Wednesday, 22 December 2010
no problem - the bad weather was forecast in advance so obviously we all got prepared and we ready for it
no we didnt - and now we are all complaining about it - and of course its all some body elses fault
no it isnt !!!! - its your own fault for not taking responsibility for your own self and the others around you
transport - did you fit your winter tyres and do your anti freeze and screen wash , did you pack a shovel and some warm clothes and a blanket etc in your car just in case - or did you brake down / get stuck and stand on the side of the road freezing and complain about how slow it was for the emergency services to get to you ( because you were their first priority of course )
your home / your street - you did remember to get your boiler serviced before the winter started didnt you ?
when the snow and freezing started you of course did your drive and your bit of path and along with your neighbours cleared your road
or did you just sit in the house phoning your local council that they hadnt done it as your street should have priority over all the others in your area because ( insert flimsy excuse )
after you had done all this you of course checked on all of your neighbours to see if they were ok and offered them any help if they needed any - or are you one of the im alright jack brigade
so far this winter all i have heard is people complaining about how bad it has been and blaming various authorities for their lack of action
try this new approach - get up off your butt and do something about it - do it yourself and take responsibility for you and the others around you
rant over - if i dont speak to you beforehand seasons greetings from me and mine to you and yours....nick
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
luckily both cars are prepared with anti-freeze , screen wash and have been given the once-over ready for the bad weather
so on the way back from a trip out to carlisle and gretna we came back via the back roads and enjoyed the scenery and other stuff
as you can see up our end the back roads dont see the snow ploughs or gritters so it all makes for a very interesting ride out
we got there and we got back so no problems with that then - a good day was had by all....!!
Sunday, 14 November 2010
and no i didnt do it - well i sort of did it but it wasnt my fault
it started off as a driving lesson for the oldest daughter and we would use my car as it has a heavy duty clutch in it
she is not old enough to drive as yet but is not far off
so off we went down to a farm track on a friend of ours land - no danger of any other traffic apart from the odd sheep - and more importantly nothing to hit
we would go up and down the track and turn around in the field at each end - no problem
you guessed it - there is one soft spot in the entire field and she found it panicked and got it stuck
yes i had to get it out and now i have it to wash
driving lessons are off for a bit now!!!
Sunday, 22 August 2010
the garden is in full bloom and with all the flowers we are surrounded by all the birds,bees and insects doing their thing
(blow up this picture)
here is an overall shot of the back garden - i allways take this from the same place so you can see the changes.
have a look at those sunflowers - i have had to put the scaffolding up again they are about 8 feet tall allready and still have some growing to do.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
we have been on holiday in the £20 caravan
the acreage is in full swing and we are eating loads of it
all of this i would like to tell you about - but without pictures it would be pointless - i will keep trying
....watch this space....
Saturday, 10 July 2010
it is in aid of cancer research - a worthy cause you will agree
here is just a note to wish her good luck
and no its all right I'll make my own dinner and some for the kids
I'll just baby sit the kids and do all those long list of jobs while you go out enjoying yourself
good luck , keep running , its all for a good cause !!!!!!!!
I'll put the wine in the fridge and get a hot bath ready !
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
well things have come on quite a bit lately what with the good sunshine and the normal cumbrian rain of course
this is just one of the pots that is quite literaly bursting forth
the potatoes are ready to dig up next week and hopefully for several weeks after that too
the cauliflower and broccolli are both comming on a treat and the first of the broccolli is begining to form between the leaves it is about a 1cm diameter at present - i know exciting i know
as you can see with the overall shot everthing has turned out well this year again
the sunflowers are at it again - lets see if they get too big again this year
the roses have settled in a bit this year and have benefitted from all that organic manure
i think the picture tells this story
this is the big news - the acreage and all the other jobs we have done are all up for sale
we have been here 7 years now and spent loads of time , effort and money and now its time to move on to the next project
it may sell quick , it may take some time but who knows - at least we can say we did our bit and have left it improved from when we got it
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
another week , another update
its all growing in the summer house
- some of the seeds have got bigger and have had to be re-potted
the bigger ones moved up to even bigger pots
and the ones after that have moved house and into the garden
so all doing well and the garden borders are all getting filled up with plants that we have grown ourselves
maybe not as good as shop bought plants but there is a sense of satisfaction when you have done it for yourself
nothing exiting at work lately but i did have a wander up to inverness and back-its been a while since i was up there last and i had forgotten what a really spectacular drive that is
if you ever get chance you should do it the A9 from Perth to Inverness is some of the best scenery you will ever get to see - it really is straight out of a geology text book - glaciated valleys with huge boulders strwn accross the landscape just left where the melting ice left them - you really do get the impession that this is a landsape still being formed around you
i probably shouldnt have told you all as too many tourists would spoil the sheer tranquility of it all - so keep it quiet now but add it to the list of things to do before you die
Sunday, 23 May 2010
well its all growing now
some stuff is growing well and others have died a death
generally all is well and the garden is looking better for it
the weather has started to improve and we are able to spend more time in the garden so we are having to put the effort in to make it a nice place to spend time
if you look carefully you can see the veg is starting to make an appearance - fingers crossed
the lettuce in the mini green house is no more as the ants have eaten it all -any ideas on that ??-
i have planted some more in the summer house and am going to grow it in there in growbags on the stageing and see if that works
lots going on in the summer house and things are getting big enough to move to bigger pots or even go outside and in to the garden
under the stageing you can see a box full of pots - we got these from a garage sale we went to - i asked the price and they said if i wanted them i could just take them as they were being thrown out - result !!
