Dino, bless his practical little heart, has been busy putting in the second garden planting. I am just starting to pick the first of the beans & spinach & am racing the slugs & snails to get the Chinese cabbage. Ditz hovers like a gadfly ~ annoying & of no practical use!
H0wever I have been busily pouring cement, water & gravel down the post holes of the verandah, one post at a time. I have 2 to go & hope to get them done today before I have to go out. This verandah has taken forever to build but there is so little Dearest can actually do & the girls & I can only pick at it slowly, none of us being built like Mack trucks. I would love to have it in time for this Christmas & we are getting close to being able to screw the boards down; a job for Dino.
I have a full house today. Dino's boss has food poisoning so Dino's not working. Liddy has nothing on. Dearest has broken a rib (no idea how) & has gone back to bed. I had a shocking night thanks to his pain & have to take Ditz to choir again this week. The week off was sensible but she is straining at the leash again & I think we are back to the Benjamin Britten, & that at least is music I like very much indeed.
The icing on the cake: In one day (besides the broken rib) both the washing machine & the oven died. The washing machine has been shonky for some time & I have been nursing it along & coddling it dreadfully to get it to last just that little bit longer. No more. It is as dead as the proverbial Dodo. I suspect the blitz of power failures administered the coup de grace to the oven. Some maniac on the mainland decided shooting up all the power transformers was a profitable way to spend his time & right on tea time the lights went out suddenly. We eat early so I just popped lids on everything & let it finish cooking but I bet there were some wild & disgruntled island residents about. Meanwhile I sit here typing away trying to psyche myself up to deal with whatever this day brings. A little more sleep would have helped...or just uninterrupted sleep. At least Ditz will be happy. It will have to be an easy day for her as I am far to tired & ratty to take on anything too strenuous.