wellinghall: (Blackadder)
I am very weary, and desperately trying to stay upright and awake. (Well, both for preference, but at a pinch just one of them would do).

The Secret Santa I organised at work happened this morning. I received a bottle of red Bordeaux, a Snoopy tie, and a firefighter's kit.

We are going to see The Hobbit tomorrow. I cannot help thinking that a trip to a cinema right next to a major shopping centre, on a Saturday in December, will turn out to be a mistake.

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What are you doing this weekend? Have you got anything fun planned? Do tell!
wellinghall: (Terracotta)
Yesterday involved:
- fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast
- a trip to Sainsbury's and B&Q (conveniently located next to each other)
- cleaning of kitchen sink (fairly successful), shower heads (ditto), shower drain (don't know yet) and pans (not so successful)
- a walk to and from the library; we saw a kingfisher on the way back!
- finding out that not only can you go on whale watching trips from County Cork, but also (with a moderate amount of luck) see Fin whales while you are on them
- a belated Christmas party at the coffee shop.

And so far, today has involved:
- leftover cinnamon rolls for breakfast
- photographing a rebound 1st / 4th Hobbit, prior to sale
- a trip to the recycling centre
ETA:
- read Tom Shippey on Michael Saler, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204409004577156860068204638.html
- been on a different walk

Today

Oct. 16th, 2011 08:53 am
wellinghall: (Rory)
Program for today:
(a) watch the rugby, while
(b) eating home-made apple muffins; then
(c) go to Dyrham Park, and then
(d) go onto Wootton Bassett to see the Vulcan fly over!; while all the time
(e) trying not to think about either yesterday's referee or the disciplinary panel.
wellinghall: (Arctic fox)
I have a busy morning ahead:
- collect two packets from the post office (shoes and shaving soap, I think)
- get my hair cut
- take several things to the tailor for repairs and alterations
- collect my watch from being repaired
- and maybe take some books to Oxfam.

This was very badly planned, as it is a Saturday of the World Cup. I might just get to see the rest of Fiji - South Africa, but I have no chance of making Ireland - Australia later on. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

ETA: And continuing to think about the game, there are some rugby terms you just don't seem to hear any more. "Wing forward". "First five-eighth". "No side". "End of the first day's play". "Goal from mark".
wellinghall: (Beech marten)
Central library.
Discount bookshop.
Oxfam bookshop.
Browns restaurant. The building used to be a museum and library. Anyone starting to see a pattern here?
The Red Lodge museum
wellinghall: (Brian Davison)
Listen to the cricket? Check.
Feel miserable? Check.
Walk? Check.
Post cards and buy paper? Check.
Drink tea, eat bacon roll and eat chocolate cake? Check.
Clear drive? Check.
Buy and spread rock salt? Check.
See Dawn Treader? Check.
Get very cold? Check, check.
Wish a happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ewx? Check.
Think of appropriate lyrics? Check.

The coldest winter in memory was 1709
The sea froze off the coast of France all along the Neptune line
By the lost town of Dunwich the shore was washed away
They say you hear the church bells still as they toll beneath the waves
Read more... )
wellinghall: (Brian Davison)
I can't sleep. Again.

And I've got a sore throat.

OTOH, Australia are 130-5 (although what are we doing, letting them put on fifty-plus for the sixth wicket?)

And we're going to get snow today.
wellinghall: (Flatcoat)
... we went to Bath yesterday. I had two good beers; a good lunch (with excellent wild boar salami), albeit in a noisy restaurant; bought two books, and two pieces of cheese; found out that my new / old camera works, so that's my nephew's birthday present sorted out (and also reminded me how much fun the OM series is); saw a very silly blue plaque (see my earlier post); and dispatched [livejournal.com profile] adaese to the ballet.

... we went to Slimbridge today. We saw damsel flies; dragon flies; tiny ducklings; and took a canoe out.

... there is a wigeon in the kitchen. No, this isn't connected with the previous sentence!

... we have two active weekends coming up, with: a trip to The Hobbit; a visit to the Cotswold Air Show; a birthday party; a committee meeting; an Al Stewart concert; and a family lunch.

... I have read Nemesis (which is good, though sad); and am reading At Home (good, though slightly patchy).

... I have nice friends. Thank you for your ongoing messages, of all sorts - emails, LJ comments, FB comments, whatever, they are all appreciated, even if I don't always reply very soon at all. If you haven't done so already, please take a look at my quizzes and my polls.

