Friday, 17 November 2017

I'm helping

Poppet being her usual helpful self.

Operation confirmed

I'm booked in for my operation next Friday.  No time yet but he said he's fit me in.  It'll be under general anesthetic and will be two parts.  One keyhole bit in my shoulder where he finds then reattaches my tendon, then another incision to my bicep to put it back in the right place.  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Poor chap

Last night on my way home I spotted a homeless chap on the corner of Tonbridge High Street and my street.  I was shocked, not because there was a homeless man in Tonbridge as there has been a significant increase over the 10 years i've lived here but because it was actually on my street.  It really brought it home.

I give money to homeless people fairly regularly (usually after i'm walking home from a night out),  and we donate food to food banks when doing a big shop (although not nearly enough).  But this one really got to me.

I got changed out of my work clothes and then thought about what he might need.  There was nothing in the fridge so couldn't cook for him.  In the end I filled a hot water bottle and emptied my wallet.

The poor lad was a little startled when I woke him up.  Wouldn't you be?  But he wasn't drunk, just had hit hard times.  He was very appreciative but I still feel bad.

I'm very lucky to have a roof over my head and we have more rooms in our house than we know what to do with.  Obviously we've got room to put him up but even with the added pressure of having a newborn I don't think inviting a stranger into our house would be the right solution.  And then why just him.  There are at least another 5 that live opposite the castle.

The tax that we pay as a community and what we do with it should be the solution.  Unfortunately everything's been cut back to the bare bones as part of the conservative party's austerity measures.  It's certainly not the rich that are effected, it's the poorest in society.  I think this is wrong.

What else can I do about it?  Not sure yet but am looking into it.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Taking Florence into work was a success

She almost didn't want to leave...

Apart from a little tantrum in the main Lloyd's reception and at the end of the visit on the 10th floor Florence was as good as gold.

On the way down, a little screamy

Aerial view of April pushing Florence along Leadenhall Street on the way home

Celebrate good times, come on!

Today is my four year anniversary at my current company.

I did four and a third years at Lloyd's, one and three quarters at Gallaghers, a little over five at Kiln, now four here.


Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!!!

First trip to the big smoke

Florence is coming into city today to meet our work colleges.  April's having lunch with her team then she's bringing Florence over to the Lloyd's building to meet my team.

Monday, 13 November 2017


I think a family of mice have moved into our kitchen and they have a taste for Iams.  We've still not seen one yet but after dark we can here them squeaking from the front room.  Bloody things.  Now to get a humane pest controller as our lazy cats don't seem to be doing their jobs.

Getting my steps up

There's been a massive increase to the number of steps I do each week after the birth of my baby girl.  Most of which is walking up and down my hallway trying to get her to sleep.  

It's more than doubled in fact. 

Country walk followed by a lovely pub lunch

Not having rugby at the minute means that I need to find other things to do over the course of the weekend.  That's for both Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday's playing rugby.  Sundays written off due to being too sort to do anything after playing rugby.

This Saturday we went to Penshurt with some friends for a lovely walk in the countryside with their tireless dog Bella, we then went to the Leicester Arms nearby for a very good pub lunch.

I then followed that up by watching the England international in the pub.  A very good Saturday.