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Well, I'm back with four wheels again, a Fiat CinquecentoSX. It's 'R' reg, one years MOT, £400 at the Car Auction - but - overheating!! The Garage don't reckon it's the Head Gasket, but I'm holding my breath. Hopefully just a hose, air or thermostat problem.
The day after I brought it, I went to Canterbury on the Moped, with it's new Drive Belt. Great, got a third of the way home and throttle cable broke. A bit of Gaffer Tape wedged in the throttle piece and I got home at 15mph.
I'd use the Bike, but a pedal dropped off it last week.
Just to finish it off; last night I came down the stairs for my 3.30 'constitutional' and expertly fell over the Hoover parked at the Bottom. I could swear I heard the cats laugh, but not as much as I did when Ginger turned suddenly to run down the garden last week and just fell straight into the Pond.
Never mind, no good crying over it, it'll all come good this week I'm sure. Hope so anyway, I've Sri Lanka one dayer tomorrow, in Tuesday, Thursday, then a 4-day match against Warwickshire.
Someone's already pointed out the number plate reg which ends with 'OGB'. Two separate people have said "Grumpy Old B expletive". I don't care, what's the point.
I had a good few days in Southampton and yes, I did get the screaming ab jabs, but not a virus from the kids, something I ate.
This was a pity because it was the day of the Party, so I spent most of it on the bed feeling really rotten.
I was quite disappointed to hear that none of the children were ill as I wasn't there to see it, or clear it up.
The Brighton University visit was cancelled whilst I was on the way there, so it was the scenic railway trip instead going via Hastings, Eastbourne and Brighton. The beauty was capped with a 55 minute wait at Fareham Station looking at the Train Crew Depot opposite and the same chap coming out for a ciggie every ten minutes.
I have nothing against the ban atall, but find it rather strange that if they ban it for affecting other peoples health, why don't they ban gas guzzling cars, chemical fertilizers on fields and people going into a Supermarket with a Cold?
Seems to me that more people had ciggies back in the 50's and 60's, yet there was much less respiratory complaints in young people then? Or am I wrong?
The vegetables are coming along in the same pattern as a fortnight ago. After 4 years of failure, we've got beetroot growing out our ears. Good thing I like them. We're eating Broad Beans, Runner Beans and Courgettes, but waiting on everything else. I can't see the Squash doing anything, so I'll miss the roasted Squash Soup in October.
The chickens are quite happy. Strange, because I left the buying of their food til the day before I went away and could only get the Mixed Corn and not the Layers Pellets.
Whilst I wasn't here, they dropped from 6 eggs a day to 3! Give the Pellets to them 4 days ago - they're back up to 6 again.So there's something in it!
Yesterday I tried starting the building of the Chicken House. After three hours of overheating (me, not the car), I gave up on one wall built, just too hot to do any more and with only one day off in the next ten, I gave up.
Ginger the Cat paid a visit to the Vets this week ( see blog entry ). This dented the wallet a bit. Not because he fell in the Pond by the way.
I don't know quite how I've done it, but there are quite a few new pages both in the Blog and the main site (see links top right).
I had a count of the pages yesterday and the site is now up to 307, the Blog 50 something and the Forum has nearly 300 posting pages. Blimey, that's 300% more than I had this time last year!
I keep on saying to myself that one day I'll make a comparism of things, like 'same week 5 years ago', but I never do. I tend to not go back through the Diary Archives too much as it reminds me of being younger!
One thing which did annoy me some 10 days ago was a remark I overheard someone make on a mobile phone, "OK, he's very ill is he? Well, we'll wait for the inevitable and put another offer on the table". Crikey, that got my back up. We are here for but a short time in the scheme of things, we work, we toil, we raise kids, we pay our dues, then get to being just another person.
What it did do though was, even through the financial hardships I and others go through with downshifting, it said it is worth it to be yourself and live the life you feel most comfortable with.
There's me on the Pulpit again!