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. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

Monday 17th July 2017 to Sunday 23rd July 2017

Monday 17th July 2017
As a consequence of going to bed early doors I was down at the lotty well before 5 after getting up before 4:30am!  Never mind.  Did some watering, got some peas.
Going to see if I can use yellow ones for next years seeds
Then me and la pooch went to get the papers.  Did my good deed for the day by picking up a load of litter some lazy dumbass had dropped on the floor thirty paces from the litter bin  - lazy tosser.


Never mind, into the office for 7:30am things ticking over nicely.  Back home about 5pm after dropping some stuff off at Heanor for work.   Did a load of tidying up from the patio mullarky as well as faffing about in the greenhouse - moving one tomato plant outside to make a bit of space - probably could do with moving another one out as well - not sure just yet.   Loads of watering done and when Lucy got back watched a bit of Game of Thrones.

Tuesday 18th July 2017
Up at 4.30 again did a bit at the lotty - got broad beans, runner beans and peas, pumpkins coming on nicely.
Broad beans

A few runner beans and more peas.
Going to be big pumpkins this year I reckon. 

Papers fetched and into the office for a bit after 7.30.    Fetched missus new car.   She's happy at least.


Wednesday 19th July 2017
Phil's birthday bless him.  On lotty watering at 5:30, doctor's for diabetes check at 8:30.   Some good news, some bad news time to get me head in the right place and sort some things out I reckon.   Into office for a bit before 10am.   Worked until 5:30, back home 6.15.  Parish council meeting at 7:30.   Bed about 10:30.

Thursday 20th July 2017
Up at 5:30.  dog walked, papers fetched.  A little bit late getting to work at 7.45 can't be helped. Right tired.


Friday 21st July 2017
The usual up early, dog walked, papers fetched.  In office early, out a bit late.   Back home for 5.30ish.  Phil's birthday BBQ bash had to go get a tarpaulin thing to cover the BBQ, massive gazebo borrowed in order to keep the damn rain out coz by crikey it did just rain.   All went well though and no-one got food poisoning which is always a plus!

Saturday 22nd July 2017
Not much done.  Did a bit at lotty.   Walked dogs, did a bit in greenhouse and round the garden  Played nine holes at Ashbourne with Doug, was rather knackered from Friday night so we didn't go for the full 18.


Sunday 23rd July 2017
Not much to report.  A bit more down the lotty. Got loads of runner beans, broad beans, peas and raspberries.

All good stuff.  Went golfing with Andy Bill at 3:15pm at the Manor near Uttoxeter.  £12.50 twilight fee and really enjoyed it. Varied course in the middle of nowhere although I found almost every bunker on the course at some point and an unexpected ditch at the back of the 18th.   Hit a few decent drives and made a few  pars so not all bad.




   Got home a bit after 8pm after ensuring that I didn't know the result for the golf so I could watch the highlights as if they were speeded up live, as suspected Jordan Spieth won but fair play to him he didn't half just drain some putts.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Monday 10th July 2017 to Sunday 16th July 2017

Monday 10th July 2017
Up at 5:00, lotty watered, dog walked papers fetched and then into the office.   Busy day with a new computer causing me all sorts of issues.  Never mind.  Back home a bit after 5pm.  Tidied up the missus' motor.  Broke up a big wooden crate thing for firewood for weekend.   Had another look for Phil's pointing gun - God alone knows where that's disappeared to.  Will have to buy a new one.

Tuesday 11th July 2017
Lie in until nearly 5:30!   Dog walked papers fetched no watering of lotty as it rained a bit last night and rain given for today and it was most definitely precipitating when I set off for work! Got a new pointing gun bought £30 but it's apparently a good one.

Wednesday 12th July 2017
Up at 5:30am (what's happening) dog walked, papers fetched, no need to water as had rained in t'night.   Busy day at the office then when Phil finally got home we got some pointing of the pavers done.   Going to take some time though we might be a third of the way through. Bed at 12:30.

Thursday 13th July 2017
Our little girl's birthday, bless her.   Up at 5:30, dog walked, papers fetched, little bit late getting into the office just before 8am but can't be helped.

Friday 14th July 2017
First thing took la pooch out and fetched papers.   Then slowed down as had doctor's appointment for blood test at 8.20.  So got into work a bit late and got out of work a bit late as a consequence.   Such is life then over to Derby to look at a car and spend a load of ruddy money.

Saturday 15th July 2017
Up early as usual, dog walked papers fetched,  did a bit a the lotty.  Went golfing for first time in ages.  Entered a competition, got a two on the sixth, however the pro told us it was a stableford so we marked as a stableford when we got back to enter into the computer we found out it was a ruddy medal. Marvellous.

Lucy's BBQ after so managed to burn me fingers doing that.  Good fun though then managed to fall asleep and get in trouble for not having helped tidy up or take dog out - was knackered though.

