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- Up at 8:15am. 21C in, 17C out, hazey sun to start with before clearing to very sunny . . . walked BGdns and sat around for quite a long while before starting to head in towards the inner harbour. All along the way in the millpond like waters, I could see quite a large number of small brown jellyfish swimming/floating about. The biggest was probably no more than the size of a saucer, with plenty MUCH smaller. Unusual (to me). .walked around the inner harbour and then on out to the breakwater slipway, for Bella to cool off with a bit of swimming after her ball near the lifeboat. Carried-on up to the seat above the end of the breakwater for a long sit before heading back towards the inner harbour. Spotted another of those brown jellyfish along the way, and managed to grab a 'reasonable' bit of footage of it. Back to the inner harbour for my coffee under the old fish market roof. Whilst I was sat there, an 'exuberant' type of guy turned up under the roof and started rigging up a run of nylon strapping between a couple of the concrete roof supports. Took him a while, but he eventually got it rigged to his liking a couple of feet off the floor, and then proceeded to start walking barefoot along it, tightrope style! Given the 'performance' right in front of where I was sat, I of course HAD to start filming didn't I! lol I eventually exchanged a few words with the guy, and learned it was called 'Slacklining'. Looser than a tightrope so you could kinda bounce up and down on it. On reflection, I think I HAVE seen such things on TV. Funny guy - he appeared to be simply doing it for the buzz, and even happily encouraged and helped onlookers to give it a go. During my bits of filming, all of a sudden a visiting party of young kids/pirates appeared and assembled to watch him. Ultimately they all kinda press ganged their teacher into having a go. lol One of those 'golden' little 'ain't that cute' moments, captured on my camcorder I thought. That's just gonna HAVE to be a Youtube upload. I quickly dashed over and asked one of the staff which school they were from (without saying why) and quickly jotted it down on the little pad of paper I carry for just such occasions. 'West Alvington Primary School'. I did also subsequently get the slackline guys e-mail address, so I could attempt to let him know IF I eventually DID upload anything to Youtube. . . headed back up to BGdns. Despite being in a poor vantage point, and actually engaged in conversation with a dog walker at the time, I ended up filming the new Alysée offshore shellfish vessel again, as it raced back into Brixham from right out across the bay. A weird and substantial easterly swell had somehow risen up over the course of the morning whilst we'd been out, SO completely different to the calm it had been earlier. That Alysée appears to have an amazing turn of speed, and was racing in faster than the swell, meaning it made for some good wave busting spray making footage as it came straight towards me. . . eventually headed home mid afternoon. . . PCd the Alysée footage whilst monitoring radios. Around 4pm there was a coastguard shout. Because of the wind direction, and with the PC room windows open because of the heat, I even heard the distant siren announcing the launch of the Torbay All Weather Lifeboat, BEFORE I was aware of it from radio comms. Turned out to be a fishing vessel with an overheating engine off down past Dartmouth near Slapton Sands, requiring a tow back to Brixham. Oh dear - the Mysha Lucy - AGAIN! How awfully embarassing for the crew. By 16:46 she was under tow from the ALB, and they were fast heading back towards Brixham. Ooooooh - SO tempting to head back out to BGdns and film them returning (again!) - but by then, the PC was still laboriously uploading the Alysée footage to Youtube. Agonising! lol . . .at long last the file finished uploading, and I rushed to shut everything down and head straight back out with Bella (AND with the tripod). Walked BGdns again (at speed) and cut straight down through the trees to the usual searchlight gun-emplacement roof, but I knew from the 'rorty' (the ALB) sound of engines before I'd even reached it, I was 'just' too late! :o( The lifeboat had already brought the Mysha Lucy alongside, and they were already steaming into the harbour. Damn. I DID grab a couple of bits of footage as they went, and even then headed down to the harbour in pursuit, but really all to no avail. I'd simply missed it. :o( . . . armed with my tripod, and with some decent late sunlight, I decided to have a serious go at filming 'the' birds nest I'd spotted this morning. Whilst walking past the Yacht club slipway near the 'new' MTS building on the edge of the relatively recently extended fish market development which faces the outer harbour, I'd spotted Swallows doing aerobatics just above the water. Image of a Swallow's nest.Incredibly as I'd watched, two of them ended up swooping in between the top rungs of one of the harbourside ladders which leads down from a pathway to the water, right near where the pilot boats moor up. Zooming in with the camcorder briefly (as one flew away again), I was amazed to see they had made a nest in that little recess, and one was actually sitting on the nest!!! How amazing - and how vulnerable!!! Either way, that was just FAR too much of an opportunity not to be missed, although I've no idea if I'm actually up to it. To start trying to 'dedicate' myself to trying to capture something of such a thing. It'll mean days and days of hanging around down there filming, for hours, for ultimately maybe just a couple of minutes of 'interesting' (potentially priceless?) footage - maybe? Oh well - I've GOT to give it a bit of a go haven't I? Sat on the edge of the yacht club slipway and filmed the swallows nest for well over an hour - probably nearer two. Hmmmm - that's gonna take a bit of working out. Depending on the light and the time of day etc, it isn't particularly easy to see - and potentially not possible to see AT ALL at certain times earlier in the day if sunny. This IS gonna be a difficult long-term 'job'!!! There aren't even any young as yet. Eventually headed back home via BGdns, eager to see what the footage I HAD managed to get looked like, and whether or not it was worth continuing into the future. . . drank wine, cooked and ate a large bowl of beef mince, mixed veg stew . . to bed after 1am.
29 - Up at 7:15am. 21C in, 17C out, sunny. . wow - I feel really tired, headachey and generally dreadful - again! :o( Annadin tablet for breakfast . . . walked BGdns in the increasing heat. Sat around for a while feeling utterly dreadful before mustering up the energy to walk on down around the harbour, through town, and up to the vets to pick up the perscription for Bella's tablets to enable me to shop around on-line for cheaper supplies. . the minute I walked into the waiting room, the receptionist said she'd just left an ansphone message for me. Turns out the prescription actually has to be made out for a specific number of tablets - and because she didn't know what quantities whoever I'm going to get them from would be supplying them in, she'd been unable to make up the script! How f***ing irritating is THAT! I'd foolishly imagined they'd kinda write out a blank perscription and I'd be able to get however many I chose. It ALSO transpires that the vet will be charging me £12 just for the perscription (piece of paper)!! Bugger. Back to the drawing board. I'm gonna have to start surfing and get a bit more serious about establishing whether or not it's even worth going this alleged 'buy them cheaper on-line' route. . sat outside the vet in the shade for a while trying to recover from the unpleasant walk up there, feeling as though I could easily have just layed down right there and gone back to sleep!!! . eventually walked all the way back down town. . . went into the 'Shoe Zone' store and bought another TWO pairs of the cheap (£14.99 a pair) training shoes identical to the pair I recently wore out within just two months. A TWO pairs deal for £25. If I'm gonna be wearing them out so quickly, it's probably working out pretty expensive - but there really is nowhere else in town that sell any, so rather than have to start messing around buying something unknown elsewhere on-line, I just went for the easy/known quantity option. They are SO much 'easier' and