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Elsa Peters
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Saturday 11th July

Seven start and it was a hot day once it got started.  It took me until twelve before I got dressed and ready for the day but I had gone to bed in clothes that would see me through the day without anybody noticing.  They weren't flowery pyjamas.  I had one of those mornings where one thing led to another and I achieved a lot without realising I was doing anything.  

I sat out having my coffee and realised that I hadn't put the foam cushions out yet on the sofa and chairs but to do that I needed to find the quilt cover that I'd used last year for the outside armed bench.  I came back inside and had a feeling that it was in the chest in the downstairs bedroom so everything came out and it was right at the bottom.  Everything went back including the winter covers from the sofas in the lounge so that cleared the downstairs bedroom of two other items needing to be on display.  So out I went and put the cover on the foam base and set it up and the cushions for the chairs were in the outside chest where I keep the cushions so that cats don't get settled overnight.  Everything sorted, cushions on the furniture and on the bench on the terrace so I sat down with a coffee and relaxed for all of ten minutes.  

When I'd put the garden umbrella up at the beginning of the year it really wan't pointing the the right direction and I needed to move it.  One of the connectors had broken and I'd replaced it with a bolt with a nut and unfortunately it had seized up so to unscrew it I had to get out the WD40 look alike.  Next step was to take out the 'cheeses' holding the umbrella stand so the wind doesn't blow it over the hillside and I took up stance on the edge of the terrace and remembered not to hold on to the pole, if that went it would have been almost a four food drop for me.  So cheeses out, I managed to twist it round but at this point the wind was getting up so I had a slight panic but all was good.  Angle sorted, bolt replaced, umbrella secured to the upright so it didn't catch the wind too much and I managed to get a bungy cable from my upstairs balcony to the top section of the umbrella to hold it really secure.  I eventually sat down with my coffee and realised that the sun was no longer in my eyes, I was still intact, no accidents so the tools went away and I went back to the terrace.  I checked the time....it was still only ten...time for breakfast.  Toast and Marmite again, washing up done, on to the inside sofa and settled down with my Kindle for emails, Soda Crush and Sudoku and for some reason I went incredibly tired around eleven so I thought 'Why not' so off I went to the land of nod.  

I woke up at one, and walked the garden, checked out on the work I'd done yesterday and nothing had changed, no gremlins had been in overnight.  I went back to the terrace and sat down and the umbrella was still doing it's stuff, the terrace was in shade.  Since I wasn't out there I decided to drop the umbrella and I suddenly noticed that my neighbour from the garden next door was looking for me so I shouted that I was on the terrace.  This time she'd brought me twenty eggs which I'd asked her for yesterday and she settled herself on the steps of the little house while I found some money for her.  We walked the garden together, she was amazed by the oleander and the number of flowers on it and the fact that it lives out in the winter.  She loves flowers but she has cows that come into the garden to get milked and they eat everything while they're waiting.

Off she went, I settled on the computer and tried yet again to unravel my five times great grandfather mystery and he's still a mystery.  I think I might need help from the Shropshire Archives when they start again post the virus.  Supper called and I boiled potatoes and peas, shredded a carrot, chopped an onion, opened a can of tuna and mixed it all with mayo and I'll follow it with ice-cream when I've posted.  No photos...too busy.  LN....Now for the ice-cream.....LN
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Sunday 12th July

Five thirty start and I played games for an hour or so sipping my coffee and washed and dressed by seven...it was going to be a long day.  I watered the pots, as well as the sun there was a wind to go with it so very quickly they would lose moisture.  I hadn't got any bread so breakfast would have to wait but I sort of meandered through the early morning and achieved quite a lot.  I cleared the weeds from the little garden at the bottom of the little house terrace and the between terrace garden needs more plants in it now that the weeds have been removed.  The last time I'd used my battery strimmer, the blades flew everywhere and it had been parked in the workshop and I'd relied on the electric one.  I suddenly remembered that I had a new plate that holds the blades in place so I put my hand on it straightaway which was a stroke of luck and even remembered that I had to unscrew it the opposite was to a normal screw and replaced it easily.  I put the battery on charge as soon as the idea came into my head, the WD40 look alike came into its own again and I applied it to the spindle and te strimmer it goes like a dream.  Another job done.  I strimmed round the wooden garden surrounds and they look so much better.  

