Monday, February 29, 2016

If I Had A Wife I’d Be In Trouble


I get home from work and it being the end of the month I’d better send off the meter readings, I check the electric meter


and the gas meter and


look in horror about how much electricity and gas i used this month! HELLLLL.


and with that i look at the brew, the brew that is ready to be bottle, now we have some bottles, and tops, and a way to put the tops on the bottles.


I sanatise everything.


Get the equipment ready


And mix up some honey. I hate honey beer. But those are the instructions, and I’ve got honey.


I syphon the brew into the large pot.


And before you know it it is empty. I mix the honey in.


and then  it is time to move the brew from the pot to the bottles. As one can see


if I had a wife I’d be in trouble. The floor is wet, the floor is sticky, the air has an aromour of erm beer!


And you know what, I found somewhere to store that beer!


Isn’t that useful!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bloody Car


As it happens I wake up way before 9am. I put the trailer on the back of the car and then look at the time again.


I’ve got time to cook me up some brekfast! So in with the bacon and eggs the classic way.


Sara and Les tunr up in there cars. And we get ready to set off in three. Only mine won’t start. What! Fuming fuming I was. In the hope it was a flat battery I get out the charger and put it on. Yes it recons it is flat,


Dead flat! Why would it start yesterday and then be dead this mroing with a run here. Baffelled, I leave the optimate on to see if it will recover the batter or weather it has suddenly failed. And with that we go in two cars. So we get there, where we are picking the furniture up from. The table goes in the one car, the chairs in another and the bottom bit of cupboard n Sara’s. The top cupboard though won’t fit. I use a tape measure and low and behold it is 20mm too long for my trailer to. I measure it again and the bloke says” I love it your hoping it has shrunk”. They agree to keep it for a while until I get my car going again and we can sort something out.


We drop the furniture off round the Greenies and then Les takes me home, where I ask him if he minds going to the tip so I can get rid of the old fire. He’s happy about that. And then I ask if we can go to the butchers, he’s happy about that. And after the tip I ask if we can go to Argos, as I’ve got some stuff to collect, and he’s okay with that, but looks amused when I tell him Argos is in the center. He didn’t know it existed. And as we walk from the car to Argos, I say I also need some beer bottles. He looks at me and asks “where the hell are you going to get some beer bottles from?” “Wilko”, I reply. “really?” he says. We get to Argos and whilst there picking up the bits I ordered yesterday mroning I also see if they can do me a white bookcase. Yes they have one, so yes i take one. And then we go to Wilkos. Not only do we get beer bottles, another expense for the home brew, we also get bottle tops, anther expense for the home brew, but I also need a bottle top putter oner. Antoher expense for the home brew. Hell this is wqorking out to be the dearest hoebrew ever! I alos show Les the air freshers that wilko do at £1.50 rather than the branded £7.95 ones. He gets one to try out.


Les leaves, I can’t think of anywehre else to take in Cannock other than indoors for a cup of tea. He refuses! I get the snowdrops and get planting them


and a few other things too.


the garden looks good.


well to me.


Indoors I set the electronic timers so that I don’t have to listen to the mechanical ones wind away in the background anymore driving me nuts in the silence.


And then I decide to make that bookcase.


Here we go and


a short time later


It is done. All I need now is something to put in it. For now though I will put this lava lamp on it!


i look into my garden and wish the snowdrops well.


Regretably the plant sara brough me when moving in died, I’d say this morning. after 18months it did pretty well in my hands!


As i walk down the stairs I ponder if Rosie sorted out her staircase carpet or not?


and head to the Spread Eagle to meet my family for Sunday lunch.


It was busy and we had to wait a short time for a table.


And really there was no need to look at the menu.


for we were all going to have a Sunday carvary,


so yummy and now a full tummy.


As I return home I check under the bonnet of the Skoda, well look at that.



It reckons its managed to recover the battery.


So I give it a go and yep the car starts. Thankgod for that, I go in and go to bed happy.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Wear Pants! X


I wake up knowing I have several things to do today. Mending my car being the most important. I call my dad and checkthe part has come. I’d better get up then.


I look in the Argos catalogue for an RCD plug and some eletric timers and order them from the Cannock branch. Unbelieveably they are ready for collection in an hour. And thats the little town center branch not the one on the outskirts of town.


I also check out the cupboards. I could do with one for the back bedroom in white.


And look that trimmer I have won on ebay is £149.99 here.


I get up and change the fuse again in the plug that I’m buying the RCD for.


The bling cups I brought when shopping with Rosie go in postion in the bathroom.


Yeah, bling nice!


And then I head around my dads to sort the car out. So here is the Air conditioning compressor on the car and the second hand one on the drive, dripping some fluid out of it. And on the brick the old cluth pulley that had come off and is now damaged.


So time to get the pulley off the second hand unit.


This looks fine with all the internal teeth unlike the old one.


I check the bearing, its a bit worn too, dam it. I wonder how long we will get out of it. Mind it is better than spending £320 on a new compressor at this point.


So I clean it up


fit the first part in place and put the circlip in position to holdit in place.


Then we fit the cluth pully. An tap it in place with a wooden mallet.


With plenty of locktite on the bolt, the bolt is fitted and tightened as much as possible. Which isn’t a lot as the clutch rotates. But to as its only a small bbolt it should only need about 20NM. Which isn’t very much.


In place I turn the engine on and then get my dad to press the ecomony button on and off on the heater control unit. Yep it engages and disenages right.


I ponder with this number if it is possible to find a replacment cluth or not. I’d already looked on the internet and found others, but not one for this denso compressor.


With the car back togeather I give her wash and vacuum. And then head indoors for dinner made by my mom and also to go through all the boxes that come for me.


Look what was in the big box!


Its hard to contain the exctiment.


I’m not joking. I plug the battery in the charger and then assemble the unit. I find that the unit is complete apart from 4 self tapping screws. Something I can deal with.


With the unti built and the battery charged, I strim my parents garden fo them! So the best thing about this is it comes with a lithum ion battery and the charger you need for it. These will work with my other tools, which need a new battery which would have cost the same without the strimmer. So for once I do seem to have got a bargan. And strimming will be so much better now without a long dangly wire.


I put all my parcels in the car and head home.


It is nice to have my big car back after all these weeks without it.


Don’t get me wrong the small one is fun, but to see say ALan and Zoe it costs a bit.


One of my other packages is snowdrops, about one hundred of them! They will need doing another day!


A need to do my banking but my PC has a virus still. I run the checker again but make it more agressive. This time it reckons its killed it for good. But what it has actually done is killed my boot sector! Its time to call it quites and start again. Time to say goodbye and send it to the technician called my brother.


I eventually settle on the sofa. Mrs Green would like a hand with some furniture she has brought.


However the dimensions of the furniture she wishes to collect are a mystery. I go out into the cold wet and darkness of outside and measure the trailer.


It would appear though pants is more important a subject than dimensions!


So she talks me into wearing pants and being up ON A SUNDAY BY 9am. The cheek of it!


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