Thursday, 31 January 2013
But last Saturday it happened. Maybe it was to reward ourselves after my Graduation, but while in town we ambled into a shop and literally bought the first one we saw. It was just sitting there, waiting for us.
I like a bed to be nice and squishy, so I can snuggle down in it.
Mrs RC likes it to be nice and firm, even hard. For her the best bed we ever had was a thin mattress put straight on the floor.
This one manages to be perfect for us both - squishy on top with very firm springs underneath.
And it was a great price too!
We looked, prodded, etc.
Then we looked half heartedly at the rest, before going back to the first one and buying it.
We like to think we are good customers. We see what we want and we buy it, no faffing, no trying for a deal, etc. Times are hard for shops right now, they don't need their profits pinched even further, especially small locally owned shops like this one.
It arrived yesterday while I was at work, so after getting out of my wet cycling gear, I flopped on the bed. Ooooh Yeah! That is a great mattress.
I called down to Mrs RC, asking if I could have dinner in bed, but she refused, but I did end up in bed earlier than usual, relishing the wonderful snugness while reading Herodotus....
Wednesday, 30 January 2013
My absence was due to my father passing away on Monday night. At nearly 76 years old, he had seen his share of illness, beating cancer twice for example. He went suddenly, apparently in the act of reaching for his cigarettes. Not a bad way to go, given the other options.
I won't go on at length here, but will make a small tribute by linking back to a couple of old posts that most of you will have missed first time around. Like many elderly people, he liked to find things for us to do (presumably he thought that 3 kids were not enough to give us a busy life) - building sheds for him was one of them:
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Saturday, 26 January 2013
Had my graduation ceremony yesterday. It was great to meet up with the old gang again.
Mrs RC had a great time, being seated in the VIP area and getting the best view in the house. An honorary doctorate was given to Moira Stuart, Britain's first black female news reader who has worked for around 40 years. She was sitting 2 seats from Mrs RC.
The weather was utterly freezing, so our group photos outside are hilarious, with us huddling like penguins half the time! But, hey, at least it wasn't windy or raining...
Finally, if you think the tie looks out of place on me, you are right This is the first time I have warn a tie in 30 years. The next one will probably be the one they bury me in :-)
Thursday, 24 January 2013
I love ya
Sorry about that - not sure what came over me!
Anyway, tomorrow is my Graduation!
Yes, I officially get my BSc!
Yep, better late than never, I guess.
It has been a long journey. I was 40 when I started and it was supposed to take the normal 3 years, including studying through the summers so I could continue to work full time.
I had completed a preparatory course and the first year when the bottom fell out of my world, with the loss of our older daughter. As we tried to hold things together, one of my first actions was to put the studies on hold, and they remained like that for a few years. Eventually I felt that I was ready to get back to it, but decided to study part time. This meant that I did not have to study in the summers, but meant that the remaining part of my degree would take 4 years instead of 2. I prefered it this way, to be honest, as I could take my time more and just enjoy what I was doing.
I finished last summer, getting a 1st (just in case you had forgotten or missed that bit). I was happy with that, not bothered about doing the Graduation thing, but Mrs RC had other ideas - she wants a pic of me in the cap and gown and refused to let me off the hook.
So, watch out! If you are good you might just see some Graduation pics of me right here in the next day or so.
Now we just have to hope that the cold and snow doesn't ruin things!
PS. I forgot to mention that the ceremony takes place here - Canterbury Cathedral...
Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Monday, 21 January 2013
The roads were far too icy for cycling, so I got up early, sorted out Humphrey's food and then hiked up to his field. He was pleased to see me, as usual, so I fed him, made sure his stable had a good amount of straw on the floor, topped up is water and hay, fed the birds and the feral cat that also lives up there and finally headed for the bus.
Although I had seen buses around, I was sure that I was in for a long wait (the service can be unreliable even at the best of times) but to my amazement one appeared bang on time, only a couple of minutes after I got the the stop!
Getting on the bus, I had to sit next to a woman who, I noticed, shuffled away from me slightly. Hm, I looked down at myself and realised why! My boots, trousers and coat had a liberal sprinkling of snow, straw hay and mud, with my boots also showing evidence of recent encounters with ponypoop...
There are many reasons why people don't like taking the bus, and I guess that this morning I was one of them!
Ah well, I can't be the hero all of the time, can I?
Sunday, 20 January 2013
The first thing I did this morning was to get the slow cooker going with chicken stew and dumplings - wonderful winter food and something that more or less does itself, which is great on a day like this.
Then it was time to go and feed Humphrey, but the walk up to his field was not without incident as I met a woman who had slipped on the snow and dislocated her wrist. She was very shaken so I helped her to the house of a friend who made her comfortable and called for an ambulance. Her friend was funny, telling that she was OK really and just wanted a cuddle...
My Good Samaritan job done, I continued to Humphrey - the roads were very slippery and treacherous - so glad I left the bike at home.
Saturday, 19 January 2013
Friday, 18 January 2013
Warming up nicely now, though, with help from some soup in my Life is Good mug.
Not sure how long work will last today, as there is another bank of snow on its way over (up to 4" today apparently which is mroe than enough to cause total wipe out in England. - if it starts coming down heavily I will be off before the roads get blocked.
I will, of course, pause to take photos as I go...
Have a great weekend - I am really looking forward to mine, I must say!
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Monday, 14 January 2013
Saturday, 12 January 2013
Thursday, 10 January 2013
Monday, 7 January 2013
Friday, 4 January 2013
I tried to keep track of my usual blogs on my phone, but commenting seemed to be problematic at times - sometimes it sent and sometimes not. Please do not be offended if I did not make visible comments on your blog while doing so on others!
I had hoped to post a few photos from the holiday but that does not seem to be working on my PC right now. Hmph. I will close this and return to see if it fixes the problem....
[Clickity click click click]
Nope, still nothing. Ah well, I will try again later...
Our Christmas was wonderful and relaxing - a couple of family visits but nothing stressful, just walking dogs, cooking and chilling out. We had all had a busy autumn and it was just what we all needed to really recharge and get ready for the new year.
OK, time to go - back again soon - hopefully I will be able to upload my photos!
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Make a normal plain sponge, but keep it in the tin once cooked and allow it to cool.
Mix together a tin of condensed milk, a tin of evaporated milk and a carton of single cream. Prick holes in the cake and pour the milk over the top. You will need to do this in 2 or 3 lots, allowing the milk to soak in. Put it in the fridge over night to let things really get absorbed.
The result is wonderful, and not as sweet and sloppy as you would expect. I guess you could do a similar thing to revive cake that has.gone a bit too dry too.
Give it a try, but not if you are trying o diet!
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
I got up this morning, intent on doing as little as possible. This plan failed immediately as we found 2 stray dogs while walking our own. Thanks to their lack of tags it took 3 hours and a lot of walking to get them back to their owners. Being the day it is, no one was interested in lost dogs.
Still, they are home now and not lost or run over so it was worth it.
I will tru doing very little again tomorrow, when my sloth will also be fed by the 3 milk cake that is currently baking in the oven.
Oh, before I go here is a sign that i saw in a fish and chip shop while trying to find a vet that was open to scan the dogs microchips. I know that potatoes are getting expensive but....