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14th. August - 2nd. September 2007
Life has been very chaotic over the past few weeks and today is the only day I've spent the whole day not working either at Cricket or somewhere else.
But there is some excellant news, for me anyway, I have acquired part-time work at the Kent Cricket Academy through the winter.
A few extra hours should see me through the winter month's. Last winter was a disaster work wise and hiding valuables under the floorboards in expectation was a whole new experience.
But, a good summer at Cricket with some extra's as well has enabled me to get back up to date and the lessons are learnt and accounted for in my Business Plan (that's the one I think about before I go to sleep).
Last Sunday I went to Lord's with the team and met my sister Sarah and nephew Alex there. Although in my kit and looking like a hasbeen third rate cricketer (OK, it's true), they wouldn't let Alex in without a tie and trousers! But, it was good seeing them, albeit a rather non eventual game.
It seems that the vegetable garden for me this year has been; sowing the seeds and harvesting whatever has come up.
The Chickens just don't care about anything though and quite happy frollicking around scraping for whatever they can dig up.
As I have tomorrow off as well I intend to roam the fields doing some foraging. I hope I'm not a bit late for Horseradish, but there appears to be ample supplies of Blackberries, Blackcurrants etc. I've also been offered the remains of the Plums on a Tree over the Lane. Looking at it, I could put Robertson's Jam's out of business!
This week I have a posh doo. The Squad are invited to a Civic Reception in celebration of our twenty/20 cup win and I'm going along to lower the tone a little!
It's strange. From my Bank balance at almost the end of the summer, I have calculated that if summer lasted all year round, I could be a Millionaire by 2189. The problem is that this does not account for inflation, so it'll probably stay the same at about £4.29.
I'm quite proud about being not normal!!
29th - 14th. August 2007 (away from main PC - next entry Sat.31.08)
It's a little difficult to fill the page up this time. The last entry was made upon arrival at Southampton. I came home on the Friday late evening, then a 5am start on Saturday to travel to Edgbaston, came back early Sunday morning and have been at the Cricket Club ever since!
But I have to say, I've disciplined myself quite well for the last few month's and intend to start the darker month's slightly more prepared than previous years.
So, last Saturday I made it up to watch the twenty/20 cricket finals in Birmingham and have to say 'boy was it worth it'
Even I was asked a question on BBC South East TV news!!
So, a few days off before a really long haul at Cricket, about 14 days I think. I shall spend the next three or four days tending to my spectacular weeds, tropical grass and have a look round the fields to see how the Horseradish is progressing. I reckon on about another two weeks or so yet.
It's coming up to a time of the year when I have very mixed feelings. The end of the hectic Cricket says farewell to many people whom I totally enjoy being with, yet it's a time when I can keep busy gathering the winters needs. There is nothing like a day spent wandering around and about collecting wild fruit, then making it in the knowledge you'll still be eating it in six month's time.
After a few jobs to catch up on in late September I hope to take a whole week and catch up with some web site work. Although I've managed quite a bit of late, the site is in need of better navigation still.
I could of course forget about this frugal living and become a highly paid Busker on the London Underground, but the Green tendances of mine are against it.
Maybe that's what this downshifting is. Simply trying to re-create the freedom and relative happiness of youth. Although in our Teens we went about with no money, we were happy and more content with our lot.
I was doing gardening tomorrow, but it's chucking it down outside. Oh well!