The phone rings, and I'm expecting a call that I'm looking forward to.
'Hello. who's calling?'
'Hello, my name is Anthony, how are you today?' The voice is pleasant, with a slightly American accent. And certainly NOT the friend who is about to call. So my reply is ungracious and peevish.
'Oh, not as well as I was a minute ago.' That's because I'm peeved that it is a cold caller and not the call I was waiting for. Anthony pauses for amicro-second, and returns to his script.
'I am calling from United Appliances we are conducting a survey into popular domestic appliances it will only take 50 seconds how do you wash your clothes?'
'Which one do you use Bosch Miele Hotpoint Hoover?' he sounds patient in an impatient sort of way.
'None of them I wash my clothes in the river.' I'm rather afraid that is an untruth. Before he can get going again I carry. 'Look, I'm really not in the mood, why don't you call someone else goodbye'. And I put the phone down to start typing again.
The front door.
A youth in high viz with a clipboard mumbles
'I'm from Mumblemumble would you like a quote for getting your paving cleaned?'
'No thank you.' It is taking me an effort to stay even slightly civil.
'Not even a free estimate?'
'No thank you, goodbye,' and I close the door (gently) as he turns away.
Knock if you dare....
My desk (alias the dining table) is out of control - I have the books from four lessons and the write ups to put away, and I have two or three new projects fizzing around in my brain and I am really, not, in, the, mood!
So maybe my response to these hapless folk working in call centres or tramping round the streets in the cold wind was less than optimal, but I was still more civilized than I might have been.
I am embroiled in Projects.....
The apron project
I made a dress this Summer
and although I'm quite pleased with it, I'm not in love with it. The fabric is rather stiff, and hasn't softened with washing. So, my plan is to turn it into a 'Japanese' or 'studio' apron, those aprons with cross-over shoulder straps that you sort of wriggle into, and all kinds of crafts women wear (especially on The Repair Shop) and look so purposeful in. It should help protect my 100DayDress too.
Seasalt do one for £27.50
|Seasalt studio apron|
It has taken me several days of eyeing up my summer dress and working out how to cut the back to achieve this, but I think I've just about got it sorted out in my mind. I should be able to cut it in such a fashion as to create one strap all-of-a-piece with the front and back, and then cut a sort of patch to make the other strap. I'll use the hem to do that, and also to make pockets. It will take me several more days to work up the nerve to start cutting. When it has all gone wrong I'll cut what's left into a smaller, ordinary apron and put the Seasalt on on my Christmas List and be happy with that.
The Spring Bulbs Project
The apron seems a good idea for when my tulip bulbs arrive - I've just had an email to tell me that they are on their way. I've ordered some from Sarah Raven but then I discovered that they would be delayed, maybe, so I ordered some more from Farmer Gracy and these are due by next week. Sarah Raven discusses 'lasagne planting', where you layer up the different bulbs in the same pot and I thought I would have a go. An apron seems a good place to start.
|from the Sarah Raven catalogue|
The only thing is that I don't want to have the big patio tubs full of 'gone over' spring bulbs when I want to put something else in. Sooo, I wonder if it will work if I use some tall deep flower pots, and layer the bulbs in those, and then sink those pots into the big wide patio tubs? Then I can lift them out and leave them to their own devices at the bottom of the garden.