Saturday, June 30, 2018

I may have caught a tad too much sun today... Lots of cream and I shall be staying indoors. Never fall asleep in the sun!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The garden is looking very lush with a lot of greenery, some flowers and it must be said, a lot of weeds. I took this photo two days ago and this morning I got around to clearing the bottom of the garden of assorted weeds. The wild flowers are still to make an appearance but hopefully they won't remain green for too long and we may see some colour. Plenty of bees but despite the plethora of butterflies last month we have seen only an occasional solitary Tortoiseshell or White fluttering around. We saw one bat t'other night which excited one of our cats. Speaking of which, Fluffy calls every day for his meals and a fuss. Whilst the weather is good and the backdoor open we have given up trying to stop him taking food. 

The tomato plant is thriving and we have radishes. I gave some to the neighbours and I have eaten some and very delicious they were too. The Borage is huge and finally some small blue flowers have emerged. The Willow I cut back to the ground is growing despite my efforts to remove it. I'll try again in the autumn. One fly in the ointment is the amount of rubbish dumped in the back alley. One neighbour put a new combination lock on the gate but gobshites have removed that. We suspect the drug dealers several doors down for that and the rubbish dumping from landlords clearing their properties when tenants move out. Dumping has become a big problem in this town and we regularly see piles of crap dumped near the local Sainsbugs. Fortnightly bin collections, charging builders for disposal of spoil and sheer laziness and stupidity account for the increase. Increasing crime, empty shops and rubbish piles add to the impression of the town centre becoming a Third World environment. Strange to think that we are a supposedly rich country but when you strip away the PR shiny nonsense it looks increasingly shabby and ill-used. Maybe we do need a revolution and removal of various 'leaders' but 1789 and 1917 did not lead to the utopia that some people get very excited about. The Arab springs showed further evidence of the cut-de-sac such movements can lead to. Ah well...back to the garden and common sense.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Swans update...they are using the old nest as a resting place and there are still seven cygnets who have grown rapidly in size.

Further down the river there anything between nine and eleven young swans at any time, not including the new family above. Despite the rubbish, traffic fumes and feral brats, they do seem to thrive here.

Behind them is the large brownfield site owned by ABP (Associated British Ports) which has lain as an empty waste ground for almost 15 years now. The abode of rabbits, foxes, feral cats and dog walkers plus skate boarders and winos during the day.

I am currently reading this book which is a collection of walks around London with commentary on history, geography, society and mythology. Fascinating to read and as an ex-Londoner some of it familiar to me and some of it new. Chapter 8 is home territory for me and I was able to follow the walk using google earth as I read the book. It took three times as long because I kept getting side tracked to look at old buildings, etc... He has a site (Blog?) which is well worth a visit and I have spent many an hour perusing it. It has encouraged me to get out and do some walking locally around town.
A quick blog as I am watching football, gardening or reading with the occasional bit of modelling thrown in. I am still job hunting and I have applied for a couple of local jobs. I declined an interview for the last one after I worked out my mileage including commuting would be in excess of 2000 miles a month. I've been there and done that so I have no desire to return to that rat race. Here's a recent build which I will finish over the next week or so. An iconic image that I have wanted to do for a while and at £2.49 I splashed out and bought two!

I hope you're enjoying sunny weather as we currently are and that life is being kind to you.


p.s. He's visiting twice daily now...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A very early and unwelcome start this morning as Mrs C. woke me at 5. She had observed two ne'erdowells cutting the CCTV wire on the Haven Mill and attempting to break in. She called the police and woke me up and I spoke briefly with the police before Mrs C. joined several officers across the road.

With the recent rooftop knob heads, the gradual hollowing out of the town centre, increasing anti-social behaviour and this, I begin to question what is the future of this town. It is happening throughout the country and since the rooftop stupidity there were two further rooftop incidents on the same day! Freshney shopping centre (local mall) is now approximately 40% empty but the council still insists on going ahead with the new cinema / chain restaurants build. Yet there are empty brownfield spaces which have been empty for over a decade. Crazy! I think a major rethink is required with local initiatives and a focus on society and people rather than money and material wealth. There's a big brick wall and humanity continues to bang its collective head against it. Or rather, politicians and those with power and wealth do so. It will all end in tears...

