First of all a handy tip. I left my flower arrangement in a crystal vase just a little too long (truth be known, the flowers were almost fossilised!!) and I had the dried on green algae tide mark which would normally be no problem but this time it was a narrow necked vase. The dishwasher isn’t a good idea for crystal and I get annoyed shaking ball bearings around in a vase, so I grabbed what was to hand and started. This turned out to be the washing up brush and a scouring pad. The pad attached itself onto the ends of the bristles and I was able to whoosh it round inside the vase with perfect results. I was so impressed I even looked for more vases to clean (how sad is that!).
I don’t normally gripe about people but our neighbours, who we try to be friendly towards and invite them for drinks etc, approached me today to ask if I’d mind turning our fence around. Now I thought this was a peculiar request and so waited for the rest of the explanation. It turns out that they aren’t happy seeing the reverse, ugly side of the closeboarded panels with their horizontal rails which we had paid for and had erected, and said it was inconsiderate of me to have the sleek side facing into our garden! My mum had words for this calling it a ‘brass cheek’ and I hope that, whilst not showing my utter disbelief at what they’d asked, they’ll realise how ridiculous their request is.
Last time they made a neighbourly faux pas we were placated with wine. This time I hope it’s a bunch of flowers to replace the ones that so nearly ruined my vase!