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Saturday, 22 May 2010

Is this summer?

Wow.. what a remarkably warm day it's been so far - the culmination of a week of sunshine. How could we resist spending some time outside, making the most of the summer day? Lenni had the idea that we could play out in the garden, and I suggested that we could clear the patio so we could use it for a picnic lunch.

After lots of weed pulling, sweeping and several trips to the brown bin (through the house - one of the drawbacks of living in a mid-terrace!) we had sorted out the patio, the steps down to the house and the overgrowth at the bottom of the metal steps from the terrace. It was then that I recalled we had a gazebo - it had only been used once or twice in the last - must be ten years! - but had been stored in the shed. It had been my intention to check to find out if it had rotted away, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took it out of the rather rotted cardboard box and the tarpaulin bag within.

We spent a happy (if warm!) twenty minutes wrestling with it - enlisting Chris's help, since it definitely takes an extra pair of hands, especially since we were assembling it in a slightly smaller area than was suitable, but it looked great when it had finished - even more majestic and spacious since we had perched it atop the walls surrounding the raised beds at either side of the patio. It made a fine location for a lunchtime picnic.

Hopefully this will provide a fun play area for the children over the summer - we'll roll up the carpet of an evening, so it doesn't get too damp.

A Dalek and me!It's been a fairly busy working week, with a couple of highlights - the first being a visit to the BBC Mailbox in Birmingham. They have an excellent Doctor Who exhibition in the public space there, and I stood next to an original (I think) Dalek, which you can see in a picture here: yfrog.com/jaabzzj. I think the newfangled multicoloured ones are taller!

Earlier in the week, my beloved Samsung i600 phone stopped working - it got stuck on the 'bootup' screen. Fortunately, there were plenty of links online showing how to go back to a 'factory reset' although rather upsettingly, this meant I lost all my text messages, notes and - most importantly - contact details. Fortunately, I was able to find most of them again (with the help of Facebook, Twitter and Beth's phone) and now I sensibly sync them with Google. If you have a Windows Mobile Smartphone (what do you mean "that's a bit old-school!"?) the fact that Beth and I can use ActiveSync to synchronise the family's Google calendar with the ones on our phone means that, on the whole, we don't double-book ourselves!

So it's been a up-and-down few days, but it's nice to be able to relax with the family at the weekend, and enjoy the breeze as it cools the house. Just about!

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Posted by james at May 22, 2010 1:10 PM

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