Les Lobbs Diary
December 2014
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01/12/2014
Silverton
Twas another smashing day yesterday, with a fair drop of sun and no breeze. Our chief dibber and planter got the raspberry canes put in and the two blackberry plants, which have been in pots for ages, are now in position. We are going to leave the posts and wires as a springtime jobbie, when the ground is a bit drier.
Gloria - did you meet up with Phil & Pat and what was the field like?
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05/12/2014
Silverton
It looks as though winter is creeping closer, with colder nights and frosty mornings; still pleasant during the day, if you wrap up well.
We had a ride out to Weston super mud this morning to see Barrie and called in at Burnham on the way home. The shops are getting busy and xmas carols greet you when you walk through the door; there were 5 coach loads of day trippers in Burnham!
Some good news, Dawn has got the all clear from her mammogram. Yesterday, I took out the old radio and cd multi changer from the van and replaced it with one with a usb socket; the job was made more difficult because some clever sod had cut off the multi plugs and connected each wire separately grrrrrrr.
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08/12/2014
Silverton
Reet then, bugger the expense, I've bought Dawn a broadband contract for Xmas; using the phone sim card for wifi was getting very slow and intermittent.
It was difficult explaining to Mum, which was one of the reasons we've put it off for so long, but her number will stay the same, so she shouldn't notice any difference.
13/12/2014
Silverton
Yesterday was my first day back at the gym after 5 weeks orf and bugger did I know it! It was good to get home and be greeted by the smell of a bunny bubbling away in the slow cooker; we had it later in a curry and very scrummy it was.
Sharp frost this morning, but the sun has got 'is 'at on now and it's quite pleasant outside. I've been making a planter to fit in the place of the old exterior oil boiler and this morning we got it treated; the idea is to fill it with the scented pinks which are coming on in the greenhouse.
16/12/2014
Silverton
Back at the gym again this morning, after de-icing Dawn's truck; next I was allowed to "help" head of purchasing on a shopping spree at B&Q - we got loads of bargains!! (Also had a coffee and toasted teacake)
I've got the broadband up and running, but not very impressed with the speed yet; they recommend leaving it to settle down for a few days.
G&T - when I've got it sorted we'll have to see what it's like on Skype.
My activities manageress fancies a trip to Teignmouth tomorrow, so I may even get a free lunch, if I behave.
A poem for crimbo:-

If you see a fat man, who's jolly and cute,
Wearing a beard and a red flannel suit,
And if he is chuckling and laughing away,
While flying around in a miniature sleigh,
With eight tiny reindeer to pull him along,

Then let's face it...

You're probably drunk!
20/12/2014
Silverton
Still no increase in broadband speed so, after running various speed checkers, I got in touch with BT; they think there's a line problem and are getting the engineers to "look into it". Yesterday, after the gym, we visited a local garden centre and picked up a few packs of bulbs, which were all half price, so this morning we've been popping them into planters. It was really mild today with just a slight breeze, so head of domestics had the whirly washing line full - twice!
23/12/2014
Silverton
Got in touch with BT again yesterday and a chap in Dehli went through loads of tests and agreed the low speed was a line problem and he would give the engineers a boot up the bum. I've always thought it daft to have a helpline in India, but I couldn't fault the chap, he was friendly, knowledgeable and nowt was too much trouble; a far cry from some of the service centres in the UK - try the pensions office or DVLA!
Well only 2 more sleeps, not counting after-dinner naps, till Mr Ho Ho Ho arrives with all my pressies.
We've had some sad news from an old fishing buddy in P'boro, his wife passed away last week and so a trip up there is on the cards, when we know the funeral date.
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26/12/2014
Silverton
Well stuffed, that's me! Head of catering has done us proud with a full Xmas dinner yesterday and cold meats, chips, pickles etc. today - I knew all that training would pay off. The daughter of friends in Peterborough managed to convince them that a Mac Xmas special with extra fries was a gourmet feast from Marks and Sparks, I bet the rennies took a hammering. Mum has had a good time with family and friends calling and took pride in telling them this was her 100th Xmas.
Where did I put that bliddy diet sheet?
Bon voyage G&T, have a safe trip.
27/12/2014
Silverton
I've just collected all the compost bags etc that were spread about the garden by the winds last night, twas quite a blow! Now it's fairly mild with just a slight breeze, so we certainly came off better than some of those folks oop norf. I reckon you're heading in the right direction Trevor.
How's the head Barry?
29/12/2014
Silverton
White start this morning - a sharp frost, minus 6.
After taking Mum to the hairdressers, we had a stroll round Tiverton and came away with a small heater for the van and a new coat for management. Looks as though I'm going to have to make do with me donkey jacket for a while longer, still er's worth it.
Taking the van in Wed for a couple of new tyres on t'front, there's still life in the old ones but, with possible slippy weather, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
30/12/2014
Silverton
Another frosty start, but we had a clear run to the physio gym this morning; when the wee ones are off school and Exeter University is closed, the roads are almost empty.
BT broadband chappie came this afternoon and put us a new wire across from the pole; we now have a decent speed, by Devon standards, which should increase slightly over the next few days, as it settles down.