Les Lobb's Diary
July 2015
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Sea Fever
BY JOHN MASEFIELD
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
A "Nautical" theme this month.
01/07/2015
17.00
I've got the insurance sorted for the new truck and what a palaver, they'll be asking for your great grandmother's shoe size soon!
It's been a muggy, don't feel like doing anything, sort of day, but management has persevered with her kindle, in a chair on the lawn.
Mum's got a problem with her foot, so it's off to t'hospital in Exeter tomorrow morning, to let the the podiatrist (dunno what happened to chiropodists!) have a go at it.
03/07/2015
07.00
We took Mum into Exeter yesterday morning, where she had her foot sorted, and then drove home through a tropical storm with muck washing off the fields and giant puddles on the roads.
Since changing to EE on my phone I've had problems using their cellular network, so yesterday afternoon we had a trip to their shop in Taunton to get it sorted.
We use the M5 a lot and see various styles of driving, but yesterday topped the lot when I met a car reversing up the "on" ramp - gawd knows what he was going to do when, or if, he reached the top!
Any road up, getting back to my phone: EE swapped the sim and tried various things, coming to the conclusion that it was a phone problem, not an EE problem. Looking on line I found others have had similar issues, so I contacted Apple helpline and the outcome is that I must "restore" the phone to original settings and then load all my stuff onto it again. As I have used vodafone and 3 sim cards before, it seems there may be some of their stuff still on the phone, stopping EE from working properly. Nowt's simple is it!!
04/07/2015
11.30
Restored the phone to "as new" and have spent many joyful hours re-loading apps and data - surprising how much stuff I discarded! - but the main thing is, it's working properly now.
Head of valeting has been cleaning out her truck, prior to taking it in Monday when we pick up the Berlingo; found 50p under the seat so 'ers well happy.
Quite a stiff breeze this morning but dry and sunny; a good sailing day and I spect the Exe estuary will be full of the lucky buggers.
Dear Technical Support,

18 months ago, I upgraded to Girlfriend 1.0 from DrinkingMates 4.2, which I had used for years without any trouble.
However, there are apparently conflicts between these two products and the only solution was to try and run Girlfriend 1.0 with the sound turned off. To make matters worse, Girlfriend 1.0 is incompatible with several other applications, such as LadsNightOut 3.1, Football 4.5, and Playboy 6.9.
Successive versions of Girlfriend proved no better.

I tried a shareware program, Slapper 2.1, but it had many bugs and left a virus in my system, forcing me to shut down completely for several weeks.

Eventually, I tried to run Girlfriend 1.2 and Girlfriend 1.0 at the same time, only to discover that when these two systems detected each other they caused severe damage to my hardware.

I eventually upgraded to Fiancée 1.0, only to discover that this product soon had to be upgraded further to Wife 1.0. While Wife 1.0 tends to use up all my available resources, it does come bundled with CookingPlus and Cleanhouse2008.
Shortly after this upgrade, however, I found that Wife 1.0 could be very unstable and costly to run. Any mistakes I made were automatically stored in Wife 1.0's memory and could not be deleted. They then resurfaced months later when I had forgotten about them.
Wife 1.0 also has an automatic Diary, Explorer and E-mail filter, and can, without warning, launch TurboStrop and Multi-Whinge.
These latter products have no Help files, and I have to try to guess what the problem is.

Additional problems are that Wife 1.0 needs updating regularly, requiring ShoeShop Browser for new attachments and Hairstyle Express which needs to be reinstalled every other week.
Also, when Wife 1.0 attaches itself to my Saab 93 Convertible hard drive, it often crashes.
Wife 1.0 also comes with an irritating pop-up called MotherInLaw, which can't be turned off.

Recently I've been tempted to install Mistress 2008, but there could be problems. A friend of mine has alerted me to the fact that if Wife 1.0 detects Mistress 2008, it tends to delete all of your Money before uninstalling itself.

