Friday, 31 October 2014
Anyone who has read my blog more than a time or two will be aware that on the (rare) occasions when I feel like a solitary celebration/restorer, whisky is my tincture of choice.
For the past two weeks, and for the next four or five my dearly loved next-door neighbours have been/ will be having an extension built on their too-small house.
This for me is a good thing, since the alternative would be their departure to a new, larger house.
They prefer to enlarge their existing home rather than start house-hunting, so I am (relatively) happy to endure the drilling, hammering, churning of cement, etc in order to keep my lovely friends close.
They have a holiday home in Spain and are currently spending half-term there, so they are escaping the worst of the disruption. I, on the other hand am not.
Raising my bedroom blind at 7.25 am and coming face-to-face with a young man on top of a skip emptying a barrow is not my idea of Heaven. Worse by far, however, is the fact that every daylight hour sees me a prisoner in my own home. Unable to work in the front garden in the last warm days of the year. Unable to open my front door for any reason without a (friendly) greeting.
Today they departed at four twenty five, and by four twenty six I was out in the garden, loppers in hand cutting frantically at the white buddliea and a couple of the Hibiscus in the rapidly fading light.
Yes, I know I could go out there while 'they' are there, but I'd much rather not.
Breathing a sigh of re;lief at having achieved at least something, I came back in and watched "The Chase" on TV and as the fireworks began to crash and whizz outside (Halloween), I poured myself a very large whisky and ginger and headed upstairs to the computer.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 6:22:00 pm
Thursday, 9 October 2014
On my favourite soap-box, criticising the wording of TV ad's.
Have just seen the umpteenth version of one of my pet rants.
Presenter proudly holds aloft bottle, spray, canister of product with the reassuring words " XXXXX kills 99% of bacteria.
Which means that the product does everything but what you want it for.
It is not the weak, feeble mostly harmless bugs we want to be rid of, it's the 1% powerful malign monster which the spray cannot touch.
When oh when will advertisers actually read their own ad's.
Phew. That feels better.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 7:33:00 pm
Sunday, 5 October 2014
Friday's choir rehearsal was extra tiring because I had a persistent cough.
Thought it was just my usual reaction to a huge draughty and dusty church.
Saturday morning taught me the error of my ways, sore throat, runny nose, sore eyes and such a pretty pink nose.
This morning I phoned the choir mistress to tell her I was hor's de combat and likely to be so for a while. All this in a gravelly voice which would have done justice to Louis Armstrong.
Glad to go back to bed I nevertheless felt somewhat aggrieved to be missing the Harvest Festival.
There is a particularly pleasing arrangement of all the donated 'goodies', and I have missed it. Not fair!
It happens around this time most years so I shouldn't be too surprised but it is very disappointing to attend all the run-up to the day and miss the main event.
From here on the musical part of the church escalates week by week, as extra services pile up and more and more demands are made on our time and vocal resources.
Luckily we have a lot of new members, and while we all go down with the lurgy at some stage, there are now enough people to cover all the gaps
I shall not attempt to return until all signs of infection have departed, it wouldn't be fair to the others, to say nothing of the affect it would have on my aged vocal chords.
From the good but quite small choir I joined in May 2010, we have grown to a huge 30 strong one with a very good sound when we are all present. This includes 10 mice (my name for the 8 to 12 year olds)
The bats have started to make the occasional sortie during rehearsals once more, so we must be doing something right.
Unfortunately the resident arachnids are also 'dropping' by to pay their respects. Uggh.
I'm rambling so will return to bed, there to sneeze in comfort..
Posted by Ray Barnes at 8:47:00 pm