Completed another online course today.. Renewable’s in nature so was of interest as well, which made it a little easier to do. Also started my OU course, need to print out a chart and make time to go through the books, but I hope I can get into the habit of spending a couple of hours every other night going over it.
Just come back from another quick trip the Scotland where we have looked at a few other houses, seem fairly likely in a couple of months we will be a little further away 🙂
Looks like I will have a lot of building to do once up there as there are no out buildings to speak of so I will need to build an office, garage and workshop. Already plans are afoot to bury a container in the *garden* to create a *different place* I’m hoping to use that as a workshop come office, but right now just an idea 😉
Getting together a list of likes and needs –
Need – Garage/workshop
Not sure – Generator, Solar Panels, Turbine (Yes this is possible and actually could generate some money!!).
Like – Swimming pool, Office, large antenna array, more land, huge area for stores.
Bit frustrated as the sale infers you can buy extra land but when asked they said they don’t really want to sell.. wtf? Land is expensive too going for between 4.5k-5k an acre!.. There goes my idea of 10 acres extra lol!
Sorry everyone, yes we are still alive and kicking..
Been a little busy, finished cutting the huge log up, taken stuff down in the house (antenna’s and cables).. packed away stuff like the rack and set out the CCTV which we are leaving behind for the new owners.. Then had all the hassle with paperwork (wth) of the sale.. Someone broke into my Van so now staying in another Hotel which is a little more out of the way than the last one… what else.. Oh my knee is a lot better now.. yey..
Still waiting on a date for moving to the rental, as the one we were buying has fallen through (they could not agree a date to move out ?!), so we are paying for another place in Scotland even though still living down in England.. arghhhh.. And on top of all that I managed to side swipe the skip on the way to work last week and put a big mark all along the passenger side of the van 🙁
Angel has seen a nice car she wants to buy as well.. *sigh*..
Just had to pay the government for corporation tax, probably more than any of the big companies pay 🙁 so now skint after earning a whole months money.. crap.. 🙁
Anyway I will try and update some more in the next couple of days, tonight I’m going to go the Gym for the first time ever.. Oerrr.. Should be interesting.. :s
The house.. Ok most of the work has been done, bit of outside painting and the pond will never get finished.. But it’s all sorted everything not being used everyday is in the container.. And the house is looking HUGE!.. It’s on the market and we have had four viewings, actually having a fifth as I type this, first people offered full asking price. Only for us to find out they haven’t sold yet.. Hmm
We were in Scotland at the time looking over places and found three we loved, only one of which was what I expected Angel to love.. This has been whittled down to two as one of the better suited/looking ones looks likely to be un-mortgagable.. Due to never being signed off by an architect (bit of a shame).
So left with an old cottage which needs a fair bit of work and a bungalow which has a couple of near neighbours and a rather long track to get to (yeah I know strange).
We are now sort of waiting.. Nothing else to to 😉
Work.. Ok right now I’m supposed to be starting next Tuesday, but I’m not 100% happy with the contract so have not signed.. I don’t want to lose money so rather than get into grief I may end up passing this contract and waiting for the next, hopefully not for too long!
Bought a couple of Drones.. a Quad and the new one is a Hexacopter.. Here are a couple of links to videos taken with them –
Yes now I’m on another one.. This one seems a little more stable but I’m not counting chickens right now.. Looks likely I will need to see how things go for a little while longer before getting the abacus out 😉
So what has been happening?
Well the container is now half full and slowly getting there.. The garage is now devoid of junk (only a small amount left now) and we have been getting on with other jobs.
Talking of jobs I have heard nothing at all which means I’m probably going to have to start ringing round soon to get some idea of what’s going on.
Passed my medical last week.. got average.. Which if I’m honest was a little disappointing but them’s the breaks if you consider how unfit I was in May then I have made big steps forward. I’m continuing the exercise at the moment as I suspect I may need to pass another medical with a chester-step test in the near future.
Should be starting another free course in July.. Looking forward to it too..
Oh and I guess I should mention about the EU vote that happened.. Well?
Nothing will happen so what’s the point talking about it, the PM resigned which has put it off and then it will be at least two years (if everyone agrees on everything, which is HIGHLY unlikely) before we exit… So I doubt we ever will exit the EU.. But if you feel better running around like a bunch of headless chickens go for it..
Couple of reasons.. I have changed a lot of things in my life the last couple of years and updating this has become less of a “pull” on my resources. I’d much rather get up and run on the treadmill or do something in the garden.
We are also selling the house so I have been busy preparing for the container and now it has arrived we have both been filling it slowly and carefully with all our “junk”. That added to cleaning out the place means we haven’t had much time for much else.
However I have managed to fit in a course on Gravity from futurelearn and some meals out along with relocating the C64 systems to the office which has had a clean out too.
So all in all I have just been too damn busy, sorry!
Hasn’t helped that the new hosting provider seems to have capacity issues and accessing the blog is not that easy either!
