View My Stats

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Two days to go

Only two days to go, and I am in full-on closing down loose threads mode, which is nice in as much as having less loose threads is good, but it is also stressful in that it means juggling an awful lot of balls, including a bunch of other people's balls who have already gone off on holiday.  There are balls everywhere.

In addition, what I DON'T finish will end up being loose threads for my deputy to clear up, and that is not a nice present to give anyone, least of all your deputy.

Tonight we do a review of packing and pack the top box, and tomorrow we finish off, then the following morning at around 8am, we will be off to the tunnel.  Can't wait.

Friday, 18 July 2014

And . . . get busy

I have the afternoon off to do render grinding.  Scaffold tower arrived at 8am, and erected by 9.30am, with Scobi senior arriving to help finish it off at 9am.

So far, we have done the drive bit of wall, and have just re-erected the tower round the side by Maggot 2's window.

All is going well, and on time to maybe rent for only 1 day, but time will tell.  We may take some time to also paint the woodwork around the top, just depends, since that is 2nd priority over the cracks, but once the grinding out is done, I am more relaxed about doing stuff off ladders if needed.

Anyhow, got a party Saturday and cricket match for Maggot 1 Sunday, and then basically packing completely, or as completely as we can 5 days before, for the big trip to Italy. 

I cannot wait.  The anticipation is almost unbearable.

Anyhow, have a great weekend, and speak next week.

Thursday, 17 July 2014


We had a great time at David and Samatha's triple birthday bash, with lots of drinking and eating and talking, and latterly even a little bit of dancing.

This week is a utility week, the purpose of which is to get to Friday, when I have a half day off to receive a scaffold tower and to do the cracks in our render, finally.  Scobi Senior will be over to help in the morning, and I will hopefully be able to help erect the said scaffolding tower in between calls, before we put in a good stint of grinding out and re-rendering every single crack on the wall by our driveway, followed by a likely dismantle and remantle (it is too wide to get through our back gate) to then do the cracks outside Maggot 2's window.

We hope to paint all the woodwork at the top too, if we get time.

We are at a party on Saturday night, again, and on Sunday, Maggot 1 has a cricket match over in Worthing, and we will then be packing the car, ideally to almost "ready to go" status, in expectation of a busy final 4 days before we depart.

Friday, 11 July 2014

And . . . relax

Bit busy, have appraisal mid-year results to get in by today, and had a week of being pulled in to urgent stuff, so really needing to be putting in the hours.

Also applying for an internal role, Cloud based, of course, and in a slightly different direction to the Cloud role I had originally envisaged, but nevertheless an interesting role, done by a couple of my chums and one I am now actively pursuing.  The difference with this role is they are desperate to fill them, so I am hoping things will move quickly.

This weekend, we are at Brad and Angelina's David and Samantha's* for a party jointly celebrating the birthday for three of the clan.

Have a great weekend, speak next week.

* Doh!  We were SEEING Brad and Angelina, but were definitely AT David and Samantha's.

Friday, 4 July 2014

And . . . relax

We have a most fantastic weekend.  The weather had been forecast for wet, but in fact apart from a couple of inconsequential down-pours, it was sunny.

In fact, we all got sunburnt on the Saturday.

We have a BBQ on the beach Friday night, much to the delight of the Maggots (8 of them in total), and we went swimming, with wetsuits of course, being proud and soft and Southern, for a good couple of hours Saturday.  Half the group went up the hill before breakfast for their daily exercise, whilst yours truly took the opportunity to sit*.  In short, everyone did what they wanted to do, and nothing more.

The only slight blip was that Saturday night, we had one of the wardens come over to say that someone had rang their emergency line, complaining about our Maggots playing football and rounders on the grass by our pitch.  Sour pusses.  To me, if kids having fun outside is not the essence of camping, then I don't know what is.

David and Samantha had to leave Saturday at 9pm due to David getting his dates mixed up, having to go to the Festival of Speed on the Sunday.  This made his Maggots sad, but in the round, it was not too obtrusive.

This weekend we are away at an Engagement Party, between LO's cousin and his soon-to-be fiance, and it is going to be a traditional Ghanan affair, so really not sure what to expect.  We are staying away for the night, which our Maggots love, and may venture in to the Capital on the Sunday, what with the England football team and Andy Murray out of their respective competitions. 

The only slight cloud is that LO may be coming down with something.  We should know more tonight as to her state of health.

have a great weekend, speak next week.

* and not even to think