more comfortable than my leather army type boots, for trudging around in this sort of heat. .bought supplies of 36 annadin tablets and then sat under the shade of the old fish market roof for a while, before heading back up to the higher seat in BGdns to drink my coffee and recover a bit. . stopped off at the pet store for gravy-bone treat supplies (910g @ £2.99) before heading home . . . did laundry . . . PCd this. 23C+ in the PC room, even with all the windows open and a good bit of air blowing through the house. .shortly after 1pm the postman delivered the F&S e-liquid base I'd ordered the other day . . .TVd . . .yikes - not another! Two in fact - although god knows where the second disappeared to!!!!!!!! A little while ago, there was a strange noise in the living room whilst I was watching TV in the evening. My hearing is a bit shot these days so I can't be sure, but I eventually got the impression that something had fallen down the chimney behind the gas fire from above. Later on, all of a sudden there was a buzzing clattery sound coming from the window cill, which turned out to be a freakishly large beetle of some sort!! Image of a type of beetle appearing in my living roomWeirder still was that it seemed particularly inept at standing on its own feet, and would rather seem to just lay on its back waving its legs forlornly in the air. It wasn't difficult to eject it out of a window, but it did worry me, in case I had some sort of infestation eating away the house timbers! Actually, I've lost track of just exactly how many I've had appear like that now. I think there may have been a couple of occasions - and then this evening, two more pretty much together!!! If they ARE coming down the chimney (which is what I'm fairly sure IS happening), then I guess there isn't much I can realistically do about it - but it IS worrying. So much so, I trapped one in a glass, relocated it to a kitchen worktop below a cupboard light, and eventually grabbed a couple of photos to enable me to attempt to identify them at some point! :o( . . . ate half a packet of chocolate biscuits followed later by a handful of oven heated chicken drumsticks with four pieces of bread and butter . . . to bed around 1:30am.
28 - Woke real early (some time before 6am!??), fitfully snoozed on, then up at 8am. 21C in, 17C out, grey. . . walked BGdns and got down there just as the weather deteriorated to a light drizzle. Sat around taking shelter in a bunker for quite a while, before eventually heading down to the harbour to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee. Jeeze - yet again I feel just absolutely sleep! :o( Eventually trudged straight back home exhausted and ready for more after the drizzle had ceased. . .PCd a little of this and then started messing with a few bits of video, but soon just didn't want to bother, and ended up feeling very, VERY down and totally 'non functional' and unable to do anything else. :o( . . . napped . . TVd . . ate two beef, grated cheese and mayo finger rolls, crisps, banana, biscuits, chocolate and bowl of co-co pops. . . to bed before 2am.
27 - Up at 7:30am. 21C in, 17C out, sunny. . . walked BGdns, the seat above the end of the breakwater and then back to the inner harbour to sit on a bench with Bella near the old coastguard station to drink my coffee . . got chatting (again) to an old guy I often see around the place on his mobility scooter, whose hobby appears to be taking photographs of everything he sees. The enormous lensed fancy camera he was using (one of a selection he was acrrying!) apparantly cost him WELL in excess of £1k !! 24megapixels I think he said it was. How amazing is that! Makes my little outdated 'blurry' Standard-Definition camcorder and knackered old 10 megapixel stills camera look a bit of a joke doesn't it! I WAS rather jealous - and yet, at least what I carry I can slip into one of my bodywarmer pockets and hardly notice the weight when wearing it. No way would I be able to walk around every day as I do, carrying anything like he was using. In the conversation I finally got round to asking what he does with all the pictures he takes, and if there was anywhere 'I' could get to see them. Turns out the answer was yes. He puts everything up on Google+ apparantly. Rushed back home after quickly buying some milk, so as not to miss Mum calling in. . .PCd very briefly and had a first look at a few of the mobility scooter guy's photos (Basil Taylor) on Google. Wow - he takes photos of EVERYTHING - and some of them very nice - and all in super high resolution!! Extraordinary. Just another reason for me to hang up my sad old cameras and give up bothering to ever film anything - because EVERYONE else is, ALL the time, and at much higher quality/resolution! :o(. . . Mum called in for chats etc . . . ate a piece of gala pie, crisps and a banana . . . napped, dreaming (about motorbikes and DS!?) until around 6:45pm . . .DF called in just gone 7pm for arguments, coffees and biscuits until around 10:30pm . . . TVd . . ate two beef finger rolls, crisps, biscuits and a couple of fairy cakes . . to bed around 2am.
26 - Up at 8:30am! 20C in, 16C out, grey and a bit misty. . . walked BGdns and sat around in some passing light drizzle before eventually ending up sat under the old fish market roof down the harbour for my coffee. Straight back home through town . . . TVd the news . . PCd . . . sorted out one of my domain renewals which was coming up to soon expire. Threw away £21.58 to keep it in my name for another couple of years, rather than have to face up to start thinking about letting it all go right now (like I probably really should!). . also bit the bullet and went on-line to order further e-liquid supplies. Ordered '100ml of 36mg strength nicotine, 50/50 PG/VG Base' from 'F&S' for £13.38 inc. postage. That's the same stuff from the same manufacturer I've had before, for diluting down and mixing up my own 18mg nicotine strength, 'toffee' flavour - which is what I always seem to end up coming back to, in terms of preferred vape/flavour etc. . . . ate two fried egg, grated cheese baps and a banana . . napped . . TVd . . . ate two quarter pound cheeseburgers, biscuits, chocolate, and bowls of co-co pops . . . to bed around 2am.
25 - Up around 7:50am. 20C in, 17C out, sunny. . . walked straight across town to the vet to pick up more of Bellas tablets. Irritatingly it appeared they'd not already made up my request (as is more usual). Had to sit around in the sauna-like waiting room for quite a while. It then turned out they didn't have the number (130 of each) I'd asked for, and I ended up only getting 84 of each ( £125.03 ) !! FFS. Time to start thinking seriously about trying to get my 'bulk' supplies elsewhere I think. After having paid, I asked them about getting a perscription to enable me to maybe get them on-line. No problem they said, and it was agreed I'd pop in to pick it up within a few days . . . walked down to the harbour. Wow - a lot of young fish (grey mullet apparantly) were all shoaling in the shallow waters of the low tide near the Golden Hind. Not entirely unusual at certain times of year, but still 'worthy of note' I felt. Grabbed the briefest snips of a bit of video for maybe 'sharing' on Facebook/Youtube later. Brixham Harbour Creche. . .eventually headed back out along towards BGdns. Weird weather. Fog was 'lapping' on the hill behind town, lay in a bank out to sea, and the distant shores all around the bay were invisible and engulfed in it - but strangely not Brixham. A little hole of sunshine stubbornly remained immediately above and well out across the bay. The 'sun shines on the righteous' and all that? lol That's Brixham's little 'microclimate' as I call it, in action again. It really DOES seem to exist in my experience. . . carried on out and up into BGdns to sit on the higher seat with my coffee. A small party of elderly people all dressed in 1940s attire and hairdos were being given a private guided tour of all the gun emplacements etc by members of the Battery Gardens Heritage Museum. I dunno - there's 'something' about the way people dressed back then. I like it. On THIS occasion, it was the suits and hats of the men which looked particularly 'smart'. Nevertheless, it will ALWAYS seem a bit 'weird' to me, that people want to dress-up like that. . . . aimlessly PCd/TVd the rest of the day away yet again . . .ate tuna onion and mayo in four small baps with crisps followed by a banana, biscuits and chocolate . . . to bed at midnight.
