Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Monday 13th August 2018 to Sunday 19th August 2018

Monday 13th August 2018 
Up early, dog walked, into office in good time. Left early for Retinopathy check at St Oswalds. Did a few bits and bobs at home, watched a bit of telly, bed for 10.30.   

Tuesday 14th August 2018 
Up at 5:30, dog walked, papers fetched.  Into office early doors.  Brought stuff for Cycle2Work day tomorrow.  All on rails.   Meeting about Parish Council coffee morning thing in September after work interesting stuff.

Wednesday 15th August 2018
Cycle2Work day - up dead early. Papers fetched - cycled to work.  Took me ages - very unfit need to do something about that!!  Cycled back checked out fishing marks on way back for colleague at work right enjoyed it.

Thursday 16th August 2018
Dad's birthday so nipped over after work.

Friday 17th August 2018
McFlurry Day and prep for camping mullarky.

Saturday 18th August 2018
Did a bit on lotty.  Did a bit more getting ready for camping we decided that as predictions were for 40 mph gusts which in the event turned into 50 mph gusts that we would delay going until Sunday.   So did plenty of watering etc to get stuff ready.

Sunday 19th August 2018 
Up super early.  Set off for Aberdaron at 6am.  We went the way that we'd go for Anglesey but instead of going across the Britannia Bridge we got off at junction 10 and whizzed down past Carnarfeon to Pwwhelli - we dropped Abbie off on the way at her friend's house in Abersoch so all good stuff.   Got to the campsite - a bit windy but got tent set up and everyone happy.  Cracking views!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

August 2018 - part 1

As you may have noticed I haven't had any time to do blogging or anything for ages.

So what happened in August. Hmm.

Saturday 4th August 2018
Watered lotty. Went and did a bit of golf in the afternoon.  Went to Castleton Devil's Arse Cavern to see a band called Thor - Gods of Rock from Sheffield who were absolutely excellent it has to be said.

Sunday 5th August 2018
Loads of little jobs in the morning.  Crown Green Bowls in the afternoon - not my thing went on for hours and was very hot.   BBQ in the evening all good'ish.

Monday 6th August 2018
Watered Lotty. Back to work.  All good.   Went and got Phil a wee tent - an Outwell Idaho L which is enormous.  Set it up on the Lawn all good. .

Tuesday 7th August 2018 
Work. Back home.  Took Phil's tent down.  Did a bit of tidying up and recon on the Playing field.

Wednesday 8th August 2018
Too tired to water lotty.  Work.  Back home.  Fitted a 4GB memory upgrade to Lucy's laptop - it's a bit quicker now.  Good.  Took dog a walk up the golf course came back with over golf balls - 14 good enough for reuse and the rest in a pot for drainage for plant next year.

Thursday 9th August 2018 
Knackered.  But got up at 5:30 went and watered lotty then got papers then off to work - a bit late at 7.40am but can't be helped.

Friday 10th August 2018
Our kids birthday.  The usual stuff but meal at the Isaac Walton Hotel - dead posh and above my station.

Saturday 11th August 2018 
Me and bosskat took Lily and Bruno a walk round the meadow.  Very nice. Got a few hours done down the lotty. Got Paddy a new telly installed.  Watched Derby get hammered. A 40th do at Jack Rabbits in Ashbourne - absolutely hammered it down with rain. Didn't think a lot to Jack Rabbits perhaps it was too busy..

Sunday 12th August 2018
Rained a fair bit in the night.  Didn't do much at all all day.  Researched fixing Pads old' telly.   Did a few bits and bobs.   Went over to me mum and dad's for tea.  Cracking.

July 2018

Crikey I've been slack about blogging of late but I been slack at blogging because I been reet busy in everything else.

So what's happened  - been on hols.  Been busy in the lotty, did good at one Open at the Manor and less good at the other at Ashbourne!     Did Lucy's 18th while we were on hols in Wales, Did Phil's when we got back.

