The life and adventures of a mildly dotty old bird.
The Tickling Stick
I found this on Pinterest [a place representing an endless opportunity to pursue displacement activities!] and it made me guffaw for it happens to me regularly....in my case it's a most gorgeous young rescue Staffie called Bunty who belongs to my friend S. When I house sparkle for S Bunty regularly quietly steals the feather duster and then gallops off into the garden with it. I also have another marvellous tea leaf who is a black flat coated retriever called Fleur who half inches my cleaning clothes when she thinks I am paying her insufficient attention. It's these moments that add to the joy of my house sparkling elf joblets...I really genuinely do love what I do!
I'm not offering anything in the way of wit or wisdom [as if!] this Friday....just good wishes for an excellent weekend and a slice of calorie free chocolate cake. A family member had a birthday last weekend. Arilx
Phew I've just spent an amazing Morris weekend watching two local sides dancing [as part of the May day celebrations Broadwood Morris dance in a local church!] and performing with Mythago as part of the Sweeps Festival in Rochester. Over lunchtime I popped into the cathedral and found this huge 13m oak table on display in the nave. Aside from its size the most surprising thing is it has been made from a piece of 5000 year old black bog oak which was discovered purely by chance preserved in the peat of Wissington Fens in 2012. Due to its year of discovery coinciding with the Diamond Jubilee it was named the Jubilee Oak. If this was only a section heaven only knows how big the original tree must have been. This type of oak is the densest native hardwood and the only naturally black one. I was interested to learn that it also gives a unique sound when made into musical instruments and is much sought after for that reason. Maybe not surprisingly it took nine months to dry the wood out
"Why?" you might well be asking yourself is she showing us a picture of a microwave with a pile of stuff. TYM is moving from his shared house into a furnished flat in another town next month [still renting] and due to the insurance on the property there are a few mobile items with plugs that you have to provide yourself. That in itself really isn't news. He has decided to buy himself a microwave, a toaster and a vacuum cleaner. Although his salary has increased with his recent promotion so have his necessary outgoings so he has to be mindful when spending. Only a couple of weeks ago I found out that there's a local house clearance company who are trying to improve the reputation of the business by not just throwing everything they can't sell into landfill. Instead they offer items within a specified area for free which you can ask for on their FB page. If they select you they then drop it off on your doorstep for free when they're working or travelling en rout