Monday 30 August 2010

Hello, I'm back

I haven’t blogged for a while as I’ve had a bit of a low with my ME/Chronic Fatigue and little Lily’s had a week long tummy bug, meaning lots of carpet cleaning (eugh) and an expensive trip to the vets. After lots of rest I’m getting back on my feet and Lily’s feeling much better and thoroughly enjoying her probiotic meat paste.
I hope everybody’s having a lovely Bank Holiday. It was a nice surprise to wake up to sunshine this morning and I may even get on with planting my newbiscus. I’m definitely not green fingered and have no idea what type of plants to buy for the garden, other than lavender, lavender and more lavender, but the sign on the newbiscus stating ‘XXL Flowers’ made me buy it. I could also do with mowing my lawn but embarrassingly I still haven’t bought a lawn mower. Up until now this hasn’t been a problem because my cousin’s home from uni until the end of September and since he had decided not to get a summer job he was easily bribed with £10 to bring his mum’s mower over and do my quite large lawn. However, he realised (rather late) that having no job meant he was limited in what he could laze about doing and apparently he’s bored of watching ‘Four Weddings’ and the Disney Channel and now has a job.

So now I’m forced to do my own lawn, which I’m quite terrified of having never mowed a lawn before. So why wasn’t a lawn mower on my list of essentials when moving into a house with a big lawn? Well, as I explained to my friend yesterday, I haven’t bought one for exactly the same reason I have a TV that’s probably older than me, I hate spending money on things that aren’t for decorative purposes. She reminded me that for most people it would be the other way around. I have recently bought a new laptop, but I think that’s totally different since my Netbook was on its last legs with wires hanging out of the back and a great big crack where the hinge should have been, and I lived in fear of not being able to access the internet. I don’t really live in fear of getting lost in my very long lawn, although I probably should. Hmm, I suppose I really should buy one, but £60 on something with a very boring purpose?

Sunday 8 August 2010

A Tough Decision and More House Stuff

I’ve made a tough decision and have decided to sell my Vintage at Goodwood tickets. I so wanted to go, but decided that finishing the new house should come first and having already had an amazing holiday to New York this year and lots of mini breaks, I couldn’t really justify spending more money enjoying myself. They’re worth £300 with their camping passes and I have just sold them on Ebay for £140, which can go towards getting my front garden turned into a parking spot. Originally I had intended the front to be a little courtyard garden, but with visitor’s parking scarce I’ve decided to have the ground made ok for a car and some stones put down, with an old sleeper acting as a kerb/separator between the parking spot and a couple of vintage Belfast sinks.
Lily's Had Her Hair Cut
 I’m also in the process of putting slate down around my shed and in some of the flower beds to make them look a bit neater. All the untidy woodchip was driving me mad and the previous owners had left me eight big bags of slate behind the shed. I also desperately want a vintage caravan for the back garden and I definitely have the space, but how to get one in when you’re surrounded by houses and gardens? Most people would give up at this point but my eccentric family said ‘no problem, just get a crane to drop it in’, so in a year or so, a crane it will be. I’d eventually love one like the one below, but will need to be looking for a reasonably priced one that needs some TLC. After all, it doesn’t need to be road worthy, since it will be going nowhere once it’s plonked into my back garden. There’s a lovely old caravan sat on a driveway near my uncles house and I’m very tempted to pop a note through the door suggesting they sell it to me, lol.

Last weekend I had a stall at the monthly Bicycle Basket Bazaar. We set up outside All Saints Church in Northampton and it was a lovely venue with lots of customers. The nice weather was a bonus too, with us all watching the sky for signs of any dark clouds. Everyone commented on how lovely my stall looked, but unfortunately I’d forgotten my camera. This neon swimming costume was hung across my bike’s handle bars. It has a lovely low back, buttons on the shoulders, formed chest and a little skirt. I love it.

I’ve also been spending a bit of time organising the house and have had my very sweet Hetty Hoover arrive.

My bedside table and Elvis Teddy Bear. He even plays 'Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear'

Scarves, bangles and pretty china plates loaded with earrings