Sunday, 17 February 2019

17th February 2019 - The Day after and another Grand Rank

Thought for the day: "My wife said she was leaving because I was obsessed with the Monkeys.. I thought she was joking … then I saw her face!"

A couple of nice pictures popped up in my birthday wishes yesterday - these are from the viking wedding I sang at earlier in the year...

Probably should not have taken the belt off at that time !! But it was heavy !

So, several hundred good wishes for the birthday boy yesterday ...  and another birthday present from St Jame's Street in London...

Didn't read it right first of all - and had to be pointed out to me that it is an Active Rank !!!

So that is two in two days - not bad - though the fees of honour are rather steep !
I suppose you have to pay for fame and fortune !
Adds another one to the CV.... 

For no good reason - here are some Roman Soldiers... Circa 1910... So our crazy hobby is not new it seems ...

And so - back to normalcy and maybe a trip to the Greenfield this evening to play at the open mic...
Haven't go into the basement for a week to play with the birthday present pedal - ho hum ...

Cheers !

Saturday, 16 February 2019

16th February 2019 - Birthday - not only that but 65 !!!

Thought for the day :"What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? SUPPLIES! "

So - it is my birthday
I have had to get up first and get a cup of tea
I have had to pop around the shops to get some tea and coffee and biscuits
Set the Lodge up
Serve Tea and coffee
Do the ceremony
Do the festive board
run the bar
Do the washing up
clear the building

Which part of "have a good 65th birthday" is all this ???

Never mind - always a sucker for duty ...


Meanwhile - for those who are careful of money...

And I thought the birthday should have a Daily Trump...

One last attempt t see if we can get the songs on spotify before the getaway
If not - moving to Sören in Germany to sort things out...

And on the subject of Music - there is a song for everything - even Brexit...

So - having answered 209 Birthday wishes - back to Facebook

Cheers - seems to be a fork in the road..

Friday, 15 February 2019

15th February 2019 - Travelling, Sunshine and 31st Degree

Thought for the day : "Too many dogs ? Roverdose!"

Well - a couple of fine days travelling around the country - up to Bangor for an installation and collecting the venison for the weekend getaway... Weather so fine on Thursday morning that I found myself sitting in the car park at Bangor in my shirt sleeves having my breakfast outside the Bothy.

Parked up at Bangor Masonic Hall - Wednesday Evening

Bangor Masonic Hall

Maybe a Gin and Tonic and a quick check on the ritual

Thursday Morning - resting in the sun 

View from the Bothy into the woods - Breakfast

En route from Bangor to Aberystwyth

And some nice Views
So back to Aberystwyth for the Scarlet Cord and Secret Monitor where I stood in as DC in the one and ADC in the other...  Managed to find a parking place for the Bothy near Tescos in a back street and home by 11.30pm  - A good day out...

Meanwhile - as I get up this morning I find a letter in the post...

Seems I have promotion in the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England Wales and its Districts and Chapters overseas to 31st Degree....  An unexpected and delightful surprise....   Sadly the meeting is in May and I will be in Crete - but apparently I can now wait until October 21st instead ....

Eye test today - will see how my eyes are doing ....

I think I have a day off from Masonry...  !!!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

14th February 2019 - Valentines again

Thought for the day: "If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"

and on the road trip ... Bangor to Aberystwyth...

Bangor to Aberystwyth - 83 Miles

And back to Aberystwyth for the Scarlet Cord Grade 3 and Secret Monitor...

and for dinner ? why not use a solar powered water driven spit roast...

This is our water wheel rotisserie spit made from Furphy beer cans. The water is pumped up the pipe from a solar pump submerged in the bucket at a rate that makes her spin a the right speed for the pork. Cans are mounted on a bike wheel. We cooked a 6kg rolled pork..... to perfection!

And then I saw this one - using the stream ...

hmm - feeling hungry now !


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

13th February 2019 - Road trip Bangor and a few wise words

Thought for the day:"The universe implodes. No matter."

Found this nice list of strange place names. Some of them are well known - one or two are a little different...

Some words of wisdom from the young...

Saw this nice reposte to the unwanted caller ..
"Is Mr A there please?" "No..the bastard walked out on me yesterday after 25 years." Call ends.

And so - another road trip - Bangor for Installation today and on to Aberystwyth tomorrow..

Llanelli - Bangor Masonic - 146 miles

And so I leave you with this thought.....
"How can you tell if someone is a Vegan? - THEY WILL TELL YOU !! "

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

12th February 2019 - A quiet day at Home

Thought for the day:"Thank you to my neighbour who loaned me a large plastic sheet – Ta Pauline!!"

A quiet day at home ...  doing a bit of ritual and some paperwork - never seems to end ...

On the subject of tricky policing - traffic duty can be dangerous when there are wolves about...

But I saw a plan for crime prevention in Logan County..

In other book news

Cheers !

Monday, 11 February 2019

11th February 2019 - Up and about early ... zzzzzz

Thought for the day:"Caller asked me to sign the organ donor register. A man after my own heart!"

Up early this morning. Why am I up early? Because Susie is heading off to the coast to see her father and therefore she got up and made a cup of tea at 8am. Seems reasonable. However, after drinking the tea and sitting up for a while I decided that I may as well get up. At which point she decided that she really needed to go back to sleep for half and hour - so I am watching the clock.
So - may as well look at the birthdays for the day and sort the Blog out....

I saw this and it amused me - It was a Green One!

Meanwhile - a photo from the last trip to get the travelling gavel has appeared... A good turn out to Carmarthen Lodge ....

The only photo to come to light of the Burn's night is a little disappointing but it was posted yesterday so I will put it here for posterity .... I know that the video will be on the way in due course...

So, I have a couple of days to get my head around the Scarlet Cord 3rd Grade Ceremony which I will be leading as the Provincial DC.  Nice to keep busy.

So - profile picture day!!

Let's get it write ! Cheers