Sim arrived Tues pm for a couple of days stay to make a start on the Oak Cottage Plants Website. Good to see him – as always. It was really a working visit: apart from mealbreaks we worked on the site pretty much non-stop. Tues pm and eve saw basic design decisions – a “Welcome” page and a couple of other pages not driven by the cart database, colour scheme, and some design of basic buttons. Weds was spent on bringing the colour scheme of the cart into line with basic design decisions (much swearing at .css design, and a bit of hacking of .php).
Sim also signed up with a web host upgrade, so he should have a host we can upload to within a couple of days. Sim spent some time sorting out terms & conditions, privacy statement, etc, and getting to grips with the html area basic editor that Zen Cart uses.
Ended late on Tues, shortly before Toby arrived to stay the night: all had a pleasant chat for 20 minutes, and I finally remembered to hand over the much-delayed Christmas / Birthday presents for that family! Sim left around 0900 Thurs.
Boiler – again
Engineer arrived on Weds pm as promised. He said that he knew the cause of the “rapid flashing” fault (sticking exhaust fan), and sure enough this seems to be fixed. however, the longstanding (slow flashing) fault with the electronic ignition is still present. Bummer, given the freezing weather, and I’ll have to re-report it.
Letter from the pensions people arrived just before Sim on Tues, confirming my pension entitlement – they do seem at last to have caught up with my time in Scotland! Payment on 26th of each month … and return form with copy birth certificate etc, and a note of any transfer of money from lump sum to added pension. After some discussion with Sim, I don’t think I’ll do this – I may need the money for cashflow if I move, and the rate of return they are offering is only 4.95% at my age: I can get 5% in a saving account with First Direct! (although this would not be index-linked, of course). Form posted back on Thursday, along with a letter requesting payment of lump sum direct to my bank account as I don’t want them to risk the post in Tottenham!!
Phone call at lunchtime on Thursday inviting me to an interview for the part-time post at The Castle, Wellingborough that I’d applied for. It sounds like a job I could really enjoy, and very much the kind of thing that I’m looking for. While Wellingborough (Northants) is just a little further away than I’d ideally been looking at, the general area of Oxon / Buck / Berks / Northants is the area I’d most like. I’d honestly have been a bit peeved if they hadn’t asked me for interview, as I’m very well qualified indeed for the post. After that, I always reckon it is as much about personalities as anything, so as long as I get an interview I don’t think “blame” attaches on either side if I don’t get the job. Anyway, next Tues (21st) at mid-day – 10am originally offered, but later is better as it avoids peak-time travel (and is half the cost). Must decide which suit I’m wearing and get it cleaned tomorrow.
Now an ex-smoker!
Quit meeting Thursday – last cigarette at 1853 on 16th March. Prescription arrived Thurs pm, so have strong 24-hour patches (chemist out of stock of rest of the course, so pick it up tomorrow). On precription = £6.50, as opposed to the £167 it would have been if I’d bought over the counter.
Also got an inhalator – just because I think that (as at present) there are times when I need the finger / hand / mouth actions. Plus a stock of fruit, chewing gum, etc…
There may be frequent updates to the blog as a distraction from feeling stressed over having given up – boring, but it’s a major thing in my life at present!