Few lines

07Sep09

Three doughnuts today. I will have thighs like an Olympic speed skater in no time.*

There was a washing line incident on Saturday. I can’t bring myself to blog about it. Still too painful…

…Suffice to say: a stitch in time saves nine.

*or possibly a belly like a sumo wrestler. Definitely like some sort of sportsperson anyway.



11 Responses to “Few lines”

  1. 1 Fiona

    Will we ever get to hear “The Continuing Saga of the Washing Line of Norfolk”?
    This is the stuff of legend and we need to have the latest chapter please.

  2. 2 Ann

    Doughnuts could be dangerous, if directed to the waist area rather than the thighs, I believe the risk of illness is higher! Though why remains a mystery.

    Waiting with bated breath for the next thrilling installment of the washing line saga.

  3. 3 Camilla

    Alex, in your post “Song and dance” there are two mysterious characters which may possibly be stopping the RSS feed from your blog working. I don’t claim to understand this, but as you are an IT person I’m sure it is all clear to you. Is there any chance you could fix it?

    Your tens of thousands of fans on Aviva World (well, me) can no longer see the feed of your blog through Blonk/Blaug….

    • 4 alexoutside

      Camilla – thanks for letting me know. I’ve deleted and reposted “Song and Dance”. Is that any better? I can’t find any RSS controls at my end, but I’ll do some testing to see if I can spot this sort of thing before I publish. 🙂

      • 5 Camilla

        Hooray! It now works. I don’t even know what the characters were, they just showed as little boxes in this browser (IE7).

  4. 6 Mrs R

    Allow me to fill everyone in on the latest washing line saga.

    Several months ago I noticed that the plastic casing of one of the washing lines was cracked in several places and the steel cable inside was rusting. Apart from the inconvenience of not being able to hang clothes on the rusty bits, this clearly indicated to me that the line was in danger of breaking. Therefore I bought a new 30m line and politely asked Alex if he would put it up for me. I left it in a highly visible place near the back door so that he would see it often and I wouldn’t have to keep reminding him.

    A few weeks later the other washing line fell down, ie not the rusty one. As this also showed signs of wear and tear Alex kindly replaced it with the new one I’d bought and I bought an identical one to replace the one that was rusty and left it in the same place. Maybe I said to Alex ‘I have bought another new line, please put it up instead of the rusty one when it’s convenient’ or maybe, as he claims, I didn’t. Either way, I don’t like to nag so the new washing line was still sitting on the kitchen surface by the back door when the rusty one finally gave way on Saturday complete with its load of freshly laundered towels.

    This event finally goaded Alex into action, so I now have 2 new lines, still hanging as I write, and one in reserve kindly donated by Alex’s intranet blog readers.

    • 7 John

      Mrs R – you need to do what my Mrs M does (or rather did) she got a man in to do all those jobs I never got round to. After forking out a small fortune paying someone to do what would have taken me a Saturday morning free and for gratis, things like this don’t get left anymore!!!

      • 8 Mrs R

        Tempting John, very tempting, but I find this approach wounds the male pride. Perhaps I am being overly sensitive.

  5. 9 Fiona

    Mrs R,
    thanks for the update.
    I am not surprised at all that Alex has stated “You did not ask me to that”. I have found this to be a common excuse among the more mature members of the male of the species when caught out having not performed some task.

    The excuse from the younger members is normally used when they are causght doing something they shouldn’t (ie opposite above) – “It wisnae me – a bad boy did it and ran away” or “It wasn’t me, it was my sister”.

    Best example of this is when youngest son is caught with his hand on the car horn which has been blaring for 20 seconds and tries to blame it on elder sister who is sitting in the house 🙂

  6. 10 Becky Stafford

    I do like the fact Mrs R has got in on the blogging action. Upstaging Mr R haha. I like getting both sides of the story. :-p


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