After finally getting round to sorting out the garage, we've had a few odd things that needed to be got rid of. Normally these would have gone down to the tip, but as there was nothing actually wrong with them we tried a different approach. We had a fridge freezer, a freezer, a rabbit hutch and run, some old carpet and a slightly dodgy printer to get shot of. So I put them on Freecycle. This is where you say what you've got and if someone else wants it, they can have it!
So all the stuff is gone to people who can use it, it's not been unnecessarily dumped, our garage is clear and we can actually put a car in it and I haven't had to go to the tip.

Splendid concept!


Last night we went to one of the local working men's clubs as we had been promised a donation from their ladies darts team. Now I have to admit, I was not looking forward to it as working men's clubs are not my cup of tea. However, we were made welcome and when it came to the presentation, I went up and was given a sealed envelope. Inside was a cheque for over £600!!!

I was gobsmacked. I was expecting around £50 – £100. 😮

Little Gits

I think Mummy & Daddy are away next door as their evil offspring that have been left behind are being even more obnoxious and anti social than usual.
The other night they were round the back and round the front with their mates shouting and arseing about until well after midnight, and then yesterday, they had some band practice for around six hours. Luckily they finished at about 7.3o pm, or I think they may have had some really upset neighbours.
Typical of that family though. They only think about themselves and no one else. 

Who Needs Spain?

It was a glorious day yesterday, so we decided to go to Llandudno for the day. All we did was have a wander in the town, sit on the beach and had a paddle – it was great!
What more can you ask for? 

Winding Down…….

Well, virtually all the staff here at work are. Everyone is saying 'Only one more week to go'. If I hear that again, I'm going to scream! :-@ Only five more to go from my perspective! Some of these people don't know how lucky they are.

I went to one of our local primary schools yesterday as they wanted a bit of IT advice. What they want, and to some degree need, to do is buy a whole load of equipment. However, they don't have the money. So how are they supposed to provide up to date IT for their pupils if they don't have the cash? They can't even afford to employ a technician on a part time basis to keep everything running.

Just to change the subject totally, I've managed to get a car in our garage this week! That's the first time in 3 years!! Had another clearing out session and we've bought a plastic mini shed thingy for some of the junk. I think the garage was built for an original Mini though. Even with minimal stuff in the garage, it's still snug!


Due to Carol being made redundant recently, I decided to try for a job with more money. There were two I applied for.
One, which I was interviewed for and got offered the job, I had to turn down as I would have lost money due to the extra travelling 🙁 .
The other didn't bother to answer my application until I started asking!

Shame really, as I would have liked the place that offered me the job. I've spoken to our head to see if I can get more money, but I've got to wait until September until he can speak to the Governors.

Gate Fixed

Funny how fixing a gate can be so satisfying!

The first winter after we bought the house, I noticed the gate to the back yard got really swollen due to all the wet weather. I didn't do anything for a year, but last year I got round to treating it. No suprise that there was bare, untreated wood down the sides. So last winter, it was quite noticable that the gate hardly swelled and opened and closed properly and easily.
Trouble is that in the last couple of weeks I noticed that huge lumps were rotten! A new plank of wood and a couple of hinges were bought yesterday, the gate taken off the hinges and rotten wood removed. It was not a shock to see the wood behind the rotten stuff was not treated!
So, rotten wood removed, untreated wood treated, new wood treated, new bits attached and gate rehung! All I've got to do now is repaint the new bits again just to make sure.

A good afternoon's work!

A Comparison

Yesterday was the 90th anniversery of the first Day of the Battle of The Somme. Nearly 20000 British soldiers died that day.
Yesterday England lost a football match and left the world cup.
Which event was considered the most important?