Monday, December 25, 2017

 Have a peaceful time, eat, drink and be merry with good company!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We've had a few days of ISP connectivity issues as they upgrade the system with newer / bigger / shinier baubles. Yesterday it was hit and miss and again the same this morning. At this time of the year with cold, wet weather and short days I tend to spend more time on the computer and hibernate from the world. So the lack of connectivity is an irritation although I take the time to do other more meaningful activities.

Well...a few days since the above and I have been to Essex to see maternal parental unit and returned.  Touch wood the problems may have been solved regarding the ISP. I must remember to never ever travel in the week prior to Christmas. But all is well with my family in the land of the East Saxons, much conviviality was had and I only had two small sherries! Great to catch up with the family and I can now put my feet up and relax. Final presents bought on my return and just some food shopping to complete tomorrow. Sadly No.1 was hard at work otherwise he could have accompanied me and shared the driving. My son and my nephews all tower over me so we could have the front row for a rugby team in my Mum's very small cottage if he'd come along. We will plan a joint trip hopefully for the summer when there's more to do outside and it will be a B & B as the cottage is very small. On a side note I had no access to any social media and it was great just to sit and talk without people reaching for phones. An exception was made when we searched the internet as we cheated on one clue for a crossword! Now, feet up and time for a beer.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

A break from blogging as real life required my attention and preparations for Xmas. It was made more interesting by several incidents this past week which included a water leak in the kitchen, the electrics off for a while and a man sorting out the fuse box, Mrs C. taking a nasty tumble on some black ice and a works van coming off an icy road with No.1 son as one of the passengers. So it has been a week we are very glad to put behind us although Mrs. C is unbroken but bruised and very sore. Following my fall a few weeks back and her fall yesterday we have been hobbling about like two fragile old pensioners when out in town today.

I bought some auction items from evil bay and I am stocked up for modelling over the next two months to keep me from loitering like some ne'r-do-well on street corners eying up the passing wealthy merchants on their way to Nottingham...oops. I appear to have wandered into a Kevin Costner movie. This will keep me happily occupied over the cold winter months. It's a bit early but my resolution for the new year is to focus on healthy as I am never going to be wealthy and I am far from wise. A balance of modelling and reading with walking and diet once again being my focus. We've also had some poorly cats who have been very reluctant to spend too much time outdoors in the frost and cold weather. They certainly know the warm spots in the house which included our bed one night when Sherlock decided to greet us at 3 a.m. after hiding under the bed!
SD.kfz 251 /1 half-track - I have to do some figures for it.

A Panzer 38 (t) completed last week as well. I'm afraid the pictures from the iPad do not come out well and they are grainy.

Otherwise we are just about prepared for Xmas although we still want to buy some small gifts for No.1. son to place under the tree for him to open. He received money last month from me as he is struggling whilst he awaits the agency work coming in. Happily, this past week more work has come in and he is booked in for more work next week. I've had a couple of people ask me about my work plans for next year and I gave the same answer to each. I'll see what happens next year after January. I worked with a Zimbabwean guy who is an agency nurse and he takes on short term agency contracts around the country. Working 3 - 6 months in a different place each time with time off in between for travelling. It sounds attractive and I might consider this for work locally to dip my toes in the water of agency work but I am in no hurry to make decisions. I am enjoying the break from working with broken people wanting magical solutions to their various problems and managers frantically pushing deadlines and targets. Perhaps the next time I will work through winter and take the summer off as more time to go out and about as well as more outdoor activities. Time for a fresh coffee and for those in the UK, Aldi sell some wonderful ground and bean coffees for a lot less than the regular super mercado.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

I finally managed to take a decent photo of the little 'un Mindy. She is usually a blur of movement or unable to sit still long enough to enable me to capture a reasonable image.

This week so far has not gone well with the cooker conking out and now I am full of yet another cold. Less than four weeks to Xmas and the cooker gave up the ghost. We've had it many years and it was a cheap replacement which has been repaired twice before. Today a new replacement cooker installed and the old one removed. I decided to buy the new one from a local small but reputable retailer. I take the view that although costing slightly more than buying from one of the big chain stores or the frequently advertised Ay Oh, I prefer to keep a local company going. Too many small local stores go out of business and not just to the big chains but also the internet. I am as guilty as the next person for using the internet to shop but occasionally I opt for shopping locally. As for the latest bloody cold...paracetamol and wrapping up warm plus as of now (19.20) Jack Daniel's Rye might help to batter it into submission. I am not a great fan of JD but I do like Rye Whiskey and I hadn't had this one before. Plus the reduced price for Xmas made the purchase that much easier!

The small Xmas tree is up as we have learned a hard lesson where cats and trees are concerned from past Xmases. Sherlock has attacked it several times whilst the others have removed the occasional bauble. We turn the lights off when we are out, not just because of the fire risks but we found Sherlock chewing the wiring so it's best one of us is present when it is lit up. Mog used to climb it and knock it over every time. At least with a small tree it won't take long to reassemble. Now for a drop of that whiskey and a good book.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

I ventured out for FOTCR ( © Blue Witch ) shopping yesterday which was sensible as it was a work and school day so relatively quiet. But we popped out again today as LE is visiting tomorrow and we can hand her the presents. Again, this happens every year but what is it that makes normally sedate and sane people act like blithering Eejits? In one shop a family with two trollies and umpteen ankle biters decided to find the quiet spot to park their 'arrises where no one will be inconvenienced. That's front of the alcohol section! Quelle surprise that every one and their dog wanted to buy from that section but apparently it was a surprise to Mr and Mrs Bellend and their hyperactive offspring. We escaped with the presents bought and now wrapped up including some for my mother when I pop down to see her. On our expedition we stopped off to admire the young swans who have now been left to fend for themselves by their various parents. They are in the dock where they have a long run up to take off. I might hang around there tomorrow with the camera as I hope to one day catch them taking off. A marvellous site to behold and if all ten of those pictured swans decide to take off en masse that will be even better.

There are plans to develop the town centre and this long neglected dock and surrounding area is being eyed up by the developers. I have mixed feelings about this although we will have to see if it does happen. I would still like to see a wildlife park develop with more trees and encourage more kayaking / sailing. Sadly, no money in that but a quiet oasis encouraging sports, walking, sailing and a cafe with a couple of play areas for kids would be ideal. Put a climbing wall in and some small businesses and shops plus a nice pub would get my vote. The top photo is from long ago when I visited Egypt and it was taken in a cafe in Luxor. Tea and a pipe being all the rage!