July 15th – Workshop progress

Today’s picture is of the new workshop under construction. Half of the roof is on, but I need to wait for some poly carbonate sheets for the other side.

As I was building it, I couldn’t help thinking about all of the poor souls that don’t have one of the basic needs for any creature – Shelter.

It’s so easy to take our lives for granted, and always want a little more, a little better, but by looking around at others less fortunate helps keeps us grounded.

I was impressed with the initiative during the covid-19 crisis by getting the homeless off the street by using spare capacity in hotels. Let’s hope it has given the people some time to get their lives back on track.

July 14th – workshop cupboard

Today’s picture/post is a bit different, and is connected to mental health.

As you’ll see, there are numbers on each drawer in my workshop, and I have a white board detailing what they contain, for example, 4 contains plumbing stuff, 10 contains electrical stuff.

When it comes to mental health, we sometimes need different tools to cope with different issues (anxiety, loneliness, depression etc)

There are various tools, or approaches, different people find useful to help in different situations, but in times of crisis it can be difficult to find those tools. It would be helpful to have these tools in mental compartments.

It can also be useful to keep mental drawers free for fun stuff to lock away some stuff from our past.

July 9th – The commuter

Today’s picture is of a lady that we often see whilst walking the 4 legged children. She is either on her way to work or on her way home.

I recall the commute I endured when working from the office. Stuck in traffic most days, trying to get to North Bristol, with a journey time between 50 – 90 minutes each way.

Thankfully I changed roles which enabled me to work from home for the last 15 years that I worked, but this lady’s commute must be one of the most pleasant going.

July 5th – Zumba….

Today’s picture is of my wife doing on-line Zumba to raise money for our local gym that has been badly impacted by the Corona virus lockdown.

The gym is brilliant, and treat customers like extended family. It is not for profit charitable trust.

What ever your political view, I don’t envy politicians trying to balance the health of the nation verses the health of the economy, but businesses in hospitality, arts, personal services and sports sector have had a really tough time. (There’s probably more and my intent isn’t to miss them out intentionally).

Whatever they do will be easy to criticise with hindsight.

July 8th – Telephones

Today’s picture is of our old telephone. No, it’s not connected as we use VOIP, but we have kept it as a talking point 🤣.

It was a phone like this that got me interested in electronics as a young lad, and the rest as they say, is history.

The inspiration for the picture was taken from a conversation I had with my cousin, who now lives in Scotland. We don’t talk often but when we do it lasts a while, and it was great to catch up.

Texting, emails, IM’s etc are fine for a short message but I personally feel that they are over used these days.

It also reminds me of how fast technology in our world develops, as I still remember having to walk to the telephone box in the village if I wanted to chat to any friends. In less than 40 years, the change in our world has been amazing. I wonder what it will be like in another 40 years?

July 6th – Goodbye summer house…..

Today’s picture is of our summerhouse, minus glass and doors, just prior to demolition. It was here when we bought the house 16 years ago, and has lasted well, but has now started to rot, and rodents have also been munching it.

I am going to build a workshop in it’s place so that should keep me out of mischief for a while (when I’m not playing golf).

My father was a carpenter and I often think of him when dabbling with wood, usually reciting his favourite phrase ‘You don’t want to do it like that, do it this way!’

July 7th – Au Revoir

Today’s picture, is of our dear friends Clive and Sarah, who have been our drive guests for a few weeks due to their year long trip, being put on hold due to the Corona Virus out-break, and having rented out their house.

Thanks to travel restrictions being lifted, they are on their way again. We wish them well, safe travels and look forward to following their adventures on social media.