General diary entries

PLANT LIFE AND LIFE IN GENERAL

I haven’t felt like blogging much lately.
Life in general at the moment has kind of just stagnated.
Unable to mingle and see people the way we want is not possible and going to the cinema has now completely stopped.
We’ve only seen one film at the cinema since the first lockdown in March.
No new movies in the cinema also means no new Bluray releases, so we now rely on what Virgin, Prime, Netflix and Disney have to offer, and although there have been a couple of movies released to streaming, it’s just not the same as going to see a blockbuster on the big screen.

At the beginning of the last lockdown, and to give me something else to think about, I started to attempt to grow some avocado seeds. I had one that flourished and a couple of weeks ago I potted it up.
I think it likes it’s new home because is doing really well.

Back in September I blogged about a cactus I was trying to save.
I had to take drastic action and chop off the roots and then leave it until the end calloused over which I thought would take a few months. It actually calloused over a lot quicker than expected and I recently took the next step to try and get it to root again.


It’s now being propped up in it’s new pot by a 2 litre coke bottle.
It’s been there for a few weeks now and today I will give it it’s first small watering.
I expect it to stay like this for at least a year to give it chance to develop some good firm roots. It’s all a waiting game but the cactus itself is still looking really healthy.

In the meantime, I got some new cacti. I have a tendency to kill leafy flowery plants and I do better with cacti and I really like them so I couldn’t resist these when I saw them a few weeks ago.
I’ve given them all new matching pots and dressed them with gravel and they look really effective on my window sill.

I also thought I’d have a crack at some lemon seeds and it would appear that I’m on a roll!! They have all sprouted!

With the second lockdown now fully in swing, we won’t be seeing Murron again until December. She now lives half an hour away and she’s classed as a different household and is in a different bubble because of her partners need to share care of his kids with his ex.
It’s a little strange not having her around.
I can’t deny that some of the tension in the house has disappeared and the house is definitely a lot tidier but I do actually miss her.

My house has had a move around and a good tidy.
Murron’s old room is now Ian’s office and man cave. He continues to work from home and this now looks set to become a permanent thing.
I have my bedroom back!!!
I’ve gutted and re-organised the wardrobes and moved the furniture around.
I can actually breath again and I’m not faced with all of Ian’s computer screens, desk, chair and gaming rubbish.

We have slowly made our way around the whole house and had a good clear out of accumulated rubbish. It’s astounding what can get thrown to the back of a cupboard and forgotten about. The only thing left to do inside the house now is get our new sofas.
We bought them at the end of July and with Covid restrictions in the area in South Wales where it is being made and then here in England, the 8-10 week original delivery time is now indefinite. It’s now becoming a bit of a worry. With the amount of businesses collapsing during this pandemic, we stand to lose a lot of money if this company folds. I try not to think about it but it’s not easy.

The only thing left to sort out now is the garage.
Murron left behind her old den sofas and there’s a few old electricals like washing machine and tumble drier that have got to be cleared out.
It is currently rammed full of rubbish.
We’ve organised a bulk waste collection for the big items a little later this month. The rest is all being bagged up and we will have to make an appointment to get it to the local dump.
Once it’s all gone, we can organise the space a bit more.
Ian plans to use it as a gaming space when the weather is better.
I just want to organise it so I can get to things like tools and Xmas decs.

So, as you can see, nothing really exciting is happening.
We are all plodding along and carrying on as best we can.
Xmas is just around the corner and I’ve even just about got all that sorted already.
Life is just a little monotonous at the moment, but when you step out of the house at 7 in the morning to go to work and see this, life is actually not too bad!

Oh Yeah! How could I forget.
Probably the best thing to happen this year.

GOODBYE DONALD TRUMP!!!

Of course, he’s not going without a fight and my year would be made complete by seeing him being dragged out of the Whitehouse by force!

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