Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Monday 28th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016

Monday 28th December 2015
Cripes, at the end of this week I'll be a year older and we'll be in 2016!!   Anyway, up early as always. Two big dog walks, watched a lot of test cricket,  Got nearly a dozen golf balls in two walks up the golf course - let poocher have a run round off the lead as well which was nice!

Went bed early.  All good.

Tuesday 29th December 2015
Up really early - a funny night's sleep.  Into work before 8am.  Car playing up a bit so hopefully will get it swapped out today.   Not a bad day back at the grindstone,  home for a bit after 6pm.  Tea, quick dog walk then over to John's to do an internet job.  Took the boss of the world with me for a chinwag with Mo.  All good stuff. Bed not long after 10pm

Wednesday 30th December 2015
Up at 5.50, dog walked, papers fetched.   Into office before 8am - sent in a complaint to Radio4's today program about use of the word "Oftentimes" why on earth do you need an Americanism that is longer than an English word that does the same job i.e. "Often".  Bloody eejits. Got first part of  a project done and dusted - pleased it was done in time for January!   Home for 5:30.  Watched test match highlights, bed about 10pm

Thursday 31st December 2015
Up at 6am (not at work so don't matter).  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Tired - 48 today - blimey!  Never mind.  Went out for lunch with Mum and Dad, Grace, Lucy, Phil and the boss and it were grand.   Took dog a few walks.  The usual.  Watched Jools' Hootenany then bed about 12.45

Friday 1st January 2016
Up earlyish considering everyone else stopped in bed a fair bit!   Another day of not much.  Just dog walks and the liks

Saturday 2nd January 2016
Up early dog walked, the usual.    Still raining.  Golf cancelled as course closed all over holidays.

Sunday 3rd January 2016
Up early.  Dog walked/.  Went to other side of Manchester to buy a load of drum cases for the new drums.  3 hours drive. Work tomorrow marvellous.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Monday 21st December 2015 to Sunday 27th November 2015

Monday 21st December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into office just after 8am.  Moved all the gear from old building to new building.  Any help, no, any thanks no.   Younger generation is all I can say.  Never mind.  Got reports done.  Did some more work on a new project.  Practice at 5pm.  On way to Havant at 6pm, drum kit collected and back on road to Derbyshire by 10:30pm.  In bed 2.15am.  Bloody mad.

Tuesday 22nd December 2015
Up at  6am.  Bloody knackered. Into the office by 8:05.  New drums up in position - all good stuff - need damping down big style.

Another all but final rehearsal - coming together now.  Back home and last minute fancy dress making.

Wednesday 23rd December 2015
Up early last minute stuff.   SW Xmas meal day - so bit of a rehearsal in the morning. Fanxcy Dress mullarky - IT came as Lego Figures:

Got through the meal and banding began....   Jingle Bell Rock, Christmas Wrapping, Happy, Crazy little thing , I believe in a thing called love then an encore of Slade's Merry Xmas everybody.  Job done.  Home for a bit after 5pm.  Begin winding down.

Thursday 24th December 2015
Hell's teeth, how can it be Christmas Eve already???  Into the office for a bit after 7am.  A ton of reporting done then had to clear all band stuff out of way in the conference suite - god knows why but as I said to young Mr Hall sometimes the path of least resistance is just to do the bloody job.  Got home for 4pm, last minute shopping then up in the attic to get the the hot tray thing down for tomorrow's veg.  Then clearing the table, then wrapping presents.  Then waiting for Philps who was out celebrating and came back very late, rather drunk at 11.25pm.   Bed about 12.30 after watching the "Doomed, the story of Dad's Army TV" on catch-up.

Friday 25th December 2015
Up at 5.45.  Dog walked, Missus got stuff in the oven for Xmas.  Watched some tat on telly. Xmas Dinner with Ma and Pa and Pad  from up t'street.  All went well, everyone did eat and drink and make merry so good, that's done and dusted now.

Saturday 26th December 2015
Walked pooch, watched more telly, Derby beat Fulham 2-0 at home.  All good stuff.

Sunday 27th December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, watched test match a bit.   Over to cousin Jonathan and Carey for a bit of a do.  All very good.  Got home, walked pooch went to bed!!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Monday 14th December 2015 to Sunday 20th December 2015

Monday 14th December 2015
Up early at 5.45, dog walked, papers fetched, back home by 6.25, into office by 8am after stopping off for petrol on the way! Long meeting at work.  Bit of a practice.  Back home for about 7.30.  Tea, telly.  Tired.  Bosskat got 4 stone award last night - top gal!

Tuesday 15th December 2015
Got up a 5.55am - ruddy lie-in.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into office before 8am.  Not too shabby.   Updated fantasy football team - have brought in Cabaye for Mata - if he doesn't do well I will bring Kante in from Leicester next week.  Have put the guy from Newcastle in as captain and made Lukaku Vice captain. Also brought De Gea in as they're playing Norwich whereas Arsenal have got Man City.