Help requested please!
06/07/2015
13.00
We've just been to collect Dawn's new truck and it all went off quite painlessly - fortunately I had my financial advisor with me. First stop was Sainsbury to fill up with diesel; why do dealers sell a vehicle for fousands of pounds, but seem reluctant to leave more than a couple of tablespoons of fuel in it. I thought we had better get it used to shopping and luckily it wasn't a bit nervous when we pulled into Tesco carpark at Tivvy (obviously well trained by the previous owner!).
10/07/2015
13.00
This morning we had a visit from Ian & Penny, who we have known since Noah worra lad; they are both well and it was good to catch up and talk of old times.
After a few wet days we are now back to sunshine again, if a tad windy.
Sad news from Peterborough this week, our friend Ken has passed away and this morning I heard from France that Graham has had a heart attack, but is on the mend now.
Jane's email has got us puzzling over "ATC", neither of us can figure out what it stands for; gizza clue Jane!
11/07/2015
18.00
ATC = Al-Ko Traction Control and it appears to have played a major part in Jane's latest caravan holiday.
Mum's been to Weston-super-mud on a bus trip today and has just got home; I reckon they feed them blue smarties - she hasn't stopped talking yet!
We had a few jobs planned but my bliddy knee decided to throw a wobbly, so I've spent most of the day reading. It's been blowy, but the winds dropped a bit now, leaving a sunny evening. Head gardener is out there dead-heading and watering, so I'm probably safer indoors; 'er wields a mean hosepipe!
Michelle Wie - pro golfer.
Matching lavender outfit worth $2000.
New pair of French sunglasses worth $500.
NIKE products Endorsements worth $10,000,000.
That handy gadget to hold your putter ....
Who says women pro golfers are at a disadvantage to men?
Too slow for Barry!! >>
19/07/2015
19.00
Hot, hot, hot
On Monday we had a ride out to Lyme Regis and then popped in at various coastal towns on our way back to Exmouth, where we gorged on scampi & chips. We parked up beyond the lifeboat station near the cliffs and watched a group of youngsters learning to surf, while we ate.
In the week we had a text from Denise, who we met in France, and today she came to visit us with hubby David. Loads of reminiscing and "what was he called?" type conversations - they also proved that other people don't seem to age as quickly as us!!
The jigsaw library is closing soon for it's summer break, so tomorrow morning we are taking Mum to exchange a few of her puzzles; there is no "good" day to go to Exeter as traffic and parking are difficult at all times, but I usually find somewhere in the cathedral grounds to wait.
22/07/2015
18.00
Dry, windy, sun with occasional cloud - that about covers it!
Day trip to Barnstaple today, for admin to have her bones pummelled by Lisa. It wasn't a very good start when we got held up at Bickleigh, because someone had tried to demolish the bridge again; how the hell they managed to climb a foot high kerb and knock two large coping stones off the parapet takes some imagining.
As a treat for waiting in B&Q car park, I got a pasty for lunch and then we had a steady run home on the North Devon link road, until we neared Tivvy. A long queue had formed and there were blue lights and reflective jackets everywhere. A fire engine was in the road and the crew were packing up their hoses; the layby held a burnt out 4x4 and a caravan a short way behind it. It looked as if the driver had managed to un hook the caravan before it caught fire, but someone's holiday is ruined.
Head of plant sales has had a surge in sales due, I think (but what do I know!), to her aggressive selling tactic of 50p each or 5 for £2. In the greenhouse, the tomatoes and basil are coming on nicely, so this evening we had ripe camenbert, toms and basil on toasted half baguettes and bugger it were grand.
26/07/2015
15.00
We'em home alone - yipee!!!! Mum has gone to stay with Ivan & Jean for a few days.
Tomorrow, the heating chappy is coming to service the boiler and move a radiator, ready for the patio doors into the conservatory; if Mum was here she would worry, so better to do it while she is away.
Nice drop of precipitation overnight, but the sun is back again now which means a cuppa tea and a slice on the lawn.
27/07/2015
16.00
A grey ol' day, windy but not cold.
Heating chap arrived at 08.30, moved the radiator, serviced the boiler and left just after 11.00; what a pleasant change nowadays to get someone who arrives on time, does the job and leaves no mess.
Head of horticulture has been busy in the front garden, dead heading and staking any plants that the winds have loosened.
This Saturday we have the village street market and Dawn is helping on one of the charity stalls. We usually get loads of visitors to the village if the weather is good and the pubs have live music; last year we sat in the garden in the evening, listening to a good selection of "sixties" type songs.
28/07/2015
16.00
Happy birthday to me - 69 not out!!!
Happy birthday tomorrow to the ol' blond fella.
A quick trip to see Julie this morning and then a visit from Andrew this afternoon, when we were able to sit outside for a chat. The weather is a bit changeable, but then it's holiday time, so we should expect it.