Monday, 16 September 2019

September 2019

Friday 13th September 2019

Went to watch Derby draw 1-1 with Cardiff City.   Dismal stuff.  Went to pub with Dan after match and drank a coke!  Am all over this One Year, No Beer think like a cheap suit!


Saturday 14th September 2019

Up at the crack of dawn.  Dog walked, papers.   Went to Nottingham to fetch Lucy.  All good.

Got home had brunch.  Went to rehearsal auditions at Church Greasley.   Got a new bass player.  All good.



Dad's taxi in operation at 1am, fetched Phil back from a pub at Alton.

Sunday 15th September 2019
Up at 6.30, dog walked, took Phil to get his van back from Alton.   Came back did not very much other than tidy Phil's shed up.   Need to do a bit more when time permits.   Lotty for a couple of hours with the missus got as load of beans, raspberries, cabbages, courgettes, all sorts.  Got a bed and a half cleared.  Got two sets of onions in the ground for next year.


Monday 16th September 2019 
Up at 5:40.  Dog walked, papers fetched into office for 7.25 all on rails as always.  Back home for 5pm then straight up to Wyaston for a Neighbourhood watch thing where I was tasked with doing coffees and teas - I bet some folks had some dodgy cups of tea.  Anyway, all got done, back home for just gone 10pm,  got some stuff ready for the morning and straight off to bed.

Tuesday 17th September 2019
Up at 5.14.   The usual then loaded up and took Lucy back to Nottingham.  Proper knackered but such is life.  Got mesen a bacon butty from MacDs on the way into work. 



Monday, 5 August 2019

Monday 5th August 2019 to Sunday 11th August 2019

Monday 5th August 2019
Up early on account of going to bed early.   Need to catch up on sleep really.  Into the office early again which is good, good, good.  Really busy day.  Left at 3.55 and got home much earlier than if I leave it to a bit after 4pm so need to keep doing that really.   Got home - put roofbox on the motor - had tea - took the hounds on the one mile loop.   Did a load of juggling stuff from the little shed ready for going camping at the weekend.    Got back watched DCFC beat Huddersfield Town on their own patch - Tom Lawrence has a great game with two goals and he put a shift in too - lot of folks aren't keen on him but he did good yesterday.  First game with new manager and I thought they looked very good - a really useful three points to start the campaign off!

Small hound watching DCFC trounce the Huddersfield Town


Tuesday 6th August 2019
Up early'ish.  Took the pup out to get papers and what have you.  We have an event on at work so parking about a mile away - took the bike so I could get me ass ready for a 20 miler on Thursday - have done next to naff-all cycling this year so am hoping I can do a bit of short distance preparation in advance of Thursday!   All good stuff.


What happened to rest of August!!

MSR has shut down so have to fetch papers in ruddy car.   Not good.

Been to see DCFC three times I think and they have been rubbish every time.   Two draws and a defeat. 

Sold a drum kit, bought a drum kit. 

Been on five day camping trip before we got just too sick of the damn wind.

Pearl (never had a Pearl before) Crystal Beat Rock Kit 12" RT, 14" FT, 16" FT, 22" BD




Monday 29th July 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019

Monday 29th July 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019 

As usual am so busy am not keeping this up to date.

Done lots of bits and bobs.

Have tidied up the coalhouse shed and now we have the small freezer in there, which had to be moved out of the utility room to make way for an enormous LG fridge/freezer.  The old Liebherr one has now had to go as well but at present is sat at the front of the house.

Thursday, went over to me Dad's to sort his computer out - it probably needs replacing - it's still running on Windows XP! 

Saturday fetched brekko from up town for me and the missus - went down reasonably well.  Did a rehearsal in Church Greasley with Revamp which was very enjoyable three or four hours focusing on about three or four song.  Perfectionists I reckon.

Sunday took a load more stuff to the recycling centre in the morning.  Went to Lotty and brought back loads of broad beans, runner beans, french beans (all the beans then), courgettes, peas and raspberries.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019 to Sunday 28th July 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019
Up at 5.15 - Phil was downstairs before me think he must be working down West Midlands sort of end to be up that early. Dog walked, papers fetched, into office for 7.30 after getting some petrol on the way.  All good stuff!!