After work - a bit of a rehearsal, new bass player Chris - very good, a lot  of potential.   Banged through a song with new singer Emma, brought Jamie Fowkes in and he knocked his two songs off no problem.   Three songs absolutely bang on.  One very iffy, one needs a bit of work but will be okay.

Wednesday 16th December 2015
Up late again at 5:55am.   Dentists today, bloody hate going to dentists.  Never mind, got to be done.
Into office a bit after 8am.  durvived the Dentists but have an appointment for 2 fillings in January now.  Marvellous.  Watched a bit of "As good as it gets" with Lucy (it's a 15 she's a 15 so it's okay - no mega bad language no sauce in it either).   Stopped it before the bit where Jack Nicholson cocks it up in the restaurant near the end but will watch the end Thursday night.

Thursday 17th December 2015
Hell's teeth we're getting close to Xmas need to do some shopping soon and no mistake.  Anyroad, up at 5.45, dog walked and papers fetched by 6.25am and into the office before 8am - good job too as have got a ton on.

Friday 18th December 2015
More practicing, dog walking etc.  Went to Okeover Arms, Mappleton for a top meal on Friday before Xmas at short notice - you can't beat that can you.   Got a little bit drunk. Hee Hee

Saturday 19th December 2015
Up early, dog walked, head bad.  Papers fetched.  Piccy B sorted early doors.  Golf at 12.18 played a good nine holes - 42 gross, no blobs on 3/4 handicap took the money!

Sunday 20th December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked.  Missus off out at lunch time so took Phil and Lucy to the Cross very nice.  Drink or two in the afternoon as you do (Xmas or not).  Bid on a drum kit at the eleventh hour and got it for a song.  One slight problem - it's the other side of  Portsmouth.  Bugger.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Monday 7th December 2015 to Sunday 13th December 2015

Monday 7th December 2015
Up at the crack.  Dog walked - drizzly tat weather.  Papers fetched into office nice and early.  Practice at 5pm for an hour going well.  Back home for about 7:30 after driving around traffic due to a prang on A3 southbound.  Phil only just got back before me.  He's getting tractors stuck carting sludge at JCB apparently.

 Watched a bit of trollied and last week's episode of After Hours - am in catchup mode right now.

Tuesday 8th December 2015
Up at the crack of dawn.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Office before 8am   A lorra lorra work to do.  Home for about 6.30ish.  Tea. Dog walk.  Watched American Sniper on the Now TV movies box - deffo getting money's worth from it.   Almost forgot - new mattress arrived so old one gone in missus' car for recycling centre tomorrow and new one install - cracking night's sleep!  This week's FF team been updated:

Have borught in Alderweireld for Coleman who hasn't been bringing enough points in.  Am currently sitting at 5th position in the Office league so am doing a triple captain on Lukaku this week as they're playing lowly Norwich - might be a mistake but with Leicester playing Chelsea you normally wouldn't expect him to put a whole load of goals in (watch me be proved wrong though).

Wednesday 9th December 2015
Phil broke his phone yesterday, dropped it like an eejit and now you can't control it, you also can't switch off the pigging alarm in it either which set off from about 5am.  Pain in the butt.   Anyway up at 5.40am, Car scraped, dog walked, papers fetched, into the office for about 7.50am.

Thursday 10th December 2015
Up early. Dog walked, papers fetched.  work nice and early. Meeting at 10am.  Finishing off reports. Left office a bit early as taking Missus to see Fish at Sheffield City Hall - cracking night.  Support band Lazuli had the best drum sound I've ever heard, ever.  Fish was great - came on and I felt he struggled with first song and it was going to be a disaster but ended up being an absolute triumph - loved it.
Not from Sheffield as the Camera Police were in force but Mr Fish none-the-less!

Set list : Pipeline, Feast of Consequences, Family Business,  All of Misplaced Childhood Album,  2 Encores - Market Square Heroes and The Company.  Cracking.

Friday 11th December 2015
Up at 5:45am after getting home at 11.45 - remember Sheffield City Hall is only 1hr 10m away tops if you know where you're going.   Took poocher out, fetched papers into work for 7.50am.  The departments weekend top games predictions are now in too:-

Derby vs Brighton
Notts Co vs Newport Co
Aston Villa vs Arsenal
Leicester vs Chelsea






2 – points correct score, 1 – points correct result.

After work had a brief rehearsal then home for 6.30ish.   Tea.  Dog walk.  Watched Badasses in the Bayou - a very low quality film.

Saturday 12th December 2015
Up early, dog walked, papers fetched. Took pooch for pampering at Beth Croft's dog grooming.   Me and missus went down to Morrisons for brekkie and shopping, save a sausage and some bacon for the pooch as she does not like baths, she does not like them.  

