Thursday 9 August 2018
Anyway I finally convinced the painter of the family that the time was now and we decided to do three rooms (they're small), the clearing of which should have been a doddle. Until we came to the office that is - 4 days it took me!
Anyway, it's all over now and the place looks lovely and clean and I don't want to repopulate it with all that junk again, no matter how necessary it is. I've had a really good clear out of books I'll never read again, had a great rummage through old photos from the days when I actually took time to put them in albums (such a pity not to do that any more) and the final treasure find was a box of cassettes. Ok, most of them needed to go in the bin - they'd been recorded on a 4 track machine which we don't have any more, so they can't even be listened to. But in the middle of them all I cam across a handful of mix tapes that a couple of people had made for me back in the day when I was playing in the pubs in Belfast - suggestion after suggestion of songs to try out, or simply to listen to.
I also found old Mini discs ( no longer playable), VHS tapes (no longer playable) and even a few Betamax tapes (no longer playable cos we have no player).. How technology has moved on in recent years. The gramophone records and old vinyl discs still need a good going through, but I reckon lots of sheet music will be heading for the shredder or maybe for sale on eBay for someone who likes crafting with it. I've actually managed to find someone who wants old cassettes for an art project too which was great as I couldn't imagine them ever disintegrating in landfill. Apparently he's weaving it into rope for the linen museum.
Cleaning out is a great tonic. Now the challenge will be to see how long I can keep it like that!
Sunday 5 August 2018
We learnt to drive there - it's 3 miles long when the tide is out like this... This photo is a bit out of focus but I loved the quality of a painting in it.
Thursday 2 August 2018
|Soul music on the outdoor stage
|clouds gathering over the square
and the newly redecorated church
We counted 11 different nationalities at the singaround Tom and I hosted on Sunday and our own concert on Saturday went off well in spite of the dreadful downpour that arrived just in time for us to pack our gear into the car and send mice scuttling into the house for cover (we still don't know if there's one lurking in here somewhere). The first rain in 7 weeks in these parts, it was a mixed blessing, but the gardens breathed a huge sigh of relief. It can stop now, ok! (still pouring as I write).
|making the most of your circumstances
Today is the start of Autumn in the old calendar - Lammas - and in another couple of weeks the leaves will start to turn, although a lot are already well wilted with lack of water.
|My mother's buddleia was covered in butterflies when we visited last week
How's your summer or your winter shaping up? Are you getting some time to rest? Is there enough water and if you live in England I do hope that you're not affected by the floods that are bound to follow.