Sunday, July 31, 2011

Apple Buggeration

Last weekend I upgraded Snow Leopard to Lion.

When I went to use Eudora it wouldn't work. Work and Excel also had a "no entry" sort of sign over the icons.

After a little research I realised that the Outlook for Mac I used was for Power PC chips (used by Apple before Intel was inside). Lion no longer supported Power PC software.

My archive - and more importantly Xfe's - archives of emails, addresses, attachments and other documents using mail were lost.

SO, thought I, no option but to buy new Office for Students for Mac. Only to find, when I loaded it and ran Outlook, I had to upgrade to "buy" it.

What?!! Then looking at the box I noticed only Word, Excel and Powerpoint are included. Outlook is not.

I tried to find the .eml files etc, transfer from one Mac to another. But all in vein.

Eventually, 11.30pm on Tuesday night I thought of a solution...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Garden - July 2011

Here's how the garden is currently looking, after 1 year ...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lonely House

Well, the family have been and gone, and once again the house is empty.

It was super fun having our nephew and niece stay with Uncle Riffroff and Uncle Gok.

Xfe has far more patience with them than I. But they are lovely and a delight.

I had the week off and got into nephew LM's routine, watching his programmes, so much CBeebies. My favourites were Zing Zillas (I counted the coconuts with Granite and Gravel until the big zing) and Show Me (where L does his funky moves, then freezes - great stuff).

Here are some best bits.

They'll be back again at Christmas. We are having my parents and brother and family. It is going to be so over the top, and that's a promise!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Excitement

Great excitement (me a little, Xfe overly so). Our nephew and niece are arriving today to stay with us - with their Mum and Dad - for a week.

Xfe is a patient and joyous Uncle. He's great. When I've had enough I just tell nephew LG to go show/tell/ask/bother his Uncle Xfe!

Nephew LG is almost 3 and niece LO almost 1 (so I expect she is a little less effort).

(Only joking - I am looking forward to seeing them. I haven't seen niece LO since just after she was born, and nephew LG for about 10 months or so).

My great pleasure is seeing how much happiness they bring Xfe. They really do.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Working Crowd

I couldn't help it. I had so may favourites, and while this doesn't make me rock, it really takes me back.

My video BTW!

Something Of Your Very Own

Last night I was transported back to 1979, to my bedroom, living at home with my parents.

One year for my birthday I got a record player. It was a kind of portable lo-fi one. Certainly not a stereo.

I had a few records to play on it. One of the first that I ever bought, I played over and over. A 12" single, with an alternate French version of the song on it, and B side I also liked.

The band became a favourite, before new wave led to indie and The Smiths.

One of the bands whose music takes me back...

Living in my bedroom, and only just teenager, Blondie became a firm favourite. I never ever thought in my little teenage world in parochial home-town that I'd ever see them.

But tonight, almost 32 years later I was 3 people back from the front of stage listening to Atomic, Union City Blues, Dreaming, Sunday Girl, Heart of Glass and oh so many others. I loved it.

But here is an amazing thing. Debbie Harry is older than Xfe's mother and just a little more than 3 years younger than mine. My goodness!!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Garden Chores

We're back from Stockholm. I ordered some compost while we were there for delivery and it arrived at 8.30am this morning.

Over 1000 litres to fill up the borders....

In the meantime, we think the garden is looking rather nicely thank you.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Holiday Reading 1

I finished reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, appropriate reading for Stockholm I thought. As one of the waiters on Finnhamn explained to me yesterday, "Capturing, isn't it?".

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Friday, July 08, 2011

A Silver Darling - Stockholm Day 2

So, here we are in Stockholm, in a fantastic room at the Sheraton. When we booked there was a twin queen room available at the same rate as a queen. I told him to take it. He had a little moan of doubt - but when I explained that having 2 queen beds didn't mean we had to use them both, he sort of saw the point. Now we are here he does. The room is double the size of the others.

There is one small problem with the room. I'll explain later, but for the moment let me just say that Stephen King would no doubt write a blockbuster novel inspired by it!

Last night we went out for dinner at ......... I has the taste of Sweden platter (delicious) followed by Elk meatballs and mash - the most traditional of Swedish cuisine. Xfe had a selection of herring and then a salmon skewer. I have to say his herring dish was a winner.

I was struck by Sweden as soon as we started flying over it, the mix of green and water. As we descended even better. Forests and lakes everywhere. Stockholm is surrounded by water and with quite a number of imposing, historic buildings.

I could live here, but Xfe not. The winters would be too cold and the nights too long. That, for me, would not however be a problem...


Monday, July 04, 2011

Garden Ever After

Here are a couple of pics, showing the finished result, after the hard weekend graft.

But first the before:


Now the after...

Actually, there is still some work left to do. We have to raise the borders to level off the brick. We can do that once we have successfully recycled the top soil.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Big Ache

Oh my goodness, Xfe and I are completely ached-out. Yesterday we shifted over 3 tons of sand and stone into the back garden.

The grass we had didn't winter very well. Over winter it was pretty sodden and the grass destroyed and extremely patchy. So, Xfe decided we should get rid of the lawn and cover it over with shingle.

Yesterday was the day. So, while other Londoners may have been enjoying Pride under the sun, we were doing back breaking work, lifting turf, digging up and replacing with sand and stone. Over 3 tons, plus some 160 bricks. Which was well calculated - we only had 4 left over.

I will post some pics once I've got them over from Xfe's phone later.

In the meantime I. Need a rub...

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