Saturday 21st July 2018
Up early as always.  Down to lotty - fence has been broken into in two places on number 13 plot - culprit is suspected to be a badger. Hmphf.  Played golf in the afternoon with John at Ashbourne - ground is really hard - hit a drive 265 yards up the fourth (it's uphill at the end too!).  All good got 18 holes done.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Monday 18th June 2018 to Sunday 24th June 2018

Monday 18th June 2018
Up at the crack of dawn absolutely cream-crackered.  Such is life.  Dog walked papers fetched - felt that as there had been a bit of rain the lotty would stand a day.  Over to Darley for watering duties, did a bit on the gutter, think it's about okay.  Popped down saw Uncle Michael then pounded back to watch England match.  Usual average sort of a performance from England but a last minute winner made it all okay!

Tuesday 19th June 2018 
Up early, dog walked, lotty watered.   A bit late into work but not too late.  Found out that we'd come fifth and if I'd sunk a three foot putt and the 46" almost nearest the pin putt we'd have been equal first.   No justice.  Someone beat my nearest the pin by 4" as well.  No justice x two.

After work back home for 5pm, Tea then down to lotty to get a load of stuff in the ground - dwarf french beans, some runner beans to make up for the ones that have been attacked by something, 4 pumpkins and a load of sweet corn.  Still playing catchup in June!  Never mind.

Wednesday 20th June 2018
I watered everything last night so I could have an extra half hour in bed so didn't get up until 5:30.    Dog walked,  papers fetched, into office for 7.32 all back on track.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Monday 11th June 2018 to Sunday 17th June 2018

Monday 11th June 2018
The daily order in Summer goes : get up at 4.45/5.00am - shower, shave, get dressed.  Go lotty with dog and water, walk dog and get papers - off to work for 7.30am    Work then home for tea and watering.  Also mowed lawns at our house.

Tuesday 12th June 2018
Same as yesterday'ish but after work over to Darley Dale.  Watered everything and dropped off some metal chairs.  Took the plastic chairs to the tip where I got a couple of reet big plastic containers that had had ionised water in em.  Good stuff.

Wednesday 13th June 2018
Same old for start of day.  Went to lotty and cleared another patch on number 7 - I have got tons of rubbish that needs taking to the tip though.  Planted lots of flowers here and there!

Thursday 14th June 2018
Same as usual.  Went over Darley Dale for watering.  Got stabbed by a rose so watered topless to stop too much blood getting on me shirt.  Such is life.  Trimmed the gutter so that it would fit with the slightly smaller old bracket.  Put some water in it and found out the joint needs some silicant sealant in it will get some from pound shop if I can!!  Watered everything and then back home - chippy tea.  Mowed outside to fill the green bin up.  All good stuff!

Friday 15th June 2018
Same as usual.  Back home.  Watched a load of telly.  Watered not much else.

Saturday 16th June 2018 
Raining yay!   Afternoon - plumbed in Pad's water butt.  Went and bought some silicon sealant from pound shop got Lucy to serve us. Ace.  All good stuff.

Sunday 17th June 2018
Up early.  Took dog to lotty and watered.  Got some goodies off the kids for Father's day - bolts from Phil and a cracking picture from Lucy:-

Got golf stuff ready.  Picked Andy Bill up at 8.30, teeing off for the Manor Golf Club Men's Open early at 9.15.  Rather enjoyed it played with two chaps from Sutton.   We ended up with 43 points which I thought was rather good but someone put a card in with 48!  Shows what I know.   We were  clubhouse leaders at least for a while and I had got the nearest the Pin on the 13th when we went past with 46"  - don't know if that held out or not.   Not to worry.
Swans at the Manor Golf Club, Kingstone

Andy Bill pars the 16th

Looking over 16th Green down the 17th Fairway - cracking course!

Final card with corrections in place!!

Monday 4th June 2018 to Sunday 10th June 2018

Cripes what happened to this week?

Tuesday 5th June 2018
Did I go to Darley to water on this day?  Wish I could remember!!

Wednesday 6th June 2018
Got camping gear down from the attic.  All good stuff.

Thursday 7th June 2018
The usual - up early , work.  Have I mentioned Bella Baps has shut?  Gutted.  Never mind am £6.40 a week better off perhaps.  Anyway after work over to me mum and dads to Water and do a bit on the gutter.    Got everything watered.   Got home went down lotty and watered.
Peas coming

Strawberries coming

Started loading up the car and of course the heavens opened.  That's my life that is.

