April 2015




This wonderfull pub has been sold as a ‘house’ but the new owner is not allowed to live there, or rent it,unless it’s a pub as well. So it stays empty, despite at least one offer to buy and run it as a pub. 

I did several hours this morning chipping prunings and making up a fire, then got the 12.06 Crawley-Faygate train (one of 6 a day) to do my annual walk.

Martin and Anna were pleased to see me, and said: Is it that time of year again!? I love this pub, and intend to do this walk in future, even if I have to stay in a hotel. 



The Cherry Tree has just reopened. I phoned them to discover they closed at three o’clock. I discovered I can do the walk in an hour and ten (including 15 minutes stopped to talk about mortgage). Bluebells were the best for years. 



It was very warm; so warm I nearly took my cardy off! But that would have taken time. 

I got to the Cherry Tree at 10 to, and had a lovely pint and a half of Sussex. Then back to Crawley to light the bonfire, mow the lawn, and go next door to discuss the work on this house, while I drank their alcohol and scratched their dog. 

Productive day. 




I like jigsaws I can do without looking at the box once I have started. This one was a large part of my recreation this last week (the sky took the most time, and the picture on the box would not have helped). 

Doing it made me want to go to York, and come back to Yorkshire. I have almost finished the physical work I can do to make the house let-able, mostly in the garden, and while I still don’t have confirmation of mortgage it seems I may have the cash within 3 weeks. 

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Another day clearing garden. I left the back door open and came in to find two fat, and not stripy, hoverflies doing the hover in a sunbeam, bump each other, fly around buzzing mating fight. Once the door was shut they would have  waited past a lifetime for a female. 

I got an old Tupperware box an caught and released them one after the other. 

I also tried to ‘save’ house spiders attached to tip bound chipboard in the garage. I don’t know if they protect their nest, but there were cocoons, and the spiders were hanging on.

Tony Bailey’s Magic Trailer has now taken the awkward trimmings from the garden, some of it going back many years. A mow, a tidy and a bonfire and it’s good to go. 





https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCLY0Rlx6Q

No 1 in USA. Heard for first time this morning on Radio 2. Then on same station just now, and I danced!

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