Monday, 18 December 2017

Bored?

"Don't you ever get bored?" 
The Prof asks me this quite regularly
He asks me because he gets bored very easily.
I don't.

I washed the cottage windows clean of the snow dirt this morning. It was bright and cold and damp and the bachelors were on tip toe, creeping across the wet pasture to the old hen house against the church wall. On cold dank days they sit on the top of it with their faces turned towards the weak sun.
Sun bathing animals are rather moving to watch I've always thought.

I moved the Church Christmas Tree from the boiler house to the vestry for Gaynor the mad organist to erect and cleared some shelves in old Trevor's garage. He's in full pottering mode.

William has stationed himself by the letterbox as the sunshine has brought out the Christmas card deliverers. He delights in trying to nip the fingers of an over zealous postie.

I've cleared away the garden rubbish, walked the dogs, and have delivered Christmas cards myself . The ones I put aside for the villagers who live down the lane to the south of Trelawnyd .
The lane never seems to catch the sun and Mary and I were chilled when we returned.

The light outside is already fading as I open my new " baking cupboard" I'm making mince pies which will have to be hidden around the house out of prying Prof's eyes.


I'm listening to Anne Marie Minhall's programme on Classic Fm and as the Prof is working late tonight and The Walking Dead  doesn't restart until February, I shall content myself with watching the first episode of the Bette Davis / Joan Crawford tv drama Feud. 

Bored? Nawwww

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  1. I like those photos. There always seems to be stuff to do, but I think chores still qualifies as boring.

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    1. It's all about definitions!

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  2. You and I are much alike. More than it might seem.

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  3. I enjoy pottering around the house and garden, no time to get bored. (I like the thought of the Prof prowling around the cottage looking for hidden mince pies.)

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    1. I have a foolproof hiding place too....the neighbours kitchen

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    2. I can just see this: you walk in to retrieve the pies and the neighbors are sitting at the kitchen table, drinking tea and finishing off the last crumbs of your pies!

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    3. Hardly the Prof came home and ate 6 immediately

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    4. They must have been minis? What is in mince meat? [Six?!?!]

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  4. It sounds like a lovely fulfilling winter day! Busy! Maybe Prof is often bored by his own work, so he expects you are bored by yours. Maybe he wants to to commiserate.

    lizzy

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  5. Are you doing a real mincemeat pie, or a mince pie. Always wanted to made the old fashioned one with meat, but never got around to it.

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    1. Mincemeat with orange zest

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  6. I rarely get bored too. You'll enjoy "Feud" -- it's a blast and a half!

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  7. And I do nothing, and am not bored. The Prof's expectations are too high or too low. I can't make out which.

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  8. I defy anyone to be bored where I live. The wife just trod in some dog shit on her way from the shops. She brought it into the house. Now she's cleaning it off the carpet. Is it a lucky omen , like when a bird shits on the car windscreen? I've often wondered. I can distinctly remember when I was a child Wales dog shit went white after a few days and sort of crumbled to dust and the friendly wind blew it away. There's a lump outside the back gate and I planted an small evergreen tree in it a month ago, and it's thriving.

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  9. I loved Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, but I do love any old Bette Davies films I can watch.

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  10. Of course you are never bored John because you have all those animals to look after and a host of villagers who seem to be under your care. Your new kitchen also keeps you busy. How I wish I could just pop by for one of those mince pies.

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  11. Should the Prof ever get bored with you (perish the thought) I hope he'll have the good grace to write you a glowing reference. You'll be snapped up in nano seconds and never short of being desirable as there are many women out there (and indoors) who too need a good wife.

    I nearly proffered suggestion that the Prof must be a Gemini (not that I wish to ignite any discussion over the merits of astrology) but then (if memory serves me right) you are one too. So let's forget that.

    Like you, John, I never get bored. To me a "chore" is not a chore. I see beauty, and a chance to contemplate life at leisure, whilst watching paint dry. It's a gift bestowed on you and me by one of the good fairies at our respective cradles.

    Mince meat greetings,
    U

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    1. I am a Gemini and I also am a twin

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  12. I would love to try one of your mince pies. I am never bored either; there's always something to do.

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  13. I haven't bee bored since I was a teen. Too much to see, do, and experience.

