window cleaning spring clean

27 Mar

london 7.37pm 11.9C dry sunset 7.25pm. tuesday 2018

i forgot about sunset is so late, so that when i went to sleep at about 4.30pm it was still very bright and when i woke at 6pm, and it was still bright. it felt weird when woke up and i drew the curtains and saw how bright it was outside.

and when i looked outside just now it was twilight and the sky was lighter, rather than the pitch black you get in the tropics. and when i looked up in the weather website what time sunset was today, i was surprised that it has only just set… i  was still thinking sunset was about 6.25pm, the old time. 

i cleaned my windows earlier today so looking out , it was through clean windows . it is lovely to see the world looking so clean. haha.

yesterday,  my upstairs neighbour was ahead of me as we  came back at about the same time.

as we approach the entrance to our flats in the block. i saw she paused and turned round to me to point out to me  a fox outside the door to our flats. it was quite plump looking, which is good, because i have seen a fox once, quite some time ago, and it looked very scrawny. poor thing. it is not often we see a fox around here, far less one in broad daylight and so daring.  it was sitting just outside the door to the communal entrance. on seeing us, it walked off in the opposite direction and disappeared round the corner. 

anyway as we were climbing up to the flat,  and she mentioning how nice the day was, i said it does mean the grime in my window is more apparent now. and she mentioned she had a cleaner , an elderly man who comes to clean the windows from inside her flat, but he seem to have taken a runner. she had not seen him this year.  i was surprised to hear her say he cleaned from inside the flat.

i thought he might have a ladder or long handled brush to clean them from the outside. i have seen it being done by someone else on some other flats, some other time. the man was on the ground level, and holds a long handled brush and  the brush had a water supply coming out of it, the hose being connected to a water tap, which allows water to drip out and so wash the windows. 

it is quite a contortion to clean from inside. i remember in the past when i did it,  it was quite a chore. and cannot imagine an elderly person would be able to do it. 

so today,i just decided to clean the windows. i still have memories of how difficult it can be cleaning the middle panes…that is why i have not done them for 3 yrs. 

but this time, i sprayed 3 of the windows all together at one go, and then wiped them all together with the same newspaper page. so that was done very quickly, and follow up that with another scrunched up page to wipe  off all the smears and those panes of glass  were done. so with this new way of doing them, i finished them off very quickly and it was not such a strain on me… hmm, if it is so easy to do, i might do them more often actually. i have not cleaned my windows for 2 or 3 years,  and this is the first time… mainly because the memory i had  was that it was so difficult. and that was when i was 3 years younger… i figured with everything getting harder as i age, it must be real difficult to do now. but surprisingly, my change of tactic seem to make the job quicker and easier. though i did notice the newspapers seem to make my hands go black with newsprint. i dont remember them being so black last time… but then 3 yrs is a long time to remember.

or maybe i used the quality newspapers, rather than the metro free newspaper i used this time. but whatever, newspapers are perfect for cleaning windows. but it seems the strategy is to find a way to do them quick, the quicker the better and less strain for me. 

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