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Danny Diary
Tue 24-Sep-13
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Danny
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Arrived in Leeds/Armley about 4 pm Sun afternoon on a gorgeous sunny day. Contessa (car) behaved impeccably but I dawdled along at about 60 because she was so heavily loaded and to conserve fuel. Took about 4.5 hours with several stops.

Met Jonnie who owns the house and who has moved out to his GF's. He was gardening out front. Ben, my housemate, is 41 with a wife still in Thailand for whom he is trying to organise immigration. He lived in those parts for the past 10 years and returned here in Jan to prepare the way for her. It will take time. He plays vinyl classical music and just bought an electronic piano that sounds and feels like a grand piano (yes, I have!). He is a good conversationalist, so we get on famously (i.e. yakkers wink). He likes cooking too.

My bedroom is big, bright and very comfy. It's a sheer joy to be in a double bed after eight months in a single. House is lovely. Virgin TV package and cable broadband. cheers

Yesterday (Mon) I did the tourist thing in central Leeds. First impression was nice if unremarkable. First, I took the bus from Armley (west of Leeds) all the way through to the east side and the road to York. That was depressing in parts doh and I was glad to get back to the city centre. So I got my bearings a little bit. I have not chatted with the locals yet but that will happen too. wave

Now to set about finding work locally. The Hatfield job may well come my way and if it does, I would seriously consider basing myself out of Leeds - i.e. back here at weekends, with a view to settling up north eventually. Remind me of this in three years time when I buy a house in Devon! big_laugh

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Tue 24-Sep-13
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Sounds like you've settled in well ok.  As for yakkers.......well, in my experience, men talk more than women (well, they need to open their mouths more to let all that hot air outwhistlebig_laughrunaway).

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Tue 24-Sep-13
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You sound upbeat, Danny, hope all goes well . Tina xwave

Wed 25-Sep-13
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Danny and Janet, I'm in North West Leeds, place called Bramhope, near to Golden Acre Park (have a trip out here Danny, you'll love this part of Leeds).  Leeds is a city full of hidden beauty, there are trees and parks in the oddest places (though I have to say the area you have picked, Danny, is not one of the nicer ones), even in the city centre.  I don't go into the city much, I pass through the south side on my way to work each day but otherwise avoid it as there are just too many people.  I think where I am now is one of the loveliest bits of the city, we're minutes away from Otley Chevin - check that out too, Danny.

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Thu 26-Sep-13
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Well, Sue, what can I say? You never miss an opportunity to kick the ball when you see an open goal !! – not one to keep scores or hold grudges meself like – but always happy to make exceptions big_hug 

Thanks, Tina. It’s very, very early days but I feel good already about this move. ok 

Lyn – this is brilliant news, to know you live close by, I mean. Only yesterday, Ben suggested a trip to York and Harrogate. This we will do. Maybe, maybe we can collect you en route and we all go and meet Janet too. A proper outing! Or maybe do the tourist thing first and do a later CSH roundup. Open to all suggestions. Bramhope looks nice from what I have seen on a brief search just now. Watch this space, as they say. star 

I am settling in, but slowly. It occurred to me yesterday evening that the clutter in my large bedroom is because I still have the “living in a small room” mindset from eight months in my Ipswich abode. The light bulb over my head blazed into life as the realisation dawned that I have the use of a good sized house where I have space to PUT THINGS in rooms and places other than my bedroom. Am I slow or what (no – don’t answer that). So today I will start to spread out and occupy the space I am paying for. doh 

Dropped into the Armley Cancer Research shop and volunteered for two afternoons a week. This is a lesson learned from Ipswich where I wished I had done that in March rather than August. It’s not altruism on my part, rather a means of propagating social contact and learning tips about the area I now live in. Also picked up a king size duvet cover for £4. Perfecto. 

Ben cooked a home made pizza, made from scratch. Thin crispy crust the way I like it. Absolutely delicious. It’s my turn to cook this evening. On Tue, he and I walked to the huge Morrison store in Kirkstall – about 4 miles round trip. It was the first significant test of my healed ligaments and I was delighted to notice zero side effects. So now to buy good hiking shoes and start exploring. 

The veg display in Morrisons was very impressive. Really outstanding. Like it must have had seven different varieties of eating apples, and many chilli varieties and so on. I will be back. Prices generally are noticeably lower here. For example, I saw a house rental in an estate agent’s window – 5 double bedrooms for £550/mth, which is incredible really. Even the Chinese takeway a few doors down from me is cheaper than its Ipswich equivalent. Looking good so far.

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Thu 26-Sep-13
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As if you won't get your own back, Danny!! big_laugh

It sounds like you're really settling in.  So your housemate has set the standard with his homemade pizza.....so what are you coming back at him with tonight?  When it's your turn for Sunday lunch, you could do your slow-roasted pork belly, that should please him. 

