Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Monday 21st May 2018 to Sunday 27th May 2018

Monday 21st May 2018
Up early.  Down lotty watering.  Papers fetched, dog walked into work a bit 7.30 after having to play car shuffle on the drive to let Phil get out to go to work.  Rushed into Derby to get Lucy's birth certificate sorted out - dead easy to do just went on to derby.go.uk website and clicked on book-it to get the option to get a birth certificate done same day for £20.  Thought it was worth it to de-stress the child!    Got home, had tea, went down lotty - got some cabbages in the ground on number 13 and watered everything thoroughly .

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 
Up a bit late.  Didn't do lotty as had watered Monday night. Dog walked, papers fetched into the office for 7.30am all good apart from forgetting to bring me lanyard to get past the security.   Never mind, went through main reception and came back.  Such is ruddy life.     Nipped into Derby on way home to pick a drum up - took an age to get out of Derby.  Hey ho.   Had tea, nipped down to lotty to quickly water and bring home overalls.  Then up to Pad's to paint his shed.  All done by 9pm.   Still not had a look at the new drum yet!

Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Up at 5am so thought I'd water the lotty another time!  Papers fetched, dog walked. Did some measuring up for new shed roof.  Sausage and bacon cob day on walk in to work - marvellous.  Up to Pad's after to bang some plants into pots and what have you.  Then down to lotty to do some more late brassicas (such is life!!).
Cabbages, caulis and broccoli(calabrese)

Thursday  24th May 2018
Up a bit late and lots to do so didn't get into office until just before 8am!  Never mind.  busy day in the office. Back home, tea and then did a bit of Parish Council work then about 8pm went down lotty and mowed all round and then watered everything again! All good stuff

Friday 25th May 2018 
Up just after 5am.  Raining!!! Dog walked, papers fetched, wet. Got to work early but got wet walking in?   Such is life.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Monday 14th May 2018 to Sunday 20th May 2018

Monday 14th May 2018
Up early (before 5am), showered, shaved off to lotty to water by 5.30am.  Did a bit of weeding.
Sun not up yet.
Then into Ashbourne to get papers.  Beautiful morning.

6am, Ashbourne - The Black Cat and the River
Was into work for just gone 7.30.  Steady all things considered.   Did a bit in the greenhouse after work potting up tomato plants and what have you, then watched Derby succumb to Fulham's greater firepower with a couple of typical mistakes - such is life - we'd have been cannon fodder in the Premier League anyway. 

Tuesday 15th May 2018 
Up early (5.05) , dog walked, down lotty to water, fetched papers into office in good time.   Got to do a big presentation today it went really well perhaps I am better at it than I think I am!   Typed up all the notes following it.  Did a load of emails, left about 4.20 after a debriefing from the boss.   Back home tea and then down lotty to weed one of the big beds on number 7 - new neighbour appeared who has taken on Munch's old plot - polish chap seems nice enough. Main job though was to net the gooseberries so the pesky pigeons can't get at them - so first got rid of wandering raspberries and poxy nettles then constructed an ace frame to put netting on then used some old netting and a poundshop netting to cover a few holes to do the job.  Used bits of pallets and other weights to hold the net close to the ground hopefully no wildlife will get trapped in it - pigeons are very thick though so can't guarantee that!

Gooseberries appearing 

Bush netted and Owl Protection implemented - judicious use of baling twine as appropriate

Number 7 is coming on nicely now.   Need to get some stuff in the ground though! 

Watched a bit more of The Bridge S4 Ep1 am gradually getting towards the end of it but so tired so in bed for 10.20pm

Wednesday 16th May 2018
After the Lord Mayor's show I'm a bit knackered it would appear - didn't wake until 5:30 but the good news was that it's rained in the night so not going to bother watering lotty.   Took el pooch up town and got papers then into work for 7.40am after getting a bacon and saus cob from Bella's Baps on the walk in.  All good stuff.

