On Thursday morning after my Wii Fit workout I watered the plants in the lounge and polished the floorboards. I was just finishing replying to blog comments when Jon got up and we had breakfast. Once dressed we took our grabsticks, sacks and gloves and headed out for some litter picking.
We usually have to dodge old fridges, stained matresses and knackered furniture along this stretch of pavement but today all we encountered was a solitary armchair. As we were carrying our sacks home the binmen spotted us, stopped their wagon and took our rubbish from us, saving us having to pile it in the garden for a fortnight. Back at home I emailed the Clean & Green team at the council to let them know about the chair and the location of our two sacks of rubbish.
After our lunchtime noodles Jon cleared the greenhouse & surrounding patch of ground ready for planting whilst I baked a beer and chilli loaf. It was such a dismal day I thought I'd cheer myself up by ironing, photographing and listing some colourful shirts on eBay. A charity collection bag had been dropped into the postbox earlier so I had a bit of a clear-out of the stockroom, donating a pile of items that were okay but didn't photograph well.
The vet called with Stephen's results, she's very pleased with his thyroid count and other than a bit of tartar build-up on his teeth he's in great shape for almost 16 year old cat. I also had an email confirming I was booked into the hairdressers with Keri on 23rd April...a date for the calendar.....yipee!
Tea was a califlower and broccoli balti served with some oven-roasted sweet potatoes. We watched the rest of the BBC's Finnish Noir, Man in Room 301. I'd guessed the true identity of Ellias, the wronged child, in episode one. As a series it was okay but nothing to write home about.
On Friday morning I did a load of washing which I hung to dry in the utility room, dragged the sack of charity donations to the kerbside ready for collection (it was, 30 minutes later), did the last Wii Fit workout of the week and wrapped the overnight eBay sales ready for Jon's twice-weekly post office run.
After breakfast I swept out the hearth in the middle room before getting dressed and heading outside to take stock photos (the theme being polo shirts). Meanwhile Jon did the post office run, dropped half of the beer and chilli loaf I'd made yesterday off at Tony's, called at the vet to pick up Stephen's prescription and did a grocery shop on the way home. I'd just finished uploaded my listings to eBay when he got back.
Izzy (Richard's on holiday this week) delivered some parcels, hoops for our litter picking and this vintage 1980s block printed Anokhi jacket I spotted listed at a bargain Buy-It-Now price earlier in the week. The seller had described it as a blouse but my suspicions were correct, its definitely a jacket. I did agree with her description of it being jewel toned though, I couldn't have put it better myself.
After noodles, keen to test out my new hoop, I left Jon sorting out the washing line in the garden whilst I went on a solitary litter pick. I only intended to do our avenue but got carried away and ended up doing three neighbouring streets and two alleyways. Some scutter had left an almost empty whisky bottle on the kerb, the dregs of which splattered on my sheepskin coat, I smell like a distillery.
It might not look exciting but I'm thrilled with my new washing line Jon's managed to attach to the garden wall using some wood from his stash. Let's hope it's a good drying day tomorrow.
Wear:Sleep:Repeat saw another outing for both the leather jerkin & embroidered poloneck I'd worn on Thursday, this time with a me-made crochet hat and an Anokhi dress bought in Mumbai last February..here's me leaving the Chowpatti boutique and Jon looking after my goodies while we explored our favourite city.
The details: Indian earrings (charity shop), silver coated brass bangle (inherited from Mum), 1960s-does-Edwardian boots (car boot sale) worn with Kingfisher Blue opaques from Marks & Spencer (bought in 2005), Rajasthani pendant on a Lamani dowry coin necklace.
Much excitement in the house as the new series of Deutschland 89 kicks off at 9pm tonight.
We've got rum & cola, there's a bowl of monkey nuts with my name on them and I've even printed off the lyrics so we can sing along to the theme tune, Major Tom (Coming Home) by Peter Schilling.
Tea was cheese salad with chilli and beer bread, olives & gherkins, my homemade potato salad (with chives from the garden), and Reine des Glaces lettuce from the cloche. We had the government briefing on in the background but were too absorbed in our food (and the accompanying bottle of beer) to take much notice.