Monday, 28 December 2009

Not favourably feverish, dam it

Now as you know, I’m not one to complain. Well not really. Well ok then sometimes.
 
This frigging flu cold thing that’s been floating about between family and friends recently finally got me good style. I woke up in the night coughing, sneezing (and cursing), I mean WHY NOW? Honestly I’ve never had a cold for about two years, so again WHY (the hell) NOW?
 
Dave went to see his family for a Christmas get-together today, he took Liam and Maddy with him, but not me (sob). I mean the idea was that I should’ve been sat in the passenger seat of the car. But I had no choice other than to keep my bum firmly planted on the settee, like a zombie surrounded by all the useless aids for colds and the like. It was the fever that dictated STAY PUT.
 
Anyway he came back with a couple of pictures:
 
Liam and his brother Danny (who got married in October). They’ve not seen each other for two years due to work commitments, so it was a big day (I missed)…
 
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Dad and two sons…
 
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God I’m feeling sorry for myself right now. Liam and Maddy are risking the lurgy by staying overnight at the hospital boat again. It´s nice and brave of them, I must be worth it...!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

The belated birthday

Due to Maddy’s birthday being postponed yesterday courtesy of food poisoning from a Chinese takeaway, we all felt a lot better and pretended today was her big day instead.
 
Another day, another party, at my sister’s house this time!
 
Our daughter and son…
 
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Maddy an Liam… Ah…
 
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Son and dad…
 
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My own dad must be one of the few people who can create something interesting out of a Christmas cracker…
 
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The “group” photo, well one of them…
 
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The birthday cake…
 
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The drinks cabinet outside…
 
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Hope we gave you had a fantastic Birthday Maddy…!

Friday, 25 December 2009

A Perfect Christmas Day

Morning:
 
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Liam’s new friends…
 
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Afternoon:
 
My dad made this snowman called “Sid” a few days ago! He, (Sid I mean) appears to be a bit decrepit because he’s knocking on a bit now. 
 
Looks like he´s been down a coalmine since then…
 
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Oh hello, it’s Rossi again and this year he’s sporting his smoking jacket. I mean designer coat…
 
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Liam trying to work out what one of his presents is…
 
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Yours truly polishing off a bottle of red wine while Dave has a cup o’ tea, he was the only person who had to drive, ah…
 
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My mum reckons they need a bigger house…
 
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Maddy and Liam after a drink or several…!
 
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Thursday, 24 December 2009

A Christmas Cracker

Merry Christmas to all my blog readers and friends online wherever you are…
 
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All the best in the New Year…
 
From Heth and Dave…
 
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No posts for the next few days – family time, party time and general silliness rules the waves…!
 
Will catch up soon, take care and have fun folks…

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

My own little advent photo calendar

Well, it’s got to be different hasn’t it? So I’ve stitched together some appealing photos from December 2008 to create an Advent Calendar in pictures.
 
I picked out some little gems from a year ago so I won´t bore you (or me) by reposting photos from this month.
 
In typical festive fashion we have a mix of wildlife, weather, and a few drunk people:
 
1st Dec: Follow my leader…
 
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2nd Dec: Duck Line Dancing with (bottom left) the dance instructor…
 
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3rd Dec: Swimming in circles is good fun too…
 
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4th Dec: It was supposed to be snowing…
 
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5th Dec: Contrasting colours…
 
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6th Dec: The cygnet tries to work out how the duck got up on stage in front of it…
 
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7th Dec: Last boat DIY job before Christmas…?
 
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8th Dec: Finished job, hmm, nice…
 
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9th Dec: Yes that’s a swan knocking on the office door for an electric card…
 
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10th Dec: Must’ve lost it and given up…
 
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11th Dec: A duck and his shadow…
 
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12th Dec: A gorgeous sunset…
 
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13th Dec: Reflection…
 
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14th Dec: The fog rolled in…
 
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15th Dec: And then we all disappeared…
 
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16th Dec: The canal at sunset…
 
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17th Dec: Yes, that’s a water hen on a bird table…
 
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18th Dec: A rare sunny day in winter…
 
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19th Dec: Same view on a snow capped hills day…
 
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20th Dec: Clear sky and late geese on the move…
 
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21st Dec: And the partying begins…!
 
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22st Dec: Sis Chris and Co…
 
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23nd Dec: Us and daughter Tracey…
 
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24th Dec: Dave playing charades with a cup of coffee and a smile. Mr Bean perhaps…?
 
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25th Dec: And here we have Father Christmas, aka “Rossi.”
 
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Well that just about wraps things up for now...

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Meanwhile, back with Mr Jobsworth

Well after all those gorgeous photos I posted at the weekend I forgot to let you know about the devastation going on INSIDE the boat. It turned out to be a case of NRRR (No Rest for the Recently Retired).
 
Dave began the dreaded task of tackling the damp wall…
 
First of all he pulled the bed out and treated the wood with anti-mould spray (which stunk the boat out all day Saturday). Then he took the affected wood off to dry it out and this is what he found…
 
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Yes, it’s a nice even layer of foam insulation…
 
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But look at that gap, nowhere near thick enough! Had they slightly underestimated the amount of insulation the boat required? This is the point whereby they were running out? It must be the right thickness everywhere else on the boat…
 
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Meet “sheep’s wool,” the answer (hopefully) to the problem…
 
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After it’s been “installed” with a layer of bubble wrap behind it and another one at the front…
 
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Nearly finished, well this section anyway, there’s still behind the wardrobes either side to do yet. But that’s going to have to wait till after Christmas now…
 
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We had a de-humidifier going in the bedroom all day Saturday, there was no way we could sleep in there. So we set up the new airbed in the saloon overnight, it’s nice n’ comfy, but I didn’t sleep very well. Maybe it was facing the wrong way or something…
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Our son Liam and his girlfriend Maddy arrived around teatime today after two days of travelling in atrocious conditions from Germany by car. They stayed in a hotel last night (down south) for a break from driving. Turns out they set off at the right time travelling up here, any later and they would’ve been stuck in snow and ice.
 
It was following them...