Thursday, October 30, 2014

Go ahead

The chap from the scaffolding company turned up. If the Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen go ahead with the installation of the gas fire, we will need to get the chimney lined... and the nature of the gap between us and the house next door precludes use of a ladder. We debated with the scaffolder and a deal was done.

The Gorse Fox has now contacted the fire supplier and told them to go ahead. It will probably be several weeks before anything happens - but at least the decision is made.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pi Cam

The Gorse Fox has had a quiet day. There was no football - which given the heavy rain, was lucky.

He made the most of the time by installing the Camera Module on his raspberry Pi. This will take over form the old webcam he had providing the timelapse view of life - as it goes by - out of the front of the house.

To give an idea of scale, just behind the camera module, on the right, is a normal SDCard. The whole unit (camera and Raspberry Pi) is mounted (i.e. sellotaped) to the top of box in which the iPhone 5 was delivered.

The Gorse Fox will have to come up with a better way of mounting this for the future, but this will do for the moment.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


After ten years, the Gorse Fox has just discovered something. If he sends a blog post by email, and that post contains a photo - then the text gets dropped. If there is no photo, the text is posted correctly. GF had never noticed this behaviour before.

Ten Years After

Today the Gorse Fox celebrates 10 years of blogging. It was ten years ago today he thought he'd give it a try - not quite sure why, nor whether there was a point. He had been inspired by several earlier bloggers and thought that, at least, it was an outlet for some of life's moments of irony, of humour, and the occasional moments of frustration. 7384 blog posts later we find ourself here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Not yet crispy

It seemed too nice to stay in. The morning had seen a trip across to Rustington for some bits and pieces for the spare bedroom. The afternoon seemed like time to explore.

The Gorse Fox set off with the intention of walking through Bersted to Shripney. It seemed straightforward enough. The Gorse Fox, however, had not taken into account the road construction that was going on nearby. This bisected the route, and whist it was clear the footpath and the bridge over the new road were complete, they were still blocked off.

He diverted and came back via another route. This ran behind the new school (which opens next week) and down through the neighbouring development, past the attenuation ponds and back. It was clear this had become a favourite feed ground for some local ducks. Whilst they flew off as the Gorse Fox arrived, he only had to wait a couple of minute before they all returned to their feeding frenzy.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


Lovely morning of walking football. Only four aside this week but that meant lots of space to pass the ball and lots of movement.

As you can see, the AstroTurf pitch is really quite swish. It has a slight spring under foot and is very forgiving on old joints.

The Silver Vixen decided she would come along to watch. The Gorse Fox supposes that even on a Sunday morning it's good to have a laugh. When we stopped for a break at half-time she took a group shot.

The natural competitiveness couldn't be suppressed and the team for which the Gorse Fox was playing won comfortable (in fact we stopped counting when we got to double figures).

There's no mid-week game this week - which is probably as well as it gives us a chance to heal a few tweaked muscles and rest some aching joints.


The Gorse Fox taken time to explain about the clocks changing. The cat seemed to listen but obviously forgot everything we had discussed at 0600 this morning.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


Have heard from the local dealer. The Silver Vixen's car should arrive on site this coming week so with luck we will have it within the next 10 days or so.

Talking of expectation, the Gorse Fox received a text from BT. He  can expect his kit to be delivered on 3rd November. With P&P it will cost £41-ish, oh yes and his Broadband should be switched on on 3rd November. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

The Gorse Fox has not ordered anything from BT.
He does not need any kit.
He does not want any kit.
He is not going to pay £41 pounds for something he neither needs nor wants.
He already has Broadband (although painfully slow).

His heart sinks. Is this whole nightmare about to replay itself?

Cool and Dry

It's cool and dry (much like the Gorse Fox). Seemed like an ideal opportunity to take some sheets of MDF out into the garden and get them primed so that the Gorse Fox can start his little project next week. (Though he does need one additional sheet of MDF to complete it).

Fortunately it is touch dry in a very short time so he has had time to flip the boards and do both sides and the edges.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Little Victories

The agent from BT called. Our correct phone number has finally been restored... and our charges - going forward - have been significantly reduced.

Broadband is stil very slow - so the Gorse Fox complained about this and she took it in hand. let's see what happens over the next few days as there has been no real increase in speed over the last week and by now it should be approaching its optimum.


The Gorse Fox got an alert. Tickets for Eric Clapton's 2015 Royal Albert Hall concerts were going on sale at 0900 this morning. He loogged on an found himself in a queue with 3349 people in front of him, just to gain access to the website. By the time he reached the head of the queue all of the prime tickets had gone. He did, however, manage to grab a few for next May.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Now that the Gorse Fox has, what BT laughingly refer to as, Broadband, he has been able to log in and download all of the various bank transactions that have accumulated since we moved. It has taken all morning to go through them and record them all.