Back home for about 11 after picking up a Sausage and Mushroom baguette for Lucy.   Nothing really done all day due to crap weather watched a movie or two but that's about it.

Sunday 13th December 2015
Up at 7.30 after going to bed at 9pm - a full-on 10.5 hours of sleep.  Grand.  Dog walked.  Down lotty for some brussels, bumped into someone and got 6 free bags of compost when we're ready - result.  Aldi after that to get some wine for me dad.   All good then over to Mum and Dad's for tea - stopped over at Uncle Peter's memorial on way and put a winter wreath thing on.  Nice tea, dead tired when I got home so bed early again after taking pooch out.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Monday 30th November 2015 to Sunday 6th December 2016

Monday 30th November 2015
Hell's teeth, last day of November already.  Woke up at 4am again, didn't get up until 5.40.  Dog walked and papers fetched in the rain.  Into the office before 8am.  Fantasy football team did pretty well last week but have got an injury to one of me subs so made a change or two (I am the tinker man - Cech in for De Gea, Ayew in for Payet, Ayew straight into the team in a 3-4-3 formation - what can possibly go wrong!

Well rehearsal didn't happen waited til gone 6.30 and room still not available so buggered off home.  Not good.

Tuesday 1st December 2015
Hell's teeth December already.  Up early but not as early as wee Phil he was off to work at 5:30 for some reason or other.  Walked the dog, fetched papers.  Into the office before 8am - loads to get done.   Home at 6.10pm - tea, dog walked.  Watched film on the little box - Inherent Vice - very odd but enjoyable.   Bed at 10.30pm - bit of a dead arm happening.

Wednesday 2nd December 2015
Funny night's sleep as arm hurt sort of.  Woke at 4am, up at 5:30am, do walked and papers fetched by 6.15am.  Into office 7.55am.   All good stuff.

Thursday 3rd December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched. Into office early. Shifted all the music gear. Busy day. Left a bit early.  Took missus and daughter to see Dynamo at Nottingham, parked at Bardhills and went in on tram (Toton Lane) all good fun but got home a bit late.

Friday 4th December 2015
Up early, the usual.  At Doctors at 7am, appointment for 8am.   Got to work a bit late.  Ton of stuff done, office  for about 9:30.   Lots done, brief rehearsal after work.  Back for 6.30, quick dog walk then off to The Shoulder at Osmaston for Aztecs Pub Quiz which we won, yay!

Saturday 5th December 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Golf in a 40 mph wind at lunch time. Final Big Lix gig at in thevening - massive PA system - ears ringing like hell!   Got away about 12.45 top job and a great send-off.   Sold out weeks ago.

Sunday 6th December 2015
Up at 7:30;  Dog walked.  Match of the day.Lunch at The Cross.  Bit of telly.  Walked pooch up Golf course got three good balls, hee hee.  More Telly.  Bed early.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Monday 23rd November 2015 to Sunday 29th November 2015

Monday 23rd November 2015
Woke up mighty early at about 4am'ish. Didn't get up to 5.40 though, stupid to get up any earlier as papers wouldn't be in.  Got up.  Scraped the motor (yet another reason to hate this time of year).  Took dog a walk and fetched papers.  Into the office for 7.55am.  Rehearsal tonight so not sure why made such an effort but such is life.  Good rehearsal we plotted a song out in it's entirety and got it pretty much nailed sans vocals.  Back home for about 7.40.  Couple of mini dog walks in the rain - gone very mild considering it started off with scraping the car.   Got NOW TV working on the YouView box which is better than I remembered it being.   So started watching Guardians of the Galaxy which I decided was so good I'd make Lucy watch it too but as she'd got homework we didn't watch the whole dang thing - save a bit for tomorrow.    Updated Fantasy Football team had two players suspended and two free transfers to use so brought in Lukaku from Everton and Ighalo from Watford - had been toying with the idea of Lukaku for ages - he'll probably stop scoring now.

 Watched a bit of Trollied and a bit of After Hourst

Tuesday 24th  November 2015
Up at 5.45.   Couldn't find me darned glasses - dog walked, papers fetched,   At Tesco's for 7.40am as we have a leaving fuddle at work.  Some crafty parking going on at Tescos's:

Into office for 7.50, computer took a week to start up.  Such is life, doctor's appointment later. Doctors went okay - blood pressure up a bit - lose weight. Okay.  X-ray booked for next Tuesday to have me knee looked at - in fairness it will probably come down to same thing - lose weight.

Watched end of Guardians of the Galaxy with Lucy - ace film - very enjoyable.

