Category Archives: fixing

Why haven’t we left yet?

Our life has narrowed down to a very thin set of priorities now, as we try to wrangle a move prior to October with a desperate earnestness that no other party involved seems to share. Everything you think will take … Continue reading

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Here’s one they repaired earlier

There are primary and secondary reasons why we’re moving house. The primary reasons begin with being closer to elderly family, then include key factors like being in (and affording) a city with transport networks that don’t leave us feeling isolated. … Continue reading

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The beautiful boredom of borders

A couple of weeks ago I painted three panels of a fence round our back garden. It’s a laborious task, even using a three-inch brush: given the contents of the neighbours’ garden behind, I could never spray it on. Besides, … Continue reading

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Sure to wake somebody

Bananaman’s house opposite is indeed still uninhabited, and has been since we last saw him some eighteen months ago. Not only has K. been over on the pretext of leafleting, and looked into its empty, uncurtained rooms, but the garden … Continue reading

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These wooden things are suddenly our responsibility, are they?

During the high winds some ten days ago that whacked much of the west and north parts of our fair isles in their green faces, our fence nearly blew down. As we tried to find someone to fix it, it … Continue reading

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My carbon audit for 2010

Last year my personal carbon footprint was 2.3 tonnes. This year it’s 1.32 tonnes. What’s the secret of my success? In one way, you might say we cheated: we left our draughty rented house over a year ago and bought … Continue reading

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A year is a long time in digging over

We soon come to the end of our first year of owning a garden. I have learnt since starting to fumble around in the earth that you should take at least a year after acquiring a garden, to merely dutifully … Continue reading

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