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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