July 08, 2008

Return to the blogsphere

I haven’t written a post since last November. How time flies! A combination of a heavy workload at work and moving into my first home has somewhat taken its toll on my free time. A brief update of what I’ve been up to:

  • Bought a flat in mid-December. I’m now living just south of the centre in Bristol, which is a bit more convenient for work (although I’m now working on-site at Oldbury so still driving every day…). I appear to have timed my first foray into the property market quite well – please don’t ever say the words “negative equity” to my face.
  • Sold my ST in February. After owning from new, the moment was fast approaching where I would face horrendous depreciation, and as much as I didn’t want to sell it, I’m too much of a tightwad for a hatchback to lose me £500 a month. It’s been replaced by a Mondeo Ghia X TDci
  • Got an allotment. It’s just out the back of my flat, and has been sapping a lot of my time of late. It was a total mess when we got it, and I’m not expecting any crop to speak of this year; hopefully all the digging will pay off next year.
  • Had a three week holiday recently to go farming. Decided I fancied a change this year and worked for a grassland contractor near to where I grew up. Got a shiny new Fendt 718 to drive which was a lot of fun, if a tad complicated!
  • Got promoted at work in April – am now a senior engineer.
  • Jenny properly moved into my flat recently, so we’re now living together.

Self-indulgent life update over, normal service will be resumed shortly.


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  1. Hello hello… Siggy’s down near the docks? Perchance I shall wave at him from the water. But I’m wondering where your allotment could be.

    09 Jul 2008, 15:59

  2. I’m not that near the docks! Do you know where Victoria Park is? I’m a little south and west of there (about 5 mins at a brisk walk). My allotment is at Wedmore Vale. You’re up Clifton way aren’t you?

    10 Jul 2008, 19:40

  3. Oh. You’re there. In the Southern Ghetto. Oh dear.
    Hmm. Well. If you like the Tobacco Factory that much…
    Yarse, One is up at the top of Whiteladies Road, don’t you know? Yes, you do know.
    Bristol Blog Social? Galloway is supposed to be coming over at some point.

    11 Jul 2008, 15:59

  4. Bedminster isn’t the Southern Ghetto! What are you on about man? Personally, I prefer The Lounge, Tobacco Factory is a bit open-plan and noisy. Bristol blog social sounds like a good idea.

    12 Jul 2008, 07:53


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