Monday, May 12, 2008

Don't try this at home

Another pleasant weekend over. This one was actually filled with various domestic chores but I enjoyed them. I got up early on Saturday and pottered about before mowing my grass and then my neighbour’s grass as well. Then I had a chat with my neighbour for a while and she, as ever, asked me lots of questions like why I thought her gas bill might be so high and if I could work out how her gas fire turned on (not that she needs it at the moment). The primary problem with the fire appeared to be that there was no gas coming out of it when I tried to switch it on. I said I’d drop round the details of a firm who could look at all her gas appliances for her.

I spent a bit of time trying to identify the shrubs in my garden. I have managed to identify some of them, but others are still unknown. I’ll post some photos in the next few days in case there are any gardeners out there who can identify them for me. I also made some repairs to my shed roof but have decided that the only way to fix it properly is to re-felt it, so I’ll be doing that in the next few weeks.

G and I met up for lunch on Sunday and we went to The Mango Tree, which was very nice. We would have enjoyed it anyway, but we didn’t actually pay for the meal because G had collected enough points through TopTable so that we could use those to pay. We did have to pay for the drinks (which is has to be said were pretty pricey) but beyond that we didn’t pay anything. Very nice – and if you can go there through a TopTable deal (normally 50% off the bill), quite a bargain as well. I have come up with a list of places that I want to visit or go or a meal so we have a whole array of things to do over the coming months now…

I was talking to G on Saturday and the conversation went something like this;

G: I didn’t tell you what I bought on my lunch break yesterday.
Me: *ponders for a few seconds* A 99!
G: Oh, I did tell you.
Me: No you didn’t, that was a complete guess. Did you really buy a 99?
G: *somewhat disconcerted” Er… yes.

How weird is that?? I really had no idea what G was going to say and yet managed to guess.

I also read something in the local residents’ association magazine which said “3 Brits die each year testing if a 9V battery works on their tongue” and my first thought was to wonder if that’s true and then some vague thoughts about trying to test if that is what would happen – but then thinking that was probably what gets those three people killed each year. I wanted to know the answer to this and seem to have found it here. It is seemingly not actually lethal but best to be avoided nonetheless. Fair enough.


Kahless said...

Post the photo's and I will identify them. If I dont know I have many plant books so can look them up.

[yes, I am a gardener!! but dont tell anyone!]

btw I want to test a 9v battery too now.

Random Reflections said...

kahless - excellent! I'll try and post them on Wednesday, as I need to post something else tomorrow so that TF doesn't kill me.

Your secret is safe with me - particularly if you tell me what the plants are.

That battery thing still plays on my mind, but I don't think I have any at the moment, so hopefully I'm safe.

Anonymous said...

I also want to try it, what is wrong with us ?

Random Reflections said...

LKSN - it's so tempting isn't it and I don't know why!

titration said...

Nice. I think that your blog is very educational. I am so glad you linked to what a 99 was since I'd never heard of it. At first I thought it was a battery (because you mention that later).

Random Reflections said...

titration - I have a very curious mind and I like to find things out. Maybe that rubs off here sometimes. A 99 is lovely come to the Uk sometime and have one!