Saturday, December 03, 2011

Things to do, places to go..

The Security light outside the back door, below our window ,has been going on and off relentlessly in the gale  and so I have been up for hours. We have never really worked out what triggers it, frogs , rats, branches or lurkers. I am however enjoying watching the dawn and having a catch up. I have already wiped round the kitchen (sort of) and put a load in the washing machine and looked thro all the Tweets to the Parish Twitter, @FileyParish and my own @margaretkiaora.

I have not been on the PC much  since getting my new toy. Since #cnmac I have just about assimilated the stuff I learned. I have therefore put the Parish on Facebook following the advice from famous blogging Bishop. Consequently I spend time looking at Facebook and Twitter on my new Smartphone, which it certainly is, all sync-ed and clever, I keep the Parish Website as up to date as I can, and have really neglected my first love .  The honeymoon with the new toy is over now, as I heard Parish Secretary say of hers -They're quite addictive aren't they?

I am back to being me with words now, the touchpad keyboard is fantastic on my toy, but it is not solid and homely like this one, I am not able to sit and drink tea next to me , putting it up and down on my Echium Mat from the Chelsea Physic Garden , or leave the words and come back to them when I've fed the cat , answered the phone or powdered my nose. This feels right. I can say more . 

So the news is this-daughter is buying our house when  she sells hers , and we are moving to our cottage  round the corner, hopefully by April. Spouse has promised to carry on being a Fileygardener here, as the cottage has only a yard. I am getting rid of EVERYTHING to good homes. 

For the last few weeks I have been making almost daily trips to the great Charity Shops of Filey with all my clutter,and hundreds of novels. All the paperbacks have gone. Not the well loved favourites of course, and out of print Arthur Upfields. Anne Tyler has gone, Carol Shields has gone, Agatha Christie has gone along with Georgette Heyer and PD James. My first Editions are going round the family. Leo Walmsley went first. Donna Leon is about to move from Venice, via Filey  to Sutton on Hull.  My First Day Covers have gone to the Christian Bookshop , who sells them, and my Victorian Doll to the Salvation Army Shop. 
Furniture anybody? Will find placements for all I am sure.  It is so FREEING. So If anyone wants my grandmothers Edwardian  Dressing Table it will be free to a good home in the Spring. I must have somewhere to keep the national collection of Bridget Jones' p's till then .


  1. Gosh, Margaret, you are downsizing with a vengeance! I find it really hard to get rid of books and certainly my Georgette Heyers would never go. In fact I recently bought second-hand copies of the missing Regency titles to complete my collection. DH loves them too, so they get a lot of use.

    I can sympathise with your smartphone addiction but not share it as I'm too mean to pay a monthly contract just for a mobile :-) I'm also not on either Facebook or Twitter, as I find blogging consumes quite enough of the day without adding anything else! I must say I would love to have an iPad or similar, just for browsing in comfort....

  2. Margaret, lovely to see you back in the 'real' world.
    I am still only in earliest stages of de-cluttering, but am making slow inroads into a life-time's collectables.
    You are miles ahead of me technically, but I am apparently soon to be the proud possessor of an Ipad (though what I will do with it I've no idea.
    This is courtesy of my brother and nephew.
    Since my blogging skills are still in their infancy I dread to think what chaos might ensue once i get my sticky fingers on said article.
    Best of luck with your ongoing downsizing.
    Many blessings.

  3. I do think I could manage an ipad now incase any of my progeny are reading this. I think too that you will want a smartphone Ray once you have mastered the ipad .
    Perpetua I have to do Twitter as I manage the Parish account for them. I love it now and it is the best way of networking amongst Christians .
    Good to be back , and a way of seeing what is going on in the 'Church 'world without actually moving from the comfort of this land that time forgot called Filey. X

  4. Leo has settled nicely in his new home, on freshly dusted shelves !The previous occupants went to our hospice bookshop !