I caught Jess peeking over the back of the sofa earlier this evening. Our sofa sticks out into the middle of the living room, and when Michiel is due to take her for a walk, she often watches eagerly to see when he’s ready to take her. She’s also very camera shy: i took the first two shots on a zoom, but when i got closer, she turned away…. So cute!

What i could see from where i was sat at my desk...

What i could see from where i was sat at my desk...

What i could see when i stood up, taken on zoom. Isnt she adorablely cute?

What i could see when i stood up, taken on zoom. Isn't she adorablely cute?

I also hung the butterfly mobile today in its final position… it looks lovely! So bright and cheerful – i can’t wait to see them on a bright summer’s afternoon, fluttering in the breeze (might even make another version to hang outside from the arbor).

butterfly mobile, in place, in the bedroom window...

butterfly mobile, in place, in the bedroom window...

today’s been about pottering around: i pulled some of the gardening stuff that got dumped in a box in the closet of doom out, sorted through that. Found a clothes line i don’t remember buying in there! that’ll be handy, cos our old line broke late last year. I’ve also been sorting out the finances: we get paid tomorrow, and with a new strimmer to buy, i’ve been making sure we really can afford it. (thankfully, we can). This is the strimmer i’m picking up tomorrow, i have it reserved for me, so it’s just a question of picking it up and paying for it. Its quite expensive, relatively speaking, and i’m taking a risk with it because we could get a letter on thursday offering us a really nice flat without a garden, and i’d have just wasted £30, but its got a wider strimming “circle” than the old strimmer, which i struggled with, frankly, about 14cm wider, which is great. Its also not cordless, 10m cord, and we have an extension cable if necessary, which means in principle i can do the entire garden in one go (which i never could with the old cordless strimmer, the battery always ran out). This led to problems because i could never guarantee getting out there when the grass was dryish (especially in Manchester – I mean, there’s a reason the city (founded on cotton mills) is here, and its to do with having an awful lot of rain!) and being able to do it all in one go, which meant i couldn’t really stay ontop of the grass cutting. I should find it much easier with this one. I just sincerely hope i don’t get a letter on thursday offering us a dream flat – at least one without a garden (but then, it wouldn’t be a dream flat …)!!!

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