Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An excuuse me note....

            OK so I’ve a tad remiss in my duties as yer friendly, ever so slightly rotund, pirate like blogger from the paradise that is North Wales lately (well there’s an opening line). But unfortunately to have something to write about for your entertainment and gratification one must actually lead a life away from the keyboard and glare of the monitor otherwise the post would read something like; - powered up computer, pressure must be low as it took an age to boot up, checked email only the usual junk mails trying to sell me Viagra and asking if I require a loan (a loan? Hell-fire, I need a bloody miracle for my present finances to return to anything like healthy!), played online chess, checked Face book (why?) and powered off computer (must remember to check the steam pressure again). Not exactly the most riveting of lives to tell you about I think you’ll agree.

            Sooo what has Captain Murphyfish (it’s my blog and if I want a promotion I’ll bloody well have one) been up to of late then? Well besides the never ending monotony of the grind, can’t live with it, can’t afford to live without it (have I mentioned my finances or rather lack of them?), tis been a whirl wind of activity of late. Firstly there has been the planting of seeds and a tad of gardening, utilising that garden frame that I cobbled together, fully and even if I say so myself what a grand piece of kit it has turned out to be.


            Then there is the little question of château Wooldridge now resembling a builders yard, what with new paths and walls being laid I have to admit that my back has been in bits lately. But all will turn out well (I hope) with a cottage garden to attract wildlife (and a few veg) being the ultimate aim for the front garden, re bomb site. Work, though, has ground to a slight halt of late er have I mentioned my finances?


            A further project has been completed with the addition of wooden trellis (reclaimed from atop of a fence that was been thrown) to break up the expanse of the garage wall. Wisteria, a climbing rose and a grape vine are the intended planting here (haven’t mention the vine to Clare so shhhhhh).


            Of course there has been plenty of walking.





            Finally there is the last thing that has been occupying my time. Now it may appear that I’m off on a tangent here but bear with me (that’s if you've read this far). A week last Monday I paid a visit to a fellow blogger, yep that’s right, John the recluse and anti social git actually visited another human being! The person in question was a certain Mr. J. Grey whom I have mentioned before in earlier scribing. John writes his blog with a wry sense of humour and an outlook which is both heart warming and yet entertaining. So with anticipation and also a little trepidation about meeting someone for the first time I set of (with the Warthog of course) for the village of Trelawnyd. Any doubts about meeting somebody for the first time were soon dispelled as John proved as welcoming and as entertaining as his blog. Now I won’t expand upon the meeting and conversation just enough to say that time flew and I felt that I’d known John far longer than the brief time the visit lasted. Now how did this take up time I hear you ask? Well John has more than a couple of chickens and foul and eventually the conversation came around to whether or not my back yard could sustain a few Bantams. Mmmm the upshot and time taker is now known as project three (ish). John’s generosity went far further than advice and he has kindly offered me two bantams, so guess what I’ve been building this week?





            Ok so it’s not quite finished and I’m thinking of giving a full post over to its construction once done, but give me another couple of days after the next round of the grind and me thinks that the henhouse will be ready for its first tenants – way hay! The only thing with such a project was the state that it left the inner sanctum in:-


            But this morning’s showers gave me the time to have a tidy up.


            Oh and finally I have had a little time to do some pirating as well, firstly all materials used for the coup and run so far have cost … nothing (don’t ask ‘cause I hate lying), a couple of bargains have been found upon the car boots for stupidly cheap prices including a set of carving chisels and the lathes chucks and also I've come into possession of eleven demy johns for my favorite fee, life is certainly bumbling along quite nicely me thinks. Oh and finally, finally I've been having a sort out of my wares to place upon the dreaded E bay (did I mention my lack of finances lately?).





            So that’s about it folks, excuses made and I’ll try to be a little more regular in future, oh and I’ve got three staffs in progress one of which is for Mr. Grey as a thank you for the chucks.

Till the next time, take care,

John

17 comments:

Karl said...

My, my... Have been busy haven't we... lol

Good to see you again mate.

Karl

http://ranger-pathfinder-notes.blogspot.com/

Murphyfish said...

Busy? Bleedin' busy? I don't know whether to fart, drink cider or just collapse at the mo, ah well back the grind for a rest tomorrow!!!

John Gray said...

I am impressed!
the bantam run looks great!
glad to see they are going to a goodd home!!!
and it was good to meet up with you too!

Jennyta said...

Well, you have certainly been busy, John. Still, keeps you out of mischief...;)

Stephanie and Dustin said...

Holy smokes you have a lot of irons in the fire. A monotonous life is not yours at the moment!

-stephanie

Ceol Mo Cridhe said...

Yay, yay, yay for chickens!!!!! Will return your email shortly (sorry, very, for my inexcusable delay in responding. As you know, things have been not so good busy here, but should start easing up now... )
Anyways, once I got to chickens, I forgot everything else you posted, so, hurray for poultry joining your family. You will LOVE them!

Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

Sorry - last comment was actually left by me, but blogger didn't sign in to my real account first.

Bob Mc said...

Good on the chickens John. Now you need some pigeons to go along with them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmExdQfsyZg

bigcatdetective said...

Love the before and after pics of yer tidy up........

Rachelradiostar said...

OOO I do like a good catch up! I don't think you mentioned your financial circumstances enough!!

Personally speaking I don't believe in subliminal ( Send Rachelradiostar £10 ) messages! ;)

Gorges Smythe said...

Work does tend to interfere with a fellow's lifestyle. As the saying goes, "It's a shame we weren't born rich instead of so darned good-looking!"

Le Loup said...

Good to hear from you again John. You appear to have plenty to keep you occupied. Chooks as well now! Fox ate all mine :( Must bait that trap on the weekend.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/

Damn The Broccoli said...

Wow that is some work you have been doing. It's certainly fair reason for keeping us uninformed as it were,m but don't concern about that, blogging should not become a duty or it will just be more grind.

I have to say you are putting me to shame this year, my garden hasn't hardly got going as I have had too many other things to do and suddenly it is may and I have missed the planting for most things.

Hens are ace, a couple of bantams will fit in just right and give you hours of entertainment, look forward to seeing the coop in occupancy. Word of warning, don't let them out of the run without supervision as chucks can make short work of a garden. Also the smaller birds tend to get off the ground more so you may want to look into wing clipping if you are letting them out.

I would shy away from Wisteria myself, I'm fairly certain that is the one that can drill through concrete so can do a lot of damage to walls, I could be wrong but double check, I'd hate for your sanctum to fall down around your ears, where else could I look longingly at all the tools...

Kath said...

I made friends with another Blogger and when we moved to Zummerzet, she and I met up and have become firm friends. She also keeps chucks ;-D
I will be interested to folow the vines progres as my neighbour gave me one, which is still in the pot, waiting to decide where it should go.

Kim said...

Ahhh Chooks!!! You're going to love em! They're a wonderful tonic. The run looks great. Nice to see you posting again. :)

John Gray said...

just say when u want the bantams.....r u sure u dont want the cockerel.....he's very quiet!!!!
hens are much happier with a cock

Murphyfish said...

Hi all,
the quickest of comments here, I'll do me usual 'answer to individual comments' in a couple of days as time is pressing at the Mo, as well as catching up with fellow bloggers posts. But for now just a heartfelt thank you for your kind words. So for now tara n take care all.
John