Great Weekend, Longer Holiday Needed!

We had a great trip for the weekend to Oldbury Hill Campsite in Kent for a truly quiet and relaxed time. In fact i walked for two hours before finding a shop that was open on Saturday morning such was our location in a forest somewhere in this pretty county.

There really wasn’t much to do around the site but we did at least locate the Crown Inn, a decent pub with good food and cold cider which tasted even better than normal after dragging our camping gear up a hill for a mile from Kemsing train station.

On the way home we arrived to find the station would have no return trains at all, which is typical for my usual appalling planning which could’ve left us stranded in Kent for the evening. Fortunately i had one bar of battery left on my mobile so could google some local taxi numbers and get ourselves over to Sevenoaks which was on the mainline.

I hadn’t been around Kent at all before and really liked the look of the places that we visited. It also seems commutable to London in some places too. I expect we’ll be back at some point to try another area.

32 Years Old Is Nothing To Celebrate

As it says on the tin, i am not pleased to be 32 this weekend, but i also am reasonably relaxed with the fact that i have got a few good things done in recent years making my age less of a worry.

I rarely receive presents these days but that makes anything i do get a bonus. Generally if there’s something i want, i have already gone and bought it, so it’s never easy to think of anything. To be honest, i am just happy this weekend as we’re away from London and enjoying a little bit of green scenery and peace and quiet. As brilliant as London is, i do appreciate getting away into the more boring places for a few days. I can now see us living somewhere else one day, though the money in London is much better so we have to stay for now. Perhaps a smaller city would be the right balance between relaxation and not getting too bored.

Times are tricky after paying off my credit card, but we’re getting by on Ruby’s chinese cooking at the moment which is proving quite fun. The only downside is she’ll occasionally throw in a little more chilli than is sensible and i’ll be left with a throbbing mouth afterwards. But we’re hoping to recreate over favourite chinese dishes over time with a little research and practice to get them just right.

More Camping

Ruby has well and truly got the camping bug now, and we’ll be off again this weekend to Kent for some more of the same. Finding suitable sites has proved a bit tricky as we don’t have a car but there seems just about enough available to pick from that are walkable to a train station.

This trip will be for just the two of us, with little to do around the area we’re in, but im hoping just to sleep and relax in a quiet place outside London for a couple of days which is something we really appreciate at the moment.

No Extra Languages Thank You Very Much

I started off trying to learn Italian, and went over to Florence for a month to do some intensive teaching. After being bored out of my tiny mind i left and went around the country on a train for the rest of the month. A good decision it was too! I then tried to learn some Chinese but gave up that as well, after returning back to UK where it isn’t much use. I am now going to give up learning any new language, i have tried and it just isn’t my bag. So i will stop and let others who are much better at it carry on.

I will experience other cultures through their food only from now on!

Ahoy there Sky Sports!

I have finally given in and gotten Sky Sports, even though i don’t have a TV plugged in for it. My groovy laptop can take Sky Player for now, and the amount that i’ll watch it on there warrants the £35 or so by itself. Watching matches streamed on dodgy sites (if i was to try that!) only works well sometimes, and to have the proper Sky coverage is always preferable. As much as i hate Murdoch, the twat, this service is good and as a sports fan is well worth the cash so i can’t grumble.

With my handy HDMI cable i can also play Sky on the main TV via the laptop.

When we get moved out to a proper flat with our own space then i can get the rest of the package and get a top TV to match with all that 1080 magic etc.

Football is Back!

I am truly excited that my weekends will soon be full once more of bad language, frustration and ultimately disappointment as the football season gets underway again. It doesn’t matter how old i get, and how many seasons i pass through, there is always an unrealistic expectation at the start of August every year. That is probably because i support Liverpool, which is a bit like supporting England except that the pain lasts for a whole year

Anyway, we’ve a new manager who might get the best out of the average fringe players and perhaps even play a more attacking brand of football, only time will tell. I’d be happy with a top-three place and a new set of owners come May 2011. Until we get the yank owners out of the club, there won’t be a new stadium or any success on the pitch.

Anyone been to Borneo or Sri Lanka?

Maybe a strange question, but i am really hoping to go to one of these next year for our special Asia trip. I am hoping someone out there might be able to give some advice on either to help me make up my mind as to where we go.

I want to go somewhere that is not entirely common, but at the same time is well known enough that we can research about it online before we go. The good old pound also goes further in the less touristy places i guess.

Having said that, if you know of any other places that we might consider then add those in too.

Two Great Trips and Credit Card Paid Off

HSBC clearly hasn’t learnt that debt is a bad thing. I rang up earlier to pay off and cancel my credit card and they told me i can’t do that for a week until the remaining interest is calculated. Sounds like balls to me! They’ll do anything to keep people indebted to their corporate greed, but i will atleast be able to shut down that monster interest card very soon. It will put me fully in credit for the first time since 1999, which is something worth celebrating. Sadly, having done so i’ll be too skint to actually celebrate at all, but once i get through this month we’ll be fine again.

On a positive note, Ruby is really enjoying life at the moment after our two trips away to Shrewsbury and the Isle of Wight and these have helped us to get over the difficulties on living together in one small room. She seems to have caught the camping bug and is adding extra things into my amazon basket ready for our next camping trip, which could be soon. We could do with a decent lilo, a camping stove and also maybe some chairs too.

HSBC clearly hasn’t learnt that debt is a bad thing. I rang up earlier to pay off and cancel my credit card and they told me i can’t do that for a week until the remaining interest is calculated. Sounds like balls to me! They’ll do anything to keep people indebted to their corporate greed, but i will atleast be able to shut down that monster interest card very soon. It will put me fully in credit for the first time since 1999, which is something worth celebrating. Sadly, having done so i’ll be too skint to actually celebrate at all, but once i get through this month we’ll be fine again.
On a positive note, Ruby is really enjoying life at the moment after our two trips away to Shrewsbury and the Isle of Wight and these have helped us to get over the difficulties on living together in one small room. She seems to have caught the camping bug and is adding extra things into my amazon basket ready for our next camping trip, which could be soon. We could do with a decent lilo, a camping stove and also maybe some chairs too.