Monday, 16 October 2017

Monday 25th September 2017 to Sunday 15th October 2017

Sorry but I been really busy - gigging, auditioning, practicing, fence painting, tidy uping etc.etc.

Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Had an audition with a band called Goodfellas in Stoke - really nice blokes, great guitarist but they contacted me day after to say they couldn't rehearse any further south due to keyboard player being from Congleton.

Sunday 8th October 2017
Did some community service scrubbing down benches and picnic tables then painting them with wood preservative paint stuff with the Parish Council.  Then came home and painted the inside front fence.

Monday 9th October to Friday 13th October 2017
Really busy at work so no time.   Did some drum practice up in the attic.  Have fixed the computer which kept switching itself off in the attic - the fan was full of dust and rubbish so will have to remember to hoover it out from time to time.  So have got my recording facility back in place and getting some practice in.

In the evening we did a gig at Mayfield Memorial Hall for a charity event - went down well, raised over £2,000 and threw in four new songs - Highway Star, Fool for your Lovin,  Free Fallin and Knocking on Heaven's Door.   One (Heaven's Door) a request on the night which we had a listen to in the interval and then banged out.  All good stuff.




Saturday 14th October 2017
Up early considering didn't get to bed until nearly 3am.  Dog walked, papers fetched, unloaded Phil's van of drums into my car of drums.  Good stuff.  Rehearal/Audition with a band in Kilburn which unfortunately took place in a room with the worse acoustics I can recall but was okay.  We shall see.

Sunday 15th October 2017
Up early.  Dog walked.  Cars washed. Watched Derby do Forest 2-0 at Pride Park.  Lovely.   Over to mum and dad's for tea for first time in ages after Lucy's footie team kept Buxton to a 0-0 draw which is great as they have thrashed Ashbourne in the past.  Good, good.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Monday 18th September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017

Monday 18th September 2017
Busy day in the office and then an audition at 9pm.  Straight after tea was writing up crib sheets, short walk with the dog, more crib sheets.  Set off for Burton in pouring rain at 8.30, got there a little bit after 9pm after overshooting the rehearsal studio.  Got in, got set up, did me half a dozen numbers and got through em - another chap coming in at 10pm so will have to await the results with interest.

Tuesday 19th September 2017
Couldn't sleep after audition so watched the conclusion of Strike: The Silkworm on the telly box - quite enjoyed it there is a really good interaction between the two main characters.  It's good.  Got to be at 12:30 and then up at 5:30.  Dog walked, papers fetched into office for 7.30.  All good stuff.  Another day in paradise then got home, tea, dog walk, fixing nephews computer for most of the night.  Problem is it ain't got no space on it. Fixed little dog's window with a bit of epoxy resin which wanted doing but have got a lot of little jobs that want doing.   Watched W1A which was very good and Robson Green on that Anglesey.  Also good.

Wednesday 20th September 2017
Up at 5:40 (slacking a bit).  Dog walk, shower and stuff  then in office for 7.30. Found a pic of the blue kit from last year:
Parish Council meeting after work which went on a bit but got done in the end.

Thursday 21st September 2017
Autumn Solstice - where is the year going.  Up early dog walked, bit of bad news at work got me in trouble - bothered? Nah, nowt  I can do about it.  Parish and Town Council Liaison at County Offices in Matlock after work a bit late getting off but didn't miss anything - wasn't as dull as it sounded in all fairness although I was one of the younger ones present it must be said!!  Watched Safe House on ITV - it's got the haunted house at Trearddur Bay on it you know.

Friday 22nd September 2017
Thank the Lord it's Friday is all I'm going to say.

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Up early doors.  Dog walked.  Golf day at Brailsford.  Played okay - 11 for front after three five puts and two ditches, 20 for the back nine after driving like a star and making the odd putt.  Then work kicked off so didn't get to the gate.

