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'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Time to Carpe the Diem

"Right! No more muckin' abart! Holiday's over, and it being too hot is no excuse! Just get up earlier and siesta in the middle of the day!"

This is me talking to myself, trying to get going on the R&M of this old house which I love.

Being visual, I thought I'd take the camera and have a wander around the estate the other morning.
I've tried making lists, but this one would be in the form of a folder with the jobs as images looking me in the face as my computer screen saver.

So I snapped away. Eighty-eight (88!) photos later I stopped. But I could have found more! What a shock. Anyway, I've spent the last three days making a triple hen nesting box, which has turned out rather well, if I may say so myself. But this hasn't got any of the other 87 jobs done. I hereby resolve to tackle them one at a time from tomorrow.

The kids have complained my screen-saver is really depressing...

Hmmm, Think I'll start by getting the cobwebs off my Carpe Diem thingy. Carpe Spithra.


  1. stressed looking woodwork can be a fashion statement too :-)

  2. I'd have to leave my laptop on for days for the screensaver to show pics of all the things that need to be done around here!

  3. Thanks for the kind words Val and Debby! Val - I'm the fashion statement Queen then! However I don't think mold and cobwebs and cracks and weeds and mess and dirt are able to be dismissed that way!

  4. Never ending isn't it ......... I like the antique look !

  5. carpe diem quam minimum credula postero...
    but what the hell did "carpe spithra" mean? Is a spithra a kind of NZ paint brush?

  6. Rust and peeling paint. The state of my soul..ho hum. Wonderful pictures of the thrush! they are so delicate..feeding them must have been amazingly tricky!
    Thanks for all your gorgeous comments on me blog! i luv 'em/
    T xx

  7. Thanks, Moon. But this place is about three years past the Antique look and into the tumbledown look...

    But YP, I have evry good feeling about tomorrow!
    And re your query: 'Carpe Spithra' - from the Olde Englatin 'Spithra' meaning spider or spinning. ie, Seize the cobweb!

    Chimera: Your soul: ancient and wise? :-)

    Actually feeding Victoria and Alexander is very easy. What's a hassle is making up the formula, the late night feeds, and the early morning feeds, and having to be at home every 90 minutes for a 20-second frenetic guzzle session! But they are outside overnight now (caged), getting acclimatised to the weather, and in a week we'll start Flying Lessons. Should be fun!
    They're eating worms too but that story is to be the subject of a post soon.


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