I also quit tw*tt*r last week after finally accepting it has really become a toxic place to be. I'd reached the point where most of my tweets consisted of cats, history and gardening as I deleted the political and social commentary stuff. That's what I have fb for so why duplicate it! If it wasn't for the modelling groups I would also delete fb as I believe the rethink mentioned above includes a reduction in or a move away from the on-line world and to re-engage with the real world. Talking of which, the garden looks colourful and I have never seen so many buttercups. Last night I researched bees and buttercups as our garden is full of bees. They are mainly around the various flowers and the raspberry bush but not so many around the buttercups. The latter I discovered are poisonous to animals and humans but possibly not to Bees. I'm hoping Blue Witch might have some information about this. I have a great crop of radishes coming up in the raised bed as well as healthy looking looking Borage surrounding the tomato plant. Fingers crossed we are starting to see more sunshine and hopefully a decent summer.

I'm off to catch up on some sleep after my rude awakening this morning.


Friday, June 08, 2018

A few days absence and the topic to commence with is scrotes...

This happened yesterday and the photo was taken from our back garden. These two took to the roof of someone's house after the police attended, possibly to arrest them. They stayed up there for nearly four hours, destroying roofs and throwing various tiles and bricks at the police, public, paramedics and fire service. They are allegedly the two toe rags that have been riding motorcycles without crash helmets and causing mischief having been chased out of their previous accommodation for similar anti-social behaviour. The police took a softly-softly approach and negotiated as the road was sealed off and they eventually came down via a fire service cherry picker.

The general consensus amongst the public was for high pressure fire hoses to be trained on them although some people advocated the use of a sniper! Local children watching shouted "Jump!" from time to time much to everyones amusement. The blitz spirit alive and well as neighbours gathered to watch and discuss the lack of parentage, lack of morals and lack of brains in these two wastrels. Sadly, one of our friends lives there with her small child but luckily they were out although her parked car was badly damaged as a result of their behaviour. We shall be watching the official response and consequences when these two appear in court. I anticipate the usual ineffectual slap on the wrist and they'll be freed to continue causing trouble until they seriously injure or kill someone. Public stocks every day for thirty days, rotten fruit and animal excrement as handy missiles would be my answer followed by public service cleaning up streets for a year with a chance at education and rehabilitation during that year. Re-offend, same again and depending on severity of crime two plus years of the same. For very serious crimes, lengthy or life sentences served in a high security prison on the Falkland Islands is my answer. Good behaviour means access to Skype calls to loved ones, BBC radio 3 and a well stocked library. I am sick and tired of bad and thuggish behaviour by a few scumbags who seem to continue to get away with it. Don't pay your TV licence, council tax or road tax and the authorities are very quick to punish you. Steal, burgle, assault, etc...on a regular basis and a multitude of official and charitable agencies leap in to protect you.

Moving on from yesterdays shenanigans and I continue to apply for jobs. One in particular has caught my eye and after a discussion with the manager of said team I was advised to complete a one day legal update to strengthen my application. I am booked in for a course near the Temple, London so a 'day trip' to the smoke is on the books. One of my reasons for being excited about this job is that they are advertising for a couple of permanent staff plus some one year fixed term contracts and for bank staff as well. A number of options and any of those will suit me as I am more than happy to do occasional work. I haven't worked now for six months and I have been surprised by my lack of success in finding work. I guess my age is the main factor but if this latest effort proves unsuccessful then I shall sign up to a nursing agency and seek work via that means. Crazy really because I might find myself working for the very teams that did not employ me from interview and they will pay more to the agency and me for the same role! Does the NHS need more money or should efforts be made to manage resources more efficiently before any new monies is considered? I know my answer and efficiency should be tried first. Enough of that. It is raining so no gardening today, I have a pot of fresh ground coffee made and more internet Sasquatch stories to listen to plus a new one to me, the 'Dogman'! They are apparently found in Wisconsin as well Scoakat so be careful out there. Are these creatures real because there are a hell of a lot reported incidents?  I'm abstaining from alcohol this month so the coffee is my treat plus some excellent ginger cake.