Saturday, 26 October 2019

The bad season.



Not a lot more to do outdoors these days, before spring. There are the vines and creepers still to be pruned, but otherwise not much else.

The lawns have had their last mowing, everything that needs to be dug-over has been, and most of the fruit has been gathered by our unpaid junior slaves.

The leaves haven't yet properly fallen, so no point raking the few that are on the ground.

It's really quite a tedious time of year when, rather than trying to fit everything into our limited daylight hours, I actually go around looking for things to do.

We haven't yet lit an evening fire, so there are no logs to be sawn.

It's not often that I can say that I'm being idle; but at the moment I really am, and I'm NOT enjoying it.

28 comments:

  1. Does the veggie garden stop as well? Everything just keeps on going here. No down time to sit and browse seed catalogues etc.

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    1. Plenty of 'greens' at Haddock's. Everything else has simply given up.

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  2. I see your helper is now on his winter clothes.

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    1. I'm not sure why, as it was very warm. I think it had been raining in the morning.

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  3. great picture. Kids always seem to find something interesting to do at all times.

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    1. 'Helping' is always popular with children; even if they're not.

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  4. Oh hurrah for happy little slaves. Half of mine are grown up and not so happy to be little slaves anymore.
    Yours are so cute!

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    1. Occasionally they stamp their feet and say 'No', but usually they're quite happy to go up chimneys etc.

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  5. Your little slaves are doing a good job. My grown up slave has said she is going to stay on the sofa and watch rugby all morning.

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    1. I shall be watching too. It should be a very good game. Just off to market!

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    2. That ref' must be a New Zealander!!!!

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  6. The period between when you have left one job and before you start the new job.

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  7. More time for painting ? Do you feel guilty if you aren’t achieving ? ...... I don’t seem to have that problem ūü§£ XXXX

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    1. I feel guilty if I'm not doing something; anything. Today I've literally been searching for things to do; luckily I found a few.

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  8. I love it when I have nothing to do, so long as there is something to do on the horizon.

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    1. If I have nothing to do planned in advance, I feel odd. It must be my age; I was never like this when I was younger.

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  9. I live a much less 'down to earth' life than you do and find myself short of hours in the day whenever it is. That doesn't mean to say that what I do is in any way 'worthwhile' but it certainly keeps me busy. I'm just about to paint the kitchen surrounds with the final top coat and ditto the skirting boards in the kitchen. Then I may start of my Christmas cakes tomorrow.

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    1. Lady Magnon is about to make her Mincemeat. Maybe she'll attack her cake a bit later. I like this type of activity in the kitchen

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  10. It must be nice to have young children around again. Takes you back a bit.

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    1. Yes, it's really nice. They pop down every day, and always give me a big hug when they arrive.

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  11. Some mornings when I wake up I can't wait to get back to a project I'm working on. Others... it's great to have nothing planned.

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    1. I usually have a full day planned in advance, when I wake to nothing it makes me feel useless.

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  12. I don't know what I'm going to do with my extra hour of darkness tomorrow morning.

    I've just resumed my Duolingo computer language course which I started a couple of years ago.

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    1. My half Swedish wife has recently bought a 'Teach yourself Swedish' book, which is keeping me amused.

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    2. If you download the Duolingo app you can choose Swedish. I think you'll enjoy it. I'm going to do my Italian lesson before breakfast!

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  13. If I want to plan my days, I must write out my tasks. Then I must task myself to accomplish them.

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    1. I always make a list of unpleasant tasks that must be completed through winter; but even that is getting much smaller.

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