Sunday, 27 December 2009
i have allready been down to the recycling bins with one load and it looks like i will have to go down again with another load if not two
why is there so much packaging and stuff on toys nowadays - it takes about an hour to get into them and a tool box full off tools and sharp knives to get them out
why dont they come with batteries in allready and how come it costs more for all the batteries than it did for the toy in the first place
why do annoying toys batteries last forever and the ones they want to use run out within seconds and need a degree in astrophysics to actually change
why even though i buy several wagon loads of batteries every year does some one buy a toy thats takes the only size of battery you dont have - and who thought up the idea of using watch batteries in toys - have you ever tried changing them !!!!!!!!
but as i say its over again for this year - back to normal again fairly soon
seasons greetings from me and mine to you and yours and where the hell has my screwdriver gone again - what do mean its not working i only changed the batteries half an hour ago
Monday, 7 December 2009
thanks for your concern and thoughts it makes me feel better to know people out there still have concern for other people than just them selves
it may come as a surprise to you for saying thanks but us drivers are well used to being little thought of by Joe public and it does get to you after a while so it makes a pleasant change to be appreciated if only for a little while !!!!!!!
if you have any appreciation left out there please pass on a little bit to any trucker out there as i am sure we would all be grateful for it - you know the score " one act of random kindness "
we are all out there just trying to deliver the goods and in turn to make an honest living to support our family
and a quick extra thought for the better halves back at home keeping it all together who rarely get to see us and aren't thanked often enough
better get off my soap box now - but thanks for looking
Friday, 4 December 2009
so you want to be a truck driver ?
i bet you dont after you read this -
a day in the life ....
got parked up wednesday night in a good layby i know not too far from the motorway so to give me a good start for the morning
went to sleep late about ten-ish and happily entered the land of nod
woke up about half past four (early-as i had set the alarm for five) not feeling right at all - i was really desperate for the toilet (both ends) really desperate-so i did what i had to do and got up and went out of the cab
i walked round to the passenger side to the bin with my rubbish and got the shock of my life ....
i could see shrink wrap and cardboard every where and a huge hole in my curtain ...
its a drivers worst nightmare ...
i had been slashed and robbed through the night - i just looked at it turned round a few times to check - yes it was my trailer and no i wasnt dreaming it was happening and it was happening to me
i went back to the cab and phoned the police and gave them the story - they didnt seem too bothered but would come out ...
i made coffee and thought for a bit - better phone the boss ... bottled it and phoned the transport manager ... couldnt think straight and didnt want that discussion just yet
oo eck whats that ... needed toilet again - boy i dont feel well
police came and looked about a bit made sympathetic noises, took details and statement and went
phoned transport manager again and gave him the crack - i told him i had tidied up all the rubbish and re-secured the load as best i could but the curtain was totalled and i didnt think i could continue the journey with it in that state - could he find somewhere to get it repaired ...-....he would ring back
he rang back later and told me where to go - a firm we work with and not too far away who would help - only about 20 miles away but it would be slow going with the curtain in this state
30mph was the best i could do any faster and things were looking dodgy - i kept pulling into laybys to let the traffic past but it was still bad
made it in the end and was pleased to see them they had a look and agreed the damage was bad - but they would lend me one of their own trailers and tranship what was left of the load to get me on my way again - good lads
phone went - change of plan
the transport company we had got the load through wanted to send their own man to have a look - dont touch it and wait for him
went to the toilet again - bad but getting better
the man came took lots of pictures, catalogued everything and asked lots and lots of questions - he does this for a living and knows all about load thefts
he says they work in organised gangs and target loads by use of spotters who either follow loads or others that drive round in cars and slash curtains to see what is inside - if they see something they want they contact each other and you are hit later
the gang turn up later and pull up allong side you with vans with side doors in - open the doors lean across cut a hole in the curtain and transfer the load across until the van is full - this is usually over and done with in less than twenty minutes
they have a spotter who keeps an eye on the cab so as the driver does not disturb them - some of them spray chemical mixes into the cab vents or the night heaters - this drugs the driver and makes sure they dont wake up for a while until they have finished - probably explains why i felt so crap
anyway i spent most of that day there getting the curtain repaired and after all that i had to take the whole load back to where it came from as the customer would not want it now as it may be tampered with ...-...a really bad day
could have been worse at least i'm still here
they could have pinched the whole truck with load
where do they get rid of all this stuff and who buys it?
where can you park nowadays that is safe from scum like this?
its all probably a sign of how life is nowadays - how did it ever get this bad?
i'm only trying to do my job and you get trouble like this - its no wonder people dont want to drive trucks - cant say i blame them.............................
Saturday, 21 November 2009
in just over a day we got four and a half inches of it - but considering it has hardly stopped raining for the past few weeks there was no where for it to goso hey presto it flooded the flood alarms went off in the morning and everyone put out the sand bags and the flood barriers came up - no problem they thought just another flood we are used to it - it happens often here ......
