Hello again….

Gosh… It’s been a very long time since I wrote anything on a blog. This is partly because I spend quite a bit of time on Facebook these days, saying what I want to say on the Philosophy page, trying to drum up a bit of interest in DarwinPlus!, but mainly because every other spare minute seems to be taken up with Computer Fiddling (and Cursing).

First I had the blitz of 30,000 spams last November. Then my PC decided it had probably had enough and asked to be buried next to the old kettle in the orchard. Then the new PC needed bedding in. Then…. oh, I don’t know.. stuff just piled up. Transferring the website from its previous guardians who had become increasingly difficult to contact. All very difficult…. and costing more that I can realistically expect to recoup!

Then the ‘broadband’, never very broad in the first place, sank below dial-up speed, and repeated telephone calls offered no respite. One ‘helper’ suggested I buy a new microfilter from Tesco. He was surprised when I suggested that maybe The Post Office, whom I was paying for the service, should provide a new microfilter. I had a spare filter as it happened, and no… it made no difference at all.
It’s all rubbish anyway…. the PO have no clout with BT, who really provide the ‘service’. It’s the price we pay for living in the country, despite all the Optimistic Promises ‘they’ constantly spend millions on advertising. Our broadband is pathetic, and is likely to remain so for the next 20 years. We don’t matter.

THEN…. just as I thought I’d managed to get DarwinPlus! into a suitable state for publishing online… my copy of Word 2010 packed up on me. It totally refused to ‘Save’, either as a Word file or as a PDF.  I spent £20 with the local fixer, but it was no better. Eventually I somehow managed to ‘fix’ it myself by uninstalling the default PDF Reader (at the sixth attempt) and then simply deleting the whole Word file and starting again from an emergency back-up file I’d kept on a separate netbook. I’ve no idea what the actual problem was.

Days later, I’ve re-edited the entire book and am now knackered.

I’ll try to add sometihng to this blog a bit more regularly now!

Hwyl     Chas

June apples; bad day…

Still eating last years apples. Amazing. They are pretty withered and a bit pock-marked, so they need trimming up before eating, but they taste fine. I’ve never known apples last like this before. We’re down to our last bucketful now.

Had a bad a day yesterday. A couple of frustrating and continuing internet problems to start with, so nothing new there. Then found that  a talk I was going to on Forensic Science had been cancelled and been replaced by one on Benefits for the Aged. Very worthy indeed, but something Anne is already an expert on, and not rivetingly interesting to my philosophically-inclined mind. So most of my morning was ‘unproductive’, let’s say.

Then the car started making that strange noise again. It sort of squawks when you take your foot off the gas, and again, but less so when you touch the gas again. But now it is squawking even when the engine is turned off. I don’t like this.

Then I paid a £500+ bill for having our mains waterpipe replaced after a neighbour, under whose land the pipe runs, had accidentally ripped it out with a digger. Not our fault! But the pipe had been a source of trouble for the last 25 years, so we were resigned to having to pay for a replacement.

Nothing very positive so far. Then…

We’ve had drippy weather for the last week or so and the ‘lawn’ has got far too long, but has remained too wet for normal cutting. ‘The hell with it’, I thought. ‘I’m going for it anyway. I need something positive to take from the day!’

You’ve guessed… about ten minutes ino the job the machine made a bit of a clanking noise. Not a loose blade. Then I noticed that it seemed to be cutting but not collecting. Then I noticed that oil was blowing back through the filler tube. Oh gawd….

I lost it, a bit. Came in virtually howling. Thumped a door. Flounced quite a lot. Anne was more amused than helpful and suggested a whiskey. Best I’d got. Confidence wrecked….

More than one whiskey, I must admit, and true to form, it woke me up at 2am with my heart thumping and no possibility of sleep for at least an hour. That’ll teach me.

I look to today to be little more civil. What chance? Internet problems still ongoing but with any luck Alun, my mechanic genius/friend might be able to tell me what’s wrong with the car. Mower beyond it, I’m afraid.

I feel a bit ridiculous after yesterday’s tantrum and put it down mainly to exhaustion and long-standing frustration with getting my books ‘out there’. Whatever, I regard losing one’s temper as a failure. Ah well… the success will be to bounce back. Task for the day!

We’re still eating last year’s apples

It’s May 19 as I write, and we’ve not had proper rain for what seems like months. I do hope we get some soon, or the crops are going to feel it.
But the good, nay, astonishing news is that we are still eating apples from last year’s harvest. Normally they’ve all shrivelled away into little piles of brown rot (not unlike the offerings of a rather poorly horse) by mid-March. So we’re two whole months better off this year. Why? I wonder. Can it be the hard winter? Can’t see why.
Anyway… we’ve got a whole bucket left, so we may just make it into June. Crikey…
For the record, the apples that have kept the best are Sturmer.