Sunday 16th July 2017
Up early, the usual without papers.  Soon as Phil was ready we got busy on the patio finishing off the jointing.  By 3:30 it was done and not quite dusted!  Got some cleaning to do but at least it's about there.   No more cement or mortar or heavy machinery required!  Went to bed early again about 8:30/9:00ish.   Not watched any telly all weekend.



Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Monday 3rd July 2017 to Sunday 9th July 2017

Monday 3rd July 2017
Up early. dog walked, into office early doors.  Home about 5:30pm after getting a bird box thing from Aldi that Phil wants for a birthday present.   Little dog is liking the patio.


Tuesday 4th July 2017
Up at 5.15, took pooch to lotty and watered - think it might bloomin well rain though.  Papers fetched, into office for 7.30am all on rails so far.   Home for about 5pm after a busy day - it didn't really rain.  Went to lotty after tea - did a few jobs put nets over brassicas (long overdue) - mowed all over the shop.  Chopped down some nettles from the abandoned plot next to number 7.   All good stuff, watched a load of Braquo  before going to bed a bit late!

Wednesday 5th July 2017
Up early.  Down lotty to water - forecast said showers but sky is clear as it gets so won't harm to water.   Papers fetched and into office before 7.30am, first car in car park.  Good good.


Thursday 6th July 2017
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched, into the office for 7:30.   Busy day ended in Chesterfield at 5 o'clock having delivered something to Bolsover District Council.   Dropped in on mum and dad on way home. Got home had tea about 6.30pm, 7pm sorting a computer out for a friend.   Back home finishing off patio (well assisting the right honourable wee Phil Siddall).   It's all laid not just wants the joints pointing and she be done.
Last piece of the jigsaw 

Done


Friday 7th July 2017
Mega busy day at work.  Home for about 6pm. Plenty of watering etc.

Saturday 8th July 2017
Up at 7:30 after watching too much Braquo.  Watered lotty, dog walked, papers fetched.  Tidying up lawn etc after recent construction activity. All good stuff. Got some lawn seed and stuff to see if we can fix the patches where stuff has been standing.   Camping in the evening at Beresford Dale, lovely walk abd BBQ with friends.   Bed about 1:30.


Sunday 9th July 2017
Woken by crows and magpies about 4:30, up at 5:30, walked up the hill about a mile to get a signal.  Saw 3 hares, two togethether.  Beautiful spot. Back home about 11:20.  Lucy doing footie at Brassington - baking hot, they won 4-1 so everyone happy!  Went to bed at 8.30 so I could catchup a bit!



Thursday, 29 June 2017

Monday 26th June 2017 to Sunday 2nd July 2017

Monday 26th June 2017
Back to reality.  In the office early doors after the usual dog walk, papers and watering the lotty.  Busy day in the office then back home a bit after 5pm

Tuesday 27th June 2017
The usual - watered lotty, fetched papers with the dawg, into office early doors.  Over to Darley Dale to do a bit of watering.  Picked Lucy up from school on way home.  Tea then got lawns mowed as the weather is on the turn!

Wednesday 28th June 2017 
Up early doors,   no need to water as it's been chucking it down in the night.  Dog walked papers fetched into office back home for 6.15 after getting the good lady some flower on way home.

Thursday 29th June 2017
Hell's teeth been married 26 years, 26 years.   Up early dog walked, papers fetched, cleaned up dog sick on carpet, writ on the card, got ready and into work for 7.40 - the internal alarm clock failed a bit as didn't arise until 5.40am!   Went to the Cross for tea - all good stuff.

Friday 30th June 2017
Just the usual I think.  Did a couple of hours of work on Churchbaycottages.com

Saturday 1st July 2017
Crikey half of the year gone already!  Blimey O'Reilly.  Took dog out fetched papers then over to Belper for dog grooming and brekkie.  Then lots of little drum related jobs made an 18" o-ring out of an old bass drum head, learnt the art of removing the snares on a Premier 2000 snare drum then putting a new snare head on - not as easy as it ought to be!!    Found that snare drum is only 41 years old 5th April 1976 is printed inside it.


Set up the Coleman Instant Dome 5 that we are going to use next weekend up as well.  I didn't like that it's two skins an inner and an outer but it didn't take more than 5 minutes to set up and I can use it for wales and get a bed in it properly which will be a big improvement on the Instant Dome 3 which I ought to sell thinking about it.

Sunday 2nd July 2017
Took pooch out.  Did three hours at lotty.  Cross for Dinner, load of slabs down in the evening.  All good stuff.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Monday 19th June 2017 to Sunday 25th June 2017

Monday 19th June 2017 
Up before 5am, Down to Lotty  to water - wasn't first person there so a bit disappointed then got papers and then into office for 7.30.  Got to see if I can get an emergency dental appointment.  Got an emergency, problem with a tooth at the back - needs root treatment apparently so two 45 minutes sessions to look forward and a course of antibiotics in the meantime.  Oh Joy.   Did some work at home.   Went down to lotty about 9pm thinking I'd have a clear run at watering but there were loads of people there so used water out of the IBC in the main.  Did a bit of tidying up on number 7 as well.




