Tuesday, 9 June 2020

May 2020

May 2020 
What happened in May in a single post - Allotment blooming.   Played golf for the first time in best part of a year and played pretty solidly.  Missus went to hospital for a day after not feeling well.   Was made Chairman of Parish Council (only agreed to do it for a year because noone else would).  Went fishing in Liverpool.  Daily walking of varying lengths with the dawgs.
Dark Water at Birdsgrove, Mayfield - beautiful spot for walking the dog

One of the many wasp nests in me allotment shed aparently fabric conditioner scares em off

Multipliers loaded up with 60lb shock leader

Bluebells on the daily loop walk (1mile)

Fishing at Liverpool

Broad Beans in 

Painted shed green

My third shot approach to first at Manor Golf club after driving into trees and having to chip out

Runner beans in 

Monday, 27 April 2020

Sunday 26th April 2020 to Saturday 2nd May 2020

Sunday 26th April 2020
Did a bit down the lotty.  Went with Phil to get 5 bags of quality manure from one of the farms he works on.  Got that down the lotty.   Got bean trenches dug and muck in.  Got bean row up - am thinking I will wait for a couple of weeks longer before putting beans out.  First potato leaf spotted too which was good.
A spud finally shows it's face - was beginning to worry!!

Bean row sorted.  Am about 10 plants short as things stand but they are appearing all the time in the greenhouse
Monday 27th April 2020
Up early - half a day. Busy morning starting at 7.30, finishing 1.15 (although picking up emails all day long).   Took Lily for a mile up the golf course.   Weird to see golf course with no flags on the greens.  Very sad.

Took big lad for a 3 mile circular walk taking in the lotty - which i gave a bit of a watering.
Three potato leaves now appearing on the potato row - was worrying they'd not appear as we've done something a bit different with the spuds this year although we have done Maris Peer and Maris Piper varieties in the past we've never used supermarket spuds that have sprouted - got to give it a go ain't ya!

Tuesday 28th April 2020
Up at 6.30 (one of the benefits of lockdown is I get an extra hour in bed - happy days).  Dog walked.  Meters read for Scottish Power and submitted.   Work day begins!  All good stuff.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Sunday 19th April to Saturday 25th April 2020

Sunday 19th April 2020 
Decided last week that I'd use one of the slightly narrower rows for the runner beans (which are beginning to pop their heads up in the greenhouse).  So today's job was to get the posts up - am still waiting for some muck from Phil so the bed is by no means complete but it's weeded and today has got its posts up.    Also strimmed inside and out and then mowed all round as well.   Got another half row of radishes and beetroot planted as well.  All good stuff.

Plot 13 looking something like!

The bean row going here - look at that blue sky!

Monday 20th April 2020
Up at 6am.   Dog walked.  Ready for work at 8am.

Tuesday 21st April 2020
The usual - up early.  Dog Walked work.  Tea.  Pub quiz.   Dog walk with Lucy - bluebells showing at side of the Henmore.  Very nice.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020
The usual lockdown arrangements!   Up early.  Dog walked.  Work.  Tea.   Virtual pub quiz.  Walk with Lucy - went up to Sprinkshill Wood.   Bluebells out - beautifil spring day but crappy Coronavirus f*>king everthing up.

Thursday 23rd April 2020
The usual sort of day.  Took Big Lad on his own for a walk after work to the Lotty,  watered stuff and did a bit of weeding while there. 

Friday 24th April 2020
Cracking day for a day off.  Went and mowed paddy's in the morning.  Did a few jobs fixing stuff.  Usual walk in the evening

Saturday 25th April 2020
Payday whopp whoop.  Another beautiful day weather wise - did a load of potting up in the greenhouse.   Fixed one of the kitchen drawers.   Fixed the back gate with some craft use of the car jack all good stuff. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Sunday 12th April 2020 to Saturday 18th April 2020

Monday 13th April 2020
Easter Monday - day off working from home.  Went to Lotty with a plan to sort out the big raised bed thing next to the shed.   Things went a bit awry from the start when the key broke in the padlock.   Fortunately I had a trowel, a bucket and a bag to put weeds in so I was clear the big bed, I fixed up some of the holes in it.   Weeded it.  Then I used the trowel to shift loads of soil that some rodent had dug up under the shed.   All good stuff!!

Tuesday 14th April 2020
Up early.   Dog walked.   Back to work today.  Ho hum.  Busy as. Walked the hounds after pub quiz o'clock and then walked to the lotty to do a bit.    Put a bit of pipe onto the big water tank and weeded the strawberry thang that i ought to do a wee bit more on really.

