Wednesday, 14 November 2018

powered wheelbarrow

We've found a powered wheelbarrow a new home..it hadn't worked for at least five years,probably more, but the tyres were still well inflated.
We cut grass and do jobs for this off grid smallholding in the hills south of here, but now her husband has died she has decided that living ten miles and more from people is too much.
House hunting hasn't gone too well for her so far..she wants to be nearer "civilization" ...but not right in the middle of it!




Our friend has taken it back to the Kingdom of Fife...

and it starts!

Now to finish restoring it and finding its history.

a breezy walk


We grabbed the weather window...and went for a walk..just around Hannahston, the local nature reserve.









We were out for an hour and as we returned the wind was rising again and the rain returning.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

cars and electronics!

After safely carrying us  about 1500 miles, a round trip of 900 miles to stay with my brother plus visiting relatives from there....the car's clutch decided that it didn't want ANY gear...but just half a mile from home...so lucky!

We could have done without the expense only two weeks before travelling!!

Back to bus travelling ..no bad thing,we have to use our local services or lose them.

I'm sorting through all the various "lectronic liquorice" to work out which leads and plugs to take with us,and which leads work to get pictures on here....

 perpetual motion personified...granddaughter Woodchip


a bunch of frogs...in Cafe 50 in Yeovil


I'm quite proud of the papering and tiling I've done...plus repainting the gift we received of kitchen shelves.

Next to find the lead that will work with the camera that Brother has lent to me!

We're working on which bags to take...and re-checking the fine print on our internal flight, I saw that the carry on bags have to TOTAL 7kg...unlike our main flight which is 7kg plus a handbag....teaching us to travel lighter!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Shop Tidying

I've put the Etsy shop on holiday...no point getting sales when I can't send items out..and cleared out all from Ebay except those being watched, and sent a nudge to the watchers. They have 8 hours to respond...

With all the nibbling off of fees for this and that I'm going off ebaying, and etsy finances are no longer simple..It is supposed to be, by combining all the ins and outs in one place and time. However monthly bills were far clearer.

I'll be able to put my mind to organising selling work when we return...hopefully!
Then I can get the bigger camera mended, possibly..it may cost more to have new "brains" in a digital camera than buying a new one!   Meanwhile I have the loan of a smaller camera which will be good for travelling, and an early present of a new tablet computer so that I have less to carry..a 17" screen laptop takes a lot of room!

Time to learn how to get images from the new image takers onto the computer!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

return..and catching up.

We've seen half of my offspring and grandkids, and a third of Pirate's...sadly no grandkids...

We get accused of wanting everybody to fit in with our plans, but those saying that, ignore the fact that we are trying to fit in with all of theirs...Co-ordinating all that lot, especially when they don't give you all the information needed for planning (and complain afterwards) isn't easy!!

Full marks to those who helped .

We collected a heavy duty bike stand from near Grange over Sands..a twenty mile detour..for The OilyOne to use in his role as main mechanic for Pedalpower Cardiff. If you put an e-bike or Nextbike
on an ordinary bike stand the weight just makes it slide down,so this will make their work easier.

Presents of my jam and chutney were given and useful items passed on in various directions.
 In return I've brought back a stainless steel breadbin, small jamjars ( I run out of those as they are good for "end of batch" pots and presents) and some upholstery fabric and curtain lining fabric !

It was sad to not see everyone, but illness, inconvenience and non-communication can't be helped.
We'll just have to see them next year.  Why is it usually us that travels?  Mostly  it is because they are thankfully in work or education, so we are thankful for that.

We gave my brother's blockwork drive its annual weed and clean in return for looking after us and sharing the visiting driving whilst down with him.  Our car still racked up over 1500 miles...
But having a relaxed base where we could muck in and not have to be on "best behaviour" was marvellous!!

He is lucky to live in an area well endowed with artists of all kinds, and I had an afternoon out with him...visiting Yandles woodyard in Martock,with its wood and toolstore,craft materials shop, gallery and cafe. Then John Leach's pottery in Muchelney and Paul Jessop and Marion Lewis at Barrington Pottery..a pity that Barrington Court was itself closed, it being a Winter mid-week visit. We can earmark that for another visit! 
Brother gave Paul an order for plates...they'll fit in nicely with what he already has in the kitchen.

After a long drive home, 14 hours including a couple of traffic jams and some decent stops, we are home.

A day out straight away was vetoed..after a week away there is much washing and catching up to do.
We are running out of days to organise trip details too,although mostis falling into place nicely.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

panic!

Pirate tidying the garden and mowing OUR grass...makes a good change!
Sorting bags of apples and preserves and presents to give to various offspring.
Now to pack my bag...off to see family...

The bad thing about it? Lots of driving.  I'll be glad when Pirate has his cataracts sorted,but as everywhere money is short and waiting lists are long..and unfortunately you have to be worse off before being treated.

Maybe you say its your choice to live so far North.....maybe...but we are happier and far better off in many ways here in Scotland.   We also have a very good deal with our rent,so can't afford to move.
At least now, more family members are enjoying visiting us!

Work...

I bought a pair of gloves in a well known DiY store yesterday...neatly folded inside were the Manual Instructions....!!

We collected eight breeze blocks in exchange for grass cutting yesterday.

Somehow I'm hoping that today's job will be cancelled..from icy chill the weather has turned to cold and decidedly damp.