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.

Today is black Friday

Talk about a black ending to a horrible week!

1st my cleaning lady arrived “Brahms & List”; my neighbour found her fallen off her bike in the street.

2nd David went swimming in the smallest of my ponds, and he wasn’t even influenced, he managed to behead my cherub and I am NOT pleased.

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3rd Some unknown IDIOT took down my fence, smashed my wheelbarrow and moved my shed 12″-15″ (30cm) – thank God they were where they were, otherwise Mr U.N.Known would have landed in my study. I did have the pleasure of finding a 10 by 5 cm piece of the sump by my fence => good bye to their car

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18 years in the making

18 years ago I drew this drawing of a water feature for my garden.
1996 my pond design

This became a reality today. Yesterday it looked like this, when the garden designers started.
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and this is what it looked like (from the same angle)140322-23 my pond 10
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