There was a lack of sunshine here today but it was mild and we did have a dry spell or two but mainly we had a light drizzle . Not brilliant for gardening but we needed to get out there and plant some holly bushes where an old Escallonia hedge had died. Escallonia is supposed to be reasonably tough but we have found that one by one over the years we lose a bit more in a bad winter. I hope the holly fares better.
We will be on our way back home tomorrow ready for work on Monday. Shame.
Next weekend I will have to get my summer clothes out and decide which items are going with me to Italy. I have my wedding outfit and I am hoping I will have a parcel waiting for me at home containing the shoes, though I am thinking about getting the white ones after all but I will see better when I can try outfit and shoes on together. DH is sorting out travel insurance and money so I only have to think about the luggage and packing, washing and ironing. I will need to decant shampoo and toiletries into small travel containers and check the travel hairdryer and adaptors.
As my eldest daughter and her DH are now going to the wedding and they are going to hire a car for their two-week stay it will solve the travel problem to and from the wedding and reception. This is actually more than good news as we had just been told by the bride’s mum that the mini bus taking guests from the wedding to the reception about 8 miles away might not materialise after all. Of course the downside is that we were going to borrow their suitcases if they were not going so now we need to sort this out.
It is only 19 days until we go and I feel a bit in limbo – not able to start any major projects and knowing that when we get back both the garden at home and in Scotland will be needing major attention as everything will have suddenly taken off including the weeds. I bought some courgette seeds but of course I will not be able to sow them if I am not home to water them. We will be having a bit of an eBay break too as we cannot a list anything if we are not here to post the items. We have done quite well so far and of all the items listed only the six white wedding brollies remain unsold and some bath taps.
As well as the eBay items I have been sending a lot of unwanted stuff to the charity shops. I have tried to be quite ruthless both in what I keep and what I give away. Much of the stuff is actually things I didn’t buy in the first place. Some of the stuff belonged to my elder daughter and she has been taking a few boxes back to her house each week to sort through.
The old pile of papers has now been burned on our recent bonfire – old bank statements and paperwork of closed accounts – they have mounted up over the years but I am satisfied I will not need them. There was far too much to shred so bringing the four boxes up to the cottage and burning it was a good option.
So my house is feeling a whole lot lighter and I feel better for the clear out it actually makes me want to do more and it certainly makes it easier to keep the place clean. When we get back home I intend to go through a few more drawers and cupboards and look at the 80% of stuff we never use – I realised whilst doing the recent declutter that I actually prefer to have only those items that we use all the time and when I come across something I haven’t used for ages I am going to either start using it or pass it on.
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend.
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