ETA: These amused me:
http://3e.org/dmd/scents/archives/542
http://ni9e.com/photos/data/misc/web/adobe-photoshop.jpg
wellinghall: (Badger)
New job
It looks okay so far - I'm enjoying it. There's a lot of development work to do over the next three / six months, but it should be within my capabilities. And next week, I get a permanent desk!
I went to a Bristol Actuarial Society session on mortality improvements by cause yesterday; interesting, but there is more work to be done on this area.

New house
Well, all the boxes are unpacked and disposed of. And all the books are on shelves; but not in any order. Next job: get the PC set up, and hopefully even connected to our new wireless network (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] foradan), so we can get on with things like the Supplement to the 2005 Proceedings. But this means clearing some space in the junkroom study ...
We are giving back the keys to the rented house tomorrow.

Visitors
The house was duly warmed last weekend.
We've got my father coming down this weekend, and I hope that my sister and her family will be able to come over on Saturday as well.
Later in the month, we hope to play host to MastermindChampion, and then to [livejournal.com profile] adaese's sister and her family.
And next month, we have GlassLady coming down, to see the opera - reminder to [livejournal.com profile] adaese, book the tickets!

Reading
I have finished the latest George RR Martin, A Feast for Crows, and am about to finish have now finished Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. Then it will be back to the collection of SM Stirling short stories, Ice, Iron and Gold; and also the backlog of magazines, including the latest Amon Hen and Mallorn (both of which I've only skimmed through so far).

Listening
I have been listening to the new Dave Nachmanoff / Al Stewart live CD Uncorked. It is truly excellent - the selection of songs, the performances, and the production are all outstanding. And it's signed by Dave Nach :-)

Also to do
Put the last seven months' worth of photos, negatives and CDs in albums.
Sort out what we're doing on weekends in November. (NB could some kind soul remind me of the date of the next bout of Committeedium?)
Now that I've joined the gym at work, I need to have an initial fitness assessment (which will be embarrassing), then I can start using it.

And what have all of you been doing?
wellinghall: (Oscar)
We spent last night at our new house. Squee!

We have two spare bedrooms that are each full of (a) boxes of books, and (b) dismantled bookcases. If we put the bookcases up, we can fill them with books. But we need to be able to get to the bookcases before we can put them up ...

We have a phone service at the new house. Bizarrely, we still have a phone service at the old house, but we were meant to be taking the number from the old house to the new house ... *is puzzled*.

We don't have our internet connection up at the new house yet, but I can access my LJ at work. Ringing us, or commenting on my LJ (or, for confidential stuff, messaging me through LJ), is the most reliable way of getting in touch if you've got something important to tell us / ask us.

In fact, even if it's trivial, please get in touch! I miss my social interaction ... ;-)

[livejournal.com profile] adaese recently bought the first four volumes of George RR Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire" (having previously read them in manuscript). I have nearly finished "A Game of Thrones", and am enjoying it. Yesterday evening, all four of the books were littering our coffee table, which was quite confusing.

And now, on with the motley work.
wellinghall: (Beech marten)
As those of you who read my previous post will know, I can't read my friends' pages at work (although I can read / post to my own; odd, that). We're using a nearby hotel to skim other pages and email, but I'm sure we're not catching everything. So - if there's anything happening in your life right now that you would like to share, please put it in a comment. Hey, even if there's nothing happening in your life, please put it in a comment! :-)

Update

Sep. 20th, 2008 06:35 am
wellinghall: (Lemming)
I had a great day out yesterday, spending time with some of my favourite people. First I went up to see [livejournal.com profile] na_lon and [livejournal.com profile] na_quis, then on the way home I popped in to see [livejournal.com profile] jane_somebody, [livejournal.com profile] prince_eldarion and [livejournal.com profile] frodo_lad.

Today didn't start well, though; I woke at 4.50 with a gummy nose and a sore throat, and have been awake since.

If you haven't seen them yet, you might want to take a look at my photos of Norway.

Or my film quotes quiz - numbers 6 and 9 are still unaccounted for.

Or my polls, like this one.

The good

Sep. 16th, 2008 10:08 am
wellinghall: (Al)
We went for a walk on Sunday, and found a ruin, a pond (with dragonflies) and some blackberries, none of which we knew about.

I am getting on with sorting out our photos of Norway.

The new Al Stewart CD arrived this morning; so far (ie after two tracks!) it's pretty good.

We are going to see MastermindChampion and the rest of [livejournal.com profile] adaese's family on Saturday.

It's only nine days until Oxonmoot.

And eighteen days until the Al Stewart concert.
wellinghall: (Blue tit)
Last night, I saw a bit of the Stephen Fry "Gutenberg" programme. Fascinating. Am I the only one who hadn't drawn a connection between the words "vellum" and "veal" before? And I was intrigued by the (mass-)production of paper.

