Weekly update – small victories
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by doug
1d ago
Sometimes small victories mean a lot, even the arrival of a new green wheelie bin counts.  This, with a couple of resignations and the news of a general election, it brought a smile to my face. Six weeks ago the blummin Council managed to trash our green wheelie bin.  Idiots. I ordered a new one and was told we would have to wait up to two weeks for a replacement, even though they broke it and we have paid separately for them to empty our green bin (breach of contract?).  The Council’s instructions were to leave the broken bin in the normal collection place, where it would be ex ..read more
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Review – Cawston Press Beetroot juice
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by doug
1w ago
Cawston Press Beetroot juice I blame that chirpy Michael Mosley for getting me onto this Cawston Press beetroot juice journey.  Hopefully readers will find this review entertaining and, possibly, helpful. Dr Michael Mosley seems to be popping up on our radio and TV quite a bit these days, especially as we are taking steps to improve our diets even more these days.  As I do enjoy the occasional beetroot in my salads (which I know he’d approve) I decided to buy some beetroot juice. In Sainsbury’s they sell fresh beetroot juice (so they tell me) or the Cawston cartons which can be found ..read more
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Tale of the Councillor plus other bits
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by doug
2w ago
This post includes the latest on another disappearing politician, a local election and us adding further to global warming. Attentive readers might remember me having a grumble about a local Councillor who seems to have disappeared.  One wonders if he is in cahoots with Nadine Dorries, our previous MP who behaved disgracefully towards our constituents. To cut a long story short, I am holding this Councillor to account.  I submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Council which revealed He had attended only two meetings between May 2023 and March 2024 He had claimed over £12 ..read more
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Weekly update – Spring, at last
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by doug
1M ago
Bluebells at Ashridge Spring has finally arrived, at last.  Is it me or has April felt like winter?  Happily as we near the end of the month it is truly Spring, at last. We have ventured out into the garden here at the Quirky Museum a few times.  Mostly tidying up and I have removed a chainlink fence which turned out to be cemented in, most annoyingly.  Speaking of fencing, I have started painting (with coloured preservative) some of the fencing between us and our neighbours; we have quite a lot to do, along with some repairs along the way. We need a roofer to provide the r ..read more
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Weekly update – chin up, Doug
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by doug
1M ago
Lake Windermere, earlier this year “Chin up, Doug” said one of my friends when she knew how the week was not going well.  Even with my normal cheery outlook, perhaps I need bringing back down to Earth now and again? By Wednesday this week things were not looking good.  At church this morning (on Sunday) a friend of mine thought it was hilarious. A lens had fallen out of my snazzy new glasses and I damaged the frame by trying to snap it back in.  I have been ticked off by the ladies in the optician shop.  Expecting the worse, I ordered a new frame but happily they took pity ..read more
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Weekly update – dashing here, there and everywhere
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by doug
1M ago
Yes I do feel as if I have been dashing here, there and everywhere; but it’s all good fun.  This little update includes a freedom of information request, a trip to Cumbria and car troubles. As usual I am spinning too many plates with too many tabs open in my mind.  I have a few books which I am supposedly reading, producing another and I haven’t been to the gym for yonks.  How did I ever find the time to work before I retired?  I’m not complaining, moreover expressing a self-inflicted grumble. Freedom of information As our village and the surrounding area is relatively larg ..read more
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Weekly update – ever go on holiday to the same place?
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by doug
2M ago
Do you ever go on holiday to the same place?  Some folk we know go to the same resort every year and I’d always thought that was terribly dull and boring.  Now we have been back to Barcelona, I’m changing my mind. I guess the reason why I’ve always resisted the idea of returning to a place where we have already been is that it’s a bit boring, especially when there are so many other compelling places to explore. So are you one of those people who value the security of knowing what to expect?  Knowing the weather, what food to expect and having already become familiar with a holid ..read more
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The reluctant landlord
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by doug
3M ago
This blog post about being a reluctant landlord has been swirling in my mind for quite some time now.  I have mixed feelings about being a landlord and I’ll try to explain why in this post.  Are you in a similar situation or have a view?  Please comment below. Here in the UK we have a housing crisis This issue doesn’t get a great deal of air time because it simply rolls along with little changing and society almost seems to accept the status quo as an unavoidable reality. If people try and explain why we are in this mess, they often point to the numbers of immigrants and disrega ..read more
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Weekly update – February has been busy
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by doug
3M ago
February has been busy but also a month where we have been knocked-for-six by a virus.  Usual optimism continues in this round up of things going on. Yes, thankfully negative for Covid, although we were both pretty sure we had caught it.  We had all of the symptoms including (and worst of all) a really horrible cough which has lingered for a couple of weeks afterwards and now more-or-less gone. What made things worse was being away on holiday and to compound this even further, the holiday was really a Christmas present from me to Rachel.  We were both pretty groggy as we left ho ..read more
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Weekly update – marmalade and the maverick consultant
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by doug
4M ago
My Seville marmalade Things are looking up, seriously.  Monday evening was a hectic evening, including a trip to the airport and a phone call from my favourite hospital consultant and I’ve been making marmalade. I remember being told in 2018 that I would always be in the renal system for life.  They expected my kidneys to recover a little over a few months and then level off before the normal ageing process takes over with a slow, natural decline.  Back then my kidney performance had dropped well into stage 4 (out of 5, with 5 involving transplant, dialysis and grim stuff). It w ..read more
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