Random Jottings Of Gildersleeve

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Had To Get Out Yesterday...

I managed up until around 4pm and had watched two old films on TV, The Magic Box with Robert Donat and one with Astaire and Rogers, got some extra sleep in but I hopped on a bus to Darlington and came home with a nice scarf for £5 but more importantly found some fingerless gloves that turn into mitts when you pull a kind of buttoned flap over the fingers. I lost the previous pair and could not find any in the retailer on my town where I purchased them but the branch in Darlington had some.

I found a couple of small items to make the cooking of bacon and potatoes easier in the microwave ovens too.

It seems cold and nasty outdoors so its bed and radio listening this morning. TV in the afternoon, making up a buffet for tonight and then bingo in the evening. I am not going out, I have no reason to. I feel quite warm though the heating isn't on, The new doors could be helping on top of it being mild still. Also wearing the right kind of clothing indoors as well as plenty of warm drinks helps.

My gout has all but gone away for now which is welcome news and yes diet may have played its part but it has been pointed out again that certain medication drugs such as those I have to take can also cause it and its important to drink plenty.

Friday, October 17, 2014

You Know, I Don't Think That I Have...

taken an up to date image of my kitchen since the work has been carried out. I'll put that right soon. I actually feel it is smaller, that there is less space. I am only keeping the drainer on the draining board when I wash a lot of crockery and cutlery and then I'll hide it away. If I keep on top of things I should be able to use one set of everything.

You will see that in general everything fits reasonably OK. I haven't a towel rail but I have draped some tea towels over a radiator which protects it when the door is opened and on the doors of the cupboard of the sink unit I am still able to close the doors but I have draped two tea towels and a hand towel over them. I have my DAB radio for entertainment if I am in there for a decent length of time but generally I am in and out as quickly as possible. I don't take ages to prepare my meals.

Now that the grills for ventilation are no longer in doors and walls, it is much warmer in there even without putting putting heating on.

I have the two microwaves spaced reasonably apart. A slow cooker. On another top the electric kettle and toaster fits well and the little chopper and toasted sandwich maker sits on top of a microwave when not in use. I can prepare vegetables and fruit on the draining board if I put a chopping board/tray on top of it.

The pantry will be used for overflow of kitchen items and once again to put my booze. And I now have my fridge freezer in the kitchen. My washer too. The only thing I can't fit in there is the tumble dryer which for now remains in the Dining Room. One day I may decide to move it into the garage or outhouse but really its not doing any harm where it is.

In the bathroom I have draped a hand towel over the radiator and two bath towels over the bath and managed to put a small bath rug on the floor. If I leave the door open it can stay down at its full length, if I try to close the door it won't close unless I fold it slightly so it is a little shorter. And I now have a shower in there too. The next big thing I need to do to complete these rooms are curtains.

Its Friday...

We're all supposed to have that Friday Feeling(Whatever that is)

Well...I feel not exactly happy but then again I don't feel particularly sad. I have the option to go out or stay home. I will probably opt just for an hour's break and go and pay some bills, call into the charity shop, I haven't for months so may buy a Euromillions lottery ticket and am thinking of buying some thermal socks as the weather turns. I have  variety of gloves too but I have lost my fingerless gloves that can be converted into full gloves because they have a kind of flap that you can

Tomorrow I may(if I can be bothered)drag myself to the local Railway museum approx 3 miles away as there is an event of some kind happening but I find most events held can be seen very quickly and within an hour and that is at a leisurely pace. In general unless a new locomotive visits or they hold perhaps a charity event at the venue, you are seeing the same exhibits even if they are wonderful. I think there are some people dressed in Victorian costumes and there could be a food event too but I will check later today. I think there is a connection to the film The Railway Children and it ties into the Durham Book Festival that has been taking place especially in Durham City.

But the main event starts next weekend and runs during what I believe is a school holiday week. There are many games and craft making events for children and parents. And it is all for free. Though donations are welcome.

Yesterday my faulty microwave ovens were exchanged/replaced and all seems well. I was asked sometime ago why have two microwaves? Well, the stove takes longer to cook food and in some ways it may need replacing or be too costly to fix/clean up. Though I will probably replace it when it finally gives up the ghost. However, I can make make a meal often in minutes and now these microwaves also over a grill and convection facility they can do so much more alongside the cooker and the slow cooker I have.

For the first time in years I managed to make a meal of streaky bacon and scrambled eggs. Having one I was able to do the whole meal in perhaps seven minutes and no pans to clean out. If I use both I can cut that down to four minutes and both items came out at the same time. Rather than cooking items one ingredient at a time. Allowing for some items to cool down.

