Friday, March 30, 2007

Things are starting to happen...

I said in my previous post that the reason I have not added much to the site recently is because not a lot has happened. Thankfully the drought seems to be coming to an end.

Tomorrow we are going to London to see 'We Will Rock You' and have a jolly nice day in the capital. We are eating at Ooze and doing a bit of shopping.

As we don't have Alice this evening we decided a visit to our favourite restaurant was in order so we are off to Moran's in 15 minutes.

We have more things coming up as well. We are finally getting the bathroom ripped out and replaced with a nice new one. The workmen start next Tuesday and unfortunatly, due to the Easter break it will take about 10 days to finish. Oh well, it will be worth it in the end.

I am also off work for the week after Easter. We are planning some more day trips which sounds like fun. I think we will probably avoid Mablethorpe though. :-)

At the end of April it is Jane's birthday and she is having a punk themed party to celebrate. Victoria and I are really looking forward to this and are actually making an effort to get dressed up!!! WOW!!!

So, as you see, lots to come. I've not even mentioned the cricket in May and the Grand Prix in July!!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Nothing To See Here

I've not posted much recently, mainly because not a lot has happened. We are in the post Christmas 'nothing going on' period.

Since my last post what have I got to tell you? I finished chopping down the tree I mentioned in my previous post. The bottom half was much bigger and heavier than the top half so I had to get my neighbour to help me shift it. It's all done now thank god, with just the fence it landed on to repair.

Last weekend we had the family round for Sunday lunch as it was Mothers day. Victoria has always wanted to cook a Christmas dinner but without the stress, so that is what we had, a full Christmas dinner. It was brilliant, and I managed to get more than a little drunk thanks to some excellently chosen wine (chosen by me of course!!) and an excellent bottle of Laphroaig Quarter Cask which I enjoyed too much! A good day was had by all.

Alice is still growing and talking more. She's got a proper personality and everything! As you can see from the photo she has also got some sunglasses which she refuses to remove. There are more pictures of her here.

We are going to London next weekend to see 'We Will Rock You'. I have no idea what it will be like but Victoria and I like Queen so how bad can it be? Chris and Liv have been recommending Ooze as a place for lunch so we might pop in there for a bite to eat. Maybe I should ring them and book a table......

Anyway, that's all. Nothing to see here, move along....

Sunday, March 11, 2007

I'm A Lumberjack And I'm OK

Yesterday I chopped down a tree. Actually it was this tree so it was already at a 45 degree angle but it still needed a fair bit of chopping.

The tree was blown down in the wind over the winter and I finally decided it was time that it was removed.

I knew it was going to be hard work but I had underestimated just how much. For a start I only had 2 saw's, neither of which were not designed for tree felling. When I got about half way through the trunk the friction of the wood on the blade would jam the saw and stop me from going any further. I therefore took the "Saw two parallel cuts and use a hammer and chisel to chop out the middle" method. It worked rather well I have to say.

After about an hours work I heard a cracking and a snapping noise and the tree finally fell. When it did I felt really satisfied. I was happy in the knowledge that this was a job well done and I had also managed not to get a Darwin Award for the tree falling on my head!!

After cutting down the tree it was now upright. The top branches were caught in another tree so when I split the trunk it fell to the floor. I then trimmed off the bottom branches, threw a rope over a higher branch and rocked the tree until it finally fell to the floor with another satisfying cracking sound. Alice thought this was all very exciting as she was watching from the dining room window.

It was now just a matter of chopping up the tree and lobbing it over the fence into the handy woods at the bottom of our garden. The tree could join the 5 Christmas trees currently residing there.

After I finished I was feeling very pleased with myself. This was proper 'man's work' and as I work in an office all day it's not often I get to do such things. It was hard work and this morning I feel like I was hit by a bus but I got a lot of satisfaction out of it.

We also bought a bathroom this weekend which will be fitted in the next few weeks. Very exciting!

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