Saturday, June 29, 2013
It's been a bit mad this week and quite frustrating because I had to spend 3 days in waiting the for the compost bins to be delivered. As I don't hear the door bell if I am in the garden, it meant not gardening. The first one arrived late on Monday but it was damaged. The second one was delivered. I phoned on Tuesday and they had only ordered one for me and had refunded the amount for the second one - bizarre! Anyway they said they would deliver a replacement for the damaged one and I could keep it, so didn't worry about a second as it look as if buy one damaged, get one free! Slight variation on bogoff (buy one get one free)! The damage is not too bad, so is reparable. The replacement was due on Wednesday, so I waited around all day and it didn't come. Thursday morning, phoned, got told that I had refused delivery because it was damaged - in my dreams!!! and after waiting around for investigions to be done, finally got told they would deliver on Friday before twelve. Well that was an improvement. I had just stepped into the bath on Friday morning when it arrived. Had to hop out quick and drip my way to the front door in my dressing! In fact, there were two on board!!!!! I refused the second one and took the first in the hope if wasn't damaged and he went away. No explanation for any of the botching. I won't be using this company again as they don't seem very efficient.
As I ran the cross-head screw driver through my thumb while trying to assemble the first one, I abandoned it and have phone our friendly odd job man to come and do it. He'll have an electric screwdriver and they'll both be up in no time at all.
Today has been really busy. I started teaching at 8.40, went to feed the cats for my son who is on holiday at lunchtime, calling in at Aldi's on the way for cat food as he had forgotten to get any in for me, then quick lunch before teaching again. I had a cuppa then before heading for my brother's garden which I use as an allotment. He doesn't have a clue about gardening and does the minimum, so is happy for me to grow potatoes and whatever else I fancy which relieves him of the hard graft. And hard graft it was today. I needed to get 3 spaghetti squash plants and 5 pumpkin plants in, which DH had raised in the greenhouse for me. They were a bit large so needed to get in quickly. Before I could plant them though, I had to hoe the weeds, dig out the area and then plant them. It is so claggy it took me the best part of three hours, but I am glad they are done now. Next week I'll be able to concentrate on our own garden.
The potatoes are growing well and nearly ready and some of the parsnips are through. There were loads of keepers - potatoes from last year where I needed to plant the squash and pumpkins, so I had to dig them out too and got half a bucket of new potatoes which I'll give to my sister tomorrow. Life is rather difficult for her with the recession, so I try to help her out with stuff from the garden as and when.
Tomorrow we head for Liverpool, my sister and I, to visit our aunt who is a Carmelite Nun. It's a goodish drive - about 2.5 hours - but it'll be nice to catch up with Anna. We don't often meet up, even though we live down the road from each other. Life seems to take over and the weeks go by. The Convent in Liverpool has just been built to rehome 3 communities as they are all getting older and there is not much in the way of new recruits these days. My aunt is the second youngest and she is nearly 80 now! The new convent is purpose built with all the facilities need for the frail elderly.