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The weeks are flying by at a pace and with 11 weeks to go it’s beginning to feel like we’re never going to get it all done. Though remembering back to one of Anita’s early posts – you eat an elephant one bite at a time.
- T minus 87
Today is our 19th Wedding Anniversary and a time to reflect on the past as well as look to the future – I share here wedding pictures from that day almost two decades ago. These come from Anita’s Creative Memories scrapbooking album. Continue reading
Posted in Getting out, Getting Prepared, UK Living
Tagged 19th Wedding Anniversary, Africa, Anita, anniversary, celebration, clear out, Clearance, clearing, family, getting out, Getting Prepared, Graham, Graham & Anita, preparation, Tanzania, travel
T Minus 90
I’m a bit of a last minute man. I need that little bit of pressure, that buzz from realising it has to be done by a certain time. Experience has taught me when I might be a little too late, so nowadays I always meet my deadlines but in truth I cut it fine. This does not mean I don’t plan – just that I plan to do things last minute.
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The past two days I have been putting a second coat of stain on the decking area. Mum so ably having provided the first coat when she was here.
First the Summer Damson for the balustrade, trellis and path. It’s amazing how the colours fade overtime and this was particularly noticeable as I painted the trellis – the algae green showing up brightly against the damson purple which gradually replaced it.
Day two has been spent re painting the deck itself, along with the gate and fence in Ash Black – removing all traces of blue.
I am particularly proud of the balustrade and the trellis as this was all my work 11 years ago. My most major piece of DIY to date.
I put the path down in 2003 with the help of my dad along. Eleven years ago the deck was mostly constructed by Geoff with my help.
Many a late Spring and Summer gas been spent on the Deck, although the British weather has often curtailed us.
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Tagged Ash, black, colour. purple, Damson, deck, decking, garden, Getting Prepared, Graham, Mum, paint, painting, preparation
T Minus 160
Saturdays are probably my favourite day of the week. Waking up in the morning with a whole day ahead of you and a blank page upon which to write your life.
At the moment (of course) life is pretty full of sorting, shredding, boxing (things not people), dumping (things not people!!), tidying, painting the list goes on… And so Saturday is pretty much mapped out.
Today Anita is out at Woburn Sands Band Playing Day. Matt is off on a youth weekend away and Bex will be off to a party soon. So here am I.
This morning has been a mix of dumping and then food shopping, before putting a wash out (it’s dry and sunny).This afternoon the joys of gloss paint await.
Later we are heading out to a friends Big Birthday Bash. This is actually a fund-raiser at a local Leisure Centre in aid of various African Development Projects. However, this deserves a post of its own so more later. I’d better get painting before Anita gets back!
T minus 172
I am writing this whilst waiting to have a filling at the dentist in sunny Milton Keynes. (It really is sunny by the way)
I hate going to the dentist and even more so when I need to have work done. Such is life and it’s all part of the routine of UK living. Soon that will change of course.
In front of me are the usual crop of magazines. Most are, of course out, of date. Magazines on Fashion, Home Improvement and Gardening as well as the ubiquitous OK Mag.
Posted in blogging, Getting Prepared, Tanzanian living
Tagged Africa, Anita, blog, blogging, dentist, digger, docotor, Gambia, Getting Prepared, injections, insect, jigger, Magu, Malawi, Mwanza, preparation, Sukuta, Tanzania, travel
T minus 184 I hate filling in forms, but whenever changes occur in life forms must be completed. Applying for a job in a foreign country does create a lot of paperwork. Today I have received a whole bunch of forms relating to immigration and work permits and application forms for the children. Where’s that black ballpoint?