Friday 26th July 2019
Crikey.  Busy week.  Got home from work.  Got on bus to Derby. Over to Derbys vs Notts 20:20



Then to The Tap on the way back for a rack of sleep and cheese.  Hmm.  Then somewhere else for a pint of something Drake then last bus home and back for 1.30ish??

Saturday 27th July 2019
Woke up. Slight hangover. Took Lucy up town. Rehearsal.  All good.  What a wet, crappy day



Sunday 28th July 2019
Up early doors well 7.30ish anyway.  Got not fone today.  Never stopped raining.


Monday, 15 July 2019

Monday 15th July 2019 to Sunday 21st July 2019

Monday 15th July 2019
Up before 5am, shower, shave etc.   Down to lotty to water with la pooch and then on into Ashbourne to get papers.  Into the office for 7.15.  All good stuff.  Busy day ahead then going to see Jaws with Lucy at Derby Odeon Luxe - Ace!!

Got home, quit tea, tooks dogs out for a walk, then off to Derby for Jaws - what a film, never seen it on the big screen.  Absolutely ace.   Only downer was being robbed at £4.30 for a diet coke for Lucy but made up for it by stopping at McDs on the way home and got a black coffee for me and a McFlurry for Lucy for £2.48 so with my 2-for-1 tickets for Jaws it was a good night out all told!


Tuesday 16th July 2019
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched, lotty watered, picked some raspberries for me porridge at work too.  Pumped tyres up on the car as one of those warning lights keeps coming on (wonder how they worked).  Into office for 7.20am - everything firing along nicely.  Got home from work.  Tea then walked the big lad, then sold the Tama.  Have I made a good decision to sell it?  It feels like a no you were stupid but at the same time at least I have a bit of space back which has to be a good thing.  It's gone to Leicester - a nice couple bought it for the chap's birthday (born on same day as Phil - what's the chances?). 

Last picture of the Tama StarClassic Dark Cherry Fade thing of beauty 

Wednesday 17th July 2019 
Up late - 5.40!   Jeepers.  Still got to work a bit early at 7.20 but everything a bit of a rush today.  Haven't watered down the lotty - hopefully yesterdays watering will hold it in good stead!

Friday 19th July 2019
Phil's birthday.  He was gone at crack of dawn but Happy Birthday none the less wee lad!   Went out for a meal with Darren and Paula at the Coach and Horses, Fenny Bentley in the evening - very nice! 

Saturday 20th July 2019
Up early as always - fetched papers etc.  Took Lucy up town.  Did a bit in the greenhouse,  put the roof bars back on the car.  Went to an evening do for Phil's boss' son's wedding at night time.  A good do but very late getting back so was very tired. 



Sunday 21st July 2019
Up a bit later than usual - 6:30ish.  To be expected I suppose.  Took the hound out then did a bit of weeding (no one noticed!).   Mowed the front and back at ours.    Went to the Cross for a carvery lunch.   It was alreet. 

Went to Lotty for a couple of hours.  Sorted me brassicas out which were a bit restricted so put some bigger netting over em and now they are okay.   Borrowed Pads mower and mowed round which was needed.   Missus Siddall did loads of fruit picking - lots of goose gogs and raspberries.  We've not done very well for Strawberries this year so am going to ask my neighbour how he got on growing them in guttering - I think the advantage of this is that it keeps the slugs out. 

Raspberries have done great in this container.  

Courgettes, gooseberries, raspberries and not in picture - peas all harvested. 


Managed to avoid seeing the actual result of the Open and sat down to watch highlights at 8pm.  What a disappointment - why can't someone teach Lee Westwood how to ruddy putt.  Does my head in!   So didn't bother watching to end as it was obvious that Lowry was going to win it.     Horrific conditions and course not set up for birdies on final day in my view made it less of a spectacle than it might have been - on saying that he shot an awesome round on day three so a very worthy winner.


Monday 8th July to Sunday 14th July 2019

Monday 8th July 2019 
The usual thing of work and walks and what have you.  Listed a bike on eBay for me day - am hoping it fell into the maximum final value fee of £1 mullarky. 


Tuesday 9th July to Friday 12th July 2019
Just the usual thing of getting up early, walking the dog, going to work, coming home, walking the dog some more. 

