At work we have a selection of second-hand books. Gaynor asked me to get her a book to read. I found a copy of 10 Rillington Place in the bookcase. I remember watching the B/W film of the same name. We have both agreed that we will have to watch the film in the near future.
Bank Holiday Monday see’s me stuck in traffic on the M1 motorway. I had arranged be be at the club at 3pm, only to arrive an hour later at 4pm after being virtually stationary on the M1 for over an hour. My scores made-up for all the frustration of the M1 !.
A lot of the time I use an old Olympus XZ-1 compact camera to take my pictures. It’s 10 megapixels, which by today standards isn’t very much. So just as an experiment I thought I would try and take a picture of the Moon. The picture has turned out to be an epic fail.
So after spending Friday and Saturday at my Dad’s doing some gardening it’s to the local garden centre to get some more plants for our own garden. I’ve just finished planting my absolute favourite a Clematis. This particular one is called “Acropolis Boulevard”
A few weeks ago I started to suffer from up during the night and not being able to get back to sleep. Someone suggest that I take Magnesium to help me sleep. I think that I ordered the wrong Magnesium. I think that I won’t be taking Magnesium Citrate anymore !.
Suggested uses: Occasional constipation, depression and anxiety
In the Christmas sales, I bought a cheap HJC motorbike helmet to fit a GoPro camera mount on the helmet. I because of all the bad weather I hadn’t had a chance to try out the helmet. Tonight was a lovely evening so I went out for a ride to test the helmet. Now all that I have to do is fit the GoPro camera to the helmet and adjust it, then start videoing some of my journeys.
I enjoy shooting old rifles and as a result I’m a member of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association (HBSA). The Association was founded in 1973. Today a badge came in the post celebrating that the Association is 50 years old.
Today (Wednesday) both my daughters came over for lunch. Dim sum, noodles and spring rolls were the main meal, followed by funny duck things filled with custard. The noodles were very spicy hot, can could only be tamed by adding peanut butter !.
It was really nice to have lunch with both of them and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon together.
A selection of Dim sum and the nuclear hot noodles.
I felt really sorry for everyone involved in the coronation of King Charles III today, especially all the spectators standing out in the rain. I managed to grab a couple of photo’s of the Rhododendron in the garden in between the rain.
It’s Friday night, no Gaynor and I’m having to fend for myself, so it’s Chinese take-away. Unusually my take-away came with two Fortune Cookies. I opened the blue Fortune Cookie and this was the message inside
“Surprising gift very soon” and “Lucky numbers 36, 7, 19, 40, 34, and 27”
Well if if you know me I haven’t been lucky for the last two months, so the red Fortune Cookie went straight into the bin !!.
This is the picture that I wanted to use for my birthday last week. It’s a picture of a picture of me at London Zoo with my Nan (my Dad’s Mum). I’m holding the monkey to have my picture taken wit it. This story doesn’t end very well because I let go of the monkey and it ran off…………
I’m sorting out some stuff in the garage and I found a very old Elton John badge. The badge is from the “Jump up Tour” which I saw at the Hammersmith Odeon in December 1982. Apart from seeing Elton John play, the most memorable thing was when he lost his temper and threw his piano stool into the audience. I have tried to Google it but the only reference that can fine is below.
“Unfortunately there was an incident towards the end of the show where Elton threw his piano stool, during Benny and the Jets, it flew up and hit a lady in the front row! Big argument ensued. Elton stormed off. Some of the audience left believing that was it, but eventually Elton returned and completed the show.”
As you know it was my birthday yesterday. Today (Friday) my youngest daughter popped home to bring me my birthday present. Her present to me was two books. Todays picture is of one of the books, Secret Spy Radio Stations by Ronald Milione.
There is a lot of information in the book about Numbers Stations, Government radio stations that send out secret coded messages.
A couple of people commented about picture No 113.
Picture No 113 ~ The broken automatic fill valve
The picture No 113 is of a broken automatic fill valve, the same type of thing that is used in your toilet cistern at home. We use our automatic fill valve to fill and maintain the water level of our Hydrotherapy pool.
Called into work this morning (Sunday) because of problems with the Hydrotherapy pool. I quickly traced the problem, it was with the automatic top-up valve, the diaphragm inside the valve had perished. Off to Screwfix to buy a replacement, but that’s another story.
Saturday morning finds myself and Gaynor taking a trip into Watford town centre. I haven’t been shopping to Watford for ages. Walking back to car we noticed on the side of Watford Central Library a mural of our local celebrity Elton John.
After a succession of moggies, we discovered the Bengal breed of cats. Tilly who you have seen a picture of recently is our third Bengal female cat, I found a picture of our second Bengal female cat Afrika. I will see if I can find a picture of our first Bengal female cat Lulu.
I’m not 100% convinced that I have cured the battery problem on my motorbike. The weather looked fine today (Tuesday) so it was off to work on the bike. Unusually for me I put the the top on the back, as I normally fit the two panniers if I need to carry stuff.
So after putting the bike’s battery on an over-night charge, it’s out with the tools. Only to find that the battery isn’t holding a charge. Sill it was a good excuse to try out my Christmas present for my youngest daughters boyfriend. Then on the internet to order a new battery.
In the space of two days I have had two stones hit my cars windscreen. The car is only a couple of years old and I have already had the windscreen replaced because of stones chips turning into a crack on the windscreen.