Wednesday, 30 June 2010
The error was on their part, I sent them the evidence, but they dismissed my complaint. No way to treat a customer. So, I accept their apology and hope they got the message, file closed. The moral of the story, complain, complain, complain, when you have been treated unfairly. Even if it may seem a trivial thing to complain about, if you feel aggrieved you owe it to yourself to stand up for your rights. Power to the little people.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
but fell about laughing :o)
Sunday, 27 June 2010
I found a couple of cat books for my friend, 30p each, and a vest tee shirt 30p, for me. Then I found an absolute bargain. I have been looking for some roller blades because I fancy having a go, but I didn't want to pay too much for them in case I am not very good at it. I saw these under a table and they looked about the right size. I felt a bit silly asking how much they were, but when the woman said £1, I brushed my embarrassment to one side. I tried one on, and thought with a thicker pair of socks they might be alright. For £1 you can't really turn them down can you, if it doesn't work out I could probably sell them for £5.
I handed her a £1 coin and hastily walked away in case she changed her mind. Just a bit further along I spotted a set of elbow and knee pads and I wondered if I would need them, I wasn't planning on falling down. I asked how much, 50p, another bargain. So for £1.50 I am kitted out for my new hobby. I thought I would give the helmet a miss, if I am that hopeless to fall on my head, I shouldn't be doing it at all.
Couldn't wait to give it a try when I got home, so here they are on my feet. I live in a cul de sac street, only a few go cars up and down, and the centre of the road is quite smooth and flat. I have an old walking stick so I took that with me to aid my balance when walking over the rough bits, and stopping and starting.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Our village fete was a huge sucess, the fabulous weather brought loads of people out. It's lovely to stroll about, chatting to friendly people, everyone is so nice here. I managed to get some sponsor money in, but there is still time to collect more before the walk on the 9th.
Guess what, I won second prize in the photographic competition, with this photograph. Everyone else had their glossy prints done professionally, I did mine on my printer on matt paper. I was surprised that this one won, in my opinion, of the nine I entered, there were two which I thought might have had a chance. The prize? A certificate which is going to be emailed to me.
Burton in Bloom raises money for groups in the village. We have lots, there is something for everyone, from toddler groups, to sports groups, and pensioners social groups.
Friday, 25 June 2010
If our finances are as dire as they say they are, how come I have just had a letter from the council telling me my council tax has just been reduced by £2 a month? I haven't the foggiest idea why, I can never understand the gobboldygook they write. I already get some council tax credit and I have been quite happy paying what they ask for, as I think it's a fair assessment of my circumstances. So now they are going to give me an extra £2 a month, which they can't afford. Doesn't seem right really.
It's that time of the year, the flags are out in the village in readiness for the village fete tomorrow. As well as the English flags adorning the pub and several houses along the High Street, we now have yellow and red bunting hanging from the trees and lamp posts on the village green, and the marquee's are up.
People have been busy in the church getting the art exhibition ready. I am entering nine prints in the photographic competition which will be on display in the Methodist Church. Don't know what the prizes are. The gardens which are opening on Sunday have been lovingly planted, trimmed, and tidied up, and the village hall is set for this evenings wine tasting. At £10 a ticket I decided to give it a miss. I would only embarrass myself by guzzling as much as I can to get my money's worth, then staggering home, and suffering with a hangover tomorrow, it's just not worth the hassle. Besides, I've just had a can of Tesco cider, it's cheap but I feel tiddly already, I'd better stop now.
Tomorrow I shall be strolling around with my sponsor form for my forthcoming fundraising walk for Lindsey Lodge Hospice. It's on July the 9th, so I'd better get a move on and get the dosh in. Last year I did the 13 miles in three hours, this year I want to beat that time. My training has gone well this week, three 'Henry' walks a day, 5 - 6 hours, for 7 days, I am feeling pretty fit now and ready for it. Toodle Pip
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
I did something usefull this morning when I took Henry for his first walk. I try to aim for an hour but we often walk for longer. I took my litter picking stick with me and a large bag. I managed to fill it to the top, in fact I had to offload some of it into a litter bin half way round, there was that much. We went up to the picnic area which is a secluded field near a wood, to check if the council have removed a load of litter left over from a teenage party which took place on Saturday. They aren't supposed to have parties there but they do. I reported the litter, and a dozen black bin bags of household waste that have been dumped in the car park. The bags have been removed, but the field hasn't been cleared, it's too much for me to remove. I'll go and check again tomorrow.
