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First of all, many thanks to Paul and Angela who wrote me an email asking if there was a Diary problem.
The truth is that up until last weekend I only had one day at home since 27th. July. Add that to the fact my Laptop packed up, got repaired, then packed up again - it hasn't been exactly plain sailing!
However, here we are again. Until last weekend, it was cricket, cricket and more cricket. This included our final at Lord's, great occasion, packed house and lot's of noise. Regret to say that Kent came second, but the fact we've reached two finals this year, still in contention for the Championship and promotion in the One-Day League, it's been a good year.
The last 7 days has enabled me to catch up with loads of things around the Garden. The weather has been good for this, not too hot and not raining.
The time off was marred a bit on the Monday. Having a bit of a senior moment, I decided to move some years old large Apple Boxes from the dis-used Mill to use for wood storing.
Regret I wasn't insured either. For the price of the Insurance, it didn't seem worth it. Oh dear !
But the rest of the time has been well spent. I've cut down loads of branches off 4 trees to give the PIR light more room to look at and installed another one as well. I have Camera, but like a twit, didn't record over the weekend.
Being fair weather, I decided it would be a good idea to start wood collecting for the Winter (did we have summer?). Usually I start as soon as Cricket finishes at the end of September, but no time like the present and I got enough in around 8 hours to last approx 8 weeks.
Today was Chutney Making Day. The benefits of this are you have enough to last the whole way round til same time next year. The negatives are the smells of cooking the Stuff which lingers around the house and up your nose for hours afterwards.
Sadly I've lost three chickens since the last entry. I had three before all the new one's came, making 13 all told.
So now it's just eleven, but I got 7 eggs today. With the days off work, I haven't been able to sell any at work, but have sold them from the Corner of the Lane.
Last weekend Leo went to the Reading Festival. In true style he lost a shoe on the first night, found the few hundred which were picked up and left by the Stage, but couldn't find it.
Autumn approaches and I'm ready for it. Another season, another year, another mystery - but isn't that what's life about !
5th - 20th. July 2008
It's really hard keeping to schedule with the Diary through mid-summer. I'm either working, as in work work, or at home catching up with countless tasks semi completed on sunnier days.
However, I've just had a few days off and in that time written a few new pages.
I've also had time to start a few Video Clips. There's one on how to make logs with the Eco Paper Logmaker (also right) and a video up-date of Down the Lane 2008 HERE.
Regardless of a red hot keyboard I have managed quite a lot of work outside; one tree down, another half a tree, cut the grass twice and generally tidied up the Garden in general.
I also got five new ex-battery hens from the BHWT. The Lady Co-Ordinater for Kent is a really wonderful woman. She spends most hours of her day caring and tending to hundreds of poorly Hens who have come out of Battery Farms 'too' worse for wear.
Needless to say something had to give on my Car - the Radiator ! This was achieved by myself driving at the said 20mph speed restriction where they were re-surfacing the road and the Pick Up Truck coming the other way at approx. 50mph.
Tomorrow I'm off to Southampton and by chance, Kent have won their way through to the twenty/20 finals being held at the Rose Bowl. Being only three miles away from my daughters house, it will give me a relaxing journey to work that day!
Someone gave me a Sat Nav and I'm finding great enjoyment finding my way home from Work. The fact I do the same journey about 200 times a year hasn't a thing to do with it.
Whilst at Southampton I'm looking after the Grandkids for three days. I've had all the preventive jabs and medicines as I've heard the germs are pretty loaded up down there at present.
I don't think so, but everytime they see a friend whilst we're driving along I look in the Mirror and see their heads slowly disappearing beneath the windows.
The good news is I received my Application for my Winter Fuel Allowance. Because I forage most of our heating, that will amply see me through to next Spring.
One of the few benefits of getting on a bit