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New Clutter

While it may’ve been my birthday eight-days ago, that Monday was also the day in which I decided to clear out and close the door on my first workshop for the final time. A previous weekend had seen the majority of my tools and kit tucked away in to self storage. But I’d left myself with a floor-covering off odds-and-sodds to gather or give-away. Somehow, prolonging the inevitable and procrastinating would make it feel like I wasn’t having to let go just yet…

Welcome home…

Because of such of undesirable habits, I found myself with nowhere else to dump these items in such short notice and so, here they are, on the carpet of the one-bedroom flat within which I reside.

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My First Washer/Dryer

After four months of frequent to my mother’s home, with black bags full of my dirty laundry; I jumped in and bought myself a washer/dryer this week. I’ve taken that extra step closer towards independence. For the very first time, I own a washing machine and this post is going to involve my initial impressions and remarks from its first use.

One brand-new washing machine; one basket-full of dirty laundry.

TecTake Portable Mini Washing Machine and Dryer – it arrived within three working days from Germany and, as I was out walking, it was kindly taken in by a neighbour for me to collect later and at my own convenience.

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Take My Money

After accepting a pleasant amount of money over the weekend in exchange for my planer/thicknesser, this week has so far begun with a stark ‘warning’ that makes me feel as though I’m ‘not allowed’ to keep any additional money that doesn’t come in as part of my average working wage.

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About Heating

If you’ve read closely within my other posts on the flat I’ve been living in since November, you might’ve picked up on the fact that there’s been a persistent ‘issue’ with the heating in my current home. I believe I also touched on this in the YouTube video I filmed where I walked you around the property. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. In fact, I was intending to include this in my follow up video (but for destroying my camera in an attempted DIY repair…).

It’s a subject where the ‘fear of who could be reading‘ has deterred me from making it all public but I’m pleased to now be able to report that there has recently been some significant progress made.

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Spaghetti Luncheon

You can’t really go wrong with pasta, can you. It’s the one food I’ve been cooking predominantly for as long as I’ve lived alone. Before I stopped skipping meals and started cooking with vegetables, I used to eat it at least twice a week. It’s fast, it’s easy and you can place almost anything with it.

Bacon – my new favourite ingredient for… Everything!

In the book I’ve been using from BBC Good Foods, I found an exciting recipe for spaghetti that included bacon, of all possible ingredients! I thought I’d already written about this meal (hence the delay) so I’ve already managed to enjoy it twice before sitting down to write here.

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A Man’s Salad?!?

Today, I find myself torn between writing about food and sharing yet another fence panel repair (yes, only my second of 2014 – and I really thought I was done with them the last time!). Having spent the previous evening at a Thai restaurant in the city centre, there’s only way my stomach is going to turn with this post! It’s not really until you start crafting and creating your own meals (following a recipe or from scratch) that you begin to appreciate the joys of dining out. Those anxieties about eating in public soon fade away as you’re waited on and served, with someone behind closed doors having done most of the hard work.

A salad is on the way!

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My first ever attempt at making a casserole came about a week ago. Having ‘ummed‘ and ‘ahhed‘  up and down the aisles of the supermarket the previous week, I had equipped myself with an arsenal of ingredients that I assumed hoped would be satisfactory, even if they didn’t exactly match the items as listed in the recipe.

Yep, those are cannelini beans and cherry tomatoes, right there….

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It’s Nigh

It was made official that my mum has now sold her house. It’s not bad going, considering it’d barely been on the market for two months but I’m now facing an ultimatum that I’ve been trying to avoid, even though it’s presence has been looming for a while… I need to start clearing out my workshop and I’m no longer talking about simply decluttering the unnecessary and the under-used…


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