Thursday 11th July 2019
Remembered that after work I went up and cut Pads' hedge to make sure Green Bin went out full!   Only just managed it by 9pm 

Saturday 13th July 2019 
Lucy's birthday!! Up early to take her to work on her birthday, bless her. Went and bagged up the hedge trimmings we couldn't get into the green bin, mowed front and back lawn and did a bit of tidying up on the hedges.

Put the Gazebo up and did her a BBQ for tea, all went swimmingly. 

Have been messing about trying to get a bass drum logo done - 



Sunday 14th July 2019
Up early, down the lotty, a tubfull of raspberries.  Watered it all, desperately need to do something with me brassicas but have got a Cricket World Cup to watch. Clean BBQ and Firepit, put the BBQ away - all good!   After New Zealand's innings I whizzed to the lotty on me bike to get some peas - I got back in time for the first over of the England Innings - might have missed one or two balls but that's all.   Any road after finishing all square we beat the Kiwis on a countback of boundaries - mad!


Monday 1st July 2019 to Sunday 7th July 2019

Monday 1st July 2019
Up early but knackered.  Took dog a short walk.  Into office in good time, dealing with the massive list of emails. Crikey blimey.   Got home, tea, took dogs a walk, did a load of watering, the usual.   Got some more plants potted up.  All good stuff. 

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Same again.  Dog walks, work, more walks.  Watering etc.etc. Missus and Lucy went to see  Grace's boyfriend in a play thing at the Town Hall so I did a load of gardening - got sweet peas in, got sunflowers in and few other plants.  All good stuff.  

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 
The usual! Up early Dog walked paper fetched, busy day in the office.   Back home, dogs walked, cycled to lotty to water - all good stuff. 

Thursday 4th July 2019 
Up early again.  Dog walked and into the office.  All good.

Friday 6th July 2019
The usual plus a gig at night time!
Mapex Saturn kit in use oh yes, yes, yes
Saturday 7th July 2019
Not sure what I did - a bit of lotty, a bit of dog walking etc. etc.

Sunday 8th July 2019
Up early, over to Rowsley for a car boot, then popped over to see me mum and dad.    Listed the Mapex and the Tama Starclassic on eBay need to make some space!!  Went to Matlock with Lucy but it was a nuthouse so we didn't stop.  Did a bit more at the lotty.  All good stuff.

This is the Tama - beautiful kit only being sold to make some space - must be mad!!

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Sunday 23rd June 2019 to Saturday 29th June 2019

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Up early, down to lotty,  double watered everything.  Back home watered everything.  Loaded car off to Wales.  Took about 4 hours so a nice steady run.   Settled into cottage all good stuff.  Chucked it down with rain over night.

Monday 24th June 2019
Up at 5.30.  Dog walked.  Back to bed.  Went out on a tour- Benllech, Beaumaris and Amlwch.



Tuesday 25th June 2019
Up early. Valley car boot.  Bought nowt.  Played Bull Bay Golf course at twilight rate, 10pts front nine, 23 pts on back nine all good stuff!!


Wednesday 26th June 2019
Up at 6.30 (lie in) .  Dog walked.  Brekko then off to Rhoscolyn - beautiful spot.

Sunset on the beach.


Thursday 27th June 2019
Missus going out day.  After breakfast took the pooch for an away day.  We went to Ynys Y Fydlan which is a lovely walk from a remote car park.   Picked up a load of plastic from the beach and while doing so the dog decides to roll in some stinky muck.   I should have chucked her in the sea but didn't think of that at the time.   Got back cleaned her up with a bucket and a cloth.  Bloomin hound.  Went a walk to the end of the headland with the dog and a fishing rod.  When I got there I thought 

Friday 28th June 2019
Going home day.  Grumpy.  Took dog for a last walk on the beach. Set off about 11.30, back home for 4pm ish I think.  Such is life.

Saturday 29th June 2019
Wedding anniversary - survived not initially having a card!  Rehearsal with the band - went okay worked out some misunderstandings on endings which was grand.   BBQ when I got back - worked a treat - everyone happy.

