Archive | June, 2013

Not another bl**dy garden centre!

27 Jun

Those who know me, understand that gardening is very low on my list of interests! For example, on a scale if 1 to 10, where 1 is Hate It and 10 is Love It, sailing is 10 and Gardening is – 50!

So my heart sinks when Mrs R says “I need something for the garden”. This time it’s to B&Q where we buy a hole for the garden. A hole for the garden? Yes, this is a big plastic spike that screws into the ground, to support a rotary dryer. Very clever – coarse threaded screw, with a tommy bar (throw away after use) and it even has a tiny spirit level to make sure it’s screwed in vertically (I can predict that won’t make much difference)! All for £14!

I get so grumpy when I’m forced round DIY and Garden Centres that I’m thinking I ought to go and see a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist! There must be something wrong with me. And it upsets Mrs R when i am like that, which is never a good idea.

The young lady serving us looked quite hurt when I told her I hated coming to B&Q. She said she couldn’t understand why anybody would say that! I forget to tell her that I once had a meeting with David Quayle, the Q in B&Q!

Anyway we’ve now got a rotary dryer ‘hole for the ground’ thingy. The laugh is, I’m pretty sure that rotary dryers are not sold in France!!

Exciting two days in London

24 Jun

Finally arrived in Kent last Wednesday night. Next day we went on health duty – blood test, collecting drugs and then to Pembury for an X-ray. Then into Maidstone for the annual haircut! Then Trish departed northwards for Manchester and I headed to London.

The reason for my visit to London was to attend my client’s 40th anniversary celebrations. I’ve been working with the International Association of Bookkeepers for several years now, as their marketing consultant.

The celebrations started on Thursday afternoon with a reception at the Houses of Parliament to present awards to the best Centres running IAB courses. This was followed by dinner for all the international guests on a Thames boat.


20130624-051934.jpgOn Friday we had conferences and meetings. And then on to the Gala Dinner which was a great evening.

I stayed at the Park Plaza County Hall hotel. My room was big – essentially two rooms for bed and for sitting connected by a kitchen with separate shower cubicle and bathroom!

20130624-052341.jpgThe next day (Saturday) I travelled first class by train to Stockport and was reunited with Trish (and Nettles)!

We made it across the Channel

20 Jun

Day 2 of our holiday saw us driving through blinding rain up to Paris, picking up two young German hitchhikers on the way. Around Paris was very slow and the temp was 32 C. We dropped them off near Arras and Trish drove skilfully and quite fast to Calais, to arrive 10 minutes before our check-in time.



Away for the summer

18 Jun

Most British people would love a summer holiday in the south of France. But this English couple are taking their holidays in Britain!

We are leaving the warm and uncrowded area where we live to spend three weeks in London, Manchester and Kent. We are reversing the flow (just a bit)!

Our journey started today, leaving the Peace Factory at 1pm. We drove to Brive and then Uzerche which is in the Corrièze region. We are staying in a nice hotel.

More tomorrow!


Picnic in the rain (how British)!

3 Jun

Despite the clouds gathering over the Black Mountain, we decided to go for a Sunday drive and to take a picnic.

With our wicker basket packed with bread, butter, chicken, ham and a salad (all organic) we set off in our 20 year old Fiat Tempra Estate.

We climbed up the long road heading north. Through the village of St Denis and on up to Fontiers-Cabardes. We found a track leading to a large forest and when we found a clearing, we stopped for lunch, under some dripping trees!

20130603-035155.jpg After our picnic, sitting under the shelter of the car’s tailgate, we decided to take a drive. A bit dodgy as we didn’t have a map with us! To cut a long story short we travelled right over the top of the Black Mountain, round the other side and returned via Castres, Revel and Saissac. Well at least we did the traditional Sunday afternoon drive!