Thursday 17th May 2018
Not a clue what I did. Would have been more of the same though - went up and mowed all the lotty and did a bit of weeding I do recall that and then watched Billions.

Friday 18th May2018
The usual, up early dog walk, into office nice and early - bacon and saus cob purchased on the way in - only one more week of these I'm afraid.  Such is life.  After work got the lawns mowed at home and the grass down the sides, had a tinker with the petrol strimmer - all good stuff.  Watched The Bridge S4E2 on the telly.  Cracking.

Saturday 19th May 2018
Up early then down the lotty.  Crop scarer somewhere near so couldn't stop with dog for too long.  more tidying up then went to fetch papers and have a nice cup of coffee.  Did a load in greenhouse got all tomato plants pretty much into bigger pots.  Also got lots of flowers pricked out and into their own little capsule things. Noon took Lucy for her job interview as a sales assistant which she got (of course).  Then off to Derby for a rehearsal.   Then BBQ at Phil's Boss' new old farm (built in 1445!) which was cracking.

Sunday 20th May 2018
Up early.  Dog walked and lotty watered.   Back home for some breakfast and what have you.  Down lotty for a thorough strimming session.

Our hunting hound managed to walk right by this fella hiding behind 5 blades of grass.  

  Up to Pads' to strim, mow and weed under his bridge thing - all done jolly dee.

 Golf at 4pm at The Manor again with Andy and Julian.  I blobbed on loads of holes but hit some cracking drives - 238 yards one of em was.

218 metres  = 238 yards.  Next shot went into
River Blythe

208 metres = 227 yards.  solid stuff!

Big swan sitting in sun while the eejits play golf!!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Monday 7th May 2018 to Sunday 13th May 2018

Monday 7th May 2018 
Down lotty early doors to water and do a bit.  Then back home to do loads of jobs including mowing the meadow at Paddy's.  Did  a bit in greenhouse too.  All good stuff.  Went bed 10pm.

Tuesday 8th May 2018 
Woke up dead early.   Lotty first for watering then papers then work.  Got in for 7.40 so a little bit later than would have liked - have got to get watering at night I think.    Got ticket bought for Friday night's play-off semi at Pride Park.   All good.   After tea went down lotty, it was a bit damp but never mind got a bit of weeding done and also got pea row sorted out which was nice.
Pea Row done - Early Onward to the left Hurst Longshaft to the right

First lot of tomatos ready to go to their forever home!

Wednesday 9th May 2018 
Up really, just before 5am.  Got things ready, took dog out, saw a pheasant, a white-throated dipper (never seen one of those before) and a moorhen all between St Oswalds Church and the Leisure Centre, Ace!   In fifty years I've never seen a white-throated dipper before so I had a look into it and that's because there distribution is described as "The dipper can be found along fast-flowing rivers, mainly in upland areas but also on lowland rivers in SW England. Look for tell-tale droppings on stones in the river."    

More info at:-

Vapour Trails


White throated dipper - not seen one of these before

Better picture of one here:- http://peter-ertl.com/birds/images/wasseramsel-1.jpg

Moorhen trying to hide

Into the office for 7.30, bacon cob from Bella's Baps on the way in as a reward for being dead early!!  After work quick tea then went with missus to take the poor baby dog to the vets for her annual jab, she was very brave and didn't quite manage to take the vets hand off or mine for that matter - result!!  Back home - mower out and mowed our lawns, in front of the house and down the drive all nice and tidy and a job ticked off before the weekend.   Even better almost as soon as I'd put everything away it started to rain - get in!  Watched episode two of Westworld series 2 - absolutely excellent!

Thursday 10th May 2018
Up late at 5:35!    Dog walked papers fetched into work a bit late at 7.40 but can't complain.  Back home about 5pm, tea then up to Pads to do some weeding - going to take a few trips to the tip I reckon 6 big piles worth.  Then went down lotty to mow all round, also covered peas and beans with fleece at Missus Siddall's request because of frost!  There weren't no frost.  Such is life - covered spuds that are showing with grass cuttings as well - all good stuff.  Watched another episode of billions which is getting wierder and wierder (in my opinion more unbelievable unfortunately).  Never mind - bed at 10.40 a bit late.

