Emptying my garage and conservatory

I have a gentleman who used to be my neighbour. He comes when I text him to collects all of my PC related rejects. The charity he is involved with regularly sends lorry loads of stuff to somewhere in Africa. It is nice to know that my rejects are not just being flogged on; but actually being re-used.

He came today to pick up: 7 boxes, 3 touch screens till monitors, a couple of till card-readers, 3 dead PCs, 1 laser printer, 1 dead printer and lots of power leads and this and that’s.

My garage and conservatory are now looking rather empty and I can start tidying them up.

I will get rid of more on “Facebook Marketplace”, some for sale and some for free; the more the better!

I checked what would go by advertising “11 mostly white pillow cases” for free, they found a new home within 24 hours. Not bad at all.

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Produce from my Garden

My Gardening Friend came today, not only did she cut the lawn, she also harvested the rest of my radishes, one of the giant garlics and all my Spanish onions. There were only 4 radishes left and sadly they had become woody.

Here is some pictures of my baby garlic

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Plus this tray of Spanish sweet onions (I’ve already eaten 3 yum yum)

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Dinner and Poker School Evening

I have just had a great dinner/poker school evening with 2 friends. We were supposed to be 5 but one couple couldn’t make it.

Tonight’s menu was my signature dish of chicken legs and onions (cooked in a Dutch oven) with cauliflower-broccoli cheese (not yet published), potato wedges, my raw carrot salad and a nice bottle of Merlot; followed by freshly made decaf coffee.

It was obviously my turn to win; at the end I had 3½ times the starting chips. The last two times we were playing I was in the red.

My lovely old Tassimo has now moved to a new home

tassimo 1I have been trying since Christmas to sell this coffee machine for only £15 but totally in vain.

First I tried on Gumtree – absolutely no response.

Second I also placed a post on eBay – the same – no takers!

So yesterday I got fed up seeing it on the windowsill and posted it for free on Streetlife, and this morning it has finally departed from my house and sight.

I sold my 2 seater sofa bed today

I put it up on Gumtree and it didn’t take 5 minutes to sell; except my friend Dave warned me that payment should be cash on collection only.
The buyer that was really pushy, only wanted to pay using PayPal; Dave pointed out the danger of using PayPal to me. What is to stop the buyer collecting the goods and the ask PayPal to refund the payment insisting that the goods was not as described. This could result in: no sofa bed and no money!
So I told the customer cash only on collection; and guess what; he was no longer interested.
I had though had 2 more queries about the sofa bed, so I phoned one of them and they were delighted. They came this morning – mother and daughter – hmmm with the weight and awkward size of the sofa, hmmm.
Dave had said that he would come over because he didn’t like me dealing on my own with total strangers coming into my house. Fair point! So he came over and ended helping them. We also ended taking the bed out of the sofa, to enable them to move it and that made it so easy; but the mother had to come back for the bed.
My study looks so empty and huge without the sofa bed.
Coco, my cat, can’t jump up on my workspace anymore, so I had to put a chair close to the worktop for her to use as a ladder.

My poorly old fridge is just a lamp

Day before yesterday I noticed that my fridge wasn’t performing as it should, but I didn’t think more about it.
Then yesterday – where I was rather busy – I finally got home at 18:00 I was reminded by the fridge that it was only a light switch without any cooling power; as the butter was soft when I picked it up from the fridge. Oh what tedious problems!
After having slept on the thoughts: shall I get it mended or replaced? I determined after having spoken to my “white ware” mender that it properly wasn’t worth mending as the poor thin was between 8 and 10 years old; and as he couldn’t replace mine before Wednesday next week I had to look somewhere else; not Currys but I went to John Lewis; that is I checked online and found the fridge larder I wanted but couldn’t work their website for next day delivery.
After the U3A computer group session and running Vernon back home, I went shopping at JL and within 5 minutes my fridge was purchased and it will be delivered tomorrow afternoon; not only will they bring the new one but they will also dispose of my old one.
Then I went to the library for my 2 sessions of ITbuddy’ing.

My new under the stairs cupboard

It started with a creaky 1st step on my staircase. I had a builder/handyman in two days running.
On the 1st day he fixed the 1st step – beautiful! It is now not creaking and feels very safe.
On the 2nd day he converted the hollow below the stairs to a cupboard space.
See pictures below.

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Isn’t that just a good use of wasted space?
Now all I need to do is paint the door and frame.