Tuesday 20th June 2017
Up at 5am.  Dog walk, papers fetched.  Decent day at work.   Back home a little after 5pm.   Didn't do much else as tiredness is catching up on me.   Went to bed at 9:30.

Wednesday 21st June 2017
Longest day - it's all downhill from here into darkness!  Got up at 5am took pooch to lotty and we got everything watered so I don't have to go tonight.  Got a small tub of strawberries while I was there but forgot to bring back a couple of courgettes that I did spy on me rounds.   Never mind.


Got papers and got into work for just after 7.30.   All good stuff.  Over to me mum and dad's after work to do a load of watering.  Dropped some strawberries off for Uncle Micheal on way home - everything tickety boo,



Thursday 22nd June 2017 
Nights closing in again.  Up early, dog walked, papers fetched.  Hectic day in the office.  Got done for about 4.30 then back home to find stuff for camping with.  Put roof bars on for kayak transportation.

Friday 23rd June 2017
Up early.  Dog walkeds, lotty watered.  Everything watered.  Car loaded up and off to that Wales on me tod.    All set up by mid afternoon bit cloudy, a bit cool but that's typical of my luck, Our Andrew arrived about 3:30/4:00pm so went to get some bait from Telboys and then BBQ, then gettting ready and off to Lligwy for a spot of fishing - four bass and a dogfish between us in a session spoilt by the rain. All fish returned,

Camping bed is just a fraction too big for tent!!


BBQ tea!

Fishing Lligwy

Small bass

Dogfish!



Saturday 24th June 2017
Up early and off golfing with Paul.   Tee off about 6.25 played okay 33points same as Paul so honours equal.






Then back to the site by 11am.  Went into Holyhead did a bit of shopping and then back to site to sit in the sun for most of the afternoon. Loaded kayaks up for transportation back home, then went and dug some bait for the evening session.  Vic and myself fished the cafe beach but nowt doing there so went to bottom of the ramp and fished off there - both of us getting a small bass which were both returned



Sunday 25th June 2017
Up early, went and recovered a rig that was lost on the cafe beach then finished packing up.  On the road for 8.45 taking it steady with a yak on the roof.  Back home for 12.30 with a few stops to check yak safe and pick up coffee to keep me keen.   All good stuff.  Unloaded, dried the tent out as it was raining intermittently in sunny Wales.  Then did little apart from dog walks and bed early at 9.22!!


Monday 11th June 2017 to Sunday 18th June 2017


Friday 16th June 2017
Up early, watered lotty.  Got papers.  Couldn't get an appointment at Dentists got to ring back on Monday at 8.45am  Took Lucy to see Sarah Calman at Buxton Pavillion Gardens which is sort of the Opera House - was good fun and Lucy enjoyed it.  Then went to Phil's mate Lewis' 18th Birthday at Wyaston Village Hall - bit of a blast from the past as we used to rehearse there 25 years plus ago.

Buxton Pavillion Arts Centre thing not sure what it's called exactly

Phil's mate Lewis (who Phil calls Kermit)

Saturday 17th June 2017 
Up early.  Watered at the lotty.  Fetched papers.  Did a few jobs then took me mum and dad to Hull to get on a cruise ship.  Then back home and loaded up for a gig at the Gate Inn, Branston which was good fun if a little low in attendance due to the fact it was red hot.
Gate Inn, Branston


Sunday 18th June 2017
Father's Day - got to bed about 3am after gig.  Dog woke me up at 5am (asleep on sofa see - I was jiggered).   Took pooch out then had another kip!   Went and watered down at the lotty.
Then pottered about went on a mini shopping trip with the missus got some bedding plants had a look round etc.   Barbecue Tea.  Got some more lettuces on the go and some purple broccoli for next spring.




Monday 5th June 2017 to Sunday 11th June 2017

Not sure what else happened this week!!

Thursday 8th June 2017
Drove down to London to see Phil Collins at the Royal Albert Hall.  He had a trip Wednesday night so gig was cancelled - all that ruddy way!  Never mind made most of it had a good walk round Leicester Square and Covent Garden - missus got a Micheal Kors purse and we saw School of Rock which was very good in all fairness.




Friday 9th June 2017
Up early.   Breakfast at 7.30 in t' Travellodge, Then a mini-shopping trip then the long drive home.  All good stuff.  Good to take the wee dog a walk when got back.


Saturday 10th June 2017
Gig at The Wyggeston, Burton.




Missus went to Football presentations at the Golf Club had a smashing meal and both bosskat and Lucy received awards so they were both well-pleased.

Monday 29th May 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017

Monday 29th May 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017

Was on Holiday for most of it - back home on Saturday 3rd June 2017
















Did the usual sorts of things yakking, fishing, shopping, chilling etc.etc.  and why not.  Back on Saturday 3rd June with a bang.   On way back A55 shut due to someone jumping off a bridge or threatening to so that added a fair bit of time to proceedings - such is life.


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