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15th - 30th. September 2008
So the Cricket Season ends and in by a strange quirk of misfortune, Kent have been relegated to Division Two in the County Championship. Two weeks previous we were chasing the Number One slot and two lost games later...!
My winter preparation continues well. The wood piles are ever increasing, the Paper Logs are drying well and today I clean out and service the Rayburn.
Work wise I have quite a bit to do in the big house nearby, like 27 say windows ! There's no rush and with the other items which need doing I have all Winter to complete everything. I'm looking at about 8 - 10 hours a week and that will suit me fine.
I have just completed building up a database and begun writing pages for a completely new section about tips on money and time saving. As soon as I have about a dozen pages or so, I'll be loading it up. All will be revealed in about a weeks time !
In the Forum we are having a monthly photo competition and the first one starts tomorrow. If you're not a Member, please register and join in the chats on a plethora of subjects! There's no mailing list or spammy stuff, so you can be rest assured of privacy etc.
Last week Leo and myself went on an Apple hunt in the disused Orchard up the Lane. It's owned by our Landlord, so it's not stealing!
On Friday Leo and I travel to Ypres in Belgium for the day with a quick sorte in Cite Europ on the way back.
It's rather nice sitting in my Garden Office (Shed!!) typing this out. The rain is tapping against the roof and I'm all cosy. I spent some time the other day draught proofing with all sorts of things from paper mashe to bubble wrap paper.
It would be as easy, or easier, to just use the Laptop in the Kitchen with the Rayburn, but this involves getting up to feed the three cats who, upon coming in the Kitchen door, expect to find some fresh food awaiting them and if it's not, sit on the floor staring at you with that pathetic 'poor me' look. Plus of course, the view of the Garden is much better.
The 'off season' has begun. What lays ahead, who knows, but this year I'm as well prepared as ever and hope to avoid the financial disasters of previous years.
1st - 15th. September 2008
Although time off has been minimal over recent weeks, I'm fairly well ahead of myself in my Autumn and Winter tasks.
My Landlord has also told me he'd like all the other old Apple Boxes "gone" from the disused Mill (picture above right) and this will give me much 'fuel for thought'!
It's an amazing time of the year for general foraging and collecting freebies from Nature.
In the Chicken Run things are going well although there is another Hen who seems to be aging. I had three from the same batch, she was one of them. The two others both died in the last two months and I wonder if there is something in the theory that they miss their 'mates'.
The 'new chooks on the block' are being the usual ex-battery hen thing and basically getting in the way of everything you do and walking as close to your feet as they possibly can. But all are seemingly healthy and hopefully past that danger period of about six weeks where you can lose one or two with no warning and apparently no reason.
Next week see's the last game of the Cricket Season at Canterbury, so I have six more days of work, then........?
The last few days of the Season are tinged with sadness. You know you won't see many faces for six month's and you miss that. However, it always seems that the tree's around the ground with the leaves blowing across the wicket and the coolness of the late afternoon tell you that 'it's enough', so you take it all gracefully.
As soon as it's over, I have a few quickish things to do; go across to Belgium for some booty and visit a few more Battlefields, go to Southampton which is unavoidably neglected through Summer and a planned visit to a fellow Webmaster pal in Crewe.
I've now made about 20 Newspaper Briquettes with my Eco Paper Log Maker. They seem to dry fairly light, so it'll be interesting to see how they burn - or not ! (See page, link on right).
Financially I've had two good bits of luck in the last few weeks. First, after nearly one year of disputing my Phone Bill, I've had a £100 discount 'without prejudice. The chap who came round was very helpful and ran through every Bill for the last two years and was good for economising as well.
It's strange how confidence in debate grows as you get older. Some of it is on purpose, but other times it's simply down to becoming a miserable old Git, something I'm sure will be something I will achieve very well.
The hardship I have (financially that is) is that I earn about 80% of my income between April and September, but I have to pay basic Income Tax. I can't claim some back until the 1st. April, then have to wait for a payment around the end of May - when I don't really need it.