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  • …grayblog…- separating the wanted from the unwanted » home and garden

    Sunday 26 June 2011


    fountain by William Pye at Clinton lodge

    We visited a couple of gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme today. I’d thoroughly recommend it – a chance to wander around gardens that are normally not open to the public and to give a few pounds to thoroughly good causes in the process. And to drink tea and eat fine cake.

    This is the fountain at Clinton Lodge, designed by William Pye. We now have serious fountain envy.

    Friday 4 December 2009

    Chain saw spares update

    From last week.

    Inevitably, they have sent me the wrong component. Well, kinda. They have sent me the component that corresponds with the part number that I used when ordering. However, the part number on the key to the exploded parts diagram is incorrect. I have emailed them and said that I consider them to be at fault and have requested that they send the correct item FOC. We’ll see what happens.

    (Aside: I’ve always loved the notion of exploded diagrams. KABLOOIEEE!)

    Monday 2 March 2009

    The Disaster Zone

    The title of this post reflects the name that my uncle has for our household. Thanks Ted.

    So far this year:

    For goodness sake, can we just have a simple life where everything bloody well works?

    Friday 2 January 2009

    Time flying

    It only took until around 7.15pm today, 2nd January, for me to say to Hels: "bloody hell, the year is flying past already!"

    2009 is certainly going to be interesting, potentially dramatic and quite possibly bloody terrifying. As Gordon put it, we will all get there by the end of 2009, but it might be useful to know where "there" is.

    Meanwhile, we have "reduced lighting" in our conservatory as the electricians have been (i.e. my father and brother) in preparation for the replacement of our conservatory this week. You’d think that replacing a conservatory would not be something to tackle in times of financial uncertainty, but this qualifies as a distress purchase due to the fact that water has been pouring in and it is about to collapse. It’s only costing us <cough> thousand pounds, but it does mean that we are the conservatory company’s new best friends. It will, at least, let in more light and reduce drafts – so we should be more energy efficient, at least by a small bit.


    Other thrift measures in place include:

    Are you saving cash?

    Sunday 21 September 2008


    Miffy takes a ride on Pedro

    Miffy: Giddyup!

    Pedro: Geddoff!