weekend 29/30 nov 08

After giving up and getting up at 6.30 a.m. on Saturday, because a black kittin sitting on your face and chewing your ear is not actually conducive to sleep, and having found an extra three hours for the day as the LibDem questionnaire delivery has been cancelled, I had a lot planned. This is what we actually *achieved*.


  • finally planted the remaining ten hyacinth bulbs – the nine outside ones have gone in an pot of three and a pot of six, and the last indoor one is in a square glass vase filled with pebbles
  • checked model numbers and URLs for some of the stuff I want to sell on eBay
  • briefly entertained the secretary of the Rural Branch of the local LibDems, who hadn’t received my e-mail about cancelled deliveries. He brought his 6 year old son, who was fascinated by the Tribe
  • cleanertook a stack of stuff, including plastic bottles, dead freeview box, Le Creuset frying pan whose handle had fallen off, to the tip, and on the way back stopped at the hardware store at Backwell. We have driven past this shop dozens and dozens of times, and never gone in, and it was a positive treasure trove. We bore away two sorts of draught excluder, some white spirit, a hook for hanging a basket from the ceiling, a pack of curtain hooks (see later), two very interesting gadgets for cleaning glasses and phones (1 for upstairs, 1 for down). It was a real old-fashioned shop, and smelled of paraffin as is entirely right for such emporia. We shall visit again.

Then we ran out of steam a bit, and collapsed – watched Question Time and HIGNFY while we had lunch, and then watched five episodes of Come Dine With Me which seems to be on frequently, and thus the Tivo is always stuffed with them. And Saturday just sort of vanished, because then there was X Factor – why on earth is that leprechaun still in it?

On Sunday, we were a tad more industrious.

  • perlmonger put up the portiere rod in anticipation of the arrival of the door curtain today. This should have been a swift job, but Sod was well to the fore. He had to move the doorbell box, and put up a batten, and cut the rod, and and and, but after a couple of hours it was up. He also put up a mug rack in the living room for the holding of Hats, which looks quite nice
  • I got a load of stuff listed on eBay – there’s still some more to go, but it’s a good start. I hadn’t anticipated just how *long* it would take. The amp, mixer and keyboard all had to be unboxed and powered up. The keyboard had to be consulted on how to make it do a couple of things, as I’d forgotten, and thought it might be broken.

    They all had to be photographed, and looked up on the intertubes, and descriptions written. Gah. And the Gaggia ice cream maker has a pinhole in its bowl, so I can’t list that and I’m vexed. God knows how that happened – we’ve only used the bloody thing twice.

  • I cooked half a gammon – in ginger beer, with an orange cut into quarters, half a cinnamon stick and some star anise. That’s this week’s lunches sorted
  • cooked a piece of silverside as a pot roast – with port, mustard, shallots, carrots, all spice, balsamic vinegar, splash of fish sauce, bouquet garni. Cooked it very slowly, and it just about fell apart by dinner time. Served with red cabbage (from the freezer), sprouts and mash. Nom nom nom
  • spilt vinegar all over the floor while I was cleaning
  • lost the Ektorp sofa bed I was following on eBay 🙁

I didn’t: repot the wine, make a start on the horror that is the server room, get the two skirts and Crumpler camera bag and Polti Vaporetto listed on eBay, or do any other of the things on my endless list of Things To Do.

We have now rewatched the first four Harry Potter films, and so have just one to go. As I have a full governors’ meeting at the school tonight, and a Parish Plan meeting tomorrow, it will be Wednesday before we get to that.

And now it’s Monday, and onwards if not upwards.

busy busy

I’ve just looked at my diary for next week. Apart from having far too much work on right now, and being under huge stress that and personal issues, I have three nights out on the trot – Pub Quiz on Sunday, Political Working Part on Monday and full Schoo Governors on Tuesday.

I really can’t duck either Monday or Tuesday, and Sunday is *fun*, dammit – and we’re not having much of that right now.

Friday morning is Yet Another Parish Plan Workshop, and I think I will have to cancel that. Friday night is – hurrah – the glorious Phil Beer close up and personal at Nailsea Folk Club.

I guess I’ll get through it all, but I’m tired. So tired.

never say "yes"

yesterday, I rushed out to Nailsea at 3.30 to go to a seminar for school governors on financing. Then I rushed home to eat supper (which perlmonger had kindly cooked) before rushing out again to a Rural Branch Meeting of the LibDems. This one was about a mile away, so walking distance, although the rain rained and the wind blew. My new walking shoes are proving useful.

tonight, perlmonger is very kindly cooking again as I have to rush out, to Portishead this time, for an Exec meeting of Woodspring LibDems (or are we North Somerset now?).

tomorrow morning, I’m going to see the Clerk to the Parish Council, to demonstrate the web data entry system we have developed (free of charge, of course) for the entry of the Parish Plan Questionnaires returned. 101 questions, 1600 copies, plus all the Young Persons’ Questionnaires.

looking at my diary for the next week or two, I have a School Governors’ Meeting (Full), a Footpath Committee Meeting, the LibDem Sossidge and Mash supper, the Introduction to Parish Councillors’ meeting, a Nailsea Arts Festival Meeting, a Parliamentary Working Party meeting, and two data entry evenings for the aforementioned Questionnaire. That takes me through to 26 March – I daren’t look further ahead.

inevitably, some of these clash, so Pete and I will have to bifurcate; this will be painful, I’m sure.

oh, and on Sunday we did the Pub Quiz at the Legion (our team is called The Aliens, and consists of us, plus Pat&Dave (WANOLJ, but are known to many of you)) – after a couple of dismal evenings, we got our eye in this week, and came third. Onwards and Upwards. However, this means that by tomorrow, I will have been out for three evenings on the trot – I am so looking forward to a Quiet Night In.

well, I wanted to get involved …

so far this week I have done:

  • two afternoons at the weekend organising the Parish Plan questionnaire hand out
  • school governors’ curriculum sub-committee meeting
  • Village Walk committee meeting
  • school governors’ Assessment for Learning walk through this morning

and upcoming is:

  • tonight and tomorrow night – deliver aforementioned questionnaires (which have to be collected again by Dec 15)
  • get up early on Saturday and make some muffins for the local Wildlife Trust bazaar
  • Nailsea Festival committee meeting
  • go to Scotland for six days (hurrah!)
  • full governors’ meeting two hours after I get off the train back from Scotland
  • N Somerset LibDems AGM
  • Long Ashton Millennium Project mince pie and win thing in the village hall

that takes me through to the end of November …