Internet

Working for a better tomorrow

I spent a fair portion of this morning looking at jobs on the Job Centre Plus web site - while I'm really happy working where I am I feel I could really do with a financial boost right now, what with my wedding just around the corner.  Just investigating at the moment, seeing what's out there.  I did find one job that looked promising, although it was full time rather than part time, and after some thought and contemplation I started the arguous task of creating an attractive CV.  Ah, good old Adobe InDesign!(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Life

The fish that wouldn’t die

Something got into our pond recently. I'm not sure what exactly, possibly a cat. No one saw the attack, but the evidence speaks for itself - one of our fish was this morning floating on its side with gashes down its side. However, somehow it's still alive, though only just. In fact, it's been like this for a couple of days now, and despite its "playing dead" it still lives. Which poses something of a problem, because although it looks dead, it isn't, so I can't bury it. It sort of looks like it might be in pain, or ought to be given the wounds, but since it still hasn't died I'm wondering whether it might survive after all. What do I do?(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Life

Our house, in the middle of our street

Front of houseYes, that was the song running through my head most of today. Well, sort of - I had that line of the chorus on loop, which got rather annoying after a while. The cause? Ellie and I took possession of our new house this morning! It's rented, so no scary mortgage to worry about, but it's still pretty exciting! It came unfurnished, so we've got to buy lots of stuff to fill it with, but we made a start today by getting a sofa, armchair, bedframe and mattress! Obviously there's plenty more that we'll need, but we've got plenty of time between now and when we actually move into the house to get everything sorted out.(more…)

By Matthew, ago
Life

A jolly little jaunt

This afternoon it was nice and sunny, and I thought it would be a shame to spend it sat in front of my computer again, so after much deliberation I decided to be spontaneous and go for a drive. This is a pastime I loved when I lived in Devon - those wonderful country lanes, beautiful countryside (I once went for a drive and found myself on the outskirts of Dartmoor, and couldn't remember how I got there!) - so I figured it would be worth giving it a try here as well. I ended up taking some friends along too, as I was passing by, and the four of us wound up on Mersea Island, breathing in the sea air, enjoying the sunshine and the cool breeze.(more…)

By Matthew, ago