Starting Inside

Today was wet, much warmer, and overcast. This morning I cleared up clippings and fallen branches. I have more than once observed that, after our first month in Downton, the inside of the house has been neglected for the garden. Certain items, like the toilet seats, the shower hanging loose in the guest bathroom, its blockedContinue reading “Starting Inside”

From Germicide To Insecticide

I was able to chuck my sling this morning and have a shower. As it is imperative to keep the dressing dry, this required the ingenuity and expertise of my resident former professional carer of elderly people. Yes, my head gardener, chauffeuse, and cordon bleu cook, also has that string to her bow. Women are,Continue reading “From Germicide To Insecticide”

The Carpet

Jackie has been having difficulty obtaining a correct Tesco Clubcard. Twice she has clearly spelt out KNIGHT on the telephone. She has received two cards now, the second one, this morning,  having at least an N where an M was originally given. She has another phone call to make. Having seen a sign indicating a pathContinue reading “The Carpet”

‘Didn’t You Know Grandpa Was Jesus?’

Until now, I have spared my readers photographs of the more rancid receptacles in our fun-filled adventure. Everything, in fact, but the kitchen sink. Having scoured the sink itself on numerous occasions, but being slightly perturbed by the unpleasant aromas emanating from the plug holes, Jackie decided to dismantle them and investigate. She was toContinue reading “‘Didn’t You Know Grandpa Was Jesus?’”