We woke this morning to the sad news that Humphrey Lyttleton - jazz musician, presenter of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, and all-round good guy - has died :-(

Later this morning, we're going into London. Creatrix has spotted that there is a Pont (WWII-era Punch cartoonist) exhibition on at the Cartoon Museum (no, I didn't know it existed either). Then we're meeting her mother, sister and three small nieces (9, 7 and 5, I think) for lunch. After that, the ladies are going to see Sleeping Beauty at Covent Garden, while I head back home.

This afternoon, I should sort out the bookcase we are disposing of to a neighbour, and hang some of the many pictures that are currently occupying the spare bed. Note the "should". I will probably slob around doing Not Very Much.

Next weekend, we are going to see [livejournal.com profile] rustica. The weekend after, to my parents', to go to a cousin's wedding.

Saturday

Mar. 30th, 2008 10:13 am
wellinghall: (Battleship)
Number of books put on eBay: twelve, to add to the five I put up last Tuesday (please take a look! - there's some good stuff there)
Number of books about Tolkien picked off the shelves to dispose of: thirty-five (comment here, or drop me an email, if you'd like to see the list in advance of them going onto eBay)
Number of pictures hung: nine
Number of lengths swum: sixty-two
Number of new crowns getting used to: two
Number of members of the [livejournal.com profile] didiusjulianus family entertained to tea: two
Number of pieces of chicken in cornflakes eaten: two
Number of blackberry and apple crumbles eaten: one-quarter

Update

Mar. 7th, 2008 07:20 pm
wellinghall: (Default)
Creatrix is away tonight*. MastermindChampion had a hospital visit today, and he needs a competent adult there. Then tomorrow, she's going down to London to meet her mother (let's call her GlassLady), and going to Covent Garden together.

Tonight, gundogs on Crufts :-) Go the flatcoats!

Tomorrow, I might pop over to Woburn. Apart from that, I'll be watching the rugby, and dashing round in the last five minutes before Creatrix gets back trying to tidy up.

I'm also waiting for my sister to ring - we're taking my nephew on holiday in May, and we're trying to co-ordinate travel arrangements.

Oh yes, and I might put a few things up on eBay.

*So please tell me something to cheer me up.

And have a couple of videos, just 'cos I felt like it:



wellinghall: (Vulcan)
... just away from home.

Thursday: collect hire car; put air in tyres of hire car; up to Leicestershire; be bounced on by small boys.

Friday: to Lincoln; buy whisky, beer, fudge, food, and three lots of books; look round Cathedral. Parents take us out to dinner.

Saturday: take elder nephew to Newark air museum; lunch at grandparents; into Grantham to see aunts and uncles.
wellinghall: (Vulcan)
The nasty cold that Creatrix had over the weekend is clearing up - and so far, apart from tremendous sneezing fits, I might just be avoiding it.

My grandparents are recovering, to the extent that my mother is sleeping at home tonight for the first time.

I accomplished something at work today. Not very much, admittedly; but by breaking a big task down, I got several of the resulting bits done.

Creatrix cooked me sausages for dinner, followed by apple and blackberry :-) (And there are two sausages left over for breakfast ... )

We're getting a nice heap of Christmas cards. It's nice to be reminded of friends and family at this time of year.

I've got nice friends who poke me on Facebook.

Only four more days at work before Christmas! (I will gloss over what is going to be in those four days ... )

In a week's time, people will be squeeing about the nice Christmas presents I've bought them. (Well they'd better be! ;-) )

I did reasonably well on University Challenge, including three out of three about Dante! (Not my field of study.)

Dreams

Dec. 13th, 2007 09:49 pm
wellinghall: (Pine marten)
Dream two nights ago: at the dentist. Had gas - breathed deeply, felt woozy, went to sleep, woke up, nearly done, but the treatment hadn't quite worked.

Someone who works at our office - and who I don't know, except to nod hello to - was there. Whether as nurse, patient, or stranger, I'm not sure.

Dream last night - I found a book of Pratchett miscellanea - sort of "Once More, With Footnotes", but an earlier version. I couldn't work out whether this was some great prize, a one-off which nobody knew about; or something which everybody in the world knew about but me. Weird.
wellinghall: (Battleship)
The good: we're off to Brussels tomorrow! St Pancras, Grand Place, and more chocolate / waffles / moules frites and beer than you can shake a stick at!

The bad: six meetings today. Six!!!

The ugly: the weather out there. I think that my evening walk will only take me as far as the drinks cupboard and back.

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