Wednesday 15th April 2020
Up dead early.  Hound walked.  Shower.  Went to work for a couple of hours brought a load of stuff back.   Data Protection work all day.,   All good stuff. Went big walk with Lucy and the hounds.  Then walked to Lotty and back.   Watered stuff and then set about one of the last two raised beds that want weeding.  Hard work but made a bit of progress before got too dark and set off for home.

Thursday 16th April 2020
Busy day in the home office just like t'others.   After work me and Lucy walked the dogs, did the pub quiz then I went to the lotty on the bike - it was okay - just like riding a bike really.   Finished off digging the bed I started on last night and have agreed it's going to be a bean row this year at least.

Friday 17th April 2020
Half a day at home work.   Lotty in afternoon - went in car with the small dog.   Did the long bed at the top of the plot - took a good while but it got done and that's the main thing.  All the beds have now been weeded.   There's still plenty of tidying up to do but for now it's a case of keeping on top of any weeds that poke their heads up.
17th April and it's beginning to look something like!!

This took some clearing but it's the last one so good to get it done!

Thid is where the bean row is going this year - if it works it'll stay there. 
Saturday 18th April 2020
Hmm.  Woke up early as usual - not as much rain overnight as I'd expected but by mid morning rain had properly settled in.   Read papers, drank coffee, had brunch going to get working in the Greenhouse I reckon.  Did a load of potting up.   Took over Phil's window sill which missus Siddall kindly cleared for me and now there's 40 tomato plants residing in the two windows upstairs.  Ace. 

Sunday, 5 April 2020

April 2020

Well we're two weeks into Coronavirus lockdown and I've had enough of it already, to be honest.  Seem to be working longer days (just at home) and less drums or opportunity for drums.

What's happened since last time was here?

Loads.  Christmas was sort of cancelled as mum and dad couldn't travel.  Saw some good bands - Buck and Evans, Stillmarillion, Last in Line.  Saw some good and some bad DCFC performances but now everything stopped.  So have watched all of Breaking Bad, El Camino and have started on Just Call Saul.

Have got loads of stuff going on garden wise but am a little behind on the lotty. Hey ho same old, same old.

Saturday 4th April 2020

Dogs walked. Lots of potting up. Also got me runner beans in old MacDonalds drink cups - not single use anymore!  Also planted cucumbers, courgettes, cauliflowers, sunflowers and much, much more as the saying goes.  Put up a mini fence along side the front lawn. All good. Took Big Lad for a three mile walk which was nice.

Sunday 5th April 2020 
More potting up.  BBQ at dinner - bit of a fiasco - takes 45 minutes for briquettes to be ready - remember for next time!!  Went and did a bit at the lotty. Had four things on my list - decide where runner beans going, get a bed weeded and ready, mow all round, got a mini row of beetroot and radishes planted, brought pea guttering back home - all done in a couple of hours so all good. 

On way home saw a massive red kite really low which was nice.

Monday 6th April 2020
A full days work.  All interesting stuff. Went shopping for me mum and dad, drove it over to Darley Dale, sorted out Kindle for me mum.  Drove back, did Andy Bill's online pub quiz.  All good stuff.

Wednesday 8th April 2020
Mums birthday.  Not going to be seeing her today though - ruddy Coronavirus.   Never mind such is life.

Thursday 9th April 2020
Half a day today.  Started early 7.30 finished 1.15pm  Went and mowed Paddy's lawns and strimmed round.  All good stuff. Clapping for the NHS after me and lucy had walked the pooches.

Good Friday 10th April 2020
I think DCFC should have been playing West Brom today.  Ruddy Coronavirus.  Anyway did a load of pricking out of various flowers then went to Lotty.  Cleared two beds. Planted spuds and peas.  All good.

Saturday 11th April 2020 
Down at the lotty - Another bed cleared.  Repaired one of the raised beds that had started falling to bit.,

Sunday 12th April 2020
The hardest bed cleared so far.  Top tip for allotmenteers DO NOT PLANT MINT IN A BED put it in a container!! 

Monday, 25 November 2019

Sunday 24th November 2019 to Saturday 30th November 2019

Sunday 24th November 2019
Up early.  Missus off to York shopping.  18 hours of decorating fun with a bit of a dog walk and a stop for fish and chips in the middle.

