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30 - Up around 8am. 13C in, -2C out, mostly clear skies. . slow/reluctant to get going. Another morning of suddenly racing Bella down the stairs and out the front door to throw up a bit. :o( . . .packaged up the duff hard drive using the label they'd posted me, and headed out with Bella straight up the post office to be free of the damned thing. I was dismayed to find that the post office wouldn't accept it!!!??? The return label they'd sent me was for some specific carrier type arrangement, and the ONLY place they knew which they thought accepted them was in some little Spar store (I've never been to) somewhere across the other side of town! FFS!! . ended up having to walk another couple of miles across town to find the store. Thankfully when I did find it, they DID indeed accept the parcel. Just glad to be finally rid of the bloody hassle of the thing! :o( . . . carried on down to the harbour and straight on out to the breakwater. Wow - sunny, little wind and calm waters in the bay was MOST welcome after the recent days of strong gusty winds. Sat around on the breakwater in the sun for quite a while watching the seal basking in the sun, out on the 'usual' bit of the marina wave screen. .shopped for a few supplies on the way home through town . . recovered from the walk for a while before briefly heading back out to draw out some cash from the cashpoint and buy tripe supplies for Bella from the pet store. . . PCd and posted just a handful of photos to facebook before then setting about editing down one of the bits of trawler footage from a few days ago. Eventually called it quits and set the file compiling and then finally uploading to Youtube. (Two and a half hours plus!). . did dish washing chores . . .drank wine. Cooked up a pressure-cooker full of minced beef and mixed veg stew . . . TVd . . ate a bowl of stew, chocolate biscuits and a couple of squares of chocolate. . almost promptly asleep in the chair before to bed before 1am. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- WavescreenSeal ; BM110 Outbound )
29 - Up around 8am (piano). 14C in, 4C out, sunny. . . walked BGdns but feeling increasingly down as the day wore on, and very cold in the breeze. Eventually walked out and ended up sitting on a sheltered seat facing the sun near the lifeboat station. Out of the wind there, it was possible to warm up just a little. . a chinook helicopter suddenly appeared in the distance and flew low over the bay and out around Berry Head, but it was sadly all too quick and I was in the wrong location to be able to get a snap of it. Spectacular sight. . .shopped for supplies and then straight home . . sat around recovering in front the fire and feeling awfully down and incapable of mustering the desire or energy to do ANYTHING! . . .returned to bed and slept until around 6pm . . . guitarred briefly/TVd the night off . . ate bowls of rice krispies and cream followed by a couple of cheese burgers . . to bed just after 1am.
28 - Up around 7:45am. 15C in, 7C out, threatening clouds. . .walked BGdns. Sheltered in the gun emplacement from the unpleasant strong cold ENE wind. Filmed as a trawler went out into the rough waters of the bay. Terribly frustrating to be surrounded by dogs and dog walkers all getting in the way and making the footage unusable - and then the boat turned back around and came back in, so that was the end of that - or so I thought! It was only half an hour or less later when the dog walkers had all moved off that the boat appeared again and this time steamed out and left the bay. Ended up battling the wind and sitting atop the gun emplacement to film. 'Arduous' - but got some decent footage 'I' think. . on down to the harbour but I was by then so cold and windswept I ended up just heading straight home through town without even drinking my coffee . . . PCd the rest of the day away mostly, editing and uploading videos. . guitarred a little and TVd in the processing down time etc. . . cooked and ate two burgers in baps with chips and peas followed later by a few dunked biscuits . . to bed around 1am. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- BM225Outbound1 ; BM225Outbound2 )
27 - Up around 8:15am. 15C in, 7C out, broken cloud and some sun. . .walked BGdns. Still cold and blowing, and we ended up sheltering in the gun emplacement for a while before eventually heading on down to the harbour and then on out to the small park past the breakwater. . a hint of rain in the air soon had us return to under the old fish market roof for my coffee. Loads of rubbish was all stacked up around the place from the events of last night, and I actually ended up grabbing a big cardboard box lid that was strewn on the floor, to sit on while I was there. Oh wow - I hadn't realised how much difference that little piece of cardboard would make. Sitting on the floor there is often like sitting on a block of ice, but that cardboard actually made it feel pleasantly warm beneath me. No wonder homeless people often sit/sleep on sheets of cardboard. . straight home through town . . . drank some red wine and cooked and ate kippers with peas and chips . . . napped until almost 7pm . . . guitarred/TVd the night off. I actually felt rather 'strange' and a bit down, and couldn't tolerate any of the 'noise' which was on TV, and ended up just sitting in silence for a good portion of the evening!! . . ate the remaining half an apple pie with cream . . to bed around 1am. Fidel Castro has died.
26 - Up around 8am. 15C in, 6C out, grey. . . slow getting going and then walked BGdns fairly late. Filmed trawlers heading out, but the sea turned out to have definitely calmed down a bit, and it was borderline even worth filming for the most part. Headed down to the harbour for the 1pm 'Man and Boy' sculpture unveiling.
walked out to the small park past the breakwater and hung around out there filming for quite a while
shopped for a few going cheap deals on the way home through town
PCd a couple of bits of video and posted them to facebook. Sat on the doorstep for a while around 6pm when the firework display was going on down the harbour. . TVd . . drank wine . . cooked and ate a whole large pack of chicken pieces with coleslaw. Bella had the large pile of skin and bones once I was done.
to bed around 2am. (Today's
open-group Facebook posts links:- Man&BoyUnveiling ; Warmhug )
25 - Up around 9am. 15C in, 7C out, hazy sunny spells. . . walked BGdns and then out to the park past the breakwater to sit around for ages. Once again, not a single boat was out on the water in all the time I was there. . sat near the old coastguard station for my cold coffee before briefly shopping for supplies and then home through town . . ate a meat pastry crisps and coleslaw . . napped until DF arrived gone 7pm and woke me up! Ooops - I didn't set the alarm right. . .coffee and arguments till 10pm . . . guitarred/TVd . . drank wine. Ate a pepperoni pizza . . . to bed around 1am.
