welcome autumn

So it is the first of September, this morning when I left for work I had to find a coat to fend of the cold dank drizzle, (and it was dark) on the drive home I had the air con on as the sun beat down in the bright blue sky with scattered white fluffy clouds, typical British weather.

To be perfectly honest not much has changed since my last post, I have not been out for a ride although the Whyte has spouted some new bits but I am yet to test them. My ankle has gone from dam right painful to feeling OK and back to dam right painful on a weekly basis. Spoke to the doctor about it and he said he was happy to refer me to the orthopaedic consultant at the hospital but he is likely to want to put my leg in plaster for 8 weeks!! Not what I was looking for so I have left that idea on the shelf for the time being. I was at the doctors as I buggered my knee, I could not bend it with out being in pain, not sure what I did as I was sat at a desk and went to move and I could not bend or straighten my leg as my knee was agony. Doctor reckons I have broken a little bit of cartilage off and it is catching as I bend my knee. It is not to bad now I can walk ok but still can not fully bend my knee with out feeling pain.

Back to the doctors next week for a diabetic check up, I asked them back in early June if I needed a 6 month check and they said no, so I get a letter 6 weeks later telling me I need to go for a check-up?? By the time I go for the check-up and get the blood test results I will only be a couple of months away from my 12 month check?? I gave up trying to make sense of it, just hoping I have been doing it right, I certainly think I have but the check-up will tell me one way or the other. Day after that it is the dentist turn, one of my back teeth he did a major filling on a few years back has broken up, I know what the outcome will be, he did not want to do a filling on it last time but I told him I did not want it out, think I will probably loose the argument this time.

At last my big fish tank has got fish in it, ok so there is only 4 of them and they are each about 30mm long but by the end of the month I hope to have moved all the inhabitants of my other tank (along with all the rock) in to the big tank which is about 30 fish in total. Here is a picture of the tank (prior to putting the fish in the tank)

fish tank
Filled with water and ready for some fish (they are in the bag on the left)

Well that enough from me, thinking about giving the page a facelift, will need to find a template I like and see what I can do, but until next time, have fun………

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Getting old is not much fun

Well that what I have found over the last few years, I think the point was emphasized when the doctor joked that if I was a horse I would be put down!!

As it stands I think I am on top of my diabetes (not stupid enough to say I am 100% in control, been brought down to earth with a bump to many times), still suffering with Achilles tendonitis on the ankle, apparently suffering from diabetes does not help (all to do with circulation). My calf muscle problem while not hurting me as it used to is still there and in part is why I have the Achilles tendonitis. Three or four hour undisturbed sleep is the best I can manage at the moment, if I sleep for more than 6 six hours in total it has been a good night. I had a case of vertigo for good measure a few weeks back which was not much fun, for those that have never had it, think being drunk without having a drink or the hangover. According to the doctor it is all part of getting old, not sure I am liking that.

There is some positive news, I have sorted out a big issue with the new fish tank stand, well I say tank stand but it was in fact a workbench that I had made to a specific size (about 9″ lower than a normal workbench). The problem was work benches are normally meant for cold damp workshops where being perfectly level is not an absolute requirement. When we brought the workbench in doors the top timbers (38mm thick) twisted so I was unable to get the top level enough to put the tank on the stand. I even filled the tank with water to see if the weight would flatten it out (which was a risk itself as it could of stressed the tank and cracked it) but even filled with water I was able to slide a CD under one corner. So the tank was drained and it was back to the drawing board. In the end the 38mm thick planks were removed and replaced with 18mm ply, currently I have two sheets of ply (36mm) the same size as the stand and a third sheet the size of the tank (same length but narrower). So directly under the tank is 54mm of ply and now it is flat. Been working on building the 3D background (pieces of Styrofoam stuck together then sanded into shape then covered with cement which will then be sealed and then stuck to the back of the tank). I have most of the other bits I require to run the tank I have been picking up rock and coral sand for the tank second hand as I see them come up for sale. The only thing I am missing at the moment is a light unit (I have a temporary unit I intend to use). Hopefully the tank will be running by mid July and ready for inhabitants by the end of August.

Things are slowly moving forward on the bike front, been out a few times now. The good news is that it does not hurt my ankle (unless I wear a thick socks). I have given up on purchasing a new bike, I went to a shop with the intentions of buying one of two bikes but came away empty handed. I just found myself compromising what I wanted to the point that I had to ask myself if I was going to be happy with the bike so in the end I walked away from both of them. I have decided to keep my current bikes and decided give the Whyte a bit of an upgrade with a new set of brakes, pedals and a saddle.


Picture of dear son and both my bikes (he was riding the hard tail) on a recent ride overlooking Poole. Son was complaining about not feeling very well, 20 minutes after this picture was taken he dived into a bush and was sick, spent the rest of the weekend sleeping or being sick, still went to school on Monday because he had an exam!!

OK I have waffled enough see you all later

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Same old, Same old

Thought it was time to post an update, it is about 4 weeks since my last ramble. Still struggling with the Tendinitis of the Achilles in the ankle so riding my bike is just not happening, still have 4 weeks before my physio appointment, I am just trying to stretch it (as the doctor suggested) as best I can.

