On Saturday (day 176) Jon got up first and brought me a mug of tea. We lay and read for a while, joined by the lads who were back from their adventures in the garden. Jon went downstairs and started on the sausages while I stripped the bed and loaded the washing machine.
After our sausage & mushroom sandwiches we sat in the sunshine with our coffee watching Frank get off his tits on cat mint. Then I pegged the washing on the line and ironed my holiday clothes.
Vintage Anokhi maxi skirt (Ebay), black & white cotton camis (retail buy), yellow viscose sun top (charity shop), 1970s Indian block printed midi skirt by Papillion (eBay)
We drove over to Liz & Al's. They'd been away holidaying on the south coast for the past week and it would be our last opportunity to see them for a while as we won't be able to entertain visitors when we're back from our travels. As forecast, the day was glorious and we sat in the garden. Liz recently completed a self-portrait, resplendent in a vintage 1960s trilby she'd bought from us and, as part of a series, she needed me to pose in a hat, which was good timing, my roots aren't fit for polite company.
I was up just after 6am on Sunday (day 177) and it was already tantilisingly warm. I brought mugs of tea back to bed and we read for a while and cuddled with the cats. We had toast for breakfast and then I moved the houseplants, putting some in the bath and the others in the utility room sink and gave them a thorough soaking. There were a few of Shirley's apples still in the veg rack so I made us a small crumble for later and then did my six-weekly eyebrow & eyelash tint.
Jon sowed the grass seed he'd bought a couple of weeks ago while I swept the rugs and mopped the floorboards in our bedroom, the spare bedroom and the landing before pulling on my Diesel cut-offs and India Imports of Rhode Island sun top and joining him outside.
|Bare-faced cheek! I can't remember the last time I've not worn mascara and lipstick, probably in Goa back in February.|
After lunch Jon sowed broad beans, radish, rocket, two varieties of lettuce, broccoli raab and mizuna leaves. I tidied the potting area and then stripped down to my bikini and spent an hour or so reading on the lawn before Jon sorted out my roots. While the dye was developing I gave the most of the houseplants their fortnightly Baby Bio feed, returned the kitchen ones to their usual positions & put the remainder on trays in the utility room to make it a little easier for our cat sitter, Michelle.
Jon completed the online order for the supermarket delivery which will arrive the day after we get home and completed the online passenger documentation for our trip. I sorted out the rest of my travel stuff.
Makeup & jewellery....
Tea was the other half of Friday's pizza with salad which included our homegrown tomatoes, lemon cucumber & basil.We watched Paul & Bob's Gone Fishing plus another installment of Moscow Noir and ate the crumble.
On Monday (day 178) after I'd seen to the lads (Stephen had been trying to get me up since 3am but I managed to put him off until 6am) I took the remaining houseplants off the kitchen shelf and moved them to the utility room sink for a thorough soaking and a Baby Bio feed. After my Wii Fit session and fruit & yogurt breakfast I hung the bathmats on the line to dry and washed everything in the laundry basket, pegging it out on the line to dry in the predicted 26° sunshine.
I popped a couple of homemade masks in an envelope for a friend, bought the postage online from the Royal mail and Jon whizzed them round the the post box on his way to stock up on cat food. Meanwhile, after sweeping the downstairs rugs, I applied my eyelash extensions which, with 6Music for company and the sun streaming through the bedroom window made for a wonderfully relaxed hour.
Jon repacked his stuff whilst I sat outside and finished The Given Day (bare nails and no jewellery, a very rare occurrence). When he was happy I added my stuff to the bag, we weighed it (17 kg - the allowance is 20 kg) and padlocked it to prevent any last minute panic packing.
I cleaned the bathroom and the stairs and joined Jon in the kitchen for a salad sandwich - using up the contents of the salad drawer and some so-spicy-they'll-blow-your-head-off Cofresh chilli snacks.
I won't be posting for a while - if you've followed me for a while you'll know I don't go near the internet when we're travelling - so expect to be bombarded with photos at the end of the month (although I won't believe we're actually going until the plane's taken off).