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    Got this on the bench earlier in the week in the odd dry hour we've had ...





    and split, to deal with the not insignificant dent hiding behind a weld or three .








    little extra point pressure needed in a few spots ...





    a 10mm nut taped in position, here and there, worked a treat

    back together and it goes full range ...








    thought I was gonna have to find a new bit of SHS for the outer other wise
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    I'm reliably informed this morning, that all my woes started on this day 20 years ago

    took Pam out on our first (blind) date ..... an' she didn't draw breath all evening !!
    .... some might say a 'wiser' man'd taken that as a sign of things to come
    I blame Kevin Philips, her work colleague, and mutual friend, whom she tasked with the 'project' of finding her a suitable fella to accompany her to the BWW crimbo bash in '99, as she was fed up of going on her own, after her divorce some time before!!
    I had ABSOLUTELY no idea who she was, or what she was like ... other than Kev's assurances she was "alright " ...
    lyin' bar steward

    I really have no idea WTF the last twenty years have vanished to but we've made a pretty decent team, along the way .... two strong willed, very independent people, may not have been the best of combinations at times, but between us, there ain't much we can't cope with or handle.
    Can't imagine what she went through in 2010, having not long moved here, when I got whisked into hospital, middle of the night, on a blues and two,s ride, body shutting down, with a distinctly serious possibility of not coming back !!!


    she coped, nursed me back from, what was at the time, the edge of an abyss and has taken on the weekly responsibility for keeping me alive and 'healthy', ever since.


    Women huh
    ...... WTF'd we be without 'em
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Got an email this morning from me Consultant in the Heath .... we got the official appro. to change me treatment regime so this ...





    .....'ll be a thing of the past on a Monday in the New Year ...


    could start sooner, but have a delivery booked tomorrow for the next months-worth and REALLY do not want to be trying summat new over Crimbo, with no access to him if I have any problems ....


    so hopefully, barring any issues, Jan 8th, 2020'll be the day I cut my ties to the fridge, for keeping me 'hamster juice' chilled and it'll be two lil' tabs a day for the rest of me natural


    Can always go back to this if it doesn't work, or pisses my system off ... but hopefully all will be fine.


    The huge significance of it, aside from the obvious, is we'll be able to travel, tablets in pocket ... might have a holiday to celebrate ... once it's had some time to settle and prove itself


    Me Cerezyme (hamster juice) is made in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by an outfit called Genzyme ...
    an artificial enzyme (imiglucerase) grown on the back of hamster ovary stem cells ... hence the nick name ...


    and no, I've not grown cheek pouches, become nocturnal, or started making nests in corners, with shredded newspaper (I've heard most of 'em from me mates) ...


    it has to be kept between +2C and +6C or it's knackered ...
    hence the fridge's importance in life
    although we can theoretically do the infusions anywhere ...
    try transporting very expensive 'drugs' at a consistent temperature, without a monitored, regulated fridge


    they gave us a medical fridge .... half the size of a normal one for 8 little bottles ....
    never turned it on and used ours ... has its own monitoring built in and I also have a secondary thermometer checking it, with it's own external display ....
    glancing at it every time I go past has become such second nature, I don't even notice ...
    visitors sometimes ask why I pay it so much attention


    some winter sun'll be high on Pam's priority list ..
    and have to admit it has a certain appeal for me too .. been bleak here today


    the infusion routine's been wearing a bit thin after seven years doing it
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Hopefully we'll be able to have a lot more freedom than we've had the last few years ....
    couple of months on this new stuff, to see how my body behaves with it and with any luck, we'll be able to do a lot more of what we'd hoped retirement'd be about.

    they tell me that once it seems to be OK, month on month, my supplies will be made three monthly, instead of four weekly so that'll really broaden the horizons .....

    had almost forgotten how miserable the shittier months here can be ... especially with it dark around 4pm



    ... today did not start quite how i'd imagined it would ........







    ..... thankfully not one of mine ....


    had Doug (Monaro man's) wife on the phone in tears first thing ... found their eldest, Berty, stiff outside the cat flap ....
    at least the lil' fella'd made it home.


    Nothing worse than fruitless searching for your missing animal.
    Since Doug's stroke last December, he's not been good for a lot and although he progresses, oh so slowly, digging a hole is well beyond his abilities these days.


    Could I provide a home for Berty, so he's now resting with / alongside my eldest four, up on the bank, with a great view and a location that'll never get disturbed.


    My initial thought, when I saw who was calling and she burst into tears, was a far worse scenario.




    Least it was dry this morning ... contrary to the forecast ... pity this afternoon didn't stay the same








    been finding lots o' these about the patch lately ........ another this morning ....







    .... as the culprit dropped it and fled when I appeared .... Squirrels' breakfast
    ... God knows why they haul them all the way back here to devour them ??
    Must be a good 3 or 4 fields away, where they're growing??


    perhaps they share them around ..... be one full squirrel, eating a whole one, for sure
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Pam off down her daughter's this morning, grouting their new conservatory floor
    ... she loves grouting - God knows why ? ...


    so got forced out the door in the torrential rain, to go find her some sponges, buckets, knee pads mixer/stir-er and a few other tools. ... was LASHING down
    Got to me bench and these were empty yesterday .. I'd used 'em to clear all the leaves from me doors ....





    a good 50mm of wetness in them and a few tins on the benches .. been a wild night.
    got it all together and about to head back down the house when there's a hell of a crash and thought WTF was that ...


    this narrowly missed Josh's van roof .... a fair lump ... well it was 'til it stopped falling





    so came back up and shifted the boy's van to somewhere a bit further away from yon trees, ....
    there were a few more 'iffy' looking bits still clinging on, defying gravity up there .....
    time to get the BIL down and stick him up in me basket again ...
    some pretty 'ripe' looking limbs up there, in places and easier to see now the foliage has departed


    Russ rang to confirm tomorrows job, mid morning, so came back up later to get me gear together, for the morning's escapades ....
    still lashing down and had accumulated even more .....





