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Random misc stuff

Gold and Silver

Oh how we all want gold – not sure about anyone else, but I’m getting addicted to these wonderful Gold Rush type programs! It wasn’t until the news stated a couple of weeks ago about a nose dive in gold values that I even though about buying some. It’s always been hyped as the “never go down only goes up” way of saving and always secure.

So after a scurry around I found Bullion Vault (link below). They give you silver to start with! Ok so its a TINY tiny amount – but hey. . sign up and you’ve got free silver 🙂

I signed up a couple of weeks ago – got my “free” silver + 1 euro, 1 pound and 1 dollar and started trading and made a whopping 50p in a week 🙂 That said – I’ve now deposited some money and while not staggering amounts, I’m making money and having some fun trading 🙂 Give it a shot! 🙂


Have fun!


. . .and not today. . .

Well the tiler called yesterday saying his current job has overun which means he can’t come and do ours. . .it will be this week. . but he doesn’t know when. ARRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Phew – feel a little better now.

Still hoping it will be finished this weekend, so we can finish putting all the bits back in ready for a party!


I’ve started. . will I finish!

Well with the baby on the way I’m determined to try and lose a bit of weight and get a bit fitter. I keep on talking about it and a while back I tried the P90X. Well since then my weight has increased and my will to do anything about has decreased. But today I’ve started a new workout regime and we’ll see how it goes.

Its on the Xbox and its EA Sports Active 2. I’ll be honest and say I don’t particularly like it, it isn’t very good at recognition with some horrible bugs. It also seems to assume we all live in a mansion, not just the 6ft (+++!) for the kinect but also space behind that 6ft for you to do a full outstretched press up! But I paid good money for it so intend to use it. I’ve also now got the jaccuzzi all warmed up – which will be my treat after each work out 🙂

I’m also going to be playing squash a couple of times a week. I don’t like that I have to do this workout 4 times a week + squash, but just have to work through it.

So – day 1 today, good sweat on from it and it reckons a whole 160 calories burned! Hmmmm I’ve having a kebab tonight so bang goes the good there! 🙂

Well day off tomorrow then Thurs/Fri to go. I’ll keep you updated! 🙂


Whine – or wine!

Well after all my whining about the kitchen – I’ve decided to use some of the new space. . .to make wine 🙂

Out in the garden we have a large plum tree – which was FULL of plums.

Now – I’ve always wanted to make wine (and beer . . . ) but never got round to it. But seemed a silly waste of plums to just let them fall on the floor (and attract more wasps!) So to that end – I spent 30 mins collecting about 5KG of plums, washed and de stoned them. . .then whacked em in the freezer.

Today – I’ve bought the basics I need to start making wine. . .and tonight – I start!

I’ll keep it updated here (perhaps even with the odd photo WOW!).


No Idea!

Well . . no idea on how my weight is looking (or waist!)as I’m stuck travelling with work.

That said – I feel a little bit thinner . . but not enough to matter. Suit fitting is this weekend!

I’m still hoping to be under 16st before the wedding, and afterwards will probably pick the P90x up again. For now. . just trying to lose a bit of weight and NOT lose the progress I’d made.


Pet Woes

Been an ever increasing expense with the pets recently. Another visit to the vets for Buzz – our big white GSD.  The wife took him for a nice run on the bike – best intentions. However he came back with his pads worn down and bloody 🙁

Good news is he’s going to be fine, he’s got some dressing and bandages on that make him look like a boxer! But just waiting for them to heal up properly.

Bandit is doing fine. Getting much better an asking to go out – although this usually just is a little whimper or cry. But my doggy interpretation skills are improving!!!




Lessons Learned

Was skimming through my blog and suddenly thought – I’m not really using categories. . .so out of the 2 or 3 people that may read this blog – they can’t just look up the kitchen whine or my wine making exploits. So I’ve now gone through ALL posts and setup some new categories *points to the right had column where categories are* 🙂


Erk – Two Weeks to go !!!!

Well – not put much up here recently, things have been mad at work.

The whole fitness program has died a death, but I now have 2 weeks to try to just loose that little bit extra. So back on the diet, and intending to do some workouts as well (only fatburning/cardio). I’m hovering on the 16st mark – so in all I’ve lost about 8lbs from my heaviest. I reckon with a squeeze on I could drop down to 15st 1/2 . . which would be great. That said I’ve a stagette weekend this weekend (last week was my stag weekend), and week after a joint night out with the missus + friends.

If you are interested in the photos check out (in the parties section).


Half Way There!

Well painting wise anyway 🙂

Been waiting for the plaster to dry – finally was dry enough today to start painting.

So watered down basecoat then two coats of white on the ceiling. Then the walls (2 coats over most of it). Has taken me from 10:00am until 19:30 🙁 So prob Tue night or more likely Wed night I have the same to do again over the other side of the kitchen. No idea how I’m going to manage this in one night (with no lights!).

Again – more photo’s taken. . . will post them when all done 🙂


Bubble Bubble . . .

The wine is fermenting nicely at the moment – just given it a little “push down” to move the pulp floating towards the bottom and got some nice hissing and bubbles. Also – hoping that it keeps its colour, as it looks GREAT 🙂 It is a nice pink colour at the moment, and if it stays that way (and clears that way) will look like a great bottle of rose wine 🙂

Smell wise – well . . it smells nice to be honest. Very fruity. I had a quick dip of the finger as well . . and taste isn’t too bad. If it “improves” from this point – could end up a great little thing. I’ve got about enough plums to make another two lots of this, so once I’ve moved this into the big glass jar I’m going to make a decision about the rest. If I think this is going to be nice – time to buy some more big glass jars (only £2.50ish each) and two more packs to make the wine with and make 2 gallons worth!!!

That will give me a total of 18 bottles of wine in about 6-8 weeks.

I’ll get some more photos at the next stage 🙂