Much excitement in Chiconia!
We picked up our new scooter! We’re selling the ute, which is dreadfully under-used, keeping the other car but having a tow ball fitted, and the scooter is for the Husband to commute with or for me if he needs the car that day. It would be cynical to suggest that I won’t be able to shop as much due to lack of space to cart things home… Anyway, I digress. It’s a Piaggio BV350, and here’s what it looks like: http://piaggio.com.au/product/beverly-350.
It also has a top box on the back with a nice padded backrest so the passenger can lounge back and admire the view. That’s me, just to clear up any doubt… At least, when we’re both on it together. I’ve had a full motorbike licence for years, and have had bigger bikes in the past, but it’s been a long time, and now that I’ve reached the age of (in)discretion and arthritis, I no longer want to fling my leg over something bigger and faster. As step-throughs go, this is fairly hairy-chested, it has good acceleration even with our substantial combined weight on board, and it’s supremely comfortable. It has electronic ignition, LED lights and a huge storage compartment under the seat. And best of all, it’s red. So, you lot out there, tremble! Hell’s Granny and Grandpa are out for a cruise.
To return to slightly less testosterone-laden subjects, my sewing has been slightly sidelined. However, I have got one side of the tea cosy finished, and I’m quite pleased with how it’s looking. I still have to bind the top edge with a channel for a draw cord. The bottom edge is already done, but for the top I have to make bias tape because the curve is sharp, and I simply haven’t had time, what with the scooter and also making bread, a cheese and vegie flan and jam tarts for dessert, a couple of loads of laundry, a big heap of pruning in the garden, etc.
Tomorrow I have a big construction job planned. The frames over the raised beds in the vegie garden are ready, and we can now make the netting ‘sock’ that slips down over the frame to exclude birds, insects, possums, fruitbats and other predators. I do realise that this means I’ll have to hand pollinate my zucchini, but that has the advantage of allowing me to control numbers too! Mozzie netting is what we’re using, in white to allow diffuse light through. The side and front panels on each frame will have an overlap to allow me to get in there and work without letting the nasties in, and I’m going to sew fishing weights into the hems to make them hang down straight and prevent the wind flapping them around. I looked at weighted curtain tape but the cost was iniquitous, and this is a much cheaper if slightly more time consuming solution.
The real question, though, is whether I’ll allow myself to be distracted by scooters, tea cosies or any of the other fabulous trivia with which I surround myself…