Friday 11th May 2018
Up at 5am.  Showered, shaved, took some seed potatos bosskat got me down to lotty - took all the fleecing off after the frost that never was.  Went and got papers - got off to work and in office for 7.25.  On fire!   DCFC tonight so have asked if I can leave a little bit early.

As usual everything went like clockwork - waiting for the bus 10 minutes early, in Derby for about 6.15, a pint in the Alex, walk to Pride Park, a dirty burger for tea, pint before kick off - Derby defend well, great goal and take a marginal lead to Fulham for Monday's game.   All good stuff.  A pint of Orange Stout (!) on the way back, at bus station for just gone 11pm, bus arrived 11.30, got off at Nestles a bit after midnight and walked back.  All good stuff.

Saturday 12th May 2018
No golf, not a problem, papers and dog walk.   Coffee and a quick read then down the lotty, got some work done.  Then went up Pads' to bag a load of weeds and empty his shed so we can get mower and strimmer in it.  Did a bit at home potting up some tomatos - plenty still to do though.   Went to Uttoxeter in the afternoon with the missus - got three onion sets for 60p in Home Bargains - ace. 

Sunday 13th May 2018
Up early.    Dog walked.  Went and did a bit more down the lotty.   Back home for a bite to eat.  Went and put a bolt on Pad's shed door, then took petrol lawn mower up so it can go in his shed (after mowing front and back lawn).   Rocking.  Pub quiz at the Shoulder of Mutton - we came second.   Can't complain at that, bed for 10:52pm!  Very late.   Never Mind.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monday 30th April 2018 to Sunday 6th May 2018

Monday 30th April 2018
Up early, dog walked.  Woke Lucy up at 6am (don't think she got up until 6:30 though).   Went and got papers so pooch got second walk.  Got into office for 7:30am  so all good.  Did a ton of unexpected work nothing I was supposed to be doing.  Such is life.  Got home, had tea, got missus to drop me off at lotty.  Put some fleece over me peas and beans to protect them from the predicted frost,  Mowed the estate after spending twenty minutes trying to get the ruddy mower to start!  Such is life.

Walked back from lottie so got another mile done all good stuff.  Started watching Keeping Faith.  Am not sure what to make of it so far but watched two episodes worth and quite like it.   Bed at almost 11pm.  Way too late.

Tuesday 1st May 2018
May already and I forgot to take meter reading for Solar like an eejit.  Will have to do it tonight.  Head to wake Lucy up at 6am so morning gets a bit mucked up, got into office for 7.40 so not too bad all things considered.    Busy but good day at work - whizzed over to Darley Dale after work to clean solar panels and conservatory roof - made a good job of the solar panels but not so good with the conservatory roof - need to think up a different approach to that beggar.    Back home for about 8pm.  Watched an episode of Keeping Faith (it's gone after Friday you see) then took dog out, made a coffee, watched another episode, bed at 10.45.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Up early about 5.15,  got things ready for work then took el poocher out to get papers in pooring rain.  No fun there.   Got into work for 7.30 after employing big golfing brolly picked up a cob on the way in from Bella's baps - bloody marvellous!!

Thursday 3rd May 2018
Lotty, walking and all sorts no doubt.

Friday 4th May 2018 
Busy as owt at work then went and did a bit at the lotty.  All good.

Saturday 5th May 2018 
Lotty first thing, regripped driver, golf at lunch time.   Played steady new 'old' driver working a right treat!   Got home had a tipple or two fell asleep on sofa!

