Good morning, everyone. I hope the weekend has gone really well for you so far.
Yesterday was a busy old day. I left here good and early, when the street lights were still on, and headed over to Dad's. John, G and N were already there, having arrived Friday midday, and had already made great inroads into the garage which, frankly, had been giving both John and me bad dreams. There was such a huge load of clutter, old tools, gardening equipment and the shelves around the edge were filled with bottles of this, that and the other - weed killer, other chemicals, paint - you name it, it was there, some dating back decades. There was probably enough to kill the whole town!
G sorted out the greenhouse and even gave it a good clean out, which was something I hadn't considered. It looked an awful lot better afterwards.
Obviously, everything had to be disposed of properly, so they had already made several trips to the local dump on Friday where the staff were extremely helpful. I think John said that all in all they took ten car-loads and there's more to do later, but not much.
Also, John had hired a big van and some of the contents were loaded into that so he and G can dispose of them through the scrap stores he manages up in the Borders.
As the three of them were already well into that, I headed off upstairs and pretty much finished clearing Dad's office (another nightmare) apart from the financial papers which we need to keep until it's all over although we're pretty sure no-one will be interested in tax and finance stuff dating back to the seventies! I finished off by sorting out some other bedroom cupboards.
There's still plenty to do but none of it is nightmare stuff now, we've broken the back of it all. I came home with the remaining little cottages, a couple of walking sticks (no, not needed yet but you never know and these are really good ones), a couple of computer gizmos, a battered Travel Scrabble and enough Yahtzee cards to see me out! I was particularly pleased with that last because I was thinking of ordering some as we all like a game or five of Yahtzee on Christmas Day.
To cap it all, the journey home was busy but fast and, amazingly, absolutely no hold-ups whatsoever at any traffic lights, roundabouts or junctions. I've never known a drive back from Dad's like it.
Wasn't Strictly good last night. I may very well have shed a tear (or several) during Rose and Gio's couples' choice dance. How beautiful it was!
On to today and I will resume working though The List. Beth has invited me over for lunch, which is lovely. Should be a satisfying day.
Stay safe and warm. xx