I will clean up the cooker as best as I can...the oven is fine as is the grill and make the hobs better than they are but they are kind pot marked and get what looks a bit rusty.

I am taking an interest again. Good food but not necessarily fancy. Often simple to prepare and cook. Not large portions.

So Wednesday went well too. Initially, I wasn't sure it would. I caught a bus from my town around 12.15pm and arrived in the town for the connecting bus but it left 30 seconds before I reached the stop and I thought that could mean I would miss the afternoon concert I was going to see but there was another half an hour later and it arrived with just enough time to walk to the venue but being slow I was cutting it fine.

I saw the local music group "Misspent Uke" Images will be added soon. As always I was given a warm welcome by the staff and Manger of the community centre in Coxhoe. Active Life is charity based but offers somewhere for local people and those in the surrounding area a place to go for social events, exercise, a place to hold functions. It took over the facilities from the council and so far though I suspect it isn't easy it is managing to make a go of it and proving even in these difficult times that such places can work.

I donated a small prize into the raffle, I wanted something else but couldn't find it and time was against me but I won a prize too. A Sunday lunch for two at a restaurant in Coxhoe but I'm going to resubmit into a raffle at my Music Club when they have a night to raise money for the Salvation Army Anti Trafficking Campaign.

I'd like to use it but its for two and you have to travel there and I'm not sure what the buses are like on a Sunday. It will do more good in another raffle and someone will probably have access their own car.

I had some time between the show in the afternoon and the concert in Durham City in the evening so I sat in the kind of foyer area of the centre for around an hour or so and then made my way to the main street in Coxhoe and then caught a bus into Durham.

Got into there around 6pm and took it slowly, called into the supermarket and purchased some items to possibly get me through the concert(some sweets and some cola)I only spent around £2 and came home with some of what I purchased so they lasted more than one night.

Reluctantly, I know I get criticised for this but the evening show ended so close to a bus home, I caught a taxi from the theatre to the bus station and with tip included that's £5 for perhaps a journey that takes a minute. But it was cold, wet, dark and better than waiting for another 75 minutes.

The concert featured Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders. Andy is probably best known to the mass public for music he performed 50 years ago as a member of the pop group Amen Corner and hits like Bend Me, Shape Me, Hello Susie, If Paradise Is Half As Nice, High In The Sky being a few.

But of course Andy has done so much more over decades as a solo artist and as part of other bands fronted by many more famous performers. Also appearing on many recordings we would not realise. The members of the Low Riders that backed him deserve credit too, the people they have appeared with is a who's who of showbiz.

I don't have many images of the night because as I have said before, I get a bit touchy about taking images when at a concert. I don't want to annoy others in the audience, most performers don't mind but I get a bit concerned that they may or that the venue may be unhappy.

I probably could get some really good images but I only snatch two or three when I can. Having said that there was a person in the front row taking what looked like some very good pictures and she wasn't stopped or seemed bothered. Two days previously in Darlington a show was delayed because a woman in the front row was continually using her phone and the comedian walked off. I haven't worked out whether she was recording video footage, images or talking on the phone from the newspaper report. The report just said that she was continually using the phone. Also this show was a try out of new material so perhaps the performer was afraid material would be leaked.

I waited until Andy came out into the reception area to sign CD's etc...but had to take a very quick picture over someone's shoulder and a post got in the way but I didn't have to time to hang around or did not want to ask for anyone to move.

We're getting to the time of life no matter how famous or infamous we are, it does not mean we're rich or rolling in it. And Andy mentioned how much he appreciated having access to a senior railcard, making getting around easy and saving money.

Also the older you get you turn up with little or no entourage as you probably did at the start of your career. I was too far away to speak to him but I believe I saw him walking down to and into the theatre(through the main doors)and he was unassuming and to be honest not recognised with a holdall. Obviously musical instruments and equipment were delivered by other means and there was some stock of equipment on stage.

Its a pretty long tour too. Lots of info on Andy's website.

Many different types of music covered, hits and much more. They were tight. Andy has played Durham before(it appears)and has promised to return but he asked the audience if we'd like him to return and the audience said "Yes!"

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Night Where I Am Quite Happy...

to stay up late and not bothered particularly about going to bed but not much on TV to keep my interest. I don't think it is particularly cold this evening either.

Had a good night at the music club on the town...tomorrow should be a long but fun day...have to go out no later than midday so I can see a concert at a local(ish)Community Centre, its still around 12 miles away. I wish it was nearer to where I live. Its a great place and the staff are so kind and friendly.

Then around 6pm I leave the centre and catch a bus to Durham and see Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders in concert. He has been in the music business for decades and worked with so many famous performers. He also was part of the 60's UK pop band Amen Corner who had a number of hits.

I won't be around much tomorrow. Well its today now...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

This Will Be Fun...