As I walked to the workshop I'd noticed that the windows on the Nipper were badly in need of cleaning but why stop there so I washed it down and now I have a clean car and it's was still only ten .  I downed tools and walked over to my Avatar's house and sat down with her and Beyser as we waited for the bread van.  There was quite a lot of activity this morning...there was a huge crane lorry that was trying to move a summer kitchen that a neighbour two doors away had installed in his garden.  The neighbour had laid a concrete base and the crane was trying to move it onto the concrete from the space it had first occupied...it was going tobe a hard job.  Firstly he tried from the road and eventually he moved his lorry, with great difficulty into the garden but I didn't stay around long enough to see how they managed to get it out.  I'll her the report tomorrow form the neighbours.

Poached eggs on toast for breakfast and by now it was almost twelve and as I moved towards the sofa I heard some noises from the chimney pipes and suspected that I had another bird down the chimney.  Eventually it found its way into the pechka so I closed the curtains, the doors and opened the door to the conservatory and I anticipated that it would find its way to the light.  Wrong....it flew on to the curtain rail, I thought it had gone back into the boiler, I heard no noise so thought it had somehow found its way back up the chimney so I shut the door to the boiler.  I cleared the garden underneath the walnut and found I have eight little walnut trees growing so I shall be touting them round the village.  Next job that struck me was the water measurement clock box that is still waiting for Bekir and Sally to finish it off.  I'd waterproofed it for the winter and done nothing with it this year so I removed the lid, threw the polythene away, put wood preservative on it, leaving it to dry out and will finish tomorrow.

I moved to the computer to watch a little television and heard a strange noise that I couldn't place so I went down stairs and cold find nothing.  Five minutes later the poor bird was trying to get out, it eventually made its way to the bathroom upstairs so I've shut it in and opened the window and the flyscreen and will leave it overnight and hopefully it's got the sense to get out.  It hid away behind the expansion tank on top of the boiler and with me in the bathroom it wasn't going to move...fingers crossed.  I don't need supper I settled down on the terrace with coffee and a packet of biscuits and I'm topped up for the night.  Not healthy but adequate.  LN... Not much of a day of rest for me......LN
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Monday 13th July

Six start this morning  so down for coffee, back to bed, a few games to settle me in to the day and then up and at 'em.  The bird was no longer in the bathroom or hadn't left any traces overnight so must have taken the opportunity offered and exited stage left.  I put the washing away and went out to the garden and pottered.  I planted up Pepi's white things and don't ask....I don't know and started to weed the rest of the little garden between the terrace steps.  After planting up the little ones I decided to water them and that's when the problem started.  The hunt was on for the watering can and it took to me all corners of the garden and I couldn't find it anywhere.  I had a brainwave thinking that my Avatar might have borrowed it when she was mixing cement to repair the wall of the outside toilet so I walked over and she wan't in the garden and on my way back she shouted to me from her bedroom and explained that she was getting ready.  I tried to explain what I was after but watering can hadn't come into my vocabulary before and I think I confused her completely.  I went home and carried on searching and ten minutes later she was in my garden and I had the offending item in my hand.  I'd looked on the little house terrace and there it was...on the sunbed...where else would it be!!

We walked the garden together and I have more orders for shrubs for her garden.  I mentioned that I was about to do breakfast and she said that she hadn't eaten and she wanted me to have breakfast with her...I tried to refuse but it's easier to push water uphill and ten minutes later I was in her garden and cleaning off the table so that we could eat in style.  Eggy bread, honey, yogurt, yogurt drink and there was too much to eat but I managed it and had nothing else all day.  We were joined by near neighbors, Haciber had been to see the doctor, Beyser came to collect some pears that drop readily from the tree and Emula's mother again picking up pears and eating them.  It was getting crowded and they's reverted to Turkish so I left them to it.

I watered the plants, made a coffee and sat watching the garden grow.  I decided to go in and at eleven more or less, the eggy bread was sitting heavy and I was forced to get my head down for a time and it was one before I came back to sense and sensibility.  I heard the telephone ring, missed the call so I phoned her back and she had some good news and wanted to share it with me.  This bug has a lot to answer for but maybe we readjust and revalue our view of what's important.  I went out to the garden and I've had an afternoon of topiary, cutting back shrubs that have flowered and tomorrow I have cuttings to take of philadelphus both wild and cultivated.  I put the trimmings into a bucket of water...I ran out of steam today.  I did manage to find a couple of tortoise in different areas of the garden and they're now marked with nail varnish so that I can identify if I have more.  Blue and green has been used so far....I must search my nail varnish stack just in case they're breeding and it always amazes me how they get in...I have solid walls all round and the gate has mesh on it.  Maybe the neighbours are dumping them here.

