Quick Links 13th August 2017

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.


I’ve been thinking about when these posts get published, and am moving them to a Sunday instead of Monday. I might switch between the two days, depending on what I’m doing and what my plans are, and I may yet get around transitioning it all to a weekly newsletter, but that’s a little way off yet.


Life In General. It feels like it’s been a pretty full week. I phoned the garage first thing Monday morning, and they were able to look at the car straight away. Although they couldn’t be certain that they found the fault, it seems like they have (fingers-crossed).

I spent the day doing train journeys to get me about, but managed to get my Mum’s shopping done for her.

The lawnmower repair shop phoned to say that they’d fixed her lawnmower, so I went and collected it, and mowed her lawn (it’s in tip-top shape, they did an excellent job). As I was finishing up I had a call asking me to go and have a look at the drains at my Grandma’s house. The people who are buying it had a report from their surveyor that the drains were blocked. Long story short, they were blocked and I spent Wednesday clearing them. Unfortunately Wednesday was a very wet day, so it wasn’t a very pleasant job, and my boots still aren’t fully dry!

Friday Mum had the staples removed from her knee. That seems to be progressing well.


Work  I’ve been fitting work around things this week. Mostly I’ve been working on a proposal, and I had meetings on Thursday. These were all in town, so I was able to walk to them.


Allotment. – Mostly I’ve just been popping into the plot to harvest. Lots of courgettes, broccoli and kale at the moment. Also harvested the first of my gherkins, although I’m not yet sure what I’m going to do with them.


Currently Reading – I finished Down to the Sea in Ships by Horatio Clare [GoodReads], which I really enjoyed. On my way back from my meetings on Thursday I stopped in to the secondhand bookstore in town and picked up a few books, including a couple which I was really pleased to find.I started reading Transgemination by Glenn Gray [LINK]


 

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures


Tea & Cake Anyone? – [LINK] – Hundred-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Found in “Excellent Condition”


Arthur C. Clarke – was / is a bit of a hero of mine. Although it’s a few years old I stumbled across this post about his home in Sri Lanka this week. His home is kind of how I imagined it might be.

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2 Responses to Quick Links 13th August 2017

  1. Fruitcakes are awful and apparently indestructible. Whew!

    • It did make me wonder that if you could find enough similar cakes, whether or not you could construct a nuclear shelter from them. The danger being of course that if you were ever forced to use it, you might have to eat your way out!

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