Sunday 24th September 2017
Up to Alstonefield Car boot, bought some bits including a seat for £3.   Back home painted 10 fence panels so ticked a bit more of that off


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Monday 11th September 2017 to Sunday 17th September 2017

Monday 11th September 2017
Back to work.  It's CycletoWork day on Wednesday so sent a reminder out about that one.  The forecast is for gales Wednesday morning so that should make it interesting but given recent accuracy of weather forecasts I might just take that with a pinch of salt.    Home for about 5.10pm so that was good.  Got kayaks fastened down a bit more solidly and also put a load of camping stuff up into the attic out of the way.  There must be some more bits and pieces to put away somewhere though I'm sure of that.

Tuesday 12th September 2017
Getting up earlier and earlier it would seem. Most odd.  Dog walked and papers fetched, brought some stuff to work ready for Cycle2Work day tomorrow.   Forgot a few things but that happens.  Got home a bit early as had to take dog to vets.  She put one of those drops on her and charged £28 for the privilege. Such is life I suppose.   Dropped missus off at home and went to pick Lucy up from School.  Had tea then got bikes sorted - pumped up tyres on the Boardman Urban Mountain Bike and the  Giant FCR1 - decided on the FCR1 - cracking bike.  Went out for a spin and realised how out of shape I am!   Dog walk and then watched Upstart Crow which doth try too had in my opinion.

Wednesday 13th September 2017 - Cycle2Work Day
Bottled it a bit - had discussions with the missus about cycling in 50mph winds and the decision was to go from Ligentia instead - so 2 miles instead of 20 miles.     That said I've done about five miles more on the bike than I have for the rest of the year - need to be getting back into it really I do like whizzing about on the bike.   Anyway, up at 5.15.  Dog walked in howling wind and paper fetched by 5.55am.  On way to work by 6.05 and showered and at my desk by 7am.  Not bad going in my view.

Slimming World Cycle2Workers 2017


Thursday  14th September 2017
Not a great deal happened although did tune up the 13" tom and it sounded grand in the evening for something to do.  Messed about for ages with a crap drumhead on it so bought an Evans G2 put it on and within seconds it's sounding right - warm with a cracking musical resonance - lesson learned.


Friday 15th September 2017
Can't remember much else other than it being a really busy day at work and I was glad when it was done!

Saturday 16th September 2017
Emily and Nick's Wedding Day so everything focussed on that.  Really enjoyable day but was flagging by 9:30pm.

Put this picture on because it's in focus

Put this one on because it reminds me of a Counting Crows lyric!

From "A Long December" - 

All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl

Think Lucy (and bosskat, of course) looks radiant in the second picture and you can sort of see what Adam Duritz means when he says "To see the way that light attaches to a girl"  !!

Sunday 17th September 2017
From Wedding to Weeding just by swapping a day and a letter!  Down at the lotty from Early, took 14 bags of rubbish to the tip, brought home courgettes, raspbobs, beetroot a big spud I'd missed and a couple of sweetcorns.




After putting a shift of sorts in down at the lotty (it was a Sunday after all, four hours is plenty) I went up to catch second half of Lucy's cup match at Osmaston.  They ran home 6-2 winners over Derby Rovers - great to see them win.  So pleased me and the pooch went up.  

Day finished with a pub quiz at The Shoulder, Osmaston.   Cracking night we came third from bottom - result!!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Monday 4th September 2017 to Sunday 10th September

Monday 4th September 2017 to Thursday 7th September 2017
Not much to report - was busy at work and did some good stuff at home including fixing an outdoor shelter for camping.   Also bought some ace stuff and some crap stuff from John Pye Auctions (bit disappointed but learnt from it). 

Friday 8th September 2017
After Lucy packed off to School, me the missus and the Dog went to Wales.  The Met Office had predicted Heavy Showers all weekend so we booked into a hotel (Anchorage Hotel on Four Mile Bridge between Valley and Trearddur Bay). As it turned out the weather was far more benign with an occasional bit of drizzle until we set off for home on Sunday with Kayak on the roof!
Church Bay in the heavy showers

Small dog in flight

The house used in ITV's Safe House (Thursday at 9pm)

Bosskat and el pooch on Church Bay Beach

Trearddur Beach in the heavy showers

Nice fish and chips at the hotel - can't knock the food.  Left dog in the room and she behaved, bless her. 

