31 March 2020

Quarantipple


A new delivery service that brings cocktails to your front door has just been launched in Lincoln.  I’ve never really been into exotic drinks (although I’m quite fond of a pina colada) so I’ll probably just stick to wine.  With bars, pubs and restaurants closed across the nation it’s interesting to see what other initiatives people will come up with.

It’s quite sunny today so we have been working outside in the garden.  I have been clearing up piles of catkins that land on our patio from the Poplar trees that border our property; they make such a sticky mess.  I used the garden vacuum which is quite heavy and my shoulder is suffering now.

just the doors to make now

Paul has been busy building a housing for our external gas bottles (they feed our living flame gas fire).  He has had to improvise by making wooden shingles for the roof as we can’t get tiles at the moment.  I think it will look quite smart when it's finished. Rick has already put an order in for a kennel.

P.S.  Kat landed at London Heathrow just after seven this morning.  It’s good to know she’s back safe and sound.

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  1. I am so glad to hear that Kat is back safely. Great job on the gas bottle store.

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  2. Good news about Kat.
    Bit concerned about your gas store as the Fire Brigade don't recommend putting cylinders inside anything as if there is a problem you can't see it and it takes longer to get them away from the house - I learned all this several years ago when we had a chimney fire and had LPG cooker with the gas outside and the firemen came to assess the place later because of the campsite.
    But it might have all changed as that was many years ago.

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    1. It will be okay, Paul has carried out a risk assessment!

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  3. Kudos to Paul for being such a great handyman. Do you rent him out? I pay well!

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  4. Oh, I think the shingles are a superior choice to tiles. Well done to Paul!

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    1. He was planning to use clay roof tiles but I think the shingles work quite well.

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  5. Big red gas bottles, they must be twice the size of our dull grey Primagaz ones.

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  6. Next time get Paul to use the garden vacuum while you stay indoors doing lady things - like embroidery, checking horoscopes and baking fairy cakes. Rick can help as long as he wears an apron and a toque blanche. Good to hear that Kat is back in Blighty.

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    1. He's jet washing the patio today while I'm making the fairy cakes.

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    2. I bet that your paving stones have come up a treat. Good man Paul!

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  7. Here in our part of Spain we don't have natural gas, yet, so many people rely on gas bottles for heating and cooking. Most houses have what's called a "casita" built into their front walls, which are similar in style to Paul's but built of concrete blocks with a clay tiled roof. It's where they store their big 6' tall gas bottles, and around here they normally house half a dozen bottles. Every so often you have to change the valve when one bottle runs out. Eventually when you're down to your last bottle the gas man cometh with replacements.

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    1. Our two bottles are only used for the flame effect gas fire in the sitting room so they last for ages. We don't have any mains gas in the village.

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    2. I have smaller gas bottles for my living room flame effect fire, too. It's not a fire that gives out any heat, purely for effect, so the bottles don't need changing very often. In fact I can't remember when one was last changed as I don't use the fire. They are stored in a small "casita" on the terrace.

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