Well what a weekend! This was the first weekend that I have visited the pub on my own and also the first that I haven’t used a bed & breakfast, the last part of that sentence made me wince by the way. It is hard to say that I made good progress because I have an annoying habit of switching tasks making it difficult to close individual tasks down.
Beer lines were sorted and 6 yards of waste hand balled into a skip so that is a task completed I guess. Turning the water on, with the intention of washing away the stench of 6 month old Guinness*, presented a new challenge though as the abandoned car had been rolled forward and now covered my water meter. The roads team have assured me that it is the council’s job to remove the car and, for their part, the council seem equally convinced that it is not. In the end I reached the police who told me that there is no registered keeper on the system. After some debate over whether it was in fact possible to simply rescind ownership of a vehicle a couple of policemen arrived and gave me a push to get it clear of the water meter.
Another of this week’s tasks now will be to pester all of the authorities again with a view to disposing of this vehicle which has been there for months. A good conversation was had with the stonemason and the sign writer which leaves me with some confidence that I can achieve my new deadlines which are to go full time end of June and open end of July. The plan is punishing but if I am not trading in August I run the risk that everything pushes out to next summer and I really don’t want that. Drop dead for notice to work is end of May, only about 6 weeks away! Oddly we can thank Jo for the date as I had managed to slip that detail in my own planning and only set it out when she challenged me.
More wiring was stripped this weekend, locks changed and, as always, more cleaning. The phone line is now active after BT sorted a crossed line and I resolved yet another flood. The latest flood is one of those very ‘pub’ stories. Previously I have had no trouble with the gents, indeed it has been the toilet of choice, I have even witnessed the urinals flush (a strange claim to fame). This weekend though I turned the water on and had taken a call before I heard the ominous sound of rushing water. Racing into the gents I was met with a rain forest as the urinal feed bounced off the ceiling.
After recovering the situation, and finishing my call, I investigated the cistern and discovered that there was no float it was simply left to fill very slowly and then gravity flush. What had caused the water loss was that the service valve was now fully open. This is not a service valve that anybody has touched, indeed it was rather tight, but it couldn’t have been fully open before or we would have had the flood!
A working day that started at 5am (a ‘benefit’ of no bedding) and ended at 1am, shattered, filthy and bruised. If anybody thinks that would be enough to put me off then you don’t know me! I still very much love my little pub on my gorgeous little island.
*other rotten beer products were also involved
Having struggled with the joys of the postal system I have now officially upgraded my technology. I have an HD television that can actually see the signal coming from my aerial, the last TV was analogue and needed an adaptor, and a Blu-Ray player. I have no Blu-Ray discs and, to be honest, absolutely no interest in getting any, television really doesn’t do it for me I am afraid. A new TV stand, the flat is not permanent so I wont drill holes in walls, and a new freesat box complete the collection. I was quite surprised the “new for 2013” label on the TV, that is about as close to ‘early adoption’ as I get.
Having set up the various pieces of equipment and downloaded the latest software for each of them I must say that it’s a step change and all very pleasant. I had a stumble when the Blu-Ray and TV decided that they would respond to each others remote controls. If I turned the player on the TV turned off and turning the TV back on told the player to shut down. I had just come to the conclusion that I would have to synchronise them via the mains supply when I discovered a setting that seemed to resolve the problem. I now have three new remote controls to fathom out and a networked television to suck my meagre internet bandwidth so a good days work. I did get delayed leaving the flat yesterday because of some confusion with the power button on the TV. I knew that the button was at the rear in the bottom right hand corner so reached behind and pressed it but nothing happened. leaning further over a couple of presses had no affect so I tried pulling it but still nothing. Luckily I stood back up to consider this development and then saw the little menu that had appeared, who would have figured that the power switch was actually a joystick! Leaning over fiddling with it I had been unable to see the commands that I was issuing on the screen, still no harm done.
Saturday’s task was to rebuild last weekends temporary telephone connection, all of the requisite parts having arrived during the week. In an unusual fit of efficiency I had provided good feedback to the various Ebay suppliers, perhaps I should have known better…. Part of the task involved terminating a wire into the standard BT plugs, if you have ever tried this then you will understand that this is a fiddly task at best. All correctly terminated, new socket installed and connected we were ready to go except the plug wouldn’t fit the socket. Closer inspection revealed that I had purchased reversed, and therefore totally useless plugs. In the picture below the locking tang is on the bottom but on my connectors it was on the top meaning the connector was reversed so wouldn’t work.
How it should look
Having sourced the correct connector and completed the task I returned to look at the description on Ebay, there wasn’t one. There was however an accurate picture of the part, since there should only be one type why would I have checked this detail? I have not complained, I am English after all, and chalked this one up to experience.
For those following the other project todays number, shortly to be increasing, is 21046 and I have started a home for it, please check it out here: