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19th. January - 3rd. February 2006
Phew, just managed, with one hour to spare, getting this one in on time ! Firstly the DVD> I have now finished it and after sending a few copies out for peoples perusal, was informed I could have some royalty / copyright difficulties over the music etc. It was pointed out I could be sued for all I've got. Well, I've a car worth £200, a PC, an old TV and a few books !!
You will also notice, for legal 'safety', I have had to word it in the form of 'donate and get a DVD'. This, apparently, covers me for other things, but it's all too complicated for me to get a hang on !!
It's strange how life goes sometimes. Two weeks ago I hadn't any work, now I'm half way through an 11 day job, received a phone call this evening asking me to do what will amount to a 3 day job and I have about 5 days work left over the Lane.
I went to Salisbury 10 days ago whilst visiting the family in Southampton and there were a few observations.
My financial challenge was helped last weekend with the arrival of the long awaited tax rebate. The look I got at the Bank when paying in a cheque with more than 2 numbers to it was quite astounding. Had I a camera with me, it would have certainly made the fortnightly photo slot. I'm fed up with hearing the sentence "So Mr. Cannon, exactly how do you intend to pay".
But I'm quite proud of myself in picking myself up lately and really making a sincere effort to put things right. It is a sense of achievement. Eight years ago, I could have put things right with less than a weeks pay, but now is different - and this is where a very important attitude has to set in.
Within the next two weeks, the tomato seeds will be on the window sill and the greenhouse dug and manured. It's going to suddenly hit us, just the same as it does every year.
5th - 19th. January 2006
The last two weeks really have been two very different weeks. The first was still spent recovering from some evil nasty virus (blokes don't do virus's !!) and the second was a week of 'fighting back' both health wise and means of escaping a financial crisis.
I have found that not only do final demands make fairly good firelighters, but also are normally about the right size for lining the chicken baskets under the perches ! I think I've stalled most of them in the trust and hope that some monies owed and new work coming up will resolve the situation.
I've just about finished the DVD I've been promising for about the last 4 months and this will be available in about 10 days time. it's 33 minutes long and priced at £4.99 showing just about the whole of last years activities down the lane, especially the chickens and the introduction of some new ex-battery hens in July.
January and February are not my favourite months of the year and they seem to go on for an eternity. I'm looking forward to starting to sow seeds, start at the Cricket Club, but most of all to feel a bit of warmth on my back.
The week after next I have secured a decorating job fairly close by. It's 8 rooms plus a hall / landing, everything from floor to ceiling. I only did all thse about 2 years ago in bits and bobs, but it's on the market soon, so Magnolia is the order of the day. At least there's not a lot of preparation though and I plan to do it all in about 12 / 15 days.
Going to Southampton was put off from last weekend to this, so I'm off tomorrow for 5 days much needed boost and quality time with the family. Christmas was great but a lot of people and not much chance to just relax and chat.
Last Sunday Leo and I had an impulse Boot Fair and we 'made a killing' ! I was in the right mood, we had the right sort of stuff and I sold the two main things we went there for. Over the past 6 / 7 years I've noticed quite a few things about Boot Fairs and have compiled a new page with some of my observations and theories. Click here.
So, after the last entry, I hope this one comes over as a bit more positive. Downshifting does bring about a lot of very good things, but it is a huge challenge sometimes, can't over emphasise this. The problems and stresses aren't the same as before, they're just different. The main thing is, don't expect there not to be any.
A few more weeks and the tomato seeds will be on the window sill !