Oh weight now down to 90 kilos, have a re-test of my medical tomorrow so I hope I’m fit enough to pass this time!
Got a list of other things to do so best get cracking.. 🙂
So got back Saturday and been doing some gardening and various other bits and bobs.. Looks like we have a damn mouse or something in the garage so I have had to stick out a load of poison 🙁 Not keen on it but the amount of poop and the smell is making it something I don’t really have a choice about it.
Put the new running machine/treadmill together and have been on that, found the belt slips a bit when running on it so I need to get that nailed down before I injury myself… I’ve started to up the Step to 3.30 now from 3.. I’m also nowhere near as out of breath after doing it.. My legs are still killing me though lol..
I suppose I should think about taking a day off soon as I have been hammering this everyday for 30 minutes in the morning, 15 mins midday and sometimes 30 minutes in the evening.. I think I need to start using the rowing machine again too.. Ho hum..
Next week on Holiday so I will only be doing the step (after all easy enough to find a step and do that), I might try doing some running/.jogging but I still feel self concious when running, hence why I do it on a treadmill.. 🙁
Angel has been helping out with the gardening and it’s looking pretty sweet, even managed to get some more hardcore down in the area for the 20ft container.. That will be ordered when we get back from holiday.
Not looking for any work yet, want to do a few courses and thinking about starting some OU courses.. I don’t want to go for a degree but would like to just do a load of generic courses that are of interest. 🙂
So that’s it, finally finished in Germany.. That was one long contract and although it was ok I think overall I have learned a couple of things.. One of which is that I really need to get fit.. After this job I have put on a load of weight and even after 3 weeks of trying to get fit I have lost none of it 🙁 Although I feel a bit fitter and can see some improvements I just can’t seem to drop any weight off.. I need to lose 10 kilos really and set myself a target of just 5 kilos to start.. But alas nothing seems to be improving.. 🙁 My resting heart rate seems to have come down ten points.. but I’m wondering if that’s just because I have finally finished in Germany and not because I’m getting fit.
Regardless I can do a bit more on the treadmill and step now which is a positive.. Just wish I could drop some weight.. Grrr…
Ok so I had started to update this on a more regular basis only for it to start to suffer again.. Well I reveal that a fair bit has happened, again, which has forced me to change some of my habits..
I had a medical last time I was home and got told that I could not have another 2 year medical until I got myself fit! I was only given a three month sign off.. All based on a new requirement that, it turns out I had read wrong anyway.
So I did the wrong test, failed that and found myself coming back to work for another week with an unknown.. Anyway got back and found I had completed everything on the first day back.. !!.. So nothing to do.. I have spent the last week thinking of stuff to do and getting more and more frustrated about being here and not at home with Angel able to at least concentrate on getting fit.
So here I am with my last day, sent out an email saying “thanks” and had some nice replies.. All in all an ok day so far.. Looks likely I will be dragged “kicking and screaming” down the restaurant tonight for a meal.. Which I’m not certain I want to do.
Anyway heading back home tomorrow.. I would mention more on how badly unfit I turned out to be but frankly I’m still pretty embarrassed and annoyed with myself for letting it get so bad.. I have to lose 10-15 kilos and its going to be hard unless I do something different.. Right I’m off back to the flat to do the exercises again and pack the remaining things away.
So I, from time to time, have been known to back the off kickstarter. A couple have failed, or just not finished and one high profile one changed just before release and ruined the whole point (that’s Elite in case your wondering). Anyway something I have had more luck with are the music and video ones, in particular the ones relating to C64 music, I’m guessing this is down to the sheer love of the system and music that drives them. Anyway yesterday backed another one which I hope makes it, against all the odds.
Work has nearly finished now, with about 4-5 more days of work offshore and a couple of days of paperwork on top of that it seems likely that I will be finished up on Tuesday and wave farewell to Germany and this project.
Went out last night and had a meal and a few drinks (only the third time since coming to Germany), was a nice night but think i would have preferred to stay in if I’m honest 😉
Right best get back to results and working on the handover before i start to make up information for the meeting tomorrow, my last with luck.
So.. I have access again, not sure why I keep losing access to the blog from the office but there you are I have it back again for the moment so I will get this down before I lose it again 😉
Looks like this may be my last trip out here, although the weather is not playing by the rules at the moment and I could end up back for a short trip in May.. We shall see.
Been offered the chance to climb to the top of a tower and take some pictures if i get out there, that would be nice as only time I went to the top was during my training back in 2003-2004 in Wales.. So a lot has changed since then, they are a lot bigger and a damn sight higher.. They also all mostly have lifts now too! So no massive climbs!
Anyway I’m doing the final paperwork at the moment for the hand over of the last cables then I shall be on my way.. Been a lot of ups and downs with this contract but overall I think it has been a positive experience, although I would have to think about it if offered something else in Germany 😉
Right guess I should head to the next meeting and make myself a pain the in bum 🙂