Power cuts still on going. Power went at 7pm
yesterday evening; workmen turned up at 10pm, lights came on for about an hour.
Then the digging started, yes they started to dig up the pavement directly
outside my house at midnight, why couldn't they do this when they came at 10am
in the morning??!!
They continued digging and looking for the problem
until 2:45. I did telephone to complain, but the thing that got me. You won’t
believe it. The power company do send text updates during the power cut but
they stop at 22:00 until 7:00 because of the noise nuisance. Yes, blogging
friends they won't send updates because its (and I quote) 'it's against the
law' as it causes a noise nuisance but its ok for them to erect powerful lights
and for them to dig up the pavement in the middle of the night directly outside
my bedroom. I am not happy.
Eventually got to sleep to be woken by the house
alarm going off - you know what that means - yes another power cut. More
workmen, another hole in the pavement a few doors up. Clearly the hole they had
to dig in the middle of the night in front of my house was a waste of time and
The customer liaison officer phoned me this
afternoon after the power had been off for 6 hours, to apologise for the
inconvenience but they still hadn't found the fault and we should expect more
Just sitting down to
Christmas lunch and darkness, after stumbling around for mobile phone I managed
to phone the power company – it’s not the same as the one we pay our bill to
for power cuts you have to know who is the supplier of electricity.Anyway got the number logged the call – they
were already aware; I did point out that the auto messages whilst waiting do
say to check the website or yellow pages or utility bill.Yellow pages we recycle as we have the
internet,ah except when we have no
power, and we don’t get a paper bill it’s all online.Fortunately I have a phone that is internet
enabled but what about those that don’t; anyway I had my whinge.We were able to carryon eating and the day
wasn’t really spoilt; just over an hour without power, but some of the
neighbours where still cooking and they have small children – it can’t have
been much fun.One of the positive
things is when you phone and report it you can get text message updates – that was
Boxing day – quite day;
visited MIL. Just sitting down to dinner and again - darkness – yes another
blackout.This time the number was
already in my phone – the man on the
phone said I was the first to phone; and was I really sure it was a power cut
and not my fuse box – deep breath; yes I was sure as we had one the day before.Again just over an hour without power.
Went to bed early as
have been suffering a cold and sore throat; didn’t sleep well so woke late at
just after eight; that’s odd the digital clock isn’t working – yes you’ve got
it another power cut.Phoned again –
blah blah blah.This time they will send
out a gang to see if they can identify the fault and fix it.This time is wasn’t as bad as it was light so
we decided to go out and collect medicine for the cat – it could have waited
but might as well do something useful whilst the power is off.SonnyHens birthday next week so pickup up a
few presents in the sale – shhh.By the
time we got home the power was back on.First
thing was to make sure all the phones are fully charged.
We will now put
together a power cut kit and leave it in the draw in the hallway so we don’t have
to rush around finding touches, matches, candles, radio with battery.
Do any of you have a
land line phone that doesn’t use electricity to work – remember the days before
digital phones; we don’t and it’s a real pain.
Although I’m working
next week – it’ll be much less busy and stressful as most of my colleagues are
on holiday, so finishing work yesterday was a relief.
Went to Mr S’burys
today and to spend my nectar points and do a final shop before Christmas – it wasn’t
as bad as previous years.Speaking of
previous years – I looked back at how much we spent last year on Christmas;
everything gifts and food; it was a real shock, north of £3,000.No, I can’t believe it – this year I have
spent under a third of last year – just the butcher to visit on Monday and then
we are done.
I received a lovely
cook book for my birthday from SonnyHen along with a request for a gingerbread
– never made one of those before; ok I’ll give it ago; had everything in
the cupboard except the decoration; so have started
What are you going to
prepare over the next few days?
Four weeks until
Christmas, I love Christmas – I had hot Christmases as child when we lived in
Africa and cold Christmases here in England, both very different – the food,
traditions, and obviously the weather but the constant was the family being
together, carols and church.
How do you prepare for
I have ordered meat and
poultry from the butcher – in previous years I’ve used high street supermarkets
but in more recent years I like to support the local butcher.
I have made drink –
mentioned here in my previous post.This
will be decanted in the next week or so ready for gifting.
I have made food and
stocked the freezer for the days after Christmas and New Year before life gets
back to normal in January.I am hoping
to take time off from work and have a rest so I little planning ahead will
I have been crocheting
a table running – my poinsettia table runner.I used 100% cotton and a 4mm hook.
Start with yellow,
create a magic loop or chain 6 to form a circle/loop, chain 3 (counts as 1tr),
11tr in to the same space. Slip stitch into the first stitch to join.12 stitches in total.
