Thursday, 23 July 2009

Death and Garlic

Discovered two of our fish have died today, and the others are seriously not looking good, severe fin rot has set in! I blame Pets at Home, the tank was fine, we buy two new fish, and *poof* death and destruction in an aquatic type manner! As I type Stu is wondering the aisles of Pets at Home with a sample of the tank's water and a generally saddened and annoyed manner. Let's hope we can save the others! Stu has threatened to get rid of the tank if they all die, I would find that quite sad though as I do like the fish, but it is a lot of work for Stu, cleaning them out and things. Anyway, we shall see how it goes.

I have done a tiny bit of gardening today, not too much though as I feel rather off at the moment. I trimmed back the nasturtians and hanging tomatoes, I'm hoping to get quite a few tomatoes in the next couple of weeks, it's full! I also re potted the garlic, as it has been slowly drowning! I took the bulbs out, which have come on loads, emptied out the waterlogged soil, popped two holes in the bottom of the trough and replanted with new soil. Hopefully, they will come on a little faster now they don't need armbands!
I rehomed some caterpillars too, they are most welcome to chill out on the nasturtians as there is an abundance of them, but they get forcibly removed from anywhere else! After looking at a website I have found out that I moved two cabbage white butterfly caterpillers, one drinkermoth and another spikey one that seems to be 'helpfully' labelled 53, ahhh well!

In cat news, Lucy has decided she is partial to coffee cake! *sigh* Part cat, part Labrador!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

University and presents

I got a letter yesterday telling me I've got into university, so in September I shall once again be gracing the corridors of UCLAN. I'm really looking forward to it and wish it was next week I was starting! I hope the funding won't be a problem, it shouldn't be, I know I'm eligible for various things, but the worry is always there. I will fill in the forms soon, most of them aren't available yet. And yes, me being me, I have even started my book list, I think it's good to be organised and I just knew that I wouldn't be able to afford lots of books all in one go at the start of term, plus if I know in advance I can keep an eye out in the charity shops, and hopefully save some money, which I always need to do!

My friend has given me lots of soap making things, so I have been playing with it all and I have to say I think I'm addicted already! Practice is the key to these things, and if lots can be put in, then I'm hoping to be able to make some to give out as presents at Christmas.

Another thing that I'm thinking of as an option for presents are notebooks. I bought a cheap, very tack notebook the other day and yesterday I backed it in a lovely poppy print piece of material, that incidentally cost me nothing as it was part of the free sample horde! I'm very pleased with the way that it has come out, well, except the fact that there is an image on each page, I didn't know this when I bought it as it was plastic wrapped! Lesson learned; check pages!

Monday, 13 July 2009


They are driving me mad!!! Both of the cats have fleas at the moment and seem to be determined to share them with anyone and anything! The house has undergone a severe deep cleaning in an attempt to kill off the little buggers. My poor ankles are bitten to bits, I don't seem to react well to bites either, they puff up in big lumps. We seem to be getting on top of things now though, so hopefully a fleafree end is in sight.

University is still a situation of great stupidity! I decided that I want to English so I went to tell them this and found out that the course I had applied for wasn't running now, so I would have had to have chosen something else anyway! So, I'm now awaiting news of a place on BA English Language Studies! *sigh*