24 - Up at 7:10am. 15C in, 9C out, grey and blowy. . . walked BGdns. Very chilly in the strong wind and ended up sheltering in the gun emplacement for a while. Whilst both Bella and I were in there, a little robbin fearlessly flew in, searching for food by the look of it. The fact that both me and Bella were already in there didn't seem to put it off at all!? . . eventually on down to the harbour. Caught sight across the other side, near the old coastguard station, the tail end of the new statue being put in position on its plinth. A bit of history in the making. All being well, that 'should' outlive the lot of us . . eventualy carried on out to the small park past the breakwater to lay in wait for hours for any boats going out into the rough waters of the bay. Sadly none did in all the time I was out! Not a single one. . . ended up walking further along to near the outdoor swimming pool to get a few 'weather' shots of the waves, etc. . . ended up feeling real cold and tired and eventually headed straight home through town . . . PCd the whole rest of the day away pretty much, editing bits of video for facebook and the Brixham Weather / Harvester Inbound Youtube videos, etc!! . . . . . ate some microwave in the bag type kippers with a couple of buttered baps followed later by half an apple pie with cream . . . finally to bed around 3am.
23 - Up at 7:15am. 14C in, 5C out, grey. Delayed walking and messed around on the PC posting all the 'Brixham Fishing' Facebook pictures from yesterday. . . walked BGdns and sat around in the very chilly northish breeze. Too cold and unpleasant to stay out too long today methinks. Eventually started to head down towards the harbour. Detoured on the way, to climb up to the gun emplacement overlooking the laboratory building, and ended up clearing a carrier bag full of beer cans and other litter, etc to deposite in a bin along the way. . cars parked and work going-on again on one of the old heritage sailing vessel masts etc under the old fish market roof, so ended up sitting on one of the benches nearby. Hadn't been sat there more than a couple of minutes when Mum suddenly turned-up!! Wow - she'd made it down with her bad feet and all. Sat and chatted for a while before Mum carried on to look around the shops etc. . gave Bella her breakfast and drank my coffee before having a quick look in a charity shop or two, shopping for a few supplies, and then heading straight home. . . recovered from the walk in front the fire for a while . . . PCd and FINALLY got round to hooking up my new 4TB USB desk drive, intending to start trying to sort out safe duplicated storage of lots of PC 'stuff'. Oh for F***S sake! The brand new drive is a duffer. Nothing happens when its plugged in. The device manager reports it is unreadable. Why oh why oh WHY do 'I' (JUST me so it seems!) SO often get shit like this happen? So now I have all the hassle of having to try and sort that out with the seller. FFS!!!!! :o( . . .messed around with my other external drive, copying data over for hours. . did the mountain of dishwashing chores in the downtime. . . TVd/guitarred, drank wine. . . cooked and ate two cheeseburgers with chips and coleslaw followed later by chocolate biscuits. . 'snoozed' in the chair before to bed before midnight.
22 - Back up at 9am. 15C in, 6C out, hazy sun. . . walked BGdns real late. Sat around for ages taking boat pics. . eventually on down to the harbour for my coffee under the old fish market roof. . shopped for a few supplies heading back through town, and then stopped off at the local pet store for Bella food supplies. . .ate a couple of bags of crisps and a tin of sausages in baked beans with a little grated cheese . . . napped until around 7pm. . . TVd/guitarred . . .ate a pepperoni pizza with extra cheese followed by almost half a pack of chocolate biscuits. Today I guess I ate plenty (deliberately) - but I sure did need it! . . to bed around midnight.
