Thursday, February 28, 2013
It was an interesting day from a work perspective. The team had managed to meet their deadlines and everything was on schedule. The client has dropped off radar for paternity leave, but that won't stop our progress. Having got everything under way and under control, it seems that GF is being moved on again and expects (in a couple of weeks time) to be picking up another project with the same client. GF wishes he could get a little stability but evidently his ability to shape new projects, and his extensive experience in dealing with all types of computer are too valuable when there are so many projects to launch.
Travel booked for another trip to Edinburgh next week.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
We went through the door and were again blown away by the living room and the kitchen, diner, family room. Again, however, the lack of a utility room or study would have made things intolerable. Going upstairs the master bedroom was perfect, the bathrooms were perfect, but the other rooms were seriously short of storage space. Doesn't matter how the cookie is cut, it just would not work.
He has now given it a good talking to, and told it to sit in the corner and think about what it it wants to do with its life. He will give it until the weekend to pull itself together, then retry with a full re-install. If it fails to cooperate, then it will be put down.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
We started to pack as check-out was due mid-morning, but not before a hearty breakfast. Finally ready we left our comments in the visitors' book and loaded the car. Pentillie Castle had been a great find, and the Gorse Fox has no doubt that we will return. We set off just before ten, and after a trouble free journey arrived home just before two.
Jasper the cat was beside himself with excitement when we marched through the door and stayed within a few inches of the Silver Vixen for the rest of the day. He had obviously missed her ministrations.
Urban-cub and Pistol Pete came round after work - as GF hadn't seen them on his birthday, this was arranged to make up for it. The local Chinese take-away restaurant was delighted as we loaded the car with a choice of dishes and had a quiet evening enjoying the food and chatting.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Upstairs, machinery formed an interesting backdrop to the tables.
The food was what we were here for. The Silver Vixen enjoyed a pork fillet and GF selected a trio of venison (steak, faggotl, and sausage).
There is no beating about the bush. The food was excellent. Absolutely lovely meal, well worth the effort to find the Mill.
Rame Head was being patrolled by Dartmoor ponies and a few hardy walkers who eschewed the biting wind.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
This was an unexpected find. Tucked just off the A38 The Crooked Inn is reached along a long private drive. Gorse Fox and Silver Vixen had booked and were greeted as soon as we arrived, and told where our table could be found. We were shown the specials board and given the standard menus and wandered off to our table. Once you have selected you return to the bar to order.
We both selected from the specials board, the Silver Vixen having local lamb, the Gorse Fox chose some pork fillet in calvados. We had to wait a little while, but nothing that was unreasonable given the quality of the food we were served. Both dishes were quite remarkable. Indeed I do not think I have ever tasted such a tender and succulent piece of pork. These were no Pre-prepared meals that were reheated on demand, these were cooked to order.
Food was outstanding.
(With reference to the recent scandals regarding rogue meat - the Gorse Fox noticed they took this seriously with a prominent sign round the back telling people to keep the gate closed to stop the horses getting in).
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Gorse Fox and Silver Vixen were told of a nearby pub that did great, fresh seafood. We were warned that t was a bit spit and sawdust. Let's just say that that as we walked in we were acutely aware that we were unlikely to come across a Jocasta or Tarquin at one of the tables. The Rod and Line in Tideford was a archetypal village pub. Full of locals and reeking of a popular village pub atmosphere from another century.
We both selected some haddock and were not disappointed. It was excellent... Though, perhaps, not what Gorse Fox had in mind for his birthday dinner. He even accepted mushy peas so as not to start a riot among the denizens of this strange little backwater.
GF allowed the mouse to hover over the image to see what it was about... but the icon opened up a text message to wish the Gorse Fox a Happy Birthday.
Spooky... Now if we could just get Google to provide fibre broadband to the study here, that would round off the birthday nicely.
As it is, we are busy packing for our few days away.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Unfortunately, the car wash was closed so the Gorse Fox resorted to a bucket and sponge and braved the cold wind. It's always nice to drive a nice clean car.
Spurs took their time to bring a smile to the face, but made it in the end.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ten minutes later there was a further announcement; the train had been cancelled. Gorse Fox immediately texted his client and colleagues that he would be delayed and stood in the cold for a further thirty-five minutes until the next train arrived. He settled in for the journey and eventually arrive at his client's site some 30 minutes late (but still 20 minutes earlier than one of the client's colleagues who was meant to be with us).
