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#61 Hedgehog

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Posted 16 September 2021 - 14:13

I've just taken a bag of clutter to one of our local charity shops. Interestingly, my nearest charity shop has a sign saying for "health and safety reasons" they can't accept any more items today.  Happily the next shop is about a 100 yds further on and they were still receiving goods.


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Posted 17 September 2021 - 10:03

Watched the Nick Knowles clearout programme last night. He seemed astonished that the family had over 600 books. Which got me thinking that such a number wasn't over large, and wondered how many we had. Stopped counting when I got to 1,000...


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Posted 17 September 2021 - 12:08

We have at least 1,000 on our (luckily large) ground floor. A lot are specialist books which OH has collected.

FIL was a book collector/hoarder whose three- floor terraced house was taken over by books. Stacked floor to ceiling everywhere. Walking through the passage felt like being in a tunnel. There was probably a 2m square living space left in the living room. After his passing even secondhand booksellers didn't want to know and the whole lot, probaby well over 20,000, apparently ended up on a bonfire.
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Posted 17 September 2021 - 12:46

After his passing even secondhand booksellers didn't want to know and the whole lot, probaby well over 20,000, apparently ended up on a bonfire.

:o :crying: .


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Posted 17 September 2021 - 13:33

 After his passing even secondhand booksellers didn't want to know and the whole lot, probaby well over 20,000, apparently ended up on a bonfire.

:(  :(  that's sad... (he says as someone who owns about 5000 books...)


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Posted 17 September 2021 - 14:25

While I have rather a lot of books and sheet music, I wouldn't want 20,000 items. The bonfire option was probably the best thing (although maybe not for the planet!) The claustrophobia and fire/fall risk of rehoming that lot would be horrendous. I do think that some of those people on the Nick Knowles programme need more profound help than just a house makeover.

 

Well done on the charity shop run Hedgehog. I'm ploughing through a pile of late 19th C/ early 20th C symphony cds I need to listen to before moving them on - this is heavy going.


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 15:41

Really pushing the boat out now - am burning my undergrad dissertation and essays- time to move on! :)


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 16:16

Really pushing the boat out now - am burning my undergrad dissertation and essays- time to move on! :)

I am seriously impressed! I hope you danced round that 'bonfire' singing something appropriate. :) 


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 17:03

I'm covertly supervising it and celebrating quietly from my bedroom window (cos there is a lot of smoke and a neighbour has complained already). :ninja: Have also put the heavy duty symphony cds on the charity shop pile. No more hard stuff. No more essays. I just want to play with cute lambs and fluffy ducklings! :)

 

Anyone else chucking things out today?


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 18:11

I'm covertly supervising it and celebrating quietly from my bedroom window (cos there is a lot of smoke and a neighbour has complained already). :ninja: Have also put the heavy duty symphony cds on the charity shop pile. No more hard stuff. No more essays. I just want to play with cute lambs and fluffy ducklings! :)

 

Anyone else chucking things out today?

You'll love it! It will be a totally different type of life.

 

We've had skips here - notice the plural. The next one will be October-ish. We have a lot of inherited stuff to get rid of from when we bought the house. The Barn is very large and some bits were in darkness so it wasn't possible to see the accumulated junk. The people moving out did their very best. There's been all kinds of rubbish. There's also been the leftovers from the builders. As well as old carpet, lino, etc etc etc. When we're not decorating then we're seriously chucking things onto a pile which will then go into the latest skip. Notice I don't say 'final'. I think skips will become a part of our lives! :lol:


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 18:22

I wish I had a skip here! Ah the joy of flinging things in, and the merry crash as one lot of clutter hits the rest!


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 20:51

I’ve made a start! My mission for the weekend was to find the worktops in the utility room ….. 

three huge sacks of stuff to the tip, mums old paperwork filed or burned , two boxes of glass jars, bottles etc rehomed to jam making friends, two boxes of cat food donated to neighbour because They Who Are Too Fussy decided to stop eating that particular brand and flavour before the summer and which we have failed to tempt them back onto .…..

only to add two big sacks of dog food for AdultChild1’s family dogs who have arrived this week while they have a well deserved break.


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Posted 20 September 2021 - 10:00

I wish I had a skip here! Ah the joy of the flinging things in, and the merry crash as one lot of clutter hits the rest!

Yes, seeing it go is nice. Some of it was horrendously heavy and we had to rest along the way. Half a cast iron bath - for example - is really heavy! We moved in on the morning of lock down and all our plans that the house would be brought into the 21st century with all these amazing tradespeople to help proved to be very very wrong. I have sanded and painted more wood than that. I've stripped more ancient wallpaper than I ever wanted to see and my husband now has so many practical skills that he could probably be hired out. But the upside is that we know the house very well and it really feels like ours. And I am extremely muscular and slim! I could arm-wrestle anyone who dares say: Let me carry that for you, dear! :lol:

 

@Minstrel - Good luck with the utility room. There's a utility room here too - somewhere! :lol:


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Posted 20 September 2021 - 10:47

We're maxing out on positivity here - well done everyone! :woot: The jollyest place (and my favourite place) in my town is the amenity tip - everyone is joyfully unburdening themselves - so liberating! And helping to carry and ditch each others stuff.  :) 


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Posted 21 September 2021 - 07:28


Zixi, how do you find not having people nearby? Is it a haven of peace and quiet or does it feel a bit isolated?


I sort of second Zixi's reply. Our immediate neighbourhood consists of 8 houses, quite spread out as per Aquarelle's hamlet. We can see 2 of them from the house and another couple from the field. It's brilliant! We have privacy, can make as much racket as we like when we like, yet we know all our neighbours and any would help us out if we needed it. We have a sort of barn (it's not old, more of an outbuilding really) that's about the same size as the last house we lived in.

Our road eventually goes over a mountain and then passes Ireland's highest mountains and forms a handy back road way to Killarney so in summer we get a few tourists passing and quite a lot of cyclists (presumably super fit - Killarney is about an hour away by car and there's not a lot in between) but in winter it's very quiet. The biggest source of noise is tractors in summer which can get going pretty early, but you don't notice after a while. Unlike Zixi, we were too stingy to put in new windows, and storms are our biggest noise source in winter. You can see the Atlantic from the field so you can imagine what the winds are like!

Having said that, I've lived in small places before and prefer them, but there are very few facilities, and absolutely nothing that you can reach without using a car. The only regular public transport is a once-a-day bus that stops a few km away, though on Saturday night night there's a bus that takes us to a nearby town with a few pubs in it, and as the drivers know us, they drive up the road and pick us up at our house, which is great. Pre-covid days used to see us tottering up the driveway at going on for 1am most Sunday mornings! I have a friend who lives in central London, W1 postcode, and he would absolutely hate living here. I, on the other hand, would consider his lifestyle as something akin to being in ######.

Norway: good luck with the sheep. It's a big responsibility keeping animals. We used to let the next door farmer put sheep in our field which was nice in a way as we sort of had sheep without the responsibility, but they make a terrible mess and now we don't have them (except when they escape). We (Mrs G really) have a polytunnel and even that is a pretty fair responsibility!

Edit - good grief, I posted this and have yet again triggered the censor, as I did yesterday with a word that I did not think there was anything wrong with at all. In this post, think opposite of heaven.
Thanks for thus, OaG. I've been away for a few days so I've only just saw your post. Your lifestyle does sound like heaven to me and your London friend's lifestyle sounds like, er, the opposite of heaven!

I live in a village with a decent small shop and a pub, but for everything else you have to drive. I love it, except that it's very densely built up and I'd like more space.
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