A sideline project for an IT guy who likes to cook


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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  1. Maria

    The photos are great! How do you like your new phone? There’s almost no need for a DSLR camera any longer, I only use my Iphone Pro now.
    I remember you writing about renovating the house, but I didn’t understand that it was that old. I love old houses, they have a soul.
    Have a great new week!

    • akeerie

      Thanks Maria. Agree about the soul of the house. Just wish this one would stop giving! Edinburgh is such an old city and full of old buildings, I often wonder about about the first person who bought the house was and what it would have looked like brand new.Good to know you use a phone as well. Your pictures are so great. I was wondering about a new camera for the summer…and then thought I don’t really use my DSLR and why would I start using one again! Just make the one in my pocket a bit better, the phone is going great thanks.

  2. Natalie

    The gorse is beautiful and cheerful. Enjoy the great outdoors and gardening as spring and summer go by quickly. Thank you for your weekend coffee share.

    • akeerie

      Thanks Natalie, and thanks for hosting

  3. Melis

    The shift to warmer weather always trips me up, too! Not only does the farm call my attention in all the ways but I find myself actually pulled by anything I *didn’t accomplish during the colder months that I may have wanted to. Go figure.

    I hope your construction projects continue to move forward at a steady pace even if not exactly on time.

    I, too, got a new phone last week and am enjoying the new camera features. Technology is wild!

    Hope you have a great, productive week ahead as Spring unfolds around you!

    • akeerie

      I think maybe it’s more energy, I certainly know about wanting to achieve more as it gets lighter. Unfortunately we don’t get more hours at the same time 🙂

  4. Thistles and Kiwis

    Ah yes…the gorse on Arthur’s Seat….we were last in Scotland 4 years ago and there was snow on the hills. Heading to shorter days here.

    • akeerie

      Sorry to hear you are heading to shorter days….but hopefully comfort eating season! Love autumn for the harvest.

  5. Gary A Wilson

    Alex –
    You alone are the one person in my blogging world who has mentioned what is in my face almost daily at work – this cloud thing. For us in support at Oracle, we hear about this every day as Oracle wants to own this market but of course Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Adobe, and Workday all have opinions about our big plans and have the market share to validate their place at the table.

    Fortunately, this seems to be a big pie with significant slices for all of us – but if your job is to match which is best for your company – ugh – good luck with that. In your place, I’d line up all the sales reps and let them buy you lots of lunches and try to collect enough information about them to start illuminating early on. But there are so many factors that it may take you a year or more just to map out what your company needs to do to get there. I hate to say this, but better you than me brother.

    For what it might be worth, I’d identify who can’t do credible and affordable security and backup maintenance right from the start. If your company is global, a world wide presence of data centers is important but that’s also obvious. How each provider calculates cost is all over the map so you have your work cut out for you.

    I feel your pain already.

    • akeerie

      I like the idea of lots of lunches! Sadly I think it’s a done deal and I need to get up to speed rather than platform selection. Will keep you posted on my progress!

  6. Janet Alcorn

    Oh, the conflict between writing and gardening! I know it too well. Since I live where it gets insanely hot, I have that conflict November-April rather than in the late spring and summer. My word count should go up in about another month, right in line with the temperature.

    • akeerie

      I definitely cower from the heat, love to find a nice bit of shade to journal when we are holiday. So I can understand the word count going up in the heat!

  7. Julie

    I find podcasts so addicting. I’ve been in a rabbit hole listening to the next thing. It’s a great companion for long car rides.

    • akeerie

      I listen on my walks in the morning, I’ve also got an audible subscription and keep asking myself why when there is so much to listen to any way. Then someone will get interviewed and I’m sucker for a good sales pitch on a book. So then I can follow it up….it’s a long vicious learning circle 😉

  8. Elisabeth Ellington

    How wonderful to feel that invigoration that comes from new podcasts, new ideas, new learning! I do understand how diving into new learning can mean that our writing takes a hit. There is only so much time and energy in the day after all. It’s so hard to navigate visits and time with our loved ones who don’t live with us with covid. I am still so anxious about unknowingly passing it along to my mom. I am glad you were able to make the visit and spend that time with her. Your new phone seems to be taking some fantastic photos!

    • akeerie

      For me it was one of those moments that I needed to let go of being anxious. I’d been putting it off exactly for that reason, and having two boys that have no fear and mix in different circles was part of the whole eco system I was trying to protect her from. It was time! Thank you for stopping by and saying hello.

  9. Ju-Lyn

    Ah, the draw of the sun & the outdoors …
    Glad you were able to make the trip to see Mum … too many loved ones kept apart for too long.

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