Thursday 30 May 2019

Things to do on a wet day

The weather is still awful, it rains every day, it’s cold, the garden is at a standstill, thank goodness we still have plenty of Yorkshire tea or I’d be on the next flight home.
Because he couldn’t make progress outside Mr FF decided to demolish the chimney breast in the lounge, as you do. It had come away from the wall slightly and did need attention but you can imagine my delight.  Everything had 
to be covered in dust sheets or moved into the dining room so we had no where to sit or eat.  We had bags of rubble to shift and spent a full day cleaning.  Now the lounge looks slightly less than beautiful
Then he ordered the materials to finish the terrace, so now he has 132 paving slabs to move, 12 bags of cement and a lot of sand.  The lounge is on hold.  

Sunday 26 May 2019

Sleeping with strangers

This morning when Mr FF got out of bed and went into the bathroom I threw back the duvet to make the bed.  This was crawling around on the bottom sheet.  In my previous post I thought Grigio was living dangerously, it seems we all are.

Post post note - I should have said it’s a scorpion, now an ex scorpion

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Life on the edge

We provide three cosy cat outside sleeping areas, the door into the house is open but Grigio chooses to sleep on the edge of the porch roof.  I’ve explained she could roll over in her sleep and plummet to the ground, she says health and safety doesn’t apply to cats.

Wednesday 15 May 2019

an unexpected tappa

Having told anyone who would listen that we weren’t going to watch the Giro d’Italia this year, Mr FF announced yesterday morning we could catch the days stage that ended in Frascati by driving not too far.  So late afternoon we set off searching for a road that crossed the route.  I thought we were travelling blind but credit where it’s due we reached a T junction that was closed by one rather glamorous lady police officer, long dyed hair and dangly diamond earrings.  
I’d say that 50% of the people waiting were cross because the road was closed, one lady got very agitated shouting that she needed to get through as she had children at home and despite spectators offering alternative routes I think she expected the Giro to halt and let her by.  The police woman did a great job explaining and calming the situation, then two Carabiniere arrived, in their smart uniforms complete with pistols and everyone started to behave.
It’s so exiting waiting for the boys, people were following the race on their phones, updating us all, one man even had the tv on his phone.  You know the race is near when the helicopter hovers above.   First there was a breakaway of two, then a single rider and finally the glorious peloton swept down towards us and quickly by, so beautiful.
We heard later there had been a crash towards the end taking time out of the main contenders, fortunately Simon Yates wasn’t seriously hurt and retains his second place in the GC.  I did give him a shout out as you can hear on this video Mr FF made for me.

Monday 6 May 2019

Good morning

we currently have snow on our mountain, it makes a change after two days of rain.  I am pinning all my hopes on that blue sky.

Thursday 2 May 2019

The work goes on

Solar shower and raised bed.  I am having a lot of fun stocking the latter, not convinced  Mr FF is totally enamoured with the work he has to do.
For some reasons I cannot respond to your comments, Cathy the shower water goes into the orchard as does the water from the washing machine.