The Gorse Fox use MoneyDashboard which is a very useful aggregator for all of the various accounts. The problem is that they seem to have change the interface somewhat and it looks like they have hidden or lost the facility that allow you to download all of the transactions to a spreadsheet. The GF is not sure how this constitutes progress.


We heard last week that the Coventry Hobbit had been involved in a motorcycle  crash. Yesterday it became clear that, one week on, bruising was still developing. It was decided he should head back to the hospital.

We await news... and hope that all is ok.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We Wuz Robbed

So the local derby game was played. It  was great fun, ending up 0-0. This, however, meant a penalty shoot-out. We were slightly hampered by a ref who couldn't count. The iidea was 5 penalties each team, and if still a draw, then sudden death.

The Gorse Fox went in goal for his team - and saved 3 of the 5 penalties. Our team scored 3 penalties - so had logically won. Trouble was the ref had lost count and went to sudden death where the Gorse Fox not only let the next ball through, but being his turn to take a penalty, he hit it straight at the goal keeper.


One of the organisers from Brighton & Hove Albion was there taking photos which are, apparently, destined for twitter. The Gorse Fox will keep an eye out. 

Local Derby

Today the Gorse Fox has another football match. This is a local derby against Littlehampton - at their ground. At least it isn't quite as blustery as yesterday - though there is a nip in the air. Not sure how many of our lads will turn up - but we'll see.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The Silver Vixen was out playing with her coven. This left the Gorse Fox at home alone. Alone, and online (finally).

It wasn't plain sailing. It was so long since some of the systems had been connected that they all wanted to back-up or update. The iPhone took 4 hours to update, the iPad threatened to take 7 - but only took 4 hours. Let's hope things speed up.

We met with the chap who will be developing our Orangery to tie down some basic logistcs and answer some final questions. Looks like they can't start until the New Year, now. That's not too much of a problem and not too much of a delay.

Monday, October 20, 2014


The Gorse Fox heaves a sigh of relief. Broadband service has been switched on. 

At the moment he feels like he has been under a Stone Age seige and the digital relief column has been seen coming over the hill, but hasn't quite arrived. The speed of the link is dreadfully slow at present, but should pick up as the line settles and the modem tunes itself. It's still too soon to do a great deal, but at least the infrastructure is now in place. 

Another working week

And so begins another working week. 

Ooops, oh no it doesn't. It's another non-working week. No commuting, no irritating conference calls, no stupid targets, no annual assessments, no clients, and no management by running around shouting. Just the Silver Vixen, other nice people, and nice tasks that the Gorse Fox wants to perform, rather than has to perform... and the odd game of football.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Well the football went well with the Gorse Fox on the winning side in 3 out of 4 games. The last one being a draw. He also scored several goals. 

After that it was home where Urban-cub and Pistol Pete came to visit and cook Sunday lunch. Lovely afternoon.

Mixed Signals

Apparently the arena where the Gorse Fox is playing football this morning has 3G AstroTurf. Hopefully this will mean he gets a better signal on his phone :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Spent some time today swapping phones around. The Silver Vixen has upgraded, so the Gorse Fox has taken over her old phone. This took a bit of fiddling about as it needed a change of SIM card. Gorse Fox noticed a new deal for a 4G SIM with 1GB of data. This couldn't be handled in the shop so he phoned customer services. It turns out that the £16.50 deal was only for new customers and for the Gorse Fox it would have been £22.50. Not a lot, but it was a matter of principle. The Gorse Fox told them to stuff it.

(Oh yes, and he put some dubbin on his new football boots ready for tomorrow's game at Ford Arena).

Friday, October 17, 2014


BT have promised Broadband connection on Monday. Forgive a degree of scepticism, but the Gorse Fox will believe it when he sees it.

Taking it more seriously

New football boots for astroturf pitches - at the age of 62. The Gorse Fox is beginning to get the hang of retirement!


Over the past decade or two the uk has embraced a few of the US-styled Shopping Malls. The most famous are probably Bluewater, Lakeside, Westfield, and the Trafford Centre. Today we plan to head for the closest we have on the South Coast - WestQuay at Southampton.

(Very happy with the blinds that were installed yesterday. It is only psychological, but somehow it made the house feel even more cosy last night. Only a few more weeks to go before the shutters arrive. Apparently, they take about 9 days to make, but then spend 6 weeks on a ship between China and Southampton - so the Gorse Fox expects they are on the high seas at present).