Sunday 6th May 2018 
Derby County last league game of season day.  Started off getting things watered down at the lotty.  Got bus at about 9.19am into Derby an hour later and parked up at the Alex.  Jason arrived, final pint and then off to Pride Park for a 4-1 victory to book Derby's place in the play-offs.   Not sure whether to go to Friday nights play off semi against Fulham or not - they are a good side are Fulham.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Monday 23rd April 2018 to Sunday 29th April 2018

Monday 23rd April 2018
Up super early, dog walked, papers in for a change.  Into office for 7.20am.  Busy day, very tired, back home for a bit after 5pm, tea, dog walk, Allotment Association AGM. Read gas and electric meter.  Back home watched a few episodes of "In the Long Run" which I thought was very good.

Tuesday 24th April 2018
A bit late at 5.25am but never mind.  Dog walked no papers, into office for 7.30am.  No bacon cob because they told me I normally do Wednesday and Friday last week so need to keep things in order!  Regripped my driver when I'd had tea and what have you.  Did nowt on lotty due to crap weather.

Wednesday 25th April 2018
Up early, dog walked, no papers in to fetch.  Into the office for 7.25, bacon cob purchased on the way - all good stuff.   Not too bad a day at work then got back potted up the remaining tomato plants that were still in small'ish pots.  Next repotting will be into final pots I think.   Also potted up two courgette plants that I think may end up being massive.  One of the Sweet Peas has flowered already!

Have got a sweet pea plant that's got a bit premature on itself - will be having a word!

Thursday 26th April 2018 
Up nice and early.  Took dog on a mini walk, made brekko, woke lucy up at 6am.  Went to get papers had to wait a bit, got into the office for 7.40.  Such is life!   Was intending to go to me mum and dads finish the jobs off however, there was a farm sale that needed viewing for nostalgia purposes so after tea went up to Darley Moor to travel back in time!
Potato Spinner - followed one of these a few times!

Old scales

A root crop chopper gizmoe

More grindery type stuff 

Nipped to lotty after, did a bit of weeding had a look over number 7 much work to be done to catch up but am going to get onto it real soon.    Brought a couple of small bags of compost home with me for potting up in a few weeks time.

Watched a couple of episodes of legion and then off to bed for 10:30pm

Friday 27th April 2018
Up at 5.35, papers didn't get in until 6:30 so running late from the get-go.  Such is life.

Saturday 28th April 2018
Dog walked, papers fetched, then down the lotty early doors to get 8 barrows worth of manure up onto plot 7.  All good garden stuff as Uncle Peter would say.    Got 3 and a bit rows of spuds in on plot 7 as well. 
Potato row in foreground - pic took on Sunday! 

Golf at 12:26 at Ashbourne - never stopped drizzle raining all the way round.  Tried out a new old driver - a Cleveland Highbore XL 9.5 degree, stiff shaft which I'd given up on in the past - couple of really good drives so am going to persevere with it.

Sunday 29th April 2018
Down lotty early with the dog, did a bit.  Back home for 7:30ish.  Up to Alstonefield Car Boot for 9am - absolutely freezing up there.   Got back and then went to do more at the lotty - cleared the bean row. 

Got back home, had a bit of snap.  Washed car, did a bit in greenhouse then off for even more golf!
This time played at the Manor Golf Club the other side of Uttoxeter.  Weather stayed dry but still nippy.   Played okay - couldn't get the pace of the greens so lots of three putts but hit the ball quite well at times found an orange castle tee works well with the new-old driver.    26 points overall was okay.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Monday 16th April 2018 to Sunday 22nd April 2018

Monday 16th April 2018
Up early dog walked, papers fetched (hell's teeth papers in first thing what's happening?).  Really busy day at work.   Home for about 5.15pm.  Tea.  Down lotty with dog, got another bed weeded and also did the bed with the onions in it.  Two hours gone in no time.  Dog found a mouse hole and kept guard so I had zero mouse interruptions while weeding.   Broad beans had grown since I put them in the day previously.  Spring at last.

Another bed weeded - got some garlic in it which I've moved down to one end.  

Broad beans coming on at a rate of knots.

