Well it’s been a busy weekend after a busy week – and to be honest I’m just entirely knackered: spent all day Saturday working with on a catalogue making updates to measurements and sizing charts which is a laborious, thankless and entirely soul destroying task that I eventually got finished at half past two on Sunday morning, a day that I’m hoping to be able to reclaim in bed with a much deserved day off during the week!
But it’s not all been work which is good – on a recommendation that it’s “nice” we took the streetcar for a spin today around the M25 and all the way down to Hastings, which on paper sounds like it should be nice, and in parts it’s lovely – but the bit by the sea (and let’s face it if you go to the coast you want to see the sea!) was a chav-infested hell hole, car parks that were like the surface of the moon and roads clogged with 17 year olds ‘cruising’ in modified cars… in fairness we probably didn’t give it quite the chance we should have, but we took one look at it and drove out – maybe we’ll give it another go when it’s chucking it down, that seems to keep chavy-teenagers indoors
Away from Hastings it was out onto the country roads of Kent travelling through Battle taking a convoluted route back to London which was lovely – I’d forgotten how nice it was just to jump in the car, switch the radio on and just go for an entirely random drive, not the cheapest thing to do in what’s essentially a hire car, but nice nevertheless… I like rural Kent, it looks like the sort of place I could escape to, much like rural Bedfordshire – it’s deceptively rural, beautiful countryside, but never far away from a proper road straight back into London.
So on the way back we took yet another detour – this time via Coulsdon, admittedly not the epicentre of most peoples world’s, but to the Urbexer Coulsdon is the home of the catherdral of urbex: Cane Hill, so we popped in for a little unplanned worship… ok, I’ve taken that metaphor as far as it’ll go… anyway, with darkness closing in we took a dusk walk around the perimeter of the fence, taking photos as we went
It was, much as we expected, still magnificent; every inch the Victorian lunatic asylum – imposing, stately and grand – albeit in a falling down sort of a way… and even though it was just a walk around the perimeter you almost felt in touch with the building as it stands high up on the hill, surrounded by trees the only things we met along the way were the occasional hoot of an owl, or the bark of a fox – it was perfect, and it’s spurred us on to go up there again to take a much more detailed look at the building as it stands now in 2007; so don your hard hats and head over to the urbex section to keep an eye out for Cane Hill photos and reports to come!
Well it’s been a good weekend, had an all day meeting sat in the sunshine yesterday: I’ve never really had ‘garden meetings’ but I may well take them up in the future, it made a five hour meeting seem like a breeze, and having done that we bimbled into Soho to sup cooling smoothies while watching the world go by and, having done that we walked to the nearest restaurant to gorge while being entertained by the next table which was full of loud northern irish girls, the strange thing is without the accent it would have been unbearable, but with a mental image of them all sat in habits with father ted it all seemed so much more bearable.
Well it’s the end of a long weekend, and I’m knackered; which is strange as I’ve done very, very little all weekend, it was Mum’s 50th on Saturday, so popped up to say ello, and other than bimbling into town for papers and biscuits I’ve done nothing at all. Dave’s been away all weekend which is the first weekend we’ve spent apart in ages: if the weather had been nicer I might have bimbled into Soho or down the south bank for galleries and drinks, but it’s been pretty cold and miserable, so I just couldn’t find the energy to do that.
Thinking about getting a new TV at some point, I’ve never been a big one for AV kit I have what I need, and it’s a fair collection, but especially on the visual side it’s always been stuff that just does the job, but with HD coming along and having obviously seen the benefits of HD using my Mac, I’m noticing the stark difference in quality between my TV and HD video, so I’m beginning to put the feelers out for a new TV to replace the trusty JVC that’s served us so well up until now, one thing I’m not sure of is whether I can really be arsed to pay for SkyHD, it’s awfully expensive for what appears to be little more than a slightly upgraded and re-boxed Sky+ box. I’m also not going to fall for Sky’s marketing shit, I’m going to wait to see what the faults with the system are, as we were early uptaker’s of the Sky+ service, and as anyone who’s read this blog for any period of time will know that box has it’s fair share of oddities and quirks, something I’m not willing to pay 300 odd quid for all over again quite yet.
Back to work tomorrow, so off to get a reasonably early night: it’s going to be a manic week, all over the shop next week with new and potential clients… with that and dealing with several projects that are close to launching all on the books at the moment it’s quite manic: and I’m going to resist watching any live Big Brother tonight as I did last night, I can see Big Brother becoming addictive again, although that Shabaz just give’s me the creeps, reminds me of a couple of people I’d rather forget.
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Oh, thank god for the weekend: it’s so nice not to be doing anything today, not to have had any phone calls, or mail to do with any of the businesses and to generally have been able to have got in from a busy night out in Soho last night, get up late and then plan to do absolutely bugger all bar maybe a little tidying up and making food.
Might bimble out for papers later, or might be terribly lazy and call my brother, who now conveniently works in WHSmith around the corner and get him to do it for you… that’s the wonderful thing about younger siblings, it’s a bit like having unpaid slaves. Not that I’d ever expect that! ;oP
Wooo… busy weekend, haven’t had one like that for a little while: spent the day in Ikea (not the hell on earth we were both expecting) I suspect that the Easter weekend wiped most Ikea couple’s out so this weekend was very quiet – walked away with the obligatory bag of tea-lights plus some other tidbits before going out on a trip down memory lane into Docklands, had a look at our old house, now standing in a very sorry state with paint peeling off the doors and a smashed window, despite it not being a house filled with the best memories, there are a few that I hold precious, and it was actually quite sad to see the old place in such a sorry state. I know it stood empty for a long time after we moved out, presumably the landlord who also owned the estate agents we let in from thought he could double his money selling the place as it was on the market for years, but any hopes of selling it seem to have faded, hey ho…
And after our trip around memory lane we decided we’d bimble into Soho for a few drinks taking inKu, CXR, Comptons and a few other places over the evening; it was surprisingly relaxing, so I think that’s probably going to be on our weekend agenda again – strange really, we both figured out how we never put on any weight back in the day, the sheer amount of alcohol to tiny amount of food made for an easy ‘diet plan’ – well in as much as you’d lose weight, but probably screw your liver permanently… all good fun though