Sunday, August 30, 2015

After the last few weeks of hectic activity at work I have the next two weeks off & I am away on my travels. No.1 and I are off to the kingdom of the East Saxons for a couple of days to help the matriarch celebrate her birthday. We will be staying in a local hotel because her one bedroomed cottage is a tad on the small side and two large noisy adults require comfy beds. I know I certainly require a comfortable bed, en suite shower and space to sprawl. Mrs C. is staying at home to work and look after the menagerie. The picture above shows the one time we can guarantee to assemble all four cats in the same room without a fight breaking out... Breakfast!  We are off to see the family, catch up on news and chew the fat. I had suggested my mother come up here but she no longer travels  apart from an occasional trip to London and she prefers to stay at home. I'll be driving and No.1 is hoping to drive the Lexus at some point as he is itching to get behind the wheel. During my second week off I might take a trip up to Whitby or even to have a look at Hadrian's Wall. The camera will be dusted off and my fingers are crossed for some decent weather. having completed an on-line course on Hadrian's Wall I am keen to physically see it. There is also the very tempting choice of an archaeological dig that same week in Somerset with Phil Harding in attendance and I have always wanted to meet him. I suspect the wall will win out as I can always attempt to meet the great man at another time and place. I love Roman ruins and the wall has been an ambition of mine for a long time. I can also plan a walking trip in the future so this visit will only be a little taster of more to come. Whichever I choose I intend to luxuriate in having the time to myself free from the travails of work.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

It's been a while since I was last here on the blog...

The above clip is from last nights visit to 'The Yardbirds Club' here in town. An excellent night was had by all as we sent off one of our doctors who is moving to a new team. The band is a Whitesnake tribute band and the music was good but a real shame about the singing. A lot was drunk and we sat out in the smokers den and put the world to rights. Despite a late night I was up bright and fresh as a daisy in the morning dew awakening to the new sun.... Well, I got up and the awakening took a couple of hours longer to hit me. The ambulance blue lighting past the house at speed with sirens screaming ensured I woke up.
As for my absence... work got very serious for a few weeks in a fan and faeces stylee with incidents happening some of which had me doing unpaid overtime to deal with it all. I really must write some of these stories up when I finally quit nursing. Last night was good for several of us to let off steam and relax. Some of us have also decided to make Yardbirds gigs a regular thing and support our local club. On the home front the poor old pooch has seen the vet and she has one serious problem and a couple of minor ones. She's coming up to twelve years of age and sadly she is now very much an old lady. She's on meds for her unfortunate habit of leaving puddles around the house. She's given me years of loyalty and pleasure so I ensure she has a comfortable life in her dotage.  Anyway, here is some proper Whitesnake for your edification...