Saturday, 12 June 2010

My Dad

My Dad passed away two years ago today.




My Dad was a truly wonderful man, We all miss him so much.


He was someone who always gave everything.





He freely gave of his time, his knowledge, his wisdom, his laughter, his hugs,






and above all his love.







But more importantly he gave us the the precious memories we have of him,
Thank you Dad xx




Clifford Barnaby
8th February 1947 ~ 12th June 2008


With Love xx


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Friday, 11 June 2010

Hail, the conquering hero

What a day!!!!!
To start with, I will say, that about three weeks ago, my precious washing machine decided that it was going to start playing me up again.....
A few months ago it did the same thing and it was begged to continue working.
It did for a few more months and then over the last few weeks it finally wouldn't spin, then it wouldn't drain and finally it wouldn't work......at all..!!
Considering it was given food and shelter and wasn't kicked too often I think it quite inconsiderate to die now..
So for the last few weeks I have washed our clothes by hand...
As you can imagine with four children and myself that is A LOT of washing.
Why do kids play in the woods knowing your washing machine is on the blink??.
One day it took me four hours to do what would have amounted to roughly six piles of washing. Jim and I wrung it out over the tomato plants and if it hadn't been for the blistering hot weather we had at the time, it would have never dried.

In the end, my Mum did loads and loads for me in her machine, otherwise I think I would have had no skin left on my hands.
So I finally gave up and got a new washing machine.

It arrived today and what could be more simple than plumbing in a washing machine,
I mean, how hard could it be, right???....
I've seen it done before, you move the old one out of the way, taking out the waste pipe, unplug it, undo the water inlet pipe. You put the other one in it's place, you plug it in, you put the waste pipe down the waste pipe outlet, you connect the new water inlet pipe back on and Bob's your Uncle.....
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!!!!!!!!!!
In my infinite wisdom I couldn't find the water stop cock so turned off the water at the pipe connection part (you know I don't know what I'm talking about because I don't know the real words for it)..
Next..was gushing water......lots and lots of gushing water....Oh the fool that I am...
But with my stealth like thinking I shoved said gushing pipe down the waste pipe and I could hear it flowing like a water fall outside into the drain, then prayed it wouldn't backup and overflow...
At this point I was very wet and a tad panicked so quickly phoned the emergency services, luckily Mum was in and hadn't yet gone into town.
The cavalry (Mum and Kevin) arrived almost immediately, closely followed by a man, who I can safely say was aglow with his heroic knowledge of turning off stopcocks that were boxed in behind units and had no handles on.......
Hail.....The Conquering Hero, .... TOM!!!!!
Not that you will ever read my blog Tom, but I want all to know that I am, and always will be in your debt...Not only did he stop the gushing water, he plumbed in the washing machine too.
And here she is, in all her light flashing, beeping programming button glory..


Finally, I will say that when I ordered it, I didn't think to measure the gap and see if it would even fit...oops, that was lucky!!



Monday, 7 June 2010

Mary, Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

I live with my cat, in a council flat, so how on earth would I know???

OK, I know that's not how it goes, but it's my blog and there's nothing you can do to stop me...

AGAIN, it's been a while.......did I say that last time??

So here we are, June already, how did that happen??

My garden overfloweth with, you guessed it, weeds......

Take a look....




In amongst this veritable jungle lies some spindly runner beans and some choked tomato plants. In the center, gasping for breath is a sunflower...



Never fear, should you sting yourself there is a plethora of dock leaves....



And plenty of grass to blow and make tunes with...



This is a make shift pond, where a frog quietly lay, then I accidentally trod on it.....
it made a sound like a yelp and it sat motionless and I watched with tears in my eyes and it breathed it's last breath, I even said a prayer for it's little froggy life as it slowly passed away......
Then it hopped off as if nothing happened, Grrrrr .....


Still, the strawberries are doing well...



The sweet peas and dahlias are looking as though they will burst open any moment...



And some handsome looking tomatoes...




Not to mention the orphan squash, doing quite nicely indeed...





I had two, quite tatty and leaky wheelbarrows, a few bags of compost and a ton of bedding plants bought from the children's school at half term. My back is quite poorly lately so I decided to plant them up rather than all the bending and kneeling to put them in the ground. (please excuse the trampoline poles)....



This is the other one, at the front are two strawberry plants as well.
(please excuse the bin bags).. Next year, I am definitely going to plant more in containers as I seem to be able to keep on top of them more than things in the vegetable plot, mostly as I have a poorly back, did I mention that??
I have been referred to the hospital, have had an MRI and await my results in the next two weeks so I'll let you know how it goes. In the mean time I suppose I had better get my gardening gloves on...




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