Wednesday 25th November 2015 
Up really early.  Dog walked, papers fetched and back home for 6.25.   Into office for 7.45am.  On fire.  Disappointed with meself a bit.  Should have gone to a leaving do and didn't with no really good reasons - am getting to be a humbug.   As rehearsal was cancelled (part of my grumpiness) and the rehearsal for Friday also cancelled I h\ave re-arranged my X-Ray appointment for Friday at 4.30 so will get results a few days earlier and perhaps get something done if anything can be done.
Back home had tea, Took pooch out.  Watched Jaws on the movie box machine.  Aces.  Drank a bit of booze which was naughty.

Thursday 26th November 2015
Up at 5.45 - keep waking at 4am - not sure what that means.  Took dog out, fetched papers.  Went to Marchington to collect a power booster thing - think I've paid for a piece of scrap - I never learn - always go view first. Such is life.   Into the office for 9:30 so not a bad effort.    Ruddy Facebook showing me a picture from three years ago - a little nail in my heart.
Pippy Dee down a rabbit hole.  Miss that little Minx.

Friday 27th November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fecthed.  In early 7.45.  Not a bad day.  Had to sort out a load of old file boxes - chuck it I was told so chuck it I did.  Got reports out on time.  Left early for X-rays at St Oswalds Hospital.   Got lucky was there 15 minus early and got x-rayed 10 mins early.   Took shopping to Pads and got drenched in two hundred yards, such is life.   Watched Derby bear Hull 2-0 away from home.

Saturday 28th November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Fetched Lucy from Wirksworth sleepover at 8am.  Piccy Bs on way home.   Cleaned Missus car out.  Got golf stuff ready.  Fur and Feather didn't play anything like good enough although parred two from last three holes - weather was crap.   Nipped to Aldi on way home for a bottle or two.  Bed earlyish.  Very tired.

Sunday 29th November 2015 
Got up at 7.15 - chucking it down with rain.  Back to bed for 15 minutes, weather-check, off we go.  Dog walked.  Polished shoes. Checked on powerboost thing - not sure it's charging up TBH.  Oh Well.   Fantasy football team did well - 69 points so far.   Got loads of seeds put into envelopes to try out next year not sure if that's the done thing or not buy going to give it a go.  Got the greenhouse fully insultated with bubble wrap again.
Small dog in front of a fully insulated again Greenhouse!!

 Nipped to Aldi around lunch time got some wine in for Xmas.  Over to me mum and dad's early afternoon so bosskat could go shopping.

Took pooch a walk round the hillside.  Cruddy weather but that's November I suppose. 

Came back home with ranty Phil.  That's an experience.  Watched you, me and the apocalypse with Lucy before bed a bit early.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Monday 16th November 2015 to Sunday 22nd November 2015

Monday 16th November 2015
Up at 5:49.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into office for 7.55 then had to wait 10 minutes for windows updates.  Good day in the office (sort of!).   Practice after work, two songs pretty much sorted, another that won't be too much bother.  

Same kit I've had for 31 years - mum and dad got it for getting all me o-levels - spoilt I was. 

Home for 8.15, dog walked, watched after hours and something else on telly and bed at 10.30 which was way too late.

Tuesday 17th November 2015
Up at 5:56.  Dog walked, papers fetched, halfwit woken and sent packing.  Off to work at 7.10 got in at 8.45, marvellous - Lorry Fire on M1 meant queuing all the way from bloody Ripley. Still, mustn't grumble at least I wasn't late or involved in a lorry fire on the M1 so perhaps should stop moaning.  After work was supposed to go to see Karima Francis at Derby but it was a very wet and windy night and as I'd only narrowly avoided some boy racer idiot driving into me at Hulland Ward who obviously had no understanding fo what Give Way actually means I thought it might be prudent to avoid tempting fate a second time.  Felt a bit guilty for not going though when I said that I would.

Wednesday 18th November 2015
Up at 4am to see what dog was barking at - decided there was no big problem and went back to bed then up at 5.45am.  Dog walked and papers fetched, got into the office for 7.50am.   Hoping to leave a bit early today.  Although hoped to leave didn't actually get away until 7.15pm.  Had a bit of a rehearsal focusing on one song and got it pretty much nailed.  Couldn't work out why I couldn't play this song properly until I found out that there's one bar of 3/4 time in it that throws the down beat of the next bar out so if you play it straight you find the bass drum and snare drum are totally in the wrong place.  Anyway, forensically listening to the tune and getting it written down really helped.  Am feeling a bit like a musical director this year taking the initiative in getting song structures safely navigated through.  Anyway set off home, decided to avoid Hulland Ward and its ar$ehole driver by going Derby way home which would have worked well apart from someone wanting to throw himself off a bridge and shutting the A38 for an hour so back home about 8.10pm.  Tea. Dog Walk.  The usual watched "You, me and the apocalypse" which was very good I thought although a hell of a twist at the end.