but appleby is a resiliant place and we will get over it give it a week or so and all will be back to normal - most normal visitors wont even know anything ever happened here
Saturday, 7 November 2009
i am quite proud of this photo - i know it doesnt look like much but it is the start of the next major task to do with the bathroom
Monday, 12 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
well we got a start on the bathroom at the weekend
not a five minute job this but you hve to start some time so off we went
we have been collecting all the bits we need for a while now to try and keep costs down
the corner bath came from e-bay , the sink from a car boot at siloth(brand new in the box) and the toilet new in a sale at b & q
as you can see first job was strip all the old tiles from the walls
those of you that have done this know how easy this job is - all you have to do is tap the tiles and they just drop off leaving nice clean,level plaster ready to re-do
like hell they do - total pain job this - they come off eventually after lots of graft and take half the wall with them
quick phone call to our mate scouse our local tame builder and he came to the rescue with all the plastering gear and waved his magic at the two walled we wanted done and that was that
the other two walls dont need plastered as they are being covered by the new covering which is not tiles it is plastic sheets which will be much quicker and maintenance free when done
its a good job b & q stays open till late as none of the plumbing would match up as some was imperial and the rest metric
so a late night rush to penrith and back before it shut was in hand and i got the bits i needed and after some choice words and application of brute force it was in and the water came in by the correct taps and went back out of the plug with no leaks - job done
quick one here is there an easy way to level a bath on its legs as it took me forever and needs ten hands about baby size and a vice like grip
next time putting the plastic panelling in and what it looks like now
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
look at this view - nice isnt it - this is just up the road from our house at a place called wild rose caravan park - its on the net look it up
so we took the £20 caravan out for a shake down and a try out to see how it all worked
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
bit general that but bear with me and you may see why
approaching roadworks etc the traffic allways backs up why? - its the chancers in the outside lane trying to get in at the last minute - yes you have seen it and yes its all their fault and you are perfect of course - or are you? - if you are one of the ones who let them in at the cones you are just as bad because if we all stopped letting them back in they would not do it in the first place - get yourselves in the correct lane by at least the 600yd marker and keep the traffic flowing and we can all get there quicker
the third lane slip road manouvre
yes we have all seen this and boy is it annoying and damn suicidal to say the least
if you see the mile marker for your junction you should be getting accross to the inside lane ready for your exit by at least the 1/2 mile marker - yes you will probably have to slow down to do this and yes you may lose valuable milliseconds on your journey but have you ever seen the damage a wagon does to a car when it 'T' bones it?
little point of note here - crash tests are done by driving into walls and things like other cars and usually test for front impacts and some even for side impact as these are the most common none of these tests involve ploughing a 44 TON wagon into them - odds are if a wagon hits you you wont be in any fit state to argue about it - its your life think about it
your comming down the slip road and joining the road what do you do?
if the roads empty no problem just keep indicating and join the road into the first lane and away you go
the problem comes when ther is other traffic on the road
valuable thing to remmember here those dotted lines to your right are give way lines which means you have to give way to whatever is already on the road
if you are lucky some one will see you trying to join and if they can will move over a lane and let you out if not its up to you to give way of course and that usually involes having to slow down and losing valuable milliseconds again
thats it for the rant this week as you can guess i have been cut up a few times this week so have to get it out of my system
a big thankyou to the other drivers out there that have given way and driven while thinking of other people as well - you are few and far between but much needed - have a good week!!!!!!!!
Sunday, 6 September 2009
its the £20 caravan looking very respectable at last so read on and see what we have done
Sunday, 23 August 2009
these pictures are all over the place as my photographer is still training so i appologise in advance for your sore necks
this is the box of the new toy and a fabulous thing it is too
these are some of the cushions after being cleaned and dont they look better
it wasnt just the inside stuff that was getting clean this is me scubbing clean the out side
its amazing under all the moss and green stuff its actually white
got this bit to sort out next - this is where the zig unit should be but isnt so all i have is a mass of wires with nothing to wire them into - could be interesting this bit
just an interior shot this to show you what its starting to look like
Sunday, 16 August 2009
it was a good turnout with plenty to do - lets hope they raised plenty of money as its for a good cause
this is the youngest boy doing a good impersonation of a dalmation - can you tell one from the other ?
Sunday, 9 August 2009
worked on the £20 caravan again this weekend and have cleaned and bleached right through - looking a lot cleaner now and smells much better.
opened up and cleaned and polished/repaired all the windows
all curtains have been washed twice now and have discovered they have a pattern on them and they look quite nice
the cushions have come clean also and they to look good
started laying a new floor which is beech laminate and is looking good so far and should be a lot easier to keep clean
it was missing some floor vents so bought some secondhand off e-bay and i fitted them this weekend perfect fit and look good too
also missing was the main electric hookup point so e-bay again but havent wired that in yet as didnt have time but have checked it for size and it does fit
hopefully next weekend i will tackle the electrics both 240 and 12 and see what works and what doesnt and repair as needed
the gas hob is scrap so has gone to the tip and am looking through e-bay again for a replacement
the built in microwave is beond cleaning so have sourced a replacement the same size and will be fitting that
the acreage is doing well the pool is down and put away for now the sunflowers have just started to flower and look great - i picked what beans were ready last week and put them in a bucket and put them out front with a free sign on them and they all went
have planted a second crop of peas just out of interest - lets see what happens
a scooter arrived in the back of a van today its a peugeot , its yellow , and after a few hours it now starts and drives - another project
its all go as usual but all is well with me and mine - hope all is well with you and yours !!!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
get ready to cringe
went and bought a caravan today
and it cost the grand sum of £20
if you think our gill has her work cut out - thats nothing
all will be ok in the end
no photos - just let your mind run riot
it will get there in the end
Sunday, 26 July 2009
well lots of flowers today
dont ask me what they all are as i dont really know
<- this one is my courgette plant
this is one of the pots
this is the butterfly bush - a nice close up shot i thought - well worth growing one of these as your garden is full of butterflies if you have one of these.
this is another on of the pots - bit of a selection in this one
as you can see the flora and fauna is well underway on the acreage
just goes to show you can do a lot with a small space if you think about it
all is well here with me and mine - and i hope all is well with you and yours
Friday, 24 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
we had some really bad rain on friday and the wind was hellish - really back end weather -
the ones we could save have all out grown the canes i put up so we needed a new plan
so what do you think of that - it is scaffolding it might not look pretty but it is working
lastly a bit of live stock news - this is the rabbit who is called roger