Sunday 30th June 2019
Up early.  Dog walked etc.   Went to Birmingham to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and Quo.   It was supposed to be Phil's present but he was too busy so we ended up taking his mate Lewis.  It was alright I suppose.   Got home very late perfect preparation for going back to work.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Monday 17th June 2019 to Sunday 23rd June 2019

Monday 17th June 2019
Up at 5.10.   All the usual business, slow dog walk and into the office for 5.30  Everything sort of on rails.  Crap day at work loads of unplanned stuff.  Back home, tea then small dog walk.  Then up to Pads to cut front hedge - 1hr 45mins to hack it back - not a classy cut but tidier.

Then out to walk big lad only went for a mile or so as I was knackered.

Watched an episode of "What we do in the dark" and an episode of "Year of the Rabbit" which was ace.   Bed about 10.30, knackered but couldn't sleep.


Tuesday 18th June 2019
Up at 5.20 - didn't sleep well.   Dog walked, papers fetched.  Set off for work without me wallet so had to go back.  Got to top of bypass and found out road was closed so had to re-route through Belper.  Still got in on time. Missus gone to see Westlife or Boyzone or somesuch in Nottingham so took Lucy out to tea.  Weather turned bad after work.  Managed to walk big lad in the rain but that was about all got done.

Wednesday 19th June 2019
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Another busy day in the office.  Went straight to Lotty and strimmed it to death after getting an inspection complaint email from Lotty Committee.   Next door neighbour was there too - she'd had the same email!   Did a bit of weeding too so that was nice.

Then went home for tea.   Then took Big Lad and Lily for a walk with Lucy - quick mile round then onto strimming and mowing at home.  Have got three more days to get everything that should be in the lotty into the lotty.   No pressure!

Thursday 20th June 2019
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched, into office for 7.20am.  Back from work.  Had to take big lad for a walk first.  By time I got back it started to ruddy rain.  Never mind.    Watched the rest of What we do in the Shadows - it was ace!

Friday 21st June 2019
Didn't wake up until 5:40, knackered!   Dog walked papers fetched.   Into office on time though so no great problem.   Went to WW in the morning - 2.5lbs off so a bit better - on hols next week tho so it will probably go back on!







Monday, 10 June 2019

Monday 10th June 2019 to Sunday 16th June 2019

Monday 10th June 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked then off to work.  Looks like being a wet one.  No walk at lunchtime.  Such is life.  Got home and it rained and rained and rained.   Did some website work and then when rain slowed down a bit took the big lad up to the cemetery and back. T'was all I could do!

Tuesday 11th June 2019
Up at 5:05.  Short walk for the dawg in the rain.  Papers fetched and then off to work.  All good stuff. Non rain all ruddy day so only short walks for dogs when rain permits.  CharityPub Quiz up at the Cock Inn - we came third - whoop whoop!!

Wednesday 12th June 2019 
The usual in to work after walking Pooch. Busy day then off to Nottingham to finish bringing Lucy out of Hampden street.   All good, tea at Wetherspoons too.

Thursday 13th June 2019
Up a bit later than usual - 5.20am.   Long slow dog walk, papers fetched.  Into the office.  All grief as usual,.  Back home - quick tea and then took Dawg to vets - she's okay is the short report - thank heavens.     Back home, quick walk with little dog, quick walk with big dog, off to Cricket Club for Defibrillator training.  All non-stop go.

Friday 14th June 2019 
Late again - 5:30am can't be helped.  Proper tired.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into the office early doors.   WW - half a pound on again.  Rubbish!  Weather crap again.  Took big lad a walk in between rain showers but am getting a bit sick of this wet June mullarky.

Saturday 15th June 2019
Up early, dog walked, papers fetched.  Did some tidying up of sheds to get Lucy's stuff put away.  Then at noon off we went to the Slimming World 50th Anniversary Awards at Birmingham ace.  Sat Nav got totally baffled by changes to roads in middle of Brum but our recent knowledge of Birmingham arena came into play and we got to the hotel in plenty good time.  Wetherspoons for Lunch then off for photos with MMB.   Grand, saw no end of folks I'd not seen for a while.  Do at night time went okay - the meal wasn't my sort of thing but then again it rarely.  A double Gin and Tonic and a lager cost me £18.30 - said I'd need to sort out a second mortgage before I came back for another one.  Robdogs.;  Hey ho. 