Thursday 19th November 2015
Bad form this morning didn't get up until 6:08!  Dog walk, papers fetched into the office for 8.10am so not too disappointed with that.  Good day in the office, found out all sorts of stuff.  Had to move music stuff out of rehearsal space as they wanted it for training.  Never mind.  Picked Lucy up from School on way home.  Big walk with Lily for a change.
Lily as usual finds a stick just big enough to catch on everything

Watched a bit of telly, bed for 10:30.  Still 0A

Friday 20th November 2015
Up at 5.50am.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  McD brekko.  In office for 8.10am.   No rehearsal as we had to clear the room.  Had a drinky poo and watched some telly when got home.

Saturday 21st November 2015
Missus going shopping.    Was up early, fetched papers and took el pooch a walk.   Piccy B brekko.  Did a few things in greenhouse.  Tried to get a computer table up into the attic it must be 5 mil to big - what a pain so had to put stuff back,  Golf at 12 noon - very, very cold but pretty, could see snow up on the hills.  Played very averagely  - just can't putt these days - might put a bit of practice in over the week as it will be fur and feather this coming saturday and my game is far from A1.  Such is life.   Bought a NOWTV box from Argos for £13 with two months of Sky Movies - after haggling Sky down to £22.50 on Thursday night to upgrade to have movies would cost an additional £22.50/month so £6.50 a month sound grand.  Phil and Lucy watched Penguins of Madagascar and other nonsense so feels like we're getting value for money already!!
Blue sky, snow on the hills, bitterly cold, really poor golf!

Sunday 22nd November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked.  Not as cold as a I expected first thing but got colder.   Borrowed Phil's van and fetched a water barrel from the lotty.  Phil give us a hand to drill a hole for a tap and also for water overflow.  Took it back down lotty - got it plumbed up to the other one.

Took Pooch on a big walk round Waterly Lane and back up through the farm.   As weather was half decent I thought I ought to get down the lotty - took the bean rows down,  Put the big canes into the shed on number 7 so they should be good for next year - Shed 7 is slightly non-standard in that it's nine foot long but am not going to be telling anyone that! Got a load of daffs and tulips in as well so hopefully they'll be alright.

Rehearsal for Big Lix farewell concert - did the three tracks I'm doing and then off home!  Am a bit out of sorts with the old drums it has to be said.  Watched the Pick of Destiny on the Now TV box - I need to see where you cancel it for 21st January!

Monday, 9 November 2015

Monday 9th November to 2015 to Sunday 15th November 2015

Monday 9th November to 2015
Woke about 4:30, up at 5:45, dog walked, papers fetched. Breako, into the office for just after 8am.  Will be a long one today, I think but needs must.   Got home a bit after 6pm.  Tea.  Dog walks.  Did a bit of web work.  Telly Bed.  Bloody hate these dark nights.   0A

Tuesday 10th November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked. Papers fetched.  Set off at 7.10, got into office 8.15 bloody A38.  got home a bit after 6pm.   Tea then dog walked then a load of Firewall work - made some progress on project Stable but Project Barn still an issue - might be the VLAN settings.  More dog walks. Bed late but never mind. 0A

Wednesday 11th November 2015
Up at 5:58 - very late.   Dog walked, papers fetched.  Did a bit in the greenhouse.  Into the office for 8.20 about the same time as yesterday but set off 30 minutes later pretty much.  Load more work on firewall last night after rehearsal  cancelled.   Very frustrating.  By 11pm I'd got three virtual access points running from a single true access point so more progress being made!   Might have it all finished by the weekend!  0A

Thursday 12th November 2015
Up at 6:00 on the dot, had a job to get to sleep for once, anyway got off flying - dog walked and back to base by 6.35.    Into the office by 7.45am although had to wait ten minutes until ruddy Windows Updates had finished - such is life I suppose.  Got to Ashbourne for 5.50pm, picked Lucy up from School and back home about 6.10pm.  Tea, dog walk, more firewall, vlan, virtual access point stuff and that's damn near finished.  0A

Friday 13th November 2015
Wowzer, didn't get up until 6.11 something going on in my head I reckon.   Dog walk, most of papers fetched and back by 6.50am which was okay as rest of household not in as much as a rush as usual. Into work for 8.15.  All good stuff.   Finally rehearsed just two guitarists and mesen.  Wasn't too bad really.  Hopefully will all come together at a pace.  Home for a bit after 8pm didn't bother with football I predicted England would get beaten 3-0 and was only 33% out with overall score.  0A

Saturday 14th November 2015
Wet horrible day predicted.  In fact morning wasn't too bad.   Took pooch for a decent walk and fetched papers to start day off.  Did a bit in the greenhouse.  Put the summer outdoor furniture away - can get metal chairs in greenhouse and put the other stuff under a tarp so all good stuff.   Golf got cancelled and good job too as it started to rain about noon and never really gave up so that was a good decision Mr Westerman!   So got on with finishing off the VLAN/Firewall and am now relatively happy with it.   Watched telly, walked dog which was pretty much the story of this weekend. 0A

