Archive for June, 2011

Discernable absence of progress

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Well, it is true that much of our replacement extension has turned up in kit form, having been manufactured off-site. However, kit form is the way it seems likely to stay for quite some time, since we haven’t got a floor. Something went wrong with the builder’s concrete mixer last week, I believe. It has […]


Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I’ve managed to get my tooth repaired. It looks completely natural except for being whiter than the fangs provided by Nature. It was a remarkably swift and painless operation, though nobody can find trips to the dentist exactly entertaining. They do their best, but all the same, I’m glad it’s over. The tooth having been […]

The Big Day

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

It was a big day in various senses. The 21st is officially the longest day of the year, and since our personal participation therein began at 5.30, it certainly felt it. What is more to the point, of course, is that it was the wedding day of the Northern Gentleman. The French Correspondent and her […]

Eau de Nil

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I have just had a most annoying compound experience of negativity. I logged on to the outer world to be told there was a total eclipse of the moon. I therefore wandered out to peer at the sky, a uniform shade of eau de nil at 11.3o-ish on a night approaching midsummer.I did not, in […]

Noises Off

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

A week passed in which almost nothing happened except for the arrival of the Canadian Professor. I continued to have a cough. We continued to have a back kitchen and no heating. There was no sign of the slater, etc. etc. I spent the day in bed yesterday to try and shift this virus, […]

snail-like progress

Monday, June 6th, 2011

This evening, three burly chaps rendezvoused in our back kitchen to discuss knocking it down. Not before time, since the preliminary, removing the boiler, took place more than a week ago and we are meanwhile without central heating (we do have hot water). Malcolm the Digger Driver has removed the cotoneaster hedging which was killed […]

Imagine our surprise

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

We noted the arrival of several Tonka toys and a pile of gravel yesterday: the good Malcolm getting round to the track, we thought. Yesterday included a somewhat belated moving of pots out of the greenhouse: I thought it mightn’t be sensible to put stuff at the front because of the gutters, and maybe not […]

June like it’s supposed to

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

It’s been the most beautiful couple of days. The early roses are out, and my garden is suddenly packed with colour. The most riotous bit is where the orange satin Turkenlouis poppies are flowering next to the turquoise satin Tibetan poppies, with purple ornamental-onion pompoms thrown in for good measure. The rest is relatively tasteful, […]

Party time

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Even before travel plans were revised and revised because of worrying about Meg, we always knew we’d have to be here this evening, for the Composer’s wing-ding and fish-fry (which is how Ed referred to his Tate retrospective, in this case, a university reception). It was a very nice do indeed. Meanwhile, developments are […]