Friday, 30 September 2022

A bit foggy this morning

It was a bit foggy this morning.  We certainly wouldn't have been playing rugby if there was a game.

Can't see the posts

A lovely spiders web

Right before Arwen ate it!

Thursday, 29 September 2022

Whoops

Whoops! Just booted off the bit of transitioning wood between the two floors kicking a tennis ball for Arwen. Doh!

Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Dear stalker

 I spotted a family of dear on my morning walk with Arwen today.  We probably got 150m away before they bolted.





Monday, 26 September 2022

Sunday, 25 September 2022

He's a growing lad

 Quite far ahead of Flo at the same age.




Sunday= Gunday

 Arthur started doing this this morning.


Saturday, 24 September 2022

Something doesn't seem right

There's something not quite right with calling a hurricane Ian.



Very nearly there

Just the top 2 rows left but they're just singles and compilations.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Pointless!

My friend Stuart was on pointless today. It's with his friend Ash who I also worked with at Lloyd's. It was supposed to be on last Monday but was postponed due to the Queen dying.
They won and got two pointless answers in the final round! Will done Stu and Ash!

Monday, 19 September 2022

Poor sleepy Arthur

Arthur goes to his childminder on Fridays, her and a bunch of her other childminding friends own a small forest, which even has their own mini goat. It was all too much for him this week.

Mocktails

 We had friends over on Saturday and made cocktails, Flo didn't want to miss out so we helped her make a cocktail.



Indoor fetch

 Playing fetch with Arwen in the hallway. 

We've nearly had her 2 years now.

Rocket cat

Much to my annoyance, April booked us in for another family photoshoot yesterday. It was pretty good though. Highlight being a overly friendly cat that tagged along for the fun. At one point it climbed onto the photographer! No photos unfortunately as I left my phone in the car. We subsequent found out it's name was pumpkin.

Good parenting



Getting there


We've tried to copy across a back up of our music to the Jukebox but it turns out the system is very picky. We messaged rock-ola and they said file names need to be free of spaces. My brother wrote a bit of code to trawl through our catalogue and rename the files but when I tried to import again it still failed.

By this time we already manually added 2 rows and the back up was all the way back in 2013 so we've decided to just plow on through. We'd have to manually check anyway to see which ones were missed so it's just something we have to do.

I'll make sure we back it up once done! 4 rows done. 3 to go. So far we have copied across 485!

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Somebody had a nice breakfast this morning

Arwen spotted this poor thing on our morning walk.  Must have been a fox I guess.



Monday, 12 September 2022

A little shorter than we'd liked

 We took Arthur for another haircut at the weekend, his hair gets quite wavey (like mine) when it gets long so we wanted it cut a little shorter.  A number 3 round the sides is a little short (I get a 2).  Oh well, at least it'll grow back soon enough.




It's finally arrived

 After ordering the Rock-ola Bubbler at the end of November it finally arrived on Friday afternoon.

Here she is in full glory

We've struggled to copy media across to it so in the mean time have started ripping our entire music collection manually. (again)

First album added

It arrived with a dent to one of the plastic panels which will either need to be replaced or fixed (FFS!)



Bubbles!



Sunday, 11 September 2022

20 years in the city

I started work in the City of London 20 years ago last week.  It's a strange feeling, I've met lots of nice people, some of which are still very good friends. Some have been wankers but I guess you get that in every industry. Money's been good, very good for the amount of work I have to do so overall I have very little to complain about. 

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

I think i'm in love

 Don't tell April but I think i'm in love...

As you all know I get paid far too much money and as it was my birthday last week I though i'd treat myself to an extravagant purchase. I've been looking at getting a nice set of stone dice but they are terribly expensive.  I've also been toying with the idea of getting a nice wooden dice carrying dice mat but the one I want is the best part of £100.  These weren't quite that but not far off it. Maybe i'll treat myself at Christmas.













 


Jukebox update...

