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Month: April 2022

Stormzy In Glasgow

Stormzy

This week we’ve had music pounding in our heads and our hearts.  We finally got to a concert that I think I’d booked tickets for back in December 2019 at the launch of his album Heavy is the Head.  It’s not music for the faint hearted and not the kind of thing I normally go for.  However with two teenage boys in tow who like to challenge my music tastes!  At the time of booking he was hot off the heals of his Glastonbury show and Brit awards, it made for a great Christmas present.

The concert got moved twice, and eventually he made it to Scotland!   The boys two years older.  One at uni and the youngest now older than the eldest when I bought the tickets.  Feels a little crazy saying that!  It was a great night and nice to see them bonding, fist pumping and generally soaking up something that had been a long time coming.

One of my highlights had to be the whole audience singing together. Bob Marley’s, don’t worry about a thing in the pre show warm up. Made me think of my dad who was a big Bob fan and can picture him looking down on us.

Has to be said the concert made me feel old given the demographic in the audience!  And on that note It’s now 40 weeks until the big birthday that feels like a real marker in the sand life wise.  I’m thinking of breaking the 10 weeks into 4 pseudo sprints.  Using a little bit of Agile methodology.  A way to focus on some pre big 5 ’O’ goals.  One of them being to remove the winter/Covid pouch that’s appeared of late. 

Trying to eat more of a Mediterranean diet, no pasta, no rice if I can help it. With uni boy back for the Easter break though, these things make good plate fillers and every time I look in the fridge it’s like the locusts have been! So it’s a battle around cooking for a family vs cooking for me. Add to that, I like cooking!


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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Gorse

Getting to that time of year where I’m conflicted time wise.  The outdoors are calling, the garden starts needing attention.  My free time starts being diverted to different things.  Those that were important in the dark months no longer feels relevant.  

I’ve also been asked to look at something new at work, parts of the tech world that have been moving on whether I was paying attention or not.  Data and the move to the cloud.  Now I find myself hitting the books again.  Listening to new podcasts, new ideas and new technologies that I’m finding invigorating.  The more I dip my toe in the more I want to learn.  As a consequence I know my writing is going to take a hit…..it really doesn’t take much.  I might be more sporadic!

I missed last week’s share, my excuse a long overdue visit to my mum who lives a good few hours away.  Time to stop the fear of COVID getting in the way for us.   So I carved the time out and made the journey.  Cut the grass, did a couple of things and mainly I was there.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the dust and the toilet refurb.  It’s progressed, but at a snail’s pace.  The plaster is finished and the floor is up.  It’s a crying shame the floor tiles from 1890 are in desperate state, concrete and glue, several years of occupancy taking its toll.  I’m grateful our hall that leads onto the room is still in good shape, albeit cold in the winter.  It would have been nice to have a flow, continuity.  We will, cover and screed placing our own mark.  I’ve got my fingers crossed for better progress this week.  A small room with tradesmen making an impact on my schedule that is compounding  my conflicts time wise.

With the brighter days, I’ve been out on the bike, a circuit around Arthurs seat that really gets the heart going.  The hill becomes a beacon of yellow, a welcome sight as the town really steps out of the doldrums and embraces the change to British summer time.

I also upgraded my phone this week and have been checking the camera out. Snow Thursday, which didn’t stick around too long, the garden is awakening and the apple trees are waking up and the Gorse I’ve mentioned!


The #WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up hosted by Natalie the Explorer that serves as weekly heart beat and sort of of a mind-dump. Helps me reflect on my week, with a list of achievements, thoughts and rambles normally whilst drinking a beverage probably listening to music.

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