Small dog guarding the mouse hole!
Tuesday 17th April 2018 
Up a bit late at 5:45.  Dog walked, papers fetched, coffee made, off to work, saus and bacon cob bought from Bella's Baps on the way in.  All good. Got home about 5.20 after picking Lucy up.  Ashbourne is a right old mess at the moment so went the long way round to get home.   Tea and then took Pooch a walk.  It was a bit damp and what have you so didn't get anything done on the lotty.  Did a bit in the greenhouse and continued to make plans!!  Worked on Lucy's laptop which has a fair bit of Malware to get rid of on it and also needs a memory upgrade so will get some ordered in due course.   Watched last episode of The City and The City which was a China Mieville book made into a four part BBC series I'm not sure it worked quite as well as it might have but his books are a bit impenetrable while being stunning at the same time. 

Wednesday 18th April 2018
Up later again at 5.35 - am just knackered at the moment - need to get it sorted!  Dog walked, papers fetched, breakfast, still got into work a little after 7.30 so all is well sort of thing.  Left work ten minutes early to make sure I could a load of weeds taken to the recycling centre - I took two wheelbarrows worth of weeds down to the car and brought two wheelbarrows worth of manure back up to the plot in the opposite direction.  I was a bit surprised when some of the manure moved and turned out to be a great big toad - so picked him up and released him in a safer spot - so far no warts!

Came back later - got a bad of onions planted.   Got my vertical strawberry project done. Got another bed weeded and plenty of manure in it ready for peas to go in it soon.
Peas will be going into the narrow bed - normally has runnber beans but missus no likey

Thursday 19th April 2018
Up at 5.35, funny night struggled getting to sleep for some reason.  Dog walked, papers fetched, pocket breakfast on way to work.   Such is life.  Sat at desk for 7.40am so not too bad all things considered.  Down the lotty for 6pm absolutely red hot!
Got another raised bed weeded

Got a row of peas in - need to put the pea sticks up at the weekend. 

A better picture of the vertical strawberries concept! 
Got a row of peas in, weeded another bed.  Red hot.

Friday 20th April 2018
Got into office nice and early, bacon cob Friday, living the dream.   Not the best of days at work but such is life.  Went straight to lotty after work to get weeds taken to tip, also got a barrow of muck onto the plot.

Saturday 21st April 2018
No time to breathe today - up at 6am, dog walked, papers fetched.  Then down to lotty, cleared that last raised bed on 13, took a barrow of weeds down to car  fetched a barrow of muck up for last bed which is going to have peas in it.

9:30 down on playing field as part of Parish Council Working Party up to 11:30, back home,quick shower, golf in the sunshine.  Glorious.   Didn't play especially well but hit some nice drives and parred the 18th to finish which is always nice!

In the evening it was the Count Arthur Strong at Buxton Opera House a grand night and - two T-shirts for £15!!  Absolute bargain!

Sunday 22nd April 2018
Up early.  Dog walked.  Down lotty to get them peas into that last bed - row of Early Onward and a row of Kelvedon Wonder unfortunately from my picture you can only see a tiny part of the last bed but trust me it's beginning to look something like.

After lotty it was over to me mum and dads for second working party of the weekend - we massacred trees left right and centre all good stuff but still a bit of work to be done.  Found the local recycling centre worked well for getting rid of the rubbish, bumped into cousin Jonathan at the tip too - ace!

Got home about 4.15 after Phil bumped into his boss at Aldi.   Mowed lawns front and back and then tea at the Okeover Arms.  Everyone happy'ish.  All good stuff.   Had a few beers, fell asleep on sofa, got told off, went to bed, bish bosh some weekend.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Sunday 8th April 2018 to Sunday 15th April 2018

Why so quiet? - busy that's why.   Don't seem to have a moment these days but that's how life is isn't it.  Have been up to all sorts.  Greenhouse is in full swing.  Have done a load of council work.  Have seen a load of films, have done a few gigs have even played one round of golf since end of February.  Busy.

Horse and Groom, Derby

Bit of Parish Councl Work - who is responsible for this drive?

What I can remember of late.