21 - Up around 10:10am. 15C in, 8C out, rain. Lots of rain in fact, so I ended up PCing photos and facebook posts for a while, putting off having to venture out in it. . . eventually got all togged-up in full raingear and walked. Managed to reach BGdns in a clearing even sunny spell, so inevitably ended up overheating badly. Eventually headed down towards the harbour, taking the three beer bottles someone had left in the gun emplacement - AGAIN - to put in a bin along the way. Ended up getting showered on a little when I stopped here and there to grab a few fishing boat pictures - and then to grab a few vibrant rainbow pictures, etc. . sat on the floor under the old fish market roof for my coffee, etc, as the showers continued to blow through. A heavier shower saw me end up actually sat IN the small stream of water running from the gutters through under the roof!!! Ended up with soaking wet trousers through my useless/holed leggings! . . shopped for supplies on the way home through town . . PCd photos/posts for hours again. . PCd a bit of this . . .TVd . . drank red wine while cooking. Ate two quarter pound burgers in buttered baps with grated cheese, chips and coleslaw. . .promptly fell asleep in the chair in front the TV and fire!! . . woke somewhere around midnight feeling awful, headachey and overheating really badly! Felt very unwell and also all bunged up having difficulty breathing! . . eventually headed for bed but no way could I sleep in such a state. Ended up getting back up and sitting in front the TV for a couple of hours, coughing and spluttering after having sucked half an annadin tablet!! Eventually returned to bed somewhere around 4am and ultimately DID manage to get to sleep. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Rainbows )
20 - Up around 7:40am again. 14C in, 5C out, sunny spells between big shower clouds. . . walked BGdns, the harbour and then out to sit on the breakwater, taking a few photos along the way of course. Chilly but actually not that bad a day, especially considering last night's storm, which seems to have passed through already. . back to the seat near the old coastguard station for my coffee before home through town . . . PCd editing down the latest shout video. Spent hours on it but eventually had it done and uploading to Youtube by late evening . .Looked as though the rugby club across town were having some sort of 'event'. A substantial firework display errupted early evening. That was followed quite soon after by the police helicopter noisily appearing low over the house as it headed over in that direction with it's nightsun pointing at the ground. THAT was quite a little display in itself! . TVd while the ILB/ALB/R106 shout video uploaded to Youtube. . ate chocolate biscuits and bowls of co co pops. That was supposed to be a 'starter' for something more substantial, but it ended up being all I had!! I fell alseep in the chair in front the fire with the TV (and PC) on and didn't wake up until around 2:30am!! . ended up PCing a little more until around 4am before finally to bed. Trouble sleeping. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Gigs )
19 - Woke earlier, snoozed on then up around 7:40am. 14C in, 1C out, shower clouds and a bit of blue. . . walked Bgdns. Very chilly. Ended up sitting around down there for HOURS, oftentimes sheltering from showers in the gun emplacement. I'd started off by intending to take some shots of the gigs all out and about again, but it turned out the inshore lifeboat had been called out to help the police search for a high risk missing female who'd been seen to enter the water over Torquay way. The ALB eventually joined in what turned into an almost baywide search, as did the coastguard helicopter Rescue 106.
Body spotted face down. Re-submerged and disappeared !!!
filmed two seal frolicking on the rocks - at length!
the helicopter and both
lifeboats eventually stood down and returned to station, with
suggestions a police dive team would be continuing the search at
some point. . eventually straight home feeling utterly frozen. .
. PCd. It wasn't long before I saw news reports that around
3:15pm a womans body had been recovered from the shoreline at
Meadfoot beach. :o( -/Upsetting. /- . . ended up posting a few
gig photos to Facebook and knocking up an eleven minute video of
the seal I'd filmed earlier. Set it uploading to Youtube for
hours . . TVd in the 'down time'. Ate a pack of half a dozen
chicken drumsticks and two apple puffs. . once the Youtube seal video had finally finished uploading by
around 10:30pm, I ended up back on the PC poking at the very
difficult edit of all the lifeboat-shout/searching goings-on, as
Storm 'Angus' battered the house with strong winds. Gusts reached
68mph at Berry Head! . . . to bed around 2am. Difficulty
sleeping. Lack of food I think - definitely didn't eat enough
today. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Gigs )
18 - Up at 7:30am again. 15C in, 2C out, a strong breeze and showers again. . .walked BGdns. Sat around for a while and sheltered in the gun emplacmenet for a bit before eventually down to the harbour to warm up a bit sitting in the sheltered sun on the tiered 'visitor' seats near the fish market. Ended up being a prolonged sunny spell and it was quite pleasant just there. I was very much in the mood to have a day off from photos and facebook posts etc, and resisted any temptation to pull my camera out of my pocket. . shopped for a few supplies on the way home through town . . . recovered from the walk before doing a few chores around the place, which included reluctantly just binning some of my old ragged worn out clothes! . . cut my hair/beard etc . . . ate two large crumpets with grated cheese on top . . . DF called in for arguments, coffee and biscuits until around 10pm . . . TVd/guitarred briefly . . ate two apple puffs . . . to bed around 11:30pm.
17 - Up at 7:30am by neighbour noise I think. 16C in, 8C out, wind and rain showers. . . walked BGdns and sheltered in the gun emplacement for a while before eventually heading down to the harbour. The working harbour appeared to be quite packed, with many of the boats in, presumably because of the weather which was very much more unpleasant further out. Ended up climbing all the steps to the high vantage point overlooking everything to get a couple of 'overview' shots. Whilst I was doing so, a fisherman on one of the beamers walked out to the end of a beam to grease the end blocks. Grabbed a few snaps and then hightailed it as fast as my dodgey knees are able back down the steep flights of steps down the side of the hill to the harbours edge, and raced along towards the marina a short distance, in the hope of being able to get a shot of him doing so, with the iconic breakwater lighthouse directly in the distant background. Got down there 'just' in time to get a shot or two as he walked back off the beam. :o) lol . . sat on the floor under the old fish market roof for Bella's breakfast and my coffee as heavy rain showers blew through. . eventually straight home managing to mostly miss the rain. . . PCd . . the postman delivered all the remaining underwear supplies I recently ordered . . . napped . . . TVd . . ate pepperoni pizza with extra cheese followed by half an apple pie and cream. The pizza was VERY difficult with my false teeth. :o( . . TVd the evening off, feeling increasingly VERY (sid.) down. . . to bed before midnight. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- WalkLikeAMan )
16 - Up around 8am. 16C in, 9C out, sunny . . . walked Bgdns. Seemed very quiet out in the bay with very little on the water so ended up soon heading down to the harbour to see what was going on. . from a sign written car parked nearby, it seemed as though some specialist company had been called in to help deal with the oil spill, and plenty of people were on the quay and in the (Torquay) harbourmasters rib trying to deal with it. Ended up hanging around for quite a while just watching and taking a few photos
out to sit on the breakwater for a while . . back to the harbour to sit near the old coastguard station for a long while, watching the leaking boat being patched/welded up
picket boats with dogs on board!? I DID eventually ask, and was told they were nothing special - just pets!!!!? How amazingly 'civilised' they are allowed to take them along like that! :o)
home across FGn . . . PCd
photos/posts for hours . . . TVd/guitarred just a little . . .