Monday 25th November 2019 
Up early did some snagging and touching up the bits I'd missed but generally speaking not a bad job done.
Yes I know - a similiar colour to the old one.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Sunday 16th November 2019 to Saturday 23rd November 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019
Up at the crack of dawn.  Dog walked.  Off to Burton to WW to find out what the crack is with the new plans only to find out it's a weigh-only group.  Humphf.  Not coming back at 10.30 thank you very much.  Got home Piccy B for me and the missus. All good.  Fell asleep on Sofa - what a lightweight I am!

Sunday 17th November 2019
Up early.  Dog walked etc.   Didn't do a great deal.  Took missus to Derby got a coffee spoon.  All good.   Another kip on sofa.  Very uneventful!!

Monday 18th November 2019 
Didn't do much - work and dog walking - the usual!

Tuesday 19th November 2019 
Same again barman!

Wednesday 20th November 2019
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into doctors for a 7am appointment - only problem is the doctor has forgetten.  Got to work late, dropped some stuff off then went to Nottingham for a photo shoot in Mapperley.   Interesting.  Nice old Premier Kit in the basement too.

Parish Council Meeting - things are getting interesting in our Parish is all I'll say!!

Thursday 21st November 2019 
Up early. Dog walked. Into work for just after 7am.   Reasons to be cheerful - 2 stone and a bit lighter than I was on 10th November 2018

Friday 22nd November 2019
The usual.  Work early doors, got away about 4.30.   Dog walks.   Fitted a 2" SSD drive into a computer for my dad.  I need to find out what size drives he has got in his existing PC when I get a moment.

Saturday 23rd November 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked.  Papers fetched.  Didn't do much until lunchtime.  Went to Bustlers to meet the Doar brothers.  Drank 4 bottles of zero alcohol beer and had a very nice burger.

Then went to watch DCFC beat Preston North End who think they are a bit special but aren't.

Then night time meant going to Paula and Darren's for tea and then over to Hartington to see the excellent Thunder Hammer.   A top night,.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019 to Friday 15th November 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019 
Up early dog walked, papers fetched.  Phil came back from gritting about 8am so went and fetched a Piccy B for everyone.  Dog walked and then off to rehearsal at Swad.  All good stuff.

Love the look of the Crystal Beat - all good
Bad night for little pooch with ruddy fireworks going off left right and centre  - she survived though.  Watched more succession - bloody grand!

Sunday 10th November 2019
Up early dog walked.  Took the parasol down.  Did a bit of epoxy fixing on me boots and one of Phil's all good.  Setup my crafting box for making rigs and did lucky 7 traces so I can swap out hook snoods as and when .  Walked our pooch and then off to remembrance Sunday.

Always a sombre ceremony that puts things into perspective.   After the ceremony we had a quick bit to eat and then off to Nottingham - Lucy has managed to lose a coat (well we suspect someone has pinched it while she was in the library) so Janette has got her a new one.  We didn't stop too long - boss went to Tesco Express with her and got some bits and bobs then we went back home and took both dogs for a bit of a walk (not too far). 

Monday 11th November 2019 
Up early - dog walked, papers fetched.  Into work early as there is a big WW announcement today and I wanted to be ahead of the game if I could be.  Got home walked dogs in the rain all good stuff.   Watched Watchmen - it's no less bonkers than last week.  Went to bed a bit before 10pm all good.

Tuesday 12th November 2019 
Woke up mega early as usual but didn't get out of bed until 5pm as I knew I was going to be late back from work then an alcohol-free pub quiz later.   Such is life.  Late getting away from work as had a rehearsal to do with the works banned.   All good - only doing one track this year to keep it simple.

Another day, another warehouse...

Pub quiz - I think we came fourth but am kicking myself at being just off with a couple of answers.  Never mind. 

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Up at 5.25 - am just about getting the time right so I can get me papers from WH Smiths at 6.10/6.15 most mornings.  All good stuff.  Into work in plenty of time and car juiced up ready for taking Lucy to a concert tomorrow night.  Dad's taxi gone ruddy mad.

Thursday 14th November 2019 
Work then took Lucy to Manchester to see a band called Half Alive at some funny club in Manchester.  Back at 1am absolutely knackered - lucky with the weather asd it was threatening to snow!

Friday 15th November 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked.  Into work proper tired.  Coming home I got a phone call - band dropped out at last minute can we cover.    So rang everyone got the okay - gig on.

Not my picture - that's why it's suffering from out-of-focusness!