I used to do 3 afternoons a week in a Cancer Research shop in Northampton, I loved it.  The other volunteers, all old ladies, used to fuss over me as I was the youngest member of staff (by a couple of decades).  One thing that really amazed and shocked me at first was the amount of shoplifting that went on....quite often by the drunks and beggars you see hanging about in every town.  We caught one of them red-handed, his excuse was "well it's no loss to you, all the stuff is given to you anyway!".  The manageress had us keep an eye on all of the beggars/drunks who came in, as apparently they nearly all did it.  Another thing I could never get my head around......the people who brought stuff back for a refund (usually well-to-do women).  Really??!  It's a CHARITY shop for goodness sake! 

Hope you enjoy it all, Danny - your new home, exploring, the charity shop, finding a job.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Thu 26-Sep-13
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wave  So glad to hear things are  going well Danny.  Sounds like you have got the spring back in your step in more ways than one.  smile  Love your attitude to the move!  It would be great for you to meet up with folks too.  And, as you are forever inching northwards, perhaps someday you could pick up Lyn and Janet and make it over the border!!!!!  wink

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Thu 26-Sep-13
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Glad you are settling in Danny, as well as enjoying the enlarged living space.  Working in a charity shop is fun (as well as surprisingly hard work). I volunteered at a charity bookshop for a few years until my vertigo became a problem; I still miss it.

Sue, we used to get quite a lot of thefts too but mostly from young mothers. We also had a lot of people trying to get books for less than the pencilled-in price. We had a stock of antiquarian books which sold for high prices which seemed to shock a lot of people.

Good luck with your meal tonight Danny.   big_hug

 

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Thu 26-Sep-13
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A northern catch up would be agreed idea and at some time I'm not adverse to a trip up to see Danuta, if we all went together and shared petrol costs it would be fun.
Glad you're settling in nicely Danny, I don't go over to Leeds all that much, but do occasionally take people to the airport. I like that Sid dog Leeds, but always get lost driving round the city centre.
Sounds like the morrisons is one of the newly converted stores with the flashy fruit and veg counters, our morrisons inYork was upgraded last year and the fruit and veg selection is pretty vast, it's where I get my scotch bonnet chillies from for my chutneys. They also do mega bargains at the days end....oh need to tell you about my bargains on the relevant thread...

Thu 26-Sep-13
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Sid dog Leeds, Janet?what_the_heck  What on earth's that?

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Thu 26-Sep-13
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I think Janet means 'side of' Leeds - and the airport is literally just round the corner from me!

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Thu 26-Sep-13
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Actually, Sid Dog Leeds is a new breed of Terrier cool - and how I shall refer to Janet from now on. big_laugh big_laugh

Shall self-spork in TA's absence . . runaway

Good thinking, SDL - a trip to the wee hen across the border would be quite an adventure!

How interesting that Nadine and Sue did charity sop stints too. I loved it. Seems like my fellow volunteers were a cheerful bunch and we had great craic and banter. As regards the manageress and her sister - well, that's a story for another day embarassed  smile

I decided to host a Sunday lunch "party" on Oct 6 and so far I have five victims lined up. Should be fun and help get me back into the swing of cooking again. Tonight's fare is simple man food - sirloin steak and home made chips with steamed broc and roast mushrooms & tomatoes - steaks were a bargain find at Morrison. Easy does it . . i_am_hungry

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Fri 27-Sep-13
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Wow I go awol for a short while and everything happens.   No doubt with a bit of digging I will find the back story to this diary but in the meanwhile, health, wealth and happiness.

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Sat 5-Oct-13
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Whoops, iPad strikes again.

Wed 9-Oct-13
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I am sitting at Fiona’s desk and typing this on her laptop. She invited me to sleep on her sofa while I was down here from Leeds for the interviews in Hatfield. We do get on very well, which is good indeed. big_hug

The interviews seemed to have positive outcomes. Fingers crossed that an offer will come my way by Friday. Work starts at the end of Oct. ok

I took a look at house shares in the area. Crikey! Rents in St Albans are double what I am paying in Leeds. Stevenage is more reasonable but still 50% more expensive. I think I will try basing myself up north and travelling down Mon and back Fri. Not sure how practical that will turn out to be but suck it and see for a few weeks. wink

So, tomorrow I drive back up north in time for my Thu afternoon shift in the charity shop. One of the managers and her hubby are really into dancing/Ceroc and volunteered to take me to a dance class type of thing next week. That should be fun although I am really nervous about it. Hopefully it may lead into knowing more people and a basis for a social circle. We shall see. Of course, this is why I did the charity shop thing in the first place – to meet people. cool

Interesting times! cheers

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