Sunday, July 27, 2008

Baby, it's cold outside!

Thanks for all the nice comments on the house. We do love it, but it is really hard to heat (which is why I have the shivers and frozen fingers) and multicoloured carpet is just wonderful for hiding crumbs and general dust.

I am not the greatest of housekeepers, and would prefer to knit, blog or do almost anything than actually vacuum, so this is good!

Although it is an utterly beautiful day, it is freezing - frost still hasn't melted in the shaded areas, there is a LOT of snow on the mountains, and the estuary is as still as a mirror - brrrr!

Yesterday afternoon was spent in the 'green gym', as Taph calls it - we mowed the lawns for the first time in ages, so there was lots of raking and barrowing around cut grass and fallen leaves, This was all 'helped' by the children!

I'm still waiting to see everyone's homes or at least the places they love! - Zephyrama posted hers and told the wonderful story of her house - including its ghost!!

We don't have a ghost - we thought we did when we first moved in - we'd hear sort of chirpy noises in the quiet of the night and couldn't track down the cause - it sounded a bit like someone walking on a squeaky floorboard. Had us baffled for months.

We kept hearing it, and finally, when we were having a second phoneline installed the Telstra guy heard it too.

"There's our ghost", I said.

"That's not a ghost", he replied. 'The batteries in your smoke detector need replacing - that's the noise it makes to remind you!"

How prosaic! I much preferred the ghost!

12 comments:

Michelle said...

I once thought I had a dying mouse in my bedroom ... every night he'd keep me awake with his damned squeak squeak. I was all "so die ALREADY!" Turns out it was the smoke detector.

It's cold here too - it must be snowing somewhere.

2paw said...

Oh, a ghost would have been much better. The rain had made everything really green here. It's chilly today though!!!

Lynne said...

Brrrrrrrr! It's cold in Sydney too!

Donna Lee said...

I was thinking about how cold it must be down there yesterday as we were sweltering. There has to be a happy medium somewhere?

Rose Red said...

Heh heh, that's hilarious!!

I will post my house, but it won't be until late next week - because on Friday, I'm GOING TO FIJI!!

Yay!

Amy Lane said...

"I'd rather prefer the dragon!" (The 13th Warrior, upon learning that the 'dragon' they were afraid of was really 1000s of enemy cavalry:-)

Chicken got back today, and said that New Zealand was HELLA COLD (her words) so I believe you on the frost. (I know that's not exactly where you are, but the fact that she was somewhat close is still pretty cool.)

kms said...

stupid unromantic telstra man. i will post house as soon as it stops raining and blowing a gale long enough for me to brave the southerly coming straight off the pacific.....

MadMad said...

Those smoke detector chirps are ANNOYING! It took us a while, too, to figure out what it was; now it's another adventure figuring out WHICH one it is...

Bells said...

I'll do mine soon! Promise!

Jan said...

Hi Tinking Bell.
What an unimaginative serviceman, indeed. I've just typed a long post showing you where I live.

Five Ferns Fibreholic said...

Leave it to the phone line guy to make you feel stupid. Sounds like me and the guy on the internet help line. They ALWAYS make me feel stupid.

Kate_knits_a_bit said...

It's nicer weather here this weekend - I'm even doing extra sheets-and-towels washing while the fair weather lasts!
Speaking of which, today should be a good day for residential photography...