The 36th Annual Ernest Hemingway
Look-Alike Contest in Key West,
Florida was won this week by a
man called Hemingway.
I love Key West
, would really like to go back there. It's not as good for children as it is for adults, so maybe that's one to look forward to in retirement!
That's nice! Feels like a Monday because I had the day off yesterday, and have been wfh
today. But it's Thursday! And its nearly over! One more day and then it's the weekend again!
Nice day again today, strong winds, but warm and sunny when I went for my lunchtime walk.
I got lots of nice things, and some lovely money too. Clare got me two of the pairs of shorts I was fussing about a few weeks ago, the ScottEVest hidden cargo shorts
and the pickpocket proof clothing arts travel adventure shorts
I was going to buy a new soldering iron
with the birthday money, and lo and behold that was my present from Jim at the end of the day.
Jul277/27The Nags Head
Free birthday day off from work
so Jim looked after the boys and we went up to London. Thought we were going to struggle to get there, got on the first cheap high speed train
of the day at 10am, and we all got hoofed off at Ashford. Train manager missing, so the train could go no further, everyone out. Then waiting at Ashford there were multiple "Inspector Sands to the control room! INSPECTOR SANDS
!". Everyone knows this is an emergency code, was it a fire or was it a bomb? Suddenly felt vulnerable on the crowded platform. Then we saw Vic Reeves
and his wife Nancy Sorrell
which was a distraction. He was dressed in double denim, like a bearded Shakin Stevens
. Next train arrived, and though it was standing room only the rest of the way we got to London in one piece.
Our only plan in London was to meet Emma
for lunch in The Gate
up by Angel. We stopped for a cheeky prosecco
in The Nags Head:
... then walked to the restaurant. And it was nice. Lots of vegan
choice, I had the lentil terrine pate for starter, aubergine teriyake for main and no room for a pudding really, but I had a bit of Clare's (vegan) banoffee pie
, very nice. Emma is doing well, looking forward to meeting her new arrival within the new few weeks.
Back home again in time to do the boys' tea.
Oh also Dawn of off Hollyoaks
a long time ago was at Folkestone West station. She is a neighbour of ours, though we don't actually know here. It still counts as a celeb spot.
This was recorded yesterday too, and see he's wearing the same clothes so FACT!
Forgot to put a cup under the coffee machine...
Work today, in the office, but then bonus day off
tomorrow for birthday
Still hot and sunny and dry. First proper day of the summer holidays today, so no school or nursery. Grandpa collected them both for the day so I could still wfh
, but I've missed out on some exercise by not walking down to drop Harry
off, nor will I be picking him up later. Going to have to walk extra hard at lunch. But not to the pub, oh no. Been quite a boozy weekend really, will STOP DRINKING
. Until Wednesday, when it is our birthday
If you can see the picture can you see the faint yellow box around Harry and Tommy? There is text if you hover over that. It's a feature I used to really like on flickr
back in the day and tried ages ago to implement it here. Realised at the weekend that it wasn't working on google based images, so fixed it. I'll try and add more details to images as I go now. It's all good so long as the url doesn't change...
At Alice and Tony's house, and it was hot, and they have a swimming pool
, so everyone in! The boys really enjoyed it, Harry so much so that he flung himself in again after we'd all got out and got dressed. He had to borrow some clothes to come home in. He says he fell in, but I was watching and it looked like he jumped to me, racing to get to some toy before someone else did. Must have just lost his balance...
They also played tennis
too and loved that, might see if we can find some more for him to play over the summer.
Went to a good boot fair
this morning, bought a hot wheels
garage for Tommy and some books for Harry.
Still hot again, though rain has hit at Mum and Dad's so it might be coming this way. The garden needs it, the lawn
has gone brown.
While Clare was supposed to be working we were going to a family party barbecue play games in Connaught Park
for Elliott's birthday. That got moved because Dover was shut down, to Elham
instead. We had a nice time, and good that Clare could attend because she couldn't go to work.
I went home via the Potting Shed
too which was really nice.
could not get to work yesterday. Crazy holdups on the channel crossing meant Dover
backed up, and this had knock on effects. So not just the route to the port, which often has problems, but all roads in Dover town. Clare was meant to be working but there was just no way in. No public transport either, as the train line to Dover is out for the whole year, and no busses could move on the roads either. People were stuck in their cars night and day, and it could last for weeks
Paul Clarke's blog - I live and work in Seabrook near Folkestone, Kent. wed to Clare and father to Harry and Tommy, I am a software engineer, and I do js, Node, php, and ruby. I like pubs, restaurants, home automation and other diy jiggery-pokery, history, genealogy, TV, popbitch, squirrels, pirates ☠, lego, and time travel...