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15th - 29th. March 2008
Queue Cricket, queue a complete change in the weather for the worse!
Most of the Kent Team arrived for pre-season training on Monday and low and behold, in 5 days this week, they've spent only 4 hours or so outdoors.
It's always good to see them back. I hear the stories of Australia, India, South Africa, Sri-Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand etc. I always mention my day out to Gravesend, but they're not that interested to be honest.
From Monday onwards I think I'm at Canterbury every day until 22nd. April. Some of these days won't be long ones, so hopefully my beautifully designed muscular body will not be affected too much.
Once the Cricket Season settles down a bit and I have some time, I may take in a few more Chickens. Not having any new ones for two years means they're getting on a bit now and I've lost 4 to old age in the last few months.
I'm undergoing some major projects in the garden at present. The Summerhouse (see Blog article - link on right), bar the varnishing and very fine attention to detail, is nearly complete.
I have to admit that with the exception of Tomatoes, I've done nothing in the Garden. Either the weather has been too bad or I've been at work, but with the longer evenings and hopefully my plans for Container Growing only, it won't take too long to get back on track.
Semi advertising I know, but I've just set up an Affiliate Programme with Moneysupermarket.Com. This is a huge 'price comparison' website and you can get the best prices on almost anything. For instance, in the Home Utilities Category, you can type in your postcode, put your existing energy costs in, click and it will give you comparative prices to all Suppliers. The same applies to Broadband and loads of other things. So although a plug, it is for the frugally minded - and I'm changing my Supplier because of it!! - Click Logo....
Another plug is for John Harrison. John, who runs his popular Allotment Website and also helps me greatly on Web Hosting and Tech stuff, has just published a Book, 'Vegetable Growing Month by Month'. At only £5.99 it's a great buy. I've found the big glossy photograph gardening books very nice on the Book Shelf, but often a minefield to find anything.
So, for me, this is where the year starts proper. My life is very much centred around outdoor life and the Winters are becoming increasingly long and hard to get through in one piece.
Once again, I'm very pleased to report the Forum is growing daily. More new members have joined in March than any previous month and the discussions are getting very diverse. There's not a lot of subjects uncovered there!
Well, the Sun is out and here am I typing in the Kitchen. Must get outside and grow my winter vegetables, I'll need them!
1st - 14th. March 2008
Last Saturday I celebrated my 60th birthday, an amazing feat in physical dimension.
Presents included - Walking Stick, Tartan design Shopping Trolley, Petroleum Jelly, Cotton Buds, Can Opener, Toothbrush, Tooth Floss, Johnsons Baby Powder, Long Shoe Horns plus a really good digital camera, an organic gardening book, PC World Voucher and a Pregnancy Test Kit !!
Kent Cricket Club gave me a wonderful card and I must find something to buy from a collection they generously made for me. I'm looking at something by my favourite Artist, Graham Clarke who lives fairly close by.
So, a good time and now the challenge of the 60's !! Some more thoughts can be found in this blog article, 'Stereotyping 60'
Working as much as I do does have that downshifting dilemna feel about it. Downshifting is sometimes seen as slowing down or simply finding a simpler life.
certainly work wise I can't say I have ever enjoyed a job and place of work as much as I do now - sobeit!
I now have a couple of days to get the garden more prepared for sowing etc., further tidy up the Chicken area and fetch my last wood load of the winter.
With my dear friend the Chancellor upping the Winter Fuel Allowance to £250 (he heard it was my birthday), next Winter should be profitable!The only problem I see is that should I find some decent bits of wood in Skips down town, will the Bus Driver allow me to take them on the Bus with my free Bus Pass!!
In the Forum, we are lucky to have a new Member, 'Gixer', who lives on the Falkland Islands.
So it's off to pre-season training for me. Personally I wait until the season starts before I train and this consists of running round the Stands at close of play seeing if anyone's dropped a few 5p pieces!
PS. Also a Walking Stick and an engraved Glass for my Teeth!