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Tidying my house [Jun. 15th, 2003|02:13 pm]
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As anyone who's been round to mine in the last week or so can tell you, writing a thesis has taken its toll on my house tidying. Couple that with the fact that my last remaining housemate never seems to tidy anything, and I had several hours work stacked up for when I finished.

By far the worst part was my garden. My landlord didn't supply us with a mower when we moved in, because he had a gardener who'd do our house, and his other properties. The landlord promptly fell out with that gardener, and so our lawn didn't get cut before it got too wet in the winter.

This spring, with several inch long grass, our landlord got a new gardener. He bought a lawn mower for our house, and issued it to said gardener. The grass continued to grow, and the gardener failed to arrive

Then my landlord fell out with that gardener. Our grass continued to grow, and our lawn mower was with the old gardener

On Friday, our landlord came round to show the property to someone. He took her out into the garden, and spotted just how much of a jungle it had become (grass over a foot and a half tall....). He promised to sort something out.

On Saturday morning, landlord appeared. He'd got the mower, and also a strimmer he'd bought us, off the gardener, still boxed and un-opened.

Yesterday afternoon, I did some mowing. It was quite a job - the poor little fly-mo wasn't designed for taming jungles! Still, after about 20 minutes, I had most of it cut, and I felt I ought to give it a few days to recover before trying to finish it. I grabbed the strimmer, and did a few of the edges. Again, I've opted to wait a few days before finishing the job.

When I got home yesterday evening, I was stuck by how large the garden is. Nothing like all those weeds and long grasses to make it small, and nothing like a wide, mowed area to make it seem large. Now for a BBQ there, if I have the time!

Today, it was time to do the rest of the house. Luckily, Hilary had stayed over, so she's been giving me a hand, and the job isn't taking too long. Work-surfaces are clean, the hob is clean, and the floor is washed (hence I'm chilling and not doing more cleaning, while it drys). Now to grab some lunch, then finish the kitchen. After that, blitz my room, and finally sort out the lounge. Then, it'll all be done :-)

Right, kitchen floor looks dry now (handy, this excessive heat, isn't it?). Time to get back to the tidying...

From: zihuatenejo
2003-06-15 07:48 am (UTC)
"Now for a BBQ there, if I have the time!"

Awaiting my invite :P
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From: gagravarr
2003-06-15 07:50 am (UTC)
It'll depend on when I move house for the summer. If it's late, it'll be here, as a house leaving party. If it's early, it'll be in the new place, as a house warming one. Will keep you posted
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-06-16 01:08 am (UTC)


What a good idea!

I'm around until the 5th of July. Where is the new place, by the way? Are you going to be a trendy north-Oxfordalite?

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From: gagravarr
2003-06-16 04:28 am (UTC)

Re: BBQ!

Not been decided yet. Most likely to be out headington way, as my landlord has lots of places out there
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-06-19 02:33 am (UTC)


On a totally random note - when you move don't forget to take the VCR with you, since I still have no need of it, but I don't actually want to donate it to whoever moves into your house... (someday I might get a TV to connect it to, you never know!)

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From: gagravarr
2003-06-19 07:40 am (UTC)


Don't worry, it'll move with me, along with the DVD player, until such time as you opt to come reclaim it....
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