Friday 8th June 2018
Up at 4:30am ish finished off loading up then off to Wales 5.15am!  Amazed at the amount of traffic about.  Got to Church Bay about 9.30ish with three stops on the way.  Raining when we set off but as soon as we got to Chester the road was dry and it stayed like that for the next three days.

Saturday 9th September 2018
Well that was the night that was.  Pumping electro dance music until 3am from nearby GottWood festival.   Hmmm.  Slept a bit though so not all bad.  Weather awesome Went to Valley Car Boot - got two Ping G2 HL Irons.   Went a walk in Penhros Country Park with the missus, lovely day and the trees gave us some much needed shade!

Sunday 10th September 2018
Got up early again, had a shower etc  Music not as bad last night someone must have had words with them!   Packed up and came home.  Got back about 5pm unloaded then went and mowed Pad's lawn.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Tuesday 29th May 2018 to Sunday 3rd June 2018

Monday 28th May 2018 
Did a bit down the lotty after work then walked back with the dog. Found out it was a mile and half back - who knew??
Dwarf French Beans, Butternut Squash and Courgettes all in. 

Walking back from Lotty - a mile and half it turns out

Tuesday 29th May 2018
Up a bit late and slow to get going.  Dog walked, papers fetched, into office for 7.45am   Stressful day, never mind. Missus rings up at lunchtime to say Phil is putting new roof on shed.  So got home and sort of helped.  Mowed outside and then front lawn. Still got to do back but Green bin is absolutely rammed.  Painted three sides of shed.  Wanted to get down to lotty to water but it was too dark so took el pooch a walk and that was that.

Wednesday 30th May 2018
Up early - 4.30.  Went to lotty at just gone 5am, someone there already and when I went at 5.45 there were another two there!    Watered everything but looks like rain is coming anyway!  Dog walked.   Papers fetched - into office for 7.20am  - no bacon butty as Bella's Baps van was shut this morning - going to the dogs this country is!  Another stressful day in the office but hey ho such is life.  Got home had tea.   Took Dog to lotty and did a bit of planting - all good stuff - too wet to do anything else really.

Thursday 31st May 2018
Up at the usual 5am.  No lotty after all the rain yesterday.  Up town with the dawg early doors, back to the car for 6am and waiting at car park at 7am, gave it 10 minutes then parked at work in the morning for first time in months.   Did a bit more down the lotty.

Friday 1st June 2018
No idea what I did.   Bella's baps was shut so no bacon bap.  Rubbish.   Got home and did a bit of work on the Village Newsletter which I've now taken on!  Not sure what else.

Saturday 2nd June 2018
Papers, dog walks, golf at Ashbourne. Steady.  Absolutely cream crackered and had kip on sofa when got back.  All good.

Sunday 3rd June 2018
Up early dog walked and all the usual.  Did some stuff up at Pads I think.  Played at Manor Golf Club in the afternoon - all good stuff.

We let these guys through - check out the heron 

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Monday 21st May 2018 to Monday 28th 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.

Saturday 26th May 2018
Lotty watering.  Papers. Dog walking.  Then work party on the playing field putting gravel down and stuff.

Then up the hill to do paddy's shed - putting new panels on the back and then painting the bugger. 

 All good stuff.

Sunday 27th May 2018
Did a bit of lotty watering in the morning.  Did a bit of work making picnic tables on playing field a bit more secure.

Then up to Alstonefield Car boot sale - bought all sorts for a change including a £70 windbreak for £4! 

Then not sure but I never stop so was doing something. Over to me mum and dad's in the afternoon.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th May 2018
Up early and off to Lotty to get bean row up. Then fetched papers with dog.

Runner beans in

Butternut squash, courgettes, dwarf french beans, random broad beans
Took a birthday present over to golfing buddy along with a load of tomato plants.

Did a load of planting and got some chairs out of the greenhouse to make space for potted up tomatos and stuff.   Got loads of flowers pricked out into seperate pots.   All good stuff.

Got Phil to drop me off at the lotty in evening to water everything then walked back (1.5miles I found out) with the hound as the sun went down. 

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.

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