(Warning to Shannon in Belgium - if the photos of rosellas made you homesick, then you'd better not look at these photos.)
I spent the first half of the day roaming around a local shopping centre, just filling in time while waiting for a repair to the car to be completed. How I hate shopping centres, especially if I don't want anything or need anything. I hate looking at things just for the sake of looking at them, which is probably why I never know what to buy when I do need something.
I did 'sit test' a couple of outdoor settings and decided that neither of them was acceptable as the chairs didn't slide far enough under the table and would take up too much room on the deck. Have to be careful there as the deck only measures 74 sq metres....lol.
I then walked through the freezing cold wind to the shopping centre, posted some sample fabrics to Tanya who is going to make a quilt for our bed now that the room has been painted (keep an eye out for the package, dear), looked at the fronts of all the shops and wasn't enticed into any of them except to buy a book of crosswords from the newsagent and then spent an hour in a coffee shop, with crosswords and coffee. Fortified with caffeine, I wandered up and down several aisles of videos and finally bought 4 - not for us to watch but just to have on hand for grandchildren visits, and finally left the noise and piped music of the shopping centre and walked back through the wind to collect the car. At least, once away from the shops I could listen to my own choice of music on the iPod. The very nice mechanic had fixed the car and now it no longer makes loud grating noises, which were not the result of my driving, thank you Marcel!
I should have been more appreciative of my relaxed morning because once we finished lunch I had to iron all of the curtains from the house in the photos, which we had brought home yesterday to be washed, and then take them back to be re-hung. As well as the curtains the car was packed with gardening tools and the lawnmower, and we worked like navvies all afternoon, mowing, weeding and pruning. I didn't actually re-hang the curtains as I want to do a bit of window-cleaning first. By the end of tomorrow we hope it will look much the same as it does in these photos (taken a year ago) so that it will be ready to rent out again.