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13 Weeks In

[left]Well, here we are 13 weeks into fatherhood! I’m very conscious of becoming a baby bore (see earlier blog entry) so I’ll keep it brief! In a nutshell I’ve never been so tired and yet so happy, she is a little darling and any sleepless nights are forgiven with one little smile.[/left][left]In other news we have finally sold the back end of our garden to our neighbor who is going to build a house on the plot of land. It’s great to finally see this happen as we have been negotiating and trying

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We Did It!

Melissa Florence Cynthia born 20th June 4:10pm, mother, baby and me all bloomin'shattered but happy! [img]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh106/azoreshi/767129c5-7429-4b14-93f0-f91d432a2b09-1.jpg[/img]

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5 Weeks To Go

In not much more than I month I will be a Dad. As I sit here and contemplate that sentence it still boggles my mind that the authorities have allowed this to happen, surely there are protocols in place to prevent people like me from breeding? Apparently not! It seems that any Tom, Dick or Harry can procreate whenever they wish, it’s a human right so I’m told.. On the face of it we are woefully unprepared for the imminent arrival of Melissa Florence, the nursery if half painted and baby

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On Becoming A Baby Bore

For years I have lagged behind my friends and family in regards to procreation. I stood quietly in the corner, rolling my eyes as they compared rearing notes and cooed over their offspring. Even the sanctuary of the pub held no safety. Each of my drinking buddies has there own kids and much of the chatter is about the latest exploits of little Tommy who has finally managed to use the potty or tie up a shoelace. Personally I found all that mind numbingly boring, who really needs to know the in

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Annus Horribilis?

Some years pass you by and don’t seem at all memorable, other years ‘things happen’ monumental things! Sometimes these events are personal and other times it’s more widespread. Take last year for instance, pretty benign by most standards for me, did job, came home, annual holiday, blah blah blah. Don’t get me wrong, there were memorable events, but all in all it all past quite benignly. No one died, Although we had/have financial stress we coped. Nothing really upset the applecar

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Cat Update: They Gutted Him Like A Fish! (Or How My Snoring Nearly Killed My Cat)

On our way back from holiday in the south of France I got a phone call from my neighbour, she had kindly agreed to look after our cat whilst we joined the rich and famous in St Tropez. Her first words to be in that phone call were "Don't panic" Now anyone who knows me, knows that I'm not one to panic, and anyone who knows my cat, knows that to receive a phone call regarding aformentioned feline with the words "don't panic" at the front of it is hardly surprising. Avid readers of my blog (

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Cat Update

*CAT UPDATE*He's fallen deeply in love with the radiator in the kitchen. It's not all hearts and flowers though. He can't turn her on, and she keeps going cold on him.

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Wedding

[img]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh106/azoreshi/DSCF5938_3.jpg[/img][img]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh106/azoreshi/P1120856_3.jpg[/img]

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Exam Stress Over!

Some of you (those that care about such things) may have noted that I have been largely absent from Netweather for some time. The reason for this is that last week I had an extremely difficult exam to pass and I've been working hard revising for it. The exam in question is called BASIS and if I pass it means that I will be qualified to advise people on pesticide use. The exam itself is taken over two days and is divided into several sections. There is an identification exam where I have to co

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Wrongness

Well things are going wrong! My partner has been looking for a new job recently and one came up which had her name all over it. We did wonder if the universe was playing some kind of joke because literally the day after announcing to her boss that she would be moving on she stumbled across this job. Working in the same village as I do, working with plants, and doing what she is very qualified to do. Jobs like that don’t come round too often so she applied. Well she got an interview, and thoug

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Happy Hallowe'en

[b]The Raven[/b] by Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. `'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door - Only this, and nothing more.' Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

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The Wanderer Returns

Well despite my worst fears my cat came back. He escaped from my in-laws on the 1st of September and was finally captured by a lovely couple about 1/4 mile away yesterday. 30 days after his escape! He has lost a lot of weight and as I type this I am waiting for an appointment at the vets to get him checked over. I spoke to a lovely lady at the cats protection league who said that the is some risk that he may develop some liver damage from the rapid weight loss so it's best to get him checked

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Holiday Snaps. Warning lots of pictures!

Try and stay awake now!! This is our set up. Right by the river near to Argentat, Department of the Correze in SW France. [img]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh106/azoreshi/000_0002.jpg[/img] View towards campsite from nearby bridge. [img]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh106/azoreshi/100_0659.jpg[/img] Little cottage next to campsite, typical of the area. [img]http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh106/azoreshi/100_0664.jpg[/img] Wildflowers [img]http://i254.photobucket.com/alb

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Sunshine then Showers

Life is a bit like that isn't it? I come home from a fantastic holiday, the food, wine, company and scenery were all fantastic, the weather was ok too . But when we got home we found that our cat had escaped from the people who were looking after him. The very same day we left. Unfortunately no one has seen him for two weeks. We have posted fliers around, notified all the authorities we can think off and searched everywhere but I fear the worst for the little fella. To make things worse, d

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So near yet so far.

