I didn’t get the job I went for, and I think it’s for the best. It would have been enjoyable but intense and involved quite a long commute. Besides, I spent the first three days of this week working, which is quite enough. I did a couple of hours on the fourth day but then faced with the choice of either going cycling or reading a book, I opted for the latter.
I’m reading The Witch Finder’s Sister by Beth Underwood. It’s a novel based on the life of Mathew Hopkins, a self-appointed witch finder who lived in Manningtree during the English Civil War. It’s the second book I’ve read recently about cruelty, fear and hatred. The other, Alone in Berlin, is set in Germany during the Second World War. Also based on real events, it tells the story of a man and wife who waged their own small propaganda war against the authorities. Although they’re very different, both books are excellent studies of the human condition.
Otherwise, it’s been a week of fixing things. First the shower and then the petrol strimmer. It took ages to get the strimmer going. It’s been sitting unloved in the shed for a couple of years but with the garden in dire need of attention I decided it’s time had come. It’s always been a pig to start but this time, try as I might, I couldn’t get the darn thing going. In the end I partially dismantled it and dripped petrol down its throat. It did the trick and the beast is now devouring all in its path. It’s still a pig to start but at least now it does get going – eventually.
It’s also been a week of cooking: salmon biryani, salmon pasta, sausage casserole and curry pizza.
Things I’ve learnt this week:
- Don’t cut hedges between 1st March and 31st August because it’s nesting season and destroying an active nest is a criminal offence – good job I saw the blackbird and checked.
- Don’t strim the grass when your tools are still out, unless you want to spend the next ten minutes cleaning them.
- Do read the small print on your new landline contract, because if you don’t you might find that you have to pay for CLI and that daytime calls may cost more than you think.