The compost bin I was so excited to get started arrived damaged, so I’m waiting to hear what will happen with it. For the best part of the week it just sat in the middle of the lawn, sad. Having requested a refund from the company, they want to send a courier to collect the broken thing (?!), so I spent some time yesterday packing it up for collection. A great deal more carefully than it arrived packaged, I might add!
I wasn’t expecting it until early September, then it arrived! Broken! Who knew composting would be such an emotional roller-coaster?!
On Monday I finished The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and started Who Did You Tell?, the second book by localish author Lesley Kara. I enjoyed the first (The Rumour) somewhat and I expected to find this one just as OK. Actually, I enjoyed this one much more than the first; I think it had a lot more depth? I enjoyed the plot concept more, anyway. There’s a third book coming too, which I will probably also read. I finished that one yesterday and started The Guts by Roddy Doyle. I am enjoying it as I will always enjoy a Roddy Doyle book, and this is a continuation of the Barrtytown trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van), so I’m already invested.
I’ve finished my knobs! Here’s the final five:
I also took some process pictures, which I could share if anyone is interested?
On telly, I’m still working my way through Shrill (meh) and The Detectorists. I’m really loving the latter – it’s set in Essex and filmed in Framlingham, Suffolk, and really, really looks and feels like it. The show is hilarious and touching and really well written and the music is very sweet.
The dishwasher saga continues! I [unexpectedly! Oops!] won a new-to-me dishwasher on ebay and fetched it on Thursday and have spent the last few days and nights trying to get the thing plumbed in. It leaks. I have used all the rags and towels in the house at least 3 times over, mopping up the kitchen floor. I think something connecty has come adrift inside and I will have to call the nice man out again. I will get this thing working!
Edit: I called the nice man: he’s on holiday until the 17th! Ugh!
On Friday and Saturday Bean and I went swimming at a new-to-us beach and it was absolutely lovely and super convenient with very easy parking.
We had this wee bay pretty much to ourselves which was lovely. The first day I went in in my bikini! The next day was not so warm so I wore my wetsuit. I would never, ever in a thousand years have ever thought I would even wear shorts a couple of years ago, let alone actually being in public in a bikini. Or in private, for that matter. Not giving a f*ck with age was promised to me by older, wiser folk and I never thought it possible, yet here I am! I try not to dwell on all the years I didn’t feel the sun on my skin.
On Saturday we were bobbing along, enjoying our swim, when we heard… A paradiddle! After another few minutes actual, sustained drumming. We got out and walked around the bay to find out what was occurring and found a bunch of teens making a music video on the next beach! As none of the other instruments or singer were mic’ed we could really only hear the drums from the distance, but it was such a nice thing to see. We watched for a while with a small crowd, some of whom were genuinely annoyed about a band being on completely empty beach – miseries! Later on we could see them from our beach, filming on the groyne – it really made me smile.
On Friday night I finally finished fixing my chair!
It’s held up so far – I’m posting from it! I won’t be sewing anything much until my blistered thumb has recovered! Many thanks for your kind comments on my mending ❤️
Now im looking forward to getting on with some actual making, rather than endless fixing – I hope I’ve not jinxed it now! What could possibly go wrong next??
Bean’s Brownies walking total has been bumped up a little with a 6+ walk into town and back on Saturday. She needs to do a couple of additional Brownies activities over the summer and she picked the Baking badge. Needing some ingredients, she suggested we walk to get some miles in as well,which I am always happy to encourage.
Gosh, that was a long, hot walk! It was lovely to sit by the river in a merciful breeze before heading home! So now the grand walking total is 37.939 miles! Not pictured: blackberries picked (so early in the year!!) and cooking apples scrumped along the way.
Yesterday we stayed home and relaxed and baked! We made a blackberry and apple crumble for part one of the badge and some dragon biscuits for the second…
Far too hot for baking frankly! The sugar cookies recipe we used, and halved, still made a metric ton of dough and despite our best efforts it still rose too much for the cut shapes to slot together easily, but we had fun doing it, I guess.
This morning we headed back to the beach again, having a brilliant 2 hours of splashing about with B, hurrying home in time for me to have a Zoom meeting with my new manager from work.
Work, that is my dayjob, has been the biggest challenge of this week that’s felt like nothing has gone right. I’ve been furloughed since late March which was difficult in itself, because I was the only member of my team furloughed for months and that felt like a value judgement on my work, which I had cared about very deeply. On Tuesday last week I was informed by HR that I would be having a meeting with my two Directors on Thursday afternoon. No further details, just that. So I felt sick with anxiety for over 48 hours, worrying that I’d lose my job, wondering if I was being redeployed… In the end it was exactly that. A new team has been created and I’m part of it. I’m honestly not especially keen on the work or the team but I am, above all else, so very grateful that I’m still employed. Looking for work when you’re employed is a very privileged position and I’m thankful for that, at least.
So today’s meeting… I sat through all 60 minutes of it with my wet bikini in under my clothes – we only just made it home in time! Ha! I already have an OK relationship with my new manager, we understand each other pretty well and he’s a good guy, so there’s that. I have pretty serious reservations about my new work; it is even further removed from what I want to be doing than before (which was at least aligned with what I’m experienced in and qualified for), but as I say: I can be looking for new opportunities – such as they are at this time – whilst I’m in this role, and keep reminding myself that it’s only a day-job.
I will try not to make this space a venting-spot about work any more than I need it to be for posterity’s sake – it’s triffick boring for other people and I don’t feel comfortable going into specifics anyways. Congrats and thanks if you’ve made it this far!
After a couple of hours sitting in the sun now, writing this, enjoying coffee and some of those wretched biscuits, I’m feeling like I can crack on with cleaning/ painting those kitchen cupboards and finally getting those knobs on (!).
I’m really looking forward to the cool of this evening and the time & space to catch up with my blog-reading & commenting and responding to comments. I honestly wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it at the end of last week. Hoping for a better week for everyone this week!
(Oh, and PS: I did at least manage to lose 3.4kg this week!)