Monday, 24 September 2012

How to be Happy

I know this is completely off track from my usual blog posts but when I came across this again I thought it was something nice enough to share.

In the late '90s  BBC had a documentary called 'How to be Happy' and as a result of the research into the programme a team of 'experts' came up with a '10 point plan'.

I found this '10 point plan' stuck on an old office wall at a time when I needed an extra bit of happiness and couldnt resist taking a copy.

At the very least it makes for interesting reading:

1. Get physical: Take half an hour of exercise three times a week.

2. Count your blessings: At the end of each day reflect on at least five things you are grateful for.

3.Take time to talk: Have an hour-long, uninterupted conversation with your partner or closest friend each week.

4. Plant something: Even if it's just in a window box or pot. Keep it alive!

5. Cut your TV viewing by half.

6.Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once a day.

7. Phone a friend: Make contact with at least one friend or relation whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up.

8. Have a good laugh at least once a day.

9. Give yourself a treat every day and take your time to really enjoy it.

10. Spread some kindness: Do a good turn for someone every day.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Fence making; DIY style

I was going to write a big explanation about this DIY job, but I think I will just let the pictures do the 'talking'. After pricing fence panels etc we decided it was alot cheaper for us to make our own. So we bought all the wood in bulk, storing it in our large shed (a big plus when we were buying this property in 2010).
Our stock of treated wood

Clearing the ditch (view 'up' the garden) '11
Ditch cleared, posts & sheep wire up(view 'down' the garden) '11 

All nice & neat (view 'down' the garden) '11
Posts in; cement filled around them '12

My 'baby'
12' lengths halved & shaped
Bulk painting
Drying out
Putting the fence together
View 'up' the garden
Had a little help turning the corner

All finished, 100ft of fencing. For this part of the garden all I have to do now is to make a gate; but thats another days work methinks.