ate all the remaining cold chicken, crisps and then half an apple
pie with cream. . on and off asleep in the chair for a bit before
eventually to bed around midnight. (Today's open-group Facebook
posts links:- Fuel Spill Update ; Picket Boat Dogs )
15 - Up around 7:45am. 16C in, 12C out, breaks in mostly threatening cloud . . .woke at the PC monitoring the radio. That big trawler in the bay has the divers down. .oh wow - on the Sea Tang guest house webcam you could even see the oil on the waters of the harbour all around near the lifeboat!! . . . . walked BGdns. Sat for a long while taking pictures of passing boats, with the big fishing boat as the backdrop whenever possible. Too far away to really see much, but with the camcorder on high zoom, you could 'just' make out the divers on the tug moored alongside her stern. .carried on down to the harbour for more picture taking. Plenty of oil still covering the place!
out to sit on the breakwater for my coffee . . back to the inner harbour where the three ships Xmas lights were actually done and switched-on briefly, presumably to check that they worked. .
an absorbant pontoon was being placed around the fishing vessel 'Progress'!!
. . . PCd all the hundreds
of pictures I'd taken and did multiple posts to Facebook for
hours . . TVd/guitarred just a little . . the diving operations
on the big fishing boat were concluded and the boat left the bay
somewhere around 9:30pm . . . drank wine and ate a box of kipling
battenburg cakes followed later by almost half a cold chicken
with a packet of crisps and some coleslaw. . immediately fell
asleep in the chair as soon as the food hit my stomach! Woke and
to bed around 3am. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:-
Harbour Oil Slick 1 & 2 ; Pride Volunteers ; Xmas Light Ships ; Turnstones
14 - Just a handful of hours of poor disturbed sleep then up around 9:30am. 16C in, 11C out, grey. . .walked BGdns real late (and cleared up al the litter left by yesterday's dope smoking trio of boy and two girls in my favourite gun emplacement, etc).
big ship in the bay. A fishing boat! Margiris - second biggest in the world allegedly.
on down to the harbour to
ultimately both sit on the Xmas pontoon for ages again. Gave
Bella her breakfast and drank my coffee and just watched as the
tide slowly crept back in towards us. The whole harbour appears
to be just one big oil slick at the moment, and after sitting
there for so long, the nauseating stench of it actually seemed to
start giving me a headache! . shopped for a few supplies on the
way home through town and then detoured for dog food supplies
before home . .recovered from the walk and TVd a bit . . ate a
large sausage roll, crisps and coleslaw . . slept until around
7pm . . . PCd a few pictures etc to Facebook . . .TVd . . ate the
last of the stew and a whole box of kipling battenburg cakes . .
to bed around 1:30am. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- FV Margiris ; Rooster-Tail)
13 - Woke earlier and then up around 7:30am. 16C in, 6C out, sunny. . . walked BGdns. Felt much colder than yesterday, and I wished I'd worn my coat. Eventually on down to the quiet harbour after the crowds had already left for the war memorial. A particularly low tide so ended up sat for ages on the 'xmas pontoon' near the Golden Hind for Bella's breakfast and my coffee, avoiding having to make conversation with anyone. . straight home through town. . . PCd at length with different file formats messing around trying to get video to work on the USB stick in the living room TV again. A length I DID manage to come up with a cumbersome way of making it work, by converting the standard video files to some sort of XVid. format!! Why on earth the TV can't read 'normal' (PC edited) MPGs etc from that stick seems to be actually down to the damned TV being real choosey. VERY irritating/disappointing. It DID at least enable me to 'prove the concept'. What I'm currently 'mostly' after being able to do, is simply have the USB stick in the socket on the TV, and when I'm in the mood, be able to simply switch over to it and immediately play music tracks and Youtube guitar lesson videos previously downloaded from Youtube, etc. JPEGs and MP3s work a treat without any hassle - it's just the damned video formats the TV has trouble with. . in reality, given how all the 'smart' apps on that old TV have now been effectively turned-off, and because the remote seems to be 'tired/hesitant' on certain buttons, I AM sadly starting to grow an increasingly 'urgent' desire to upgrade to a whole new 'smart' TV!!!! :o( . . . drank wine ate stew and loads of biscuits. Funny how that stew concoction I do, is ALWAYS so much better tasting after it's just sat in the pot on the stove for a day or so . . napped till gone 7pm. . . guitarred/TVd/PCd the evening away. . .ate more stew and some chocolate . . . aimlessly PCd until early before eventually to bed. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Gigs )
12 - Up around 8am. 16C in, 12C out, grey and wet after the overnight rain. . . walked BGdns. Sat around at length taking a handful of photos of mostly the gigs rowing about before on down to the harbour to sit on the cold floor under the old fish market roof. Managed to give Bella her breakfast biscuit but before I'd even started on my coffee I was joined by a talkative homeless guy (with a didgereedoo and dreadlocks!)! The last thing I wanted was to be trapped there having to make polite conversation, so I excused myself and headed off without having had my drink. . shopped for potato and milk etc supplies before heading home with my heavy rucksack . . . PCd . . . TVd/guitarred . . drank wine . . cooked up a large pressure cooker stew of mince and mixed veg . . managed to eat a big bowl of stew with a couple of pieces of bread and butter, although biting pieces off the bread turned out to be painfully impossible, so I had to just tear it all up into little bits and dunk it in the stew. :o( . . soon ended up almost asleep on the floor next to Bella!! . . to bed around 11pm. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Gigs )
11 - Up at 7am. 14C in, 3C out, sunny . . woke at the PC. Leonard Cohen and actor Robert Vaughn (the 'Man from Uncle') have died. . .left Bella and walked to the dentist for my 9:20am appointment
injections. Absolute toe-curling agony as usual!!
