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Old 28th August 2019, 08:23   #411
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Cool Time just flies past.......................

............................................... well, not really. Time stays still it’s just us getting older that time seems to move past at an alarming rate.

26 years ago today I stood before the registrar in Queen Victoria House in Barkingside Essex and said “I do” to my Val. Thank goodness she said “I do” as well. Not a day goes by that I do not forget that day. Made me the happiest man alive. Well things have changed now, Val took the hands of the Angels just over 9 years ago. As they life goes on.

Now in my new home I sit and ponder about the what if’s. But what has happened has made me stronger. And moving on as been slow, painfully slow. But today is the first day of my new life.

Yesterday I discovered a new garden centre, well Allen told me where it was. Tartan Down is the name of the centre, so down this narrow lane and into the garden centre. Not a commercial site but a privately run garden centre. All the plants are under huge poly tunnels. Spoke to a very nice man, the owner it turned out, about hanging baskets. Needed two to start with. He explained that it was the end of the season for the summer ones and advised me to come back in 6 weeks for the autumn ones would be ready.

I have taken down part of the trellis work around one of the lounge windows. The previous house owner had built his own trellis and had hung it on 4 brackets that sit about 8 inches from the wall. So that’s why I wanted the hanging baskets. I have kept the lower part of the trellis in place as I have a pretty Chinese Lantern plant growing there.
After leaving the garden centre I went to Callington via the narrow country lanes. Only met 3 cars on the way. Needed some shopping and there is a nice Tesco’s in Callington.

Collected from Debbie yesterday the last of the broken tiles and some hardcore, this ready to go into the greenhouse once the triffid dies off, sorry courgette plant expires. Then went round to Allen’s as he had a huge bag of slate for me to have, again to fill in the holes in the greenhouse. Allen was welding up the ballast plates for his boat he is rebuilding.
Tea? Said Val. Oh! Go on then. And Debbie must have heard the kettle whistling as she popped in on her way to the tip.

We sat and chatted before Debbie and Val left, going to the tip and collecting some gas from Screwfix for Allen to use. I also left Allen to finish off his welding.
Parked the Bear up outside the garage and unloaded the slate, had to half empty the bag before I could lift it.
Then got the Dyson vacuum cleaner and gave the Bear’s boot a clean.
Parked her back up in her parking space and went indoors to make some tea.

Then it was time to prepare dinner. Sausages, mash and corn on the cob. Makes a change to have corn instead of cabbage.

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Doing the same with our hanging baskets - the summer ones have suddenly gone all untidy - so will recover what we can - Fuschia’s transplant into the garden well usually - and repot with winter flowers.

Love Cornwall in the winter - I used to be a regular visitor on business years ago - always felt Cornwall “had it good” in that the Summers were fantastic and the winters specially ‘atmospheric’.
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Cool What a lovely day I have had spent...................

.............................................. with my niece Laura.

Laura along with her boyfriend Ollie and his mum Carol have been on holiday in Bude, staying at a friends cottage. And today they came to see me. We met at Louis Tea Rooms at Kit Hill on the outskirts of Callington. They have a hire car, one of those Hyundai i10's. On a 19 plate as well.

We had a nice lunch followed by a dessert which we all shared. I did intend to pay for the meal, with my new debit card, but Ollie beat me to it.
Then we took the cars, I had Banana today, up to the top of Kit Hill so that my guests could see Cornwall and Devon laid out like a giant carpet. The wind was sharp but the view is worth it.

Then we convoyed back to my home, Laura decided to ride with me. Glad of that as we could have our heart to heart chat, which we often have. She finds it easier to talk to me than to her Dad, Michael. She remarked how techty he had become over the last 6 months, I thought it may have had something to do with his impending eye operation that is happening next Tuesday.

We arrived back and I took them all on a guided tour of the house. They all loved the house and complimented me on how lovely the place was. They loved the garden and Carol said the kitchen was ideal. Tea was made by Laura and we sat and chatted. Then it was 5pm and my guest made their way back to the car. Having had one hug from Laura she came back and gave a second hug plus a kiss, and whispered in my ear "Thank You". Made me blush.

