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18th.June - 2nd.July 2007
To say my life has been 'full' in the last two weeks is a great understatement! Downshift for a quieter, more relaxing life? Balderdash!!
My new PC decided it didn't like emails very much and it took some persuasion for me to make it accept any, then read them as well.
These little 50cc Mopeds run similar to the old Daf one gear cars, if you go back that far. A bit like an elastic band going up a cone to increase speed. Great idea and works a treat, until it goes wrong. But at least they're only £13 to replace and I should get it by Tuesday.
My heart goes out to those affected by the floods and I dread to think how families, homes, gardens and pets are taking it all in.
The rain has affected the veggies quite a lot and those which lap up the sun are very slow to grow now; Courgettes, Squash and Sweet Corn especially.
Needless to say, the chickens don't care too much about anything as long as they hear the sound of the saucepan at about 7am every morning.
Certainly the whole garden looks just about the most unkept in the 8 years or so I've been here. But the rain has allowed me to sort out all the sheds and 'Barn' area and all is quite tidy, swept and presentable. These areas are the best they've been in 8 years!
All this work keeps me away from the old TV though. I reckon I've watched no more than two hours in two weeks, just so much to do.
It's usually about this time that I start looking around for dry wood, especially kindling. But there's not much dry to talk about.
This week I have two days at Beckenham for twenty/20 games, then on Thursday back to Canterbury. On Friday I go to the University of Brighton for the second to last Project Meeting I'm doing with them (kind of 'why are we where we're at'). This has been going for 3 years now as part of the Learning Life programme. It started with over 100 and nows there's just the four people who will be the centre of a Book to be published at some stage.
After the Uni, I will catch the train to Southampton and spend 5 days with the family down there. It's my Grandson's birthday party on Sunday.
I haven't had time to write any new articles of late, but watch this space for a couple of new sections I've been working on.
Meanwhile, the new Forum goes from strength to strength and with me out much of the time, a lot of it's success is down to the wonderful work being carried out by the Moderators Kat (b_cos), Wendy, Mo and AnnaB.
4th - 18th. June 2007
After my chaotic time of travelling around Kent for Cricket, I actually got two un-interupted days at home over the weekend.
Yesterday though was a bit showery and this kept the cats in most of the day. Ginger got through 3 sachets, Ronnie had 3 sachets and a rat whilst Mimi faffed around with biscuits all day, then without a thought for me, depositing them all orally onto the carpet.
All in all, a pretty good weekend!
One of my chickens died last week (see Forum post). I think many people just see chickens as Eggs and Sunday Roast, but they're not and I do hate losing one.
I was able to catch up on the vegetable garden jobs over the last few days. Reading other peoples stories of their gardens, I do seem to be a bit behind. But it's all growing and generally doing OK.
For the last few years I've had 'a cunning plan' for the Winter, but up til now have not gone further into it simply that I always get some decorating work and use the time to catch up on my life a bit.
My aspirations to become an aging International Rock Star may well go right out the window if I can afford to have my teeth done!
My PC had a major bleep last week and looking at the options, the most cost effective exercise was to buy a new one. Luckily I got a pretty high tech custom built.model for about two thirds of the price in Retailers and it really does whiz.
The new PC meant transferring lots of data and programmes accross and it drove me crazy for a good 12 hours over two days. One driver would only work if the other one was installed first and Office couldn't find the dubri macro and showed the Error 577773b/cg/25a window which you haven't a clue about and can't do an Internet search, because you haven't got that far yet - grrrh!!
On a really happy note, I suddenly realised the other day that I've only got to wait anouther 8 month's to get my free bus pass at 60!
They say you get memory problems when you're getting on, but there is another phase of your life where this happens - teenage years! Leo, beside losing countless other things, lost his Bicycle Padlock Key and this saw me (would spoil his cred) to go down town with hacksaw and Clippers last week. There is a worrying side to this though and I wrote an article in the Blog here.
The fortnightly photo's above are from the Forum Members Picture Page. I regret that during my mayhem PC changing, I lost the cable for my Digital Camera, but thought this would by far compensate for my stupidity!
So, onward we go. At cricket the twenty/20 tournament starts this coming Saturday for Kent. The games only last about 2 - 3 hours, but it's great seeing the huge crowds, the noise and Mexican waves. Wears me out, but wears me out nicely!