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Ghost House


Yes it’s a door. It just seemed like the right time to use this picture as a talking point on here. I guess it could be to do with the fact that a lot of new doors have opened to me recently. Scouts being a major one, the possibilities and new things I can learn and do with the scouts are amazing. The thought of doing all those geeky camp and survival things makes me happy.Yes it’s a door. It just seemed like the right time to use this picture as a talking point on here. I guess it could be to do with the fact that a lot of new doors have opened to me recently. Scouts being a major one, the possibilities and new things I can learn and do with the scouts are amazing. The thought of doing all those geeky camp and survival things makes me happy.

I took this picture in Ireland. I decided to go for a long trek down some abandoned lane to see where it went. I was surprised to find this relatively new house a couple of miles down the lane in the middle of no where. I was even more surprised to see how overgrown the grounds around it had become, It was obvious that no one had lived there for the last couple of years at least. The contrast between the relatively new door and the aging thorn-bush growing up in front it really spoke to me. I wondered what the house would be like in the inside. It was set in an early spooky side of a hill with a small forest growing near by. There were no sounds at all which set my senses on edge. I could only manage a few pictures before running away with thoughts of ghosts watching me.

Every time I look at this picture, I think about the spooky house I found and wonder if any one has re-claimed it from nature yet.



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Ding Ding

Hello again

I haven’t felt like blogging much lately. Up untill now, a lot of the things that have happened since I blogged last, have been things I don’t particularly want to remember. Looking back I suppose they weren’t that bad, they’re just not that good either.

I’ll focus on the good…. I got my new bike, (no thanks to you lot). It currently residing in my grandads shed until my new one arrives. I have the fear that it will be liberated from my crummy old shed. I’m looking forward to cycling again. Nothing more relaxing than cycling around listening to some good music. Therapeutic and good exercise!

A close friend of mine had a baby girl a few days ago. Little L was only 6 lbs and the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I managed to visit her and hold the youngest human I’ve ever held at only 12 hours old. I’ve always grown up around kids.I am the oldest in my family and have a number of brothers and sisters that I can remember being young, not to mention my cousins! I like having kids around. I’m sure I’ve said something along these lines before – They’re more open and easier to talk to, they don’t complicate matters and say what they really mean and to top it off, If you upset them, they’re really easy to make up with. Although I’m not related to L, I was ecstatic when A asked if I would be little L’s god father. I don’t consider myself to be big-headed about anything really but I think I’d make a very good god parent. I become attached to people very easy and little L is no exception. I’m a little geeky and generous so hopefully I’ll be able to help her out with things throughout her life if she needs me. I’ll always be there for her. (Easy to say now, I know). This is the closest I’ve got to having my own child which I’m looking forward to.

I’ve wanted a tattoo to commemorate my Trek America holiday for some time now. I don’t go into things lightly though and have to think over non important things way more than I should before coming to a conclusion. To me though, this wasn’t a small deal. This was my first tattoo and I wanted to make sure hat it was something relevant and would remind me of America aswell as being something that I hopefully wouldn’t get bored with. Did I mention I’m scared of needles too!!!! Another big factor in me dragging my heels on the tattoo matter. I watched A have his done a weeks back and decided that it wasn’t that bad and I’m muster up the courage and get it done. I eventually took a pic in of what I wanted and explained a few changes (I’d have drawn it myself but I’m crap at that sort of thing, my attempt came out like a bird that had gone 10 rounds in a ring with an elephant, made its way down a mile of fast flowing rapids and then cooked tenderly on a BBQ until medium – over down.)

This is the picture I gave Tattoo Guy and the tattoo I got in the end…..


I used my camera-phone so apologies for that bad image.

Anyhow, I’m glad I finally got it done.

Scouts training. Another thing that took up a lot of my time last week. This, although very tedious, ended up being good. I met a few new people with the same interests in me and had fun. I also managed to get a date out of it. Too early to talk about that though, I’ll leave that for another blog.

I’m determined to make next week a positive week!



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To Do list

Sorry I havent been posting as regularly as usual…

I havent been feeling too good. For quite some time now I have been feeling dizzy and light headed. I usually get a lot of headaches and can deal with them, but feeling light headed for this length of time has started to worry me. I guess it’s time to visit my not so local GP and see what he has to say on the matter. I don’t like going to my GP, I’ve spent a lot of time there in the past for various reasons I wont go into today. I know it’s just me making this up but I really feel like he see’s me as a time waster. I feel that I’m wasting other patient’s time, the people who are more worthy of the Doc’s time. Today, my fear of the unknown and the fear that something might be really wrong and I can stop it if I get seen early enough.

