Tuesday, 24 June 2008

But Is It Art..?

Have just uploaded images of my lasted work to Webshots.

This is a Stoneware, part thrown, part coiled sculptural piece. Decoration was Colbolt Oxide with Light Oatmeal and Bright Orange Red glaze.

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Coiled & Thrown 1.1

Monday, 23 June 2008

With A little Help...

Thought I would share these.

Saturday we had some "help" with the lunchtime washing up. He seems to have enjoyed himself.

Kick stool not pictured.

Saturday, 21 June 2008


Apparently the word Solstice is derived from the Latin for 'Sun stands still.'

Latin scholars please form an orderly queue to correct me.

Friday, 20 June 2008

Only The British

Today our Finance Director is leaving the company. This has come as something of a surprise and has saddened many- he is one of the most popular people here. So last night we made our way to a local pub for farewell drinks and cheesey chips (pictured). Turnout was at around 95% of the company, which speaks volumes. Even if just that's just for the promise of a free drink LOL.

It occured to me- as we all stood in the beer garden- that only the British would be brave, no make that foolish enough to pretend to be warm on what was quite clearly a chilly evening. I think other more sensible nations would probably have said "Look there's a nice warm inviting pub- why don't we go inside?"
Anyway the garden was nice enough, the sun did try it's best and above all we had a pleasant evening.

Thursday, 19 June 2008


Can't really believe in less than a week the nights will start drawing in LOL.

We've not had much of a summer so far have we?

Tuesday, 17 June 2008


Mum met with her consultant yesterday to get the results of a recent scan and again with a specialist today. As far as chemotherapy is concerned it looks like we've reached the end of the road- the experts don't think any more can be achieved and (more likely) harm may in fact be done by further treatment to her liver. The liver is slightly enlarged versus the previous scan but they will monitor this. The consultant is however recommended further radiotherapy for the spine and bone-strengthening treatments. Not all bad news then.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Patience Is A Virtue. Honest

Should it really take over 5 hours to download and install Windows XP SP2? I mean it can't be that big, can it?

And yes before you ask that was via a Broadband connection.

If it had gone on much longer I'm sure I would have hit the CANCEL button or kicked the pc. Thankfully I was saved from having to explain away some unsightly damage and all seems to be working well.

This all started a while back when my anti-virus software informed me it needed upgrading but the new version wasn't compatible with my existing OS. So I obtained and installed the XP upgrade and then installed the new version of my anti-virus. Less than a month later, my anti-virus needs updating again (sigh) and would you believe it, now requires XP SP2.

And that's where my nightmare seems to have started. Knowing my connection wasn't the fastest or most capable I though maybe the best route would be to order the cd and install. Yeah I know that goes against ever wanting to give Mr Gates and Co any more of my hard earned cash than necessary but I thought it worth the investment.

However at the end of this month Microsoft are making XP obsolete and moving it into it's support life, until 2014. As a result they seem to have "retired" the cd version of XP SP2 and for some reason the SP3 cd isn't available to customers in the UK or US, so that left me little choice.

Sorry, am I boring you..? Well I've got that off my chest, thanks for reading. Normal service will resume shortly.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

It Must Be Summer: It's Raining Again

So far June seems to have been fairly soggy for much of Britain. OK so we're only three days in but come on this is meant to be summer. Parts of Berkshire and Oxfordshire have now joined the West Country and are either flooded or on flood alert.
My little bit of Berkshire has just about remained flood-free but it's come pretty close in past years and I do have friends nearby who have seen their towns under considerable water in the past. You've got to feel sorry for people who got flooded out in the past, just got thier houses straight and are now facing being washed out again. Or the couple who moved into their new home last week in Somerset and the next day got flooded.
Here's hoping for a dry summer.