Monday 10 May 2021

Covid-19 Vaccinations

 I had my 1st dose of the covid vaccination last Monday and more or less felt fine.  That was until the night when I went to bed.  I was feeling a little tired so went to bed early but woke up multiple times during the night with night sweats.  The next day I was a little tired and run down but more or less fine then I had the same again at bed time although not quite as bad.  After that I was completely fine.  Weird.

Early tea

 We had early tea again on Sunday.  Same place as last week, this time with different friends.  Although it turns out the friends from last week and some other friends were also there.  Doh!

Here's Arthur making an escape attempt.


After the walk we popped over to some friends house for brunch in their back garden.

Arthur's almost eating as much as Flo now.


Lovely walk

 I didn't have much time to myself this weekend (or last) so on Sunday I was out and about early on a long walk with Arwin.

Beautiful house

Waiting a long time for the ball I didn't bring

Blossom now fully out in the orchards

Thursday 6 May 2021

Not sure where she learnt the art of elbow smash


Spot the ball

 I launched one or Arwen's balls into this tree this morning expecting it to cascade down like a binomial machine 

I waited but nothing happened.  The ball never landed.  The tree was too big to shake so Arwen was left without a ball for the rest of her walk.  Sorry Arwen.

Maybe it was the spirit of the tree we took down yesterday enacting some form of revenge.

Wednesday 5 May 2021

And yes...

 I am better than you

And finally

 Here's Kris

Gender: Male

Race: Halfling

Class: Thief

Alignment: Chaotic Neutral?

Strength: 14

Dexterity: 15

Constitution: 12

Intelligence: 15

Wisdom: 12

Charisma: 10

I don't think there's much more readership than this but if you would like your own persona butchered into a d&d character please let me know.

And another

 Here's Ian

Gender: Male

Race: Elf

Class: Wizard

Alignment: Neutral Good

Strength: 12

Dexterity: 12

Constitution: 14

Intelligence: 16

Wisdom: 15

Charisma: 9 (sorry)

Bonus:  A cat familiar to cover his black cloak in cat hair

Too late...

Here's Ben

Gender: Male

Race: Human

Class: Cleric

Alignment: Neutral Good

Strength: 12

Dexterity: 10

Constitution: 14

Intelligence: 12

Wisdom: 15

Charisma: 15

And just like that

 It's gone.

House build update

Final Structural drawings / pack:  Still waiting for this, which is frustrating as it's holding everything up till complete.

Builders:  Spoke to one last week but said he can't quote till the final structural pack is complete.

Trees:  Coming down today

Kitchen quotes, we've had two quotes, £10k apart in overall cost.  Not to be unexpected as one is very high end.

Replacing heating system and new bathroom:  Quote came in yesterday.  Only £5k or 25% more than we originally budgeted for.

Things to do now: Basically wait till we get the pack.  Builders won't quote till it's done so that's it really.  Another issue is that there is a shortage of good builders in the south east as it looks like everyone else has the same idea.  Even if we find one we like, they're usually on at least one other job at a time and might have a 6 months wait.  That would take us into the winter for the build which may not be ideal with 3 key rooms downstairs out of action.

We can probably get the bathroom and heating sorted before hand and get it out of the way but might make sense to do it all in one go.

We've got a few things we can do like decide on finishes and things like tiles for outside but at the moment we're what feels like a very stagnating place which is frustrating. 


There she goes.  Poor tree.  

Review to company:  Overall, very disappointed.  You got rid of the tree which is what we asked for but why oh why did your workers not shout timber?  Is it too much to ask?

There she goes.

Disposing of the body.


 Two trees in our back garden are coming down today.  It's sad, but they need taking down as part of our house renovation.  The really big one is quite dangerous too as it's very close to two houses and the works next door weakened it's root system.

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Me as a dungeons and dragons character

I had the idea years ago about playing ourselves as D&D characters but after a quick rethink realised that we'd die almost immediately and decided against it. 

Here's a heightened version of me. 

Gender: Male
Race: Dwarf
Class: Fighter
Alignment: Chaotic Good
Strength: 16
Dexterity: 12
Constitution: 15
Intelligence: 14
Wisdom: 12
Charisma: 10 (12 after some good quality dwarven ale) 

Who should I do next? 

Outdoor Sunday lunch at the Plough

 A late Sunday lunch at the Plough with some friends.

We prepared for the worst with umbrellas and hot water bottles but it was actually really nice in the end.

Lovely woodland walk

 We went for a lovely walk in the woods yesterday with some friends and their dog.

Here's me holding a bag of Arwen's poo for almost the entire walk

The bluebells are out


I know you are all disappointed in this video, but I wasn't wearing the right shoes.


 So, I had my first Covid-19 (AstraZenica) jab yesterday morning and it went well.  Apart from them having no record of my appointment.  Apparently they've had hundreds of people with the same issue but if you don't book your second jab at the same time the application isn't submitted.  Basically there was no option to book my second jab at my local site so just left it.  I'd try and book it in at a later day.  Doh.

Luckily they had spare and let me get pricked.  It was absolutely fine, all until last night.  I woke at about 2am with a severe fever and night sweats!  Great.It wasn't much better this morning so had a long hot bath but now that i'm up and about feel more or less okay.