Many people who are currently working a six day week will tell you, that far from having a day off on their only work free day, that they end up doing all the things they have little time for on the days they do have to work. Chores like going food shopping,laundry,cleaning the car,cleaning the house and if the weathers nice tidying up in the garden.
My day off last week was no different to most, although I did get a chance to set up the camera with the remote and took some good photos of Starlings,Blackbirds and a Jayhawk. It was a busy day and a productive one as I got some of the jobs done, that i’d been meaning to do and as the weather was disappointingly inclement, didn’t miss the chance to do something more enjoyable.
Even though it was my day off I got up at the normal time,made a cuppa and watched TV for just over an hour or so.Feeding the birds is a morning ritual and they thoroughly enjoyed the feast I’d put out, allowing me to get some good shots. I’d had some free Sunflower seeds that came on the front of a magazine so next up was sowing them into three pots of varying sizes. Recently I’ve also put up a mini greenhouse so watering the seedlings was next on my agenda as the weather started to look gloomy.
It was at this point I decided to drive over to the club and do some other jobs that I’d put off for far too long. I loaded up my tools as well as the recharged batteries and headed off. It was showery but again my four hour visit was productive.I managed to repair the storage box roof at the back of the cabinchaletshed with the the help of some timber i had stored and also put some new felt on making it waterproof once again and as good as new.
Next as the rain fell I headed indoors and put up the TV on a wall with the aid of a movable bracket finally after clearing out the backbox I headed home to do some more jobs. The jobs I had in mind were plumbing in a Water Butt (it filled up later in the week and didn’t leak),cutting the grass and finally I watered the Plants as the sun shone brightly.
Then it was time for dinner so much for a relaxing day off
“I am only a naturist because I love the comfort of wearing no clothes”
Hopefully in a weeks or so we may be able to pop along to the club and see how the Cabinchaletshed has fared over the fairly mild winter which hasn’t really seen any snow at all. For one reason or another we haven’t visited together since late September although I did pop over in late February to collect some clothes and the bedding. Over the course of the last year work(mainly),family commitments and us moving house have seen our visits kept to a minimum.
The thing I miss most the only thing, is the setting which is deep in the countryside a setting not dissimilar to where we live now. There’s nothing better than arriving on a Friday night getting undressed and not wearing anything apart from a smile until Sunday evening. Even when it’s not sunny it’s still pleasant and as we are not huge drinkers anymore it’s time to think of way of entertaining ourselves other than the legendary trivial pursuit of course.
Only last week I bought an Aldi special of a inverter and a solar battery voltaic panel which I hope will give us sustainable power throughout the weeks months and years just for the princely sum of £52. Maybe we can hook up a TV so we can watch our many DVDs in our huge collection.
This morning with sustainability in mind I renewed our joint membership to the Green Party and I’m hoping we can get back to enjoying life the way we did, just a couple of short years ago. Work must of course be factored in to make it all possible however,even so it important to enjoy life whenever you can.
After cutting the grass yesterday afternoon,I settled down on the sunbed in the garden soaking up some well earned rays. Apart from the flies(there were many) I suddenly noticed how many birds had come into the garden.I quickly popped inside and grabbed the camera to see just how many I could shoot, before the sun disappeared. Sitting quietly and as still as I could suddenly all the birds returned.
The best shots I got were not as easy as one would think, as I spotted a Blackbird over my left should and managed to shoot these before my neck ached,I moved and the birds flew away.
It’s still March and not even payday yet spring is here and during the last week we’ve had some decent weather for once. Saturday was really nice but not quite a scorcher Sunday too, but Mondays here and the weather is on the turn. Sunday saw the clocks spring forward and means British Summertime is officially here even though we many have to wait a little longer for the summertime weather. Sunday was also Mothers Day,so we took the opportunity to visit mine and give her card,gift have a cuppa and catch up on the local news.I’d bought her a “Skypot”, a Skypot for those who don’t know is a new popular planter made in Germany, they can easily be put into the ground or into a planter, thanks to the lengthy aluminium pipe which tapers slightly at the lower end.
Skypot has two particularly practical features. At the bottom of the planter is a little reservoir from which plants can obtain their water. This reduces watering. If the water-level exceeds the reservoir, the surplus water is diverted from the rust-resistant aluminium pipe, directly into the ground,so avoiding overwatering.As you can see from this photo it looks great and she was chuffed to bits with it. After that I cut her grass for her after which I found some garden pots which she said we could have, I was chuffed !
