Self sufficientish in 2019

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Self sufficientish in 2019

Post: # 292557Post Flo
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:03 pm

Well time for a review.

Not being a carpenter I bought a new bed. Had the son-in-law had time it might have been "shall we try building one?" but he's doing whatever it takes to earn a living. Yep it's a wooden one I bought. Would have been fun looking for suitable wood mind. The frame on the old one was getting a touch shaky but someone took it away with the skills to upcycle it. I could have done but .... well I fancied a new one. Will only be number 3 in over 70 years.

I've some curtains in a heap next to the sofa. Wonder if the daughter will ever have time to turn them up with the sewing machine or whether I shall have to get out the needle and sewing box to do the job by hand. The material and gathers at the top are worth the £4.50 I paid.

I've seen snowflakes this morning so outside is still on hold. I can prepare an area for spuds on the allotment if I get a dry day soon. Not worth setting things away for at least another week.

As the weather has been so cheerless I spent an hour or two removing cellotape from cardboard packing from the bed and taking out the bits with coloured printing on. I now have some compostable cardboard for the compost heap. Actually it will probably go under some compost to top up last year's compost heap as a growing area.

Am waiting for the landlord to do some rewiring work in the kitchen. Then it will have to be repainted. Can do I suppose.

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Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Post: # 292558Post ina
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:41 pm

I have curtains like that... They were bought for the previous house I lived in, but never used. I know where the sewing machine is, but can't find all the bits. Always something...

Some of the rain this morning looked like sleet, too. At least I managed to get the onions out yesterday. Most important now is cutting the upright bits for my new raised bed. And getting that up, and the garden "tidied", so I won't get in trouble with the council. And I'm in no mood for that at all. :sad1:
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Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Post: # 292560Post Green Aura
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:41 am

Is it general sort out time? I spent most of last week sorting out mine and OH's wardrobe to remove clothes that no longer fit us. OH refused to let me send his old chinos - he still can't get iin them and they must be 30+ years old. I didn't argue too much though, the quality of them compared to a similar item purchased fairly recently is staggering. Everything else is going to the charity shop where they'll either resell in the shop or send for recycling.

This weekend we finally started to take out the last of the fitted wardrobe in our bedroom. I'm sure it was built with the best of intentions, and it was built beautifully, but our NNW facing bedroom never sees a lick of sunshine and gets mouldy really quickly if I don't keep it heated and aired. Spots inside the wardrobe never properly get either and so it has been a constant problem since we moved in.

We recently (a year/18 months ago?) had an assessment by the Energy Saving Trust and their chap finally came up with a sensible plan to rectify this problem - a heat retaining fan. We'd never heard of one of course but investigated and bought one last year. After a few delays - jobs, health problems etc. we're now ready to go. Well we will be when OH deciphers the wiring to the lights in said wardrobe - it will become the wiring for the fan. I have the job of renovating an old chest of drawers to fit in the new space, so that will be fun.

On the edible front we've got some decent tomato plants in the tiny hydroponic units and others, some more spindly but fairly healthy looking coming on more slowly and lots of chillies. I've brought in and potted on the lettuce seedlings that were sprouted under cover in the garden. Hopefully I'll have some cut and come again leaves in the next week or two.

I too had hoped to start getting out in the garden a bit but the sudden dump of snow yesterday has put paid to that, so back to sorting and mending (OH is sporting a lovely dark green wool jumper, darned with a light grey - I couldn't find any green fine enough :lol:). I've also got a stash of much loved but fairly knackered wool jumpers that I can't bring myself to get rid of. Some of them were very kindly fulled by my mother when she "helped" with the washing, and others have holes etc but I think I can salvage enough to make a memory blanket - most of these jumpers do have some good memories. That will keep me busy for a bit too.
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Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Post: # 292571Post Flo
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:49 am

I'm in no mood for allotment work either Ina. The broken leg that laid me off for a couple of months has moved the mojo completely. I see that the home lawn has grown moss again but I don't think I'm fit enough to spike it yet. Really it could do with completely lifting, digging over and relaying. I have the knowledge, the tools and the garden bin to take away the diggings out. It's just the effort required. Maybe it's like Maggie's wardrobe that has been awaiting its turn to be sorted.

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Post: # 292581Post Flo
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:44 am

Hurrah - the daughter has agreed to amend the curtains to fit as she has a sewing machine and has done curtains before. Add to the list - need to do something about the hall carpet. It really needs replacing with something that can be mopped and is non slip. Not sure what and not sure if I have the skills. Something to be put off till next winter I suspect and see if freecycle comes up with something suitable. Or maybe Facebook market place or Gumtree if that fails.

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