24 - Woke earlier then up around 7:45am. 20C in, 17C out, sunny. . . walked Bgdns. Very warm, and hardly a breath of wind to start with. Just sat around the gardens for ages before eventually drinking my coffee on the higher seat and then heading home . . . knuckled down to attempting to polish-off La Solitaire Du Figaro video I started yesterday. Hours and hours again! :o( Eventually called it quits and got it uploaded to Youtube (whilst making yet another coffee, sitting around, having a shower, etc, etc, etc.) and then attempted to message one or two 'potentially' interested parties via Facebook . . rang the vet and asked for more tablets (130 of each - around two months supply) to be made up for Bella for collection tomorrow . . .Image of worn out shoesfelt woozy tired but very much in the mood to being out and about (and especially away from the PC for a while), so decided to do an evening walk, which has of course become something of a rarity for us in recent times. I was just getting ready to go out when I discovered that my 'new' cheap trainers were all worn out and fit for the bin - ALREADY!!! The soles had all split and started to completely fall to bits at the bend points! Jeeze - £15 and they only lasted less than two months! That's shocking bad (even if I am doing at least three miles a day on average I suspect). :o( Figured I 'should' be able to squeeze at least one more walk out of them, so dared to put them on for their last outing. Walked BGdns and on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater to sit around for a while again. Returned to the inner harbour and sat near the old coastguard station drinking the tin of Redbull I'd taken with me, in the hope it would perk me up just a little. Unusualy it didn't seem to help my now almost constant/daily feelings of overwhelming tiredness - dare I say 'exhaustion'?! . .eventually trudged home through town . . . TVd . . ate two tuna, mayo and onion finger rolls with crisps followed by bowls of co-co pops and chocolate . . TVd until to bed around midnight.
23 - Up around 6:45am. 19C in, 14C out, sunny. . . woke at the PC as usual, eager to see what, if any, response my 'Tribute To Jock' video had received. Bloody hell! Over 600 hits on Youtube already! Phew - generally well received it would appear, from the small handful of comments. :o) . . oh my god - what a bizarre coincedence. Bumped into a news report online:- "Oscar-winning Titanic composer James Horner is feared dead in a single engined plane crash. He composed the film's score and its enduring theme song, My Heart Will Go On, which was sung by Celine Dion."!!!! . . . walked BGdns in the hot sun and still air. Eventually carried on down around the harbour and on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater before returning to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee. .straight home through town. . . PCd this for hours and then messed around with bits of solitaire yacht footage for ages. That's gonna be a real time-consuming pain in the ass to make anything of it! . . . mowed both lawns and poked around in the garden for just a bit . . . TVd . . . ate just a packet of wafer thin turkey slices, some cheese, pickled onions and crisps followed by lots of biscuits and some chocolate. THAT isn't enough for a day - again! . . . to bed around midnight.
22 - Woke earlier, snoozed on, then up around 8:45am! 20C in, 14C out, a hint of light rain. . . walked BGdns and then straight home . . . PCd and spent a ridiculous amount of time messing around with the awful bits of trawler race video I'd recorded the other day. I was determined if I possibly could, to cobble together a record of the emotional pre-race 'sail by' the whole fleet had done, as a tribute to the recently deceased and well respected fisherman, 'Jock' (whoever he was. Of course 'I' have no idea). I would have wanted to do so anyway, although I admit I also felt I had a bit of 'making ammends' to do, for having inappropriately posted those pictures of the wreath laying party on the 19th. . after MANY hours of working at it, I ultimately managed to cobble together enough bits of video to make 'something' of it. Because all the audio I'd recorded included all manner of inappropriate passer-by noise, conversations, Bella, radio comms, etc, etc, etc, I 'inevitably' ended up searching for some suitable music. I really had no choice - it just HAD to be the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir singing 'My Heart Will Go On'. Really - what could possibly be more appropriate/local etc. . . it pretty much took all day to early evening, but ultimately I ended up uploading the 'Trawler Race 2015 - Tribute To Jock' video. I 'think' it works - but it's gonna be a nervous wait to make sure I haven't somehow offended someone else, by posting links to it on Facebook. :o\ . . . drank a glass of red wine while cooking. Ate fried mince, potatos and onion with some mixed veg. . . TVd . . ate bowls of co co pops with cream . . . to bed around midnight.
21 - Up just after 7am. 20C in, 14C out, mostly cloudy to start. . walked BGdns, on down around the harbour, and out to the seat above the end of the breakwater. Whilst sat there, the big Dutch trawler Jan Van Toon left the harbour and slipped away out of the bay heading home, after having come over specifically for the trawler race. Couldn't help myself filming it a bit as it did so. Rather pointless and uneventful footage, but maybe ok for anyone who has a specific interest in that particular boat, and perhaps the general view and background scenery visible from that one, of several, favourite seats and vantage points of mine around the place. . . eventually back around the harbour, on out to BGdns and ultimately home . . PCd video while monitoring radios. From radio comms, it eventually became apparant that the Solitaire De Figaro yacht fleet had all left Torquay harbour, and were soon going to be sailing en-mass around and out of the bay on their next race leg. . . left the PC uploading the 'uneventful' Jan Van Toon leaving Torbay footage to Youtube, and headed back out to see and maybe film a bit of the solitaire yachts leaving the bay . . filmed . . . PCd . . .Image of me filming from atop the searchlight gun emplacement uploaded the end of the Trawler Race footage to Youtube and posted a link to it on the local Brixham Fishing Facebook page. . oh my god! lolololololol One of the 'serious' photographers who'd captured enormous quantities of trawler race photos, had also uploaded a small snippet of video he'd taken, of the lower part of BGdns, Trawler Race Control, and the assembled small crowds all watching the race. His video ended in a frozen screen in which I could plainly be seen sat atop my favourite searchlight bunker with my tripod, filming the boats! lolol :o) I'm SO used to 'being invisible' and filming everyone else, it strikes me as SO weird to suddenly see myself in other peoples stuff like that. I couldn't help commenting on his post in the manner of the 'Fast Show' I think it was - 'You ain't seen me, right?' (not that I imagine anyone would know which of the included crowd I was anyway thankfully). lol :o) . . . TVd . . . ate two small (largely empty of ANY meat!) cheap pasties, crisps, coleslaw, banana and then later bowls of co-co pops with cream and some chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.
20 - 2015 Trawler Race Day. Up around 7:30am overheating and feeling very not good. 20C in, 17C out, grey. . . woke at the PC. Oh SHIT!! My post to Facebook of the crowd on the deck of the trawler yesterday had received several likes and (because of my 'Early start ?' title) someone had even commented (subsequently eventually deleted!), kinda taking the mickey that the race was tomorrow etc. Someone ELSE had commented thus - "She was laying a few reefs and saying good bye to a dear friend and ex fisherman !!!!"!!!!!!!!! Oh jeezuz - I've posted 'for amusement', pictures of bereaved peoples private paying of respects to a departed loved one!!!!!! I felt AWFULL!!!! AWFULL!!!! :o( Too late to do anything about it now. I ended up simply posting the comment "Respect. Under the circumstances, I apologise for the 'intrusion' of having posted these pictures.". All of THAT isn't going to win me any friends around the town is it!!!! :o( . . .