Monday, 3 June 2019

Monday 2nd June 2019 to Sunday 9th June 2019

Monday 2nd June 2019
Up early, dog walked, papers fetched.   Into work for 7.30 - dentist later on - not overly happy about that but such is life!!  Dentist got done - not back now until January - good!   Took lily for a very short walk as she wouldn't go and then took big lad down to the lotty to do a bit of watering and weeding. 

Some gooseberries survived

First strawberry looking ready - wonder why some go ripe and others lag behind?

Watched a couple of episodes of billions - strange, strange programme.   Was hoping to watch the last episode of Chernobyl but it wasn't available so will catch it in due course.

Tuesday 4th June 2019 
Up early as always.  Dog walked, papers fetched although lost Tuesday's Times voucher somewhere so not got that - can still read it online though so not end of world.  Into office in good time.  Firing off emails from 7.30am  After work it was chucking it down with rain so did a bit in the greenhouse and then when it stopped raining about 7:30/8:00pm I took the big lad out for a walk which ended up being nearly four miles - I paid a debt off which was good.  Stayed up until 00:40 to make sure that Lucy got home from a party. 

Wednesday 5th June 2019 
Up at 5.10 - about 4.5 hours sleep - very tired indeed.    Dog walked, papers fetched into the office for 7.20 everything still on rails even though I am totally knackered.

Thursday 6th June 2019
Up early even though am off to the cricket.  Dog walked Papers Fetched.  Getting on the Swifty Bus to Derby at 7.20, then on the Red Arrow to Nottingham getting there a bit before 9am to find out that Chris and Rich's train was delayed so went to the Joseph Else ~Wetherspoons (I think) for breakfast.   Walked from there to Trent Bridge and good days cricket (West Indies vs Australia, boo hiss) was had.



  After game walked up into town met up with Lucy and took her for tea to Annies Burger Shack which very nice but perhaps a little bit too much food.  Never mind!!  Red arrow back to Derby and then got missus to pick me up!

Friday 7th June 2019
Up early - as always.  Dog walked, papers fetched the usual.  Attended WW - another pound on.  Such is life - you can't eat and drink everything in sight and expect to lose!  After work a nightmare began.  Little dog put her nose under someone's fence and an alsation grabbed hold of her - blood everywhere, three teeth hanging out and off to the vets we go.   Adam at Blenheim Vets did a brilliant job and we were able to fetch her back a couple of hour later. 

Saturday 8th June 2019
Stopped downstairs with the little dog until about 3.30 - she was sleeping fine I couldn't do though so shuffled off to bed.   8am off to group - lost a pound at Slimming World - what does that mean?  I don't know.   Rehearsal with band at 12, said it would need to be a shorter one than usual due to dog situatioin.

Sunday 9th June 2019
Up early, still very tired.   Dog walk then off to Rowsley car boot.  Didn't buy much.   Popped over to me mum and dads for a coffee and to see how they were then over to Nottingham to bring a load of stuff back from Trent University as Lucy has now finished year 1.  We couldn't get it all but got a good chunk of it.   Photographed the Mapex and put it on eBay for sale.  Got to be done - have got too many drumkits at the moment.






Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Monday 27th May 2019 to Sunday 2nd June 2019

Monday 27th May 2019 
Up super early, took dog out and got papers.  Got things ready and then set off for Wembley.  Drove down after picking up the others from Ilkeston.  Not too bad getting in and parked up on someone's drive in Wembley.  Then got on underground and went into Camden Town to get something to eat.  Back in almost perfect time - got a coffee and sat in me seat 5 rows up on the halfway line for 2.40pm   Shame about the result - Derby played well and I don't think anyone would have begrudged us winning but we cocked up twice in defence and paid a high price for it.  Villa will be back down next year - don't doubt that.





Back home for 9.40, bed for 10.30

Tuesday 28th May 2019
Up early dog walked, papers fetched, back in the office for 7.30 all good stuff.   After work walked Lily for a mile round the big field loop and then took the big lad out for 2.5 miles down to the lotty and back.


