Clean-up

16°C, brisk SW. Dry and grey.
Half-term break: is a time to clean up. It’s only been two weeks since the lodger moved out, but I am in the process of discovering problems he left behind. Rug Doctor is a carpet shampoo machine which I have rented to clean the his room as well as others. There are wine stains and other spilt drinks; some on the mattress. They cleaned up remarkably well.

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I have am idea for the staircases – stripey carpets. Then, in each room, it’s possible to put replacement carpets that match one of the stripe colours.

Never again will I allow a lodger to keep a pet. His lizards ran up the electricity bill and the rabbit made the room stink (plus a damaged patch on the carpet).

New lodger.

12C, light cloud.
He moved in tonight but has come with food poisoning. It’s probably the sea-food. Hope he survives the night.
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Powis Castle- my favourite artemesia plants did not make it through last winter. A few sheltered plots near here didn’t kill them off. So, I need to think carefully about where to put these new ones.
Artemesia Absintheum is a real favourite of mine soIl was not happy to see these plants flounder. At this time of year, view have the strongest scent. On that theme, I bought a fennel to go with it. The hope is that it will grow into a full sized shrub.

Forsythia

6°C, cold bright start.
Lodgers: is there something in the lodger-landlord relationship that resembles a parent-child one?
“I see you have helped yourself to my laundry tablets, would you replace them in the next few days. They are not actually part of the deal.”
In fairness, this lad doesn’t depend on my shopping and then put empty boxes and bottles back in my cupboard. There must be something that turns an otherwise adult male into a teenager though. It’s like a pet dog that behaves like a puppy when they want food.
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New lodger.

3C, grey, easterly.
We have a new lodger. I have put in new door locks.

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Winter is coming back for a reprise to annoy us. Wood is cut and scuttle filled.
Today- much mending. I planed two interior doors: this is the path to a unique pleasure from opening and closing doors. What else? Fitted a lockable catch in the study door- with was not the most competent job I have done. There is more, but I won’t bore you further.