Monday, 4 November 2019

Satruday 2nd November 2019 to Friday 7th November 2019

Saturday 2nd November 2019 
Up early.  Excited ahead of the England v South Africa Rugby World Cup final only to be disappointed at being out muscled and out-played in every department.  Was the Derby match going to be exactly the same?  No we did Middlesbrough 2-0 with both goals coming from Tom Lawrence one of the two embarassments crashing while drink driving.   Neat thing was that I found a little short cut to my £5 car park which was neat.   One day they will sort out the inner ring road - at the minute no-one is ever in the right lane as they come over the fly-over, myself included!  Listed some bits and bobs on eBay

2nd Nov 2019 - DCFC 2 - 0 Middlesbrough zilch. 

Pair of Sabian 13" fusion hats listed on eBay

13" Sabian fusion hi hat bottom - clanging manhole cover
Sunday 3rd November 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked.  Then had to wait for Phil to get up to take him to pick his van up and then over to me mum and dad's.  Back home, walked the dogs,  mowed the lawns for what I hope will be the last time (you never know).  Bought some bits and bobs on eBay a couple of Z rod things for mounting splashes on and a LCD unit for an Alesis D4 to replace the one that has lost it's backlighting.

Replacement LCD project coming up soon £17 better than buying a whole new unit (I hope!)

Z Rod for splash cymbals - the idea is to mount two splashes using a multiclamp which should give them enough clearance I reckon. 

Monday 4th November 2019
Up early.  Dog walked.  Back Home.  Dog walked.  Watched the new episode of Watchmen - proper weird.  Watched some more Succession - it's so mad it's addictive.  Went for a 2.5 mile walk on me own - good stuff.

Tuesday 5th November 2019 
Walks in morning but none at night with it being bonfire night.  Watched more Succession am going to be sad when I get to the end it's bonkers but great.  Listened to Stewart Lee on "A Good Read" - going to have to go and see him live I reckon! Walked 2.5 miles again on me own.

Wednesday 6th November 2019
The usual with work except for chauffeuring the boss about a bit.   All good.   Got home took small pooch a walk, took big lad a walk but didn't do my walk on me own.   On way back home after dropping boss off in Nottingham I listened to an interview with Bob Igors (the bloke credited with turning around Disney) fascinating and made me thinkl of Succession - takeovers and what have you , you see?).

Instead I fitted a new display in the D4 as the back lighting had gone in the old one - only cost me £17 so chuffed to bits with that.  Am going to use it to trigger bass drum and snare samples live is my thinking (might also put a cowbell on there somewhere).
Inside the D4 - have taken ribbon cable of the display unit which is at a right angle to main circuit board.  Had to remove the hot glue using nail polish remover to weaken it and then a bit of persuasion with a small screwdriver - all good!

The end result - D4 back to full effectiveness (I am assuming it will still trigger the sounds else I've chucked £17 down the drain!). 

Thursday 7th November 2019
Am stopping late at work so when I got up at 4.45 and it was tipping it down I went back to bed for half an hour!  Still raining like hell when I took the hound out but hey ho.  Into work for 7.30. All good.  Did a couple of songs with the Works Band and then got home for about 6.30.  Took big lad a walk.  Did a bit more work on making sure the D4's display is secure with the broken clip all good stuff.   Watched another episode of Succession - bloody greaty then watched a bit of Taylor Hawkins on BBC Iplayer - interesting - seems a nice bloke.

Friday 8th November 2019
Up at 5.20 - I think I need to aim for 5.25 ideally for getting papers at the right time but it was okay.  Into the office for 7.15 all good.

Monday, 28 October 2019

October 2019

October 2019

Have got out of the habit of maintaining the blog - need to get back on it.

Friday 4th October 2019 - went to see StillMarillion at Nottingham Rescue Room - bloody great!
Saturday 4th October - DCFC 2-0 Luton - rubbish

Bought a 20" Sabian China for £70 - a right bargain
Saw a white Pheasant in the distance (see below)

Although you can't tell on this picture there is a white pheasant on the wall

Saturday19th October 2019 - played at Dixies Arms, Bagthorpe with new bass player Graham - top gig!

Can't remember which games this was but am sure it was rubbish!
Friday 25th October - Me and Jonny Bigland after his DC/DC gig at the Winking Man, Upper Hulme. 

Friday 25th October - went to Winking Man to watch Jonny Bigland's band floods everywhere we turned round and found another route in after seeing the car abandoned in the middle of it with it's hazards on!

Saturday 26th October - rehearsal with the rack - looks ace!

Sunday 27th October 2019 - did some community work then took missus to uttox then did Pad's lawn and hedges 

Hedge on one side at the back. 

Hedge on t'other side at the back. 

Other stuff - tried out with a band from Derby but it wasn't working for me so when the opportunity to join a band with former members of Breaking Poynt came up I sort of jumped at it after a bit of thinking anyway.   

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