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Giving Thanks
Thursday, November 28, 2019      6 comments

As it's Thanksgiving in the States, I thought I'd join in and 'give thanks' for the good things that happened today rather than focus on the minor irritations.  Three double glazing firms came to see what windows I want.  Another is coming tomor... Read more
Base Camp Basics
Wednesday, November 27, 2019      5 comments

My all too brief visit home is over - time to get on with the work here at Base Camp.  I have largely been focusing on the basics.  Electrics, boiler, etc.  The window in the kitchen and in the smallest bedroom both need replacing so today I've ... Read more
I nearly forgot - again!
Tuesday, November 26, 2019      7 comments

My last 'official' weigh in was 26th August - the Monday before I left the old homestead.  I blogged about how I'd weighed in at Elaine's when I visited back in October.  Basically her scales said I'd lost 7lbs but obvs I couldn't be sure due to... Read more
I'm back again
Monday, November 25, 2019      6 comments

My weekend away was a bit of a mixed bag.  Thursday my ulcer started playing up and Friday it was even worse.  Meh!  I was going anyway come hell or high water.  Luckily [or unluckily really] Elaine also has an ulcer so she had some Omeprazole w... Read more
Thursday, November 21, 2019      7 comments

I mentioned I hurt my hand at the weekend.  I was just finishing the washing up and as I'd noticed something had been spilled on the microwave turntable, I figured I'd give that a wash too.  As I lifted the turntable out with my right hand, part... Read more
Wednesday, November 20, 2019      6 comments

The gas meter problem has been sorted thankfully.  Both the gas and the electric are on key meters here.  The day I moved in an engineer from the supplier came out to 'clear the debt' on the gas meter that the last occupant had left. Since then ... Read more
Trials and Tribulations at Base Camp
Tuesday, November 19, 2019      6 comments

The boiler installation was completed Thursday.  Hurrah.  Running hot water and central heating.  Just as Robert was finishing the job, The Worker [Friend?] and the courier turned up with the second hand kitchen so it was all a bit manic.  ... Read more
Bo Jo and Bob
Wednesday, November 13, 2019      6 comments

This is Bo Jo.   He was residing in my kitchen pretending to be a boiler.  Tbf he is a boiler.  Or was.  But he don't work no more.  He's named... Read more
Tuesday, November 12, 2019      3 comments

Sometimes something or someone comes in to your life that is just so 'right'.  Sometimes it's something you're looking for.  An outfit for a special occasion.  An item of furniture.  A pair of shoes.  A paint colour.  A new coat.  A job.  Or any... Read more
Scintillating at Sixty -Skin so Soft
Monday, November 11, 2019      5 comments

Five months to go. Eek!  The weeks and months are slipping by so fast.  And tbh I've been so focused on 'Base Camp' that I haven't given much thought to being Scintillating at Sixty.  I have been kind of getting back in to slapping on the m... Read more
Sunday, November 10, 2019      7 comments

Feeling uplifted by the positive use of the paint calculation site https://www.diy.com/help
ulator/Dev_npcart_100008.art I decided to try the same company's 'bathroom design site'. The bat... Read more
Remember the number you first thought of
Saturday, November 09, 2019      6 comments

I've been trying to calculate paint quantities today.  Came across a very useful site where you can put in the wall dimensions, plus any areas you don't need to paint [doors, windows, chimney breasts in my case] and so on.  You can even add in h... Read more
The Hub
Friday, November 08, 2019      6 comments

Turns out the electrician was here most of the day.  There were quite a few sockets and switches he had to replace.  Plus once he'd finished, he tested everything again.  All included in his original quote.  He also moved a light switch for me i... Read more
Thursday, November 07, 2019      5 comments

The electrician was booked for today and tomorrow.  Due to arrive at 9 a.m  but just beforehand he text to say he was on his way but stuck in traffic.  He arrived about 9.30 a.m very apologetic.  He was dealing with the main job - installing the... Read more
Red Sky
Wednesday, November 06, 2019      7 comments

Red sky at night - Shepherd's delight, red sky in the morning - Shepherd's warning.  So the old saying goes.  Woke up to this today - taken from my kitchen window.   ... Read more

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