Change to red and work
12, 2tr & chain 1 clusters into each space. Slip stitch into the first
stitch to join.
Change to green and
work 12, 3tr & chain 1 clusters into each space. Slip stich into the first
stitch to join.
Change to white into
the next space work 2tr, chain 1, 2tr 1chain.
Into the next space work
2 dtr (double trebles), chain 3, 2 dtr, chain 1.This forms a corner cluster.
Into the next space
work *2tr, chain 1, 2tr 1chain*.Repeat
Into the next space
work 2 dtr (double trebles), chain 3, 2 dtr, chain 1.This forms the second corner cluster.
Repeat until you get
back to the beginning the format is two clusters [2tr, chain 1, 2tr 1chain] in between
each corner cluster.
I joined as I went
along but you could create all the squares and then crochet them together. There are a few ends to sew in but its worth the effort.
I think I will block it as the edges look a little wonkie
After a week of sleep
deprivation in the Netherlands I had the best night sleep last night ever and I
do mean EVER.This is the photo of the bathroom
that I couldn’t post the other day – it’s not a great but you can see
there’s no roof and the glass ‘walls’.
I do enjoy going away
especially for holidays but on business it’s different – it's jolly hard work,
it’s always good to connected with colleagues that you only hear their voice.But is nice to be home; except the jobs I had
hoped that would complete are still far from complete – well a start has been
made but not much else.DH informed me
that money would be needed as:
had gone in the kitchen
3.The door on
the dishwasher is hanging off
machines sounds like a cement mixer
is blowing not sucking
And there’s me eager to
not spend anything, other than household bills, from January until end of March
– I want to get back on track with paying down our debts.
The week before I went
away I received my annual statement for the car loan – the monthly credit
amount didn’t look right, it was £12 lower than the amount that was leaving my
bank each month.I phoned to query and
was reminded that I took out a ‘return to invoice’ insurance but now that there
are only 10 more payments left of the loan and the car value is far higher than
the amount owing I cancelled this insurance.I remember us deliberating if we needed the insurance when we bought the
was the best thing as six months after we had the car we were burgled, and the
car was taken – after nearly four weeks the insurance company was on the verge
of paying-out when the car was found in a container at Felixstowe ready to be
shipped to Mombasa.Now, if the car had
not been found there would have been a difference between the amount the
insurance company paid out and the amount remaining of the car loan.Anyway, this £12 will go towards paying off a
We’ve not used our
credit cards at all since beginning of July – everything has been debit card or
cash – and we are seeing a difference.The first card is nearly paid off – should will be gone by end
December it will be tight we will have to keep close eye on spending over
All of the Christmas
shopping is done – just food shopping to do and we are NOT going to go mad –
why does the population think that a famine is coming and clear the shelves;The shops are only closed for 1 day.
I'm dog tired. Full on intense all day meetings followed by social events, followed by catching up on work and the bed in the hotel is like rock. Not having much fun.
The hotel is ok, it's functional, even if the bed is awful -the weirdest thing is the bathroom it's a glass room in the bedroom. It has no roof, the walls are glass, part frosted glass, thank god I'm on my own as its not at all private. Was going to post a photo but can't get it to upload
Well it's been nearly
two weeks since I last posted and I've missed having the time and energy.
I worked 12 days
straight without a day off, averaging 13.25 each day - I managed 3 hours off yesterday and today. I
managed to get to bed before midnight for the first time in two weeks last
night - what wind and rain! I didn't hear a thing DH woke me at just before 8
(I usually start at 8) my first teleconf was at 8.30 so time for a shower and
I have had no time for
anything, DH has been a real rock totally dependable. Some lovely meals, cups
of tea and the occasional biccy, popping into the office everynow and then to see if I'm still 'alive'. Ohh he made a lovely apple cake.
I got to the stage
yesterday when I thought if I carry on I will be no use to anyone – I was exhausted.
I'm off to Holland on Monday
for the week – work not holiday - will be good to see all the team again (we
only managed to get together a couple of times a year) it will be hard work
but fun. Still need to prepare my presentation - nothing interesting I to the budgets and numbers, the other members of the team do the interesting techy stuff - some really useful stuff; like putting training material on ipads for field staff so they don't have to carry round 15 A4 ring binders. Lots of other exciting apps but I can't tell you about those - the team I work in develops apps for ipad and android.
This afternoon I
managed to feed my Christmas cakes, plant an amaryllis (it’s been waiting for
about a month) it should be a light pink colour too late for Christmas but the
hyacinths I planted a month ago are looking promising.All planted the same day, all on the same
south facing window sill - some don't like they are doing anything but tiny
glossy green shoots are slowly appearing.