Sunday 15th November 2015
Up earlyish.  Dog walked  Telly. Lunch at Cross.  Telly. A-Team Film!  Watched a bit of Whiplash but couldn't get into it as a film so we stopped half way through.  Crap day really.   0A

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Monday 2nd November 2015 to Sunday 8th November 2015

Monday 2nd November 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched. Watered greenhouse (still got some stuff on the go, oh yes).  Work for about 8.30.   Busy day.  Practice cancelled due to lack of commitment/memory by some folks.  Home for about 6pm.  Dog walk.  Went to help Phil take some bits off his trailor, get a load of manky rubbish tidied up and get his trailer turned round for monring.

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 
Up at 5.55.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Off to work at 7.20, got there 8:30 due to somebody parking their lorry across the A38 apparently. Found out that travel reports apart from being too infrequent and bloody useless are delivered by Chiara Glorioso on Radio Derby whose name definitely makes up for the crappy late reports.   The perfect storm would be to have Glorioso deliver the travel then Sara Blizzard do the weather - that would be great.   Anyroad - a really busy day. Got home about 6pm.  Dog walk.  Tea. Watched more of the enjoyable "You, me and the Apocalypse" with Rob Lowe and all sorts of folks you'd not expect to be in the same thing.  Bed not long after 10pm right tired.

Wednesday 4th November 2015
Woke up and out by 5:50am.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into the office for 8am to check on a theory and I think I was right!  All good stuff.   Have finalised my fantasy football league team for the weekend:

Got home watched a new episode of You, me and the Apocolypse - dead wierd, dead enjoyable.

Thursday 5th November 2015
Up at 5.45.  Some gits walking their dogs at 12:30 didn't help a sleepful night as it set our dog off for about half an hour.  Inconsiderate halfwits.  Anyway got most of the papers, Times wasn't in again.   Back hoke in decent enough time, still no rehearsal. hmmm

Friday 6th November 2015
Bit of an issue - dress shirt for Saturday don't ruddy fit.  So tried Tesco - no joy (but did get 8 bags of compost for 48p a bag so not a complete loss).  Tried Burtons but they only do them at Chesterfield or Derby which is no good for me I ain't travelling.  Local shop in Ashbourne has one but I ain't paying £32 for one (cheapskate that I am).  Never mind, have a plan B.  Back home in not bad time.  Bed fariyl early.

Saturday 7th November 2015
Up early dog walked.  Papers fetched.  Piccy B Brekkie.   Took Lucy and El Poocher over to Darley Dale.  Got home and set off for Birmingham before noon!!  Into Hotel at about 1:30 due to road works and missing one damn turn. In pub by about 2:30 after finding pub we used to go to has been knocked down.  Off to Slimming World Woman of Year 2015 at the ICC for 5:15!!!  On a table with the gals from HR and the Rathbone clan - top night - fantastic life-stories - Jason Donnovan wasn't a bad host although was a bit disappointed to find he's a year younger than I am (not sure why).
Yes, I know need to shift a few stone.
Jason Donovan, no less. 

This doesn't really do justice to how many folks were there 

Saw loads of folks, some of whom I'd not seen for some time so a great night.  Left a bit after midnight - fireworks still going off at 1am - what's that all about.  Nicely sober though so that wsas nice.

Sunday 8th November 2015
Woke up at 6.30, breakfast at 7:40, on road for about 8.15 and back home by about 9:20 - all good stuff.  Did a bit down the lotty - got me garlic in, weeded two beds covered one up, started putting pathways down.   Need to get second water butt sorted out as first one on number 7 is now full and overflowing.   Brought back spuds, onions, sweetcorn, cabbage, a butternut squash that was left behind somehow - lost some garlic somewhere - am hoping it's still in Shed 7.

The bottom bed is covered up now so should keep weeds off, you can see the path idea on this one too

Weeded bed two 

Got me garlic in and onions already sprouting up nicely. 

Over to Darley Dale for lunch and then back home for about 5:30.  Up at Phil's bosses to watch Alton Towers fireweorks at 7pm ish.   All good stuff.  Bed early at 9:21

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Monday 26th October 2015 to Sunday 1st November 2015

Monday 26th October 2015
Going home day.  Up early and dog walked as usual.  Red sky in the morning shepard's warning etc.etc.

Tidying up, loading up and getting off home.   As I knew there was trouble with the Conwy tunnels I though we'd go the Betwys Y Coed scenic route home.  Which was okay apart from taking about an hour longer - the scenery though is out of this world stunning.  Will get some pics off the bosses phone.  Got home about 5'ish and unloaded then did bog-all apart from dog walks and a trip to the new Aldi late on.  Janette thinks it's not that big but it's the biggest Aldi I've been in.