Just a text to say they are home now.
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Cool Owned the house.............................

......................................... 3 months now. Where has that gone? Only seems like yesterday I started house hunting. And where has the 15 months gone since I left dear old Barkingside. Feels like I have been here ages. Still discovering things in the house, like found another 3 power points in the kitchen in cupboards, no idea what they are for but they are live.

Miss ole Redfive as my workhorse, Bear works fine but guzzles the gas too much. Went around to Debbies this morning to collect more hardcore expecting it to be in bags but it was all loose. We put about half in the car but that will be the last time. Spent 2 hours cleaning the inside out, dust everywhere. I’ll still take the hardcore but not in the Bear anymore.

I know it’s not perfect but I’ve managed to get my back gate on. The frame was already made. So I bought some hinges and a sliding bolt lock this morning. Got the frame lined up using a couple of bricks to hold it in place. Got both sets of hinges in place before I snapped the drill bit. Popped along to Screwfix and bought another 3, not realising their is two drills in each packet. Still you cannot have enough drill bits.
As for the centre section on the gate, I took the old trellis apart and screwed the two sections on to the frame. Not perfect I know but it will hopefully stops someone’s dog leaving me parcels.

Think it must be someone who lets their dog off of the lead and late at night. It’s only been happening in the last 10 days, so either someone new to the area or someone taking a different route. Still hopefully my barrier will stop it happening again.
Planted out some more bulbs, Lady of the night Tulips, Snow Crocus, Snowdrops,
Honey bells and Snakes Head Fritillary’s. Re-located 6 Gladioli to the front of the house. Re-sited some of the strawberry plants. Once the greenhouse is sorted then I’ll growing all sorts of stuff.

I phoned Michael to wish him well for his eye op today. He apologised for being a pain on our holiday up to Ledbury a few weeks ago. Transpires it was a serious problem at his workplace, some of the blame was put onto Michaels shoulders but he had done no wrong. Hopefully it’s all now sorted and he will be back to his old self.
Going up in a few weeks time, going to a surprise birthday party, the chap who’s birthday it is has just returned from living in Australia. He has lived there for over 60 years. Been back once, and that was the last time I saw him over 30 years ago.

We’ve kept in touch, birthdays, Xmas cards and suchlike plus the occasional phone call. We did try the ole webcam but I could never get it to work right. Still we got a laugh out of it.
I’m not sure why he has returned to the UK after all of these years but I expect I’ll hear all about it.

Well that’s me lot for now.

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Cool I only went for a haircut....................

.......................................... around Allen n Val’s house, ended up staying the day and learnt about welding from both Allen n Matt.
Still got my haircut from Debbie, who is a qualified hairdresser. She also cut her Mums hair and tidied up Allen’s.

Allen was having problems welding up his keel ballast plates. He has done one ok but was struggling with the second one. So Allen spoke to Matt who offered to come down and have a go at finishing off the welding.
So after the haircuts Debbie was taking Val shopping, just as they left so Matt turned up. I made Matt, Allen and myself a cuppa. My plan was to have my tea then leave and go home and paint my gate.

But it did not work out like that as I got to learn about welding. I have had a go at welding back in the year dot with the old oxygen and aceterlyn gas system. Could never get on with arc welding but the system that Matt and Allen were using fascinated me. Gas and wire is the best way to describe it. I know it has a technical name but it eludes me for now.
The keel ballast plates weigh in at about 2 cwt each. So having Matt there was a bonus for Allen.

As turning the plates was easier with two rather than Allen either struggling on his own. He does have a heavy engine hoist but it’s long winded in getting, and setting it up.
I watched why they fitted new and bottom plates. Heated and hammered into place. Then drilled and bolted to pull the new pieces into place. The under the lip plates bend in one direction and the top plate bends in another direction. Amazed at watching the clamps, heating, hammering, drilling, welding and bolting the plates together.
In between all this I was making the tea, holding the various drill bits, hanging onto the butane heating torch and sweeping up.

