A rare night out last night, both of us together, to The Divine Comedy at the Cheesegrater. Clare was a big fan, so we have quite a lot of their stuff (his stuff really, Neil Hannon) but I don't listen to it that much. So was expecting lots of songs I did not know, and that's kind of what we got, but it was all really good. Odd crowd I thought, they have a lot of fans who are all our age and older. Clare was pleased to feel young at a gig. He did a few costume changes, it felt a bit cabaret. Terrible sound problems, but a good gig.
We're out again tonight too for Jon Richardson at the same venue, busy weekend.
Nelson is for special achievement, it's a big soft toy that someone gets to take home for the weekend. They then fill out a diary for him of all the things he did with photos and things. Harry is the winner this week for the first time, so lucky us get to keep Nelson for the whole of half term. AAARGH THIS MEANS WE HAVE TO DO STUFF! Might go to Dreamland at the weekend then.
Can't see it but we heard the Russian armada would be passing by our front door this morning, on it's way to Syria, BBC has the details here. A mum in the playground this morning had seen it. Maybe it's cloaked now. Or maybe it's just a bit misty.
We could not really see much, but what we could see of Tommy was great. While Grandpa was taking Harry swimming, we were at Folkestone Academy watching Tommy in Daisy Murphy's Youth Dance first show. There were about half a dozen different dance groups doing different things, Tommy's class did a dance based on the Lion King. Tommy really threw himself into it, it's a shame that we had such a bad view. The seats were all on the flat and there was no stage, and the dancers were all obviously tiny, so only the front row could see. There was a bit of a gap, and for a minute Tommy was lined up and I thought it was going to be OK. But then one of the dance instructors stood in that gap right in front of him.
Folkestone Academy Getting my first pair of glasses today. Just for reading and computer work but only when I think I need them, my poor old eyes are getting tired. So not all the time and not for driving or anything. Not unless I'm tired and trying to read something on my phone while driving... off to the opticians (yes the one I should have gone to) this morning.
Went to Tommy's dress rehearsal of a show he's in tonight! It's lots of dancing, six local dance groups doing something. Mostly it's bigger kids (though not much bigger) but his nursery class are doing a little Lion King dance. It was chaos yesterday, wonder if it will be much better today? He is having fun anyway.
So I miss Harry's swimming tonight, thought Grandpa is taking him.
Poor old Tommy wet the bed again last night, that's the third time in two weeks.
Don't remember this one. Must have been a load of gigs between this and the last one I posted, which was the Boo Radleys. This was close to the beginning of me moving to London, and I was out every night. Just too busy at the time having fun to keep up with the paperwork... I enjoyed the Wannadies a few times in Portsmouth, I expect I did again at this gig.
There was some bad weather yesterday, fierce waves battering the shore. On my morning walk between taking Harry to school and starting work I went along the beach and it looks grim. All sorts of crap has been thrown up on to the beach, and the beach itself has changed shape a bit. Those pebbles seem so fragile. There's all sorts of litter along the tide line.
It's not cold enough for the heating to have kicked in yet though. I'm getting a bit suspicious, though Clare things it's about right. It always seems to be just one degree or so above the level I've set for the heating to come on. I'm not going to turn the level up just to make it work, but come on, when will it be less than 18 degrees in the house???
Nice, found this video from Australia, it might be a cheap way to get quite powerfull geared motors for a robot by repurposing a cordless drill. I have wondered about this before, I was thinking of the rechargeable power packs though, and this guy says just to chuck them, they are no use. Maybe no use in competitions but we might get some use out of them. Not sure how cheap it'd really be though, found these at twenty five pounds, maybe there are some no-brand alternatives. Not sure how that compares to a motor like this, there must be a way of comparing them that I don't know.
Perhaps more Peasmarsh than Rye, but anyway, we want walking yesterday. Was a big of a mushroom hunt for Dom and a nice ramble for the rest of us. Dom was pleased, he found some ceps (aka porcini) and we got our 10,000 steps without any complaints from the boys. On the way home we had a lovely meal in Simply Italian in Rye. Made a nice change from going into town on a Saturday afternoon, felt like a good worthy activity for Harry and Tommy. Really did not feel like a Saturday either, felt like Sunday all day. So today is like a bonus day off!
Clare is working today, we're doing very little indeed. Will clear the ironing and watch TV.