Fortunately, the weather has perked up enormously this weekend because unfortunately, the boiler has broken.
But fortunately, it is affecting only the central heating part which means we still have hot water. Unfortunately, despite the return to warmer weather, one cannot stop the seasons from turning and October, and hence chilliness, shall soon be upon us.
Fortunately, we have the woodburner for instant heat! Unfortunately, I still haven't got around to ordering this Winter's log supply, but fortunately we still have enough logs left over from last year to see us through a couple of weeks when the need comes. But the boiler will still need sorting out. And unfortunately it is a VERY ancient boiler (Stone Age, at least) and after some initial interwebbly research, it looks like replacement parts are rarer than hens' teeth and we shall likely have to bite the metaphorical bullet and get a new boiler. Fortunately, we have a nice Plumber Chap, but unfortunately I can't seem to get hold of him at the moment. I've left a message. Hopefully, he will get back to us soon. Meanwhile, the boiler struggles on with providing hot water, albeit whilst making an unholy racket in doing so and letting forth the occasional drip.
It was Pilates session Number Two on Friday, and Stumpwork Embroidery session Number One yesterday. One was taxing on the body, the other on the brain. On Friday, I believe I 'recruited' my muscles rather effectively(including my pelvic floor which is having the workout of its life) because boy, did I know about it the following morning! But Pilates is proving very enjoyable. I am even doing mini-sessions at home without being told to, so that's good, isn't it?
And embroidery, which lasts for 3 hours a session, just shot by! Sonia, my partner-in-crime from last year, was there, and we had a high old time getting to grips with making slips and attempting new stitches. And catching up on the gossip which has nothing do with embroidery per se, but is an integral part of a girly sewing get together on a Saturday morning.
Today, I bought some hyacinth bulbs to force for Christmas. This is following on from the sage advice of Monty Don on 'Gardener's World.' He said it was a Job For This Weekend, so I have purchased five bulbs - three blue and two white - ready to plant and shove under the stairs. And whilst I am under the stairs I shall poke about for the amaryllis that I am pretty certain I put there to rest about six months ago. It might be up to some kind of growing malarkey. It might not. Either way, it could probably do with a drop of water to kick start it in to action.
I have also bought two houseplants which the cats are under strict instructions to Leave Well Alone OR ELSE! I love indoor plants but have always avoided having them around because Tybalt especially likes to give any greenery a good chewing. It is his only vice; he is generally a very gentlemanly cat. So I have stuck to flowers in vases until now.
But now I am thinking, 'I like plants in the house. Why shouldn't I have plants in the house just because the cats macerate them and spit them all over the carpet? They will just have to learn to leave them alone. Just like that.'
Phoebe will not be a problem because now she is nearly 20, she rarely achieves any height beyond floor level unless she is given human assistance. However, Tybalt and Flora could be a different kettle of haddock, so just for now, my new plants will be stationed in our bedroom which, henceforth, shall be designated a Flossie 'n' Tybs cat-free zone. We are considering a series of high shelves/ hanging basket-type arrangement for the rest of the house, but I know for a fact that Flora has mind-read me and is already thinking, 'Way-hay! Trapeze time!!' because she is not the kind of cat to let a 9 feet high shelf stop her mangling some greenery.
Enough for now though. I have spent a pleasant afternoon knitting to a re-run of 'Pride and Prejudice' on the telly and Lizzie has just accepted Darcy's proposal...aaahhhh!! And I need to make ANOTHER shopping list for tomorrow to buy flosses for my stumpwork project which is to be a kingfisher on a pond. I did the planning, sketching and background fabric painting this morning so I shall be ready to stitch tomorrow.
Hope you find some time this week to do what you love, and may your boilers be tickety-boo!