Did a quick bit of weeding, watering and got in a couple of short rows of radishes and beetroot (bit late but hey I'm playing catchup).   Watched a bit of Chernobyll on Sky - interesting.

Wednesday 29th May 2019
Up a bit late at 5.30 after waking initially at 3am and thinking I'd got ages.  Still got into the office in plenty good time after walking the dog and fetching papers as always. By time I got back from Work it was proper persisting it down however,  I got just enough of a window in the weather to take Lily and Big Lad a decent walk so not all bad.  Missus S got a new sofa which seems to have freaked the dog out as she proceeded to howl from 10pm to 11pm.   I was proper jiggered after trying to work out what was up with - gave her dog biscuits, took her a walk, got half her toys out of her box.  Dogs.

Thursday 30th May 2019.
Up early considering.  Dog walked, papers fetched into office for 7.20am.   After work took pooch out and then big lad.   Went down to lotty, watered everything and then weeded a bed.   All good.  Got home watched two episodes of Cherobyll.  Now I am very, very tired.

Friday 31st May 2019 
Up earlyish - 5:22am, dog walked.   Took big lad to lotty and did a bit, watered beans and peas etc. All good stuff. More Chernobyl.

Saturday 1st June 2019
Solar reading 16305.91.   Dog walk, coffee, slimming club - 2lbs on - better than I'd hoped for so not displeased with that.   Nipped down to lotty and got some Growmore and Blood and Bone fertiliser bought. Revamp Rehearsal - all good - tried the new kit out and it sounded awesome - loving it although the floor tom needs a little bit more damping.  Back home for about 6pm and chippy tea - all good stuff.

Tama StarClassic - if Carlsberg did drums etc.etc. 


Sunday 2nd June 2019
Up early.  Down to lotty to do a bit.  got there and found that ruddy pigeons had attacked the goodseberry bush - need to get it netted at start of May next year so played  catch up to start with.   such is life.


Set off a bit after 8am to see Lucy and have breakfast in Nottingham.  £20 in Wetherspoon's for the three of us - not bad.  Then walked into town, on the way saw the Peregrine Falcon that lives on one of the tall buildings there - what a sight to see one in flight - couldn't get a picture of that wasn't quick enough but saw him/her perched on side of the building.

There is a WebCam here :-  https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/peregrine-cam
You can see he/she looking out at the end of the ledge! 



Went down to Primarnia and then stoofd in the middle of Nottingham watching the cricket on the big screen - ace!

Back home for about 1pm but weather against us - did a little bit in greenhouse and then nipped to lotty with big lad later and did some weeding so about ready for the brassicas going in (late) and sweetcorn I think.





Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Monday 20th May to Sunday 26th May 2019

Monday 20th May 2019
Up at crack of dawn as always.  Dog walked, papers fetched, into the office.  After work walked big lad round three miles the usual. Watched Game of Thrones final episode - bit of a damp squib really.  Went down lotty with the wee dog - not sure what I went for?   Saw a whopping great helicopter come past.

Took big lad a walk after - the usual three mile walk.



Tuesday 21st May 2019 
The usual.  Got home from work on time for a change.  Took small dog to lottie - did a sort of temporary fix for the broken gatepost on the plot.  Weeded the onion patch.  Later on when I took big lad out I saw a cracking way of doing onions - you put a sheet of material on the ground with holes for the onions and therefore no weeding - remember for next year - in fact might even do a bit this year using an old compost bag for the cover with holes cut out in it.  2.7 miles with Big Lad down Mayfield and what have you.
Big Lad, Mayfield Walk - 2.7 miles not a bad stroll


Wednesday 22nd May 2019 
Up at the crack of dawn.  Papers, dog walked.   Dropped tomatoes off at Dougs on way to work so a bit later than usual into the office but still in for 7:30am.  All good.  After tea went up to lotty.  Did a little bit more fixing on the gate post and then got two pea rows sorted.  Back home for 7.15 then off out with Big Lad.   Decided we would go up to Mount Pleasant farm through the fields then back down the back of the cemetary and what have you.  Not the best walk I've done with him - he managed to jump into a load of mud but the views were good along the way.  Hey ho.
Some view!
Thursday 23rd May 2019
All the usual, up dead early, papers, dogs etc.  Busy day in the office then off to SW group - 4.5lbs off (the same 4.5lbs that went on last Saturday - can't quite work that out?).   At the minute I'm all off track but have a cunning plan to start in June.   After work we went down to lotty with the peas that I've been growing in gutters for a month or two.  We got those into the ground and then back home for 7.30ish.  Took the big lad a shortened walk due to having stubbed me toe during a 2 mile walk at lunchtime.  Very bruised it is too.  Never mind.   Started watching a film called Super 8 I think - very good elements of Close Encounters, Goonies and a number of other films - will watch ending at some point!  Watched a bit of question time and then off to bed.