Seven when I came in and now I have to think of something light for supper....as I said eggy bread is very filling.  The garden looks a little more cared for and the shrubs now they're trimmed make the panorama better, I hate feeling penned in.  LN...Tortoise watch tomorrow.....LN



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Tuesday 14th July

Seven start and what a wonderful night's sleep.  It was a beautiful morning and I was even out there before I drank my coffee.  I made it and took it outside and got stuck in to watering the garden...all of it.  My water bill might be a bit high, but hey....I found another tortoise at the bottom of the garden enjoying the sun so I came in and found pink nail varnish and marked the beast and took the photo....I should really have numbered them. I spotted Blue Boy half way up the garden facing into the sun, I suppose he was getting warmed up for the day before he legged it round the garden.

I popped down to visit Avatar to see if she wanted me to look out for batteries for her solar lights.  She came out of the house and her hands were white and I thought she was making bread but wrong...she was white washing one of the walls in the house and she told me that her son is coming from Germany so I decided to leave the battery stuff to him.  Beyser and Zelinger were sitting on the steps outside Beyser's house having breakfast and Avatar suggested that we pop over for five minutes which I agreed to do.  We found seats, Beyser had put out frothy pancakes and pears cooked in a syrup, to dip them in and tea.  Avatar and myself shared a pancake, we didn't want to deplete the supplies but Beyser went in and made more.  We were in our element.  I offered the pear dish to Avatar, her hands were still covered in white stuff so I picked up a pear slice and fed her like a bird and we all found it very funny.  Simple things.  I told them the story of the tortoise and Zelinger came back with a story to top it.  She said that in one day she had thirty four in her garden...one day nothing and the next full of them.

I went home. made another coffee, decided that I didn't want to go to Haskovo, it was too hot to travel and now we're back to all wearing masks again.  Instead I had a shower and washed my hair and settled myself on the rocking chair in my bedroom and started to read one of my oldest books.  I found my eyes heading southwards so I put my swimsuit on and changed position to the bench on the balcony and got my first layer of suntan on my legs and the tops of my arms.  While I'm gardening I'm usually in long trousers and long sleeve tops so that I don't get bitten by the little ones that you can't see.  I was out there for about and hour and a half, pinking up nicely so came it and it was on with the computer and I spent the afternoon finding my family and what I did find was a website of my great grandfather's brother family who now live in New Zealand and there was a place to add comments so I did.  Hopefully them might be able to remove the brick wall that's bugging me at the moment.  Princess phoned to let me know that she has just managed to pull a new job in a school to start in September and she was only interviewed yesterday.  Her husband has a second interview tomorrow for a job he's applied for so that's good news too.  The virus has a lot to answer for but many people will review outgoings and hopefully make adjustments.

I cooked a couple of hamburgers for supper and had them as sandwiches....not gourmet but adequate.  LN....Cuttings day tomorrow....LN



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Wednesday 15th July

Six thirty start and another beautiful day looked to be on the cards.  I collected up washing, paper to burn and headed downstairs, assembled rubbish in the burning basket, collected towels from the kitchen and downstairs bathroom and they were put in the washing machine.  It was only just after seven.  I made coffee and sat on the terrace enjoying the morning and thinking what a beautiful spot this is.  By this time the washing had finished and I took it from the machine.  I carried the burnable rubbish out with me, pegged out the washing and carried on to the bottom of the garden and had a bonfire.  Try that in the UK.  Firstly the neighbours would be up in arms but I have no neighbors and secondly the smoke would be tainting the washing but it's already dispersed by the time it gets here even if it's blowing towards the house.  The freedom abounds.