We went past the water tower and Henry remembered where the small pond is and went straight in for his swim. When we got back I started making another Felix bag, this one will be yellow and blue.
After lunch I put him in the car and we went to South Ferriby, about eight miles away. There is a big pond there, which he will love. After his swim we walked along the bank of the River Humber to where the water comes on to a shingle shore. Most of the banks are reeds and mud, I am always afraid of him wading into this and getting stuck, so I kept him on the lead untill we got to the safe bit. Off he went again running through the water, he can't get enough of it.
It was a lovely sunny day again, we have been so lucky with the weather this week. There is a little shop in the village and luckily I had put a few coins in my pocket, enough for a Magnum for me and a small tub of ice cream for Henry. We sat down on a grassy bank watching the passing traffic, there is always a lot of lorries on this road going to and from the cement works. This is the life, time to day dream with no urgency to do anything or go anywhere.
We strolled back to the car, via the pond for a last swim. When we got to the lock where the River Ancholme meets the Humber we walked a short distance down the Ancholme to try and get Henry dried off before we got into the car. He was fascinated by a group of teenage lads who were jumping into the water, (yes even more boys wearing shorts) ha ha, and of course Henry would have loved to join them. There was no way I was going to let him off his lead, the banks were far too steep for him to climb back out again. The boys were having a great time splashing about.
I am standing on the road bridge taking this picture, looking down the Ancholme. Underneath it is the lock. When a boat wants to pass through in either direction, the warning lights and sirens are activated to stop the traffic and the road bridge lifts up vertically. It takes about fifteen minutes to get the boat through.
All types of boats can be moored here, some permanently and some are passing through on holiday.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
A field full of peas with poppies round the edge. Lincolnshire is a big pea growing area, we seem to have loads this year.
More grass and weeds. I think they look great against the blue sky.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Later.....Had another little play, as you can see I like big and bold, not too fussy, uncluttered, simple words and pictures, it reflects my personality. That will do for now. Got to go, Henry wants to play ball.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
He seemed to be sulking because I hadn't taken him near any water, he loves to swim. Trouble is he gets filthy and smelly, not nice. Anyway, I thought I would take him where he could swim, so we stopped off here on the way home.
He went absolutely bonkers, dashing about, it was great to see him enjoying himself.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
And this is all they have sent me, a letter of apology. I am disgusted, are they that mean they cannot send me a voucher for even £1 to spend in their shop!
They end the letter by saying, 'you can be assured of our best attention at all times'. Well they have failed miserably this time. Tesco would have refunded the whole cost of the crisps and postage, and would have probably doubled it as well.
I am so mad I am now going to write another letter telling them exactly what I think of their Customer Services. It will be worth the cost of another stamp. Excuse me while I blow a gasket, there is smoke coming out of my ears.
That's better, I have just written this letter to them, I'll get it in the post.
Must get off this computer, I have Henry choc lab here with me, wanting my attention.
Friday, 18 June 2010
Also the hostel was fully booked for the next night and I hadn't thought about the half term holiday and the increase in children that inevitably brings. We had four very young children in last night who were left to run riot by their parents, I didn't fancy more of that.
So I decided to check out and come home, quit while I was on top. I set off north after breakfast. Then I remembered how close I was going to be to the Eden Project as I went through St Austell. I saw the sign, oh sod it, I'll go there instead. I have been here before about five or six years ago, but it's worth another visit.
It wasn't too busy when I arrived so I got a parking place withing five minutes walking distance from the entrance. The place is that big they have a bus to ferry people from the vast car park at busy times.
The project is the brainchild of Tim Smit, and was fully opened in March 2001. It lies in a redundant china clay pit, and recieved 130 million pounds in funding from private and public sources. There is a tropical biome and a mediteranean biome, linked with a building between them.
It was a good decision to go here as it rained for most of the day. I left the Eden Project at 3.30pm with a long drive ahead of me. A couple of stops on the motorway, a cup of coffee with my sister in Burton upon Trent, and I landed back home at midnight. Total driven 1,075 miles, stayed in some great hostels, met some interesting people, had two flights, went on some boats, did loads of walking, and saw some wonderful sights. Absolutely brilliant.
I have already booked my next holiday, for five days at the end of July, with this company.
You can read about it, I'm going to Yorkshire, not a million miles away but it will be interesting. Toodle pip.