Sunday, 30 March 2008

Decorating Again

And so I begin again - Gloss work on the small room that will be having the carpet in on Wednesday. I have to admit though I do enjoy painting woodwork, it's very therapeutic, and I actually get the time to listen to some CD's that wouldn't normally manage to fit into my day!

Saturday, 29 March 2008


And we have lift off..... the car in Truro was just the job. It has a 1.5 DCi Diesel engine and a really low tax and insurance bracket. Deal done - Paul picks it up next week.
It was freezing cold today and the rain was coming down in rods with winds that were blowing a hooley, but we still managed to do a good test drive, and even I found it nice to drive.
Fred will be impressed with the sun screens in the back windows to protect him from the sunshine when we are driving too and from Blue Anchor.
We've worked it out and we should save loads on the running costs - 60mpg, insurance group 4 (instead of the current 14), and a road tax of £110 instead of £205..... fantastic.
With all we've saved, does this mean I can re-tile the bathroom and get a new vanity unit/sink?

Friday, 28 March 2008

Still searching...

Went to Bodmin this afternoon to have a look at a car with Paul. Thank gawd for none working Friday afternoon for us both! the car was rubbish and in a really bad state. What do people do to their cars, and why is it that ours is the same age as the ones we are looking at and it's immaculate, but the cars for sale are all really ropey and badly looked after. Some people have no respect for their cars! From here we decided that as we are already up country we would drive across to Plymouth to check out another one we remembered seeing on the web. An hour and a half's drive later and a charge on the toll bridge and we find out the car has been sold already. Story of our life....
Never mind one last chance tomorrow on something in Truro and then we are officially giving up and keeping the 4x4, that we love so much.

Monday, 24 March 2008

Bank Holiday Monday

What a day - we spent it trawling the internet and the car showrooms, trying to do the right thing for the environment and swap our car for a low emission, high mpg vehicle for very little money, as our government are trying to instill in us all. Well forget it - they aren't out there unless you are Rockefeller. The rain came down all day - it was freezing and we still have our family car on the driveway instead of the little cheap runaround we hope to change it for. Bah Humbug. Maybe we should just say balls to it all and get another '5'. AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Friday, 21 March 2008

Our Backyard....

This was the sight when Paul took Fred for an afternoon stroll today, and I missed it! I can't believe that we are so lucky as to live in this beautiful county.....

Thursday, 20 March 2008

We're Famous

An article went in the local paper today about the Easter Egg Run that we did with the club!
OK you can't read it very well from here, but I just wanted to show it anyway!

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Such a Tart!

We are still trying to get Fred to stop jumping on the sofa , so we have these ghastly purple throws covering everything, meanwhile you can't really shout at him when he does things like this can you?

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Easter Egg Run ...

Today the 'Fivers' are coming together for a very special run. We met at Treasure Park in Portreath so that we could all put our eggs together so to speak. Two local journalists and photographers from different newspapers were meeting with us to do a feature.Our eggs were to be given to the local children's hospice for the terminally ill. Even the local Mazda car dealership joined in and donated 50 eggs. It was great to know that we might be able to make a small child feel just a little better, knowing that a treat was in store for them when they felt up to eating it. We collected 120 eggs in total so there should certainly have been enough to go around.

Once all of the formalities were over we got away on the drive - quite a sight to see 21 '5's driving in convoy - believe me

Friday, 14 March 2008

Balcony Addition to Hospital

I got home from work today to be confronted by this dirty great big crane outside my front door. The balcony's are finally going up on the old hospital.

The Crane driver thought I was a little strange I think, but it wasn't his piccie I wanted, but the beast he was driving!

And here are some of the railings as they get attached to the massive accro beams that the crane has just put into place.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

New Face of Womens Hospital

In front of our house is an old Victorian Women's Hospital. It was built in the early 1800's and went out of service a few decades ago.
I have many friends in Cornwall who all tell me they were born there. and it brings back nice thoughts of their childhood whenever they visit.
I have been following the progress of its "regeneration". As a listed building the outward looks of the building cannot be altered so the builders have lovingly repaired and replaced missing stones. New windows have been put in and ironwork balcony's in the Victorian style are being erected.
This week things are suddenly starting to happen on the face of the building outside our front door. Very exciting

Monday, 10 March 2008

Spring Tides and High Winds

My friend took this picture from her bedroom window - the spring tide combined with 80mph gales made the sea incredible...

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

New Carpet

The first lot of carpet that we ordered is being fitted today - we are having to have it done a bit at a time as it's cheaper if we empty the rooms instead of the fitters so we need to make sure that everything is moved before they arrive.
The nasty dirty stuff came up and the nice new clean cream has gone down.
The pine bed that we did have in here finally gave up the ghost so we have to get a new bed to replace it. Paul is just putting up our new purchase before the rest of the furniture goes back in.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

West of Eden

We live about 40 minutes south west of The Eden Project, and as 'local residents' are entitled to a free 12 month pass so long as we visit by a certain date. Today was our designated day in our diaries, so we put the top down on the '5', collected our friends (also with a 5) en-route and headed up there for the 10.00 am opening.

Although we have been here many many times in the past it never ceases to amaze us just how much it changes for each trip - we have pretty much watched some plants grow from seedlings to large trees or bushes, fabulous.

On the walk out we got this lovely view from the fly over walkway, so Paul snapped it on his camera phone.

This is Sally-Ann and me reaching high by 'The Seed'. Not as impressive as I'd expected I have to say!