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A damp patch.

Warm, 18°C, windy with a few showers. In one corner of my living room is a damp patch in the wallpaper. Coincidentally, it’s above a ventilation vent. It’s the vent that housed a wasps’ nest last year, if you remember. … Continue reading

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Rolling out the green carpet.

14°C, sunny to start. Turf rolls are best staggered to make the joins less vulnerable.​ This photo was taken at lunchtime, which means rolling out took about two hours, plus a bit. The final step is to seive fine topsoil … Continue reading

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Laying a lawn II

16°C, sunny and dry. So far, the topsoil is down and level. I’m writing this while I wait for the sprinkle of water to sink in. The top soil arrived yesterday was very dry and quite dusty. In fact, it … Continue reading

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How many barrows?

18°C, sunny with some heavy showersDelivery: this time, the lorry can’t get around the back. All those years ago, I had 6 tons of gravel delivered to cover the mud lawn. When I used to have dogs, they would run … Continue reading

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How do I get those down?

17°C, set fairApple tree: it’s in a poor state really. Lower branches are dead or scrawny. There are some good looking fruit at the top. I suppose a skilled arborist would have cut the tree so it would grow more … Continue reading

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Shower doors can explode.

Tempered glass doors sometimes can shatter violently. It only takes a slight flaw, a break, a scratch or an imperfection.​ Ours burst with a roar about ten minutes after going to bed. Nobody was in the bathroom and the door … Continue reading

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Moss.

5°C, sunny but something is changing These things are charming. I’m some books, mosses are categorised as primitive plants (non-vascular, and like the lichens, they don’t have roots). That means, as a group,  they’re actually very old. Their sophistication is … Continue reading

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Wasps’ nest

7°C, sunny and dry. Light wind. Remember that wasp nest in my house last summer? I decided to investigate it today. The tent was ready to pull open after I cleared the nearby ivy. The interior volume was filled with … Continue reading

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Winter, a Saturday.

1°C, light wind but heavy rain. Winter, a respite from the cold and a day to recover from work.​

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Punctured night.

5°C, light NE, no rain but damp roads. I rode mustang with MapMyRide+! Distance: 26.82km, time: 01:38:33, pace: 3:40min/km, speed: 16.33km/h. http://mapmyride.com/workout/1891190354 It’s not always obvious what to do when you notice the first signs of a puncture. If it’s dark … Continue reading

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