Monday, 3 September 2012

Let the sun shine

The summer's over...I know that because the sun has come out even as the teenagers trooped to school this morning.

The Boy's summer was a busy one - CCF camp, Army leadership training course, Iceland, performing at The Edinburgh Fringe, a long weekend at V Festival and a week of Duke of Edinburgh practice in the Welsh mountains.  You can't say he isn't energetic!  I wish I'd had his energy at 17!  I wish I had it at this age!

The Cat had a quieter summer - The Edinburgh Fringe and a short week in France with The Cat's Mother.  I guess Cat's enjoy a more leisurely pace!

Last week I was in Brighton (hence the photos this week) as everyone else was away.  I wasn't lazing around - I was working from home by myself.  I have to say that for short bursts, I find working from home very productive - I can make lists and tick them off as I go through them...something I'm challenged to do in normal routine mode.

I'm always quick to condemn and complain about shoddy it's only fair that I mention two pieces of excellent service in the last week.

The broadband wasn't working properly, so I rang Talk Talk who duly did their tests, and then having spotted a fault said they would send an engineer.  I hadn't expected him to appear within 90 minutes...ten minutes later with the cable repaired, he was off.  I may have been lucky, but that's quite impressive isn't it?

I have a very good pair of headphones...the sort that sit in your ear, and so you can imagine my distress when the rubber seal that keeps the two halves came off and disappeared.  They're probably four or so years old, but were expensive, so I didn't really want to replace them.  Anyway, I contacted the importers, Henley Designs, who have searched high and low, around the world even for a new rubber no avail.  Remarkably they are sending another pair of headphones (not the same model) which have the same rubber seal, so I can fit the seal myself...I'm delighted.

No wonder the sun is shining....