I have now got my self a stand for the 5ft fish tank, basically it is a custom built work bench but it was cut down in height, I have added some other mods to it and I am now at a stage where I am just about ready to put the tank on the stand (probably in the next week). We have had to move the current fish tank which was no mean feat. We took all the rock out, then drained the water out of the tank (while saving it to put back in the tank once we had moved it) until there was just enough water for the fish (so about 3″ deeps). Then we tried to move the tank and the stand together, hell it was still heavy. Between the three of us we managed to turn the tank and stand through 180 degrees and move the tank about 4ft from one side of an alcove to the other. Then we put the new stand where the old tank had been. Once the tank is on the stand, then I can start work on building the 3d background for the tank, never tried this before, read a few articles, watched a few youtube video’s, just got to see if I can do it now.

The baby fish are doing well lost a couple but that is to be expected. When we drained the current tank down (for the move) we found another baby fish in the tank, we can only think it was one that mum had spat out after I released her from the fry tank. A couple of days later we noticed another small baby fish in the main tank. He seems to be living down the side of the internal filter, we keep an eye on him but have decided to leave him in the tank otherwise if I try and get him out I could end up scaring out of his hiding place and then he is likely to become lunch for one of the bigger fish.

How was the solar eclipse for you? For me it was the same as it was in 1999, dull, grey and basically a non event, it got slightly darker but had I not known there was going to be an eclipse I may not have noticed it was darker.

Finally before I go, WordPress have been pushing a few updates through which has changed the way things look on this blog. Unfortunately I have not bee paying attention and I have missed some problem that these updates have caused. Hopefully I have sorted most of them now, let me know if you see any other issues. Well I have rambled enough, hopefully when I post next I will be able to show you some picture of the new fish tank, don’t think it will have fish in it but it won’t be far off (hopefully).

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Update 2015

Thought it was time for an update seeing as it is 2015 after all.

I glad to say that the wife has not undertaken any further dangerous sports since her last attempt, there is still some residual affects for her last attempt mainly headaches. I on the other hand thought it would be a good idea to give tendinitis a try, decided to be different and have it in my left ankle. I can walk all off a hundred yards before I am in agony. Currently waiting to see Physio in April.

Riding my Bike is still a distant memory and the idea of a new bike has been shelved again at least for the immediate time. Should my body sort its self out and stop falling apart I may revisit that idea later in the year.

I am now the owner of a large fish tank (try 5ft long 2ft wide), that is the good news, the bad news is that apart from a new filter for it, that is all I currently have. I don’t have a stand for it yet which is proving to be an issue. Trying to find a proper tank stand is nigh on impossible, trying to find a piece of furniture I can put it on is impossible, it is either to small, to flimsy or downright ugly (think old style gothic furniture). Considered building one but apart from cost, not having the proper tools to cut the timber is a big issue and while decide on what to do about a stand the fish tank sits in our hall way basically blocking the hall off.

While we are on about fish, I have had a baby explosion and loss. A couple of months ago I bought some baby fish (think half inch long wrigglers), I had been growing these up in a small tank. I split them up the other day I put the larger ones into the big tank leaving the smaller ones in the small tank to carry on growing up as they were finding it difficult fighting with the larger fish for food. Unfortunately I lost 7 of them, not sure exactly why, another died a few days later so now only have one left. On the same day I had to strip one of my other fish of baby fish in the big tank. Being mouth brooders, they lay egg, the male fertilises them and then the female sucks them into her mouth and then keeps the eggs in her mouth until the little fish become to much for her to carry (or she get to hungry, they don’t eat while carrying the babies). I knew she had a mouthful of fish so I put her into a small floating fry tank in the main tank so that if she spat them out they would not become lunch in the the main tank (hey it is what fish do). But last Saturday she went nuts crashing the splashing around in the small fry tank, I noticed that she had spat one fry out of her mouth, so I encouraged her to release the others (we won’t go into details but is it not cruel). I ended up with 19 small fry in the fry tank, they seem to be doing well. Mum was released back into the main tank. Carry on at this rate and I wont need to buy any extra fish for the big tank when I set it up.

I have at least had some goods news regarding diabetes, I had my 3 months check and all my readings have fallen in the right direction, the main measurement is just a tad above normal and the doctors think that carrying on with the diet and the medication I should be well within normal parameter by the time of my next blood test in July. Along with all my bodily levels heading in the right direction my weight is heading in the right direction as well, I lost 26lb in 3 months. It would be nice to have similar weight loss figures in July!

OK I am out of here, be back when I can think of something else to tell you, I will leave you with a picture of some of my fish


fish tank

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It is all going on here you know

The wife decided that after all the other health issue of the year that for an encore that she would try diving head first on to a cold hard pavement from the step of the passenger cab door on the van (think Peugeot Boxer). The end result was not good, a quantity of red claret all over the pavement, wife turns in to an incoherent blubbering wreck and she gets a free ride in another van with blue lights to the local hospital. Leaving said hospital at 4am in the morning was not my idea of how I had intended to spend my Sunday night, but hey sitting at home in the warm watching TV and thinking about going to work on Monday is so boring……………… Spending a further 7 hours at the hospital on Monday is so much better than going to work, honest it is!!

I am glad that I can add a touch of humour to it all, I think if I did not I would of been admitted to the funny farm along time ago. Thankfully apart from a small cut to the back of her head (which they glued) and a quite large headache the wife was OK.

I am still finding my feet with my diabetes, trying to find the foods and quantity I can eat, learning slowly it is a dam steep learning curve that is for sure. Not on the bike yet but I have set myself a target to be back on it by the end of January especially as I have my eyes on a new bike. Although this is not helped by the recent pain in the back of my ankle which I have developed, this body is doing its best to keep me off my bike.

Well I am going to bugger off now, wish you all a merry xmass and a happy new year and hopefully see you all on the other side

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