they are good pots and after i cleaned them up i am putting them to good use
- next time i am looking for planters and mini trellis - heres hopeing !!
been out and about with the kids and looked about at a few car boots and garage sales so on the way back we called in at the local school fun day and they had a go on the go karts
they both seemed to enjoy that so job well done me thinks !!
Sunday, 2 May 2010
do you remmember that blue flower i was on about the other week - well this is what it turns into when grown
no idea what it is or what it is called but it grows every year and looks good so we keep it
please feel free to click on it to blow it up as it looks really good in detail
that advice goes for all my pictures this week as they all contain some thing worth looking at - for a change
this is the back garden at the moment and as you can see things are really starting to come up now - the main thing of note is the much larger acreage this year with a wall around it and the stupid looking but very effective orange fence
why the fence ? - i had just transferred the seedlings from the green house into the acreage and planted them in nice neat rows when the daft dog decided it would have a dump in this nice area and then decided to re-dig it over for me
i didn't have the 12 bore to hand so have had to come up with an effective method of dog proofing it for now
here is what is growing in the green house
on the left these are sweetpeas and are only just starting
on the right is the spare broccoli and cauli just in case - the rest are in the acreage
as you can see the grow bags are in allready but not planted yet as the tomatoes and peppers etc are not ready yet
<- here are the tomatoes and pepper
they are getting there but not quite big enough to plant just yet
here it is the new and improved acreage
you will need to click on this one to blow it up and if you do you will see all that is there
there are peas,carrots,cabbage,potatoes,broccoli and cauliflower
if you look carefully at that soil you can see it is a good mixture this year as i have been lucky enough to find some good quality organic farmyard manure that is well rotted and almost dry to the touch
well heres to a good growing season and lets see what survives this year - i have planted more stuff than ever this year and there is more stuff still in packets ready to plant - i just don't have enough space to try all of it
Monday, 26 April 2010
sorted garden planted loads of stuff
planted more stuff , fixed some broken stuff
planted more stuff , dug over other bits , added compost
thats the last fortnight really
too busy to write about it
gonna try to get sleep now - two drops south coast tomorrow - early start and its late allready - nite nite !!!!!!!!!
Monday, 12 April 2010
to start off with here is one of the photos i did manage to take on my holidays
you will probably have to blow it up to get the full effect but i only took it with my phone and its hard to get it all in
this is a new addition to the acreage - i got this off freecycle and after a little bit of sanding and staining it looks as good as new
if you look carefully you can see the seeds growing nicely in there - hopefully a bumper crop this year
i have re-done the top patio for the green house and have put stepping stones in and landscaped it with interesting river washed stones - it was our lasses idea and we think it looks good
once the seedlings are up some will be going into the cloche (new again) and some into the acreage which has been dug over ready
the daft dog wasnt much help but did try by sniffing every thing there was and i think he approved as he cocked his leg up at the end and put his mark on it - oh the joys!!
Friday, 2 April 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
she who must be obeyed is doing the race for life in aid of cancer research
this is a 5km run and as you will agree is for a very good course
she is doing this both for her own wellbeing and to raise money for a worthy cause
so being a worthy cause she needs to raise as much as possible
here is a link to her fundraising page
if you can spare a little or a lot i ask that you give what you can as we all know at least a few people that have been struck with this problem and the more money that is raised the closer they will be to a cure
thankyou for taking the time to read this as it is important
normal drivel will continue on future blogs .....
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
you will have to let me know if you were any where near
48 hours - 36 minutes driving for the week (six days)
3435km distance travelled
i've had an idea ....
how to raise money for the country - to go towards fixing pot holes and road repairs and such stuff
courtesy cameras on the roads ...