Saturday 9th September 2017
Up early - dog walked first thing - breakfast about 7:30am - very nice.  Went to Penrhos retail park to get missus a hairbrush!!  Then down to Newborough Forest as I've always wanted to go - bosskat really liked it so that was good.   Cracking looking spot for fishing perhaps need a bike though! 





We spent a couple of happy hours walking at Newborough and checking out the fishing spots (no ulterior motives on my part I'll have you know) then back to the car and off to the next stop - Plas Newydd.  Plas Newydd is a stately home looked after by the national trust - normally it's about £12 to get in but it was an open doors even so entrance was free (I was emailed about this so though we'd better take advantage!).  It's a beautiful spot and the art inside is stunning (in my view).   Lovely place.   



Plas Newydd looking up from Menai Straits

Plas Newyd as you approach from visitor centre

Brittania Bridge in the distance. 


Back to Trearddur as the missus insisted I got some bait for fishing (which in the end I didn't use but hey ho!

Found a spot on the inland sea that looked good for spinning but didn't get any bites.  Never mind and a cracking look camping site if you wanted to go yakking/fishing on the inland sea? 
This was my fishing spot looking back to the little bridge to Four Mile Bridge


  Meal with Vic and Linda at 6pm - best burger I've ever had (don't tell the missus though). 



Sunday 10th September 2017
Up early, dog walked, top breakfast again - was full all day pretty much!  Over to Church Bay - a bit grimmer today but got the yak loaded up ready for transit back to Ashbourne.  
Last walk on the beach at Church Bay - lot of weed about!




Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Monday 28th August 2017 to Sunday 3rd September 2017

Monday 28th August 2017
Bank Holiday no less and glorious weather.  Went to Ellastone Charity Garage Sale.  Bought some fencecare with brush for £5 in the right colour so in afternoon I painted fence and listened to Test Match special.  Bloody grand!



Tuesday 29th August 2017
Back to work.  In early.  Lotty after tea - runner beans and raspberries - need to get doing a bit though soon.

Wednesday 30th August 2017
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Bit of rain in the air.   Into office for 7.30.  Got home, went blackberrying with the small dog and got a tub full.   Watched a bit more of Strike on Iplayer - looks like a cracking program -  not read the book so can't compare it.

Thursday 31st August 2017
Up at the crack, new routine then dog walk and papers.   Into office for 7.30.  Root canal at Dentists this afternoon.  Happy days.

Friday 1st September 2017
Just for reference Root Canal was not nice, not nice at all.  BUT it is done and I don't have to go back near the dentists again until next April (all being well which will do for me, Tommy).  Gig at the Great Rocks club, Peakdale in the evening.  All went okay although I need to do a bit of work on the 13" tom to get it sounding reet.



Saturday 2nd September 2017
Up early.  Down the lotty helping out on volunteers day then golfing with Doug - played much better throughout - the backswing had got a bit Nicky Price and slowing it down improved my game by an absolute ton!!


Sunday 3rd September 2017
Did a bit at the lotty.    Went with Phil to have a look at the sheep he was looking after in the evening.


Monday 21st August 2017 to Sunday 27th August 2017

A week dominated by toothache, emergency dentist appointments and lots of work!

Monday 14th August 2017 to Sunday 20th August 2017

Monday 14th August 2017
First day back in the office. Ho hum.  Quite a few bits and pieces that were kind of John's really but needed dealing with so a busy day.   Fitted a new head and tuned Tama snare drum up after work.  Also went up into the attic to do a bit - all good stuff.

Tuesday 15th August 2017
More of the same I should think but also went to lotty to get a load of spuds and dug up and a load of runner beans picked.

Wednesday 16th August 2017
Went to Darley Dale for me dad's birthday before work.  The collected some chairs from Tesco's at lunchtime and delivered them to Darley Dale a second time after work. All good stuff.

Thursday 17th August 2017
9am at Dentist,  The root canal surgery wasn't as bad as I'd expected although 45 minutes is a long time with your gob open I found.   All done and into the office.

Friday 19th August 2017
Up early the usual drill.  No after effects from the dentist so all good good good.

