Friday, March 23, 2018

Evenin' all.

A quiet feet up and relax with music and a nice drop of whisky evening. Genesis playing ( The Musical Box) in the background and a quiet time for reflection. The whisky is 'Hogwash' from Aldi, a blend of various malt whiskies and a bargain at £14.99. First time I have had it and it is rather tasty.

The latest completed model, a Crusader Mk ii circa 1941 in the Western Desert  of North Africa. I shan't bore you with details but I am pleased with this model and one of my favourites.

We also seem to have acquired a fifth cat on a part time basis. We call her / him Fluffy but she has matted fur, quite thin and despite enquiries we are no nearer to discovering if she has a home. With the warmer and slightly drier weather of late I model downstairs and I leave the back door open for the cats. Hence fluffy availing herself of the facilities. She is welcome although she has sprayed urine a couple of times which is not so welcome. She / He gets on well with the boys but not so well with the girls but we have seen some mellowing from them towards her.

She is incredibly friendly and quite a gentle cat with a funny trilling noise. Mrs C wants me to work with the local cat group to find her home / re-home her...You can guess what I would like! There's room for a fifth cat...

A reflective mood I hear you ask or not as the case may be? Just a couple of things recently that have given me cause to stop and take stock of life in general. I have applied for a part-time nursing job in a CMHT in a town I used to work in. Fingers crossed that having that background knowledge of the town and previous experience there will help at the interview.  But also a reflection on how good my life is and how lucky I am compared to many people. I admit to having worked hard to attain this luck but a conversation with Mrs C about friends from the past who succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse made me think of this. I'm aware that I am attracted to 'damaged' people and I can immediately think of two friends who died as a consequence of their addiction. Happily, my addiction is food ( and coffee!) and I have an in-built stop button where alcohol is and in the past where drugs was concerned. Sadly, some people can't or won't stop. Hence my contentment with a quiet (lazy?) life where cats, music, books and modelling keep me occupied. Perhaps I am just of an age?!

The Small Faces is now playing and my glass needs a refill. That is Maisie encamped by the radiator and ensuring she is near me.  I wish you all a good weekend, health and happiness.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

I realised yesterday that my last post mentioned the various cats coming through a portal opened up by the fallen wall but I hadn't mentioned the fallen wall. 'The Beast from the East' knocked this section of the wall over. The mortar had crumbled and the strong gusts caused the collapse. With Beasts from the east, walls falling over and the appearance of cats, this is how myths are created!

I spent some time on the first day of sunny weather to tidy up and move the bricks, keeping them in some order.

The bricks are laid out as they fell as I plan to discover whether I have any bricklaying skills and re-assemble the wall. I shall look at some informative videos on-line and when we have have a few days of  good weather I will crack on with it. I'm looking forward to trying out some real life 1:1 scale modelling with very different materials!

I have been searching on-line for appropriate jobs but although there are jobs, they are some distance away or involve 24/7 work or a combination of both. So I shall continue to keep an eye on the job market for something appropriate (part-time)  but potter around here at home. I have plans for trips out to Hadrian's Wall at long last and to spend some time with my mum who will be having further surgery later this year. The radiologist told her a year ago she had a kidney stone following scans but finally, after stating various other issues and despite my mum's protestations, the doctors agree it is a large kidney stone. As my mum said, the radiologist had expressed great delight at finding the largest kidney stone he'd scanned all year! She has said some choice words about doctors and very few of them are complimentary.  As a fellow blogger says, avoid doctors and lawyers unless absolutely necessary.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Spring must be here because the caterwauling has begun with three days of various intact non-neutered noisy males taking up residence in our garden. We don't understand why because all of our cats have been neutered and there is nothing to attract the furry buggers. We have had daily visits from 'Fluffy' who is attempting to move in despite already having a home. *

He has been neutered so I doubt if he is the attraction but perhaps he sent word out "Free Food from these suckers!" Our two tabbies, both male, do bring their mates home but these latest noisy buggers aren't known to us and look like they've had steroids in their kittie-kat as well as having lived in the wild over the past year. Including our cats I counted nine cats in the garden this morning. Perhaps the garden wall falling has opened a portal to another world ?

I continue to model but I now post works in progress and completed models to the farce book modelling groups. But now the weather has become positively balmy (9C) I am minded to spend more time outdoors...if only the rain would take a break! Hey ho, spring is almost within touching distance and I can hopefully steer a course around the various felines and tackle the mess that is currently my garden.

