Tuesday, 30 April 2013
My first solo spin to the mountains, T & O 15, etc.
Yesterday was pretty much a complete opposite of my usual day, which is often spent facebooking in the attic.
I started in the morning by driving to Ashford, to collect a second hand coffee table I'd found via Facebook. (I overtook a lorry, yay! LOL.. First time I've done that, on my own..) My second time ever reversing around a corner, went fine as well =D
I didn't even need to turn down the back seats as the table fit on the seats, legs up, and I secured it with two safety belts, just in case I'd need to make a sudden stop or something.
I paid €35 for the table, it's solid wood and very sturdy. It has some wear and tear marks, but I think it just looks better that way. I'm planning to use it as my laptop desk - it should be just the right height for that (with the low futon as my seat), although I haven't been able to try it yet as it'll take me a few more days to get this attic organised..
So, once I'd collected the table, I decided to go for a spin as it was a gorgeous day and I need all the driving practice I can get, before booking my driving test (and I have a few more lessons to take, before that..)
I drove from Ashford to Roundwood, really enjoying those country roads. I stopped to buy some lunch at Roundwood Centra, and then drove on to Lough Tay where I ate my lunch =)
There was such cold breeze, that I didn't go to the spot where you'd get better landscape snaps. Instead, I sheltered in Esmeralda and enjoyed my lunch =)
I had a ham & potato salad sambo, and a Homer style donut. In my €2 lunch box, which I've customised with scrapbooking paper.. LOL..
Then, I drove to Glencree, via Sally Gap. I love, love, love driving those mountain roads! I don't love the big tourist buses, which drive in the middle of the fuckin' road. I mean, if you can't stay on your lane, stay off the roads, FFS.. I hope I made those drivers crap themselves..
I had a cappuccino in the Armoury Cafe in Glencree, which is my favourite coffee shop. I especially like it when it's empty, like it was at that time of Monday morning =)
I was very lucky with the weather as well! Although I'd seen the rain clouds over the mountains, even before I left home, they cleared a bit, and the ONLY little bit of drizzle, came while I was having my cappuccino in Glencree! =D
I drove home through Enniskerry, and luckily there was no one ahead of me on that road from Enniskerry to N11, so I got to enjoy that bit of rally.. =D Love those curves..
Coming back to Bray dampened things, though - I was stuck behind some Dargle works vehicles, which were heavy and slow, and all that crawling on the first gear, stopping, crawling again, made me stall like a million times, and I would have hated to be behind me =/ I hate driving in Bray.
Anyway, got back home, dragged the table up to the attic, then got it in my head to do some gardening!
These phone snaps aren't the best "before & after" pics as I couldn't really even see the screen, with that bright sun blinding me, but I sawed some big lower branches off the bay tree, so you can now see and walk underneath it again, without trouble. I dragged the branches to the back, where years of garden waste has made a bit of a compost, in a way..
Once I was done with that, I continued reorganising the attic, boxing lots of stuff, dragged the Dyson up, hoovered one corner of the attic, etc.. Then I got totally exhausted and had to get some sleep.
Today, I'll probably be working on the attic all day. I want to get it cleaned and sorted. I'll pack away as much stuff as I have boxes for, and then there will be a lot less stuff to collect dust on it, which will make hoovering easier and leave much more room in general.
Yesterday was also Thatsit and Oimouttahere's 15th birthday. They had duck =)