Friday, 30 March 2012

White stuff purchase

I have been so busy in the garden during this exceptional fine weather.. phew its actually been hot and sunny now for a week and today looks like the last day, sigh.

Anyway, I bought a new top. Its lovely for sunny days and it was actually available in my local store; because sometimes I see something on the net and then go down there and they don't have it....

Well this is really only a quick posting as I don't want to waste a second of this sun seeing as the weather forcast for the weekend is less cheerful and then I think there might even be a night frost in the first half of next week, gloom....

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Sorting out the garden

Yesterday and today I made a start on restoring the greenhouse to pristine condition, the garden needs doing as well but DH has been making a good job of clearing away loads of dead leaves and old plant stems. So its coming along and I bought a new vinyl cover for the greenhouse table too and cut it to shape so it all looks clean and tidy. We had our first lunch of the year inside.

Are you sure you plumped up these cushions, woof.
Bella showed a great deal of interest when I replaced the cushions on the Ercol sofa and plumped them up as you can see.

Its much more like spring here at the moment and I have a few more jobs to do like planting seeds or there will be no tomatoes this year. Is it me, or are the cost of seed packets soaring? I could not believe that some of them were nearly £3......

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Another look at the workstation

Its going to arrive on Thursday and I am on schedule for tidying up ready for it. The new monitor arrived on Friday and is great, it has already made a difference to my productivity and has made it so much easier to design KR's leaflet for our guided walks.  I am not sure if my arrangement of items will be quite so tidy as the one they show above, but you get the general idea.  As I use a laptop it will sit on the desk pullout bit and fold down when not in use. That means the cpu cupboard on the left might house a spare sewing machine...ha ha.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Getting my act together

Thinking back to the last couple of weeks, I can't recommend getting the flu, ha ha....

Anyway, all is over and I am nearly A1 again, but need to get the brain cells working as well as the fitness thing so decided to splash out on some new kit.....hmmmm

A monitor so I can see what I am doing when I use my graphics capabilites would help I thought as I have for too long been subjected to a 15 inch laptop screen, not good when 3 years ago I had a really serious monitor for my DTP and stuff. So I have a 23 inch arriving tomorrow. Not an expensive one either but it does seem to be a good screen; at least I spent half of yesterday doing my research. When you live in the country aka Cumbria its difficult to see anything in the flesh except of course sheep....... So pouring over reviews is the only option I have: way back when I was head of computing at a local college it was what I used to do when I had loads of dosh to splash around, (¼ million once I seem to recall.) Anyway, I have only spent £138 so I don't expect it to be an all singing and dancing model but I do expect my screen to double in size and for that I am truly grateful. If the resolution improves enormously too so that I can see what I am doing in my graphics program that will be wonderful. So here is the beast, let me introduce you to......
AOC i2353Fh
This is the link if you want to read the review yourself.

But you would think that was enough.... no I am serious when I say I am getting my act together because what with my interests in quilting and sewing and computers and being a mountain leader, my desk is a tip but not my sewing table which I sorted about 4 years ago.  Now that was a decision which changed my sewing from haphazard to bliss, so I thought about that too. Result, a new desk was also researched and is on its way from Ayrshire in Scotland to me in Keswick, yesssss.

Its a proper desk not what I am using at the moment which is a Heath Robinson affair. So let me show you the beauty.
Its all inside those cupboards, believe me it opens out into a wonderful place for printer, paper, router, keyboard (in my case laptop) and all the rest. I am not sure when it will arrive yet but before it does I have some clearing up to do, can't let it down by introducing it into this room without a mass sort out.

Meanwhile, my other jobs are pressing, i.e. the button on KR guided walks which is supposed to launch some script and go to an online booking system is not working yet so I have work to do.