I had arranged to see a Buddy Holly Tribute night at a local club with a group of people but I have discovered the same night I have a ticket to see a famous comedian at theatre in Durham. I don't mind losing £5 but I will now have to see if I can sell/give away the ticket for the Holly night.

In my defence I will be seeing a Buddy Holly Tribute night with a friend on November 10th at the theatre in Durham as it happens.

Rarely do I get a clash of dates...I have approx 12 days to sort this out.

UPDATE:Think I have an interested party for the ticket. I'm sorry to be missing it but I cannot change  things.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bit Of A Downer Day...

Well, lets change that...it was just that I was in a reflective frame of mind and there was a lot of things on the TV and radio that were thought provoking and made you think of those who meant something to you in your life.

It ended well...I saw a terrific concert starring Clare Teal. I did not approach Clare after the concert though she looked very friendly/approachable in the foyer and I suspect she would've been more than happy to have a photo taken(even with me)but there was much chatting going on, autograph signing and selling of CD's.

A new one is being recorded this week with a big band, another has just been released of Christmas material and it looks as though another will be based on the Doris Day show that has been touring. I did not have the settings on the camera as I would've liked so to be honest Clare is not easy to make out. Had I waited until the very end of the show they all lined up and took a bow which would have been a great image.

I did not hang around as I had a bus to catch and for once a little longer to get to the bus station so it wasn't a rush. Durham City at around 9.45pm is like everywhere else quite dead to be honest with only a few people about.

I found the painkillers kept the gout at bay and only suffered an occasional twinge. However, if I don't find them I am going to go back on the garlic capsules(they don't cost much to buy)and I don't know why I thought of it but when drinking water I remembered that Barley Water was always popular so I am giving that a go. In fact I had a litre of water mixed with it this evening and kept having some.

Since my last visit to Durham I'd guess a fortnight ago outside the theatre and projected onto the building opposite I found a clock but its in word form. So I'll post some images of that too. I did all I could to try and see where the projector was and eventually found it. It is quite high indoors at the theatre and it looks as though a little square has been cut out of a partition wall and it is then shone through the glass windows. Whether it is temporary or permanent or what the reason for the new addition I have no idea.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

So How Are You Doing?

I've been out of action because of the gout. It could be caused by diet but then again medication and even not drinking enough can trigger such ailments. I'll do some monitoring of my situation over the coming month and see if it settles or I need to take it up with my consultant in approx a months time. I eat well, I always have but its a varied diet but not particularly rich. Gout was once known as a rich man's ailment. It was never seen in the working man.

It may just be yet another problem I will have to live with and allow occasional flare up's but if I can see the signs I can head off before it really takes hold.

Its quite a nice day outside...I feel I should be out there but I do not need any food/clotheso do not need to spend anything(and shouldn't)its also too late to go somewhere really interesting and really after the week I've had its not a bad idea to relax and stay put. Besides, I have a concert tomorrow night and Wednesday with vocalist Clare Teal and musician Andy Fairweather Lowe and on the Wednesday afternoon there is another little show at a community centre on the way to the main entertainment in the evening. If I am well enough.

The latest news is that hopefully all my refurbishment work has been completed in my home but my own work is only about to begin. However, the bad news is that both the microwaves I purchased have turned out to be faulty and need replacing. The store has found two(hopefully that are ok)and they are replacing them next Thursday.

As I live only two streets away from the retailer they are taking mine away and delivering the new one's to my home. One of them, steam gets between the glass panes in the door. On the other when you turn it on at the mains, the oven lights up immediately and the turntable turns but you cannot engage the microwave function.

I may have gout but I am going to try and make a nice meal later...I'm thinking vegetables and a chicken and ham hock pie(its not a very big one) The important thing is to keep eating lots of fruit and veg as I always did.

Update:I had to get out and I found some cherry juice, the best that I could find in a supermarket and I hope that it may help the gout, the one I have found is called Cherry Good. I have had a couple of home made scones, I cannot take the credit, a weak coffee and though there are some in the house and they may turn up but I got myself a new hot water bottle too.

shall take it easy for the rest of the evening and watch some TV.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A New Addition To Durham Market Place...

On September 14th a £75,000 statue was unveiled which I believe is a copy of another at the National Arboretum in  Staffordshire. It is in honour of the Durham Light Infantry. 

I will post more images here and add to the text but I thought that you may like to share this. The night before there was a screen around it and at the same moment these people dressed in military uniforms marched down the street from the direction of the Cathedral and started looking at it. I assume they were taking part in the ceremony the next day. A few people asked if they could have a photo and they posed for photo's. I managed one but thought it had failed.

By chance I found it again a couple of days ago...