Life, photos but not the universe

Grumbles and Grace

Picasa is being very busy ‘updating thumbnails’  all by itself.  Usually it doesn’t do that unless I edit or add some photos. Odd.  Mind it did say it was ‘compacting the database’ last night.  It’s much tidier than me.  I need to ‘compact the washing base’ and the ‘dining room base’ and come to think of it I ought to ‘update’ the toenails and the winter woollies bases too!

Barney’s promised/threatened absence of two weeks has been severely adjusted during the second of the weeks.  One day he had to come home because he needed materials.  Another day he had to come home for a funeral.  Now he’s needing to extend the two weeks into a third but doesn’t expect it to be more than one extra night.  I rather suspect that he’ll be back  the first night all the same.

Of course it’s nice to see him unexpectedly three nights instead of none.

However, it does mean that instead of a long period of hugely reduced responsibilities and deadlines (dinner, shopping, dinner, washing, dinner etc etc) I get a mish mash* of total freedom interspersed with sudden urgencies.  This isn’t what I was planning for.  And the weather isn’t obliging with sunshine on the free days and rain on the busy ones.  It’s doing its usual thing of producing wonderful sunny, rainwashed evenings just as I’m setting off to do some urgent dinner shopping or on my way to some other deadline.

During the first week, though, I did manage to achieve a major house improvement.  We get a huge draught through the gaps in the back door and as I have said before (every winter in fact) it means your feet get cut off on windy evenings.  So we decided to hang a curtain in front of the door.  And last week I did it!  (Barney put the rail up – I’m not very good with drills and rawl plugs and ladders and he is, so that’s fair enough).  We now have a curtained back door.

The cats occasionally get lost in there (it won’t work as a draught excluder unless there’s no gap between the curtains so they’re well pulled across each other in the middle) so I sometimes find a cat in between the door and the curtain, looking a bit sheepish.  The dog simply can’t work out where the back door has GONE!  He can smell the outside world (through the mothball smell of the curtains – I didn’t make them I’m afraid, I just scoured the charity shops till I found an acceptable pair that would fit) and he keeps sniffing around with his ever hopeful, slightly puzzled expression:  Is it under here?  Up there?  Round this corner?  What has she done with it????  Maybe it’s hanging up with my lead?

It’s hard being a dog.

And then, just to prove me wrong, I got the most wonderfully rewarding day with only a very nice deadline at the end of it and what’s more, I decided to take the dog with me so he got to find the outside world too.

West Ilsley and a gleam of sunshine


Farnborough Church


Monarch of the Downs?  Could anything be more wonderful?


Well, yes!


How about that : )  There’s more but it’ll have to wait till I’ve played with some more photos.  Suffice it to say, me and the dog came home, two very happy bunnies : )

*Come now, spell check, everyone knows mish mash is a word.  I mean both the words are words**

**Oh!  I apologise to spellcheck – it thinks mishmash is a word.  It could be right at that.

October 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. that last deer shot is beyond wonderful 🙂

    Just seeing it was Planet but getting that shot was beyond words 🙂

    Comment by planetcity1 | October 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. I bet the dog and you were pleased as punch!


    THOSE were shots well worth all the rushing about and upsidedown moments! Well, they were for me….LOL….mostly cuz I didn’t have to endure those.

    And did you see the RACK on that critter……holy moly.

    Mishmash, huh?

    Mishmosh, maybe?
    Well, where I come from it’s mishmosh! And there’s an abundance! LOL

    ((((((((((((( Mig )))))))))))))))
    Love the church shot, too….it’s just plain pretty.

    Once in a while you do get a free gift Mel 🙂 and pretties too 🙂

    Comment by Mel | October 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. WOW!
    these are wonderful! worth all the rain and head ache no doubt!
    that deer shop is spectacular, but I love the one of the church and the fence, it has that gothic feel I know you love so much!
    I can just hear the spooky tale beginning..” beyond the gate to Farnborough Church lays an unspeakable…”

    I do love a little touch of Gothic Sorrow 🙂

    Comment by Sorrow | October 28, 2009 | Reply

  4. the bold stag jumping the picket like fence is truly breathtaking! (better than a lazy dog anyday!!)



    Ooh!! You’re back I. Hooray! 🙂 Coming over to see what you’ve brought back with you 🙂

    Once in a lifetime 🙂 (and poor old lazy dog missed it because he didn’t get out till later. Just as well though because stags are touchy about dogs at this time of year!

    Comment by I, Like The View | October 28, 2009 | Reply

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