Year: 2010

December 30, 2010

For the last couple of months, following my decorating, I have been living without floor coverings downstairs, apart from a few rugs. This is because I thought I would be daft to order my carpets in November, with the sales so close. So yesterday I…

December 30, 2010

Haven’t been online for a few days, so thought I would catch up. Christmas Day was spent with friends near Spalding. I was due there at 1pm, but arrived half an hour early, having allowed for problems that never occurred. I had been concerned about…

December 25, 2010

So while my turkey was smoking and the beef was bubbling, I made a couple of trips to complete my last minute shopping, including – believe it or not – a loo seat to replace the one I prescotted yesterday. Christmas eve shopping has never…

December 24, 2010
December 24, 2010

I’m at friends for Christmas Day, but a man’s got to eat on Boxing Day, so I have the smoker going today, cooking some stuff to have cold over the next few days. I’ll have friends popping in on odd days over the holiday, so…

December 22, 2010

I had prepared a brisket for smoking, over the past few days. This was using a recipe given to me by a friend, first brined for 2 days, then dried and a rub applied for 12 hours before cooking. The interesting thing is that the…

December 21, 2010

Just look at this headline from the Daily Mail: “Revealed: The secret son Assange fathered with a girl of 17 – as he learned the dark arts of computer hacking in a rundown cottage” Spectacular stuff – until you read the article itself and discover…

December 16, 2010

On my way back from the hospital, I popped into Currys, to look at their microwaves, as mine has recently conked out. While there I took a look at their gas cookers, as I intend to replace my old one, now that the kitchen is done.

I’ve been looking around for a few weeks, but hadn’t seen anything outstanding. But today I saw it – a Zanussi which was the right size (55cm), has a fold-up glass surface (so increases my usable counter top) and has a dual oven – the smaller top oven being so much more economical when cooking for one. An electronic timer, nice easy controls – all in all it looked perfect.

December 16, 2010

mouldEarlier this year, I mentioned I was seeing an orthodontist. This resulted partly from having a broken tooth removed about this time last year. Having had the tooth removed, I was told to let it heal for a month or so before considering my options – plate, bridge or implant.

When I returned in February this year, I discovered the dentist I had been seeing had left the practice, and so I had a new dentist. One of the things we discussed was my bite – something I have been asking dentists about for the last 10 years. For once, I found myself talking to someone interested in more than a “quick descale and polish”, and after examining me, she encouraged me to see an orthodonist before doing anything about my gap.

November 30, 2010

I haven’t been posting much recently, partly because I have been busy, but also partly because I have been living in my conservatory. That may sound strange, so let me explain. When I started transforming my lounge, I moved all of the furniture out. Some…

November 23, 2010

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have just announced their 2011 Season productions: Lord Of The Flies, by William Golding; Adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams. The Beggar’s Opera, by John Gay. Pericles, by William Shakespeare, but “re-imagined for everyone aged six and over”. Crazy…

November 22, 2010

With the various things I have going on around my home at the moment, you’d think the last thing I needed was a new project. I’d be mad to consider taking on something else? However, my garden has really been getting me down. For various…