Monthly Archives: January 2014

UFO or WIP

UFO or WIP

We all have them, those UFOs (unfinished objects) that we like to refer to as WIP (work in progress).  Except that they are not, in progress that is.  They are sitting in a box (what did I say about storage boxes) or a “craft bag” (aka black hole of UFOs).  And they are not making ... Read More
 
on the final leg

on the final leg

Back inside again today.  Which shows piss poor planning as it is a lovely day and perfect for clearing out the outbuildings; which we opted to do in the cold and rain. Having taken another carload of books to Amina we had a look at the heaving bookcases in the Gin Gan and started all ... Read More
 
the bottomless pit…

the bottomless pit…

Today we moved outside.  We cleared two of the back outbuildings yesterday but they were relatively straightforward.  Today we headed into the boiler house and courtyard.  This is mostly garden/building/tools/OMG what do we do with this rubbish. I have to confess that I lost some of yesterday’s enthusiasm as I tried to restore order in ... Read More
 
if you have a storage box…

if you have a storage box…

… you will fill it. Today we have started on the outbuildings.  While the Boss emptied plastic storage containers of stuff we didn’t need I filled them with books to take to Borderline Books.  I have no intention of taking them home again but I think Amira can actually put them to good use. While ... Read More
 
in only half a day….

in only half a day….

How the mighty are fallen.  Operation Purge 2013 went remarkably well.  The house has taken on a new lease of life, I am loving my considerably more modest wardrobe and even the Christmas decorations were cut by half and rehomed this year. But, and there is always a “but”.  Not all is quite as it ... Read More
 

hair and there

Today was “hair day” on 40+ Style Challenge.  I challenge ANY woman to declare that she has not wasted hours wishing her hair was finer/thicker/longer/curlier/straighter.  There is a lot that a good hairdresser and a good cut can do but few of us have a hairdresser at our beck and call.  We are the DIY ... Read More
 
do your shoes cut the mustard?

do your shoes cut the mustard?

    I am no spring chicken.  I am not yet ready to move into elasticated waist slacks (though should I live long enough it may well come and I do not knock them) but there are certain styles that would shriek “mutton” and “lamb” if I were to step out in them But that ... Read More
 
behind the wardrobe door

behind the wardrobe door

The wardrobe is usually the first place I go when I feel the urge to declutter, yet this past year has shown me that either I was a rubbish declutterer or my wardrobe was of colossal proportions.  I suspect there is truth in both.  So last year I gutted my wardrobe, my scarves, my jumpers, ... Read More
 
upcycle  from cardigan to cat bed

upcycle from cardigan to cat bed

Time for a break.  It’s the weekend, it’s cold and wet (well here anyway).  I’m feeling not so much, “let’s get up and go” as “let’s stay by the fire and so something crafty, or read a book or just sleep, nodding off to the gentle rhythm of the snore of the newfie”. Since the ... Read More