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Pipe Drip Was a False Alarm

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Well, am I relieved! It turned out that the pipe is effectively an overflow for the boiler in case the pressure becomes an issue. Although it looks as though the pipe goes back into the wall, it doesn't. It is just angled towards the wall so that it doesn't spit hot water on anyone.

It was a matter of a minute for the guy to adjust the pressure, explain what was happening, and he said that if the pressure drops again to let them know and they will put a new valve on it.

Of course, it doesn't explain the damp, and at some point that will have to be explored, but that will hopefully just mean injecting some damp proofing into the wall or something. Always assuming it is actually a fairly straightforward job.

So, I'm sitting here digesting a late supper with the first series of As Time Goes By playing in the DVD player. Been very active today, largely thanks to various challenges on SP. Spent an hour or more walking around the house playing Step to the Beat to buy 15 Luxury Houses for one challenge, and walked with Leslie Sansone for two more challenges.

I've really been pushing myself lately, and I have run our of oomph tonight. I'm trying to think of something witty to say, but my brain has deserted me. And now I'm yawning. Time for bed, Zebedee!

Going to have a day of dodging rain and storms in the garden tomorrow, tidying it a bit ready for a visitor on Saturday. I think I'll slot in a nice soak in the bath as well. I went into Lush yesterday to buy something to show my support for their stance against Fracking. I figure that if they are willing to help fund the fight against fracking, the least we can do is pop a bit of cash in their coffers. Anyhoo, I got a Honeybee bath thingee for Tara and a Comforter bath thingee for me. They smell scrumptious!

Hope we never have to face tap water that can catch fire!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:14PM

    Loved your cartoons!

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CARLA-216 8/9/2013 12:02PM

    I'm glad the pipe wasn't a problem, and I hope the dampness is sorted soon.

Very nice of you to buy from Lush as a thank you for their contribution to no fracking. I'm sure you and Tara will enjoy the goodies you bought there.

I am ashamed to say that I have neglected what is left of my garden. I just have tomatoes left and eggplant. My drive to do things that need to be done went away. I guess I have the stupid blues again. :( I will make myself go out this evening or early tomorrow to see if there are any tomatoes to bring in.

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MAURIZIA 8/9/2013 7:51AM

    Whew! The pipe wasn't a major problem. Hope you get the damp sorted. Congrats on all the moving! WOOHOO!

We are dodging rain & t-storms today...Sorry for the bride & groom at the wedding I'm attending this evening...It was supposed to be an outdoor ceremony. :(

Happy day!! Hugs.

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2013 2:59AM

    Hope you get that checked and sorted Lex, don't want damp!!

Enjoy your gardening, i got mine done in glorious sun on Wednesday so if is nice over the weekend I can sit and unwind


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ARTJAC 8/8/2013 10:38PM

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_LINDA 8/8/2013 8:13PM

    Great the pipe wasn't a concern, but the damp is not so good..
Good for you getting moving! I pretty much have to get going because its blooming cold here!! You know, it will be lucky if we don't get frost!! Some leaves are already turning. I must have blinked and missed my summer somehow!! Aug 8 and we are getting temperatures meant for late Sept!!
I am sure missing the hot tub soak I used to get in the other fitness facility (whose gym is closed to classes for the summer). There is nothing in this facility I am going to. Have a nice soak!
Have a Fantabulous Friday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SHAWFAN 8/8/2013 7:19PM

    I'm glad the pipe was a non-issue for you, and I hope you can figure out the damp and it turns out to be a non-issue also. Love the cartoons! Have a great night! emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/8/2013 6:48PM

    Do you eat all of your Courgettes(zucchini to me) we usually get more than enough during the summer?

I am glad your pipe was a non-problem but the damp is likely something else, and hopefully a small issue.

Have a great Friday

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Bought a Hula Hoop Today

Wednesday, August 07, 2013





It weighs 1 1/2 kilos, is padded, and has nobbles on the inside that apparently aid toning and so forth. The truth, though, is that it hurts to use it at the moment, so I'll tuck it away until the winter. I reckon I need to learn how to use it when I am wearing some decent layers of clothing as padding! :-)

The few times I tried I could at least see where the benefits will lie if I can get to grips with it. Going to be fun making the neighbours stare when I'm out there in the winter on the patio, hooping for all I'm worth. LOL

So, I looked online and found a lighter one (600g) which will be better to start with, I reckon. Should be here in a few days. :-)

In the meantime the 'almost noms' are coming along very nicely in the veg beds.

