Les Lobbs Diary
We've accepted an offer on the van and it's being collected Saturday; sad to see it go as it has given us some very
happy times, but tis no good sitting on a site if I can't drive it.
05.30 - When Morpheus releases my block laying mate, we'll pop a few more blocks in t'wall, but from the amount of
zzzzzzzzzzzs she's sending up, it could be some time yet! There's a bit of light cloud, but the sun is on its way, so
here's hoping for another good one.
How are you feeling now BC, still sore?
12.00 - Two mixes done this morning; that's most of the first course finished except the cuts, it should get easier as we
get higher. Dawn's nipping over to Taunton, to do a couple of last minute jobs on the van and get her hair done. My
bolster chisel is buried in the garage somewhere, so I might be treated to a new one, if they are on offer or if it's happy
hour in Taunton!
How many triangles?
Another scorching start. We've cut and laid all the cuts for
the first course (I got my chisel) and have agreed tis too hot
for that sort of job - so we've stopped!
John & Jean are calling round this afternoon; there are
scones with jam and cream waiting to go with a cuppa and
Our neighbour is having a load of decking fitted and has
ended up with some spare top soil, which she has offered to
us for our raised flower bed.
19.00 - We had a very enjoyable afternoon with J&J and
managed to polish off a fair few scones between us. (praps I
had more than t'others, still I do burn up a lot of calories)
More block laying tomorrow morning!!
We laid a few more blocks this morning; two more
sessions should see it finished. Mum can see what
it's going to look like now; when we started it was
a bit confusing to see trenches dug across the
lawn and concrete blocks stacked everywhere.
Thanks for the funnies Ann.
Plenty of dark clouds this morning; just hope it
stays dry long enough for us to finish the second
course of blocks. Yesterday, head of earthworks
barrowed a mini mountain of topsoil from our
neighbours garden, ready to fill the new raised
bed when the mortar has dried.
We'em officially vanless; we met the chap at Taunton and
after giving him a final walk through of the van, we took
our money and handed the keys over.
It was too late for laying the last few blocks, so our human
swing shovel topped up the new raised bed with topsoil.
The forecast is ok for tomorrow and we are hoping to do
all the remaining mixing, so we can then ask the hire firm
to collect the mixer.
We finished the raised bed Sunday and, if anyone notices that the back wall has a slight bow in it, I built it like that to
withstand the weight of soil against it (well that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!). The next stage is to cadge/pinch bits
or cuttings off plants we find in friend's gardens, to fill the bliddy thing.
Taunton had the pleasure of our company yesterday while we "child minded" Alex, cos his poor over-worked teachers
had an Insect day.
Paul has been storing a load of our boat gear for us and is bringing some of it today, on his way to north Devon.
Paul managed to bring all our gear yesterday, which surprised us as we thought it would take 2 trips. The mixer goes
back tomorrow, so today we want to do the final bit of concreting, a base for the seat/arbour which I have yet to make.
Jean & Ivan are taking Mum to Padstow today and have promised to bring pasties back for us - that's our meal sorted!
17.00 - Concreting finished, mixers gone, pasties devoured and our head gardener has been planting out the new bed;
soon be Guinness time!
A guy was walking round an Italian harbour when he saw
a strange looking craft, he asked a worker ''Excuse me
friend, is that a U-Boat?''
''No'' said the workman ''Shesa belonga da government!''
Tis the annual Balloon Festival at Tiverton this
weekend and the town's getting busy already.
The shed people reckon next Thursday for delivery of
the summerhouse and there's not much more we can
do in the garden until that's in place.
A pirate walked into a bar and the bartender said, "Hey,
I haven't seen you in a while. What happened? You look
"What do you mean?" said the pirate, "I feel fine."
Bartender: "What about the wooden leg? You didn't
have that before."
Pirate: "Well, we were in a battle and I got hit with a
cannon ball, but I'm fine now."
Bartender, "Well, OK, but what about that hook? What
happened to your hand?"
Pirate: "We were in another battle. I boarded a ship and got into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. I got fitted with a
hook. I'm fine, really."
Bartender: "What about that eye patch?"
Pirate: "Oh, one day we were at sea and a flock of birds flew over. I looked up and one of them s**t in my eye."
"You're kidding," said the bartender, "you lost an eye just from bird s**t."
Pirate: "It was my first day with the hook."
Not one balloon have we seen; praps the wind's in the
We've a busy week ahead - I've got an appt with the
surgeon tomorrow morning and then another, for a
physio assessment, on Tuesday. The plumber is coming
Wednesday, summerhouse being delivered Thursday; I
don't know what management has got planned for
Friday, but I bet it involves moving boxes from garage
We managed to park reasonably close to the
orthopaedic dept this morning and we got to see the
main man, on time too. He's happy with the way it's
going and doesn't want to see me for 3 months; just got
to take it steady (moi steady!!!) and do what the physio
tells me to do.
We visited Lidl on the way home and head of
purchasing did her best to fill the car, while I stayed in
the car park and shook my head and smiled at people
trying to reverse into parking bays - they don't like it.