* I've been told to stop encouraging him by Mrs C!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The 'Beast from the East' has now met with 'Storm Emma' from the south west. Real feel of -16 C and biting winds with huge gusts. We've made the house as draught proof as possible but it is still cold. Layers on, heating on and hot drinks to hand as we have battened down the hatches. Cats are cosied up to various warm spots and we have no reason to venture out. It's No.1 son's 25th birthday and luckily he'd booked a couple of days off. He will hopefully have missed the worst of this weather when he returns to work next Monday and I am very glad I have no reason to venture out. Reading about the road closures around Lincolnshire and I recall previous winters where driving in the snow and ice made for fun and games. The local press showing the current state of play.

If the pooch was still with us we'd be out there now as she loved the snow and she would chase snowballs all day.
Stay in, keep warm and don't let the snowmen bite!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The 'Beast from the East' has struck. Lots of snow on and off over the past two days. Currently -3 C but wind chill factored in it is -10 C. I went out for a brisk walk in the snow and the brief sunshine and, wrapped up like an Inuit, I enjoyed the snowy walk. I wish I had taken my camera but I hadn't given it a thought. Some photos of the back garden...

Since these photos were taken we have had a further heavy fall of snow and more predicted so winter hasn't released it's grip yet. The cats are sensibly glued to various radiators and are not moving from their warm toasty spots. By the standards of much of Europe and North America this is light snow but  predictably the country has ground to a halt. I am returning to listening to Big Foot stories on-line and  a hot coffee. I hope wherever you are you are keeping safe and warm.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A quiet couple of weeks as we have all come down with some leurgy. Mrs C is suffering with head and earache which has knocked her off her feet. It's February and there is a lot going round so roll on spring, fresh air and lighter days as it is needed. The picture is of Sherlock who looks like he has a rod inserted somewhere!

I cancelled the job interview because of illness and because I realised I would be working with those patients who present a danger to the public. I decided I have had enough of that excitement and I would prefer a more sedate working environment. But with a high temperature and light headedness, coughing and spluttering my way through an interview would not present me at my best!

No lengthy modelling updates although I finally bought a unit to display them in. I will be looking at some clear perspex covering to prevent it becoming a cat hotel. The King Tiger I have been working on is nearly finished and is currently displayed  until I feel well enough to continue.

My usual clumsiness has doubled and after knocking two meals in progress off the stove and scattering the contents, I think it's safer for me to avoid doing any delicate work. Even my vindaloo, whisky and night nurse cure failed this time. As I stated earlier, roll on spring as the garden needs work and I want to replace the garden gate. This winter has gone on long enough.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I had a brief tidy up of bits and pieces preparatory to the usual spring clean and boy will it be needed! Lots of dust as I got out the small turntable and cleaned it up. A quick perusal of my vinyl collection and I now have Genesis 'Then there were Three' playing through the rather tinny speakers but enjoyable all the same. I was prompted after watching a blog by Beerbeard and I thought I will give some of my vinyl an airing. I had given a lot to the local charity shop after my mum had gifted me her old vinyl collection a couple of years ago. She prefers the ease of CD's and wanted the space back. She told me to keep the albums I liked and to give the rest to charity so most of the country music albums were duly passed on. I will give the three albums below a listen as I haven't heard them for some time.

I bought them during the seventies so they have a lot of personal history attached to them and I am loathe to let them go. When we were on our uppers many years ago I sold most of my CD's, some LP's, guitar, put food on the table but I hung onto some of the vinyl. It's odd reading about New Labour and the various groups screaming for his head but he raised the wages for NHS workers and I began to receive a decent wage. Shame he turned out to be a warmonger and in thrall to money...

Yesterdays entry and todays appears to be a reminiscence which I guess says much about my current state of mind. Excuse me whilst I turn the record over...
It was a comment a friend had made and I realised that nearly everywhere I have worked has been erased. Yellow Pages offices in Holloway gone, the old stone mother Friern Barnet Asylum gone and converted into luxury flats, Hill End Hospital gone and now a modern estate of small brick boxes. Many of the teams I worked for no longer exist and the buildings we occupied either gone or used for something completely different. All of my old schools have been removed and once my generation has gone it will be history only. I know it is the way of things and the impermanence of life but I do find it quite sad. Perhaps that explains why I want to be left to my own devices and leave it to the next generation to continue with the mess. I imagine a retired Roman soldier and bureaucrat having the same thoughts back in 418 AD as he looked at the world around him! Plus ça change so enough of this grumpiness. On to the Yes album and I will continue to enjoy this excellent fresh brew coffee.