Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Drain Snorks and Things Which Go Bump...

In some houses (probably yours?) when a door slams, is stays shut, and that's it.

In our house when a door slams it bounces open again and the handles fall off...

In some houses (also yours probably?) when one flushes a loo, it stays flushed, end of story.

In our house when one flushes a loo its the signal for the Drain Snorks to come galumphing out and gallivant round all the loos and drains in turn, whooshing as much water as possible out of the S-bends and generally causing noisy mayhem in the water system...

Yesterday (on and off) I spent weeding the patio gravel; temperature was 24 degrees in the shade- stinking hot for here! Four years ago I decided gravel was a more eco-friendly option to the house surround than tarmac with its drainage problems, but I'm beginning to understand why most people just go for tarmac. I could spend the entire year weeding the gravel and it would still look untidy and I'd have missed bits.

But I tell you what the perfect antidote to weeding is?
Strawberries, warm from the sun, picked and eaten right in the veg patch! So, guess that's the jam out the window, I ate four of the strawberries yesterday!!

Last night was St. John's Eve, Midsummer, Summer Solstice- whatever you want to call it, bonfires everywhere and much partying. I don't know whether its a rural custom, or just the West, or just the Irish, but Midsummer is really big here.

Town was very quiet this morning, so I guess there's a lot of sore heads being nursed!

7 comments:

Robin said...

24 degrees? Goodness, we call that March around here. We're forecasted to hit 38 today! Thankfully this latest heatwave (complete with miserable dust storm, thank you North Africa) is only slated to last until tomorrow and then it's down to a lovely and very manageable 32 or 33.

No bonfires for Midsummer though, we do ours for the Lag B'Omer holiday in mid-spring. Too stinking hot to even think about them this week.

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Amanda said...

It's mostly the kitchen cupboard doors that refuse to stay shut here; but then there's the bathroom door which won't lock; and of course the back door is impossible to lock until you heave it up an inch or so. But apart from that our doors and loos are fine. Haven't we had glorious weather the last week or so, perfect temperatures most of the time, warm enough, but not too hot. Once it gets to 25 degrees or more I seek out the coolest room in the house, just can't cope. Our strawberries haven't ripened yet, so still got that pleasure to come, but we did have our first potatoes freshly dug last night, delicious. Well, I think it's just the Irish, I've never heard of Midsomer being celebrated here in the UK, apart from the Druids of course.

Griselda Pugh said...

Weeding - in that heat?? Very impressive and just right to reward yourself with strawberries :)

The house-sounds are familiar, in our case it's the pipes when the oil boiler comes on in the morning to heat the water. All the pipes (and their noises) seem to travel round and round our bedroom!

ilanadavita said...

We have the same sort of temperature here and can only eat strawberries from the Soth at the moment.

soggibottom said...

At heart it's a Celt thing :-)

Someone keeps eating our strawberries too, your not nipping over and nibbleing them are you ?

ladydi said...

Oh my goodness, I have missed you. Your daughter kindly gave me your new blog name. I know what you mean about weeding gravel - AAK! Your strawberries look luscious. I've especially been thinking about you as I bravely plan a small trip out of Ohio for the first time in eleven years. I like to stay home, and this is a pretty big deal for me, even though we're only going 350 miles.

Andrea said...

You always make me smile...thank you!
Hugs,
andrea

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