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15th - 29th. January 2007
The great news is that I'm back working at Kent Cricket Club. For how long I don't know exactly, but whatever, it's a bonus and I'm mighty pleased and appreciative of it.
Weather wise, we've had three of the four seasons in the last two weeks. First it was really mild, about 13/14 degrees, then mild with 70mph winds, then minus temperatures for 4 days.
Yesterday (Sunday 28th) was a wonderfully sunny day and mild again. I spent two hours collecting wood at the bottom of the Lane and suitably filled up the Wood Shed for about two weeks.
I went to the Doctor a few days ago for a check up. After examining me he said that the third finger of my left hand is in pretty good shape - so that should see me through another cricket season!
After 18 phonecalls to my Bank going back to late September and two visits to the Bank for advice and some questions answered on certain Bank Charges, I still didn't have a reply to any of them two weeks ago
Meanwhile in the garden, we ate the last bit of lettuce last week. It's amazing how it lasted through til now and on the outside!
I may let the chickens out for a run round as well this week. I'll need to keep an eye on Big Ron (cat) though. He's one stone four pounds of 'bigness', but quite a softy really. Up to now, he's just sat outside the pen on mousing and rat duties and not got that close.
We haven't had an egg for some 10 days now, but I forgive them. They surely don't know what time of the year it is either it seems.
The crocus's and snowdrops are growing well under the Acer in the front garden, so not many weeks til the warmth of the sun starts getting through and the whole thing starts all over again.
I hope to get The Newsletter out this coming weekend, so should anyone else wish to go on the mailing list, please go to the Newsletter Page.
I'm off to the Bank. Watch the News for 'Scruffy Git stages sit-in at Bank, Police supply Sofa and Camp Bed'.
1st - 15th. January 2007
A quickly arranged weekend trip to Southampton means I'm a day late for the first entry of 2007. I did work on the railway, so to be a little late now and again comes quite naturally!
I'm very worried about the weather patterns nowadays. No season seems to be the same as the year before and, correct me if I'm wrong, but it's 'not how it used to be when I was a lad'.
I'm really pleased to say I have some work at the Cricket Club starting tomorrow. I'm unsure exactly how much it will be, but sounds like a couple of days a week hopefully. Mainly decorating work I understand.
The chickens seem to be enjoying the milder days and we're getting at least a couple of eggs a day from the nine of them. I reckon some of them are probably over three years old now, so they've paid back many a fold.
I must admit to finding January and February the worst months of the year for me. If there's illness, it's now, if there financial problems, it's now and the dullness, dampness and general run down look about everything gets to me.
'Extras', the new supplement with Blog for Down the Lane is starting to take shape and by the end of the week I hope to have another 3 sections up and running.
The 'Down the Lane Plan' for 2007 is to continue adding pages (over 100 new pages last year) and to use 'Extras' for comment and observations etc., plus some off topic subjects. I hope this will make way for the site being more inter-active and invite your good selves to comment etc.
I'm also pleased to say that the software programme I use has a patch inserted to make browsing easier.. This will only affect pages as I load them though, so with over 200, it could take a bit of time. Please let me know if this has caused any issues.
I've got a bit of gip from Forumers about my appearance in the Down the Lane WebTeam page (link below).
But, you can't downshift and have everything you want; some things come into your life which are wonderful, but some things either go or get a bit left behind. It's guaging what you want out of life that counts.