|This guy was riding his pennyfarthing as we drove around the Pauahatanui Inlet on our way to Masterton yesterday. There were numerous cyclists around but this was the most remarkable.|
When I got back from staying at Bruce and Gary's overnight, I did my High Intensity Training - 11 minutes on the rowing machine that includes three 20 second bursts of going absolutely flat out.
After breakfast I prepped the the dado rails in the toilet and bathroom - the paint job on those was uneven so I needed to re-do it. The first job was to do a bit of sanding, followed by putting the masking tape on - that took longer than actually doing the painting.
|Masking tape on|
|all around the room, and on two walls in the bathroom.|
I finished the wallpapering in a few hours, but will need to re-paste some bits in the morning. The paper is so absorbent that the paste dries out really quickly and the thin shiny parts don't like to stick! I had the same problem with the wallpaper in the bedroom, but when that was being done I had Dee with me and she was in charge of additional pasting and pressing the reluctant bits to the wall. Where is she, I ask!
I am sure that I will be able to get them to stick down ...
|First drop is up next to the wall that has had one more coat of paint above the dado.|
|Second drop done.|
|All finished, towel rail re-installed, light switch and powerpoint screwed back in. Floor swept and washed. It's looking pretty good.|
Then I made soup from the 3kg of tomatoes I got at the market yesterday.
|Half of the tomatoes are still in the sink|
|and half are in the pot|
|Ready to cook, with sugar, salt, pepper, onions, cloves and parsley added.|
I hadn't put away the fruit and veges before we went to Masterton yesterday, so that was the next task, but that required clearing the hydrator drawers in the fridge. Aha, a piece of pumpkin, half of a big kumara, and two bags of carrots with another bag waiting to be put away. So another pot of soup prepared.
|Onion and garlic sauteeing|
|In go the vege, add some parsley, water, chicken stock, grated nutmeg and yummo!|
|Two pots of soup attacked with the stick blender and ready to freeze tomorrow.|
The second coat of paint above the dado was next and then I made a salad for my dinner.
|Just the dressing and the toasted walnuts to be added.|
When I went out to get the washing in, I saw that Joy and Grahame had tossed a rhubarb crown over the fence, so it was out with the trowel and a bit of horse poo to plant it.
Dinner eaten, I watched a Netflix documentary about Tig Natoro - a lesbian comedienne in the US who had a double mastectomy. She is very deadpan and really funny - even about her cancer.
Now I think I am ready for bed, so I have a cup of chamomile tea ready and the yawning has started ...
Just did a tired count up from the top - 8 tasks completed today! Yippee! Now I've checked that number from the bottom and it's 5 - what is going on? Time for bed obviously as my numeracy has faded away.