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Diary of 11 days
Thu 28-Apr-11
10:21 pm
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danast
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wave  Oh MOS that is so clever.    big_laugh    big_laugh    big_laugh   I didn't understand it at first and then the penny dropped.  doh   Danny will just love it.   You make the story so believable and so full of pathos.  You are so funny.   ( Or have I had too much wine tonight ????  )

No. in actual fact you are funny.  wink

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Fri 29-Apr-11
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big_laugh @ MOS - that was very good. Was it a quiet day then?

Seth - David Dimbleby once walked into my local in Dublin, O'Donohues on Merrion Row, and began to ask for reactions to the N.I. preace process. There were four of us sitting at the bar with our backs to him initially. As he went from one to the next, I prepared some really interesting responses in my mind. When he came to me, I opened my mouth to speak but all that came out was an incoherent stream of drunken babbling.

He just grinned and moved on doh

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Fri 29-Apr-11
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Day 6 (Thu) was intended to be mostly spent strimming and clearing the overgrown weeds from the gateway and driveway. Didn't do too badly but I had to do some day job work stuff to prep for the short 4 day week next week.

I find this happens a lot:

It seems like a quick 10 minute task to check people's diaries online, find a free slot that appears to suit everybody, book meeting rooms, send out invitations and so on. Until the room booking coordinator (usually the local office receptionist) is on leave and the backup is a newbie and/or goes missing for hours apparently. You finally get it organised, send out invitations and somebody whinges "I have a dentist appointment at that time". Well why didn't you put that in your diary, you wally.

Repeat from step 1.

So I lost two hours.

We went to Newmarket and check six action items off our to-do list including buying barn paint for the front gate, which is in a sad and shabby state. The gate is large, a sheet of aluminium pinned to a heavy metal frame. I have painted it twice in the past dozen years and the paint invariably flakes off the aluminium surface. The paint we bought is proven to work on galvanised metal so we hope it will do a good job this time.

The frenetic activity of the past week finally caught up with Fiona and she had several naps. But has plans for working on her seedlings and germination pots in the solar tunnel today. Cooler weather is welcome for outdoor work.

Today is Day 7 (Fri) - the Royal Wedding, perfect for weeding big_laugh

Will it rain today? We shall see.

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Fri 29-Apr-11
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Are you making said gate wider ? Dieting and weighing in seems to have been abandoned with Lent.         runaway 

Seed catalogues are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than the web and playboy combined . (after Michael Perry)

Tue 3-May-11
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Well the last four days (8 to 11) passed in a flurry of weeding the driveway and running errands. Fiona is sanding down the front gate and the little wicket gate so we hope to paint it before the weekend,

I need to move some of my stuff stored under a tarp out front to my shed down the back garden. F wants that space for her two raised beds, both 8 feet x 8 feet.  Gradually we will maximise the use of our space both front and back to grow even more veg and flowers for sale.

We have broken the back of Operation Tidy Up. Now only cosmetic tasks remain.

So, all in all, the 11 days delivered the desired result. I wasted a lot of time banging my head on trying to implement new features on the blog. The learning curve is still sloping upwards I fear. Still, it is good for me because I am learning a lot even f I am not able to play the notes in the right order yet

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Tue 10-May-11
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I took the day off yesterday (Day #12 laugh ) to act as gofor while the TV shoot took place in Fiona's garden. It went fantastically well from our perspective and was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Apart from the sod's law effect - a tree cutting crew were operating a few doors down the road. We hear chainsaws maybe once a year in this tree conservation area.

The film crew consisted of just three - a director / cameraman / soundman / editor, his researcher and the chef. They drove from London on Sunday night and stayed over in Newmarket to ensure they could be with us at 08:00 Monday morning. You could not hope to meet three nicer people. Thoroughly professional but relaxed and we had a great laugh. Today it feels exactly like the buzz after hosting a successful garden party.

Fiona showed various bits and pieces of her veg garden while I did the catering and general errands. They set up a table with a portable gas ring for the outdoor cooking shoot.

The chef cooked a very simple dish that tasted absoluteluy fantastic. I was gobsmacked. I guess it highlighted the difference between the pros and us amateurs. In fact, he is a great guy (his mum is Irish, after all) and it was a real pleasure to have him here at CSH. I wonder if we could entice him back for July 23rd !

Even though the day was not stressful, Fiona and I are knackered and braindead today. Probably the result of the build up over the past three weeks or so.

The output will be a three minute segment on the second show of the series.

So the diary date is ITV1 at 8 pm on Fri June 17th.

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Tue 10-May-11
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Oh Danny and Fiona, that's great news, I'll definitely be watching (you'll have to remind us all nearer the time as, being of a certain age, I am bound to forget dohroll_eyesbig_laugh).  And xxxxx xxxxx was/is the chef?  He's fabulous, I've seen him on tv several times and he comes across as being a really nice guy with no airs or graces and definitely not up himself (unlike certain 'celebrity' chefs!).

Sounds like you had a lovely, if tiring, day.  Well done.

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

Tue 10-May-11
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Sorry, Sue, we have to maintain confidentiality about names.

But yes, it was a great day. I am logging off work now and going to snooze on the swing seat by the pond. Maybe make a cup of tea for the starlet smooch

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Tue 10-May-11
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Oops, sorry embarassed.....I assumed, as you'd provided a link, it was ok to name him/her (that'll teach me not to make wildly unfounded assumptions big_laughwink).

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

Tue 10-May-11
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big_laugh

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Tue 10-May-11
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wave  Been thinking about you and Fiona lots. big_hug   I am so glad it all went so well and that you enjoyed the day. smile   Now of course we will all be looking forward to the programme.  Well done to you both.   welldone    cheers    star

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Tue 10-May-11
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Congrats to both of you ...... how exciting.   I have put the date in my diary.

 

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Tue 10-May-11
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Oh well done!

Was just wondering if it was soon/had been recently.

Visitors are always good- focusses the mind on what really needs sorting out-tv visitors even better.I bet the endless jobs to do list is now GONE and you can relax and enjoy the garden.

If you need something to do, I'm way behind with my list.....

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Tue 10-May-11
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Wonderful news, I'm glad that it all went so smoothly.  I suppose it will be ten bob to talk to Fiona now?

Please remind us the day before broadcast, we wouldn't want to miss it.

I'll try that again!

Tue 10-May-11
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OOh . so it was HIM? (link is stil there) - I think he's brill. Glad you had a great day Danny & Fiona, and yes remind us nearer the day, I wouldn't want to miss it.

Looking forward to seeing it all for real in July

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