One of Allen’s friends popped in just as Allen was off to Screwfix to get two new 13mm drill bits. Then Val and Debbie came back. More tea? Oh! Go on then. Now on my 5th mug of tea. We chatted with Allen’s friend.
Soon Allen was back and the drilling could get started again. Debbie went off to see how the workmen were getting on at her bungalow. She had the plasterers, plumbers and electrician working today.
Allen’s friend left and Val announced that lunch was ready. I only came round for a haircut and now I was eating lunch and drinking more tea.

After lunch Allen and Matt went back to work whilst I helped Val to clear up. Val washed and I wiped. Soon everything was put away.
Now the reason that Allen was having trouble with the welding was due to the mask. It has a lightness/darkness adjustable window. Allen had somehow darkened the window, along with is tinted glasses it was too dark to see. But Matt had shown him what the problem was.

So with more tea being drunk whilst I watched the last bolt being tightened up. The wind had picked up and it was starting to turn a lot cooler so Allen called it a day. Matt has a hours drive home, and what with the kids back at school the traffic would be heavy.
I swept up whilst Allen and Matt put the welder and gas safely away. Tools and drills were stowed and it was time for Matt and I to leave. Takes me less than 3 minutes to drive home. Takes longer to park up.

(I should point out that the welder and mask belonged to Matt which Allen was borrowing).

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Cool Got a lovely compliment.............

............................... from two neighbours from the cul-de-sac across the road from me. Said that they both love how I have turned the back garden to an area of bursting colours. They often stop and have a peek in, well they did until I put the gate on. Now they have to look through the gate.
I said they could always open the gate and look in but they no to that, privacy is important they said.

Everyone that walks past, obviously I have to be outside to hear, all say hello. Whether they walking the dog or taking the kids to school. A very friendly bunch around here.
No-one has moved in next door yet. Nor have I seen anyone around to view it either, although I’m not looking out the window all the time.
Got the chap coming back next Thursday to fit my Venetian blinds, so I’ll see less.

Once home, I’m off my travels tomorrow, the next big job I need to get done is getting the bath taken out and a shower cubicle put in. Getting harder and harder to climb over the side of the bath plus there are no handles to hold onto.
Nothing wrong with the rest of the bathroom though. Other than that not much needs to be done.

Oh! Well back to watching the box. Early night to night.
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Cool Been here 106 days now..................

....................................... and cooking my first proper roast dinner. Peeled and par boiled the spuds, prepared the joint of pork with some salt on the fat to make some cracklings although I’m not a great fan of it and peeled the sprouts. Gravy to add and then it’s nose bag time. Dessert is an apple and all washed down with some cranberry juice and tonic.

Glyn came on Thursday to fit my Venetian blinds, 2 in the lounge, 1 in the kitchen, 1 on the upstairs landing and 1 each in the two spare bedrooms. Although the blinds fitted OK the finishing plinths did not. Only one was the correct size the rest were too short. So he had to order the replacements. So he came back Saturday and fitted all but one, again the wrong size. So have to wait for the last one to be fitted.

Figured out that the walls in the dining room, inside, were plasterboard and not brick as I first thought. So now I have managed to get more pictures up, mainly Banana’s awards. Also put up my smoke alarm in the lounge.
Up in the second bedroom I have now put on the window ledge my 1/12th scale Jaguar XJ220 collection, 7 cars and all in custom built display cases.
Moved one of the 1/8th scale Lamborghinis out and onto the widow ledge on the landing. Looks the part sitting there.
Allen is going to come round and put my wooden surround mirror up, needs to be straight and not crooked.

The gardens are all sorted out, done the weeding in the week. Grass is also cut, and the triffid in the greenhouse has been watered.
Garage needs sorting out, need to get the rocks out to start building my rock garden.
Bought a steam cleaner last Saturday and now we really clean floors, never realised how grubby they were. The mop has an attachment that allows you to clean carpets, will give this a try on my rug first making sure I get it right.
After all the breakdown sagas from last weekend I treated Banana to clean inside and out.

Washed the Loud One as well. She goes into the garage on Tuesday to have a rattle sorted out. But she is still running sweet, nearly on 62k miles. Needs claying at some point, will get this done before the bad weather sets in.

That’s it for now as dinner is nearly ready.

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