Tuesday 27th October 2015
Up early dog walked, papers fetched.  Into the office for 8am.  After work nipped over to Darley to sort something out on me dad's laptop and show me mum an old film of DP Battery, Bakewell.   Back home for tea, dog walk, bit of telly.  Watching a wierd study of an Oak tree from BBC 4 iplayer.  Some people have odd jobs - they had a whole team of folks pull an oak out of the ground to simulate what would happen in a force 10 storm?  Why.   Strange.   Anyroad, bed for just after 10pm

Wednesday 28th October 2015
Woke up at 4:30 off out with the dog at 5:50.  Most of the papers fetched.  No Times' in even when I did second pass at 7:25.  Marvellous. Fantasy useless Football team updated:

Running a bit late.  Went to get paper and was successful on third pass at 7.15.   Missus driving so we dropped some stuff off for Phil and I walked back from Mayfield.  Bed a bit after 10pm

Thursday 29th October 2015
Up at 5.45.   Took dog a walk and fetched papers - all in this week.  Lovely.  Into office for a bit after 8am after getting some juice on the way.  Home in not bad time about 6.15.  Dog walked, tea had.  Nipped to Aldiland cause we're addicted it appears!!  Telly, bins out, bed.

Friday 30th October 2015
Up early doors.   Very short dog walk as pooch does not get on with rain at any level.   In the office for about 8am so all's well.  Really busy day at work, perhaps too busy

Saturday 31st October 2015
Up early.  Dog walked, most of the papers fetched (half the Times missing).  Piccy B brekko.  Tidied the greenhouse out.  Strawbs for next year have gone in and sweet peas, potatoes going on nicely - 3 broccoli plants repotted in big tomato pots all good stuff.   Golf at 12.30 only played 14 holes as too slow as always.  Beer in the clubhouse then back home to find house taken over by Lucy and friends.  Apparently it's Hallow'een.   Not many tricker treaters, went to bed about 10.00

Sunday 1st November 2015
1st November already, blimey O'Reilly.  Up a bit late at 7am.  Quick dog walk and then working on laptops for cousin's daughters.   Got Windows 8 on em so everything takes three times as long as it ought to.   Such is life.  Big walk for poocher then went for lunch with me mum and dad, dropping off laptops on the way and picking up a brace of pheasants (as you do).

On way home stopped to take a pic of the window display at G Wathall & Son Ltd on Union Street - if Carling did remembrance....

Back home about four o'clock gave Phil a hand taking back off his trailer.   Got dark so walked home.  All good stuff.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Monday 19th October 2015 to Sunday 25th October 2015

Monday 19th October 2015
Woke up mega early.  Stopped in bed until 5.45.  Took dog walk, got papers back home for 6.30.  Into office a little bit after 8am.  Out of the office a bit before 6pm.  Got home, had tea, walked pooch, worked on wlan for Cbay - utter failure am going to start again from scratch I reckon.  Bed at almost 11pm.  Not best pleased.

Tuesday 20th October 2015
Didn't sleep well as was really grumpy and it got into my dreamscape.  Never mind.  Got up proper at 5.30.  Dog walk and papers fetched by 6.40 as pooch going mega slow.  In the office a bit after 8am.  Meeting in the afternoon - interesting stuff.  Got home 6pm.  Tea.  Dog walked.  Telly.  Have given up on getting the firewall ready in time for next trip so pressure is now off.   Bed about 9.40 for a proper sleep.

Wednesday 21st October 2015
Up at 4:30, chucking it down with rain when I woke up.   Waited til about 6am then said "stuff it, rain it is!".  Dog walked and papers fetched.  In office for just gone 8am.

Thursday 22nd October 2015
Dog walk and everything done early doors.   Finished work around lunchtime and off to Wales.  A bizzard flew into the car on the way home which really spoilt things - beautiful bird.   Traffic to Wales was the usual pain in the backside with roadworks at Conwy really slowing things down.  Got there for about 8pm after a couple of stops.  Settled in and bed about 10pm'ish

Friday 23rd October 2015
Out with the dog early doors.  Brekko.  Walk up Parys mountain - apparently this was the biggest copper mine in the world at one time.  The chap who found the main seam of copper ore was given a house for life and a bottle of brandy back in the day.  Now it's just an other-worldly spot with very little growing but a lot of heritage.  

Lucy and the boss on Parys Mountain

Then a wander around Amlwch and a bit of shopping at the co-op.  Back to the cottage and more walks.

Pooch on a beach

Bit of fishing of the ramp but hadn't got a lot of bait so didn't fish too long - not a bite to be had anyway.

Saturday 24th October 2015
Absolutely nailing it down with rain - even the pooch wasn't bothered about going out.  Around 11am it started clearing up and ended up quite nice.

