Things to do when you can’t sleep: lxxvii

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lxxvii : Turn out the understairs cupboard 

Why wouldn’t you?

Though nine frames for paint rollers seems excessive.  Perhaps they breed too.

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Thirty eight thousand steps;

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one instalment of an indefinite journey.  On this basis it could  be a long one.

What do thunder flies taste like?

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I looked on Wikipedia, but, although discoursing on their evolution, flight, reproductive habits etc., the article was obstinately silent about flavour.

Which left me with a question about the elderflowers:  to wash, or not to wash?  The former removes the pale pollen as well as a good many flies; the latter will keep the pollen, but also more animals will be retained, infusing their possibly noxious juice when I pour the hot syrup over.  Ummm.

And later:

greenhouse audit.  Must have been breeding all winter.

Unpatterned

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An incoherent day.

Small steps; they look alike until they are all over the wall, and then it’s too late.  Test pots good (get the dinky little rollers which – amazingly – actually work).

Sibirica; sometimes only for a single day before they go over.

Charity shop: supposedly 3D, but looking at the individual pieces with their shifting colour makes your eyes go googly. And disassembly is a pig, as the pieces jam together, making the image-bearing plastic delaminate from the cardboard substrate.  Really glad it was a Bargain.

Perpetrating fraud

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It’s almost a year since the old shed was demolished.  This was the site.

The image is fraudulent.  1) the clear soil denies certain thickets of roots that are impossible to excavate.  Some of them are from the hydrangea petiolaris on the fence, but roots of nettle and bramble and bindweed are woven inextricably among.  2) what appears to be tilth is a thin skim of spent compost raked over the horrible clay lumps, gravel and fragments of concrete that pass for earth.  3) the slant of sunshine disguises that this is north-facing.  4) the fences shelter from wind, but also from rain, and this is dry – all the way to the bottom.

The petiolaris, God bless it, copes with anything, and can be left to get on.  As for the new border “soil”, in such adverse conditions it is a question of throwing in everything you’ve got, and seeing what survives.

Module the sixth

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I am expecting to find the teaching for this one very interesting, and we are only here for three days. However, on the way from the station my feet took me to buy playing cards, a sketch block, and TWELVE small jigsaws.  So what is that about?  (I did manage to ignore the urge to buy something to knit.)

Idling

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Wednesday.

Bother Oxford, I thought sniffily, going out as the rain slowed.  So I turned left, interested by the curious mixture of pretension and seediness that characterised the area.  (Click an image for the gallery)

Today I travelled home.  Someone burned the toast at Oxford station and we evacuated, but luckily that was the only drama.