walked straight down to the harbour and then up the steep flights of steps to get a (pointless as it turned out) picture of the whole pre-race harbour spread out down below.

Back down around the 'boozy' harbour and quickly on out to BGdns to get away from all the drunken mayhem . .

Despite actually having previously decided NOT to film any of the race proceedings (because EVERYONE else was, from all manner of far better vantage points, including onboard every boat, etc, etc) I DID end up half heartedly filming bits of the trawler race from atop the gun emplacement.

Bella disappeared at one point, scaring me to death!! First time I've ever experienced anything like that with her. I don't 'think' it was the frequent explosions of the nearby race control canons. I think it was more likely she was just bored to tears having to sit there for so long. She headed way up the path into the trees somewhere. A VERY scarey moment for me to be having her 'gone' and be calling out for her to 'come' like that. WHAT a relief when she finally came bounding back down through the undergrowth. Poor dog ended up tied to my belt for the remainder of our time sat there.


. . . . PCd. Wow - what on earth was I thinking earlier? All that effort to film bits and pieces, and all pretty much for nothing so it seems!!? TERRIBLE footage! I really don't think I can do ANYTHING with ANY of what I recorded! WHAT a wasted effort! :o( After having sat pawing over the terrible footage for hours, I eventually just turned the damn PC off and walked away in disgust at myself! . . TVd . . .pressure cooked some rice and ate a tinned beef curry, crisps, coleslaw, biscuits and chocolate . . drank some baileys . . to bed around midnight.
19 - Up just after 8am. 20C in, 18C out, sunny. . .Image of a trawler with a crowd of people on the deck all walked BGdns. Whilst sitting there playing a bit of ball with Bella, I noticed the unusual sight of a beam trawler heading out into the bay with quite a large crowd of people on the deck. It would be a normal sight tomorrow during the trawler race of course, but weird that they were all going out like that today. Couldn't help myself grabbing a snip of video - with the possibility of maybe posting a still to the Brixham Fishing Facebook page later. . all walked back and down to the FCove beach cafe for a coffee and some bacon in a bap . . . eventually back home to bid farewell to PS before midday . . . PCd and DID post a couple of stills of the crowded trawler from earlier to Facebook, with the comment "Early start ? Just heading out past the Brixham Breakwater this morning" . . aimlessly sat around . . napped . . ate a banana while quickly cooking, and then ate two cheeseburgers with coleslaw . . DF called in for arguments, coffee and biscuits soon after, until gone 10pm . . TVd . . ate chocolate and bowls of co-co pops . . to bed around 2am.
18 - Woke around 7am, up around 8am. 20C in, 18C out, sunny. . . phew - the wheelie bin was thankfully emptied without incident, despite it being largely full of heavy old microwave parts. lol . . walked BGdns . . . did dish washing chores, cut my hair and beard and vacuumed around the place a bit . . . PS arrived early afternoon . . . all walked BGdns, on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater, to the Breakwater cafe for a coffee (VERY hot in the full sun!), on out to the end of the breakwater and back, a swim for Bella off the breakwater slipway near the lifeboat, and then back towards the inner harbour. Sat outside one of the harbourside pubs for a half of lager . . headed back along towards BGdns as the Mitch Tonks/Rockfish Restaurant sponsored Solitaire De Figaro sailboat came across from Torquay into the harbour and headed for the inner working harbour immediately below the restaurant, for what I presume was a private PR type do. . brief sits in BGdns before then heading to the local pub for a steak meal and a drink (£7.95 inc. the drink I think it was). Took me a while, what with my false teeth and all. Bella had a few mouthfulls of gristley bits sneaked under the table. .Image of Trawler Amber J and me, PS and Bella on the breakwater eventually headed home . . . briefly checked in on Facebook with the tablet at some point, and someone had posted a picture taken earlier of a trawler ('Amber J') coming around the breakwater and into the outer harbour on the Brixham Fishing facebook page (as people frequently do). I could hardly contain my 'amusement'. Incidentaly captured in the picture, stood on the end of the breakwater watching the boat steaming past, was PS on the left, Bella between us, and me (the tall black ghost) on the right!! lolololololol Makes a change for ME to get caught IN the picture like that. Funny. :o) . . . TVd and chats . . . to bed around 1:30am.
17 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 8:15am. 20C in, 17C out, sunny. . . walked BGdns. Sat around and watched a couple of the 'Solitaire De Figaro' race sailing yachts crossing the bay into Torquay. That leg of the race stopping over in Torquay for the first time, has seen a LOT of publicity in the local press and on TV etc. Lots of associated events planned over in Torquay for the next few days apparantly. All the press reporting of it kinda 'brainwashed' me into being interested. I suddenly came to my senses when I realised all I was gonna be seeing from here was just another succession of sail boats in the far distance crossing the bay one by one. Hardly much of a spectacle worth bothering with. . . Carried on down around the harbour and out to the seat above the breakwater. Back to BGdns for my coffee. . to the local store for supplies and then popped into Mums on the way back home to see her recently decorated kitchen . . . ate two chicken and mushroom pastry slices with crisps . . napped briefly . . . attempted to sew up the tear in my new combat trousers which I'd made when dismantling the microwave. Also had a go at sewing up various of the velcro fastenings on my 'new' bodywarmer. Although it's just perfect for carrying all my stuff, that's the worst thing about that bodywarmer. All the velcro rapidly becomes detached because of the appalling/cheap stitching. It's been long overdue that I attended to that, and I've even sadly lost one piece of the velcro from one of the pockets altogether because I kept on putting it off. . at length I eventually managed to make my repairs and improve things somewhat, but boy was it tough. My eyesight has become SO bad, even wearing my dirt cheap, super strong magnification 'reading glasses', I could barely see what I was doing (black cotton against black clothes)! I ended up sitting out in the conservatory to do much of it, because there was more light out there. Getting old is SUCH a bugger! :o( . . . vacuumed around the place a bit and loaded the wheelie-bin up for tomorrow's collection . . . TVd . . ate corned beef sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and chocolate . . to bed around 1:30am.
16 - Woke earlier, just lay there for quite a while then up around 7:45am. 19C in, 16C out, sunny. . . walked BGdns, down to the harbour, back to BGdns and finally back via the pet store. Bought more frozen minced meat for Bella (because it generally DOES seem to meet with her approval, over and above anything else I've been trying to get her to eat) and also an expensive (14kg @ £26.99!!!!) sack of Bakers Complete to be delivered 'free' later. . . TVd/PCd/aimlessly sat around . . . snoozed on the sofa briefly . . the sack of dog food was delivered soon after 5pm . . . drank wine. . cooked and ate beef mince stew, biscuits and chocolate . . to bed after 1am.