Cliff Richard singing 'Devil Woman' on the radio made me laugh through the pain. I even shared 'the joke' with the lady dentist, but she didn't seem particularly amused by it.
extraction and modified top plate put straight in
walked Bgdns and sat around for a while. Suddenly remembered it was armistice day, and I had enough time to get there, so briskly walked down around the harbour and on up to the memorial for 11am. Just the local vicar and a VERY small handful of people, and 'the usual' class of primary school kids laying paper poppy wreaths they'd made, etc. (The main town parade is of course Sunday - which I will avoid becuase of the crowds.) .
sat on the breakwater to give Bella her pocketful of breakfast biscuit before heading back to sit near the old coastguard station for my coffee. Drinking my coffee was awkward with much of my face still lacking feeling, although by then the injections were starting to wear off and I was starting to feel the unpleasant soreness. Soon home through town . . . PCd and just sat around feeling increasingly sore from my mouth as the pain killer fully wore off. . yayyyy - the postman delivered the cheap underwear I'd ordered. I immediately tried some on to make sure the size was ok, and then went straight on-line and ordered a whole bunch more!
. .messed around at length
compiling different formats of video to test on the living room
TV by means of a USB memory stick. Absolutely infuriating that no
matter what I tried, the TV could not recognise ANY of the
differing formats as a valid video file! Eventually gave up in
disgust, in a thoroughly bad mood with a VERY siore mouth by this
stage. . guitarred just a touch and then TVd the evening off,
hardly moving. The soreness from my mouth ended up with me
absolutely not wanting to have to put anything in it, but of
course I was seriously in need of food. Managed to get through a
small pack of crisps with considerable discomfort, before then
just resorting to eating a huge number of crushed up weetabix
'disolved' in COLD milk with loads of light brown sugar. . . to
bed before midnight. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Elevens's )
10 - Woke earlier and just lay there then up at 6:30am with the alarm. 15C in, 6C out, cloudy with some breaks. . . left Bella home alone (to gnaw herself raw on her back legs again! :o( ) and walked to the dentist for my 8:20am appointment. A quick impression of the top denture in place, and then relieved of them until tomorrow - so, toothless and difficulty talking/eating anything again. :o( . .(VERY nice to have the front door locks etc working well again - at the moment.) . . walked Bgdns and straight down to Fcove to throw Bella's ball into the water get her to swim out for it, to get some salt water on her gnawed raw hid legs! Sat around on the usual seat for a bit and then on down to the harbour to sit around with my coffee, and to give Bella her breakfast biscuit. Showers saw us end up on the floor under the old fish market roof. Felt worn-out and down, and not even in the mood to look for any photo opportunities. . briefly shopped for milk and mince supplies before heading straight home in some heavier rain. . . recovered from the walk in front the TV for a bit. . did laundry. . Where the hell is the underwear I recently ordered? Should have been here by now, even if posted second class! Awww jeeze - don't tell me I'm gonna have a load of hassle over that now. :o( . . PCd this at length, trying to catch up-ish. . . felt pretty rough and headachey. Managed to sleep for a short while . . . TVd . . .managed to swallow my way through six sausage rolls chopped into little pieces and mixed with a tin of soup followed later by Weetabix dissolved in milk . . . to bed around 11:30pm.
9 - Up at 8am. 14C in, 7C out, cloudy but with increasing sunny spells. .appalled and dismayed to find on the news that Trump has won the US election. :o( . . . walked BGdns. Sheltered from the unpleasantly strong NW wind and passing showers in my favourite gun emplacement for quite a while. Plenty of rainbows. Eventually headed down towards the harbour. Looked as though one of the yachts had come adrift from its mooring and it had ended up against the harbour wall near the fish market. Harbour staff and the pilot boat eventually dragged it round to be tied up safely against the town pontoon. Just a 'little' bit of damage as far as I can see. .ended up walking all the way out to sit on the breakwater whilst giving Bella her breakfast. As we started to head back across 'the hard' (the big WW2 slipway next to the end of the breakwater) I spotted some sort of red plastic dustpan type of affair washed up at the waters edge. I DO actually have an old plastic dustpan and brush, which DOES come in handy from time to time, but the plastic dustpan has long been partially snapped/broken. So - yep - I ended up carrying the thing all the way home with me! lol . Back to near the old coastguard station for my coffee. Harbour staff were dragging one of the new 'plastic/modular' pontoons into the inner harbour, to be tied up near the William Of Orange statue. I assume that'll be for the Christmas lights. . eventually home through town. PCd and posted stuff to Facebook but ended up with something amiss with the PC!!? Spent hours messing around with it only for it to seemingly suddenly return to normal!? It really is starting to look as though it's days are numbered. :o( Messing around with a PC (and increasingly out of touch with modern developments) is the LAST thing I want to be having to do! :o( . . . TVd . . drank wine . . ate two chicken kievs, peas and chips . . to bed just after 11pm. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Xmas-Pontoon ; Yacht-Resolution ; Rainbows ; Rainbow_VideoSnip )
8 - Up at 8:45am. 15C in, 6C out, cloudy. . . walked BGdns and sat around for quite a while taking fishing boat pictures. Eventually on down to the harbour for yet more of the same. A seal was right in the inner harbour again, eating a big fish, so maybe that's (becoming?) rather more of a common occurence than I'd thought. Hung around for ages trying to get some footage again, but this one seemed to spend very little time coming up for air. . eventually home through town before the forecast (late to arrive) rain. . .reluctantly messed around with the hinges on the front door, trying to raise the locking mechanism on the other side of the door so it doesn't foul parts on the frame. It hasn't been right for a long while now, and inexplicably putting in that insulation and gluing that bit of trim back on the other day, seemed to have somehow made things worse!! . . I 'think' I've made it better now, but time will tell - expansion in the sun etc seems to make it change radically over time!!? With the lock mechanisms lightly greased and the keyholes WD40d etc, at the moment it's about as good as its ever been. Fingers crossed. . . PCd for hours posting all the fishing pics to Facebook. . . TVd as the forecast heavy rain poured . . . drank red wine . . ate crisps and a tin of sausages in baked beans with the last of the chopped ham and pork and some grated cheese, followed later by chocolate biscuits . . . to bed around 12:30am.
