An interesting weekend ahead.

This weekend will be a busy one at the railway, with the three day running of Flying Scotsman.

Now I am aware that some people who read this blog when it was just my musings might not know what Flying Scotsman is. So here is a picture of it at the railway last year.






All seats are booked and it will be non-stop through the station.

Just to add to the excitement there is heavy rain forecast for Sunday and one of the two car parks is full of travellers.

So all in all an average weekend.

Personally I reckon I am getting too old for all the excitement, but we shall see, as long as the visit earns money for the railway then that can only be good.

Burning calories the easy way.

Now those of you who know me will know that I love technology, especially if it makes things either easier or effort free.

Well I noticed mid morning that my fit-bit watch said that I had burnt 1256 calories since midnight. To say I was impressed would be an understatement, I thought just imagine how many I would have burnt if I was actually wearing the Fitbit!

This modern technology is impressive!

No jokes by the way about me having a fit-bit!!

Two into one.

I know, I know I have not posted for some time, well that hopefully will change.

Many of you know that up to now I have written two blogs, this one and also one covering my volunteering on a heritage railway.

I have closed my railway blog, I think it had run it’s course and I want to concentrate on this one and expanding it, if for no other reason than to keep me amused!

So watch this space as they say for more postings.

Plodding through summer

Well here we are almost half way through July plodding our way through summer.

The weather has been much like modern television and left much to be desired.

Not much use in planning a day in the week to do any gardening and most likely we will have showers on the day in question.

When we have had periods of sunny weather it’s often been very humid and not a time for doing much.

Looking at the news the variable weather has been blamed on a number of things, from global warming to Brexit and the US Presidents recent visit! I tease you not, people will blame the weather on any number of things.

As for me, well I just go with the flow, I can’t change the weather so I don’t worry about it. Considering we can do nothing about the weather most Brits spend hell of a lot of time discussing it. Including me looking at recent blog posts.

The grass will get cut evenually and therefore all is well with the world!

October is early this year.

Carrying on from my last post I am sitting here looking out at rain hitting the window and a cold wind.

Except for the fact that the rain is warmer it could almost be an October afternoon.

The local schools are on holiday this week with kind of guarantees some dismal weather.

It’s coming up to 6pm here and I have the lights all on in here, if I didn’t then it would be really dismal.

Oh well back to doing some writing can’t stare out at typical British weather all day!!

All back to normal

Here we are on the 8th May and it’s lashing down with rain and a bit on the cold side.

Nice to see the weather is back to normal after a super Easter.

I must admit that sitting in the dry looking out is far better than standing outside looking in.

No gardening today!!

Such a little thing.


The particles are by themselves small insignificant things, but in quantity they can be a pain in the rear.

With the onset of sunny days I tend to open the window of the computer room and the result is that the screens all get covered in dust. I am getting through screen wipes at a rapid rate of knots.

I mean I leave the room with nice shiny screens and when I return they all have varying degrees of a matt finish on them.

Roll on autumn.


Is it really that long?

Well it’s been two months since I last posted, how time flies when you’re not having fun.

It’s been a funny start to the year, what with having the flu for several weeks and now I have a cough I just can’t seem to shake off.

I am not sure if it’s due to old age or not but I seem to be feeling the cold this year. Certainly we are still putting the central heating on from time to time.

This retirement lark is hard work as well, some days I set out with the best intentions to get things done, but never quite manage it and I must say it’s most frustrating.

I will try and make a few more regular posts when something of note happens, though wether I recognise something being of note is another matter!

In with the new but hang onto the old.

Those of you who either follow this blog or know me personally know that I am mainly Apple user.

I have a Windows machine but that’s just used for programming radios, for everything else I use Apple.

I started off some years ago with a 2012 MacBook PRO, the model I purchased was a 15″ screen non-retina screen. Nothing flash as Mac’s go and certainly not top of the line.

A couple of modifications I made was to expand the memory to 16GB and also replace the Hard Drive with a 512GB SSD. Both improved the speed of the machine, especially replacing the hard drive.

In 2017 I decided to replace the machine with a new model. Still a MacBook PRO but this time with faster memory, better graphics and an improved SDD.

The new machine gets lots of use, but I just can’t get rid of the old Mac, actually this blog entry is being typed on the old model. For some strange reason I just prefer it for some tasks. On both machines I have an external keyboard, this one on the old Mac being wired and the one on the newer machine being wireless. Now I will admit to not being a great fan of the new keyboards on the Mac’s, for me the keys don’t have enough travel and they are too noisy, it has been likened to typing on a set of scrabble tiles!

But the purpose of this post is to comment on the continued use of the old machine. Yes I could put everything onto the new machine and dispose of the old one, but I jut can’t bring myself to do so. I suppose it’s like continuing to wear old slippers or shoes when you have bought a new pair, they just feel comfortable

At some stage I will have to replace it simply because it won’t run older software but up until then I can see it continue to be used daily. The wife has commented that perhaps I should have just kept the old machine, and perhaps she is right, time will tell.

Looking back.

I do like photography, though I must admit it’s been some time since I have been out and about with my camera.

So here for my last post of the year are some photographs I have posted in the past.

See you in 2019 when I hope to post on a more regular basis.