Well Christmas is almost upon so I thought I’d take advantage of the general wind down in the bus industry and have a long weekend. Normally I end up taking calls from work so never actually get time to myself, this time however I took a bit of time to divert all my calls, put my out of office on and brief my number 2.Success! apart from one very straightforward text message I have been left alone.
Friday saw Alf going for his annual check up and booster injections.I was a bit disappointed with the vet, she seem to handle Alf completely wrong and ended up having to put a muzzle on him, I wasn’t happy, I won’t let this happen next time. The way I see it, if my old dog Sam was able to visit the vet without a muzzle Alf should be able to, time will tell. I didn’t do too much else on Friday just relaxed really but felt thoroughly rested.
Saturday was a bit busier with an early morning visit to my local farm shop for some black pudding, sausages and bread. Every Christmas I cook a full breakfast with all the trimmings so a piece of black pudding was in order.The rest of the morning was taken up with taking rubbish to the local dump. However I was given a pass on the afternoon so spent it in the shack, I finally managed to get the computer hooked up to the internet and therefore get Ham Radio Deluxe running so my shack is now complete. The downside was that HF was completely flat with not much happening at all. I was listening on 40 metres and heard a strong signal running at about 30 wpm, which is much faster than I could possibly keep up with, I had a go at copying some of the code and lo and behold it was G0IBN, my morse teacher, so when he finished sending I called him and he was kind enough to slow down and have a QSO with me. I made another couple of contact that day but I was pretty chuffed having a QSO “on air” with Andy.
Sunday morning we went up to Lesley’s parents in South Yorkshire for an overnight stay. This meant that Lesley could have one of her mum’s Sunday dinners that she has been craving, it also meant that I could get out with her dad for a Sunday lunchtime drink. IT was great to see them and we don’t see them enough, they are both in their 70’s. They have a three year old springer spaniel and it was good to see Alfie and Bengie playing ball together. They both have very similar temperaments and get on like a house on fire. I went to take out Alfie this morning and ended up with both of them on the playing field playing ball at 07:00 this morning. We set for home at 08:30 this morning and arrived home at 11:00 Alf was quite happy to go straight off to bed and has slept most of the day, as I type he is still sleeping.
We had to venture out lunchtime to get some last minute items for Christmas and I couldn’t believe how late some people leave it to do the Christmas food shop. We got back home about three pm and have decided that what we haven’t got at this point we will do without.
That is all for now.