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Bathroom Bedlam (Part 3)

This post has been coming for too long. I’ve been delaying and postponing in in the hope I’d be able to write it as a conclusion to this DIY project… Right now, it looks as though I’d be doing very well to condense the grand finale in to fourth instalment!

Sometimes, we have to stop trying to be perfectionists. Now, remember that sentence and read on…

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Mist Upon the Mendips

It’s taken almost a fortnight for me to write about this one; my most recent walk. It seems that dark nights (particularly with the colder weather) are less inviting for me to sit here at my laptop for an extended period, away from the comfort of the blanket that adorns my sofa… I’ve even adapted to watching rubbish on TV! Between that and the (almost complete) bathroom repairs, I’ve delayed writing about this until now.

However, I can assure you this’ll be the last post to be ridden with my murky smart phone photos! My camera is back in action and so regular service quality shall soon resume.

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Daylight, All Night

It was a only a few years ago when I revamped the lighting within my workshop with a series of daylight-coloured bulbs. Sources online had suggested these bulbs provide the ultimate working (artificial) light and that certainly matched my own findings. At the time, I never gave any thought to the psychological benefits a good lighting and it is only now – well, a fortnight ago – that I have decided to improve the quality illumination with my home.

Daylight-coloured bulbs match the light from outside.

 

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Chocolate Raisin Cake

Two of my favourite ingredients baked within the same oven! This was the same cake I baked during an unofficial ‘Cake Day‘ with a friend back in October – see, I want to say ‘last month‘ but already, it seems December has crept upon us. My first attempt wasn’t without a little disappointment but that fuelled me with the necessary preparation for this effort.

If you’re interested in baking this one for yourself then you’ll find the recipe that I used by clicking right here.

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Staying Local

I’m fortunate to be able to call upon the Mendip Hills as part of my local landscape but last weekend I set off on a walk that was even closer to the home, as I ascended north in to woodland that acts as a kind of divide between my life, past and present.

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Roast Dinner for One

One thing I’ve missed since leaving home is the regularity of roast dinners. I hadn’t honestly given much thought to making my own until I start trying new things in the kitchen this year. So, without actually doing anything thorough research or looking for a recipe, I’ve come up with a meal that’s suitable for a single person and can be easily adapted to suit tastes and preferences.

Getting ready with the veggies.

Furthermore, it comes without black plastic packaging or a need to use a microwave!

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Bathroom Bedlam (Part 2)

Taking care of your own home repairs can be a welcome proposal but at the same time, it’s very hard to escape from the mess you’re constantly living in (at least, until the job is done). That’s why I try to end each day (however short the actual session of work may’ve been) with a reasonable tidy up. In a bathroom situation like mine, you don’t want to be running for the loo at 3am only to stumble over an upended trowel…

Continuing on from the end of Part 1 then…

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Fog in a Box

Saturday came and with it, the opportunity for me to lead my fifth (and final) Ramblers walk of the year. I’m pleased to say I’ve now done enough to have earned myself a £20 voucher at Cotswold Outdoor. In 2013, I lead a total of three walks to gain £10. This year, I’ve gone that extra bit further. What will 2015 bring?

A great day for low-visibility.

It got off to a very foggy start as I set off from home.

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