31st December


I did it – blogged every day for a whole year!! 367 posts (366 as it was a leap year plus my first post on December 31st last year!) Now what to do with bloke2013!!



30th December

Headed off to Whitstable for the postponed day out. First hurdle was that when we arrived we didn’t have any change for the car park, however the local council has thoughtfully equipped the machines with the ability to pay the 70p per hour that they charge 7 days a week by card – so that’s what I did!

Much to Sarah’s disgust I wore the tweed jacket and in the first shop we went into there was someone else wearing one! Judging by his appearance I would say that his probably cost more than £4.99 on ebay but I didn’t care as it wasn’t the kind I would have bought or worn anyway! I noted that his hair was immaculate and he appeared to be wearing a cravat but…………..he was in a charity shop!!!!

We normally go to a certain fish and chip shop in the main street but it’s usually very busy and today was no exception. It’s also quite expensive so when we saw this sign in a window of another chip shop we thought we’d go there instead. Sarah and I both had Fish and chips and Ben had a burger. However when we went to pay it came out much higher than we were expecting!


I asked him why he hadn’t charged me the £9.99 advertised on the window and he mumbled about how it was a special deal and if he’d known I’d wanted it he would have given us a smaller fish blah blah blah. I was explaining what he’d said to Sarah when another lady heard and said that she’s ordered the same based on the sign in the window. I then decided to argue the toss with him and threatened that if he didn’t refund me the additional £2.50 he’d charged us I would take photographs of the sign and report him to trading standards on Monday. He grudgingly handed over the cash! So beware if you’re in Whitstable and pass this fish and chip shop.


After we’d eaten we walked down the high street and headed for the beach so Ben could throw stones into the sea. It was starting to get very cold by this point. I was beginning to regret wearing my tweed jacket which isn’t big enough to fit a jumper underneath. As it was getting dark we headed back to the car and drove home.

Here are some of the pictures I took:




29th December

We were supposed to be going to Whitstable today but it was v windy so we decided to go tomorrow instead. However we still wanted to get out of the house so we got wrapped up and went to Riverside Country Park.


We walked out to Horrid Hill which as previously noted is neither horrid nor a hill!


Sometimes I think I either have claustrophobia or S.A.D. because I just need to get out of the house into the open air. It makes me feel better almost instantly!



Afterwards coffee and hot chocolate in the cafe was just what was needed to thaw us out!


27th December

So our rubbish is usual lying collected on a Wednesday at about 8:20 just as we’re leaving for work. However with it being Christmas I checked the council website and it said that the rubbish would be collected today.

Logic world dictate that the council would do the same round just on a different day – wouldn’t it? I thought it would so I got up at 7am to sort out the rubbish and recycling. However it would seem I was wrong as it’s now gone 2pm and it’s all still there!


Having stripped all the meat from the turkey there was a lot more than I was expecting so I managed to talk Sarah into letting me turn some of it into turkey curry which I then froze for later.

The rubbish was finally collected at around 4:30 but the recycling sat there all night…

26th December

Boxing day! More food and family!


Bowties are cool – The Doctor!

A new series of Miranda started tonight – at the beginning there was a scene where she was working in an office and couldn’t understand anything anyone was saying because they were talking in business speak. She also found she was working with a bunch of homourless people who thought about nothing but work…….welcome to my world!!

25th December

So here it is Merry Christmas
Everybody’s having fun!


Wake up, stuff turkey, open presents, full English breakfast, kids off to work, get dressed, dye beard blue, cook dinner, tie bowtie (several attempts before success), main course, Dr Who, pudding!


Bowties are cool – The Doctor