7 - Up around 8:30am. 15C in, 7C out, sunny blue. . walked BGdns and then on out to sit on the breakwater in the sun to warm up just a little before back to the harbour for my coffee. Picked up my (external hard drive) parcel from the sorting office on the way home through town. . .back at home, it soon became apparant that despite explicitely buying one of the older style hard drives, I'd been sent one of the newer ones, so all that going out of my way to order one advertised as the same as my old one, was a completely wasted effort. I was so disgusted by that (of course I can't/won't complain because I was sent the newer/current version) I ended up just dumping the thing in the PC room for messing around with some other time. :o( . . .PCd a few pictures and then somehow spent the WHOLE rest of the day just messing around on the PC looking at guitar stuff and having a poke at the guitar etc. . . TVd . . .ate a large pepperoni pizza with some chopped ham and pork added together with extra cheese . . . to bed around midnight. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Ballan-Wrasse )
6 - Back up around 9:30am after only a handful of hours sleep. 15C in, 8C out, sunny. . .walked BGdns. Sat and grabbed just a few photos as yachts raced around the bay in the stiff breeze. Eventually carried on down to the harbour, out to sit on the breakwater and then back to a seat near the old coastguard station for my coffee. A beautiful sunny day, but a real unpleasant feeling cold North westerly wind had me eager to just get home out of it . . shopped briefly and then home through town . . . drank a little wine. Ate a pack of oven heated chicken coujons with coleslaw and mayo . . . napped until almost 8pm! . . . TVd the evening off . . .ate just a pack of four apple puffs and then a bunch of chocolate biscuits. . . to bed gone 2am. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Yacht-Shots )
5 - Up around 8am. 15C in, 6C out, sunny. . .walked BGdns. A chilly Northish breeze. Sat around for ages taking a few photos of the passing gigs and fishing boats etc. Quite a bit of swell on the waters of the bay. Carried on down to the harbour. A small gathering of passers-by near the old coastguard station eventually alerted me to the fact there was 'something' of possible interest in the water of the inner harbour. Hastened around to that side and got there after the small crowd had already dispersed. It turned out to be a seal happily hunting for food and ocasionaly surfacing and bobing up and down, etc. I am priveliged see seal most days of course, but seeing one right in the inner harbour like that, IS a little 'less usual'. Ended up hanging around on the harbourside for at least half an hour grabbing a few snips of footage every time it reappeared, before eventually heading back out towards the outer harbour. . carried on out to the breakwater and walked half way along it, just so I could get a shot of a particular fishing vessel I hadn't seen here before, which was tied-up alongside a hard to see part of the fish quay. (Unexpectedly turned out to be Irish - 'Ellie-Adhamh' - and painted almost like a Cadburys Dairy-Milk chocolate box! lol) . Sat around on the sheltered seats backing onto the breakwater near the lifeboat station for a while, just to be out of the wind and warming up in the sun. . . back to the inner harbour and actually sat on the end of the deserted middle (working) quay for my coffee, to be in the sun and away from the liklihood of having to converse with any passers by. I just wasn't in the mood to have to make the usual small-talk with everyone wanting to fuss over Bella etc. . . on the way home through town, I spotted a neat-looking camera tripod outside a charity shop ('Animals In Distress' I think it was) for a mere £7:50. Ooohhhh - I reckon that would be ideal for those RARE occasions when 'something' makes carrying the weight of the thing worthwhile to me. A 'Comet 3000' with '2-way fluid head, quick release shoe' and of particular interest to ME (for video 'follows' on high zoom) it had a really rather long handle/grip. Every other tripod I've had my hands on seems to have too short a handle for MY needs. I've long since reasoned/figured-out that an extra-long handle would enable me to be more precise and make smaller movements of the camera for a larger movement of my arm - particularly necessary because of everything I do on such high zoom. Blah, blah, blah - anyway, it seemed like too good an opportuinity to pass up. I checked it over as best I could and then went straight ahead and bought it before then heading straight home. . damn - I'd missed the postman trying to deliver my new hard drive. Gonna have to go pick that up from the sorting office next week. . excitedly pulled the tripod back out of its box and had a bit of a play with it. Within five minutes I'd discovered I'd thrown my money away! Ohhh FFS!! Every single one of the six (two per leg) nylon height adjustment clamps was fractured and split-through, meaning that there was absolutely no way of locking the extended legs into position. The way it appeared to be made also meant there was NO way it could be repaired or modified. It was quite simply, inescapably fit for the bin! What sort of a person would have donated such a thing to a charity shop, to be sold to some unsuspecting idiot like me? Since just about EVERYTHING I buy ends up being junk and a waste of money, I was soon resigned to yet another disappointment. I 'could' of course have taken it back to the store for a refund, but - well - I just didn't want the 'hassle', and it WAS an Animals In Distress charity shop after all. I NEVER give ANY money to ANY charity - so figured on this occasion I'd swallow the loss and treat it as though I'd made a worthy donation for once. I'm still disappointed and irritated of course. Oh well - that'll teach me to be more careful in the future. :o( . . PCd photos and seal video snips for Facebook posts for hours . . TVd/guitarred