That feeling..

Well today was the a day to forget, seems HSE are keen on making an example of me as I did not do up my immersion suit as it hurts my neck (due to my thyroid), so get asked about it offshore explain the situation to him and still get back to a load of crap from the office.. I’m not in the best frame of mind anyway with the next door neighbours deciding to build three houses on the hill right behind us.. And having to come back to work on a job I don’t want to do..

So close to just jacking it all in.. 🙁

Stacking shelves is looking very attractive right now.

And back to it again..

So March this year was supposed to be a slow month with only a little work at the end, however this has not been the case with me over in Belgium and now expecting to head to Grimsby for the last week in March and first in April.

Can’t say this year has been a good one so far either;
Found out Solar Panels never had the Feed In Tariff applied for so basically we should hammer the crap out of the electric during the day as we get no benefit otherwise.
Letter through the door yesterday with the farmer seeking planning consent to stick three houses on the hill behind us so blocking out sunlight and destroying our privacy.
Lawn Mower has decided to fail.
Feel extremely down.
Expected to share a room offshore with someone on the same rotation as me on this project (wtf).

Pretty sure I’m having the piss taken out of me.

Considering jacking it all in and trying with someone else, but don’t want to burn my bridges with the company I’m with as they have been good to me so far (although if it does change then I shall be flying back early stuff them).

So had a week at home feel worse than when I got back and now off again, when back next I have training and a load of DIY that MUST be done in one day, and then when I get back at the end of April I have just three days to remove a kitchen, including the floor and replace the floor and walls before the kitchen fitters come to put that in.

Lets not even talk about the cooker… I guess after that though I should be ok to start cleaning up the smaller jobs and making good on stuff.

Oh by the way don’t even bother with Hive from British Gas it’s a complete waste of time, ended up with a cold house more often than not as the stat said it was on but the boiler was just sitting there off.. What a complete load of poo!

Soon home again

Just finishing up the last day and a bit of work in Antwerp before heading home tomorrow, long day travelling tomorrow too with an early start to get a walkdown done before the train sitting about for a couple of hours and then flight home..

I general not enjoyed this trip at all, the team here have been ace and the work done is pretty good too. But I need some time at home and next week is all I’m getting before I have to rush off back to work, then back for a training course before I rush back again.. So next month is going to be brutal.

Really missed Angel and the hounds and my body is starting to complain about not running on the treadmill each morning, amazing how much energy you get from doing something like that.

Still a lot of little things next week should start to make the house better too and although this trip have been a nightmare it has, hopefully, put me in with a good chance of going to another project in July.. Lets see if it comes off 🙂

O.U. coursework has again taken a back seat as I have struggled with concentration when I finish in the evening’s 🙁

Soon to sign up for the next course, not sure what to go for but I think I’m going to be forced to do another maths one (gulp).

Howdy from Antwerp

Two updates in one month will wonders never cease.

I find myself with some time to fill so I thought why not?

I’m in Antwerp overseeing some last minute works being done on an Offshore Substation, mainly because the person who was here has very bad knees and is unable to make it, or the climb up and down the stairs each day. So here I sit just checking on the progress in the construction yard.

So the wood stove got put in, finished by O.U assignment and scored 81%, which frankly was amazing and a great boost knowing how I crammed most of it on the day. Annoyed not been able to do more at home and Angel has been left with a half finished, well, everything pretty much. Still not finished the garage, although got half of one of the four walls done. Not started on the static caravan yet and attempted to get some stuff out of the storage container only to have a ladder collapse on me… Not clever.

Still toying with the idea of a Turbine in the Garden but not sure how I will get it sorted as the one(s) I keep looking at are so damn expensive (if I want them MCS installed) non MCS approved one’s I can get for less the a quarter the price! So right now I’m toying with looking at an off grid solution and buying some batteries and a 5-10kw turbine.. But that’s months if not years away yet.

In other news.. Well not a lot to add really.. Here until possibly Friday (with luck may be able to get away Wednesday), then about a week at home before I have to go to Grimsby for the start of another project, then back from there for five days to do my offshore refreshers and then back again!!..