We’d been shopping beforehand and I managed to pick up some landscape bark which I was looking to use down the side of the house covering a multitude of sins left over from the previous tenants. I’d looked around and seen Wickes had it on offer at 3 for the price of 2 so we picked some up and brought it home. I took some time to clear away the debris moved some rubbish then put it down and I think it’s transformed it and now at least looks presentable.
It’s my day off today and apart from doing a few chores around the house I’m hoping to do very little ahead of two 6 day weeks. I do ask myself how I’ve come to love the garden and why the British love their gardens. A spot of gardening can lift your spirits, a study suggests.
More than 90 per cent of gardeners think it improves their mood, it also found that gardeners are less likely to display signs associated with unhappiness or depression this means we can definitely say gardening makes you happy and I’d say that too. Keeping busy with any pastime, though, is important – of those with no hobbies, only 55 per cent were satisfied with their lives. ‘Active living is more likely to be effective if physical activity becomes an inevitable part of life rather than a matter of daily choice.
After a couple of weekends where I had to work,I am relieved that I have now three weekends off in a row just as hopefully the weather is about to change. The first has now just gone (it’s Monday) but luckily the weather stayed dry and I managed to get out and tidied up the garden. Having been able to experience the wonderful wildlife in our garden I took the opportunity to make our garden even more wildlife friendly.
I think I mentioned previously that we’d opened up the fence at the end of the garden and managed to spot a hedgehog on the night vision camera. Over this weekend I was hoping to remove even more “chicken” wire to hopefully get rabbits and even foxes to hopefully pay us a visit. On Saturday I managed to cut the grass and also remove half the wire and bricks from under the hedge.
Sunday we went shopping for some plants and herbs and then today I spent the day remove the rest as well as renovating the shed. Also over the weekend I adjusted the netting and topped up the pond.
All in all hopefully the hardest part is now over and apart from a little pruning and mowing we can all enjoy the garden to the full this spring and summer and that includes the animals too
Today I’m taking the chance to relax ahead of six straight days work before I again get time off (just for a day) followed by another four days before my next weekend off. Today though I have been doing some DIY, putting up some hooks in the garage as well as cutting the lawn and pruning the hedge. Lying here on the sunbed in the glorious sunshine with temperatures hitting 25c it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
Come it will and as the days get colder and darker we will reflect on the changing times in our lives. Personally I like change providing its on our terms and for the better,its just a shame others don’t see things that way,trying to gain at our expense by putting us down and/or alienating people we know close by.
As I’m lying here i’m observing the sparrows in the hedge and on the birdfeeder blissfully unaware that i’m even here,until I feel the need to turnover and away they fly. In Chelmsford you never saw any of these delightful birds which is probably mainly because of the loss of habitat, due to all the relentless house building and road construction.
Yesterday (Sunday) I managed some naked time at the club,catching up on the news and doing chores, unfortunately on my own as my beloved other half, was confined to bed as she was feeling ill. It was good to see the ‘cabinchaletshed’ in reasonable repair considering our months away and also the club pool which has undergone refurbishment recently. With the sun dipping away around the front of the house it reminds me that my three days off are nearly over and once more come tomorrow, I’ll be once again be in the hustle and bustle of a working environment….oh well I suppose someone has to pay for this delightful area we now live in.
So our free days have mainly be been spent tidying up and refreshing tired paintwork,cutting the grass and in general trying to get the place ship shape so we can just relax and get on with our lives in a chilled out manner just as before, this time with less background noise.One cannot help but feel relax here once we get home unfortunatly that dreaded word “Work” always seem to raise its ugly head,just when we are enjoying ourseleves.
Luckily for us the weather has been kind since we moved in, almost a month ago and the sun has shone pretty much all the time, meaning we have been able to spend more than enough time in the garden,something we’ve not had for a few years.
Maybe when something improves it makes it even harder for us to leave, as today I’m having problems motivating myself to go back to work. It’s not like I’ve had months or even weeks off,only two days but I just didn’t want to leave our new humble abode. The two days were spent painting and putting furniture together and gardening, but it seems so tranquil and peaceful it always seems gut wrenching to tear myself away.
Minor improvements make someone else’s house your home and over the weekend just painting a door frame,a gate and some old decking,made the place ours ! Added to that the sofas arrived a couple of weeks ago and finally the fibre optic broadband and BT tv package got all set up yesterday.
Makes it even more of a wrench the fact the weather is going to be nice too this week,while we’re at work. The countryside around us affords us some wonderful photo opportunities and as the year progresses I’ve manage to get some good sunrise shots too.