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13th.May - 1st. June 2008
I had great plans to re-design the Diary Page for the 27th. May entry, but as you can see, I'm four days late and all the sides of the page are the same as last time.
Last week Kent played at Tunbridge Wells and I had the pleasure of staying in a Hotel.
Besides that, it was a very pleasant week as always spoilt only by the final one day game there being abandoned before it even started. This at least gave me some inspiration to write a web page HERE !
The abandoned game meant travelling from home to Tunbridge Wells (one hour and ten minutes) only to return some two hours later.
This was most enjoyable and I've been back for one whole day and still haven't felt a Virus coming on.
Whilst there, I was able to re-design, restore and build new living quarters for the Rabbit and Guinea Pig (Snoopy and Austin!).
The Vegetables are doing fairly well, albeit a bit slow because of the silly amount of rain we've had in the past few weeks. The soil is getting quite clogged up and it's a problem when there's no drainage underneath. The Greenhouse Salads though are doing very well.
The leaves on the tree's all around the Lane look like it's late August; lush heavy green - much pruning to do when I get the chance I think.
I'm amazed at how my Garden Power Tools are still going. The Honda Lawnmower seems to be on memory and not Petrol. It has so many bangs and the handle is still held on by a bit of 1" x 1" timber and Gaffer Tape!
Just before Tunbridge Wells, Leo and I had a day trip to France. We drove up to the Belgium border (for 'bounty') then on to Ypres to visit some WW1 Trench Sites and Museum.
On the way back we made another shopping stop in Cite Europ to come home suitably loaded with Goodies less expensive than Blighty.
I have a feeling that may have been my Summer Holiday this year! But I am finding out exactly where my two Grandfathers fought in WW1 and plan to visit the areas (on the Somme) in October.
With the exception of Big Ron the cat planting a live Rabbit in the Hall last week, life has been pretty dull.
28th.April - 13th.May 2008
It makes a change not to say I've only spent one day at home in the last two weeks. A gap in the Home Fixture list enabled me 5 days off. Blimey, I didn't know what to do first!
With that and the heat wave down here, I've spent almost the whole of the spare time outside in the Garden - and has it paid off!
Vegetable wise, after a few walks down the Woods for some 'Sticks', I planted out the Runner Beans (12 in total), sowed Carrots, Spring Onions, Beetroot and more Cabbages.
What I have noticed in the last few weeks is the huge increase in Wasps this year. Everytime I dig a hole, a few hours later, the Wasps have made a Nest in it!
The adaptation of the Coal Shed to 'Summerhouse' and the new 'Office' has made so much difference to the lower end of the Garden. We can now view the whole garden from the back door and it's a pleasure to sit somewhere sheltered without having a two mile trek up the other end.
The trip to the local Waste Disposal Unit (Tip !) also cleared a lot of unwanted stuff from the old Barn and even that's looking tidy as well now. I'll have to mess something up or I'll be accused of being posh!
It's nice to have own time. I love my Cricket job to bits, but I do enjoy being at home tinkering around completely alone. It's a real escape, a time for not only work, but thought as well.
Last weekend we had a pleasant family day at Hastings. This ended up with a Barbecue at an old friend of the families house which was brilliant. They have a large garden with a proper Summerhouse surrounded by Palms. All this overlooks the Channel from Hastings Castle to Beachy Head. It was a beautiful day and a lovely way to round things off.
Tomorrow, Leo and myself are popping accross to Channel. I need some of that horrible stuff which is cheap in Belgium and Leo wants some of that almost as horrible stuff sold in Cans!! We shall drive up to Andinkirke, then spend a few hours around Ypres to see some of the WW1 Battlefields. After that, back to Cite Europe for his things, a few Sausages, bit of Cheese and anything else which is about half the price compared to here.
Then, from Saturday, I work a ten dayer, five days of which are in a Hotel at Tunbridge Wells for our games against Somerset and Middlesex.
On the chicken front, all is well. I'm getting two eggs a day from my three remaining Hens and have started huge renovation work (new roof covering - heavy duty bin bags) on the Shed awaiting the arrival of up to ten ex-battery hens sometime in June.
What the weather has done is not enable me to write many new pages for the Web Site, but with the forthcoming trips to France, Belgium and Tunbridge Wells, I'm sure some inspiration will come from somewhere.
In the meantime, the Forum continues to grow both in Members and Topics. If you aren't a Member yet, please join up - no catches and you get another four Members Only Categories as well.
Cor strewth, all free - how do I do it !!