I boiled some eggs for breakfast and I have two more for egg mayo tonight for supper.  I washed up and tidied the kitchen and went out to start on the cuttings from the bush trimmings from yesterday, they'd been in a bucket overnight for a really good soaking to give them a fighting chance.  I did ten wild philadelphus and five of the cultivated ones and another five of yellow flowering jasmine.  They've got two chances.  I suddenly remembered that I had a folding sun lounger on the top floor of the little house so I climbed the ladder, gingerly came down the ladder carrying it and gave it a good wash down with the hose.  I left it to dry, found a rope, went up to my bedroom balcony, attached the rope to the railings and dangled it down to the terrace,  I went down the stairs and attached the rope to the chair, went back to the terrace and hauled the chair up.  I did notice that there was a split in the seat fabric so I found a needle and some strong cotton and mended the tear, tested it out and I can't have put on that much weight...it held.  I got waylaid with the Kindle on my way through the bedroom and there was a call from couple of friends that came bearing gifts.  Nice sort to have.  We had coffee, caught up on the news and gossip and the new regulations, discussed the political situation in Bulgaria and then forgot about it.  I'd spotted Blue Boy earlier on in the day and we were talking about tortoise and suddenly he spotted a baby one that of course got daubed with glittery nail varnish...and it's now acquired the name of 'Garry'...and then there were four.  I'm still not sure how they get in but let's home they get out the same way.  My visitors were off to Kardjali and I declined the offer to go with them....I only seem to spend money in town.  I walked back to the terrace and Blue Boy was trying to get off the terrace and not having much success so I lifted it up and put it on the grass and off it went towards the long wall garden.

I spend the afternoon downloading a new anti-virus, the one that I was using was conflicting with Defender and another bug program so I went for broke, cancelled the free ones and one that I'm paying for but it's for a single machine and for some reason it won't update to the new machine and short of slashing my wrists, I installed the new one and even managed to pay for it with vouchers already on the system so it's like a freebie.  A little bit of updating on some of the dates on my family chart, a little bit of t.v.. and it's surprising how quickly it moves into evening.  I've watered the plants and given them a good soaking so that they can top up overnight.  I've got about seven butternut squash ten centimetres long already, two tomatoes and four cucumbers.  The beetroot are looking very sad.  Not sure about supper, I had some peanuts about an hour ago and it's almost bedtime.  I think I'll forego it.  LN...Tortoise roll call in the morning.....LN




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Thursday 16th July

Six thirty start and it was a cloudy and fairly cool day and I was pleased that I'd pulled up the lightweight quilt last night.  I hadn't had nodded off at all yesterday so I was ready for my bed.  A few games to break me into the morning, washed and dressed and did the roll call on the tortoise and only rose and Blue Boy appeared and then over to my Avatar's house to wait for the bread van and he arrived at eight thirty.  I'd put on a pair of 'local' trousers and a very loose fitting top and I got full complements from my ladies but we didn't longer long,  I had bread and a cheesy bread and I was determined to have fried bacon and egg in my cheesy bun.  I made more coffee and sat in the stair well in the sun watching Breakfast TV and swearing at the biased questions asked by the presenters.  Always trying to lead the 'guests' up alley ways where they compromise themselves.

The telephone went and it was England calling to ask if everything was OK with my computer after yesterdays debacle with trying to load anti-virus software and it was.  The question was whether I'd put it n other devices and I had to remind him that we are two hours on...he'd forgotten.  Princess paid him a visit yesterday and was asking about one of her college books and I seem to recall asking her if she wanted it and now she did.  I pointed him in the direction of my bookshelves but also thought it could be in one of the cupboards in what used to be my study and has now been taken over so I've left the goose chase to them.  I dressed for town and I had a feeling that the insurance and MOT on the Beast was either out or on their way so I brought the documents in to the house and I was right,  The insurance was out on the twelfth and the MOT yesterday so I drove the Nipper into Djebel and did the insurance with my garage shop, drove home and headed in to the garage with the Beast to get it cleaned and checked over before the MOT,  I was surprised to see my buddy from Fotinovo at the garage and he was having a knock on the front end sorted and new brake pads.  We finished at the same time and went out separate ways.  The Beast sailed through the MOT but the government has introduced a new on-line system and the printer has to queue before it prints the final document.  We had to wait at least ten minutes...what a waste of time.

I parked up in the centre of Kardjali and paid both telephone bills was enticed into one of the cheapy shops that had a selection of swim wear on models and I need something new.   As it happens, I found a dress that I don't think I can live without, cheap, but not very cheap but it#s cruise, Captain's table style and looks better on me that the coat hanger.  Kaufland, Lidl, diesel for the Beast and home via the back lane.  I unpacked the shopping, did another tortoise check and found Rosie now in the Grave garden and Green Goddess near the garage when I was putting the Beast away.  Supper time and I haven't a clue what to do for tonight...I'm sure I'll find something.  LN....What's happened to 'Garry'?..baby's gone AWOL......LN



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Friday 17th July

A little bit late tonight...I've just spent an hour watering the very crispy flowers...it's been a hot old day.  I woke at six thirty, made my coffee and went out on tortoise watch and managed to spot Green Goddess and Rosie and eventually Blue Boy.  Garry hasn't been seen since but maybe it found a small enough hole to escape through...that's the only way they can get in but if they put weight on they'll work it off digging their way out.  Just don't knock my wall down.  

