Painting over the gas tap...

Trip Start May 17, 2010
Trip End Mar 14, 2011

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Part of the deal this summer was to go a tiny way towards repaying what we owe - so we've had the paintbrushes out! After much consideration over colour, we repainted my mother in law's kitchen, and project-managed the decorators for my parent's house, i.e. shifted stuff and made the copious amounts of tea that are essential on these occasions. If we say it ourselves, both places look very nice.

We had some nice weather which was an excellent opportunity for a new hobby - geocaching! All over the world people have hidden little boxes containing little items, and the idea is to enliven a walk and learn something about an area by finding them. It isn't always that easy; there's one hidden near Chirk Viaduct but we couldn't find it, although we did locate the one in the lower grounds of the castle beneath a very ancient tree. The viaduct in the picture is also the boundary between England and Wales, and beyond it is a splendid dark tunnel which also apparently contains a cache.

We were able to combine the decorating supervision with another cat sit. Freddie always has an eye for the main chance, and when his owner acquired a large dog he found another house with a cat flap. His new owner was therefore rather surprised one day to be going up her stairs only to meet a large black and white cat coming down. Nothing but the best for Freddie - posh cat food (three pouches a day) his own chair (although he prefers either most of the sofa or a bed that he is not supposed to be on) and given half a chance, our dinner. We quickly learned not to leave food uncovered, as even on the cooker nothing was safe. Freddie is quite sociable and prone to entertaining moments of madness with cardboard boxes and toy mice, but there is never any guarantee that there will not be a sudden attack with claws or teeth. Given this I am not clear why I found myself holding his cat flap open for him to prevent him having to make the effort to push it! There also had to be some persuasion the night of the heavy rain, which Freddie clearly does not like - we could see his housetraining battling this and threw him bodily out before the wrong instinct won out!

The baggy brown Mondeo has been earning its keep - we had a call from our tenants reporting the demise of our dishwasher, so after an interesting learning curve on ebay we managed to acquire another one and ship it to Surrey. Attached is a photo of our lunch stop on the Thames below Walton Bridge (now 50 years overdue for a replacement, and it isn't going to happen in the next five years) - as you can see the local wildlife is friendly!

next journal - emigrating to Wales!
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