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Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:00

Of life in the Vanguard

31st January 2016

So, January is over and we move into month number two of 2016. It'll soon be autumn and I'll be wondering where the year went. We've had some more windy weather in the last few days so some more of the fence panels at Briddon Country Pile have blown down and some time before this summer rushes by and the evenings draw in again I must commandeer Andrew for a time to get it renewed.

Published in 2016 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 24 January 2016 00:00

Of C for Charlie

24th January 2016

OK, I think we've had winter for this year. Looking back at my diary, over the years it has always been the second, or sometimes 3rd week in January that snow used to descend on Briddon Towers and Sheffield would become paralysed. Now we're at the Briddon Country Pile in Derbyshire I don't suppose it is really much different, and the one day of snow we've seen this week is probably it for this winter. Not that I particularly relish cold weather or anything - it saves on the gas bill - but if we're going to have mild wet winters henceforward I think we may have to evolve by growing flippers.

Published in 2016 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 06 December 2015 00:00

Of Thelma and Louise's road trip

6th December 2015

December is upon us, and all around houses are lit up with garish lights, a large Christmas tree has appeared at the crossroads by Station Road, and tinsel and twee models of Santa and reindeer will shortly be taking over shop windows. It's not just that at my age Christmas has lost its freshness – I just have to tell myself it's for the kiddiewinkles anyway – but heavens, on our Freesat service there's been a channel broadcasting 100% Christmas tosh since... well it seems like forever now but it was probably about the beginning of November.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 29 November 2015 00:00

Of rain, wind and heaters

29th November 2015

There really ought to be a fanfare at the beginning of this week's blog. Not because there is some magic number (actually it's the 282nd edition) nor interval to celebrate, but rather, the cladding contractors have done their job and departed.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 08 November 2015 00:00

Of cladding and couplers

8th November 2015

The trouble with having shed with only about three-quarters of its total roof and three of its four walls complete is that it is neither an open space nor a shed. Not that I should complain, even to have that much is a step up from having no roof and no walls higher than two metres. But if rain falls electrical things continue to need sheeting over, and if the wind blows you feel it.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 01 November 2015 00:00

Of clocks and conflats

1st November 2015

I can't believe that 2015 is five-sixths over. I normally find this time of year depressing – the clocks go back, and suddenly the weather seems to be colder, the days massively shorter. Maybe if we kept the clocks the same the winter would never get a toe-hold.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 11 October 2015 01:00

Of waiting

11th October 2015

Tata lived up to – or maybe lived down to – what I expected this week. Having placed an order for the additional sheets early last week, it took them well in to this week before they got it on the computer and managed to raise me the Proforma invoice. I paid it straight away and it took them until Friday to get the order slotted in to the manufacturing programme with the result that I now have a delivery date of 23rd October.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 27 September 2015 01:00

Of Strange Skyhooks

27th September 2015

It was all planned out this week. The rails were to be collected from Wirksworth on Thursday, as was the due date for the arrival of the roof-lights, which at least had the advantage of my being at the shed for two reasons rather than one (remember, it requires locos and wagons to be moved to allow access to the forklift). Did it all go to plan?

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 20 September 2015 01:00

Of a cabinet meeting

20th September 2015

With the drama of getting the orders placed now behind me, this week has been something of an anti-climax. For one thing, the accountants have been nagging to get my paperwork ready for their audit, so that has taken precedence. But on Monday Andrew had seen on e-bay a chap advertising an office type 6ft cabinet at a good price, and although it was located south of Grantham, it was worth going after if it stayed low. At least I thought so, and bid for it and then set off to collect some bits from Sheffield. When I returned, I was the proud owner of another cabinet. After an exchange of e-mails graduating to texts, I arranged to go down on Tuesday to collect.

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
Sunday, 12 July 2015 01:00

Of one pipe in and one pipe out

12th July 2015

Normally, this blog recounts what has happened during the week, but this week it might give me more to say if I tell you what hasn't!

Published in 2015 Jul -Sep
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