It was a lovely morning...woody landed on the plum tree, saw me sitting on the terrace so flew down to the mulberry and bashed out a few bugs and then carried on to the wood.  No photo, no camera.  I did do some watering especially on the long wall garden, the new shrubs that I'd put in were really in need and even though it's pretty shady over there, the ground is dry.  I think that it needs more manure and in the winter I'l put a good mulch on.  I came in and fried off the remains of the bacon and put it in the half that was left of the cheesy bread and very unsure what to do today.  I toyed with getting another layer of sun tan on but it was very hot out there so I settled on the terrace under my balcony and in the shade of the umbrella, shaved my legs, removed old nail varnish and gave myself a pedicure.  I found an old Rimmel nail varnish that I'd bought in England around six years ago but it was still runny and a reasonable colour, dark cherry and it looks OK.  I didn't bother with my nails, with the gardening they keep breaking so I might be seeing my nail technician around September time.  

At twelve I did go out on the balcony on the sun lounger but I was only out there for about an hour.  I took  my book out but it was getting very difficult to read,,,lots of things to think about and it was too hot to think so the book went away.  I came inside, put the computer on and caught up emails, television on and then mind numb until I started the quest for my greats again and still no joy.

Garden thoroughly water tonight so they'll have a good drink tonight.  I caught up with Blue Boy again trying to leap from the terrace to the grass so again I picked it up and put it on the lower level.  It stood still for a while and then took off like a bat out of hell heading for the special tree and probably found a hotel for the night.  Supper was Brie and biscuits, it was too hot to slave over a stove tonight.  LN...At least it's cooled down now....LN



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Saturday 18th July

Another good nights sleep, snuggled down quite early and it knocked up quite a healthy score on my Fitbit.  I woke up just after half six, the sun had not long come up, the sky was clear and it looked like we were in for another scorcher and it was until around five this evening.

I made coffee and sat on the terrace with it and then got impatient so decided to get the hoses sorted out...the little buddlieh at the bottom of the garden had cut off water supply to its leaves so I had an emergency.  I dragged the hose to more or less a straight line from the outside supply but was about four feet short so I stood down there for about ten minutes giving it a good soak. I propped the hose up by the bottom garden that's got the berberis in it and left it on for about fifteen minutes....and down m=by the bonfire I spotted the Green Goddess who was sun bathing down the bottom of the garden.  I lit a bonfire just to get rid of some of the rubbish and the garden weeds that I'd pulled out..it just keeps everything neat.

I noticed that the cone that I had with petunias was looking very rough.  It was supposedly lined with polythene but time had taken its toll so I removed the plants and soil and put the cone top of a thirteen litre water bottle puncturing a hole in the screw top so that there was some drainage, more compost and then the original compost and plants pushed back in.  I watered it well and it seems to have perked up.  I took a coffee outside and sat on the garden sofa and read for a while but it was very warm out there so I came back in, played a few games until the battery ran low and decided to move on to the main computer....and that was my downfall.  My great, great was still on my brain and I sat and went through the original baptism record and I'm still left with a quandary.  He was apparently born in 1790, baptised in 1793 but when I check out the parents I have different names for the wives and I cant find the marriage record for the first Thomas and Ann....so T's and A's spring to mind.

The clouds had come over so I went out to soak the pots again....it would be good if we had some rain but I doubt it.  Three turned up for the roll call this morning, Green Goddess down the bottom and Blue boy hiding in the gap between the wall and the garage and Rosie announced her arrival with a crunching of leaves as she headed towards Blue boy.  Tonight I've only had one sighting, Rosie was on the bank by the special tree so they've all covered ground today.  Too late to start supper and I've picked all day so I shan't starve to death.  LN....Bath and bedtime....LN



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Sunday 19th July

Seven thirty start this morning...I was up late on Ancestry tracking and it was one before I got to sleep.  I didn't solve any problems but sleeping on it put another idea into my head which wasn't any use at all but at least I've investigated it and now I can continue.  I walked the garden and found Rosie down the bottom but didn't spot the others.  There was a rumble in the shrubbery but I left it at that...they might have ganged up and excavating in shifts.