Friday 24th May 2019
Almost didn't get up in time this morning - 5.14am.   Did all the usual.  Have put me runner beans out this morning to start hardening them up.   Will put them back in the greenhouse tonight and then perhaps get them in the ground tomorrow. After work went to Nottingham to see a band called William the Conqueror supported by a band from Ilkeston called Those Howling Sounds.  A good night got in at 1.30am a little bit tipsy it has to be said.



Saturday 25th May 2019
Up early.  Papers fetched.  Little hungover.  Did tons of potting in the Greenhouse which I need to be getting sorted out for Tomatoes soon.  Delivered the runner beans and french beans down to the lotty. Took Mr H's birthday present over.  Took big lad another walk.

Sunday 26th May 2019 
Went to Lotty early doors, got bean row up and runner beans in.


Only had an hour and a half as Missus wanted to go to Alstonefield Car Boot - it pi$$ed it down on us!  Such is life.   Over to Ratcliffe for a family do in the afternoon - good fun.  Got home about 7.30 took big lad out.







Monday, 20 May 2019

May 2019

What have I been up to?  Loads.  Have walked ruddy miles with various dawgs.  Been to see Derby win their last few games then lose to Leeds at home with a dismal performance only to play an absolute blinder at Leeds when I was stuck in a Parish Council Meeting.  From a work perspective I have never been busier but managed to deliver an impassioned presentation on plastic pollution and what people can do to reduce/reuse/recycle etc. 

Sunday 12th May 2019
Done a first gig with ReVamp went well all things considered (especially when we only started three months earlier!).   Sunday afternoon 5:30 kick off how wierd is that!?!
First Gig - Roebuck Inn, Burton - used a one up two down kit in a tight space - wrong kit for the job!

Used Mapex Saturn V, 12" rack, 14 and 16" floors, 22" bass drum, Sabian cymbals - all good stuff 



Friday 17th May 2019
Work then went to see a band Dogs on Bees?? at Empire Club very good.  Drank a little bit too much, nothing new there!

Saturday 18th May 2019
Rehearsal with Revamp. Dog walks etc.
This is the Remo kit I picked up for under £90 fantastic value and sounds really good. 
We went for a meal at the Royal Oak which was very nice.  While was there I made the mistake of putting a last minute low bid in on a Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga and won it.  Never mind!


Sunday 19th May 2019
Up at 4:30.  Drove down to Swindon, well just outside of Swindon at a place called Ashton Keynes, pretty as anything - got back home for 11.30 and started cleaning it up and checking it out.   It's as pretty as anything.  Tama Starclassic Birch/Bubinga 5 piece with weird snare stand (might have to get rid of the snare!)

I took the batter RIMs off the rack toms and move the shell rounds so badges face front - looks amazing.

From different angles it appears different colours but always drop dead gorgeous.

The kit is a Tama Starclassic Performer Birch/Bubinga hybrid with 3 plies of bubinga on the inside and 4 plies of birth on the outside - it tunes as easy as you like and looks stunning.  The bubinga apparently adds low end to the Birch's projection.  Not read a bad word about them. 

I think the 08G means made in 2008 - could be wrong. 

Am going to give them all a damn good cleaning - look at that grain.



After lunch started to get ready for the Derby County Play Off Final general ticket sale at 2pm.   Only had 6692 people in front of me, only waited for an hour but just managed to get a ticket and a really good one at that.  Well pleased.   While waiting in queue for an hour I sorted petrol strimmer and stuff out ready for a session at the lotty.  Once ticket was sorted out we were off down there to get grass sorted out and pull out some shitty nettles (bloody things).



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