Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's all good....

Playlist
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight

And July is off into the rear view mirror...


Meg the Black Cat was frisky this morning...



And the skies were blue and the day was sunny...





..and tomorrow the new album goes out into the world to raise money for charity...

It's all good....

Highlight of the Day : Great skies...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Team CBQ...

Playlist
Various - Last 15 Months on Shuffleplay
Haydn - Symphony 27
Gene Ammons -Funky
Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea
Asia - The Very Best of
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Starlightnight Box
Beethoven - Late Quartets
Yes - And You And I / Roundabout (Single)
Jack Bruce - Songs for a Tailor

Up early and to work on updating this for the last week...

Then work on switching round speakers in the living room, back room and computer room...

After lunch, working in earnest re the release of the new album...

Websites being prepared and final listenings taking place...





In the evening, the Swedish version of "Wallender" - very strange but quite enjoyable...

Meanwhile, can anyone explain why the entire BBC seems to have been taken over by the Olympics?

And why has Great Britain suddenly become "Team GB"?

Highlight of the Day : New set ups, new websites...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

One last look around the house before we leave...

Playlist
Various - Milano Jukebox 1999-2003
Various - P5 Into the lens
Starcastle - Starcastle
Various - Last 15 Months on Shuffleplay

Paul returned at 10 this morning, after Anne and I had dismantled the bed and taken it downstairs for his arrival...

Paul and I took it to the van and that was it...

All over...

One last look around the house before we leave...



 

The wee cat was there once again to say goodbye as we set off around 9:30...



To Hemel to hand in the keys then away...

Breakfast on the M1...



Lunch on the outskirts of Lancaster...





Home via Armadale to pick up Meg...

In the house at 5:15...



An evening of organising, catching up and reflection...

The end of an era and a very sad day...

Highlight of the Day : Home...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Thighbone in a box pt 2...

Playlist
Various - Milano Jukebox 1998-1999
Various - P5 Into the Lens
Starcastle -Starcastle
Grinderman - Grinderman

Up early...

Still much to do...




This tiny bird entertained...



As did the wee black and white cat from the end of the road...



I met his owner - she had known Pam - I told her the cat had been there when we left Acorn Road for the last time back in September last year...



All very sad...

Around 10, kind of brother in law Paul and his two girls Danielle and Sharney came round with their big van to help further clear the huts and take stuff to the dump...





...while Anne finished off the back lawn with the help of a further expension supplied by Paul...



The work over, it was back to St Albans again for some wandering around...





...and lunch...



...at the Bakehouse...



It was Market Day...





The stall at which I purchased the Glenn Gould string quartet disc back in March was there but nothing enticed...

Instead, the latest edition of BBC Music magazine was purchased...

Back to the cathedral...



It contains St Alban's thighbone don't you know...



Gotta have a relic if you wanna draw the crowds - as they said in medieval times...

Ice cream enjoyed...



...and this lady peering from a dance and music building attracted...



On our way back home to a now almost completely empty house, we decided to partake of a beer...



...and watch the cricket at Leverstock Green...





Leaving Anne to do some final gardening, I went into Hemel - vibrant yet depressing somehow...



Discs by Starcastle and Grinderman picked up in charity shops (erm, I already have the Grinderman disc and don't particularly like it - idiot!)...

Back at the house, I would have killed for a seat...

Relaxing to Starcastle nonetheless...



Later, a visit from Pam's chum (and sister of Michelle), Suzanne with husband Chris and their lovely daughters Megan...



...and Olivia...



Pam was determined to see the girls grow up...



Alas, it wasn't to be..

But I hope they won't forget their Auntie Pam...

A lovely sunny evening saw us over in Hemel old town...







...to Saffron for a very tasty Indian meal...



Then, a walk around the Gadebridge Park...



..and a drive over to Berkhamstead in the rising moonlight...



..and we drove out to the Bridgewater Monument...



...spotting some (unpictured) deer on our way...



Home and to bed - the final piece of furniture in the house, having decided to leave tomorrow rather than Monday...

Highlight of the Day : Saffron...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Thighbone in a box...

Playlist
Various - Milano Jukebox 1998 Vols 1-7

Up at 5 and out into the sun at 6...




A long drive ahead...

We stopped over the border at Westmoreland for breakfast...




...then ploughed on...



Our only hold up was not re a boat on a lorry...



...it was for a rather bad looking smash on the M1, involving two other lorries, one of which lay across both carriageways...



Hope the driver was ok but it looked pretty bad...

Arrived at Pam's just after 1...



The back garden was like a jungle...











I made a start at cutting the grass - trying to avoid the anthills...

Then, we drove over to St Albans for a look around...









...some shopping and lunch...





Back to the house and I started clearing out the huts while Anne continued on the grass cutting front...



Then, it was into the attic to do the final clearance up there but, all in all, there was much less to get rid of in the final push to clear than we'd imagined...





Later on, visits from Pam's chums Deb and Michelle, grateful recipients of Pam's three piece suite and king sized bed respectively - other chum Anna now has Pam's dining tabnle and chairs...



The remainder of the evening was spent listening to music and doing our best to relax in a house in which all that was left now was, basically, junk...



Tough times...

Highlight of the Day : Mind taken off things by St Albans...