the evening away as lots of fireworks were let off around the place. Weird how Bella has suddenly grown to be 'uncomfortable' with firework noise. Dunno why she's got a bit uptight about them - after all, pretty much the first thing I ever did with her was go and watch fireworks up on FGn as I recall. . part way through the evening someone rang the front door bell! That NEVER happens at that time of night. It really had me jump and get VERY uptight before answering. Turned out to be one of the new neighbour's parents, just giving me the heads up they were intending to let off a few fireworks (for the kids), and concerned I should know from the perspective of Bella etc. That was jolly decent of them I thought. :o) (As it turned out, there was so much noise from bigger displays across the valley, neither I nor Bella were even really aware of them letting any off at all!) . . drank red wine while cooking. Ate a big pot of boiled buttery mixed veg with diced chopped ham and pork . . TVd/PCd until deep into early before bed. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Harbour-Seal ; Gigs)
4 - Up around 7:30am. 15C in, 9C out, rain. .slow getting going and ended up PCing a bit and doing a couple of posts. . . walked BGdns in a very light rain. Turned out to be quite an unpleasant squally wind blowing into the gardens and I ended up sheltering in the gun emplacement for quite a while. Eventually headed down to underneath the old fish market roof for my coffee. . shopped for milk and supplies on the way home through town . . . PCd the whole rest of the day away, poking at guitar lesson videos on Youtube etc. - but of course, getting absolutely nowhere. The whole business continues to be utterly impenetrable to me! Little schoolkids appear to be able to pick up a guitar and sing a song pretty quick, but for some reason, my brain just doesn't seem to be wired that way, and I just can't seem to 'get it'. Bloody typical. :o( . . .drank red wine/TVd (with the fire on) . . .'couldn't be bothered' to do food again, and ended up just eating six reduced price sausage rolls, crisps and coleslaw followed by biscuits . . . to bed around midnight.
3 - Up 'just' before the 7am alarm. 15C in, 4C out, mostly cloudy to start. . woke at the PC, got clean, etc. . .left Bella home alone and walked to the dentist for my 8:40am appointment. . as I'd suspected would have to be the case, it was quickly determined that since that broken tooth would require the TOP denture being modified, the pre-existing appointments for the new lower denture would all now be rescheduled etc, etc, and the emphasis would have to shift to sorting out additions to the top one, etc. It was also agreed that there was now really no point in hanging on to my one remaining tooth, so that would be pulled out next week after the top plate had been sent off for the required additions. All that was for the near future - the priority today was to extract the root of the latest broken (painful) one. As usual, the painkiller injections were absolute toe curling bloody agony! I can't understand why dentistry seems to be SO backward in this regard. Of course once the injections took effect, I thankfully couldn't feel anything, and the actual extraction was entirely ok. . soon heading back out, with a HUGE list of future appointments! :o( . . . back at home I felt absolutely awful. Utterly 'drained' is the best way I can describe it! It can ONLY have been because of the extreme anxiety the dentist visit had made me feel - AND the toe curlingingly painful injections. I don't recall having felt quite so bad before!?? Ended up just sat at the PC again for quite a long while, trying to 'recover' - but even with my head resting on the table for quite some time. At some point I bizarrely ended up going on-line and ordering another desktop external hard-drive! A 4TB Seagate Expansion for £103:94. (I actually spent a long while surfing them, and finally went out of my way to order an OLDER style one, exactly the same as one I'd bought before. I wasn't interested in the slightly altered cosmetic design changes of the new model. Having a slightly older model, identical to what I already have, has the advantage to ME of being able to immediately swap connections and be able to use the same power supply etc, etc, etc. All this photography and HD video stuff I've been doing, is an absolute nightmare in terms of storage - but I am absolutely NOT (yet?) prepared to just delete it all. Some of what I've captured IS absolutely in my opinion of some potential 'historical' significance, and I even have fantasies about possibly donating a hard drive to the local museum when I go! lol I'm sure that'll never happen, nevertheless I AM prepared to throw away some of my money on at least 'attempting' to keep as much of that data as I possibly can for the forseeable future at least. . . eventually managed to muster the energy to walk. Walked BGdns. Couldn't feel much of my face or the left side of my nose, and was in danger of unknowingly dribbling and having my nose running!! Embarassing. Eventualy headed on down towards the harbour, stopping along the way to sit on a seat and try to get a few snips of a seal, frequently surfacing in the same spot and blowing bubbles through its nose for ages. . carrying on along the coastal path past the fish market, immediately before reaching the inner harbour I was greeted by the sight of some old guy urinating against a stone wall, next to some seats near the harbour security office!! Given the proximity of the seats where people often sit and eat their (Rockfish) chips, and the fact that the public toilets were only perhaps less than a 100 metres away, that seemed pretty out of order to me and I got a little bit 'outraged' by it. As I passed him by, I disapprovingly 'exclaimed' that the public toilets were 'only just over there!!'. He seemed embarassed and apologetic and went on to explain he'd had some sort of operation and when he had to go, he HAD to go! Arguably not necessarily a valid excuse (given all the restraunts and pubs etc nearby), but given how 'I' have been starting to have 'issues' over how long I can hold mine, I immediately felt sorry for him and tried to make a joke of the fact that I was starting to know how that might feel etc. Basically, I just ended up feeling guilty for my judgemental outburst! :o(. . . sat near the old coastguard station for my coffee, feeling real 'fragile'. :o( . . shopped for a few 'going cheap' supplies on the way slowly home through town. . . on arriving at home and going to open the front door, I discovered the strip of UPVC trim above the top of the front door where it meets the rotting porch roof, was now badly hanging off and only being held from falling off completely by a bit of the white silicon sealant. :o( The LAST thing I needed was to have to start trying to botch a fix to that right now, but it was in such poor shape, and the weather forecast wasn't good - I really had no choice. God I hope those damned cowboy window fitters are having a tough life!!!! :o( . . used an old foot-stool to be able to reach up and remove the strip of trim and much of the old silicon from immediately beneath the porch roof. Predictably, THAT revealed a huge unfilled gap behind and all around the door - which of course explains why all those new windows and the door make such howling noises in really windy weather - and why the place is so draughty and cold. In short, there is nothing between me and the outside except the thin failing bits of silicon sealant around them all!!! F***ing outrageous! What had made the problem worse in that particular area was the 'shifting' rotten timbers beneath the leaky porch roof - which is of course a joined/shared roof with next door, hence me NOT being able to just go ahead and do a DIY botch/replacement to it all as I would 'once' have done! . . to cut a long story short, I found in the garage I had 'just' enough of 'The Works' silicon glue left in the tube I bought for glueing the aerial insulator back on the ridge tile, to botch and glue the strips of PVC back in place. That glue stuff, like the guy in the store suggested when I bought it, IS really VERY good at what it does. So - I cut to length and then screwed a temporary thin batten of timber across all the porch roof timbers, to help stop them moving around so much, and to give a flatter more stable surface to work to. I then popped up in the attic and grabbed a big piece of fibreglass insulation, and proceeded to fill the void behind the top of the door with it. NOT the right thing to do of course (heaven forbid rain should ever reach it!), but - well - lets face it, no matter what I do, it can't be any worse than the state those window fitters left me in. (It IS my intention IF I can ever muster the energy ever again, to do something similar on the inside, around my bedroom/living room windows in an attempt to improve things!!!! The small portion of the inside of the living room window I did the same thing to ages ago, DOES seem to have proved itself over time.) Ultimately I then used the silicon glue to fix and seal the two bits of trim back in place - better than they were before! It IS a 'botch', it doesn't look pretty, but it'll have to do for the forseeable future (at least until it's all re-visited when the porch roof gets a major overhaul/replacement. Without question, it HAS improved the draughtiness and soundproofing behind that door, and has at least enabled me to forget about it all again, for a while at least. . cleared up and vacuumed etc and then pushed-on and de-dusted and vacuumed out the living room gas fire, making it ready for its first use this winter. With the front door open for so long, the house was VERY cold, and I needed to be able to warm up! . . popped an annadin tablet to desensitise my mouth (which actually wasn't hurting 'that' bad at all considering). . TVd the evening off. Ate two small sausage rolls with crisps and coleslaw followed later by TWO packs of reduced price oven cooked chicken coujons with lots of mayo and then three weetabix and some squares of chocolate. Suprisingly happily managed all that pretty much ok. . to bed around midnight. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Various ; Bubbleing-Seal )
2 - Woke earlier, snoozed-on then up around 7:45am. 16C in, 10C out, sunny blue. . .walked BGdns and then home via the local store and the pet store for supplies. . . did dish washing and vacuuming chores .Washed all Bella's towels and got them out on the line to dry at least a bit . . PCd. The dentist receptionist inexplicably called suggesting that tomorrows appointment had already been done or some such nonsense? I couldn't actually understand what she was getting at, so reitterated I had broken a tooth and needed the root extracting - on top of all the other appointments I had scheduled!! . .PCd and ordered twelve pairs of underwear off e-bay for under £10. Actually, exactly the same as the ok-ish ones I ordered before, but this time a size bigger in the hope it won't be such an uncomfortable squeeze!! . . TVd . . ate a whole large packet of going out of date/cheap ham (£1) with chips followed by biscuits . . . to bed before 1am. (Today's open-group Facebook posts links:- Wheel and ALB )
1 - Up around 7:45am. 17C in, 12C out, misty grey. Very down and tired . . . walked BGdns, out to sit on the breakwater wall near the lifeboat station, harbour seat for my coffee, home through town . . . aimlessly PCd/guitarred the whole day off. . .TVd. Ended up watching a program about people's mental health problems. Shouldn't have done. Seemed to me as though no matter how horrendous the cases they featured, every single one of them was more 'functional' than the living death I seem to be engaged and trapped in. :o( . . . ate four packets of crisps and a couple of bowls of creamy co-co pops . . to bed around midnight. Very down day - but then every day is the same these days isn't it.