First thing Sunday morning is always a really bad time for trying to get on the Internet. It must be outside the house – the BT line – because there is no reason otherwise that a Sunday morning should be so hard. It’s annoying. I shall have to investigate the new ‘Superfast Broadband’ via fibre-optic that they are advertising. Somehow I doubt it will be free. And talking of money…
The Kitchen – A Progress Report
Perhaps it might be better to label this a regress report. The good news is that we have the freezer freezing, the fridge fridging and the stove stoving and, hopefully, by the end of today I will have the cooker hood up and working. The bad news is that we have a leaking pipe to add to the one in the bathroom (which two different plumbers have had a go at fixing – unsuccessfully). This pipe is before the mains stop cock within the house. And the mains stop cock in the road has been asphalted over last time they did the pavement. Apparently it is no longer the Water Authority’s responsibility to pr0vide and outside one. So, in order to mend the pipe – which has been causing a lake under the kitchen and dining room – we have to have a new mains stop tap installed at our own expense. Once that’s done the leak can be fixed and a new indoor mains stop tap (also faulty) fitted. Please, don’t even ask about the sink unit…
I am taking a sneaky break from working on the kitchen and looking through some photos from earlier this year. Outside the wind is howling and the rain is lashing down so the job I had planned for today has been abandoned. I had aimed to sort out the shed (known to us as the Wendy House to distinguish it from the garden shed at the bottom of the garden). I need to do so in order to be able to make some kitchen cabinets in there. In order to even get inside the Wendy House half of its contents will have to be spread around the garden and today is not a day for doing that.
Partner-who-loves-tea is not drinking tea at the moment. At least, not black tea. Herbal ones, instead. She's poorly. Despite an anti-flu shot (her first ever) this year she has flu. She is so poorly she not only cancelled a social engagment she was looking forward to but also gave her studnets a day off. She has to be poorly to be that generous to her students - she works them hard!
We came across this car in Stornoway earlier in the year. There’s nothing like making your car unique, is there?
Knigtshayes Court – the Walled Garden
It’s wet and windy and most of the pretty autumn leaves have now been blown off the trees so I thought I’d show you some photos from our trip to Knigtshayes Court in Devon in early October. These are not the main gardens – just the walled kitchen garden. It’s the largest walled garden I have ever seen.
(This can be clicked on to read about the garden)
All that, and more, within one walled garden!