Gathering his day-pass the Gorse Fox settled in to the conference room, then slid out to grab a cup of tea. His day pass dropped and bounced off his foot straight under a filing cabinet. It was evident that this could turn out to be a bad day. Scuttling back to the conference, tea in hand, he decided to stay put, taking no further chances for the day.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Tomorrow we reconvene and try to complete the remaining topics.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Early evening we had another house viewing by the couple who had to drop out a couple of weeks ago. They now have another buyer for their house so were eager to take another look here and see if they could negotiate the price down.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The private nature of this Estate probably precludes any fibre connections to the house, but there should at least be fibre from the exchange to the distribution cabinet. But no, we struggle with 1.7Mbps as Korea delivers 200Mbps. Pathetic.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
With a birthday coming up and a few days off looming, GF also spent time trying to select a suitable short break. He considered Jersey, looked at Madeira, but after consultation with the Silver Vixen has chosen a country pile on the Devon/Cornwall border. Now it is a matter of hoping that the weather is clement!
Friday, February 15, 2013
Starting with the admin of allocating annual bonuses (bribes are still welcome, team!), the Gorse Fox then progressed on to defining the need for and function of a Design Authority in his new Programme and specifying its terms of reference. These have been sent out for review and comment. It will be interesting to see the response (given the history of such a function in previous programmes with the same client).
Then it was a briefing for Dr Bognor, who is taking over as our exec on this programme. (Made sure he was on board with a number of ideas and suggestions).
Good day really.
Off to meet with GF's little sister and B-i-L for dinner tonight.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Meanwhile, the Gorse Fox has had a good day in the office. It has predominantly been research again today, but some solid ideas are beginning to form. As an aside it looks like the Gorse Fox may actually be in line for a wider role than was originally expected.
Looking forward to getting home!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
It has been a good day. The Gorse Fox has managef to gain access to th internet at the client's office. This is a major breakthtough in itself.
Meetings seemed to go well and news tells us that Dr Bognor is sbout to join the hierarchy. That one assumes means we ca expect the pressure to be cranked up.
Tried a local Malaysian restaurant after work. Superb.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Bags packed and supper wolfed down, Gorse Fox headed off to the airport and now finds himself ensconced in a new hotel. (Or at least new to him).
Monday, February 11, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
We had lunch at the Swallow's Return - which was surprisingly busy. Service was polite and pretty good despite the number of diners.
Saturday, February 09, 2013
The advantage of a living in a bungalow is that cleaning the windows is a fairly simple process. Despite a gently rain, GF made his way round the house trying to free the windows of their winter detritus and salt deposits. No doubt, now that they are clean we will have another storm to muck them up again.
Managed to catch the second half of the Spurs game against Newcastle - another fine win; and whilst everyone focusses on Gareth Bale, the Gorse Fox thought that the industry and work rate put in by Aaron Lennon made him the man of the match.
Great win for Southampton too. That'll please Pistol Pete.
“IN losing respect for their parents, a good many young people seem to have lost respect for themselves. Indeed, they seem unable to respect anything at all.”How true, and how interesting that this was seen as an issue 87 years ago. They would be havoing attacks of the vapours now!
The Lady. Modern Family Life. 5th August 1926
Friday, February 08, 2013
Gorse Fox notes that Mr Cameron seems to have a good day, too. He seems to have agreed a reduction in the EU budget. The only concern now is the threat from the members of the EU Parliament to force a secret ballot on ratification. (That way they cannot be held accountable, individually, if they scupper the deal). Given that their accounts have be qualified for all but one of the last 20 years - and last year there was question over 89 Billion Euros - you have to conclude that this is a deeply flawed and probably corrupt organisation.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
There is definitely a perturbation in the fabric of the universe. It has only been known once before, but it occurred again today. The first time was in 1987 and a hurricane had devastated southern England. The Gorse Fox was trapped in his village and unable to get to a scheduled customer meeting.
Now, for the second time in his career, the Gorse Fox was late for a customer meeting. This has shaken him up. Punctuality is important to the Gorse Fox. It shows respect and attention and is a basic tenet of good manners. Today's event was worrying - could we be approaching the end of times? Are the prophecies of Revelations beginning? Hopefully, no. Hopefully it was just the fact that a person was taken ill on a train in front of ours and we were stuck outside the station for 45 minutes whilst paramedics handled the situation,
But don't take any chances.
(*) Harbingers can be so hard to come by these days. They are obviously nearing extinction and tend to carry an air of doom.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Lots of work to get done before next meeting on Thursday.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Another course is downloading as this blog entry gets typed, but GF suspects that will take a while to complete.