Monday 29 April 2013

This Weekend at the Duckpond

We have mostly been...
Sorting - out the mess that has (rather embarrassingly) become our spare room.

Mess in the spare room
Spot the sewing machine...

In our defence, there is method to the madness. Like some sort of bad movie plot, our boiler and heating system decided to pop it's clogs over the Christmas holiday - on Christmas Day morning no less.
Luckily, we know a chappie who does boilers and he agreed that if Andrew did all the pipework and plumbing in the house, he'd come along and fit the new boiler and make sure everything was safe and sound.
So everything in our house was moved around to make way for new copper pipes, fittings, fixtures and other complicated sounding objects. Hence the tip of a room.
But - lo and behold (well, fingers crossed) by next weekend we should have heating again in our house!
Which should be just in time for some lovely sunny weather...

Experimenting - with my new camera - a fabulous Panasonic Lumix GF5

Pictures taken with Panasonic Lumix GF5
Playing with the camera settings with some flowers and an unexpected hailstorm.

For our wedding anniversary last week, my parents very kindly gifted us some money and I decided to treat myself to something I've been thinking about getting for a while. After doing a bit of research on the internet - well, actually, a lot...and it involved spreadsheets {hangs head in embarassment} - we chose the Panasonic Lumix GF5 and so far we're both very impressed!

Rebuilding - an engine from a Scammell Lorry

Scammell lorry engine being rebuilt
The very complicated-looking inside of a Gardner 6LW 1952 engine.

Not me, but Andrew spent the weekend covered in muck and oil working on the engine he took apart last year. Hopefully it (and the rest of the lorry) should be fully working in time for the first steam rally at the end of May over in Selwood near Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Involving - myself in the lovely rosalilium's "blog every day in May challenge".
Bit a a challenge for a newbie blogger but hey ho, there's nothing like throwing yourself in at the deep end!
Also signing up for the heart-warming #post circle run by the wonderful Miss Beatrix.
Very much looking forward to creating and sending off my first #post circle package!

What did you get up to at the weekend?


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