Fantastic :(

So.. The old accountants *forgot* to account (ha!) for over 60,000 pounds worth of invoices meaning we owe the VAT on them :( They came back with a rather strange excuse of “we never got them” which is alas untrue as we have read receipts from all the information which clearly shows they did indeed have them and even managed to pay the VAT on one that they said they never had! Hmm..

So now skint, BIG TIME.

In other news the foundations of the conservatory are way to shallow in my mind (only 400-450mm deep) and the gap between walls is only 50mm (which should be at least 75mm) So today arranged for the building inspector to come out and have a look at the issues on Monday.. Fingers crossed at least this goes right (not holding my breath).

Ok rather than moan about not having calls back from agencies about roles or anything lets move onto something positive.. Hard to do really when the favourite chicken died last weekend ruining the whole couple of days :( Still to clear the pond and found a rather strange structure at the back of the pond at least a meter deep.. My first thought was that it was a raid shelter.. But alas looks like a compost heap that someone build (mental as really well made by the looks of it).

In other news.. The Amiga and C64 have been connected, although I’m still struggling with the Amiga right now trying to get the network card to work is proving.. Annoying to say the least, I think either the connector or the pcmcia adapter is knackered.. Maybe I will try re-soldering it later on tonight.

Started hacking the trees along the drive the other day.. blimey.. Going to go for the strimmer next dry day and get all the weeds destroyed around the main garden and inside it.. Then on with the Hedge trimmer and back the drive and perhaps the garden and tops of the trees.. Hmm..

Not to mention STILL need to sort out the pond.. pond and stuff is looking likely to be hundred quid at this rate.. Hmm..

Damn you accountant!

Well seems we have been stitched up by our accountant and probably owe over 5k in VAT.. Although the accountants are a right nightmare to work through.. :( On top of that got another VAT bill of 1600 quid for this quarter and I haven’t worked since Dec last year!

I have been asking about for work and a lot of agencies have gone silent with nothing coming back at all!

I still have something for June but gosh it is starting to get worrying on the money front :(

In other news slowly been working on gardening and working up a sweat (basically doing stuff that needs doing but also getting a work out), dug a hole at the corner of the conservatory to check the footings, only to find they are not deep enough :(, then moved a ton of rocks out of the pond, before dragging them over near to the Chicken run (going to move the shed out the back to the corner here and store their food and stuff in it).

Today moved some more rock and also drained down the pond again, need to remove about a ton of rock and then clean the inside before looking to refill and landscape (grass seed) the edge ;) Also need to look at a pump for it too.

What else.. Oh met one of our neighbours (about a mile away) alas it was because he has been robbed and had someone break into his garage and steal his ride on lawn mower radio and other stuff :(

The microwave link is still only 10mb, although sometimes in the morning it will jump to 26mb.. but still pretty happy with it and they have said they will reduce the charge until they can get the 50mb link :)

Garage is getting less stacked with junk and the Amiga and C64 are setup (well nearly waiting for a connector so I can put them in pride of place).

Bubble mentioned something about his Internet that was interesting.. ooerrr.. come on them spill the beans.

Pizza and 1084S!

Popped out for a pizza this afternoon and a walk about Skegness, very busy too with lots of holiday makers I guess.. Bet it’s going to be a lot worse in a couple of weeks time when it gets warmer too!

Got back and pulled the Commodore 1084S monitor from the shelf in the garage and set it up.. HOW small it is!! I thought it was MASSIVE when younger too guess that can’t have shrunk which goes to prove that Wagon Wheels really haven’t gotten any smaller lol..

I need to make up some RetroBrite I guess and get the case looking like new now, also need to replace the degauss circuit on it and look at some noise that it coming through to the screen.. Will pick up some shelving tomorrow and make a proper shelf for it to sit in the corner like a good little monitor and also add some more for the discs and other bits and bobs to sit on :)

Watched some telly.. and hit the sack.. oh the joy!


Well the other day set-up my C64 and Amiga (yey), although I couldn’t find the right cables for the Amiga so it is just “in-situ” at the moment. Anyway today I started fiddling in the Garage then thought sod this and painted the wall that I filled yesterday before grabbing the shears and heading into the field for a bit of DIY Gardening.. The result was a removal of shrubbery in the local area and a HUGE blister on my left hand (10 pence piece size) that burst while clearing said shrubbery. Anyway looks a lot better, not my hand the hedge(s).

Then started sorting the Garage some more and found some leads and lots of stuff I had forgotten about (like two gamecubes and a mint unopened copy of Halo Reach -SE ??).

Although I have to admit still forgetting to grab the Commodore Monitor (whoops), maybe tomorrow?

Passed the medical..

Hmm although I tend to feel like crap these days I passed the medical with flying colours.

Had the first call in ages from an agency today about a Project Manager role (hmm) they keep asking and then not coming back after having a think about it, we shall see.

Heard nothing from any of the other roles I have been put forward for (which is rather depressing I guess).

Started to clear the pond of the crap the other day, going to take a few days I feel as so much crap in it, so far it seems to be holding water though so the liner could be in good condition, although we will not know until the other half of the pond has been cleared of the hardcore.

