March 2018

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In Inside

This old house

We bought this house nearly four years ago and whilst it was perfectly habitable it hadn’t been lavished with the love it requires. It’s not a particularly old house by British standards. It was built in the Victorian times around 1880 we think, for the local vicar. I wouldn’t call it a pretty house, but he is proud and handsome, solid with thick walls. I would love to see the original plans, for the bathrooms have been squeezed in, and new layers of pipework (and endless electrical cables) put on old. We had to remove some original old lead piping from the family bathroom which …

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In Outside

Sowing the seeds

Babbitty Bumble literally buzzed right past my nose, a black and yellow ball of fuzz, too busy to stop for me. A fat tubby thing with stubby wings, humming as he went. He is the first bee I have spotted this year on a day of sunshine, when it was still cold enough for coats and hats but lovely enough to open the windows of the house and let in some fresh air, to push out the stale musty air of winter. I stopped for a little while to listen to a blue tit, a welcome change from the harsh croaks and caws of all …

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In Outside

Snow post

Of course, there has to be a word or two about the snow and the ‘Beast from the East’ – a name I hate because it is so negative. It is no Beast. It is just another type of weather. As John Ruskin wrote, ‘Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.’

But I am aware that I have been lucky enough that I haven’t needed to travel, I’ve had the heating on and a fridge full of food. I ventured out at around 8pm …

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