Next thing – I had my 1 to 1 with my boss today. We have them every quarterly to discuss any issues we may have. I tend to keep quite while nodding and agreeing with everything he says. Today though, he asked me a very difficult question. Where do I see myself in 5 years. How the hell am I suppose to answer that when I tent to live on a week by week basis! I’m not that good at the job I do, I stress over not knowing things that I feel I should know by now. This is my 1st real job since leaving college. I’ve been doing the same kind of things for BT for the past 7 years! I don’t even know what else I could be doing let alone where I see myself or where I want to be. The simple answer is surviving.

On a more positive note. I finally got an allotment ( I know what your thinking, how typically old man-ish of me) and you’d probably be right. The thought of having a nice symmetrical plot of land to organise and ‘fix’ excites me. I’ve already strated graphical ‘geeky’ drawings of what I want and where. I’m currently shed hunting. I’m going to take my old small shed and stick it on my allotment so I can keep a few things there under lock and key. Then I’ll get a nice newbig new one for my house. This should tie in nicely with my new bike arriving. I have lot’s of things to keep be occupied now! I know, The highlight of my week is getting an allotment and buying a new shed – sad!

Soooo Today’s list of things to do are,

1. Try and find my doc’s new number and make an appointment

2. Finally decide on which of the three bikes I’m going to get. (Took me about 3 hours of review reading to come up with the short list – I may need help from you guys on this)



3. Find and order a new shed that is both well priced and good quality (Harder than you’d think)

4. Book my car in to be fixed (It’s having a few mental problems too – like owner like car!)

5. Buy my scouts leader uniform

6. Choose and buy a nice new set of garden tools for the allotment (more veg / fruit seeds need to be chosen too)

Ok I guess I’m not going to get all of this done today alone. But with the help of my new ‘To Do’ app on my phone, I’m able to write it all done and tick off the things I have done – panic averted!


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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in gardening, GP, scouts, things to do


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scouts honour…

Not long after returning back to the UK. I decided that I needed more camping in my life. I know that there were other factors that made my trip so enjoyable like the people and the places but the way of life felt good. It was nice to live with the minimum requirements, food / shelter / company.

I looked into becoming a scout leader. I’ve grown up around children and have always got on well with them. Kids tend to be  much more honest than adults. They speak their mind and if they lie, it’s usually easy to  tell. You don’t have to second guess or doubt what they say. I consider myself to be a big kid, I don’t feel like I’m an ‘adult’, I don’t feel old enough to have my own kids. I still have fun when playing with my niece and nephew in the garden and playing with geeky toys.

It’s for these reasons that I thought joining would be a good idea. I’d have to learn a lot of camping things not to mention hiking, orienteering and basic first aid / survival techniques. The amount of things I’ll have to organise and sort out is secretly making me very excited. Currently I have been on a course that covered a few of the modules that I have to learn and been booked in for my over night camping course.

I’ve spent at least 3 hours today searching for a good tent to buy and a rucksack. I’m so indecisive though, still havent decided which to go for although I’m gearing towards this traditional looking one…

The thought of being in charge or a group while out on a camp site also excites me. I don’t think I’ve ever officially been in charge of a group of people before. Ohh and I get badges too. Going to some remote outdoor location while also provide a great opportunity to take some photos and see some more of the UK.

At the moment I don’t have any kids. myself and the guy I will be doing it with tag along with the next nearest scouts unit to see how they do things. Our scouts group will be a new one so we’ll be starting from scratch. I’m also going to be trained as a Duke of Edinburgh assessor, which means a lot of walking!

apart from supply hunting, this weekend has been pretty dull. I did out up a corner shelf in my bedroom. c said I should talk about this and how I did it as she hasn’t got a clue. I don’t do anything special really. So, if this next bit is boring, you have C to blame.

1. Hold the shelf up to the wall with a spirit level on it. Once you have achieved a straight balanced position, draw a line across the top and bottom of the shelf.

2. measure and mark on the wall where the holes will need to be drilled. Careful measurement is required, just a little wrong measurement will mean your screws wont line up to the holes.

3. Check your raw plug size and type. Make sure that you choose the right drill bit so that your raw plug fits snugly into the wall with a little persuasion from its friend the hammer.

4. Screw the screws into the raw plugs and check that they are tight. Hook the shelf fitting onto the screws. As the shelf I put up was a floating shelf or supportlesss shelf, I added a little ‘no more nails’ to the bit of the shelf that was to sit against the wall.

Job done. slowly my house is looking more homely. My plans will never probably be for filled, as I cross one thing off another takes its place. i like this though, I get a sense of pride out of fixing and doing things to my house and garden.

this reminds me, I looked into getting an allotment as well. I know this is a particularly old man kind of thing to do (or woman) but gardening is relaxing for me and  i get a sense of achievement when I manage to grow and harvest vegetables. Little things like these keep me from over stressing and becoming anxious when dealing with every day things in life that I have to do but don’t really want to do.

I’ll work on my vegetable garden plan and explain it all next time.



Posted by on October 23, 2011 in camping, DIY, gardening, scouts, shelfing, Uncategorized


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