I'm making plans for another trip OS next year. Finland is definitely on the itinerary and probably Norway. A work mate has just arrived back from a trip to the north of Scandinavia and said that I MUST visit Norway, even if it's only a day trip with Norway in a Nutshell. Lots of lovely trains and a fjord cruise.
Yesterday. One of our long time employees left, so we had a farewell nibblies for him at lunch time. It was well attended, all the food was scoffed and I think he was touched by how many people came to say goodbye. Or they could have come for the free food. Or to make sure he was actually going. 8-)
Thursday. Nope, can't remember.
Wednesday. Ditto. Hang on, remembered. Did some washing.
Tuesday. Rent inspection day, as previously blogged. I also received two more Great Courses lecture series in the post - one on Cosmology and the other on meteorology. I now have three and am determined to spend time improving my mind, so will be watching and learning each night.
Monday. Back to work, start of a full week,last minute vacuuming and floor washing.
Sunday. More house cleaning, tidying, throwing stuff away.
Saturday. Leece and Rob for dinner. I made fish and chips, which was just pan fried fish with sauteed potatoes and a green salad. Delish. And L and R brought a Thermomixed cheesecake which was just delightful!
Tomorrow I had planned to wash the car and do a bit of market trawling, but it's going to be 42 C, so I'll see how I go!
Comparethemeerkat.com has finally arrived in Aus. I have no intention of using compare the market insurance but I do love Alexandr Orlov the meerkat.
On Saturday I made sauteed potatoes for the first time - they worked out rather well, though next time I'll add more garlic.
Goodies from Amazon have arrived. I got a voucher for Chrissy and bought the Rough Guide to Scandinavian Music, History of England by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Xenophobe's Guide to the Finns, which is very funny and was written by a Finn.
No L and R for dinner last night as they are Genghis Conning. Manfred finally had a service (it's been a few years since his last),had his windscreen wipers fixed and three new tyres. I feel a lot safer driving him. Off to Northam to the boss's place for a bbq today; this was the catalyst for the service as it's a pretty long drive and I'll have a passenger and I didn't fancy anything going awry during the journey.
The last of the parcels from me to me arrived during the week so I guess this means the holiday is officially over.
These are ammonites that are approx. 190 Million years old. I didn't find them myself in Lyme Regis, sadly, I had to buy them from the fossil shop.
Today is much cooler, which is lovely. And tomorrow will only be 26 C. Yay!
Saw The Hobbit last Thursday - enjoyed it very much. There was a preview for Star Trek - this looks like being a good 'un too.
L and R came for dinner on Saturday for the first time since September. I made prawn, mango and avocado salad. The mango was a bit squishy but it tasted very nice. We watched the Xmas Doctor; Warehouse 13 and a Mystie.
So, I haven't ventured out much the past few days. I'm on leave between Xmas and NY, returning to work on the 2nd.
I saw The Hobbit last night - the 2D version - followed by dinner. Very enjoyable it all was too.
The parcels I sent myself from the UK are slowly turning up. I got four on Monday, 3 sent from Scunthorpe and a box sent registered post from Kings Cross. It had my satnav in it, so I thought I'd better register it, just in case.
I'm still waiting on the goodies from Lyme Regis, Scunthorpe, the Who Experience and Turku.
L and R for dinner tomorrow for the first time since September. I'm doing a prawn and mango salad. And on Sunday it's lunch at my niece's for second Christmas.
Yesterday I was off work as my arthritis had flared. I'd been telling all and sundry that the krill oil I've been taking has really helped - my shoulder, knee and back decided to show me otherwise. Not too bad today.
Four parcels arrived for me this week. Again, none of the ones I sent myself from the UK. Three were in my parcel locker and I felt most smug as I walked past all the poor people standing in the queue at the Bentley DC and got my goodies in a couple of minutes (if that).
It's 7:15 and I've been up for nearly an hour, thanks to an 18 year old cat who wanted his breakfast NOW!!! and has now gone back to bed.
And now it's 5:30. Had a great day - I had lunch with bro and Sis in law who are heading off to Queensland for Xmas to visit daughter #2.
They showed me around their lovely new caravan that has things that move in and out and unfurl.
They're acting as Father Xmas as I've given them my niece and nephew in law's pressies to deliver.
It's also World AIDS Day - sadly, it's still needed.
Yesterday was a good day. I knocked off at lunchtime and had food with Mentor Pat, workmate Caroline and school chum Genette at the Mill Pt Caffe bookshop. One of the managers, Celia, came over with books wrapped in Xmas paper and presented them to us, saying they'd had a function the other night and these were left over. During the year they get a bundle of manuscript proofs from publishers - they can't sell them so they give them away at the end of the year. We all got a different book - mine is "When in Rome" by Nicky Pellegrino - so we've agreed to read our copy and then swap. It was a very good day - good food, good friends and a free book.
And when I got home, there was a parcel on the doorstep. Not one of the many parcels I sent myself from the UK, but a coffee pod holder. V. nice it is, too.
For a hoot, I've been watching Mission:Impossible series 2 and 3 with Finnish subtitles. Never knew there were so many words for 'yes'. I've learned that 'ok' is 'okei' and 'right' is 'hyva on', which translates as 'good is'.