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  14. You don't have time to get bored do you John! How many mince pies did you make? :)

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  15. Would you please publish your mince pie recipe? I have been looking for an authentic recipe. Would appreciate yours. Thanks, Janet

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    1. I don't make my own mincemeat just buy a quality mix but add lots of zest of orange to it!

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    2. And if you want it with meat in it, make roast beef and when it has cooled, run it through a food processor until finely shredded, then add about 1/2 cup of it to the bottled mincemeat (which is generally just fruit and raisins), mix well and plonk it in the pie shell :) It's a completely different pie from what's made with bottled "mincemeat"; it takes the edge off the sweetness and is just all-around excellent.

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    4. I should have said "1/2 cup roast beef per pie" and you can use up to 3/4 cup per pie. It's not an exact measure and depends on the eaters' tastes.

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  16. Jean S6:08 pm

    sounds like a incredibly productive day to me.

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  17. It sounds like a lovely day in the week before Christmas. I get bored easily too, but I also love to potter and do things and slow down and smell the roses, and the animals, and the mince pies cooking :)

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    1. He's found them and have just eaten 6

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    2. I believe you meant that to happen!

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    3. I don't think we can blame him though, freshly baked mince pies, especially with extra orange rind, are heavenly!!!

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  18. I watched the first two episodes last night and loved it, plus I can't resist Alfred Molina. Enjoy!

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    1. I did enjoy it...both Lange and Sarandon were on top form

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  19. Oh gosh! How sweet that little William likes to "nip" the fingers of silly billy postal workers! In 2015 there were only 2,600 reported dog attacks on post delivery personnel in Great Britain. I guess they think it's jolly good fun - one of the delights of working for The Royal Mail. Some posties have had fingers and even noses bitten off.

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    1. It's only ever a nip and he's blind so generally he misses

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  20. When I am at work, my attention span shortens, hence I am commenting on your blog when I should be writing a conference description.

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  21. I do get bored,especially in the winter. My mind turns to travel then. Mostly though, I am busy and happy to be that way. I love the last pic of your kitchen window.

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    1. We have two other windows in the kitchen but I love the perspective of this one

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  22. Not bored here. Little things amuse little minds my family told me. And I am grateful for those little things.

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    1. The Prof tells me that I'm easily pleased

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  23. I get bored with mundane repetition, so I do a variety of things that I want to do, and never get bored.

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    1. Little and often I find

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  24. 10 year olds get bored. Grown ups ought to have grown out of it

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  25. My life is in such a state of chaos with family crisis issues that I pray for two hours of boredom. Though I am not a person who gets bored. Too much in this world to get bored.

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    1. Yes you can have too much drama! Two queens in one house can be drama indeed

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  26. I don't think I've every been bored in my entire life.......the Prof has no imagination.

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    1. Oh he has, he's just got a very quick mind x

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  27. In the winter I can happily waste a whole day or more!. Pj,s rubbish tv!.Look out the patio doors frosty and or cold no chance veg on sofa!. Stuffed a pillow up gas fire chimney was a freezing draught!. Note to self do not light it!.

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  28. I dearly love that deep window nook. :)
    Yes, never bored here either. I discovered a new author last week, and that should take care of me for quite a while.

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    1. That was the old doorway to the cottage that's why it's so deep

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  29. In my country it is a federal crime to put anything in anyone’s mailbox unless it has a postage stamp affixed and is delivered by an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. Your village sounds absolutely delightful and largely stress-free.

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    1. Don't anyone hand deliver cards?

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    2. One can attach an envelope or a handbill by means of a rubber band to the post on which a mailbox sits, but one had jolly well better not put anything into the box itself, on penalty of sizeable fines if the transgression is discovered.

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    3. Gracious, that sounds draconian

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  31. I so enjoy doing nothing..or going for a drive..it really doesn't matter. Recently retired... everyday is Saturday. It is a joy to just be.

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  32. I am never bored at home. At work is another matter!

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  33. No time to be bored, there is always too much to do.

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  34. Never ever get bored at home - always so much to do. Don't really know how I have time to go to work - but needs must!!

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  36. I loved Feud, the entire season. So well done. Enjoy it. When we retired, so many people said, "Won't you be bored?" I could never understand the question and have never been bored yet. Work days were often boring.

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