Stranger Things…

I know, sounds a little vague, but we discovered Stranger Things last week.  I am not talking odd things going on about the house or indeed the village, god forbid anything exciting would happen here.  I am talking about the TV Show.  Now, I am not usually a fan of this type of series, but, I just cannot get enough, so much so we have binge-watched the first series already, and are about to start the second.

Our discovery was after getting a free month trial of Netflix, but along with Stranger Things, we have also started watching Sense8, Mindhunter, and Altered Carbon.  We were left asking ourselves, how had we not discovered Netflix before.  We have decided to ditch Amazon Prime and replace it with Netflix.  There are more original things to watch and well, lets face it, I am no friend of Amazon as you all will know.

 

Bloody Plumbing…

pexels-photo-213162.jpegSo the dishwasher arrived on time on Sunday and the delivery men were fantastic, putting the thing where I needed it to be.

But, and there is always a but, as I have mentioned in the past, the plumbing became a nightmare.  Where the washing machine drains out was not big enough to drain both it and the dishwasher at the same time, so I decided that I would plumb it into the sink outlet.  I discovered that it would not take both after water splashing back up the tube and out onto the floor, much to my chagrin.  I thought about sealing the top tube in as the side tube was attached via an inlet, and it would have worked, but I had to mess about to get the sealed tube attached.  Off to the plumbing merchants to get some supplies only to discover they had given me a wrong size attachment, and I really did not want to drive 10 miles to get it changed, so I improvised and got it all sorted.  Next was under the sink drain to do, and no matter what I could not get the right length of connections, so again had to improvise with a piece of pipe and lots of CT1 silicone glue which eventually sorted the problem, but it took several days to get it all sorted the way I needed it to be.  Today after everything drying I tried it and there was a little bleed of water, so either back to the drawing board.  The problem is my home was built in the 1800’s so nothing is the way it should be.  Alterations by previous owners have proved a bit of a joke, so really, I have to think outside of the box, or rip everything out and start afresh, which would cost silly money and quite a bit of alteration.

Today I finally managed to stop the damn infernal bleed and all seems okay.  We have not been able to use the washing machine for 4 days until I found my solution, however, I am making up for lost time and it has been on for many hours now.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoy doing DIY, but when things go wrong, or become stupidly complicated I start to resent starting it and more often become a bit of a narky sod and start seeing red.  This was one of those times, although I did not get too angry, I was wishing I had never bothered.  The only saving grace that made me smile was the pup decided that she wanted to get into the cupboard and have a rest under the sink, I suppose it was her way of keeping me calm.

The words “Never Again” will be ringing in my ears for some time.

Beware The Gruffalo…

Discovered this boyo whilst walking in the beacon park.

Waiting Game…

I’ve bought a Dishwasher.  I bit the proverbial bullet and bought one.  We used to have one in our old home as there was a place for it, but when we moved to the village, even though this kitchen is five times bigger, there was no space for it.  Now, when I say no space, I really mean there are cupboards everywhere, on three walls to be exact.  A space for a washing machine, but not a dishwasher too.

As you all know, M has mobility problems, this also includes standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes (I’m the cook), and I either wash the pots and pans or buy a machine to do the job, so I picked the latter, it made sense, but I will have to remove part of a cupboard to get it fitted in and sort out the plumbing, which should not to be too hard to do.  However, and there always is a however or a but.  I could have delivery on Saturday, which could be anytime between 7am and 7pm, which was not convenient as I had to go out and get groceries, take M to places and other things, so I paid for Sunday delivery.  Last night I received an SMS and email saying it would be delivered between 7:15 and 11:15.

I am logged on to their portal to see where the delivery is and this is what I see, oh it is 07:50 right now.

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So it has not even been despatched.  I was up early, Sunday, so-called day of rest to wait for something that has not been despatched.  I bet it will be here about 11am.  I am not really complaining, as I am an early bird really, which is a good job as my career choice dictated I had to be up between 4:00am and 4:30am which for many is the middle of the night.

Think it is time for a cup of tea.

Winter Sunset…

I took this whilst walking the dogs on the edge of the fields, pine trees peppered about, the sun heading towards the horizon with only the beach and sea below it.

Misty Woods…

I thought I would share my photo of the woods.  Although I would take the heat of the summer anytime, the winter has some lovely moments.  The mist was fading away, the bright winter sun was burning through, dappling the path and colouring the foliage.

Puppy Class…

Tonight I took Mazikeen to her first puppy class, and it was really good.  A few dogs that were far too vocal and uncontrollable, but I guess that is to be expected.  However, Maz, being a Gun Dog was silent and watched on with what I can only describe as mild amusement.

We went through the usual of getting them to sit on command which she has been doing from the age of 9 weeks, then stay and retrieve, again she has been doing since she was 9 weeks old.  We got her when she was 8 weeks, and these were the first things I taught her.  She is a gun dog, so is very intelligent and wants to learn and please her humans.  Tonight was no exception.  We had to bring beds for them to sit in when they were not working, she loves her bed and sat quite contented in it, and was the only one who did, but she is an odd dog as she prefers her bed to our bed, which is not the case with Harper.

The breeder we got her from said that he often took his trained dogs to the park and did a bit of showing off, and I know why, and I did the same too at the training class.  I let her lead/leash go and threw treats across the floor, she fetched and returned to be every time, and of course, was rewarded for this.  No one else let their dog go, which is fair enough, but I had confidence that she would do exactly what was needed.

I am looking forward to next weeks training session and developing this week’s lesson and taking it further, ready for next week.  Maz is still a little timid around other unknown dogs, even the little ones, but did make friends with a German Shepherd called Buddy, who is over twice her size, but a big softy.  One thing that surprised me was that she approached Buddy, so good for her.   As a reward and a socialisation lesson, I have just booked her on the next Puppy Club Party which is in a few weeks time, so she can go play with other dogs, have lots of social interaction and leave with a goody bag of treats and lovely stuff.

Being a Springer she is not food obsessed, so is not the biggest eater, and her food sitting in her bowl is not exciting to her, so we ended up throwing it around the kitchen so she could search for the kibble and eat it that way, however, as she is getting bigger I changed her feeding bowl to a lovely ceramic spaniel bowl, sloped on all the sides so her ears are not dipping into the food, and she has taken quite a liking to it and has started eating more.  Tonight, she had all her dinner, then an hour later was sat at her bowl, obviously waiting for more food.  I duly put more in, and she ate it, so I gave her a lot more and she finished it all off in record time.  Whether it was the new bowl or she has developed an appetite from the fun at class tonight, who knows, as long as she is eating I will go with it.

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