Saturday 20th August 2017
Got papers, took Lily to Belper for grooming. Did a bit at lotty - pulled up four rows of peas from number 7.  Was going to go to Ashbourne Show but the heavens opened while I was at the lotty so gave it a miss.   Me and dog sat in shed while it blew over...



Gave snare drum a bit more tuning upsky before gig.





Gig at Royal Oak, Burton   Went okay considering - loads of nasty blisters after though - that's what you get when you not played for a couple of months.


Sunday 20th August 2017
Got to bed about 3am after the gig so didn't get up until 8am.   Washed both cars, mowed everywhere. Went golfing at 4pm with Chumlee and Andy Bill.  Played rubbish for first few holes due to blisters, on fourth hole I popped the big blister and by about 7th hole it wasn't so bad.   Never mind.

Back home at 9:00pm!  Dark!  Never mind.

Monday 7th August 2017 to Sunday 13th August 2017

On hols

Monday 7th August 2017
Waled along coastal path with Lucy and bosskat.   Beautiful views and was amazed at how dry the path was after all the rain.



Had a bit of a fish on the little beach - too weedy soon gave it up as a bad job.

Tuesday 8th August 2017
Went early doors with Paul Clarke who runs the site and is son of Vic and Linda to Runcorn to play golf in the rain - it was glorious in Anglesey but barely stopped raining in Runcorn.  Paul's society
Friday come back.   Anyway didn't play too bad - hit a nice 6-iron off the tee on the first hole with a whopping audience and overall got 26 points in the pouring rain off 15 handicap with loads of trees all over the shop.  Really enjoyed myself we played with/against John and Steve from the Licensed Traders society who were like the Chuckle Brothers so we were properly entertained.  I couldn't putt for some reason so that cost me dear, got the odd par here and there but left a lot of shots on the course.  Such is life.
Runcorn Golf Club in the rain!

Paul Clarke, John and Steve at that Runcorn

Amazing sky on way home. 

The meal was steak and kidney pie with apple pie to follow - it was cracking.    Got home a bit after 10pm.


Wednesday 9th August 2017
Can't remember what we did on Wednesday - think we lounged about a bit and had another barbie in the evening.   Cracking sunsets then went fishing - perfect conditions got a little bass just as someone asked me "what are you fishing for?" - perfect timing.  Missed a really decent bite as well - the one that got away - the beach was in perfect conditions with tables of water - all you have to do is cast beyond the third breaker and wait.



Thursday 10th August 2017
Fished Dinas Dinlle and Menai straits both of which were rubbish in the daylight.  Never mind such is life.  About 5pm had some terrible news about an accident that put us in a right spin.
Dina Dinlle - scenery good, daytime fishing not so


Fishing Menai Straits opposite the entrance to Carnarfon Golf Course - rubbish and snaggy 


Friday 11th August 2017
Up early and on road as soon as we'd had breakfast.  Made a few stops on the way home but got home about 2pm'ish I think.

Saturday 12th August 2017
Cleared back yard and put storage chests up to make the missus happy!  Tidied it up no end - the rotary composter had got to go onto number 7 at the allotment I think, the old gas bbq went down to the tip as did a load of other rubbish besides.


At night time me and Lucy sat outside under blankets watching the meteor shower - I stayed out later after the street lights switched off at 12.10am - hardly any meteorites after 11:30 though unfortunately - next year will go up Swinscoe and watch em in darkness or perhaps to Paula and Darren's.

Sunday 13th August 2017
Took missus and Lucy to Cross for lunch.


Mowed lawns - dog likes a nicely mown lawn to kip on,  pruned tomatoes, cleaned fishing kit so salt don't rot stuff to bits.


Went to lotty and brought back a ton of beans, courgettes, raspbobs etc.etc.   Going to have millions of pumpkins and butternut squashes in due course.

Bed early back to bedlam tomorrow (or if not bedlam, work at least....)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Monday 31st July 2017 to Sunday 6th August 2017

Monday 31st July 2017
Not much to report, up early dog walked papers fetched.   Work left at 3.50 to go and get hold of a product for work but could not find it in local supermarkets.  Went to B&M and got a cover for the Chiminea for £1.35 or something like and a cover for the fireput for £1  All good.  Bed about 11pm after taking next doors dog for a walk - got some strength has Bruno.

