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6th - 20th. April 2006
It's 11pm and I've just got in from work after an 8am start. Ah, the summer cometh !
After the long slog, last week I eagerly awaited my three days off over the Easter Weekend. The build up was quite exciting; I planned each day out in the garden along with time to rest and play.
But at least I got more carrots, lettuce and beetroot sown, found more room for some extra potatoes and gave the chicken shed a good clean through.
The greenhouse is also well under way with peppers and chillies on the go.
Overall it's a bit worrying. Things are going a bit too well !
The weekend before last I went to Southampton with Leo for grand daughter Emilys 3rd Birthday Party. This was very relaxing !!!
But, only joking of course. It's the first grand kids party I've got to and I find it fascinating to know there's a bit of me in them. All their good points of course.
Leo is now working at the Cricket Ground as well. He has a job in the kitchens and is finding his new found experience of being with 'new' people and earning some money very rewarding.
I think, after 7 years, my downshifting challenge is now starting to come to fruitition. The reasons I did it were to live a life, see the family more, NOTICE my family more, watching them growing and developing.
I want to say "I haven't, for me and those close to me, done badly".
Blimey, that's a bit deep for me !!
I've been watching 'It's not easy being green' on the TV and have found the series most fascinating albeit helped by the fact that the family featured seem a really good bunch of characters and most of it was filmed during the hazy lazy days of summer.
On the website front, I've just done a camping supplement and Down the Lane regular, Sarah, has sent a piccie and short piece about herself in 'Your Page'. Please have a peep at her website - it's good.
26th. March - 6th. April 2006
So for 4 nights last week I escaped the early Spring gloom and doom of GB and experienced the sunshine and sport of La Manga in Spain.
Coming back was a bit of a downer though, pouring hard with rain and 8 degrees !
The weekend was then spent on catch up in the garden. I managed to dig the rest of the vegetable patch, put the onions in and sow some carrots.
With Cricket very much at the fore, some gardening has been completed at the ridiculous hour of 7am before I leave home. But if needs be......etc.
The chickens appear not to have missed me and continued their egg bounty with a minimum of 8 eggs a day.
To avoid overdoing it too much, this weekend Leo and myself are off to Southampton. This works well as it's grand daughter Emilys birthday and for the first time, Leo and I will be there for a Party.
Leo is starting a summer job at the Cricket Club working in the Players Restaurant Kitchen, so I hope this will be good experience for him.
Very many thanks to those who have donated to the running of this web site receiving the DVD and for the positive feedback.
Vistors to Down the Lane have doubled in the last year and we're not far off the magical 100,000 now. On average, 500 pages are visited every day now.
Someone wrote the following in the Guestbook a couple of weeks ago and I thought it very relevant to many parts of a downshifter, or anyones life....