Sunday 8th April 2018
Mum's birthday.  Up dead early.  Dog walked.  Went over park to see if patio cleaner had done anything with the moss etc.  It hadn't.  The patio cleaner was brilliant on our patio but no good on the soft surface of the playground it would seem so used graft instead.  Found a brush with a bit of right angle aluminium on it did best but soon broke that.  Going to order some white vinegar which is supposed to kill moss.    Never mind.  Did a bit in Greenhouse after potting up a load of tomatoes on Saturday.     Mowed lawns and mowed side of road  - first cut with lawnmower set up on high and used the light flymo rather than Phil's Honda RollerBeast 300 (or whatever it's called!!) will use that for second cut!   Over to Derby for Football.  Soon as full time in the motor and over to Darley Dale for mum's birthday do.  I really enjoyed it nice bit of surf and turf (even saved a bit of the steak for el poocher who enjoyed it to such an extent that it did not touch the sides going down!!).   Dawgs eh.   Stayed up late (well 11pm) watching golf stopped up to see if Jordan Speith could equal course record but last two holes did em just as they did Paul Casey earlier in the day.   Good stuff and what a beautiful course that is Bobby Jones certainly knew where to plonk a golf course.

Monday 9th April 2018
Up early, into office early.  Ton of grief at work as is often the case.   Left at 2.45 for Dentist's appointment in Ashbourne at 4pm only just made it - traffic at the moment is an absolute disgrace everywhere.  There was a mother and daughter in the dentists who missed their appointment by 20 minutes due to the traffic.  Anyway got there, dentist said you have a small hole in your wisdom tooth but the good news is that you have options  - we can leave it and the small hole will get bigger and end up being an abscess like last time that may require root canal in the future or we can drill it today and fill it.    I did a pro vs cons analysis in my head on the fly and decided for an non-anathematized filling and it was all right and got done and I was right happy about that.  Went home and did a bit - took el pooch out three times in the pouring rain - am about sick of it I have to say.

Tuesday 10th April 2018
Up at 5.20.  Dog walked in rain.   Papers fetched.  Into office for 7.45 all good.   Stressful day at work but got it all done.   Picked Lucy up from School.  Tea. Dog Walk, bought a keyboard for me studio (£30!).   Watched a couple more episodes of The Bridge III, great stuff.   Bed at just gone 10 after another dog walk.

Wednesday 11th April 2018
Up at 5:20 a bit late.  Dog walked, no papers to fetch, come back had a bit of brekko, fetched papers successfully on second time of asking all good stuff.

Thursday 12th April 2018
Up early.  Dog walked, no papers to bring back.   fuse in kettle gone, old fuse flicked out and into the toaster so had to empty that out.  Perfect start to the day!   Reported three potholes on Derbyhire Traffic Hub.

Friday 13th April 2018
The usual plus wrote some nasty letters to Premier Park Ltd and to various MPs about the Private Parking 'industry' being poorly regulated.   All good stuff.  Finished off watching The Bridge - have watched all three series in a couple of weeks - very good!  Love a bit of Scandi drama.

Saturday 14th April 2018 
Gig day.  Cancelled golf as only 15 holes open and one of us had dropped out so got busy potting up tomatoes and the like.  All good stuff.   Did a couple of hours down the lotty and then walked dog a few times as missus out most of the day in Sheffield.
2 rows of spud, some beetroot and some radishes in this bed.

Nag's Head, Belper - a bit tight!

With Paula, Darren and Wills at the Nags!

Sunday 15th April 2018
Up early, dog walked.  Stuff to do.  Bass drum port to sort out.   Did a couple of hours down the lotty - got two barrow loads of muck up from the bottom and brought a load of weeds down to car.  Got broad beans into the ground a bit late but they'll catch up.   Going to get runner beans going in next couple of days.  Got some dwarf french beans started, got some more beetroot and radishes started off as well.  All good stuff.
16 Broad beans - number by total accident - French Beans and sweet corn to go in this bed later on. 

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