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So, we’ve just received a letter from British Gas saying they need to change our gas meter. They need us to be home between 8am and 8pm on the scheduled day. Does a requirement of someone being home for 12 hours seem reasonable to you? Particularly when the later half of this cuts straight through dinner time? It doesn’t seem reasonable to me. Surely they can say morning or afternoon?
Good overview of London markets. Worth setting time aside if you’re visiting. I personally recommend Borough Market, Camden Lock and Spitalfields…
Link to LONDON /moleskinecity.com » London Markets
One day I’d like to have a garden office retreat like this one. Not that I have anything to retreat from. Just somewhere to go to get work done. I’d need a small workshop stuck on the side, though, with a cutting mat. Or maybe a laser cutter.
Easter Eggs by rbanks.
I guess we’re only a day late, if Sunday is the tradional day for making, hiding and finding eggs. Anyway, we made these today. I decided to blow my three. It took me an hour to blow one, during which I nearly passed out. The other two of mine are therefore hard boiled. All of Shannon’s are hard boiled. She managed to make dinner, have a long conversation with one of her sisters and still do her eggs while I was blowing.
This afternoon we’ll hide them in the garden and subtly point them out to Maddie so she can “find” them.
Finally cycling by rbanks.
After the biggest pain getting hold of a bike seat that would fit a 16 month old, we finally hit the towpath today, cycling from home up to Penton Hook Lock and back again. A decent amount of distance for a first try, Maddie was totally into it (especially with all the dogs around) and Shannon coped well despite still feeling under the weather. The sun is shining, we had ice cream sitting on a patch of grass, the boats are out and the coots are building their nests. It’s great here.
Here’s a couple of shots I took at the same point on the edge of the Thames. This is downriver in Staines at the edge of Ashby Lammas park. You can see what a difference a month makes. Fortunately, the river never even came close to breaching the towpath up near our house.
Spring by rbanks.
It is with a great sense of relief that I would like to announce that Spring is officially here.
Although the EU foists a lot of unwanted legislation on us poor peeps in the UK, occasionally they do surprise in a positive way. Their newest idea is to push everyone in Europe to drop incandescent bulbs and move to energy efficient ones by 2010. I totally buy this. Fluorescents may be more expensive but long term (i.e. within a year) they pay for themselves.
One problem we have, though, is that you can’t get any small fluorescent bulbs. We have 3 shades in our lounge that are glass bowls which are quite shallow. I’ve tried about 3 or 4 different energy efficient bulbs, each of which looked small, but none of them fit correctly.
One other problem is that fluorescents don’t seem to play very well with dimmer switches if you have them. They don’t gradually dim, they just seem to drop off very quickly. Any one else seen that?
Link to All of EU to switch off energy inefficient lights within three years – Engadget
Much as it pains me to get up at 5:45am in the morning, seeing dawn move earlier and earlier is energising. As is hearing the morning chorus of the Robin (UK variety) that lives at the bottom of our garden, singing call and return to another bird somewhere in the next garden.
I love spring.
Robin Red Breast by freebird4
Shannon and I have suffered brutally from some rock-hard water at our house. We’ve been through 3 or 4 sets of glasses in the few years that we’ve lived here, each of which has succumbed to a gradual fog of limescale which appears on its surface after only a month or so. We tried vinegar, which didn’t seem to work successfully, and then just got into the habit of buying sets of 6 glasses for £2.00 or something ridiculous from our local Tesco home store.
Now we’ve installed a water softener, and can already tell it’s positive effects on our glassware.
So this tip for cleaning your knackered glasses has come too late for us. Maybe it can save you, though…
How to clean cloudy drinking glasses – Lifehacker
“The secret? White toothpaste–”The cheaper, the better,” according to the author, who prefers the dollar-store variety. Just apply some to the glass, scrub it with a toothbrush, and rinse. Presto: shiny, clear, like-new glassware.”