Archive for May, 2009

Well I think that going on holiday counts as an “important project” anyway. We took the camper van (and tent for non-adults) to the Lake District. It was unwise to arrive at the site on Sunday, when everyone else had arrived on Saturday. The only pitch left was ominously close to the stream and had […]


No blogging for a few days. Sorry for the interruption. I’ve got an important project (not washing line construction or beekeeping). Back next week.


Beeing there

21May09

My concerns for the British bee population have been eased. I was at my local primary school today when a swarm of bees arrived. It was not a big swarm… about as numerous as Norwich City fans at a home game, but with more to look forward to. Talk about attention seeking behaviour. They decided […]


Hot air

19May09

The government is urging us to prepare for a heatwave. That is good. We are advised to paint our houses white and plant shrubs for shade. Presumably they will need to be drought-tolerant shrubs. Perhaps palm trees would be better. I will ask Mrs R for authorisation to paint the house white tomorrow. We are […]


Down to earth

17May09

The vegetable plot is coming along. Soon I will be the next Tom Good. I do some more digging. I plunge the fork deep into the ground and lean back to turn a substantial clod of rich Norfolk soil. It is very hard to move. I lean harder. The ground is very dry. Nothing moves. […]


Relatively

14May09

In London last night I enjoyed dinner with some of my former workmates. It felt a bit like being at an extended family get-together… a fiftieth birthday or a silver wedding… one of those occasions where you know who everyone is, but you are not sure what you have in common. Then after a few […]


Line out

11May09

This morning’s sudden catastrophic collapse of the primary washing line could not have been foreseen. One moment the towels were flapping merrily in the strong north-easterly breeze. The next moment they were lying in an untidy zigzag across the lawn. Mrs R. was on the phone at the time and I thought I had a […]