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14th. June - 5th. July 2008
Due to an amazing busy schedule, plus the fact I forgot before I went away for a few days, the Diary entry is late. no excuses!
The trip to play Durham was most enjoyable and I had a few hours to spare for walking around Newcastle.
The fact that Kent won means a Lords Final on 16th. August against old rivals Essex. It also means I get to be in the Dressing Room. Although I've been to Lords before, this will be special and once more sums up the blessings I have had in recent years.
Last week I picked up six 'due for Cat Food' , Free Range Chickens from a Farm fairly close by. Quite a selection, two are in pretty good shape, two not so good and two really featherless and thin.
Two Saturdays back, Leo and myself travelled to Eastbourne for my Mothers birthday. This gave me a chance to see my sister, her husband, nephew, his wife and baby. I haven't seen them for two years, so much catching up to do.
Seems to me that, with all this wind, the North Atlantic Drift is going a bit too far eastwards!
Up until a week ago I was quite worried about the garden vegetables, but they seem to be picking up quite some bit.
A Journalist from 'Your Ashford' came around the Monday before last and an article appeared in this weekends issue (click here).
In fear of getting mobbed by over enthusiastic fans following the recent publicity, I will borrow a wig from the Club shop before I go down town next. I was recognized once, but it was the next door neighbour.
Spending a couple of days in a Hotel enabled me to write down some web site plans and if I should be able to have my planned non-proper-job time at the end of the Cricket season, the plan is to add a fair amount of Video 'how to's' and other general goodies to the Site. It's all very well reading stuff, but a clip on the occasional page may liven things up a little and I'm sure that many would enjoy seeing me standing in three feet of chicken muck.
I made use of my 60 year old bit the week before last and had a free eye test. It turns out I now have the start of cataracts in both eyes, but this won't be a problem for a few years apparently. Getting older!
In two weeks time I go to the Dentist. I just hope he doesn't say I need my gums out !
A lot is the answer. I have more plans of things I want to do and things I want to see than I ever have before. It;s finding the time for them all which is difficult.
If there's one message I would give to younger people is, 'If you're in a position to something, do it now'.
I think I may become a Philosopher as well !
1st - 14th. June 2008
The last two weeks? Well, I got yesterday afternoon and today off!
That said goodbye to that day off and we then went straight into the twenty/20 games, which I love (not only because we are the current Champions!!).
Luckily, yesterday and today have been kind weather wise and it's enabled me to cut the grass (twice), strim just about everywhere, cut the Holly Trees which have overgrown our Tunnel entrance to the Garden, weed around the Vegetables, tie the Tomato Plants up, do the Housework and still had time for shopping !
This morning I even had time to be a miserable old Git. The new Landlord of the Pub on the other side of the Wall, decided to start a Bonfire at 8am.
Next week I have my eyes tested and afterwards, see the Doctor about some buzzing which seems to have started in my ear.
Vegetable wise it's a bit hit and miss at present. The Runner Beans are growing, but not that quick, something's eaten all the baby carrots so I've had to re sow another lot and the Courgette Leaves are looking somewhat pale. A good feed is needed I feel.
We have some new residents Down the Lane. Wrens have decided to nest just outside our Kitchen window. It's really nice to see them as it's it's quite rare to get a view of them not flittering about the Hedgerows and speed.
Yesterday I was interviewed by a Journalist from the Independent on Sunday about my views on 'the rich and famous' going down Frugal and Garden Farming Routes.