Well it's been ages, I know, I know I'm terrible at communicating and I'm sorry. It's just that nothing particularly exciting or newsworthy has happened since I last wrote. Talking of lack of communication. There I was in my hotel room watching Boris Johnson talking about who the hell he thought he is when several alarm bells went off in my head. Here is my chain of thought: Who do you think you are? Genealogy Family Brother Birthday August 19th Bugger, today is the 20th I’m on t

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Recent goings on.

Well I haven’t written an entry for a while so I thought I would have a go as we now have a new format. Well recently things have been pretty busy, work is hectic with loads of problems to sort out, but that’s ok I like a challenge! At home the house is back in student mode after having a big clear up a few weeks back we are back to piles of washing and dirt accumulating in the corners again now, I must try and clear up this weekend or I may catch dysentery. The new car is going well and the

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Zoom

Took delivery our our new car today. ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM!

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New Car

Well, on the back of my recent car troubles (see last entry) we have decided to spend money! :o Having looked around for a bit we have decided on a 5 year old Mazda 323 1.6 GSi. Not a particularly exciting motor but it has a reputation for reliability and in my opinion it offers a good package with all the mod cons you would expect in a modern car (air con, ABS, CD player etc etc) but you don’t see many of them about which I think gives it a bit of exclusiveness. All in all we we’re after

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car trouble

Well the car has finally died. The engine siezed up. Apparently the oil wasn't being pumped where it should be so basically running without oil! Anyway. Having spent about 150 pounds per month on two cars, just on maintenance costs since Oct. :lol: I've decided we will make do with just the one car. A clapped out ford escort with 180 000 miles on the clock . Hopefully this will last until I get my bonus next month. Another bonus down the drain!!!! Last year I had to spend it on fixing a b

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The rant continues.

Well I know I said a wasn't going to look at the model Output thread anmore but unfortunately I did just that. Well, there is a cold snap on the way afterall. :lol: Again it was full of useless comments or comments which belong in another thread. I don't know why I'm so uptight about this, it really isn't like me at all but for some reason I'm wound up about it. So much so that I took the step to actually report one particular post to the mods. Something I have never done before. I'm glad t

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Model resolution.

Blimey, yes I'm going to talk about the weather Or more precisley the Model discussion thread. You will very rarely see me post on that thread, I wouldn't want to tarnish it with my less than amature thoughts but you can bet your bottom dollar I will view it regularly throughout the day. Having been a member of this forum for a couple of years now and an avid fan of this forum I have found the model discusion thread of great interest and a valuble learning tool. Which I'm sure was the intentio

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Preconceived ideas.

It’s funny how our expectations cloud our judgements isn’t it? For example: Person A works has a leading role in a small company but he doesn’t believe in his own abilities as a manager. As a consequence whenever he is praised for his work he quickly dismisses it and it’s quickly forgotten. Perversely, whenever he is criticised he will dwell on what has happened and torture himself, wondering what went wrong and agonising about how to put things right. He goes home to his wife and tells her al

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What price paradise?

We have a very long and narrow back garden with access and off road parking at the back. When we first bought the house the solicitor pointed out that there was potential for development at the back and that we could make lots of money from it, at the time we were not interested. We are both keen gardeners and we relished the opportunity to get our teeth into our new plot and turn in into our little bit of paradise. So we spent a few years planting and landscaping our way down the garden until

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Memories of a summer storm

Below is a little story I penned shortly after a huge storm on the 19th July 2007. It was widely believed to be super cellular with high straight line winds, possible tornado damage near or around rye/eastbourne and very large Hail towards Canterbury. The day had been one of those hot, sticky days. The sort of day that the sweat clings to your skin and no amount of cooling margaritas can quench the oppressive humidity (although there is no harm in trying). Watching telly with my Fiancée we exch

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Two weeks later

Well what a differance a couple of weeks makes! Since my last blog entry I have been really busy, working every day and I really haven't had time to be S.A.D. I've finished a couple of really big projects at work and now the weekend stretches before me with the prospect of meeting up with a few old friends and catching up on old times. The sun has been shining today and I feel pretty happy. Nothing quite like burying yourself in work to make you appreciate the good times I say. Have a great wee

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