Well, hello from a grey and damp and decidedly unimpressive Monday in Middle England. I am waiting for the water board people to arrive. Sometime today. Nothing is wrong, but our water supplier is offering free water saving things - sprayer on taps, attachment for the garden hose-pipe, and they do something to decrease the amount of water used to flush the toilets. Free. I like free. So, the thought of reducing my water bill appeals, and I called them, after finding out most of my friends have done or are doing the same. We have metered water bills. Believe me, you want to keep the amount you use down.
After spending a couple of hours on Pinterest yesterday, I have drawn up a list, and today I will be unearthing the things I need to make some of the ideas I have seen. If I made everything I want to make and have pinned, it would take a couple of lifetimes, so I decided that today would be the start of a concerted effort. I have tried quite a few new things in recent weeks, I have to say, and I have been so delighted with them all. Except the croissants stuffed with peanut butter and chocolate chips,. That got a thumbs down here. Just as well I just did 2.
Tick tock tick tock (my impression of time passing...)
Three quarters of a day later,....................
He came. Water saving = sorted. Coffee with Jean after she brought me some bread from the shops = drunk. Bunting = cut and assembled. Apron = cut and made. Table runner tops = 2 assembled. Julia's seeds = identified and sorted. Coffee = drunk. Dinner = cooked and eaten. Allotment AGM = attended and paid for for another year. Massive price hike. From £6.00 to £10. A YEAR. For 10 poles. A pole is 5.5yards. So 10 poles = 160.5 feet. Or close enough to 50 metres long, by about 15 ft wide? Or 20 ft? And now I am getting ALL CONFUSED with poles and feet and metres and IT IS BIG. So £10 is a bargain. The funniest thing is that when I show up at the AGM, every person there knows me. I cannot remember any names. I have no idea HOW they know who I am, but they do. Is this a good thing? Hmmm. I will go with yes, it is. Now I need to learn and remember their names. I did suggest that each allotment should have the holder's name on a wooden post along the path. They thought I was a lunatic. I seem to be the only one with this name problem.
Mother informs me that the Jackson verdict is about to be delivered. It is the main item of news here right this minute. But I have wool waiting, and a cowl to be conquered. And that Autumn quilt needs one more bit of quilting and I will just have the binding to do. It is all go around here, people. I will need a week or two to recover after all this activity. But I do like seeing things pile up in the "finished" basket, don't you?
I will be back.
PS: Don't forget all the Compassion Bloggers flying off to Ecuador as I speak! You can follow their trip HERE - Ann Voskamp, Boomama, Big Mama, Kelly.......and more.
PPS: Day 7: I am so thankful for running water. The ability to drink water, fill a bath, water gardens, you name it. Without water, life is impossible. I will not take it for granted when so many in the world have no access to it. Let the rains come, and the rivers fill, and the land turn green, and the food grow......