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Post 2261

Bluebottle

I just have ideas to doodle.

Ooh, so are you able to explore new areas by the new path?

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Post 2262

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

smiley - ok

Yes, it was good by the new path - it is a meadow with ponds in it, so I expect there will be kestrels and dragonflies there on sunny days, and wet days are good for slugs and snails and frogs and toads smiley - ok

My haircut went quite well smiley - sheep I didn’t get much for my £3.50 but it wasn’t as uncomfortable as I was expecting. The hairdresser had a laugh at my Edward Scissorhands attempt but overall I hadn’t made too much of a mess for him to sort out smiley - laugh

I nearly had trouble getting out, though - the council closed the road just before I needed to leave, but I managed to sneak out. Hopefully they have done a better job of resurfacing it this time - last year they just laid some gravel so the loose chippings were everywhere - more on the pavement than the road - so it didn’t last long.

I hope you all have a good weekend smiley - teasmiley - ok


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Post 2263

Bluebottle

Was it your road where you live that was resurfaced? Is it a cul-de-sac or is there another way out? Loose chippings are a nightmare, especially when they cover up the road markings as it means drivers tend to over-compensate by being closer to the kerb than normal, so more likely to be closer to cyclists. They also tend not to be evenly spread to the edges where the road is in the worst condition anyway so cyclists have to either cycle on an unresurfaced edge or loose, slippery chippings, so a no win situation.smiley - grr

Yesterday I went home for the day and caught up with old friends, though it was very wet and rained throughout. Still I managed to pop into the new aircraft museum which is full of charm, ambition and good intention and just needs the actual exhibits to match. There were a few 'here is where we will have an exhibit on'... spaces. Still it is early days and I got to photograph the smiley - rocket.

We also went to Boojum & Snark - my hometown's new microbrewery - for some social distancing smiley - ale and I got another glass for my collection. It's quite a nice one with lines at the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 pint marks. Alas the day went all too quickly.

Also alas, when I got home we discovered the washing machine has gone kaput.smiley - blue

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Post 2264

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

It was the main road that was being resurfaced, but they decided to do the part exactly at the end of my cul-de-sac just at the time I needed to go out smiley - laugh

Yes, that is smiley - grr about loose chippings - that's what happened last time, that the chippings weren't laid at all well, so the edge of the road was full of slippery gravel and the middle of the road was bare. This time they seem to have done a better job - it is even coverage to the edge, and the chippings seem to have been stuck down better, so I am hopeful the road surface will last more than a year.

Glad you had a successful mission to the aircraft museum for smiley - rocket photos smiley - ok That is a good idea to say what exhibits are 'coming soon' so people can look forward to visiting again smiley - ok Typical that it should rain on that day after you've had such good weather lately, but never mind - the meeting with friends is the main thing smiley - ok Glad the visit to the microbrewery was good, too smiley - oksmiley - ale

It has rained here every day since Friday, but Sunday afternoon was pleasant so I went to Burton Mere again and found another new path smiley - ok There were butterflies instead of slugs this time smiley - biggrinsmiley - bluebutterfly

Oh no, that is sad about the washing machine smiley - blue I hope it is as easy as possible to sort out smiley - goodluck The box of smiley - cat goodies is scant consolation, but I'm glad you managed to find it smiley - biggrin


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Post 2265

Bluebottle

Presumably you've managed to get out and back again now. smiley - winkeye

It was good to see the aircraft museum there. It is strange going back as in many ways it seems my home town is slowly dying with signs of decay - the pub I celebrated my stag do in is now a Tescos, where I celebrated my 21st birthday has been semi-demolished when new owners decided to buy two properties, strip out and demolish a lot of what was there and then realised they didn't have any money left.

Since our washing machine broke, tomorrow we're waiting for the engineer to come 'between 7am and 6pm' so an exciting way to spend the holiday. I'm all out of washable face coverings so I can't go anywhere now...

Still, there are positives around with the Government's encouraging cycling scheme meaning that finally - at long last - there is actually a cycle lane down the Avenue into Southampton - and from the top! The 'not really wide enough for two lanes' road has had a white line painted down there - I'd prefer a more physical barrier - and I cycled down it yesterday into Southampton and it was brilliant. Just zoomed down without the previous having to stop and start non-stop with the off-road shared-use cycle lane & pavement which is far more dangerous as it makes cyclists less visible and more likely to make a mistake. The only drawback is it is classed as 'temporary' and the letters page of the Daily Echo is full each day with indignant motorists
http://transport.southampton.gov.uk/transport-projects/green-transport-recovery-plan/green-transport-recovery-plan-bassett-avenuethe-avenue/
Oh, and the charity shops have re-opened! I may have purchased a smiley - book, DVD and CD when I was there.

