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Mobile phone.

I’ve come back from my hiking trip in Scotland annoyed with my phone. I have an old 3G Samsung Mini 3III. There are two main problems: 1/ the screen is unreadable in summer sunshine, 2/ sometimes, the notification sounds and … Continue reading

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Plumbing, is this the most annoying DIY job?

Very warm, sunny and close. 24°C. Before: It leaked, left rusty marks and was difficult to remove. I ended up removing the whole sink to get at the rusty bolts. How much better is this? A clean route, new pipes … Continue reading

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Stripped.

9°C rain all day until evening. Decorating: finished stripping the wallpaper in the master bedroom. The aim is to get the walls perfect so wallpapering is a doddle. The plaster round the new electrics needs a skim then I’m ready … Continue reading

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Plastering

8°C, rain all day. The old techniques are coming back. Since my skills are rather rusty, I decided to buy base coat plaster and then layer skim coat over another day. That skim needs to be smooth and that’s the … Continue reading

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Frogs have left the pond.

6°C, grey. No activity at The Pond today. This is what I think happened: last week, there were 10 males at the pond. Waiting, they would occasionally say “gribbit”. My suggestion is that they were staking out the pond waiting … Continue reading

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Eek, a Leak!

Rain, 6°C Not moved into my new house yet but did call in to drop some stuff there. I decided to switch on the mains water. While eating a sandwich, I could hear dripping. That is a sickening sound to … Continue reading

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Something in the water is watching.

12°C, sun and light rain. Something in this pond is watching. There were two ripples from their dive for cover as I approached. Yesterday there was a glassy eye, a frog I think. Actually, two. That’s great for such a … Continue reading

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I’m in.

6°C, after a snowy start, the next was vigorous. A chance to try something seen at my old house, an igloo. The snow wasn’t really suitable, it refused to compact densely. The roof fell in before this photo. Anyway, the … Continue reading

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Mine.

7°C, sun with few showers. I get the keys tomorrow. Maybe, I should blog about its modernisation here. The long wait is over, now the hard work begins.

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In the neighbourhood..

7°C, brisk SE, building rain. Marshside Beach only 1km from my new house. Between here and my place are some brackish lagoons administered by the RSPB. What a bleak and melancholic day. This panorama shows the empty feel of the … Continue reading

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