15 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 8am. 19C in, 15C out, sunny spells. . . walked BGdns under an increasingly clear and sunny sky and then straight home . . . PCd a bit of this. .I'm getting an amber light on my new Spinner II e-cig battery button today - which indicates it's getting near to requiring a charge. That's pretty much three days of vaping on a single charge. That's a VAST improvement on what I was getting from my varied collection of different sized smaller Ego-T batteries. Having that advanced warning from the button changing colour is SUCH an improvement on the other batteries, which just seem to gradually almost unoticed give less and less vapour, and then suddenly shut down without warning. . .popped out into the garden at some point, and ended up collecting up half a dozen or more cigarette ends littering my path up near next door's garage!! The boyfriend of the daughter next door seems to think nothing of standing up there whene they are playing snooker, and throwing his butts over the fence into MY garden!!!!? I ended up placing them all over the fence and prominantly onto one of the steps leading up to next doors garage door to hopefully 'make the point'. Jeeze - something so silly, but that was all it took for me to immediately be dragged into a real down, worthless and despairing 'sid' mood. :o( . . . ate corned beef, mayo and grated cheese sandwiches with crisps and a banana . . . napped . . . TVd . . . ate biscuits and chocolate and then cooked and ate mashed potato, chopped onion, grated cheese and corned beef after midnight. . . to bed around 2:30am.
14 - Woke earlier then up around 7:30am. 19C in, 14C out, grey. . . walked BGdns and eventually on down to the inner harbour (picking up litter and a couple of other peoples dogs poop along the way! Grrr.). Spotted a pair of sunglasses in the water of the harbour, which had presumably been dropped over the rail (near the Rockfish restaurant) by somone. The tide was near to fully out so I dropped down the harbour wall steps to the toxic harbour floor and managed to retrieve them. Not far away, the hat which I'd spotted under the water a couple of days ago was STILL there sat amongst the black gunge of the harbour floor, but the tide prevented me from being able to reach it. (Exactly the same place I'd helped a tourist retrieve his hat when the wind blew it in off his head a little while ago. lol) . carried on out to the seat above the breakwater to sit around for a while. Near the seat, very nearly in the middle of the road, someone had put a big traffic cone over the top of what appeared to be a metal drain/access cover. I couldn't underetand why someone would have put that in the middle of the road like that, so on the way back, I ended up having a quick look under the cone. Turned out the heavy metal cover had been somehow lifted out of place and had fallen down into the shallow shaft. I reached down in, lifted it out and put it back in place flush with the road like it should be - but left the cone on top in place 'just in case'. . Image of Bella in salvaged from the harbour hat and sunglassesreturned to the harbour, determined to attempt to finally get that hat out of the water if I possibly could - just for the challenge. It WAS still there and the tide had gone out even further so it was definitely do-able. Used one of the metal market-stall rails stored under the old fish market roof to reach for it, and easily succeeded in getting it up out of the water. The toxic black gunge of the harbour floor had made it a bit of a mess, and the black marks remained, even after trying to wash it off in the sea water. Probably fit for the bin - but at least it isn't still in the harbour waters, 'preying on my mind' every time I walk past and see it. lol . . sat and drank my coffee under the old fish market roof, leaving the dripping dirty hat sat atop a nearby bin. I really should have just left it there because I certainly didn't want it, but once again 'for the challenge', I ended up putting it in a carrier bag and taking it with me when we eventually carried on, intending to see if I could wash it clean and make it potentialy useable and maybe worthy of a charity shop donation etc? Oh - go on then - truth was, I fancied a 'trophy' picture of Bella wearing the fruits of my salvage efforts. lolol . . headed back up into BGdns and ended up sitting atop the searchlight gun emplacement listening-in to a 'dog over the cliffs' coastguard/fire brigade shout just along the coast towards Elberry cove. The dog was eventually winched back up by the coastguard team and was soon taken to a vet by its owners for a check up! . . . pottered around and spent an absurd amount of time washing the hat and sunglasses. The sunglasses are actually not bad and something I could make use of. The hat is too small for me (not that I'd EVER wear such a thing anyway) and is now probably rather past its best - but probably good enough for someone to wear. Maybe I 'should' advertise the 'finds' on Facebook/Spotted Brixham in case someone wants to claim them back - although, my attitude towards people on Facebook in particular at the moment after recent posting events, is that they can all go to hell! :o( . Image of rubber e-cig holderspent another absurd amount of time making up an e-cig holder from the fishermans-net rubber rings I'd got yesterday. Glued all the rings together with some carpet glue, reamed the hole out just a little, sanded off edges etc, etc, etc. Ended up at length with a useable non scratch holder to keep the thing upright (desireable because of the bottom coil) and not have it fall over when I put it down. It isn't pretty (especially because of the visible rings of reinforcing material), but it does the job - and 'pleases me'. lolol . . . napped . . .TVd . . drank red wine while listening to another coastguard shout. Apparantly six kids and a couple of adults in a speedboat out of Torquay, had run out of fuel a short distance along the coast towards Elberry Cove from BGdns, and required 'rescuing'! The ILB towed them back into Brixham for them to make their own arrangements about getting some petrol to enable them to motor back over to Torquay. What sort of idiot puts to sea in a boat (especially with six kids!) without making doubley sure they have enough fuel (and containers of spare)? They didn't even have a radio! FFS! If 'I' had a boat, I'd have plenty of fuel - some stowed in reserve - AND a small spare outboard engine - at least!! . . Cooked and eventually ate beef slices, two yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and mixed veg with a pint of gravy followed later by the remaining half a coffee sponge cake. . Bella ate plenty today including a chunk of the beef dog mince (raw for a change) and some of my roast . . to bed around 1am.
13 - Woke around 7am overheating, up shortly after. 19C in, 14C out, threatening clouds. . .walked BGdns a bit earlier than usual. Carried on down to the harbour and since it was quite low tide, ended up walking around on the harbour floor just a bit, specifically looking for any of the small circular rubber rings which fishermen have lining the tops of their nets which seem to litter the place, and which I reckon I 'may' be able to fashion into a stand for my new fatter e-cigarette battery. Found a couple. . drank my coffee on a seat by the old coastguard station, as the wind increased but sky began to clear to warm sunny spells . . picked up and pocketed a couple more of the rubber ring things which I found 'laying around' on the harbourside near the public toilets. . back home via BGdns and the local store . . .Messed around with the electric drill and a miniature grinding stone, trying to ream out the hole in the middle of one of the rubber stands I already have for my e-cigarettes. . . Mum called in with food donations for chats . . . ate a pork pie, meat pastry slice, crisps and a banana . . did a little more laundry . . napped . . .TVd . . cooked up beef mince for Bella . . . ate two beef slice baps with crisps followed by half a coffee sponge cake and chocolate . . . 'endured' watching the first of 'The Hobbit' films which was on TV. Seemed to go on for a VERY long time! Definitely overly long and despite all the amazing CGI, very much not my cup of tea at all - just like all the Lord Of The Rings films. Such a shame . . to bed around 1am.
