The Year so Far

It hasn’t been a bad start to the year. It could certainly have been better in terms of energy and computer use, as I have already noted, but it could also have been worse. It might, for instance, have featured snow and freezing temperatures. Instead, it’s been almost shirt sleeve weather at around 9 degrees Centigrade. I say “almost”, as there’s been quite a brisk wind today, which necessitated a jacket.

Yesterday I had my first day in my new job, though “day” is pushing it. I actually did three hours cataloguing a collection of 50 pence pieces and sorting stamps. It’s not exactly the glamour end of the antiques trade. It’s a sort of gentle induction as I’m not really required until next month.

Today I had my first day off. I have Wednesdays off as it matches up with Julia. I’m going to be having Sundays and Wednesdays off. She has Mondays and Wednesdays off. Apart from next month – I’m having to work Wednesdays too. It can be quite complicated synchronising three part-time jobs.

We took a trip to Lincolnshire today. It wasn’t very exciting, just a trip to Springfields, but with the days being short and us not being in a hurry to start, it was far enough. The choice of shops seems to be going downhill, and the attitude of some of the staff isn’t helping things.

The Power Station in the picture is gas-fired and seems to be owned by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and China Huaneng Group. Call me old-fashioned, but I liked it in the old days when we generated our own power.

I selected quite a few books in The Works, but I put half of them back. Experience suggests that if I buy more than two or three books I won’t read them before I buy more. I was quite proud of myself at the time, but I’m now thinking that I would have enjoyed reading them. Such is life.

I’ve actually set myself a target of giving at least 365 books away this year, so there’s no point buying another couple of hundred, even if they are only £1.50 each.

Talking of computer problems – the new settings (or lack of settings) is also interfering with photo downloads.




29 thoughts on “The Year so Far

  1. Clare Pooley

    My heart sinks whenever anything goes wrong with my laptop. Hope you can sort yours out quickly, easily and cheaply. The new job sounds okay – good luck with it.

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  3. Helen

    I have only been to Springfields once and didn’t know the name. Now, I can find my own way there next time I’m at my parents 😊. Well, that is if I want to buy stuff…

  4. Donnalee

    I stick with my old laptop running windows 7 and I ignore so-called progress. Then again, it is not as peppy as it used to be, but at least I know the system inside and out and can fix it myself–the windows systems after that changed and seem to me totally new and not what I want to fuss with right now. I also buy tons of used books, but it’s because I love them and am trying to save history and society by having a copy of every book ever written before say 30 years or so ago–then again, I do give a good few away, so am reducing the stockpile bit by bit. Happy new year to you!

  5. tootlepedal

    It is a curiosity that a government full of people who want to put Britain first are so relaxed about our essential infrastructure being flogged off to foreigners. Tant pis.

  6. Lavinia Ross

    I have seen some neighborhoods where books are out in a little weatherproof kiosk, free for lending or taking. A neighborhood public library of sorts.

    Best of luck with the new job, and all the time juggling! Give our best to Julia, too.


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