.... this past week, since not only I have I worked 6 days out of seven, but my laptop satrted playing up at the start of the week, and I've had to spend every spare minute in the evenings working to get it back up and running again. The original XP installation somehow lost its tcp/ip configuration and all attempts to repair / re-install failed. In the end there was no choice but to format and start again, so I've updated to Windows 8. I finally got things running again last night after the first attempt to install somehow had a problem with the Windows Update routine, and it just wouldn't function .... so a second format was needed. Anyway, it's running well now, although I've had to sacrifice some of the oem hotkeys since the softawre that drives them is not compatible with Windows 8. It's a relatively small price to pay, I think, and although this laptop (EEEPC) is 5 years old now, it's running well under Windows 8 - much better than with XP. It'll
It has been some days since I last got the chance to write something for the blog .... we had guests for a few days, which is always fun, but the weather was really quite unsettled and disappointing. Then is was a long drive back up to the north-west of England for a couple of days or so. There was no internet access, so although I had a few spare moments during those days, there was no chance to post on here. We took a trip over into the Yorkshire Dales on Friday, but just for a change, it rained heavily! Today I had to drive down to London, where I'm working for the next three weeks - and it's 6 days a week, so by the time I've finished I'll be good and ready to head home for a break. Hopefully there will be some summer weather by that stage - it has been an unprecedented, miserable spring so far this year, although the ample water has has certainly encouraged vigourous growth from the garden shrubs .... more work to keep them in check now!
London has to be my least favourite place to work. With disparate venues to visit, there is no option but to fight with the traffic at the busiest times of the day. I certainly wouldn't like to live there! Anyway, it has to be "home" for the next three weeks, so I'll just have to make the best of it. Hopefully there will be some good weather, and at least the commutes to and from the hotel will be in daylight at this time of year, which makes a huge diffe
.... in the weather, especially over the last couple of days, has finally brought some sunshine, but the temperatures have been pegged back (max. 26c so far) by a chilly northerly wind.
The hoopoes seem to be very active about the garden this year, and my other half managed to get this great action shot of one about to swallow its latest find.
We spent several hours yesterday cleaning the "new" car, which had stood under a tree during my two-month trip to Hong Kong. It was consequently very messy - there were even two wasp nests which had to be removed from it! Unfortunately, it's still not on the road, as we are awaiting the paperwork to come through before it can be insured. My work in Hong Kong prevented my being able to deal with that in a timely fashion.
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.
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