Courgettes are swelling. I hope that I'll be eating my first ones within a week. :-)



I spent today ripping out leaves that were overloaded with teeny little caterpillar things munching away. Cabbage whites, I'm guessing. Been cleaning off butterfly eggs as well. I just hope the affected plants survive. Be a shame if I lose them. Lost a few parsnips as it is.

But on the plus side flowers are appearing on the runner beans and tomatoes, so all is not lost. :-)

And it has been substantially cooler today, which has been very pleasant. :-)

Wish us luck tomorrow. We have someone from the council coming round to check a leaky pipe. Could explain the damp smell in the corner of the kitchen. Just hoping it isn't anything major!

Enjoy the rest of your day.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:22PM

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    I want a hula hoop too!! emoticon

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MNNICE 8/8/2013 7:05PM

    I made myself a hula hoop back in November and it mostly has hidden behind my bedroom door. I think it's time to bring it out in the open so it gets some use. It's fun, but just seems I don't have time for it! I LOVE the glow worm poem!

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BOVEY63 8/8/2013 3:23PM

    Enjoy your hula hoop and veggies when they are ripe! Yummy!
Great cartoons once again!
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2ABBYNORMAL 8/8/2013 2:34PM

    Have fun with the hula hoop.
I've seen videos of people hula hooping and it looks like so much fun. You can see from the videos just how much exercise a person gets. It's a lot.
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CARLA-216 8/8/2013 9:26AM

    Good luck with your hooping!

I hope the insects do not destroy any more of your vegetable plants. You may want to research some organic methods of keeping the pests at bay should pulling or cleaning leaves becomes too tedious and time consuming.

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SHAWFAN 8/8/2013 6:26AM

    Great on the hoop. Hope you get lots of goo veggies from your garden, and I hope you get your kitchen sorted without much cost. emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 8/8/2013 1:18AM

    ENJOY!!

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_LINDA 8/7/2013 11:42PM

    Always a good thought to start at the beginning rather then step up to the professional level right off ;) That actually looks rather painful :P I won a normal sized adult hoop, have no idea how heavy it is, but it is good quality according to the hooping crowd.
Sorry about the bug invasion, what a pain :(( really sorry to hear you lost some parsnips *sniff* my favorites :( Hope everything lives!!
Good luck with the pipe -that its a quick fix would be nice.
Enjoy the cool weather and have a totally terrific Thursday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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REMEMBER_THIS 8/7/2013 11:37PM

    That's a hoola hoop? My how they have changed! It looks like a giant steering wheel!!
I'd be afraid of dislocating something! Good luck to you!

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ANNEMAC5 8/7/2013 11:33PM

    emoticon emoticon nice hoop. It took me a few weeks to learn to waist hoop and I got plenty bruised spots. I do not do anything fancy but it is fun good to try something new.
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GARDENCHRIS 8/7/2013 11:11PM

    cool on the hoola hoop!

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SENATOR9 8/7/2013 9:42PM

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3016DEBRA 8/7/2013 7:00PM

  Haven't tried one of those for years...sounds FUN!!! emoticon emoticon

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FATTYBOY230 8/7/2013 5:43PM

    pretty heavy ... it could leave bruises

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BLUENOSE63 8/7/2013 5:41PM

  Hey I have almost the same hoop except mine is blue and red. Watch out at the beginning you may have some bruising around your hips and that is just a technique thing but you can burn a ton of calories hooping and get your steps in as well!

Enjoy

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Strength Training Decisions Made Easy...

Sunday, August 04, 2013

I only have one question...

What are Russian Twists? :-)





In a country like England, where the weather is so changeable, this could actually work! LOL

However, certain parts of the world are going to get bored very quickly!

Hope you've had a good weekend!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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    Can't help with defining a Russian Twist!
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    Eh the weather changes every 5 minutes here,it would work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAWFAN 8/5/2013 6:07AM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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POLSKARENIA 8/5/2013 2:49AM

    Very imaginative!!

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_LINDA 8/5/2013 2:40AM

    Russian twists -you sit in a V sit hold, leaning backwards with a straight spine and legs bent at the knee but feet not touching the floor and you take a weight (or medicine ball) or something heavy in your hands and twist from side to side. I used a medicine ball in a bootcamp once -they were HARD!
Is there that much of a difference between cloudy and overcast? I think they should specify partly cloudy ;)
This would work in my rapidly changing climate too..
Have a Marvelous Monday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SHEENADEE 8/4/2013 10:36PM

    Sounds like a fun way to pick your workout.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 8/4/2013 8:11PM

    I think they are seated twists with a medicine ball.

Oh I know.

Google it!

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Storm today. Awesome clouds!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Got loads of photos, but these are a couple of my favourites:





And this is my fave shot of the recent full moon...



