27.12.19 – 29.1.20
Where did January go? I blinked. Here comes February. which is often a cold, miserable month (even if it includes my birthday) BUT it means that Spring really is just around the corner. Hooray. I hate Winter – cold, dark and grey. I notice some of the bulbs that were planted last year are well and truly through (some even have buds), so a splash of colour will be most welcome. Even though my garden is a fair size, there’s not many flowers in it. So the mission is to get some blooms into the garden, especially so I can pick some and have in the house. However, the grass (I can’t say lawn because it’s far from a lawn), was at some point in the past planted with primulas. These are so pretty when they are in flower; a carpet of colour.
In response to the terrible fires in Australia, I was inspired to gather together some friends and spend time sewing pouches for orphaned and injured wildlife. We sent a couple of days making the pouches; our efforts produced 12 hanging joey pouches, 12 pocket pouches and 36 liners. Asterix thought she would try one out for size! Hopefully, they will be en route to Australia imminently. Many thanks to all who helped and donated to the project.
Bargain time! Recently I have switched to doing my main shopping supplies at Aldi. It’s a bit further to travel, but the savings more than make up for the petrol. The local supermarket in Eymoutiers is a rip off and often poor quality ‘fresh’ (or not so fresh) food and erratic stock control of basic goods. Just after Christmas I bought some wine that was reduced to 2.20€, thinking I needed to have a supply when guests are eating here. Not a big red wine fan myself, but the French rarely drink white. Anyway, on returning home I zapped the label with a wine rating app and discovered the wine had a high rating. So guess what? I bought the remaining 5 bottles when I went back next time! I don’t know much about wine, but the next guest that I served it to remarked on it and how good it was. Also, he said it was unusual to find this variety from Pays d’Oc.
Whilst pulling the fabric off the wall in the salon, I placed my phone on the radiator to keep up with messages etc. Stupidly, I managed to knock it down the back of the radiator. Normally, you would expect it just to drop out the bottom and with any other rad in the house, this would have been the case. But no: this rad had a couple of wood blocks underneath it, supporting a broken hinge until it comes off the wall for wallpapering purposes, hopefully in the near future now. The phone jammed between the rad, skirting board and blocks. It took half an hour of poking and prodding to get it out. Fortunately, it was undamaged, but the flip case broke. No more phones on radiators.
Talking of renovation work – I’ve started to clean the mirror that was over the fireplace. I guess it’s not been touched for the best part of 30 years. Using warm warm with a splash of washing up liquid in, a toothbrush and cotton buds, I have removed plenty of grime. Well, I’m not 100% sure what is coming off, possibly paint, nicotine and dust. Either way, there’s plenty of it. Fiddly process, but getting there.
New Year’s Resolution – stop stockpiling food!