Pauls 2014 Diary – January/February

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As it is a new year this is ‘Pauls Diary 2014’ simply entitled in my name as it’s ‘my’ diary. I have done this so if my wife doesn’t agree with the content then I can remind her that it’s mine and not hers. For earlier entries/lies and other nonsense cobbled together written since April 2012 they are now on separate pages.

As with all previous entries – some of the following may be made up, exaggerated or simply lies! As I do that just to keep you on your toes and to make fun of other people at their expense. I can’t promise to update this everyday as to be honest, as not all days are necessarily interesting.

28 February – Last day of the month! Where does all the time go? We managed another weekend away last weekend and ventured as far as Castleton once again. Its not too far from home, we can get a good walk in and a drink or two in the pub – its what life should be all about. We have already booked another weekend there in four weeks time – that being the only free weekend we have in March. Theres plenty going on and we have gone from being very laid back to very busy in the space of ten weeks. I am off to Calais next weekend again to top up the wine stocks so it will be another night in the Aire at Calais (in the car). I’ll let you know how I get on – and, NO, we haven’t drunk all the wine from the last trip!!

21 February – there is nothing like a funeral to make you ‘take stock’. Today we said goodbye to a great man. Not a hugely close friend but someone I have known for over 30 years through my love of VWs and his. We worked together at car shows and shared more than the odd glass of wine here and there. At nearly eighty he had a fair shot at it as they say. He did however fall ill due to Alzeimers in his latter years and whilst a fit man he did struggle with all the rubbish that such a condition brings with it. Geoff Green was a man I was pleased to have known and be helped by. Plenty of similar minded people turned up today to see him off. I hope that when I make my exit, as many folk turn up to say goodbye. Goodnight Geoff.

11 February – Only I could end up busier than ever after taking a job I wasn’t really looking for! Oh well the hours fly by and I get paid for it. Everyone’s a winner. I’m not sure where this recession is as we are all very busy at work with projects popping up all over the place. Whatsmore my sons girlfriend, Amy, has been to three interviews and been made offers at each – she can only use on job sadly! And, she has currently got a job anyway. I wont be allowing anyone to tell me they are finding it impossible to get a job 😉

4 February – well it is ten years since the setting up of Facebook and two years since I set up this blog site. I think the similarities end shortly after. With a few more visitors over on Mr Zuckerburgs site he can certainly claim more bandwidth than us and our little travel blog. Its thanks to sites like Facebook though that mean that people like us can record and report our travel antics on-line. There’s plenty of social media sites out there and with the help of the odd post on Facebook and the two forums I use people, both family and friends have been able to keep in touch. Certainly ten years ago I wouldn’t have imagined that I would set up my own website and run it from my motorhome (a lot of the time) so IT folk – I salute you!

19 January – we are just back following our first weekend away in the motorhome since before Christmas. Surprisingly the site was very busy, especially for this time of year but I am guessing that everyone was, like us ,a little stir crazy. As I mentioned the other night we only strayed as far as Castleton and enjoyed a good walk up Winnets Pass in order that it turned our calf and thigh muscles into the same texture as Arnold Schwarzennegers. No wonder we struggled at times to get up the hill – the motor-home struggled at not much over 15 mph as it returned up the hill this morning. The weather actually blew quite nice on the Sunday morning and had we bothered to bring our deck chairs we easily could have enjoyed our ‘farm breakfast’ whilst sat out in the sun. Positively meditteranean!

18 January – We took a long walk around Castleton earlier today up through Winnets Pass and well and truly stretched our legs! Its funny how a pint in the pub feels so much more deserved after a good walk. Fresh air and exercise ensured a good nights sleep, our second in the motorhome this year. We picked up fresh duck eggs and oatcakes from the nearby farm so they will do for our breakfast tomorrow. We are just like country bumpkins.

14 January – The other night whilst we were dining at our ‘not Christmas do’ we got chatting to a couple a fair bit younger than us who fancy doing what we did travelwise for a while. Obviously we strongly recommend such travel and chatted about the motorhome they might need with themselves and two smallish children. Whilst they loved the look of our motorhome we confirmed that it was just that bit too small for their needs – shame really as with a couple of more glasses of wine and another ‘foreign/sunny weather story’ I could have signed them up! I have promised to email them the link for our blog but no one at work can tell me what Jon’s email address is yet. I suspect due to a fair increase in views on one or two pages that they might have remembered, through the haze of drink, what it was – if you guys are reading I haven’t forgot, blame our crap IT people 😉

11 January – A night in a posh hotel for a change. Although I only worked 12 weeks or so last year I have managed to blag my way onto three Christmas parties. This latest one was at Bredbury Hall and provided by the agency that finds me work from time to time. Its a nice gesture I must say. Given that Alisons old employers wouldn’t pay for a lunchtime sandwich whilst you were working away on a course any offer to feed and water me after just a couple of weeks it tops in my book. I love the heating levels in hotels everywhere and Bredbury Hall was no exception. Every guest room heated to 150 degrees farenheit rising to several hundred once the shower is operated. Despite winding back the thermostat and opening the window as soon as Alison operated her nuclear hair drier the wall paper fell off the wall and the PVC frames yellowed with the heat. I didn’t need to go to the gym to use the sauna – we had one in our room!

04 January – My first diary entry of the year and we are already making a few plans for ‘things holiday’. We are not sure what shape such travels will take due to current work commitments and ‘professional Grandparenting’ duties. We will certainly get away and depending on a few factors we may even get back into Germany or Portugal. We will see. I keep looking back at old photographs from 2012 and 2013 and hanker to get back in the motorhome – I think Mrs R has booked a ‘cold’ weekend away fairly locally so we’ll be back in it soon enough.

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