Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What's in the parcel?


On the way home I went to B&M Home Bargains. I came home with all this. Did I need it? Sure?


That will be so more comfy


As if I need an excuse for more time in the tube.


And yeah more sucker baskets


A bit more awkward with the walls not being square.


And a sucker hanger


Yep the bathroom looks smarter now.


There are some parcels that don’t fit through the letter box. But what is inside side it. Its not the doorbell.


And so I relax


A start the box set of Rosanne.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ding Dong


The bell has stopped working. I changed the battery on the bell push. I changed the battery on the bell push, yeah a second time. And no it still didn’t work. And then I swapped the batteries in the bell. And you know what. That didn’t work either.


And so I remembered a technomoan video which he reviewed a front door bell system that doesn’t need a battery at the bell push. I creates enough power through the push of the button to make a wirless signal powerful enough for 100m. Ohhh now ordered from Amazon and so excited.


Back at B&M Home Bargains I’m looking through the rugs.


However what I come home with is some more sucker shelving. Isn’t that nice!

Sunday, November 27, 2016



While I know you shouldn’t the green stuff had got long and long patchy, so I go the mower out and gave it a trim. Wow it looks so much better now.


I even go and plant the tulips. And you know what, I thought about getting some more.


So I went upstairs had a quick aerial view and then headed out the door. However once in town all the shops that had a gardening section have changed it to a Christmas section. No bulbs of the flowering kind to be seen anywhere. Just Christmas lights. I however do not come home empty handed.


The now 2 year old bathroom baskets that are suckered onto the wall have seen the best of their days.


And so I picked up some replacements


And the secret of these is in


The suckers.


I wonder if they will stay up all night?


And with that I go upstairs to the snug room and play Dirt 3

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The James Cook


You know staying around the Poades means I get woken up by the Poades. The kids come into the room and jump all over me. Somehow I think its time to get up. Well that you be bounced on to death!


Some cornflakes and a lovely brew and the kids and Maddie go out leaving me to relax on the reclining sofas. Now that's nice.


It also means I get to play with the toys.


And with a bit of practise I come up with a work of art.


I’m not sure about this Saturday morning TV though, it appears to be scary.


Although they did draw a palm tree on the wall.


I find the energy to pack and leave eventually, taking in some fresh air.


There are some indications that we are in an area of wealth as I head towards the high street for the bus. Now where do you catch the bus into town again?


I get a ticket to Tame Bridge Parkway and head down to the platforms. I’m still finding the new part of the station disorientating.


In trundels The James Cook. Wow just look at those boogies.


My chu chu comes, I get on and put my bag on the rack while I get a table seat and relax.


Back at home, I sort my washing out and do some house work. My brother arrives and Les rings to say he is on the bus. We arrange to meet at the Roebuck. A pub at the end of the road I haven't been in for some time. When we get there Les is already finishing his first pint!


We have another there before heading to the Royal Oak.


Where Les claims he loves Cannock, if only for the cheap beer prices. We sit in the beer garden and enjoy the inferred heat warmers.


Next I take them to the new micro brewery pub the Newhall Arms.


A vast selection of craft beers on pull and in bottle form.


You could even think that your sitting in the middle of the forest next to a deer.


Okay that maybe an exaggeration.


Me I stick to beer, those two though, drink mango cider.


And it sure tastes like mango.


Being that we are in the town centre and not having a curry, it ample opportunity to try my first


Cannock Kebab after the pub.


oh so yummy if a bit dear a £5.80. In Aston a bigger one costs just £3.00


And with a full belly its time to go to bed.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Kings Head


I knew I should have packed last night. Now I try to do it all in a rush. The bonus of using this rucksack though is I find those batteries for my camera that I lost a long time ago!


I get a parcel in the post. I’ll plug myself into that later.


Outside I admire the new paving surface.


See how nice it is.


At Walsall I o and get a new train pass. Apparently I did well not to go to work on Wednesday as the train only turned up with two carriages and the train before it, didn’t run!


At dinner time I console myself in the canteen, trying to ignore the fridge noise that fills my head up so very much. I turns out to be a huge breakfast come lunch.


I leave work to head south into Birmingham. But where are all the trains south?


Eventually one comes and I am warm again.


From the railway station I head on foot to Broad Street missing out where the German market is. Just as I think I’ll be on my way to Paradise


I find this! I remember the app I have on my phone and locate another bus stop. It is only a short distance down the round.


And then a few minutes later I’m on the top deck of a very crowded and humid bus.


I walk from the bus stop towards my destination. Oh wow where has the art shop gone?


Onwards I find the Poade home. With pizza waiting me and kids smiling happily. Paode gets ready and we are out the door. Now I wasn’t looking forward to going around the pubs of Harborne because of the noise. But in fact Poade didn’t want to go to these. So our first stop was the black and white Swan. A walk and a bit, which was followed by another walk and a bit to


The High Field.


Complete with pigs and


The outdoor bar area called The Yard.


I was even mad enough to take my ski jacket off!


As we left here I steal some ideas for my own home


And arrive at a pub Poade hasn’t been to before.


because unaware to us the pubs opening night is tonight! We still weren’t aware when we left either. Inside here was noisy and we went out to the incredibly fresh and new looking outdoor area. No we still had not twigged.


Some more walking took us past more rain deer and in fact tonight I have seen more deer in Birmingham than in Cannock Chase.


We stop for another pint where we discuss the age of the roof beams and weather any of it is original. I said it wasn’t Poade said it was.


What I do know is that you should not be seduced by a beer with a dressed up hand pull, flashing lights and a gimmicky head on top. Poade was. Well it was his birthday.


Next we head a very long walk and I mean long walk to the Kings head. Poade arrived at the door first, and when I turned up, he had been refused entry. This I did not know and I just said to the doorman I’m with him. And with that I got that's alright then but I must ask the manager first if he can come in with you. Next another doorman came up to us and asked if we were alright. We are awaiting to see if we can come in. He looked at us and said yeah no problem. We were at the bar quick while watching the first doorman looking confused. I can remember a few things about this pub. Poade was wearing trainer, the view was very good that we were both looking at, in fact the view could have been classed as perfect. The tiles upstairs were old and genuine unlike the roof beams of the last place.


And the gents reminded me of being in some kind of sci fi film!


It was a long walk home. No curry, no kebab, just a lot of walking, I mean a lot of walking.


But I made it.


I had to, to make it to this bed!


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