On another transport note, another step forward in the hopefully re-opening the Waterside Line to Fawley has been made, though obviously it should have been re-opened years ago: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-53571725

You'll be delighted to know that smiley - cat has loved jumping in and out of the box the goodies came in, and has also carried the fish and fluffy thing around.

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Post 2266

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Yes, the lines on the road are still to be added, but they finished the work while I was out so when I came back after my haircut the cul-de-sac entrance was all clear. smiley - biggrin

Wow, that is a lot of change in your hometown, not for the better smiley - blue Particularly shocking when you haven't seen it for a while, so you can really tell the difference... My hometown has also lost a lot over the years, but I have seen it as more of an evolution. There aren't any semi-demolished properties, though - that's not good smiley - blue

I hope all went well with the washing machine today smiley - goodluck

Yes, I saw the news about cycling and thought of you - glad you have been able to make good use of the new cycle lane already smiley - biggrin Also good news about the railway line - sounds hopeful smiley - ok And good news about the charity shop, too smiley - biggrin That's my plan for this coming weekend, to see if my favourite charity shop is open - I don't often find anything in there, but browsing to see what there is is very pleasant smiley - biggrin

smiley - laugh Oh, yes of course the box would be part of the fun for smiley - catsmiley - catsmiley - laugh The 'fish and fluffy thing' sound intriguing - I didn't get to see what was in the surprise box myself, but I'm glad the goodies have the seal of approval already! You could maybe send me a photo, and you would be welcome to visit my flat via Skype somewhen, if you wanted smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 2267

Bluebottle

Not a lot actually happened with the washing machine today, alas. A repairman arrived this morning, he took one look at the machine, said, 'Yes, that's broken, I need to order a new part which will take a week or so' and then he left. We had rather hoped we'd have a working machine again and haven't washed any clothes or smiley - towel since Saturday.

So as we didn't have a working washing machine after all we took a few days' worth of washing to our local launderette, which prides itself on being open 24/7. Only we discovered because of Covid-19 it is closed 3 days a week (including Wednesday). Rather than drive to Winchester or Romsey to look for a launderette to hang around outside (as only one person is allowed in the launderette at any one time) we thought we'd wait til tomorrow before washing our clothes.

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Post 2268

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Oh no, that's bad about the washing machine, and just typical that the launderette would be closed as well... I hope you made some progress today smiley - goodluck I saw your excellent cartoon about the saga.

smiley - teasmiley - towel


SQ and BB

Post 2269

Bluebottle

Well, we now have clean clothes and towels after the launderette opened yesterday, which is progress, and managed to dry everything yesterday too. The themed cartoon continues...

Did I tell you how annoying the Red Funnel website has been? Their website recommended booking footpassenger smiley - footprints in advance, but when you look they've vastly increased their prices - almost doubling - from £16 for a day trip to £30 onlinesmiley - 2cents, which made me decide to try and pay on the day there, when I was charged £22. Still more than it should be, but still an improvement.

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SQ and BB

Post 2270

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

That's good news that you managed to wash and dry some clothes and smiley - towel at last. I saw the cartoon smiley - ok

That is annoying and also very strange that the prices should be so different online vs on the day smiley - huh One way to get extra cash out of people, though, encouraging them to book online and then inflating the price online smiley - grr Glad your gamble paid off - 6 quid is 6 quid... ££

Shopping today was a bit weird - the face covering rule seems to have made the supermarket give up on social distancing smiley - blue so there was no restriction on the number of people in store and the checkout queues were too close for comfort... Managed to get everything I needed, though - pasta was back in stock as well, which was reassuring. My favourite charity shop isn't open yet.


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Post 2271

Bluebottle

It's typical - we washed all the towels but now they're all dirty again... I blame the children. While when I shower I stay in the bathtub after and towel down there, so use only one towel, they always jump out of the bath and onto towels on the floor, so each use multiple towels...
Strange how lack of clean clothing affects behaviour, though. I've not been out as much this week exercising as I know I'd not be able to enjoy a wash after.

Alas the ferry companies are masters of getting smiley - 2cents out of people smiley - thief...

Strange that face coverings have meant people have stopped distancing - I'm trying to do both but a lot of the distance lines seem to have faded or been removed now. Glad you've got pasta even if your charity shop hasn't reopened yet. The Bsmiley - loveF shop last week was sticking to a 5-customer limit with a bouncer smiley - boing on the door and a one-way system inside the shop with all the shelves rearranged.

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