Wednesday, 22 January 2020

2019 in a nutshell

A brief look at what I got up to in 2019. Still using Facebook too much and think it is now time to curtail my activity on that platform for 2020, so will deactivate my account shortly. I intend posting most of my day to day stuff on good old blogger and have added the blog link on my website and email footer.

Gardening took up a fair or should I say a lot of my time, and so far have managed to keep on top of the weeds and generally have a decent spread. It will soon be time to get some work done as the weather has been very mild this winter so far and the weeds are thriving. Spring bulbs are growing apace, and the daffs have buds already. Noticed a broken pane of glass in the greenhouse, so that will need replacing. One of the roof panes No2 on the diagram.

I still enjoy photo restoration work and have done quite a lot over the years, it keeps me busy. Website work takes up a lot of my time, I look after 5 websites as webmaster, but am looking to reduce the workload this year. None of my web work makes any income and purely voluntary.

Health wise I am doing OK, managed to stop smoking a long time back, but am still vaping but without any nicotine, must try and get off that too. I was diagnosed with lower leg vascular problems years back, this causes calf pain, but have managed to cope over the years.

Although I am an honorary member of the Lightning Preservation trust, last year saw a very much reduced attendance due to other circumstances, my best friend passed away and as we both used to go down to Bruntingthorpe together, I lost a bit of enthusiasm, but am sure I will manage to get down more, hopefully this year.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020


For a few years I have been trying to stop a small drip from an internal gutter corner. Tape, sealant, putty etc., but no luck. During the last week which was a dry one, I took the whole corner unit off, cleaned it up, and found the rubber sealing bands had become twisted and loose.

I have now put some waterproof sealant on the strips and refitted the corner unit. Now waiting for a spot of rain to see if this has worked. failing that. it looks like a new corner unit is required.

January 9th saw another milestone, my 75th birthday. Had a quiet day and relaxed. A welcome addition to my wood working tools as a present. Have yet to make anything with it, but have built a suitable table. Hope the weather warms up a bit and I can get out in the garage.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Happy New Year

Another year another decade begins, had a quiet night watching the TV and listening to all the fireworks at midnight. Unfortunately a Scottish New Year is not on the cards these days, maybe just as well. Decided to dismantle all the traces of Christmas in the house, and all decorations and the tree are safely up in the loft. Happy New Year 2020 to all.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Christmas Eve

and all is well, gifts all wrapped, house tidied for the clan to arrive tomorrow for Christmas. Even managed to take advantage of a lovely sunny fresh day, and cleaned the car. Just hope Santa read my list and leaves a malt whisky and piece of shortbread for me, Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

General Election

Wandered up to the polling station to register my vote on Thursday morning. Was concerned about what the outcome would be, considering all the polls and predictions suggested it could be a close contest. Really pleased with the result, had dreaded the thought of Jeremy Corbyn and his party winning, would have bankrupted the country with their manifesto of borrowing, borrowing non stop.

Was pleasantly surprised that the Tories had a majority win so now we are promised Brexit at long last. Go Boris.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Updated business card

Decided that my old business card needed a bit of an update so created a new one, the photo is credited to Michelle Middleton, taken on the 16th November 2019 at the double Lightning reheat photo shoot at Bruntingthorpe airfield.

Time Capsule

Created a time capsule of where I lived 143 Lochee Road, Dundee till 1953, very old tenement building on the right with outside toilet share...