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One year ago today I travelled up from Reading, collected the keys, and established myself in my new house. I was so optimistic then.

I spent most of today packing things in boxes ready to move out again. Things never turned out as well as I hoped, especially with the business, and I'm off to somewhere rather more modest. Not far away, mind. And I haven't given up hope of a revival of fortunes in the not-too-distant future.

It's a funny thing, life, isn't it!
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Can-o-Worms


So here it is, my own Can-O-Worms wormery: assembled, installed, and in situ in the sheltered former coal-hole in the yard, along with Tosca's litter tray (I'm still debating whether cat poo is good for worms)

It isn't functioning yet, as the worms are yet to arrive. I'm hoping they will be here before the end of next week.

Thanks are due to clairemagnolia, and of course it meant a trip to Blackpool which was nice.
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I went to the beach this evening, as usual, but this time I put jogging trousers and a sweat shirt over my cozzie and I went for a swim. It was great, the sea was surprisingly warm and the beach was almost deserted. The only problem was that I miscalculated the tide - I thought it should have been on the ebb but it was still coming in strongly so I couldn't go too far out (or it's hard to see where it gets rocky).

I'm looking forward to this summer!

Oh, and I don't believe that I recorded the fact that I went for a run yesterday morning, the first time for a few weeks, since I went down with a cold. That was before the move, so it;s been a while. I ran for thirty minutes, starting in Ocean Road, going down Carr Lane to Biggar and then back along Biggar Bank by the beach almost to the Round House. It wasn't the most comfortable run I've ever done but I did the thirty minutes unbroken. It was as well I went out early because it was quite warm, with just enough breeze from the sea to take the edge off it.

Bookshelves

Jun. 1st, 2006 04:21 pm
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For those who were anxious about the lack of books visible in photos so far...





As you see, I have a partial solution. Nothing like enough space for all my books and that's after picking a selection out for wild releasing! Apart from those on the top, there's lots still stored in the cupboard uinder the stairs.
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The shameful confession is that I have caved in to the inevitable and purchased a digital camera. It's a Nikon Coolpix L3 and I suppose it's convenient for everyday work. The big Nikon is still there for special work though.

And the reason I've taken this disgraceful step is so that I can take lots of pictures of my new house:



and my new environment.

You can see pictures of the house and its surroundings here.

Going Home

Apr. 17th, 2006 09:49 pm
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Tomorrow morning I'm getting up very early, and I'm going to catch a train Oop North.

I'm going home for a couple of day. If all goes well, soon I'll be moving up there for good.

I say 'home' - well I left there when I was a baby and only returned for occasional visits to grandparents for the next twenty years. After that I had no grandparents left, so in thirty years I've been back no more times than I could count on the fingers of one hand.

I always felt a bit shame-faced about my home town of Barrow-in-Furness. It never sounded very prepossessing. But somehow one's opinion mellows when you recollect that here's a town on the end of a remote peninula, blessed with one of the longest, flattest and safest beaches you'd find anywhere, overlooked by the Lakeland mountains, it starts to sound attractive. A lot like the west of Ireland, in fact, without the tourists. And housing is still cheap!

I suppose it's an acknowledgement that I'm winding down to retirement, but I'm really looking forward to it now. Like a new adventure, and a new beginning full of opportunity.

Wish me bon voyage!

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