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17th - 28th. May 2006
A couple of days early due to me going off to Tunbridge Wells for a weeks cricket work. It may seem as if I'm never home and at present, this seems to be the case. I've just returned from a visit to Southampton and after 8 days of almost solid raim, the garden has become a boggy slug friendly paradise !
Right on queue, just as I was getting the old finances straightened out, a stone hit the underside of my cars front wheel and cost me £77 having 'an arm' fitted. It had basically pushed the seal out and as the steering was affected, I had to get it done. One of those unexpected items which, although a relatively cheap job, affects the downshifter living on a a tight balance quite hard.
This was partly offset today when I received a tax rebate. I've already window shopped all the things I'd like but won't get because 'the new financial me' says no and looks ahead to Autumn and winter.
I still for the life of me can't work my chickens out. They've just gone 'hen happy' and won't stop laying. Fourteen chickens laying ten plus a day - 12 of which are ex-battery hens well into their third or fourth year !
The grandkids didn't have 17 virus's to choose from, it was only 16. I'm one day back from there now and will be checking myself every morning for various symptons accross the whole body. Thus far all seems OK but I have noticed some itching in the hair. However, I put this down to clambering under the nest box this morning to retrieve a wayward laid egg.
I was quite pleased with myself doing a front garden, pictured left, with the tree bark. It's something I hadn't done before, but that's what 'odd jobbing' etc., is all about, finding a few hidden talents and having the confidence to take them on.
Beside that I've rebuilt a gate and re-routed a Wysteria bush delicately positioned on a ladder two floors up. The greenhouse staging I was building has been put on temporary hold with an old circa 1958 bedroom dressing table doing the job quite adequately.
In my last entry I told you that my two cats Ginger and Mimi were having a discplinary hearing in regard to not catching the mice eating my vegetables.
Apparently, the night in question was the night the pigeon fell down our chimney and was found roaming around the sitting room in shock after disposing some stomach content over various items of furniture.
Today I'm off to Tunbridge Wells for games against Ireland, Warwickshire and Sussex. In the 5 years I've been with Kent, it has not rained atall at Tunbridge Wells, so I'm expecting great things after the appalling weather we've had.
The week after is a bit less booked and I hope to get on at home with a few jobs. The downer is that my MOT runs out and if it's over about 75p to get it put right, it looks like the bikes coming out of the shed again !
20th.April - 4th.May 2006
It's been a bit of an obversation job for me over the past two weeks.The first observation is the one on myself. After about 10 days of working at Cricket, I selected to do a couple of decorating jobs last week. Both of these went over the estimated time and completely did me in !
The second observation is one that upset me quite a lot. I've been looking for a book on a PC programme I wish to use on my websites.
A friend of mine contacted me and asked if I could take two of her chickens, a Black Rock and a Light Sussex.
One theory I have is that the others woke up and couldn't remember how many of them there were the night before or, as the two new ones are 'pedigree', couldn't understand their posh accents and accepted them out of fear ?
But all is well in the chicken run. I'm still getting 6 - 9 eggs a day from the other 12. All is good.
There is much activity on the vegetable front. I don't think there's a square foot of greenhouse space left with so many things being started off.
As the season progress's I shall up-date with a new page accordingly. Probably about once every three weeks.
At cricket, Kent have made and up and down start to the season winning only one out of 4 games. But we're training hard and spirits are going up daily.
Personally, I am working hard on my folding towel techniques and am working on a device which is basically a radio controlled electric shock to a hidden device in the Umpires Jacket.
Other than all the above, things have gone quite smoothly. The weather has suddenly taken a turn for the better and today, a temperature of 24 degrees is expected.
We also have the pleasure of having new neighbours who, with their dog, are enjoying themselves. At the moment they are in urgent mode of getting house and garden in order for the arrival of their first child.
All's well down the lane, the sun is shining and I'm still on the right side of the grass !