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Cleaning windows and running a mile


Our summer task is redecorating the outside of the house. Today I’ve been up a ladder, with a toothbrush and ‘household cream cleaner’, and a lot of elbow-grease, preparing window frames for repainting.  Black mould does not come off easily.


There are 16 panes in each window and I’ve prepared two windows. That makes well over 100 edges I’ve scrubbed down. Painting will start tomorrow, if it’s fine, and will probably take a couple of hours for each window. Yes, plastic would be easier. But not as nice. I’m not thinking about how many other windows there are.

So, as light relief from all that, I ran a mile this evening. It wasn’t as fast as I could run in the middle of the 5×50 challenge, but 12:08 min/mile wasn’t too bad, and I really enjoyed myself. Funny that it has taken until my 50s to find out that I actually like running – but better late than never.

In the garden, our apple cordons are coming on well – the fruit is starting to blush from all the sun we’ve had.

Apple cordons

Apple cordons beginning to ripen


Author: Hedwigia

Gardener, wildlife geek, and very slow runner.

2 thoughts on “Cleaning windows and running a mile

  1. Oh, here`s to the fabulous fifties! I think it just takes this long to know what we really want and to how to go out there and get it. Cleaning those windows is tough work. Would rubbing a little bleach or that “mould and mildew remover” product, make the scrubbing any easier?

    • Fabulous fifties – yes, I like that.

      I tried bleach – it wasn’t nearly as effective as cream cleaner, though maybe it will have killed the spores. I used it on one window, but not the other, so I’ll tell you in five years whether it made any difference or not!

      Anyway, it was quite a sociable job, as the windows are on the front of the house, right on the pavement, so I had lots of comments from passers-by – almost all highly sympathetic!

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