DIY when one forgets to ask the carers.

I forgot to ask the morning carer to carry the laundry basket downstairs, so I used a belt between the two handles and made an oversized shoulder bag. (LOL)

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The rest was easy.
The lunchtime carer also came too early, by a quarter of an hour, but this time I just dragged the basket along the floor to the tumbler dryer.

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I am hooked up

This picture was taken just four days after my full left shoulder replacement. As you can see, the operation was successful and all I have to do is learning to just use one hand for everything.

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I am already starting on some basic exercises to strengthening the bruised muscles. Sleeping is a little bit problematic, as I can’t sleep on my back very well, so I have to wedge my left hand to prevent the shoulder to fall forward. I think I have now managed to find the ideal (for me) solution.

I have carers to help me change my cloth morning and evening and to have a wash. They are lovely people, the first carer was a man, and stripping to “full Monty” took some “brain blanketing”. I survived but I can’t say I loved it. Actually it doesn’t matter what sex the carers are, I still don’t like the “full Monty” strip and wash; but when one doesn’t have two hands one is grateful.

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Story of a Dead Tumbler Dryer Walking

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My Tumbler dryer gave up the ghost yesterday – the heating element went – to replace that would have cost £60 plus labour (most properly another £60)
but you can’t find a technician currently, because of the Covid lockdown.

My cleaning lady helped me putting it out at the front of my house, I gave it a “Raincoat” and stuck a note inside telling what was wrong with it. By noon today it had already evaporated. Ghosts are like that, one minute they are there and the next they are gone.

Also yesterday I found a new one in Currys and it only cost £140 and it was delivered just after 12 noon today.

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This is not a gargoyle

I always thought this was called a gargoyle but recently I found out that it’s a grotesque, even though it’s not living up to its ridiculous name.

The difference is:

  • Grotesque is the architectural term for statues found on the side of buildings for ornamental purposes.
  • Gargoyles are a particular type of grotesque with a handy feature: spouts that carry rainwater away from the building.

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My recent Garden changes

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As you can see, I do not have a Fig-Jungle anymore.

I decided to take the fig-tree down, as the stem was nearly 10cm in diameter.
I got a tree surgent to remove it and kill the roots.
Just look the space on the patio. And the light in my Livingroom, wow.

That’s not all I got rid of my leaking Fishpond and replaced it with a new ready moulded pond. That’s fine except, my ponds are suffering of blanket weed and I do not seem to be able to remove it. I have to, once a month, use a rake to fish out the weed. I then add some special weed killer, but it’s not very successful. I think once the leaves of the waterlily has wilted we (my gardener) will replant/repot the waterlilies. Maybe that will work! Here is a picture of the two ponds.

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For those in the know,
notice, the missing camper (in the background).

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My FIG Jungle (#1)

I forgot to take a picture of my fig jungle,
but I did take one after I had cut a hole, and some pictures at a later state.

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I still can’t quite see my windows

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Look I do have Windows, but it will take a day to cut the debris.
And I have only trimmed half of my fig jungle.
I still needs to trim what’s in picture no.1 and no.3
If the weather is good tomorrow I will finish the trimming
and display the result in my next blog.

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Shopping in MK has become a joke.

This morning between 9 and 10am I went shopping after having tied yesterday evening in Lidl to purchase normal vegetables and found only empty shelf, even potatoes didn’t exist. So, I went back to Lidl this morning and … empty shelfs.
I had checked online if Morrisons had any food stock, according to their website they had everything. But alas, they didn’t have any vegetables, they did though have one type of potatoes.
I then decided to try Sainsbury’s but wasn’t very optimistic. Wow, they had nearly everything on my list, Wow.

Many thanks to Sainsbury’s, for introducing item limits and special morning hours for OAPs. It looks like its working. Thanks Again.

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Yabby Dabby Doo a way overdue job, done!

Not solely by myself, but as my garden lady has stopped for winter I asked if I could hire her for a heavy-duty lifting job, to which she agreed.

I didn’t take a picture before she started, but this is what’s either going to the Skip, Freegle, Nextdoor or belonging to DJKA.

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Everything in the foreground (bar the green barrel) is for charity i.e. Freegle and Nextdoor. The green barrel has been stored near the camper. The rest is for the Skip. 1½ car load and there is way more to go.

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I was glad that Sarah loaded and unloaded my car.

Now all I have to do is getting pictures and advertising everything on the web.

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Sadly, I had to put things back into my garage for storage until people come and collect. I also placed my economic electric heater to get rid of some of the dampness. I can’t remember when I last had that much floor space in the garage-extension.

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Thanks to Anglian Water

clip_image002Somewhen between the 24/6/19 and 7.8.19 a not so friendly unknown person turned the water to my ponds on and left it on.

When returning home after my shoulder operation, stay in the care home and with a friend, we found that the water was running in the garden.

While sitting relaxing the phone rang, it was from the Anglian Water, who queried my enormous water usage. I explained my predicament and the lady was very sympathetic, she said they would check the meter again within a fortnight and get back to me.

I was very reluctant to open the letter from Anglian Water; but scraped some courage together; and was pleasantly surprised. All the “leakage”, to the amount of £1095.28, had been written off.

Phew, what a relief! Thanks!

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The triumph of a Gardener

My gardener was here the other day and she found this snail nursery; don’t tell me that 13 is an unlucky number (but for the snails to-be it was)

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And a little later she found this snail kindergarten/graveyard:

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there were also two baby frogs – and I think they ate all ‘the kids and the teacher’ in the kindergarten, because of all the empty houses. Sorry frogs; but the evidence had to be destroyed, so no more easy dinner, but there are enough other snails in my garden, I just can’t show you the way!

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