Greetings, villagers, from mild, grey and now rainy Oxfordshire. It was bright this morning so OH went for his walk almost as soon as he came home from swimming.
A quiet day today. I've managed to finish a competition in the village magazine, of anagrams of roads in the village. It was difficult because of so many new builds, which have names, but they are not on Google Maps yet. I had to resort to estate agents' listings. I'll be working on the Map of Ambridge later.
The weather today has been mixed. Some clouds, some light rain, some very heavy rain, some blue sky and sunshine. And now there's a rainbow.
I've spent some time trying to tidy up all the stuff I have in my email folders, and I must now make a start on documents, of which I have far too many.
OH reckons the dress I've made, being plain blue, looks as if I'm going to play Mary in the Nativity Play. So I must find some trimming to liven it up! It's nearly finished - only the neck facing and the hem to do now.
Then I have three more lengths of fabric to make up, and some wool to finish a winter sweater.
That's when I'm not getting things ready for the annual meetings at church in a couple of weeks.
Good morning, villagers, from mild and bright Oxfordshire. Showers are forecast for later.
OH and I have been to Faringdon. He took Honey for her check-up at the vet while I went to the farmers' market. Honey's weight has stabilised and the vet is now certain that the diagnosis of IBS was correct. Honey has tablets to take every other day for the next three months, when she's due another check-up, and she is to continue the special diet.
I have bought some good food at the market - smoked eel, smoked trout pâté, bacon, kohl rabi, salad, salad dressing, lamb and chicken, and an oregano plant.
The night before last I had noticed that my teeth on the upper left were sensitive and tingly. I thought I just needed to use the sensitive toothpaste more, but yesterday things became a bit more uncomfortable, and last night I had to take painkillers. The pain was above one of the implants that I'd had cleaned out nearly a year ago. I'd been signed off by the periodontist in February. It's become infected again, probably by the sinus trouble that I've had on and off for decades and which has been bothering me for some weeks, alternately blocking and draining. I didn't sleep much at all last night, so decided that since I was in Faringdon anyway I'd ask for an appointment at the dentist. The earliest they can see me is Thursday at noon, unless the pain becomes too severe when they'll find me an emergency dentist.
YD had a wobble last night, becoming anxious about completing her final project. Hugs and chocolate were administered and she cheered up a bit.
It's aqua tonight. I'll miss some of the Zoom gardening club meeting but I've told the rest of the committee that I'll join in when I can.
A beautiful sunny day here. The trees are turning red, orange and yellow, lovely to see.
OH and I went to the Metro Centre this morning, where I bought a birthday card for No2 Son, a plain black cardigan and got a new battery fitted to my car key. The last took a couple of minutes and cost a measly £10.
OH is trying to repair a party wall in the garden. It used to be part of a garage on NDN's side, and a washhouse on ours, both now gone. He reckons the wall is in such a state that it might be better to knock it down and put up a fence instead, which is what we have in the rest of the garden. We'll have to see what the NDNs think.
Good morning, villagers, from cool and bright Oxfordshire.
That's awful, Steve.
It wasn't too bad a night because I'd taken painkillers for the probable tooth abscess. I only woke up twice. I'm up early, waiting for the courier to come and pick up two large parcels to go to the USA. It could be any time from 9am-6pm. OH has gone for his swim and will stop at the bakery on his way home. YD was working late and is still asleep.
Chicken report: I've just brought in a still warm Lilith egg.
I was so tired that I fell asleep in my recliner earlier. OH and YD were both around in case the courier arrived (not yet), and trying not to wake me, but they were both in the kitchen when the phone rang next to me and woke me up. There have been no phone calls at all for about a week. Why now, the moment I fall asleep? It was a scam call too, apparently from a number in Cyprus, so I am not happy.
Not good news this morning for our church, which has had lead stolen from the roof of the transept. I think I mentioned the flood when I posted on Sunday. It will cost about £20,000 to repair, and the organ has been damaged too. Unfortunately, being a medieval church, they won't allow anything other than lead to be used on the roof.
The last time a theft of lead was attempted, a drinker in one of the surrounding pubs noticed and called the police. Now, guess what, the pubs close early and the city centre is deserted. Thank you Boris. Usually, apart from bottles and pizza boxes in the churchyard, we are basically crime free because there are so many people around all the time.
There's been a report in our local paper, and there's a Go Fund Me appeal.
Good morning, villagers, from cool and mostly sunny Oxfordshire.
A quick visit before I go to the dentist to try to find out what is going on around the site of my implants.
That's awful, Judith. A similar thing happened to our church a few years ago. Luckily it isn't medieval so more modern materials have replaced the lead.
ED has messaged to say that CK2 was supposed to go back to school today after six months of online classes. She came down with a cold yesterday and can't go! She is so upset. Her teacher will live-stream classes so she can join in though.
The weather forecast promised rain all day, but in fact there's blue sky and sunshine. I ought to do some pruning and cutting back in the garden, but I also have a lot of stuff to do indoors. I've just unpacked all my winter sweaters, which now need ironing before they're put away.