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Sunday, 31 December 2006


Well, we've had a wonderful Christmas, with the children overwhelmed with the exciting gifts they've been given (thank you!) intermingled with some days at work, sparsely attended by engineers, but still giving us the opportunity to catch up on a good few outstanding jobs!

Hart/Davies Family Twixtmas 2006Yesterday, Beth organised a family get-together at the Methodist Church nearby her folks; in all, there were twenty-nine of us there (and we're really grateful toeveryone for taking the time to come and share the celebration with us!), with children, parents, grand-parents and great-grandparents sitting down and enjoying an opportunity to catch up. There's plenty of left-over buffet food in the fridge - in fact, I'm pretty made-up with all the left-overs from the Christmas meals at work!

There's a photo of almost all of the assembled family (save for Beth's Dad who was responsible for being on the other side of the camera - he came up with the idea shortly after Dad & Rita had left, unfortunately) in the gallery... thank you to everyone who came along - it was fantastic to see everyone (especially the children, as they all co-operated with the scattered toys) getting on so well.

Looking back, it's been a very pleasant year, all told. All of us have picked up some life experience - for me, it was balancing work (and opportunities for overtime) with time spent with the family, working on podcasts, rehearsing with Jude and trying to keep up with all the podcasts to which I now subscribe!!

We've not really any substantial plans for 2007 - obviously, life can throw all kinds of eventualities at us (please God they're manageable, though!) but there are a few things I'd like to hae achieved by the end of December 2007..

  • Grow some vegetables. Emma, the gardening maestro from The Emma And Pete Show was kind enough to send me some seeds, and it'll be interesting to see if I can make them pop up, so Beth can stick them in a pan and we can feast on the healthy produce of nature!
  • Produce a demo tape with Jude. We're almost at the 'regular rehearsal' stage although I still need to take my guitar to the doctor. Something for the New Year!
  • Home improvements. You never know, I might get round to putting up the cupboards in the guest area, give the house a really good clean and - eventually - turn my attention to the work that still needs doing in the stuidio (a bit of rewiring, decorating the door and generally making things a little tidier).

That'll do for now, though, apart from a continued hope that we'll have time and opportunity to spend time with family and friends - it doesn't help greatly that I work some weekends, but I'm sure the chance will arise at some point!

mac bits
www.stepwise.com/Articles/Workbench/eart.index.html : A bookmark for me, really, and when I have the chance to investigate further - how (finally?) to set webmail up on my Mac.. if it works!

synthesizer things
www.polyvalens.com/vl1/index.html : I've always loved the sound of the Casio VL-Tone, and, having heard it on Robbie Williams's Rudebox track (it's the blippy noise in the background of the instrumental sample here: ) I've managed to get hold of an emulator of the VST plug-in variety (so it'll work with my little Logic Audio setup. (thanks, Trev!)

free odd music
www.sputnikworld.com/common/tracks.aspx : Want to listen to what 80s band Sigue Sigue Sputnik are doing now? They've lost none of their electronic punky distinctiveness, I can tell you that!

Posted by james at December 31, 2006 10:12 PM

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