I watered the plants and made a manure drink and fed it to a few.  Everyday is an experiment and we'll see which one works best.  I cooked a spicy sausage and fried off an egg for breakfast and heard the bread van, made my way down there and one problem was solved.  I'd heard children virtually screaming last night and thought that Avatar's grandson had come back from his escapades with his mother and the rest of the family but instead we had three children in a swimming pool in Haciber's garden.  I guessed that Haciber's son and family had come back from Sweden and carried on to the van and she was down there and in deep conversation with the driver.  Off she went and I asked if they were quarantined and he shook his head.  Apparently the police were down yesterday checking on the family but Haciber seemed to be taking no notice at all....she didn't appreciate the situation...and still doesn't.  I came back and started the washing and stripped the sofa of cushion covers, it was another lovely day.  At eleven thirty I moved inside with my book, read for a while and at one thirty I knew how I would be spending the afternoon.  At five thirty Haciber was at the door with cake on a plate and this was a problem for me.  I accepted it, put the cake on to one of mine and washed up hers and handed it back.  It had been cooked by her daughter-in-law and looked delicious but no-way....it went in the bin...I didn't want to run a risk...and they don't even recognise that there is one.

I got the washing in, folded it and put it away straight away and had an hours conversation with my ex-flat mate from Gibraltar.  We first met up in nineteen sixty nine so our friendship has survived heartbreaks, marriages and divorces between us but it's still strong.  Our children are now parents... time goes quickly but the soul remains the same.   Barbecued pork that I'd bought from Lidl went into the oven and that was going to be supper...and was supper...it was delicious.  I'm about to go and water the pots....bath time and bed.  I refuse to get into the trap of last night trying to follow through with my ancients.  Pool tomorrow if the weather looks good.  LN....Tortoise watch....LN
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Monday 20th July

Four thirty start so that snooze that I had yesterday afternoon screwed up my sleeping pattern for last night.  It was still dark outside but I managed to see that the sky was pretty cloudy so I anticipated that I wouldn't be swimming today.  I played games and Sudoku until there was light outside, washed and dressed by seven and took my first coffee outside.  I came in for the second coffee, left it on the table and managed to water everything in sight.  I did the pots first, took the spray from the curly hose and used the next break to reconnect the spray head. On my way down the garden I spotted Green Goddess nestling in the long wall garden where she'd obviously bedded up for the night so I was very careful how I watered it...it's not a turtle. I moved up to the burning pit garden, the zinnias were drooping a little and if the clouds did move away....it could have been like yesterday.  I moved round the other beds and the whole process took about an hour, I rescued my coffee and again too my place on the outside sofa and noticed that I'd left Monty Don out overnight and fortunately...no rain.  

I did another circuit of the garden and found Blue Boy near the bonfire perfectly still and as  walked along the bottom wall, Rosie was making her way towards Blue Boy.  I've given them sexes and don't really know what goes on when the sun goes down....I might have it completely wrong.  Back to the house and fried off a spicy sausage to make a sandwich this morning...I didn't fancy and egg.  While I was standing over a hot frying pan I heard a noise coming out of the winter petchka and I remembered that I'd heard a bird fluttering in the pipes yesterday.  I had my breakfast and got into the swing of taking everything off the top of the petchka, set the scene for the release by clearing the window sill so that I could open the window, opened the fly screen so that the bird could make its way to the conservatory.  The conservatory door and fly screen were open but the main door to the house was shut tight.  I wanted to make it clear that it had to make its way outside and I didn't have any issues..success first time.  I moved the hot plates from the petchka and nothing happened,  I moved the big hot plate and suddenly a bird flew out, headed for the window and made it's way outside.

I made my way over to Avatar's house to relate that I'd had another bird down the chimney and it looked like the Marie Celeste.  I called out, the main door was open but no one home and as I turned round Haciber's daughter asked me if I had internet and I responded that I didn't know.  She said she was having problems and only needed it for two minutes or so but no way...she only arrived a couple of days ago and I didn't want visitors especially bringing 'gifts' that I really didn't need.  Princess phone with good news....they are both now reemployed....he got the email this morning and starts the beginning of August where she doesn't go back until the schools recommence. I'm thinking that I shall have to have a visit to England for half-term....we can have mother and daughter time.  Avatar has had some wood delivered and i think it's the government's allowance and so where's mine.  The rest of the afternoon I've been playing around with my ancestry records sorting them out into sections and filling in some of the gaps.  The garden can wait until the morning....I haven't got the energy to get out there tonight and it's getting dark already.  LN.....Fingers crossed for a good night's sleep....LN
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