Tuesday, 25 February 2014
So heres a brief lunchtime catch up of what you can do while you wait for BT to get their act and our wires together.
Miranda, dragged out of ditch. Only £1000 of damage caused by my enthusiasm.
I am told that BT will fix the line by Friday. They have not said which one though.
Posted by Tony at 12:51
Friday, 14 February 2014
Paid work saw me travel many miles over several snow covered mountains to get to the real alternative to work, a meeting, I only just made it as a tree blocked the main road, it was passable by driving over someones lawn and I got through just as the police arrived to calm things down. Someone with a chainsaw cleared the mess by home time.
The metal work for the Swiss Chalet Kennel Block has arrived, kind of. Its down by the gateway to the world, dumped by the driver, so I am now faced with the task of carrying each 2 metre metal section 4 tenths of a mile uphill, theres only 11 so its not much a man test.
Tomorrow where I am stood will be concrete.
Posted by Tony at 23:16
Thursday, 13 February 2014
The big build project is on for next week, a minor point that the concrete pad is still in tote bags and powder waiting for yours truly to mix it.
The hole in the ground in which to pour the concrete is almost completely dug out, looking like a swmming pool, but the deep end still needs me to wheelbarrow 4 ton of rubble into it before the smooth grey stuff is poured on. The metal work and gates are somewhere en route from Swaffam but several bigger than average rivers are between us and the inevitable phone call from the gate the world that they cannot make the final delivery.
Tomorrow(tonight) a new storm front moves in with a months rain promised in the next 48 hours to further hamper delivery of the wood due Monday morning ready for the build, which can only take place if the concretes down.
Fortunately I am a solution focused type so none of this is a concern.
And today was sunny and the bike repair shop gave me my bike back fully serviced and ready for Sundays Red Kite Riders meet for which I have plenty of time to take part in.
Especially as its supposed to be the best day for weather for the next ten days.
Posted by Tony at 23:22
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Stable Sprite's pigs had a lucky escape today as the high winds from the latest non Hurricane to hit the UK blasted through the happy valley. Winds as high as 108 mph to the north of us, average speeds of 50 plus here meant that the big tree just behind the new pig des res split in two and missed the latest wood work by millimetres.
Posted by Tony at 23:27
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Those wondering whats happened since last Saturday can rest assured that its a lot but as the PC has either finally given up the ghost or (more likely) a toddler has broken if by banging the keyboard trying to find the Num Tums (a seriously good programme for all budding demolition experts) we have not been able to use the internet.
Posted by Tony at 15:27
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Fitting weather for a funeral, actually a memorial service for a friend who died just over a week ago. A sad loss, especially as he was only 53 and having led a fit active blameless life was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer 5 months ago. He was one of the 97% who did not make it past 6 months from diagnosis. This summer I am focusing my fund raising back on raising money for cancer research, prostate cancer and pancreatic cancer. I have several events lined up for which I will be bothering people for sponsorship. These include a non stop (except toilet stops and bacon sarnies) 180 mile bike ride 28 April, the BBMC 2014 May 17th, and the big one, the 3 peaks challenge with 450 mile bike ride in between all completed in 72 hours or less. That dates to be confirmed. Lets hope the weather improves so I can train.
Posted by Tony at 21:50
Friday, 7 February 2014
Now there is a great deal of snobbery about woodburners, unless you buy one that costs the same as an education at Eton and is made by hand from cast iron poured by a master craftsman in a small village in the Shires then its not worth having. It has to look old, have a name like old woodsman knight burner and look incredibly ugly. You also have to wait three years for it to be built and a further year for delivery. Ours was all of those and refused to heat the room yet alone the house.
Inside this box is a very modern woodburning stove made by the very efficient and clever Germans who manage to make and deliver a chic woodburner for around the cost of the door handle of a British one. It is also amazingly efficient at burning wood and then radiating heat, which is why I am sat at the far end of the room in shorts and t shirt toasty warm. This is with all the upstairs doors open letting the heat escape into the bedrooms and bathroom.
This is full throttle, soon after this pic was taken all fixtures and furniture was moved from the vicinity before they melted.
Thankfully not all drivers are incompetent cowards, heres KBS number one delivery team dropping off the makings of the base of the Swiss Chalet Kennel Block. By putting it here they have halved the distance I have to wheelbarrow the concrete and we can still get the cars in and out. Bravo team!
Posted by Tony at 22:52
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Its a tad damp here at the moment. In between downpours I got out of the office and found the local Urban Guerrilla had left his custom bike with anti handling device outside the library.
Posted by Tony at 21:40
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Still, there's time to mend.
Yes I'm all heart.
Its a failing I know.
Posted by Tony at 00:21
Monday, 3 February 2014
Yesterday I realised just how far down the foodchain a cyclist is. Riding through a one horse town like ours is a bit risky as the locals are not the most switched on when it comes to calculating the velocity of a MAMIL bearing down on them, but as it was Sunday (Yesterday) I thought it would be pretty safe maintaining speed along the high street. Cue hippy type female tree hugger with a tangle of Bassets on leads, a Peruvian knitted cap with ear flaps down and i-pod plugged directly into the grubby holes either side of the dimwits head that should have been listening to traffic and not "Didnt we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor".
Not only did she cross the road as I approached, without looking at all, she then proceeded to walk diagonally across thus maximizing the time I had to gain 70 points worth or road kill (50 pedestrian, 10 per K9) One of us needed to take evasive action and as she was unaware of death by lycra until I shouted "Excuse me madam might I pass" which in the heat of the moment translated to "OI!! DUMBASS!!!" she turned to see yours truly swerving to what would have been oncoming traffic and fending off a mutt that was about to wedge itself into a front wheel. Instead of jumping out of the way she (and I could see it happen on her face) calculated the likelihood of injury to self and poor poochy woochies, calculated correctly that speeding cyclist had a strong sense of self preservation so would take every step to avoid impact, sneered at me and continued to sidle across the road.
Oh to have been an Articulated lorry with airhorns.
Posted by Tony at 23:31
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Which is why I owe Supergrandma a new front spoiler.
Posted by Tony at 23:06