Warm to come

13°C, westerly nearly made me late for work.

Last day of March, tomorrow is shorts’ weather: 19°C. And it’s D-day here. More on that  purge another time. Drowning in work this week- tomorrow’s report deadline will whoosh by after 5pm. These enigmatic comments will be explained in the near future.

Singing trees can be found sometimes even at night; the voices of birds are worth stopping for. Some birds sing slowly enough to listen to. Small passerines are just too damned fast to follow by ear. Is it blackbirds that sing late into the night? He stands high in a still-bare tree, singing dis-connected melodies, shaping charming but penetrating phrases at a pace we can follow.


15C, light cloud & a little rain. No wind.

The pond is half dug. I can only find 1 hour after school each day to do it- shame it isn’t done by now. Anyway, there is a use for those wretched slabs- they are now side walls awaiting the pond liner for water proofing. Today I dug out a pair of narrow troughs to anchor the edges of the slabs. There is a strange grey gravelly layer, perhaps some old tarmac from the immediate post war time that these houses were built. At this rate, the pond could be done by the weekend. Except for one thing- marking & reports. Damn.

Slabs again

14°C, clear & rather nice.

Woke early, planted a few heathers before going to work. Odd that because I felt ill in the night- heart thumping and fitful sleep.Trying to place the wireframe cloche was no good this morning, a problem caused by another slab beneath the surface. Last year’s incredible slab crop came flooding back in my memory.

This evening, I got half a dozen barrow loads of soil out of the pond hole, another day like this could see it dug. It’s probably quite deep now, I’d know if I’d finished digging before dark.
Busy boy.

Equinox passed

13°C, clear bits, warmer tomorrow

12 hours & 13 minutes of daylight today. Check for yourself: here, on Date and Time.

Strange feeling, have I got a cold all of a sudden? Headache, lethargic and a sore throat. Hope clings to hayfever which comes on with beech pollen at this time of year. Some hope.

Serviced or not?

13°C, clear, pure sunshine

A few hours preparing the race bike for it’s first outing this year (tomorrow). My suspicion is, however, that it will be no better than last year despite servicing the gear levers at Campagnolo, stripping & re-seatting the headset bearing; after all that, it could be just as annoying to ride as it was in October.
One problem is that some jobs are necessary only every few years- like the headset. That’s enough time to forget the technical details- like the bearing size in the headset.

Gran Tourino

Clint Eastwood again, he’s on familiar ground with this one- vigilante, old damaged soldier in his last days struggling with a world that has moved on. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with an immigrant lad in a neighbourhood blighted by gangs. Fairly normal stuff for films of this genre, but there is an interesting relationship growing with cantankerous jousting. I kept going with the thread about soldiers living with ugly memories from war. I’ve always wondered how they do that.
I liked it enough.

Spirit of Renewal?

In addition to the License agreement, here are some notes of guidance to lodgers on living in a harmonious household:

  • Put rubbish in the bin, there are many to choose from.
  • An empty bottle does qualify as rubbish so it should not be put back in the fridge.
  • Neither the windowsill, nor the draining-board qualifies as a bin.
  • It is not necessary to wash rubbish before throwing it away.
  • If you do have time to do that, then you have enough spare time in your life to get a job. (see below#)
  • Never put a chicken carcass in the garden waste recycling bin.
  • The breadbin is for bread, not carrots, nor is it for tomatoes, just bread.
  • When you let yourself in the house, take your key out of the lock and keep it with you.
  • Used  nicotine chewing gum must not be stored on the wall-tiles in the Bathroom.
  • It it not necessary to spend 40′ in the shower each day. Nobody is that dirty, especially someone without a job.
  • When you fill the washing machine, follow the process through by actually switching the machine on.
  • After it has eventually washed, take out the laundry to dry. Certainly do this in less than 3 days.   This ensures that the clothing does not go rancid and requires another wash. It should be possible for the whole process to take less than a week. Remember- you are not the only person who may want to use this facility.

Further solutions to problems:

  • If you were able get up in the morning, it would become possible to hold down a job.
  • You may be able to get a job if you were to actually apply for one.
  • If this is all followed up, then you’d be able to pay your own rent.
  • Your mother did not work hard for decades, paying in to her pension scheme only to use it to pay your rent.
  • Rent should be paid on rent-day. If unpaid after 2 weeks, you will incur an 8% interest rate on it.