    ....volumes, exceeding run off capacity, again, but no where near as bad as the last time ....


    Forecast says dry for the morning .... I'll believe it when I surface in the morning ..... right now it is still persisting down in a biblical manner .... Thank the ferk it ain't solid and white , like it is 20-ish miles away


    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Just as well you got that shed built to keep all that good stuff out of the weather then ay ,oh thats right now I remember hmmm.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    Just as well you got that shed built to keep all that good stuff out of the weather then ay ,oh thats right now I remember hmmm.........
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    well today has been 'interesting'


    On site for eight ... signed in and says to security, "Russ round the back already is he?"
    "nope .. not arrived yet "


    Odd ... he's never late


    Parked up and wandered back round the front to their smoko area to wait for Russ
    half eight this red Liebherr 30t AT rolls down the entry ramp to security ... WTF ..... didn't tell me I was rigging for anyone else today


    Out clambers 6'6" of Russel .. " Where's yer Lieb mate ? "
    " Loooooooong story Gra ... this is a 'loaner' "


    So he trundles round the back and I walk back around, sort a fork lift to shift the crud, some idiot had dumped there yet again and get Russ into spot.





    jacked her up .... knocked her off to switch over to 'upstairs' .... and the b'stard wouldn't start ... " 'Swhy I was late Gra ... had to give it the booster this morning ... ****ing thing! .... got the jump leads in the locker .. see if you can blag a forklift "


    Maintenance guys appear with a truck ... battery buried in the guts ... eventually get it connected up to the battery we suspected had died ... and the bloody FLT won't start .... driver doing all sorts to it ... "put the hand brake on drive .. it's bound to have a lock out " " Oh aye " and we were in business.


    Truck pulls up, after they'd woken the driver up, who'd been here since yesterday at 6.00 am ... Italian reg. .... this is going to be fun




    " Lei parla inglese? " .... nope " Parlez francais? " ... Nope " Sprechen ze deutche? " Noooope ... "we'm buggered guys, I'm clean out of lingos"
    So showed him where we wanted him and left him to it :giggle: was close enough


    Dropped a tonne of air receiver into spot, whilst the gathered throng unstrapped and removed all the packing and cribbing coach screws ... dropped the cat head and stuck another fall on, for the supposedly 6.5t 'BIG' bit, slung the spreaders and dropped it all into place over the lighter load ready to take it ... and find the lift points are not as per spec. ... 20 minute hunt in their workshop, for some dinky shackles to make a connection 'tween ours and these pissy little lift points and it's up and away ... into position.


    45 minutes later ... they've got all the mastic seal around the top edge of the first half of the cooler unit .... I'd gotten the 'lump' (which was half the weight of what we'd been told it was) off the truck, so's the driver could get away ..



    lift points on this were utter crap





    and we're ready to drop it on top of t'other half ...
    Little 'pep' talk with the guys, ... who'd made dropping the first half in place, bloody hard work, by pushing and shoving, trying to get it right ... instead of just leaving me an' Russ put it dead on ....


    " Just let us put it exactly where you want it with the machine ... then you can guide the last few inches onto the seals "


    POP with some co-operation .... never ceases to amaze me WTF folks insist on trying to drag a load into the spot they want it, when the M/c'll do it first time, in the right hands ... Russ is one smoooooooooooooooth operator - a pleasure to work with ... few signals and it's job done


    De-rigged the lift, Russ dropped his ballast, we dropped the spreaders, etc. on his deck and wrapped her up .... at which point yer's gotta knock it off and change back to 'downstairs' control ...... and you guessed it ... Must have a cell gone down ... any deader and they'd have had rigormortis


    Pulled the P38 round ... quicker and easier than faffing with the FLT again .. leads on and she's up first flick ... everything stowed and I'm in Aldi, in Aber by 11.30 picking up some spuds an' milk .... as per text about ten o'clock, from Pam


    Nice work if you can get it


    Russ says he could keep me busy 3-4 days a week, if I want it


    was I glad to see it'd stopped persisting down this morning ... went kitted for a wetting though .. just in case
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    forgot to say why Russ was in the loaner this morning .... out on a job wed.s and his Scania based Lieb has been 'sort of playing up' for a few days ... Scania'd been out to him and changed a few sensors on the motor earlier in the week ... at significant cost ... then wed.s it went into limp .. half way up Dinmore Hill ... a seeeerious hill ... the truck he'd loaded with 25t of injection moulder, behind him nearly ran up his arse when he just stopped


    fitter came out and plugged his lap top in, got it up enough to limp it into a lay by and carried on faffing ...
    got all the parameters recalibrated ... leaned across to unplug it, touched the ECU and it all crashed again ...


    so did it all again and drove the crane to the destination on the lap top ... finished the unload job, then got it to Scania's workshops in Ross (I think) and it's sat awaiting 2.5k's worth of ECU and another 500 quidsworth of keys .. coded to the ECU and can't re-code the existing ones without some series of numbers that Russ is trying to track down from Liebherr
    the joys of modern diesels
    If it's got tracks, wheels, t*ts, or an engine, at some point it's gonna give you trouble!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazza View Post
    Just as well you got that shed built to keep all that good stuff out of the weather then ay ,oh thats right now I remember hmmm.........
    Shed ??????? What shed .
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