I crocheted all afternoon,
sewed in some ends actually there were 300 of them
Planning a new crochet project – always got a few on the go at the same time.
We have nothing planned
for the weekend other than watching rugby, more relaxing and catching up
They went with songs to the battle, they were
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and
They were staunch to the end against odds
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Like with so many
families our family remembers those who gave their lives – we especially remember
Alfred William Dewberry killed on 10th April 1917 aged 34, DaddyHens
gt grandfather, buried in France
Remembered on the
Silvertown war memorial in East London
Work has been as hectic
as usual – I longed for the weekend of doing nothing or crafty things.
We had some wine corks lying
around – DaddyHen enjoys a glass of wine or two at the weekends – we had a
few but not enough for my tree project.I asked the local wine merchant and they gave me a huge bag.
I stuck them together
with glue – waited overnight for the glue to fully dry and then wrapped either
green or red ribbon over the top – simple.
The little cork people –
I knitted or crocheted a hat and skirt; knitted pattern from here Korknisse. I made up the crochet pattern.
I need some to send the
Bloggy Blanket to someone else – I have added a few more squares but it needs more; could
you crochet a square or two to add to the blanket – let me know. It can be a simple granny square or a more complex pattern. For more information about the Bloggers blanket have a look at Mums blog
Firstly, big thanks to
all those that commented after having virtual afternoon tea with Mum.
We don’t ‘do’ Halloween, we don't have any young children,
but I did enjoy pumpkin carving.
Pumpkins were £3 for
two – after a little research – what did we do without the internet?
There are some great
sites with templates, tips, what tools to use – after raiding DaddyHen’s tool
box - knew we had a Dremel somewhere.
I set to carving my
pumpkins so much easier with a Dremel, ice cream scoop and small knife
Both DaddyHen and
SonnyHen think I’ve lost the plot – until SonnyHens GF arrived and want join in
– she suggested a skull which was the most difficult of them all. SonnyHens GF carved the bat - lovely carving; I like the way the light is darker, as less pulp has been romoved.
It was our first time
pumpkin carving and this is my ta-dah moment
A few months ago, on
one of our days out, I got a caught for speeding. It was in an area I didn’t
know, the limit was 30mph, I didn’t see the camera it was a mobile camera – in
a van.Anyway, I was driving, so after
filling out all the forms – the car is registered to DaddyHen so the process
took a while despite providing all the information in the first form.
Anyway I was given the
choice: go to court; fine and points or speed awareness course; no fine and no
points.After weighing it up I opted for
the course – it’s offered to those who are only slightly over the limits, who
are caught on a camera and who have not attended a speed awareness course in
the last three years.I selected the
venue – I could have gone nearly anywhere in the country - paid £85 and booked
a half day off from work – so sort of a fine but hopefully I would get
something out of the course.
Yesterday was the day;
made sure I arrived in plenty of time as if your late then you miss the course
and are then prosecuted via the court.Two enthusiastic trainers and a classroom of 22 speeders; 15 men, 7
women; I would say the average age was early/mid forties, with about
600-700years of driving between us. I’ve been driving for 25 years - and
haven’t looked at the Highway Code seriously since I took my test; I did help
SonnyHen when he was learning but didn’t really take it in and he used a disc
and not a book.
The instructors were
not there to judge or to criticise our transgression but to help us understand
the impact of what speeding does; how we can improve and have strategies in
place to reduce our speed. We were seated in tables of 3 or 4 and started by
looking at eight road signs in our booklet – embarrassed to say I only got six
We watched is videowhich was shown on UK TV back in the 90s – it’s a
little hard hitting so be warned. But the message is clear driving at 5mph over
30mph it takes 21ft longer to stop.
Also this oz video, the speed is in kilometres per
hour but the message is the same. Just going that little faster – not 10 or 20
miles over the safe limit – it takes so very much longer to stop. And the
consequences could be life changing.
We played an awareness
game – we watched this film, which was stopped before the reveal and had to count how many times the basketball
players in white shirts passed the ball – simple you say but ... oh and btw let me know who joins the game? Out of a class of 22 only four of us saw the
extra player.How aware are you of the
road conditions and surroundings on the route you take every day.
Street lights mean that
the limit is 30mph, unless there are signs showing another limit.
The speed limit is the
maximum legal speed for a stretch of road in perfect driving conditions.
Leave a two second gap
between you and the vehicle in front
Driver error is a
contributory factor in 95% of crashes
Hit a pedestrian at
35mph and you are twice as likely to kill them as if they were hit at 30mph
I got a lot out of the
course can for me it was worth the money and time – I will be driving slower in