Finally home to rip out the kitchen and replace the floor and re-plaster the walls, before a kitchen is fitted on the 27th of April.. I’m tempted to maybe look to starting some of the works before then to reduce the work then, might be easier to just blitz it though. Next week need to agree on a cooker and get it fitted before the new kitchen (as it will have LPG gas hob) and of course the extractor hood and pipe work needs doing as well.

Not to mention I want to insulate the loft’s some more, check the floors to make sure they are insulated and if not insulate them too.. Oh and replace the boiler controls, fit a leaking rad, rip out the sauna, replace the bath. Redo the on-suite.. Lets see what else.. Oh yes the utility room needs a new floor and tiling along with the kitchen tiling too.. chortle.

Going to have to set myself a list of priorities I think as I’m not going to have enough time to complete them all so should do one or two at a time, no point leaving the place like a tip for Angel.. to be honest the front room looks good now and the granny annex is not too bad either.. little stuff to those and they are done 🙂

Anyway I’m waffling should really get back to the hotel and study, I’m still about 3 weeks behind on course work and have no excuse not for studying today 😉

One little thing it’s good to see Bubble posting stuff on facebook (welcome fella!).

Right back to the grind.

Welcome to 2017 and Scotland!

Yes my blog has been silent for quiet a bit hasn’t it?

Well a lot has happened so lets just have a recap –

Sold house in Lincolnshire in Dec 2016
Moving to Scotland in Dec while on the road house purchase fell through due to access issues and the sellers being muppets.
Spent from Dec until Feb bumping around holiday lets while waiting for new place mortgage to go through.
First week in Feb moved into new place..
And since then we have ripped out floors, painted walls, Angel has cleaned more than a cleaner for the NHS (ok that’s not too hard, but you get the idea). Had a stove installed, fiddling with multiple issues as in boiler/thermostat electrics.. You name it..

Probably going to have to sort out some underfloor insulation at some point too.. Which is going to be challenging.

On the bright side the views are astonishing, has BAGS of potential and isn’t next door to anyone or have people walking through the garden every five minutes..

Work has been on hold since beginning of Dec, but I’m hoping it starts again today with help on another project.. But won’t find out until later.

Broadband was only connected Tuesday..

My Open University course suffered hugely due to no/lack of Broadband.. Submitted after a day of cramming.. I know it’s going to be bad but feel it’s my fault..

Anyway starting to do major works in the garage this week with insulation and boarding going up and then going to use the remaining insulation on the house and whatever is left over goes to my brother for his place..

Still amazed how badly the people who lived here left the place, I mean BAD.. We would have been embarrassed to leave the place like this.

Anyway today is all about the office so later will be moving desks about and setting that up downstairs, fingers crossed I can keep updating the blog now I have reliable internet YEY!

Will this be my last day offshore?

So offshore for the final tests on my latest windfarm project, wondering if indeed it could even be my last ever trip offshore.

I’m looking at a long time between projects, on completion of this one, and with that in mind have started to think about getting a normal job, whatever that is.

I have tried once again with the current company to see if they have any roles I can forfill, however having a lot of niche knowledge is not really helping in that respect.

I have been asked to make arrangements for a call sometime this week with a boss of cables, however I think that will be a “thank you” and “we’ll be in touch” call.

House move still hasn’t happened and I know angel is getting more and more stressed.. not helped with a new round of viewings with the hopes of moving it forward.

Lastly, managed to get down to 85 kilos and pretty stable there, however looking forward to the end so I can work towards getting a little more off and more importantly getting a little fitter. Close to where I want to be but just feeling a little tired..

And started course one.. I suspect next year I will have to do two if I’m to meet a target of 5 years for my degree… But it’s early days yet, and I’m about a week behind study. Still after today I should have plenty of time to get up to speed.

In other news, not played much destiny as no time, been reading a bit though. Feel a little lost if I’m honest, like a rabbit caught in the headlights.. what to do..

Right not long now until I’m on-site and running about on the oss.

Next step..

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!

Welcome to the thunderdome

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

An update..

So where should I start..

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 –

https://youtu.be/vjgfjK84OHg

That’s it really, down to 86.6 kilos still running, once or twice a day, looking to get to 82 (within the BMI then going to slow down).. Off tomorrow to do a confined spaces course.. oh the joy.

So.. Yet another server..

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..