12 - Woke earlier, then up around 8am. 19C in, 18C out, hazey sun, with rain and maybe thunder forecast for later! . . .woke at the PC as usual. Got a bee in my bonnet about a post someone had made to the local Spotted Brixham facebook page. They'd photographed with their phone a man sat between two women on a bench near the bus stops in town. The woman on his left had her arm around his shoulder and he had his hand resting on her leg. The woman on his right had her hand resting on his leg. A caption had been placed on the image "Threesome??" with two smiley faces laughing so much as to draw tears. Lots of people had 'liked' it and shared it and inevitably made such comments as "Lucky fella !!!!!!! Pmsl ; Game on!!!! ; Something for the Jeremy kylie show lol ; Is that a gun in your pocket? ; What's even better is they're all siblings." , etc. It's bad enough that somone should be photographed and posted to Facebook specifically for ridicule like that, but what REALLY got to me was how to me, it looked as though the young woman with her hand on the guys leg was downs syndrome! MY intrepretation of the trio was that it was a mother and father with an adult downs syndrome daughter, just innocently enjoying their day out visiting the town!! TOTALLY wrong that the anonymous post should have been allowed by the page owner. It SO upset me, I delayed walking and eventually attempted to message the page owner thus "Dear Spotted . . I have had occasion to applaud your judgement on what and what not to post in the past, but I wanted to let you know how dismayed I am that you chose to post the picture entitled 'Threesome??'. On close examination it 'appears' that one of the individuals could well be someone afflicted with Downs Syndrome. Publishing the picture seems to serve no purpose but to encourage public humiliation of those photographed by the ignorant, as evidenced by the comments. You may wish to consider removing the post? Regards T" . . . walked BGdns quite late in a light raincoat. Hardly any wind and thankfully feeling very much warmer than the last couple of days. Ended up sitting around for ages chatting to a couple of dog walkers. As a hint of rain arrived in the air as per the forecast, I eventually headed up intending to sit under the roof to drink my coffee. All of a sudden at precisely midday, all the trawlers in port started sounding their horns - all of them, all together, at length. Turns out they were saluting a recently deceased fisherman whose funeral is taking place later today. A very moving thing to hear echo around the town and wider bay. :o| . . walked back via FGn, the local store for a few supplies and then the pet warehouse for beef-mince and rawhide chewy thing for Bella . . . yayy - arrived home to find my new Vision Spinner II e-cigarette battery had been delivered through the letterbox. Messed around with it for a bit and briefly tried it out before putting it on charge while PCing a bit of this. . damned if that post wasn't still on Facebook, and now with over a hundred 'likes'. Likes? WTF???? What the hell is wrong with people? It's no good - I couldn't help myself - SO angry - I just HAD to post a comment under the post - whatever the potential 'risks'! "Am I the only one to interpret this image as loving parents with a downs syndrome daughter innocently sat on a seat when visiting Brixham - only to have some idiot photograph them and post it to Facebook, titled with a tasteless innuendo, so they can be publicly ridiculed and humiliated? OUTRAGEOUS! Shame on you. Shame on you all!". Funny thing was, in the time it took me to construct and make that angry post, someone else had already posted "How sad to see the tone of the comments aimed at a group of people far less fortunate than some of us. It appears bullying happens in all shapes and sizes and is not confined to schools !! Some of you should be ashamed of yourselves." Thank god at least someone else is on board with my sentiments. Actually - in pretty short time, a few people 'liked' my post and one replied 'here here' - so I don't feel 'quite' so 'exposed' in having made my comment. :o( . . . PCd more of this at length . . . well - initial impressions of that new e-cig battery are that I'm quite happy with the investment. :o) On a 'medium' 3.8V power setting, it DOES seem to reliably produce a MUCH better amount of vapour (although realistically, that means I'll be using more of course! £!). Time will tell of course, but on the face of it, the combination of a Kangertech Mini ProTank 3 and the Vision Spinner II adjustable voltage battery, IS a HIGHLY recommendable setup. I would easily now recommend, that anyone thinking of going the vaping route, shouldn't waste any of their money on the cheaper disposable types (like I and SO many others have). They should immediately invest in what I now have. The immediate major drawback which of course I'd known about before I ordered it, is the size of the thing. It's a LOT fatter and longer than the little 'ego-T' batteries I've been using to-date, measuring in (with the tank attached) at a wopping 7.5" in length and just under three quarters of an inch in battery diameter, making it rather more of a handful to carry with me on walks! Also - the saddest thing about the size increase is, that it won't fit in any of the four little rubber 'stands' I've managed to knock up for myself for around the house, so I have to keep laying it down flat rather than have it stood up in something. Gonna have to work on a remedy/alternative for that??. . PS called to touch base . . . PCd yet more of this at length - before ultimately caving-in with it STILL not up to date. . .cooked up beef mince for Bella and got her to eat a meal . . . TVd . . . ate two haslet finger rolls, crisps, pickled onions, biscuits and chocolate . . . to bed before 1am.
11 - Poor broken sleep then up around 8:15am. 19C in, 14C out, grey . . . Image of buoy laying vessel Galatea off Brixham Breakwaterwalked BGdns, out to the seat above the end of the breakwater, back to the harbour for my coffee, and ultimately back up into BGdns. Ended up sitting atop the lower searchlight gun emplacement with the camcorder for quite a while when the buoy laying vessel 'Galatea' made its way from the Emstrom wreck site and stopped in closer not far off the breakwater for quite a while. According to comms overheard on the radio when it checked-in with bay-reporting, it wasn't intending to anchor and was using its 'dynamic positioning' to stay in the same place. Wow - amazing what these ships can do these days. Unusualy, even on high zoom with the camcorder, once I'd got the ship in frame, it pretty much just stayed there without moving hardly at all, meaning I didn't have to readjust or chase it around with the camcorder at all, as is more usual. A rare opportunity to have a slightly closer look at the thing. . . ultimately home via the store for bread rolls . . . ate ham rolls, crisps and pickled onions . . . napped . . . did dish-washing chores . . . cooked up mince for Bella and succeeded in getting her to eat a reasonable amount today. . . TVd . . .ate bananas, crisps, biscuits, chocolate and two pieces of cheese on toast . . received a weird spoken text message on my ansaphone at some late hour. Turned out to be from PS suggesting he was gonna be 'in the locality' some time next week and would maybe visit! . . . to bed around 2:30am.
10 - Up at 7:30am. 19C in, 13C out, sunny and windy again . . .with better judgement than I, the Brixham Fishing Facebook page owner had now deleted my post of the screencapture of the unpleasant message I'd received yesterday - and had been good enough to message me to let me know. . . walked BGdns and sat around in the unpleasantly cold NE wind in the shade for a bit, hood up, fingerless gloves on, before carrying on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater for more sitting. Wow - a hardy group of young kids from the Grenville House organisation were decked out in helmets and buoyancy aids and were suprisingly commencing a coasteering session in the roughish waves on the Breakwater beach prior to continuing along the coast towards Berry Head! Back to the harbour to sit near the old coastguard station (recently announced that it's been sold to the MTS group - same people who run the pilot boats etc) to drink my coffee before heading home . . . mowed the lawns. While finishing up out front with the strimmer, the easterly wind unusually brought the sound of the lifeboat launch siren across town loud and clear. 'Addicted' as I am, I couldn't help myself rushing into the living room to eavesdrop on the scanner. As far as I could tell from a brief bit of listening, some swimmer over Goodrington had gotten into difficulty and had ingested two or three cups full of seawater. He was safely back ashore by the time the CRTs and lifeboat arrived, and after being checked over by a paramedic, everyone was eventually stood down. . . did laundry . . .PCd just a bit of this . . . napped for a couple of hours . . . TVd . . . gave Bella the remaining stew with her biscuit which she woofed all straight down again . . ate a banana, two apple puff pastry things, two cheese burgers, biscuits and chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.

