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    Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex 30Mtr ASL
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    Weather, Stamp collecting, reading, gardening and Chelmsford City
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    snowy or sunny but not too hot!

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  1. Hello Mark I trust you are well. Been very wet in mid Essex too. I agree about bringing on the snow, that is my type of weather. Make sure your Coop has enough soup in for the Big Freeze some pundits are predicting this winter. To be on the safe side you should also stock up on burgers & steaks for BBQ's. Kind Regards Dave
  2. Had rain for last 45 minutes. Really annoyed as I looked at the forecast this morning and presenter stated isolated showers in the southeast. As it was sunny and we have guests coming for lunch I thought I would be ahead of the game and have everything ready for the BBQ which I was intending to start up just after midday. Got all chairs and tables out from the shed and then it started to rain. I will have to BBQ under umbrella and everyone eating indoors including a very active 2 year old who would not be out of place on a demolition site. Hopefully the rain clears soon @markwheeler if you are reading this have a good holiday. Kind regards Dave (AKA Desperate of Chelmsford)
  3. I was brought up in Writtle, a very interesting place. Marconi had a research establishment there and the first public broadcast was from there. When I worked for Essex County Council I used to make use of their weather records. One year whilst in money saving mode the energy conservation officer had the bright idea over a Christmas/ New Year holiday period to rely entirely on frost thermostats on the outside of county buildings with the heating only coming on if the external temperature only fell below a certain level. Sadly following several mild days over the holiday period a very vigorous cold front came down from the north and temperatures fell like a stone. By the time the heating kicked in it was too late and at least £200,000 worth of damage was the result with pipes bursting come the thaw. This caused ceilings to collapse, electrics to be damaged, carpeting to be ruined and gymnasium floors to warp. in addition school books and IT equipment was damaged. Trying to save money does not always work. I was actually in Writtle today visiting by 90 year old uncle and getting some shopping for him. it certainly felt very hot. The thought of an arctic plunge like I mentioned above sounds almost appealing. Kind Regards Dave
  4. Hello Snipper, The Highways Agency (I guess) at the Boreham Interchange and the ECC Highways Department on the junction of Lawn Lane and The Chelmer Valley Way seem to want to make the landscape as barren as they can. In the past few months they have removed the majority of the trees and bushes. So much for thinking "green"
  5. Yes one of the joys working in construction. I too am retired now, but my middle son is an electrician. In the summer he often has to go into lofts with services and it is very unpleasant sweating with the fibreglass insulation sticking to you. On the other hand in the winter it is outside work in the freezing cold fixing pub external lighting. BTW did you work for a consultancy?
  6. Very nice here too. According to the main model thread it looks like next week could be quite hot down in our region, albeit humid at times with a chance of thunderstorms.
  7. I hope so Harry or Ice Day & I will be very disappointed. Last week I was on holiday in Lowestoft & we had quite a storm overnight. A repeat in Chelmsford would be good or am I being too greedy?
  8. Hello Mark. I know where you will be next week. Next to the freezer cabinets. It certainly looks as if it is going to be very hot by Thursday. Two of my three sons will be missing the exceptional weather here. Both are on holiday- One is going to Oregon to visit a former school friend of his who emigrated there. I am taking him to Heathrow early Wednesday morning and the other son and his partner are going to Croatia for 7 days starting Friday and followed by 3 days in Bosnia. At least trhey will be enjoying hot weather too. Trust you and the family are well. Kind regards Dave
  9. I agree with you. For your area it does look concerning. Before I retired I worked for a consultant engaged by Cambridge County Council to deliver highway works. I was involved in quite a few projects mostly involving bridges but also works to Nene Quay at Wisbech. On one such occasion at Wisbech we had to cease work for a couple of days as the river was in flood & dead cattle were being swept along in the current, Another project was the provision of a cycle track & pedestrian bridge across the flood plain at St Neots. Flooding there is quite a sight when the river is in full flow. Hopefully it will not be as bad this time. Kind Regards Dave
  10. Good Morning everyone. A little drizzle at about 09.30 but has brightened up again in mid Essex. When is the rain due to arrive or will we miss out? To my untrained eye it is not clear if the trajectory of the system will give us much rain or if it will be confined to west of here. Perhaps we will just end up with a windy couple of days. Hopefully it will not affect the Trooping of the Colour flypast as the aircraft fly right over our house and we look forward to this every year. Kind Regards Dave
  11. Last Season they ground shared at Torquay for several games & then returned back to Truro, Are they leaving their ground again for Plymouth this time to enable the development of their ground to commence? Last I heard was the Cornish Stadium which will include rugby was still on hold but perhaps it has been given the Gov't funding it was awaiting.
  12. At least we will not have to have to encounter their fans.It also probably means a reprieve for Truro. We thought we had avoided a 333 mile round trip this season but perhaps not after all. Truro have lost their "local" derby with WSM if they don't go down and their nearest opponents will then be Weymouth
  13. Hello Clive. Thanks for your reply. I did not realise that Dos had moved to take over at H & W. I thought he was leaving because of his expanding business interests. I will be able to catch up with him on my visit to H & W. On the plus side at least you do have a reliable income source with renting out your pitch. Kind Regards Dave
  14. Hello Clive, I trust you are well. You did very well again this season. How do you reckon next season will go for you now that Dos has left? You were very lucky to have such a brilliant manager, For us it was the same old, same old, making the playoffs & failing yet again at the first hurdle. This time it was in the 4th minute of 3 added minutes when we managed to give away a penalty having pulled the game back after being two nil down. Our takeover by Betsi has finally happened. At one time it was a close run thing as to which would happen first Brexit or our takeover. We have had a wholesale clearout including Rhys Murphy who wants to play in a higher league. To date we are without a goalkeeper, no strikers and only 1 central defender. We have never played Salford and so are unable to comment on them, but we played Torquay and they were fine. They were most welcoming at their place and gave us free pastie and chips. It was just unfortunate it was a rearranged match after the original had been postponed through a waterlogged pitch only for my visit their to suffer the same fate, but this time less than an hour before kick off. We left Chelmsford at midday, got to the ground at ten past six and were told the game was off at just before seven. We got back to Melbourne Park at one in the morning. I was unable to make the next time as I had prior commitments. Braintree have returned to our league. At one time it was thought they may go into the North division. I see that their manager decided to leave yesterday. When he took over for the last 6 games although relegated they were 2nd in the form table. Surprised to see him go, Kind Regards Dave
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