That will have to do because my camera's pics are quite large and Spark struggles with them.
Hope you had a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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GRACIEC 8/9/2013 12:37PM

    Great photos!

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CARLA-216 8/6/2013 1:38PM

    What gorgeous cloud and moon photos! Your camera did a wonderful job with the moon. Wow!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/6/2013 11:21AM

    Great blog all the way around!

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MAURIZIA 8/4/2013 5:14PM

    Beautiful photos! I love the laundry shot - the white against the dark sky. Intense!! Thank you for sharing them!

Hugs.

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 8/4/2013 12:18AM

    WOW So dark, I hope the weather cleared up

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/4/2013 12:14AM

    Awesome pictures. I love the storm clouds and dark sky when storms are rolling in. I love the pictures.
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POLSKARENIA 8/3/2013 2:20PM

    Love the photos! And the cartoon especially!!

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GARDENCHRIS 8/3/2013 10:10AM

    nice!

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_LINDA 8/2/2013 10:12PM

    Wow! Awesome!! Love these photos! Cute funnies!
I use Windows Live to download my camera photos now because it lets me edit them and resize them, that is so frustrating Sparks always used to refuse them..
Have a Super Saturday!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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    Love it!

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SHAWFAN 8/2/2013 6:46PM

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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All behind like a cow's tail...

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The title is one of my favourite sayings, and as far as I know it is specifically of Cornish origin, where I woz brought up. Of course, if you know different, I'm all ears. :-)



I use it a lot, which gives you some indication of how well organised I am these days. LOL

Anyhow, that was yesterday, and I gave up playing catch-up and losing, so went to bed blogless.

But this is now. :-)

Am I the only person who is finding the days shooting past faster than the speed of light?

Yesterday was cool and delightful. Today is sticky and very much not delightful.

Aside from the tasty noms from Waitrose.

They are very delightful! :-)

I came home with doughnut peaches, and sliced melon, and all manner of tasty freggie treats, and for lunch I popped some cold smoked rainbow trout fillets on my plate, along with some beetroot, and I baked little courgette buns to go with it. Yummy!

Ok, hold the phone...

Courgette Buns?

That's what I said, yes. :-)

What are they? Well, they are sort of baby baked omelette buns really.

You simply set your oven to 200C, 400F, gas 6, and lightly grease four sections of a fairy bun tin or a muffin tin. Then you grate up a medium courgette (or about 4 or 5 of those baby ones) to about 100g or thereabouts, pop it in a bowl, add one egg and about 25g (more or less, your choice) of grated parmesan or other Italian cheese (I use a blend of Italian cheeses already grated so dead easy to measure out) and stir it all together with a fork. Spread the mix between the four greased sections, packing it in and gently firming it down. Then you pop it in the oven for 15-18 mins until the edges are golden. Pop on a plate and they are ready to eat. Really delish! And they have to be one of the easiest things I've ever prepared. Didn't even take five minutes to sort out.

I'm loving being back on Spark more regularly. I've even started to organise my team challenges so that this month I might actually manage to keep up with them! There is a lot of walking involved, what with the Step to the Beat team and the Leslie Sansone Team :-)

Well, better brave the heat and water the veggies. They must be feeling parched!
Hope you are having a great day!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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_VALEO_ 8/3/2013 2:37AM

    OM OM... Your courgettes' recipe sounds lovely!

I had never heard the saying before, and I find it very visual. According to my research (was trying to see when/where to reuse it), it seems that the saying is much older, and it is originally found in Petronius' work.

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BOVEY63 8/2/2013 4:09PM

    I am happy to see you blogging more too! They always cheer up my day!
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_LINDA 8/2/2013 12:33AM

    That is a new saying on me for sure.
The days are zipping by too quickly. Seems like we barely had much of a summer and there are signs of fall already!!
So glad you are back Sparking and blogging! You were missed!!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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MAURIZIA 8/1/2013 4:33PM

    Lexi, I love reading your blogs so I, too, am glad you are blogging again. :)

Courgettes (or zucchini, as we call it) is one of my favorite veggies and in an omelet with eggs, onion, and cheeses is my favorite way to eat it. I have even made it calzone style.

Your weather sounds much like ours. Wonder if that is why this region is called "New England." :)

Enjoy your day!

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2ABBYNORMAL 8/1/2013 2:49PM

    Same here, nice day yesterday and hot and humid today. I love the pictures, your humor and your recipe. You made my day.
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CARLA-216 8/1/2013 2:11PM

    Sounds tasty, the courgette buns! My courgettes went kaput; I think squash beetles got them like happens every year after several weeks of giving me more than enough. Too bad they all come in at once and then...nothing.

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