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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 21st June 2017

Very hot today but I drove out to The Lock Inn at Wolverley for lunch by the canal. On the way home I called in at friends for a cuppa. We have been forecast storms tonight and we certainly need them, it’s so hot and humid. Bertie has spent most of the day staring at the fireplace, that’s where his mouse ran to hide after he lost it. 

Groovy Word of the day: muggy


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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 20th June 2017

I understand completely that Autoglym did not intend this for indoor use, but tar is tar wherever it is. The hot weather has softened my newly surfaced road so a lot of the stones are now loose and stick to your shoes, then come off on the carpet in the hall and stick to that instead. The upshot is a lot of tarry spots all over my relatively new carpet 😠. It is also Bertie’s killing field so what isn’t tar is mouse blood. I dread to think what CSI would make of it. It is better now but I will attack it again when the hot weather has passed, (so a job for next week.)
Groovy Word of the day: sultry


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Tales from a Fractured Folly:19th June 2017

Some of the elegance of my old sash windows is lost when I need to wedge them open with a bean tin. But it’s so hot today I had to get some air in and the sashes are broken, not the only ones in the house either. They can be repaired but it’s a big job and there would be a lot of repainting to do afterwards so that’s not a job for the faint hearted. I’m not ready for that yet. I did clean the windows which I think was quite virtuous in this heat, but I have visitors coming this week and they still looked awful from the house washing. 

Groovy Word of the day : chipper


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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 18th June 2017

I had another afternoon stint at the Shelsley shop this afternoon and now I’m exhausted. It was hot and airless inside and I didn’t want to sit in the full sun either. But I got the chance of a nice drive there and back, and a cup of tea at home in a cool house will soon sort me. That and the promise of Poldark later…😘

Groovy Word of the day: smoulder


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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 17th June 2017

 I woke at 6.30 and decided that it was much too early to get up, so then I dozed off again and then it was 9.30. A good night’s sleep, very nice. I was due to help at Shelsley Hill Climb shop today so I took my new sunny day car and had a lovely drive there. It was a quiet afternoon in the shop and I was sitting near the entrance as it was so hot inside. Having seen a never ending stream  of people walking past eating ice creams I soon succumbed to a toffee cone with a Flake. We shut the shop early then I was off to a BBQ tea at a friend’s house nearby and the picture is me in their garden. I am not a selfie person so you don’t get to see me as often as you used to when Worth was around.

Groovy Phrase of the day: less than ordinary. It made me laugh. “They are just ordinary people, no actually, less than ordinary” I hope no-one ever describes me as less than ordinary 😶.


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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 16th June 2017

You don’t see this often. Maybe Bertie is learning how to approach Ola, as she seemed quite chilled about this encounter. Well at least for 20 seconds or so until it ended in the usual fashion, hissing, growling and chasing. I got some weeding done and cut the grass as the weather has decided to be warm and dry for a few days. It’s nice to tidy the garden up.
Groovy Word of the day: concord


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Tales from a Fractured Folly: 15th June 2017

I had a whole day off today so I celebrated by going shopping in Worcester. There was nothing I really needed so, obviously I came home with a couple of bags of stuff. I also met up with a friend I hadn’t seen for ages who now has a baby daughter and we had lunch together in the sunshine. I filled up my water bottles from the spring then had a brisk walk on the hills and spotted the Showground all ready for tomorrow. 

Groovy Word of the day: gallivant