these can be fitted at road works and traffic blackspots to catch out the numpties who cannot and will not get into the correct lane when approaching lane reductions and expect some kind soul to let them in at the last minute because they cannot be bothered to queue like to rest of us
liberty takers like these should be captured , fined and the money raised could be used on the roads to help out the rest of us
rant over ........ nick
Thursday, 25 February 2010
here is the jist of it - i will list what i have done for the week and you have to work out how many miles i have done all week and how many hours i have driven
dead simple , i bet you struggle for few weeks on the workings out but it might give you an insight into driving a wagon for a living
i will list the answers a week later and you can see how close you were - as i said no prizes but it should be fun
start penrith - tip bradford - down to lound - park up
load lound - tip bilston - load castle vale - up to penrith - change trailers - park up
tip howden - load ferrybridge - tip penrith - change trailers - run time out heading south
tip littlehampton - load gosport - load more at larkhill - run north
tip longtown - tip newbridge - tip edinburgh - load blantyre run south
change trailers at penrith - tip grangemouth - load livingston - run home to penrith
i think i have had a quiet week - lets see what you think
i suppose i had better explain tachograph rules and drivers hours laws and such just to help you out a bit
we can only drive for a maximum of four and half hours at a time before needing to take a fourty-five minute break - this can be divided into fifteen miute segments as long as the second break before the 4 and a half hour point is 30 minutes
we can only drive for 9 hours per day - however this can be extended to 10 hours twice per week
this driving time and rest periods must be contained within the working day of 13 hours - however this can be extended to 15 hours twice per week
at the end of your day you must have a rest period of 11 hours - however this can be reduced to 9 hours three times per week
you are only allowed to drive for 90 hours in any two week period
as per the working time directive you must not average more than 48 working hours in a week - this is averaged out over a three month period
working time is time spent driving or doing other work - ie loading or unloading
the wagons are limited by law to 56mph
there you are - clear as mud - but thats how we have to do it
so off you go how many hours driving did i do for the week how many hours total and how many miles did i do
Friday, 12 February 2010
speed limit signs on the roads ie 30, 40, 50 etc
have you noticed that if the signs are saying 60 the traffic is doing 40 and if it says 50 the traffic is doing 30 ?
it is dead obvious this one and was stareing me in the face - which probably expains why it took me so long to figure out
have a look next time this happens to your traffic queue
so what are you looking for ?
look at your speedo - not the miles per hour - look at the kph
60 kph is 40 mph , 50kph is 30 mph
so why - its easy when you figure it out - not all the drivers on our roads took their licence in this country did they ?
as a lot of other countries do all their speed limits in kilometers they are used to kph instead of mph
i had to talk to a few non uk drivers to confirm my logic and they agreed - so there you are , and now you know
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
what ever happened to bog standard coffee when the only option was whether you wanted milk or sugar in it ?
me personally i like strong coffee no sugar with plenty of milk in it and proper milk at that not this watered down rubbish
so what happened - too much choice latte, cappuccino, flavoured syrup, frappe
lets get back to good old fashioned choice - i cant be the only one ?
this vehicle is limited to 50mph to save money and the environment
i bet you have seen this too mainly on wagons - what a stupid idea this has turned out to be - probably thought up by some suit in an office who knows bugger all about transport
this idea would work great in possibly Holland or the like - but here in the uk there are too many hills for it to work properly as at 50mph the lorries cannot get a run at the hills and end up losing speed and have to pull too hard up the hills thus using more fuel in the proccess
talking to other drivers who have had this done to their wagons they all say the same thing - their fuel consumption has gone up !!
another side effect of this is that it causes more overtaking manouvers for the rest of us thus causing others to lose speed - pulling harder - more fuel used again !!
to the suit in the office who thought it up - think again and try talking to people who actually know something about it before you do it - any more daft ideas like this and you will end up as a health and safety officer
Thursday, 28 January 2010
this is what i have been busy with...
managed to get a week off work so with a bit of forward planning got all the bits together so i could get on with it
i will describe it from where we last left off
i got some chrome pipe and chrome fittings and connected up the big shower head to the shower unit - i had planned this as i liked the idea of exposed pipework - so if you can see it why not do it in chrome and make a feature of it
i didnt want a shower door this time and any way i doubt i could get one to fit so a shower curtain was the way to go
it took a long time to find some thing that would do the job and not look too bulky - it also needed to be in chrome - this narrowed the choices a lot and we did struggle for a bit
this is actually two sets put together with some of the left over bits put together to make a rather nice tie back for the shower curtain
the ceiling was a disaster so we had to start again so it was re-done and done with textured polystyrene and polystyrene coving and then painted with umpteen coats of white till it looked about right
had a bit of a change of plan with the toilet side
i decided to do the bottom of the wall in the left over bits of the plastic stuff
the top of the wall didnt look right just painted white - even after all the trouble of filling it and sanding it down - so our lass chose this paper and i think it really sets it off
the pattern is wicked and actually matches the shower curtain
as you can see in the pictures our lass has been busy getting all the accessories to set it off
the towel rail over the radiator was a good find as was the towel rail under the slope
the fancy net curtains go well and i made a pole up from bits in the garage and all held up with pipe clips left over from the early plumbing jobs
overall i think all the hard work we have both done has been worth it - and we both love the end result
- it might not be everyones cup of tea - but tough - its our house not yours - and we like it
and now the sounding like our gill handy tip bit
cut a peeled onion in half and put cut side down in a saucer of water - this wiil get rid of the smell of paint
gotta go now other jobs to be on with - no rest for the wicked !!!
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
i would think it has been sort of cleared by one of the farmers as there is a farm down in the bottom