Another successful trip into Exeter yesterday. I spent the best part of an hour being "assessed" by the physio, with the
outcome being that I'm going for hydro therapy to try and get more movement in my knee and I have some different
exercises to do at home. He also told me to stop using my crutches, because if I used them for too long, I would
become dependent on them - the last physio told me to keep using them until I could walk normally!
We've had a surprise pressie in the post - B&A have kindly sent us some plants from their garden, to help fill our new
07.00 - It's summerhouse delivery day and we'em sitting here waiting - tween 7.30 and 8.30 they said. They are
delivering and erecting it, which is praps a good job, cos we can fall out putting an awning up!
That's service for you; they arrived at 08.20 finished at 09.20! The fence panel alongside the cut lifted out and they were
able to bring all the sections in that way, which made things a lot easier. In place, it looks as we imagined it would;
they always seem to look different when they're on show at the works.
We can see the back wall of the garage and we haven't
done that for a few years! The summerhouse now looks
like a storage shed for Fyffes, with banana boxes from
floor to ceiling on one side; the fridge freezer (full of
Guinness and wine) fits nicely in the back corner and
we've still got room for the garden chairs. I want to start
doing a bit of woodwork again, so I need a fair bit of
space in the garage for benches etc.. Dawn's mate at
Tiverton tip has got a couple more car loads coming his
way over the weekend!
Lots of clouds bumping into each other yesterday, but I
think we got off lightly, compared to the east of the
country. The recent rain has set the new flower bed off
nicely (Ann, the shamrock is flowering already!) and the
runner beans should provide a meal in a few days.
Julie is bringing the boys over this morning so, with
Ivan and Jean paying their regular Sunday visit, we
should have quite a crowd here.
An old man walks into the barbershop for a shave and haircut, he tells the barber he probably can't shave all of his
whiskers off, because his cheeks are wrinkled with age....
The barber gets a little wooden ball from a cup on the shelf and tells him to put it inside his cheek to spread out the
When he's finished, the old man tells the barber that was the cleanest shave he's had in years, but he wanted to know
what would have happened if he had swallowed that little ball.
The barber replied, "You would have had to bring it back in a couple of days, like everyone else does....."
They are coming to take our old oil tank away tomorrow
and then we've got a gurt big concrete slab to break up, so
we've got a big "pneumatic" style drill being delivered for
head of demolition to play with. The chap at the tool hire
place told Dawn they were a "bit big" for a lady to use;
obviously didn't know who he was talking to, or he had a
Andrew is coming over after work tomorrow, to help us get
the larger bits of furniture into the bungalow and then we
can start to layout the garage. One of the first things I've
got to do is rig up some lighting, because we need to
block up the window, to allow the gas bottles to be fitted
against that wall outside.
09.00 - Scorching start to the day and the chaps have come
to remove the oil tank and the old boiler. They are
emptying the oil into a tank on their truck and after they've
taken that away they'll collect the empty tank and boiler;
rather them than me in this heat!
19.00 - All gone - it took three of them to get the boiler into the van, but they finished by mid afternoon. Our furniture is
in the bungalow and the garage is looking clearer, but further work on that will have to wait until we have got the old
concrete up and a new base and enclosure built for the gas bottles.
Lunchtime, and most of the concrete slabs and walls
are smashed up; lots of info with the drill about what
operators should wear and not a mention of sports
bras! Dawn saw the gas bottle chappy delivering over
the road, so we've ordered the bottles for next
Thursday - gives us an incentive to whack up the wall
as soon as we can.
18.00 - Tis just a pile of rubble now, or should I say a
large pile of rubble!
The heating chap is coming Monday to fit the boiler
and will come back later, when we have the bottles,
to finish the gas connections and commission it all.
It's been a sticky sort of day, with a rolling
thunderstorm as we sat outside eating our rolls this
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06.30 - The temperature's climbing already and we've got
to mix and pour the concrete for the pad and wall footings
This weekend is one for us to avoid on the motorway; it's
usually like a demolition derby for tuggers on our stretch
of the M5.
I just read on the news that Cornish beaches are being
invaded by fousands of jellyfish; a tourist board chap said
"it's part of the fun thing about having British beach
holidays", yeah right.
Despite the heat, we got the concreting finished just after
lunchtime yesterday; it's looking ok and getting regular
The garage was today's project and we managed to make
one 8' bench with shelf under for power tools, and a wall
shelf, for the screws Dawn keeps finding as she unpacks
Thanks for the birthday wishes.
Another bench fitted in the garage this morning, fancy
making a chap work on his birfday! The plumbers flushed
out the heating system and drilled the wall for the flue,
ready for fitting the new boiler in place tomorrow.
04.30 - We're getting there; the boilers in place, piped up and system filled, just the wiring and the gas to connect up,
when we get the bottles next Thursday. Yesterday, we made an early start on the gas bottle wall to beat the sun and
beggared if it didn't cloud over when we had stopped. Twixt cups of tea, well we are retired, we keep having sorties
into the garage/workshop and emptying a few boxes.