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11th - 28th. April 2008
Well I didn't check the Diary date. For some unknown reason I thought the last entry was the 16th - so I'm late!
With so much Cricket of late, I haven't had much time for anything else, but have had a few hours here and there to do at least some of my planned projects.
My Office (6' x 4' Shed!) is nearing completion and will have the Grand Opening on Saturday.
Being at home some afternoons last week allowed the Chickens out for a couple of hours and they totally enjoyed themselves delicately avoiding the weeds to get to the flowers!
In the Greenhouse, the Runner Beans haven't come up, so a second lot are under way in expectation.
I've spoken with the Battery Hen Welfare Trust and told them I'd like to take on another ten.
At Cricket, Kent have had an uneasy start. In the 4-day Championship we have drawn one and lost one. In the Friends Provident One Day Cup we have lost both games played.
But things are improving, a fine display against New Zealand this week and the return of Justin Kemp to the squad means we are getting over our traditional poor start to the season.
You know how, if you don't see a person for a while, you notice the differences in them whereas if you see them everyday you don't? The Cricket season has the same effect on my body!
I have a day off tomorrow and need a few things from town, so this gives me a chance to use the Bus Pass for the first time, can't wait!!
With so much going on in recent weeks I have only managed 4 new pages in April, the worst for about 8 months.
I have also been offered the chance of two decorating jobs inbetween the Cricket and I intend to squeeze these in somehow. I'm frantically trying to save enough to take the Winter off, so it's 'work now, play later' so to speak.
29th. March - 11th. April 2008
Having an unexpected whole one day off last Thursday enabled me to get some gardening work done.
You may recall me saying that I want to grow everything in Containers this year, so....
On the rare occasion of me being home, I'm letting the Chickens out of their Pen as well. Fair enough they have 40 feet square to play around in, but there's nothing like 'other territory' for them.
The people in the big house opposite have recently lost their White Alsation and this was the main reason I didn't let them run free. He was a Shooting trained job and one sight of a chicken would have meant the worse.
When we first had Big Ron, he was quite anti-Chicken and given half the chance would have probably had one (or two) for Breakfast. But now they roam around in perfect harmony and it appears he's actually guarding them forever following them, finding a spot and just watching over them.
Spring is really beautiful down here. On the days of no rain, it's splendid to see the very green grass and watch the creatures and birds doing what they do.
This Wednesday sees the start of the Cricket season proper with a four day match against Notts and a one dayer on Sunday against Essex.
I've a few days off next week, so plan to get my Garden Office (cheap
Our Oven packed up last week and I have gone to great expense and brought a new one (see 'we don't stock them here' in Blog). Great technology - 5 knobs and an Oven. Just right.
A dead Cherry and and an almost gone Horse Chestnut tree have been cut down at work. One of the Maintenance Chaps has kindly logged it all. About four of us have open fires and me, the Rayburn as well, so I'm bringing loads home piece by piece.
With the Cricket Ground re-development about to start and loads of demolition work being carried out, I can see me borrowing the Club Van on quite a few occasions through Summer!!
After the Shed I'm hoping there won't be any more big spends and what I don't spend this year compared to last will enable me time off at the end of the Cricket Season.
But all is well, it's healthy thinking and planning ahead a bit, something I haven't done for quite a while.
Spring has sprung down the Lane and I'm feeling good!