9 - Up around 7:30am. 19C in, 13C out. Sunny but windy with NE gusts up around 34mph. . . walked. Actually stopped just up the road and came back for another layer, it was so chilly in the shade/wind. Walked BGdns. Carried on down around the harbour and out to the seat above the breakwater to sit for a while before eventually returning to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee. All of a sudden, TOTALLY unexpectedly, Mum appeared next to me! What a shock that was. lol Sadly with her bad/worsening feet, it's a real rarity for her to venture down town at all these days

Mum . . sausage roll and a half for Bella from someone . . bought supplies . . . PCd. Finally bit the bullet and ordered a new e-cigarette battery. A genuine VISION SPINNER 2 1650mah Variable Voltage Battery (Black) with FREE USB Charger, sold on Amazon by Vapingman for £19.85 inc postage. . . comms on the radio suggested a trawler had pulled up part of a mine! It was eventually determined it was probably entirely safe and there was no problem with it being brought back into the harbour for the bomb disposal team from Plymouth to deal with when they arrived later. . Back out mid afternoon and walked straight through town and out to the seaward end of the breakwater to watch the trawler returning. Filmed 'Guiding Light III' coming in with the part of a mine somewhere unseen on board . . back to the harbour for more poking at this and that with the cameras. One of those days when everywhere I looked, there was SOMETHING worthy of filming or photographing! Oxy acetelyne torch etc . back home via BGdns . . . PCd and compiled and uploaded videos to Youtube and submitted posts to the Brixham Fishing facebook page. Brixham by Torchlight video and the (rather pointless/all in a days work) Guiding Light III video

unexpectedly received an 'abuse' message from a complete stranger to me! That upset me LOADS of course - and really actually scared me. I didn't think people who weren't 'friends' could message you like that?!!? Rather than engage with the idiot, perhaps unwisely I ended up doing a screen capture of his message (as here), and posted that TOO to the Brixham Fishing Facebook page - so that EVERYONE could see it!

People 'liked' my post!???? What does that mean? They agree with the guy who sent me the message or what? Very upset/paranoid.

The page owner allegedly 'removed' the person from the group.

. . . finally cooked up some mince/mixed veg stew around midnight and shared it with Bella. She ate a good amount. Ate a couple of apple puff pastry things . . to bed gone 2am.
8 - Up before 7am. 19C in, 13C out. Sunny . . . walked BGdns . . . pottered around for ages trying to collect up stuff worthy of donating to a charity shop. Whilst doing so, there was much comms on the radio from navy ships and helicopters.

'Winch serials' IN the local bay!!!!!!!!!

walked at speed with heavy bulging carrier bags and rucsack in the hot sun and managed to just see one of the helicopters before it left with its winch U/S

on down to the RSPCA charity shop only to be told they didn't have room for more . . dropped off everything at an alternative nearby charity shop . . . bought a box of wine . . sat and discretely watched for a bit as a woman had a suspected epeleptic fit and was treated by a paramedic . . back up into BGdns and eventually home . . . TVd . . . Bella refused all but a mouthfull or two of her food again! :o( . . . ate two ham finger rolls, crisps, coleslaw, pickled onions and then some biscuits and chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.