Did a bit of filling of the render and cleared out the garage a bit more, also started to setup the retro room with the C64 and Amiga, struggling to find the cables and power suppliers at the moment though. Been thinking long and hard and will probably stick all the Spectrum and Amstrad stuff on eBay as I will never set any of it up.. Probably get rid of the Atari stuff too (2600 console and games), have to be honest and admit that never get it setup.. Probably play the N64/Dreamcast/SNES and PSX.. So that leaves the Saturn, mega drive, Gamegear and Master System which I will probably get rid off too… In other news the Magic the Gathering under the stairs really needs to go, for one it takes up nearly all the room under there! *sigh*..

The Wireless link failed Saturday for a couple of hours and although they promise more than 10mb I have yet to see it, seems that perhaps they are hanging too much off their network.. :( Anyway if nothing changes in a couple of months I shall point out that I’m paying for 50mb and see what they come back with..

Only real plans at the moment are get the driveway at the side of the garage sorted and the pond.. Oh and start some keep fit system of some sort too..

Shout out to Bubble and Lemmy (YO!).. :P


Well been awhile since I have updated the Blog and in the meantime the following has occured -

Finally got the Jukebox working for Angel.

Bubba 3 arrived back and is now working like a goodboy

Wireless link went in (currently only 10mb/10mb though waiting on network upgrade to get full 50mb/10mb soon)

Angel mowed the lawn and I strimmed it, jet washed off the back lean too and then the front porch (which leaks like a sieve, no panic though as the rain is not expected to be at 4bar and horizontal anytime soon!)

Buzbie and the gang came down south stopping by on the way down and up again (was nice to see them)

Tia has had an operation to remove a lump on her leg (which was all ok, yey)

I managed to put my neck out..

Still haven’t got another job yet (until June)

Sorted out some more of the small room, made a little table for retro stuff :)

Setup the main Internet link as the wireless one with backup router to switch out if I’m away and can’t get back to fix it.

Plans agreed for extension out back!..

Chickens getting very cheeky..

Put down some more woodchip on the garden.


Chipped in

Well Angel and myself put down a couple more loads of wood chip on the back garden and cleaned up a bit of the garden too.. Looks like going to take another 2-3 days in the garden to get the wood chip sorted and then need to think about the pond again.. Not to mention the side of the Garage, which needs more top soil removing before we can get some hardcore down for the drive way.

Still feel terrible.. Although a little better today still not feeling 100% :(

Playing Army of Two – Devils cartel which is/was pretty good (finished now).. Wonder if they do another one?

Also playing through Sniper – Ghost Warrior.. which has a stupidly hard section when leaving the camp, seems you just have to run like a nutter from what I have read.. oh well..

Tomorrow may try some more of the Back garden but have to see what the weather is like.

Also started to move across data to the Bubba3, ended up using FTP as the most reliable version of moving data across (file transfers seemed to fail or stall ?!?).


What to do?

Spent this morning fiddling with a petrol generator in the garage after getting a note through from the electric board about the power going off next Friday all day.. Hmm.. Didn’t manage to get the bugger running so not sure where to go from here really. I have the niggling feeling that at some stage we will require pwr for something or other during the day.. oh well we shall see… I shall have to shutdown the server as well seeing as it runs on UPS, yes it’s a huge UPS but even so it’s not going to be enough to last all day.. lol

Dug up some more around the side of the garage too… Not sure how much to remove so may have to make a section around and then mark it up tomorrow.

Still feeling like death warmed up :(

Angel got shafted on a service (nearly £200) so we won’t be going back there again, so next it will be trying to find someone else, makes me wonder do they treat all people like that? They clearly don’t want any more customers that’s for certain.

If someone sees my get up and go, let me know as it seems to have left :(

Also got to charge the new residents one pheasant and rabbit who have taken up residence in the garden… bad enough with the chickens running to you for food now have some more freeloaders!

Feeling bleeerrrr

Still feel terrible today not sure what’s up with me.. The pollution levels are high but I don’t really have a breathing problem (even stopped taking antihistamines a couple of days ago).. Perhaps eating too much bread? Regardless need to get a grip on it and start doing something before I fall into the trap of just laying about feeling worse.

Finally sorted out some logo’s on a website today and arranged for someone’s domains to be parked etc.. In general did a bit today.. Played some xbox 360 in the evening which was nice, although always feel guilty about playing games these days..

Need to sort out the spare room with a table of sorts so I can set-up the C64 and Amiga as is befitting their nature.

Bubba3 and Tia

Well this morning Tia was in for an operation to remove a lump from her leg (it was only small so minor one but better to be safe than sorry), the Bubba 3 finally arrived too.. So shall try setting that up tomorrow. Decided not to play on-line as feeling a bit washed out again.. Not sure what’s going on really.. started to clear some of the ground to the side of the garage and felt a bit ill :( Oh well have to do it another day I guess.

I also finally sent in my CV to a large company so will be going back on the cards, well if they offer me a role anyway, I was toying with staying as a Small Business but there is really no benefit right now and I’m being mucked about by agencies too which sucks. So looks like I shall be back PAYE fairly soon.

Not really a lot more to add today really.. watched a few episodes of a Manga (Buso Renkin) looks interesting.. Has that Bleach feel to it although less about repeating the same thing over and over (which drives nuts with Bleach btw).