Lindi Hop!

Yesterday I worked until 04:00, then came home and slept until about 09:30 – then set off for Uckfield with Phil to learn how to Lindi hop! Possibly not the best time as I was more than half asleep.
We were a little bit late as we missed the turning for the hall, but managed to catch up quickly. There were about 20 there, it was fun as we had to change partners each time we learnt a new sequence of steps, but by the time we finished my brain was absolutely fried. I am not sure how much I remember! It would be good to go to weekly classes for a while but there aren’t any locally. We are going to go to the Leroc classes run by the same people for a while anyway, just to get back into dancing.
We stopped at the Swan at Lamberhurst (link) on the way home – this would rate Five stars as a childrens pub – they had an absolutely HUGE wooden structure with slides etc in the back garden. As we are now childless we went and sat at the front – too hot inside and set up more like a restaurant. The food smelt good, but by then although I was still walking and talking I was definitely asleep!
Back for overtime today – last day in the luxury sheds, which is a shame. Got back home to find that I had been locked out – didn’t have a key with me as I had lent it to someone else. Luckily Kay let me through her house and in through the back door.
Phil and Jake must have gone cycling, Jill was at Velcroboys and Dan at work, so am having half an hour doing Nothing.
Will do a little more catching up…

Lindi Hop!

Yesterday I worked until 04:00, then came home and slept until about 09:30 – then set off for Uckfield with Phil to learn how to Lindi hop! Possibly not the best time as I was more than half asleep.
We were a little bit late as we missed the turning for the hall, but managed to catch up quickly. There were about 20 there, it was fun as we had to change partners each time we learnt a new sequence of steps, but by the time we finished my brain was absolutely fried. I am not sure how much I remember! It would be good to go to weekly classes for a while but there aren’t any locally. We are going to go to the Leroc classes run by the same people for a while anyway, just to get back into dancing.
We stopped at the Swan at Lamberhurst (link) on the way home – this would rate Five stars as a childrens pub – they had an absolutely HUGE wooden structure with slides etc in the back garden. As we are now childless we went and sat at the front – too hot inside and set up more like a restaurant. The food smelt good, but by then although I was still walking and talking I was definitely asleep!
Back for overtime today – last day in the luxury sheds, which is a shame. Got back home to find that I had been locked out – didn’t have a key with me as I had lent it to someone else. Luckily Kay let me through her house and in through the back door.
Phil and Jake must have gone cycling, Jill was at Velcroboys and Dan at work, so am having half an hour doing Nothing.
Will do a little more catching up…

Procrastination

I have been meaning to set this up for over a year now – and a month ago got as far as creating the blog – and then have done nothing else! Mainly because I have so much to catch up on, and was going to create one mega-post to start off with. I have now accepted that this isn’t going to happen, and that unless I ‘go go go’ – I will have even more to catch up on!
It is very very very hot today, as it was yesterday. Jake and I have been re-arranging the end of the garden, to make it more fox proof, to move the chicken shed and turn it into a fortress (we lost four chickens to foxes) and to make room for a green house. The above picture is the ‘before’ – as you can see it needs doing!
I have been offered a greenhouse by a lady at work – it is already taken down and one or two panes of glass are broken. I have decided to look this gift horse in the mouth – I can imagine the time and effort of having to go and collect it, load it in the car, unload it and then try and work out how it goes together. I have calculated that to buy a new, larger one – with toughened glass – will take me 57 hours overtime.
I have just got a sack of onions from the allotment, and have started digging the potatoes up – it is hard work as the soil is bone dry, but that does mean that the potatoes are beautifully clean. It gets too hot to dig after about 0800, I have been going down at 0630 to pick raspberries, and now dig and pick mange tout peas and french beans. Despite being ill at peak planting time the allotment is still providing a lot of produce.
Phil had his new bike delivered yesterday- a lot of money and it comes with no pedals! Phil and Jake are doing quite a bit of cycling now – they have got the new clip shoes and pedals, which means that I have lost any hope of keeping up with them!Picture of bike-in-a-box with quizzical Jill guarding it. Note the beautiful diagonally laid tiles on the conservatory floor!
Jake and I cycled out to Paddock Wood on Sunday to the War and Peace show at the Hop Farm (www.thehopfarm.co.uk) – it was a lovely ride, very hot day but had enough of a breeze to make it bearable. When we got to the main road we were glad we had cycled as there was a queue of traffic as far as you could see.
The show itself was a bit of a disappointment, myriads of tents and men dressed as soldiers – nothing really seemed to be going on apart from old vehicles driving around a dusty paddock. Jake had a go on a quad bike, and then left me in the marquee while he went to look at tanks.
There was a 1940s fashion show on, which was really good, and then some dance tuition, The lady sitting next to me said ‘Come on, let’s have a go,’ so we did – and it was fun! I have booked Phil and I in for a tutorial on Saturday in Uckfield which should be fun as I will have been working all night the night before! Still, I will be able to snatch a couple of hours and then doze on the way over.
Have to stop now as I must try and get some sleep before tonights night duty!
Just to finish – here is a rose which has struggled through the brambles.

Procrastination

I have been meaning to set this up for over a year now – and a month ago got as far as creating the blog – and then have done nothing else! Mainly because I have so much to catch up on, and was going to create one mega-post to start off with. I have now accepted that this isn’t going to happen, and that unless I ‘go go go’ – I will have even more to catch up on!
It is very very very hot today, as it was yesterday. Jake and I have been re-arranging the end of the garden, to make it more fox proof, to move the chicken shed and turn it into a fortress (we lost four chickens to foxes) and to make room for a green house. The above picture is the ‘before’ – as you can see it needs doing!
I have been offered a greenhouse by a lady at work – it is already taken down and one or two panes of glass are broken. I have decided to look this gift horse in the mouth – I can imagine the time and effort of having to go and collect it, load it in the car, unload it and then try and work out how it goes together. I have calculated that to buy a new, larger one – with toughened glass – will take me 57 hours overtime.
I have just got a sack of onions from the allotment, and have started digging the potatoes up – it is hard work as the soil is bone dry, but that does mean that the potatoes are beautifully clean. It gets too hot to dig after about 0800, I have been going down at 0630 to pick raspberries, and now dig and pick mange tout peas and french beans. Despite being ill at peak planting time the allotment is still providing a lot of produce.
Phil had his new bike delivered yesterday- a lot of money and it comes with no pedals! Phil and Jake are doing quite a bit of cycling now – they have got the new clip shoes and pedals, which means that I have lost any hope of keeping up with them!Picture of bike-in-a-box with quizzical Jill guarding it. Note the beautiful diagonally laid tiles on the conservatory floor!
Jake and I cycled out to Paddock Wood on Sunday to the War and Peace show at the Hop Farm (www.thehopfarm.co.uk) – it was a lovely ride, very hot day but had enough of a breeze to make it bearable. When we got to the main road we were glad we had cycled as there was a queue of traffic as far as you could see.
The show itself was a bit of a disappointment, myriads of tents and men dressed as soldiers – nothing really seemed to be going on apart from old vehicles driving around a dusty paddock. Jake had a go on a quad bike, and then left me in the marquee while he went to look at tanks.
There was a 1940s fashion show on, which was really good, and then some dance tuition, The lady sitting next to me said ‘Come on, let’s have a go,’ so we did – and it was fun! I have booked Phil and I in for a tutorial on Saturday in Uckfield which should be fun as I will have been working all night the night before! Still, I will be able to snatch a couple of hours and then doze on the way over.
Have to stop now as I must try and get some sleep before tonights night duty!
Just to finish – here is a rose which has struggled through the brambles.