Lovely few days

We’ve been very lucky and had a lovely few days.

On Thursday evening the weather was so nice the poet decided we were going to spend it out. So we packed a picnic and drove over to Sprotbrough Flash near Doncaster. We had a lovely walk along the canal and then the river to the A1(M) and back. The dog chewed through his lead (leash) – that’s another “indestructible” lead – while we ate our picnic, so we had to do a quick repair. But apart from that we had a lovely evening.

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Sprotbrough Canal. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)
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Sprotbrough Flash. (Pic: Diane Parkin)
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A1(M) Sprotbrough Flash. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)

On the way home we caught sight of a swan family we’ve been watching on a lake near home. So we pulled up to take a closer look.

Everybody say ahhh …

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Swans with young, on a lake somewhere near Hemsworth. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)

Friday was very busy. I shifted 3 jobs totalling 404 pages, and the pile went down considerably. But I was tired by the end of the day.

I’d forgotten we were going to Sheffield Friday night to see one of our friends in his band, The Strikes, and one of the poet’s band mate’s sons in his band, Bang Bang Romeo. We drove to Meadowhall and caught the train in. The venue, Maida Vale, was very new. When the bands arrived at teatime, they were still unpacking it. But it was a successful opening night and we came away having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The poet was supposed to be going fishing on Saturday but it was cancelled. We nipped out for some breakfast and noticed they were having a 1980s concert at Nostell Priory later, near Wakefield. Tickets were still available on the door, so we went and did what we had to, walked the dog around Howell Wood, and then spent a beautiful evening in beautiful surroundings, being taken right back to the 80s.

We saw Doctor and the Medics, T’Pau, Go West, Heaven 17, Jason Donavon, Heather Small and UB40. And all in a very civilised manner too, with yet another picnic.

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The poet at Nostell Priory. (Pic: Diane Parkin)
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Go West. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)
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Heaven 17. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)
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Heather Small. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)
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The Doctor (of the Medics). (Pic: Diane Parkin)
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Very civilised. (Pic: Ian Wordsworth)

We got back home in time to watch the England football game, then it was off to bed for an earlyish start the next day … only we slept in.

It was father’s day, so we went to see my parents first and dropped in to the poet’s parents on the way back where he also had chance to catch up with his daughter and grandaughter, and he had a nice chat with son no 2 on the way.

Unfortunately we got back too late to do anything else, so we slobbed on the settee in front of a couple of films (The Deadly Game, but with a different title on IMDB, and The Wolverine), and had an early night.

This week I’m very busy again. I have a brand new edit in that’s going to take the whole week. So that’s all from me for now.

Enjoy the pictures. 🙂

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The old lodge at Nostell Priory. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
The old lodge at Nostell Priory. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

It’s been an interesting day so far.

The poet managed to leave both of his phones at home today, so I went out for a drive and dropped them in at work for him. It was nice to see him mid-morning, even if the gate gestapo did tell me off for parking illegally. I wasn’t even parked but I think I managed to charm him. 😉

I was able to test a hands-free kit he’s fixed up for me in the car, so I can take and make phone calls when I’m driving (so long as it’s safe to do so …). That worked.

It always delights me when things do what they’re supposed to do. It will be very useful being able to use the phone while I’m driving, especially when I’m on the way to my parents’ and stuck in traffic …

As I wasn’t far from Cannon Hall, I decided to take some work and have an hour there. The car park cost me £1, but I bought a magazine I’ve been looking for, for market study (Living North), and got that £1 knocked off the price.

And, of course, I managed that hour of work in very pleasant surroundings … along with a very nice bar of chocolate and a bottle of pop. And some jelly tot things …

When I got home I did a quick change-over with the washing machine, folded some bedding, put some crocks away, then I quickly updated the gig list for the weekend.

It was a joy to return to my desk now I have so much room. The screen is much easier to see and there’s plenty of space on the desk to do longhand and hard copy work. I don’t know how much editing and proofreading I’ll do at the desk, as I do like to change seating position and scenery, to alleviate arthritis and for variety.

I’ve been editing for much of the week and it continues today and probably tomorrow. I want to get some invoices out today so that they’re in the system and I need to clear as much work as I can to do that. It’s a do diddle day tomorrow, but I may have that on Sunday instead.

This afternoon I’m off to the dentist. I’m not looking forward to that. 😦

Today’s picture is another from our trip to Nostell Priory back in August.

Have a great weekend.

Now taking bookings for November …

The lodge at Nostell Priory. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)
The lodge at Nostell Priory. (Picture: Ian Wordsworth)

I’ve had a busy few weeks but everything now seems to be sorting itself out. I’ve been full for the rest of October for some time but I wanted to make sure that everything was running smoothly. As it is, I’m now taking editing and proofreading bookings for November.

We had another great weekend of doing just weekend stuff, but it included a really good gig Saturday night at a venue that bodes well for a fantastic New Year’s Eve …

See, now, in the past 7 or 8 years I’ve hardly ever done anything for New Year’s Eve, and not really for a lot of years before that. But now I’m already booked, and have been for several weeks. And I’m looking forward to it. I’m usually sat there watching the telly waiting for someone to fetch me a lump of coal.

I’m even contemplating the festive baking schedule starting in November. This is something else I’ve not done in a long time. A very long time. Or I’ve thought about it and that’s all. This year I intend to do something about it.

Anyway, I digress.

The work is coming in thick and fast and this week I have 3 jobs to finish and invoice  (hurrah!). There’s one non-fiction to do the electronic edits on and send back to the author and off to the typesetter. There’s a new fiction to edit from scratch, send the edits back to the author and upload the book to the server. And then there’s another non-fiction to start and finish editing.

In between I also have the walks report to write (today), the blog (3 times this week), the gig list (on Wednesday), the job board to surf (daily), the diary to update (on Thursday), and invoices to raise (hurrah! – on Friday).

Thankfully I have a 5-day week and I may work on Saturday. It’s a Do Diddle Day, but that means I can do what I please and if working (and earning money) pleases me, I’ll do it. I may also do my NaNoWriMo planning, or I may do just that instead. I worked Saturday just gone and it really made a difference.

So that’s me sorted for the week. What are you doing?

I worked out part of what was causing the neck ache  working at the laptop … I’ve been sat on a cushion that’s raised me quite a lot higher than the laptop (on its riser). I’ve taken the cushion away, but as I may use it again I’ve raised the riser itself up on a pile of 3 books. Let’s see if that works.

Today’s picture is an arty shot taken at Nostell Priory near Wakefield.

Oh, and while I think about it, here’s my LinkedIn link – I finally found it.