A Smoking Christmas!

For us, Christmas is a time for hunkering down.  We're not generally big on extravagant Christmas rituals, content just to enjoy some quality time together and to touch base with family and friends.  Our sausage and mash Christmas dinner a couple of years ago attracted both looks of deep pity from some people we know and cheers from others wearily tethered to family and societal pressures to produce a perfectly roasted turkey with 20 different veg.  With the house being so topsy turvy and half-dressed, it doesn't seem right to lavish a temporary tree with decorations this year, but an open fire...well that is high up our Christmas list.

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Another Holiday......Another Skip

The rotting mattress and leatherette bedhead that someone jettisoned over the garden wall are definitely skip material, as are the awkwardly tall and surprisingly heavy clothes line poles Dunc man-handled out of the ground. Otherwise, to qualify for precious skip space candidates have to be 1) tricky to dispose of by other means or 2) conveniently fit into the pesky nooks and crannies left between the 'proper' skip items.

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