Mucking In

As birthdays go, one where you suddenly have a 700 page manuscript to do a final check on (and can we have it by Thursday) isn’t really up there. On the other hand, cake for breakfast is always good, and so is adding to the teetering pile of to-be-read books on my bedside cabinet (they all get read eventually; I don’t understand why some people think a large pile of unread books is a bad thing somehow), plus veeery fancy merino from the other half. And to cap it all, I spent the afternoon with a pal shovelling some nice well-rotted manure into feedsacks ready for it to be transported up here to fill my raised beds when they arrive.

Gardeners will understand why this genuinely does count as a birthday treat …

7 Responses to Mucking In

  1. Charles says:

    Serious manure envy here, I end up buying mine as I really do not like talking to people! My other half has a serious merino love affair as well, useful around the house as well as on the hill. Even I have been wearing base layers around the house.

    I hate proof reading, highly developed masculine “looking techniques”, the ability to see what I think is there and a tendency to speed read mean that I always used to leave a few obvious mistakes, usually in line 1 and then casually scattered through the document. Mind you still better than text speak, more like the Grauniad….

  2. disgruntled says:

    ah well, there are plans to bag up the surplus and leave it out with an honesty box – a bit of a drive from Somerset but possibly worth it for the lack of human interaction

  3. Lizzie says:

    Thanks so much for that link – I had heard of this company ages ago but had totally forgotten about it. I shall definitely keep those merino tops in mind, especially as they seem to have long enough sleeves! I have long arms anyway but is it just me or does anyone else think that it would be sensible to make all baselayer sleeves longer? After all you can always turn up a too long sleeve but you can’t make a short one longer!

  4. disgruntled says:

    The sleeves have thumbloops too. I can confirm they’re nice and long

  5. Charles says:

    Thumb loops and long sleeves are essential for the winter fly fisherman, all that waving your arms around in cold air while standing up to your waist in water does get a bit cold. However as you have been standing in an ice bath all day you can skip the elite athlete ice bath and go straight to the pub instead. (Or in my case a hot bath followed by drink in front of the wood burner)

    If the honest manure is still there in October you might be in funds! The annual week in Perthshire for hill walking, pub stalking and struggling with Edinburgh parking and a ten year old sat nav is on.

  6. I totally get the manure ‘birthday treat’. We’ve just bought some manure to add to our newly built raised beds. People must’ve thought us odd, being so happy as we threw bags of horse poo into our car! We’re very excited to be growing again after skipping a year. 🙂

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