7 - Poor broken sleep then up around 8:15am. 19C in, 16C out. Sunny . . . walked the cove, the grove, BGdns, and then on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater. Along the way I spotted an unfamiliar vessel to me, moored up on the events pontoon. 'Alysee', a sort of barge type thing with three winches on one side, and looking very new. Pointed the camcorder at it for a while for a closer look. . on the way back towards the harbour after having sat near the breakwater for ages, the Alysee now seemed to be hosting some sort of a party or PR gathering of people, resulting in me having another nosey closer look with the camcorder, etc. . sat around the inner harbour for my coffee before back up into BGdns. At some point that same vessel exited the harbour and headed out in the direction of Berry Head at a surprising speed, still with plenty of the party on board, so of course I had to point the camcorder at it some more. . eventually headed home in the warm sun . . PCd and knocked up a couple of stills of the Alysee and posted them to the Brixham Fishing facebook page for anyone who may have been interested. It quickly turned out that the vessel was indeed new, was destined for some new offshore farmed shellfish venture (Teignmouth way I think), and was in fact the vessel of the 'owner' of the facebook page. He 'liked' my post and commented explaining that it was a naming party for members of the family. Given that, it seemed reasonable to edit and knock up a few short snips of the actual video I'd shot, and upload it to Youtube, really just for his interest/benefit/pride. Eventually uploaded the short snip of Alysee footage to Youtube. . . TVd . . . Bella unexpectedly left her food again this evening, despite it being the remaining half of the dog mince I'd cooked up for her yesterday, which she'd happily all woofed down!? :o( . . . cooked and ate two cheeseburgers with coleslaw and crisps followed by two bananas and chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.
6 - Woke around 6am, snoozed on then up around 8am. 19C in, 15C out. Mostly sunny . . . walked BGdns . . . Mum called in with the papers and food donations for chats . . . ate a pork pie, crisps, pickled onions and banana . . napped . . . TVd . . .cooked beef mince and rice for Bella and then four sausages in two cheesey baps for me followed by a whole pack of jam tarts . . . drank some Baileys and ate chocolate . . to bed at 2am.
5 - Up around 8am. 19C in, 17C out. Sunny . . . walked BGdns and then carried on down to the inner harbour to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee as the sun unexpectedly disappeared behind gathering clouds. Eventually headed straight home in a hint of light drizzle . . . PCd a bit of this around midday, just as the local coastguard teams and the inshore lifeboat were mobilised to do a search around Berry Head for a woman (known for previous similar incidents) who'd allegedly phoned her mental health worker to say she was on the cliffs and thinking about jumping. Everyone was soon stood down when she was located elsewhere by the police. . . cooked and ate four sausages with chips . . . napped . . . TVd . . . ate the last of the stew followed by biscuits and then a drink of Baileys and some chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.
4 - Up around 8:15am. 19C in, 15C out. Mostly sunny . . chanced my arm and put the big stainless steel microwave carcass out next to the wheelie bin, in the hope they'd just toss it in the back of the wagon. They didn't, so I'm still stuck with it. Damn. How the hell am I going to be able to get rid of that? :o( . . . walked BGdns and eventually on down to the harbour for my coffee. Back through town. Lugged a 5kg bag of potatoes and some onions all the way back home in a rucksack on my back . . .recovered from the exertion and TVd for a bit . . . popped back out to the local store for a few supplies and stocks of some ready-made strawberry flavoured 18mg nicotine e-liquid. 3 x 10ml for £10. I AM still 'mostly' vaping (just!), but AM gradually increasingly smoking roll-up cigarettes again. :o( . Also bought yet another £5 rawhide chewy-thing for Bella from the pet store on the way back. . . no sign of the pigeons in the tree today? I HAD expected another egg, but it DOES look as though they've given up on their nesting attempt there and gone. VERY sad - although I am a bit relieved to see them gone, and not have further emotional torment over them being in my garden . . . dragged tools and the extension lead out of the garage and got serious about having a go at further dismantling the stainless steel microwave 'box' - because I really have no other choice! Drilled out lots of the rivet/weld points and after a lot of bashing with a lump hammer and prising with a long iron bar, ultimately managed to split the thing apart enough to then fold and flatten the sheets of metal and get them stowed in the bottom of the wheelie bin. The bad news was, whilst doing that, not only did I slice a finger open a little covering it all in blood, but more upsetting, I cut a hole in the leg of my new combat trousers! Damn, damn, DAMN! :o( FFS - it would almost have been cheaper to have paid the council's extortionate collection charge! I'm gonna HAVE to see if I can sew them up and make a repair! FFS! Back to looking like a tramp then! :o( Ludicrous what I have to go through just to be able to throw stuff away. :o( . . . PCd for hours reading up on and looking at e-cigarette batteries. I could do with some new ones, and am very eager to give a variable voltage type a try. Trouble is, they seem VERY expensive, just for a battery. Yet again couldn't make a decision and eventually just gave up . . . TVd . . . cooked up a big pot of beef stew with mixed veg. Ate a large bowlfull and also gave some to Bella with her evening meal. It's a real pain in the rear having to be cooking for Bella like this all the time, but it DOES seem to be working. Today she acted in fine fettle generally, and was SO impatient and eager to have her evening meal when the smell of beef from the pressure cooker filled the place. I dare to imagine she isn't looking/feeling 'quite' so skinny even. . . Ate a large quantity of biscuits. . jeeze - Bella got through almost half the rawhide chewy thing I only just bought. I eventually ended up hiding it, so she has 'some' left for another day. I can't afford to have her getting through it so quick!! :o(. . TVd until to bed around 1:30am.
3 - Up around 7:40am. 18C in, 15C out. Sunny . . . walked BGdns, the seat above the end of the breakwater, back to the harbour for my coffee and home through town . . . TVd/PCd . . vacuumed and pottered around the place trying to find as much stuff as possible to load into the wheelie bin for tomorrow's fortnightly collection, including much of the dismantled old microwave. Damn - there's a split in the side of the wheelie bin! How/when did that happen? . . . napped . . .TVd . . ate two cheeseburgers with chips and coleslaw around midnight followed later by biscuits . . to bed around 2am.
2 - Up around 7:50am. 17C in, 13C out. Wind and rain. Ex Lib-Dem leader Charles Kennedy has unexpectedly died at the age of 55!! . . . Image of Torbay lifeboat tow training with Gerry Ann C walked BGdns in waterproofs in the gusty drizzle, and headed straight down through the trees to the shelter of my favourite lower searchlight gun emplacement to grab a shot or two of the lifeboat out on a routine training excercise. Just off the gardens, it was using fishing vessel Gerry Ann C for some tow training. They very quickly disappeared (behind yet more badly overgrowing self seeded trees destroying all the views!) back into the harbour to deposit the Gerry Ann C back on its outer harbour mooring, before the lifeboat headed back out 'to play' across the bay at very high 'rooster tail' speed. . sat and played ball very briefly before heading down into the harbour to sit around at empty aimless length beneath the old fish market roof with my coffee. Looks as though most of the fishing vessels are in harbour, sheltering from the weather this morning. The little public fish-market apparantly due to be held under the old fish market roof again this morning, didn't materialise. Someone suggested because of the bad weather. I'm guessing it's because all the fishing boats came in to escape the weather some hours ago, and had long since unloaded and sold their catch at the 'proper' commercial market? Eventually straight home through town in heavier rain . . . PCd a bit as the weather very slowly improved. . . put in quite a bit of time dismantling the old microwave out in the conservatory, as much as was possible, breaking it down into bin sized pieces so I could eventually attempt to get rid of it in the wheelie bin. I know it's 'wrong' to put such stuff in the wheelie bin, but without transport again, how else can I get rid of it? I DID go online and have a look at the council website to see what they had to say about how people are supposed to get rid of such things. I was really quite shocked to find either you drive stuff to the tip yourself, or you'll have to pay the council to come get it!! " If you're not able to take large items to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) yourself, you can ask TOR2 to pick the items up for a small charge." Their idea of a 'small' charge is to me a breathtaking £13 for the first item and £5 per additional item , although fridges, freezers and 3 Piece Suites are all chargeable per item and are NOT covered by the £5.00 additional item mentioned - and 3 Piece Suites are £19!!! (Garden waste is £6 for up to 8 bags and 50p per additional bag.) So I'd have to pay £13 just to get rid of a little broken microwave? YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS?!!! That's several days worth of food for someone on a low income. No wonder people fly tip such things. No way in this world am I throwing MY money away like that! . . the breaking up of the microwave did NOT go as well as I'd imagined it would, and with all the unscrewable bits detached, ultimately unexpectedly left me with a very large five sided riveted/welded stainless steel 'box' from inside, which I couldn't break down any further and which was far too big to fit in my small wheelie bin. Damn. That's gonna be a problem. :o( . . . over the last few days I'd begun to find twigs littering the floor beneath the one remaining tree in the back garden. I'd at first thought it was just bits of old branches falling to the ground, but it eventually became apparant that it was a couple of wood pigeons starting to make a nest in the tree! SUCH daft acting 'comical' birds - impossible not have a soft spot for them. Trouble is, having them nesting there is gonna be a real trauma for me, having to make sure Bella doesn't get her jaws around them at any point - especially if young eventually appear. Funny thing was, those birds didn't seem to be very good at actually building their nest, and more little twigs ended up on the ground than in the tree. The actual nest upon which a female was recently regularly sat (with the male touchingly in nearby close attendance), ended up being little more than a handful of precarious twigs on a bare branch. I wonder if they were inexperienced or maybe even first timers? Aside from their poor building technique, their choice of location, size of tree, etc, etc left a LOT to be desired. On top of all of that, there was of course the recent unseasonable gale and gusty winds for them to cope with, with that tree being blown around all over the place. Plenty more twigs on the ground this last day or so as a result. Well - all of a sudden, today I looked out and saw a small white egg smashed on the patio beneath their nest! Poor, poor birds! All that work and effort for nothing! I really could easily have cried. :o( The female was still sat on the 'nest', with the male sat only a foot or so away on another branch. . . . cooked up mince and rice for Bella while drinking a glass of red wine. Whilst doing so, a magpie appeared in the garden and had a few slurps of the smashed pigeon egg! . . ate a couple of bananas and the last of the rice krispies and coco pops in the house . . . TVd . .cooked and ate mashed potato, chopped onion, butter and four slices of corned beef all mixed together, followed by chocolate. . . to bed at 2am.
1 - Up around 8:20am. 18C in, 14C out. Windy, sun and showers . . walked BGdns . . . aimlessly sat around/PCd/TVd another day off, as the forecast gale arrived to batter and howl around the house, with peak gusts before midnight up around 60mph. :o( . . . ate bowls of co-co pops with cream followed by ham finger rolls, crisps, coleslaw and chocolate. Bella ate the remaining mince and rice with her complete biscuit. . . to bed around 1am.