I've just had a call from our Jukebox supplier. It's finally getting delivered on Friday! We ordered it at the end of November last year.

Monday, 5 September 2022

Flo's first day of school

 Flo started reception today.  Here she is in her new school uniform.  At least she doesn't have to wear a beret like one of her friends at their school!




Sunday, 4 September 2022

Not wanting to miss out on the drinking

 We popped along to to Tonbridge Castle to meet up with our friends at the Tonbridge Food and Drink Festival.

Clark attack!

The usual crowd!

Triple kids parties this week!

 One on Saturday and a doubler this morning.  Here's Arthur's all tuckered out before grabbing an impromptu lunch at Sankey's.  2 lobsters, some oysters and steak.  I drew the short straw and had to drive so no nice wine for me.  Both kids were excellent throughout.

Fell asleep just as we arrived.
There's music at Sankey's on Sunday.  The guys decided on having a little dance.  The musician was very patient!

Florence's patented ice cream / sorbet brain freeze face 





Friday, 2 September 2022

Flo starts reception next week

 After 8 weeks off Flo is finally heading back to school.  We all had a week off at the beginning, she was back at the school for a couple of weeks in their summer club, another couple of weeks at a different summer club then April's had the last two weeks off with her.  It will be good to get her back into more of a routine and some proper structure.

Arthur started with his new child minder yesterday and is having a great time.  The childminder and a bunch of her other childminder friends have bought a bit of land and basically have a mini forest school.  Athur was playing with one of their goats yesterday!  He's there 3 days a week and at his old nursery for the other two days.  That's until he heads to the nursery at Flo's school after next year's easter holiday.

Free breakfast

 Lots of blackberries out at the moment.



Thursday, 1 September 2022

The main birthday present

 April commissioned the daughter of Grayson Perry to paint this for me.  What a wonderful dog!  And wife.

Arwen

I also got a new board game, two sets of salad servers, a new smart watch and some corn on the cob holders.


Birthday walk with Arwen

 I did the usual walk with Arwen yesterday morning and it was a lovely day.  Look at the good girl.




Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Quiet birthday pint

 Snuck out for a quiet birthday pint in my local at lunch and happened to mention the special day.  One of the staff decided it was necessary to sing Happy birthday to me.  Thanks.


Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Well, that was pointless

 I have to go into the office every Tuesday, this morning as I was rounding the corner to the office I had an automated call stating that the network was not working so I should try to work at home if possible.  Grrr...  FFS!  That's £35 i'll never get back.  At least my commute back was on their time, not mine.

Monday blues

 We had friends over on Sunday and April made a Lasagne.  It was lovely but unfortunately I was suffering from a bout of suspected food poisoning!  Not from my birthday meal I might add!  Mostly better today thankfully.

Birthday meal

 Some of the Tonbridge lot popped over on Sunday for a birthday meal.  I cooked cod with a chorizo crumb topping.  And very nice it was too.



Friday, 26 August 2022

My princess

My beautiful daughter. April and Flo went into London to see the Frozen musical. Flo obviously dressed up and had a lovely time.

Walkie-talkie visit

Popped up to the to floor of the office on Tuesday. April and Flo are heading in next week to see my workplace so need to do a reckie of how to head up to the "sky view". I'm only in the 4th floor which is good but the viewing platform is all the way up on the 35th. 

Incidentally, my brother also works in the building but comes in even less than me.

Thursday, 25 August 2022

Sleepy Arthur

 Arthur was practically asleep whist feeding him his lunch last weekend.  Maybe you should sleep longer over night???



A flotilla of canoes

 Walking back from the shops with Flo last Sunday and spotted this whilst going over the big bridge.



Dancing shoes

April's off to London today with Florence to see the Frozen musical so Flo has gone all dressed up (Elsa), to make it extra special she's got a new pair of shoes.  Arthur loved so much that he wanted a turn.


 

Eastbourne Airshow

 Last Saturday we were down in Eastbourne again, this time to see the Airshow.