Tuesday 1st August 2017
Got up at 5.40 and then only just so about 10 minutes later than usual for work. Such is life.  Got home a bit late with one thing and another.  After tea took pooch a walk then set about sorting out the watering system for the green house - needs a bit of PTFE tape to sort it I think - a job for wee Phil.  Got meter readings done - went onto U-switch.com as our current tariff finished at end of August - it goes up £6 a month for the next year (although we're currently £20 in credit?).   Anyway, U-switch says I can save £280 by switching to A, £279 by switching to B etc.etc.   What a load of cobblers these savings are all based on us reverting to the standard i.e. most expensive tariff with our current provider.    If I pick the tariff that goes up by £6 a month (bearing in mind we're in credit) with our current provider nothing on U-Switch can touch it.  The only difference is that U-Switch would get £40 if we did swap.

Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Up late at 5:50.   Dog walked papers fetched, still into office for 7.40am so not end of the world.  Left bang on time for a change went to Marchington to pick up a couple of items we'd won at the auctions.  Really pleased so far with the boombox and some outdoor storage chests the missus wanted.

Thursday 3rd August 2017
Up early, the usual, did a bit of pre-hols preparation with WD40!   All good stuff. Million jobs tonight though - lawns, roof rack, water bottles for plants etc. etc


Friday 4th August 2017
Hols in that Wales.  Got there for about 2pm in afternoon - a steady enough run.  Got settled in, got some bait dug.   Tea was nice from butty van.   Went fishing on Church Bay main beach think I got a single dogfish then called it a day.



Saturday 5th August 2017
Dog came in at silly o'clock in the morning so out for an early walk.  Off to Holyhead with the missus shopping - we had already planned to do a BBQ for our Andrew and his mate Carl so shopping was essential.  Dug a bit of bait - BBQ went really well.  We had planned to go over to Lligwy to fish at night time but there was a big music festival on there so we chose to go to Cemlyn instead and it was rubbish.  Wish we'd gone to Flagpole again or Penhros really.   Never mind back home for about midnight.

Small dog on the patio

Small dog having a nap


Sunday 6th August 2017
Up early with dog again.  Weather forecast to go crappy and it did - 12 hours of rain.  As this was only bad weather of the stay it wasn't too bad, really!


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Monday 24th July 2017 to Sunday 30th July 2017

Monday 24th July 2017
Very tired but up early. Into office early, the usual.  Did a bit of bugger all when got home as was tired.  Watched Saxon at Wakken 2014 - hilarious stuff on all levels but especially as a curtain dropped half way through and the whole drum kit changed - funny as.

Tuesday 25th July 2017
Up early. Dog walked papers fetched.  Busy in t'office.  Got home mowed everything, had tea, mowed a bit more.     Rang a band up in Stoke that's looking for a drummer - might be a bit too far though.

Wednesday 26th July 2017
The usual.  Went to lotty after work got spuds, peas, runner beans and rapsbobs. Bed a bit late after watching a couple of episodes of Braquo.

Thursday 27th July 2017
Up early doors, dog walked, papers fetched - found my Times subscription has run out.  Never mind it had gone down the pan in recent weeks anyway.   Good riddance etc.   Anyway into work early doors.

Friday 28th July 2017
The usual.  Didn't do nowt Friday night either.

Saturday 29th July 2017
Up early.  Didn't do a great deal.  Golf at 12.27 didn't do a great deal with that either - got a few pars but nothing special - didn't win the shiny pound.  BBQ at night time.  Ace.  

Sunday 30th July 2017
Did a bit down the lotty.  Good stuff brought home, Rhubard, spuds, peas, runner beans, french beans, beetroot and raspberries.   Good haul.  Over to me mum and dad's for tea, then left early for an audition in Stoke - had problems with A50 in both directions so don't think I'll pursue it beyond that.

The Superstar SFX in Stoke on Trent Rehearsal Studios
http://www.toiletsrehearsalstudios.com/
Got home 11.30, bed about midnight proper tired next morning. Hey ho. 

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