By Saturday lunchtime rain had blown through 

Fishing a mark called Rhosneigr

The usual  but also fished a local mark with Vic called the Lily Ponds.  I had a plaice first cast then nothing else, Vic has a string of Pollack.  Not a bad spot.  Slipped on my bad knee on the way back which wasn't ideal but on the positive side Derby beat Huddersfield 2-1!    Bit tired so no more fishing.

Sunday 25th October 2015
Up early (even though clocks had gone back), dog walking.  Went to Penhros for a long walk round.   Nice spot.

Penhros - reminded me of the Gretchen goes to Nebraska album cover. 

 Then Penhros retail park so boss kat and Lucy could do a bit of shopping.   Then to the Tollhouse for coffee and cake.  All good stuff.  Bit of fishing in the evening resulting in a few bites and a conversion - pin Whiting the nuisance that saved the blank.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Monday 12th October 2015 to Sunday 18th October 2015

Monday 12th October 2015
After watching Men in Black III (odd) and an episode of Bones I was ready for an early night last night.  So up at 5:50 and walking pooch a short while later after scraping the car windscreen (first frost?).   Papers fetched, ready for work and in by 8am - roads busy as there's been a nasty crash on M1   Finished work and got back about 6.30ish.  Tea then walked pooch - dropping dark unbelievably quickly now.  Then back home watched Cradle to Grave and a bit of the football but hell's teeth does Glen Hoddle's commentary grind on - you could induce a coma with him talking about anything I'm sure.    While doing that I was also configuring a firewall for a wifi project I've got coming later in the month.  Made a load of progress and so should be able to finish that off in short order I hope.  Bed closer to 11pm than I would have liked.

Tuesday 13th October 2015
Up at 5.45.  Dog walked, papers fetched - back home by about 6.30.  Into the office by 8am.  Got the missus and second, biggest and lastest Xmas present sorted by 1.30am so that's good!   Seen this today - talk about awesome application of technology.


Got home about 6.30.  Tea, dog walks and bog all else achieved - hate this time of year.  Bloody dark.

Wednesday 14th October 2015
Up at 5.45.  Dog walked, papers fetched. Work for just gone 8am. Back home. Tea. Dog walk. Messed about for hours trying to get the ruddy sonicwall wep keys to work .  What a pain!   11.15pm before got to bed - will pay for that tomorrow.

Thursday 15th October 2015
Up at 6:02 - said I'd pay for it.  Dog walk, Papers fetched.  Running an errand for the missus so went to Uttoxeter before work fetched some stuff.  Took dog another big walk and then into the office for 10.45am.   Will make time up over two days easy peasy.    Got a Griffin Beacon remote control for Ipad/Iphone to play with when I get home.  Short answer is the ruddy Beacon works fine but can't download the app for it in UK app store and can't set up a dummy account for US app store because of bloody Apple.  What a pain in the ass.  Bed in good time for a change though.

Friday 16th October 2015
Got up at 5.45 best I could do.   Dog walked, papers fetched.  All good stuff. Into work for 8.15am.  Grinder of a day with a gap for a presentation on pensions at 2pm.  Interesting stuff.  Somehow have got involved in a pub quiz tonight.  Hope it don't go on for too long - have got a lot to do.  Fantasy football team - made Martial captain - let's see how that plays out.  also replaced Firminho who has been a waste of space for me.

After work it was quick dog walk then up to the Shoulder of Mutton for some football team fundraiser Pub Quiz that was more fun that it sounds it turned out especially with a chip cob at half time.  Good.

Saturday 17th October 2015
Up early dog walked.  Papers fetched.  Did a bit down the lotty taking slabs up and bringing bags of rubbish off and down to the rubbish tip.  Then fetched brekkie for Lucy and mesen.  Then took pooch a big walk, then golf.  Back twinged on first tee so played 16 holes without taking a practice swing and did pretty well really - problem I have is on the greens - have no feel for putting at all.

   Such is life.  Saturday night after chippie tea saw us driving into the back of beyond to see Jon Allen supported by Karima Francis at Alstonefield Village Hall - excellent fun and me and the missus were amongst the youngest there which is always nice!!

Sunday 18th October 2015
Pad's birthday so lots of high tension and hassle.  Got up at 8.20, dog w\alk,  did some jobs in greenhouse then did an hour or so down the lottie weeding the paths on 13 so I can get some weed resistant material down with slabs holding it down and bark in between - that's the plan.  Got most of it done just a small section left.  Back home fetched Pad's stuff with the boss of the world.  Took pooch another big walk up the back of the cricket ground towards Sprinkshill wood.

 Lunch with me mum and dad and Pad coming.    Rugby on telly.  Got some tomatoes for me mum and dad after catching me mum scrumping.   Bit more Rugby.  Slight kip on the sofa.  Dog walk before dark.  Shoes polished.  Bedtime at 10pm.

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