We have had the most torrential rain that I can remember today. It reminded me of the tropical rain I saw in St Lucia. Buckets of it! Even though our pump had given up again and we had no tap water, we were drowning in the stuff outside.
Sean Minogue - the pump man - arrived this teatime and said we needed a new pressure gauge and fiddled with pump and water and said we were all fixed and left. Water came out of the tap. Fine. I re-started the washing machine (which had given up mid-cycle when the water stopped) and as I was cutting Jim's hair, he noticed a funny buzzing noise. It was the washing machine - stopped again. No cold tap water. Jim went and primed the pump again and it started up straight away but now we're worried about using the dish washer or washing machine. I'll start it up in the morning and see what happens. If it's the same, I'll be on the phone to Sean again.
The builders put the first coat of plaster on our bedroom wall today and yesterday they made the first step into the sun room. It's a big one!
What a fine step it is! It will be covered with quarry tiles eventually.
Buster's side hasn't healed at all in spite of the expensive spray I obtained from the vet. He was really bothered by it tonight so I gave him some extra attention and he went to sleep:
To add insult to injury, the vet told me Buster was a bit overweight so I've cut down on his food. It's a dog's life!
I have recently made these 2 ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). I owe Lisa from Greenbow one (she's in our ABC of ATC group) so she has first pick.
This one is simply 'Good Luck'. I should keep it!! Lisa is having the Good Luck one, she feels she needs it!! lol.
This rather pink affair is 'Sitting on Top of The World'. It is going to the Weaver of Grass, who wants to have a go at ATCs but wants to see one first!!
I also have the following two looking for a home:
Funky Fish, 4 of 5
The Cutest Cat.... He's much more 'sparkly' than the photograph shows.
I have also made another 6 'inchies'.
The three musical ones are Christmas I suppose, but they're nice anytime I think. The green one is Irish of course.
Seth Apter's Disintegration Project http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/ This is his blog.
Lisa asked a question about this so I have done a longer explanation for anyone who doesn't know:
Aha, The Wicker Man. Seth Apter, an artist blogger, did this project called The Disintegration Project. Over 100 of us joined and some schools too. We each had to make a bundle of anything we liked. Papers, string, wool, metal, lots of them are on his blog. We had to leave them for 3 months to weather. I hung mine from a tree. On May 7th we took them down and opened them to see the results. Trick. Then came Part 2. We have to make something out of the now soggy bundle, something new. You could use other things as well. I used the willow sticks and string extra. The things I have woven were pictures in my bundle. The one you can see is an Ibis and it's purple because it has a piece of purple crepe paper next to it in the bundle. I loved the effect. It's a close up of its head - you can see it if you enlarge it. Other bits and pieces are going to be hung around - I even had 2 green plastic fish in mine!! And a bee courtesy of Ronald MacDonald. lol. I must say I'm really enjoying it.
I took just one photo of my Stage 2 tonight. Just a glimpse!
It's coming on apace! My son Jason called it 'The Wicker Man'. The blocks of colour you can see are all woven.
Garden Produce Dinner
Yesterday we had a dinner almost entirely home grown:
Jim made a cheese topped potato, onion and tomato casserole (our potatoes), our peas and our beetroot. It was utterly delicious.
Tonight we only had carrots and potatoes from the garden as it was monsooning out there! Soon we'll have runner beans too. I just love them.
Jim is off to the Kildare Show tomorrow to report on it for the Horticulture Week UK Magazine. I hope it's a bit dryer than today, but at least a large part of it is inside.
Happy torrential Tuesday everyone.