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New machine!

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

What an exciting life us retired people lead! Anyway, I went to the store on Tuesday. Saw what I had found on their website, a very helpful staff member had everything arranged within a few minutes.

New machine in and working. I cannot fault the store service. Delivery was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, had my ‘warning’ text message saying they would be there in half an hour and they were, exactly. New machine unpacked, moved into very tight space, all sorted, old one removed.

Did an empty test run early as advised and a wash load later, all seems very efficient and electronic not clockwork like the old one and it has a bigger drum within the same size box. Now for the 27 page operating manual! There are 15 washing programs plus a few other control buttons. It’s a Becken (an in-house brand of that store chain) and the manual is in numerous languages including English.

Hours of harmless fun coming up, not that I am fit enough to do anything else just now. Early over indulgence has had its effect. Must take it easy for a few days.


Not a good week!

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 by cubsur51 Tagged:

Last Friday I had my annual anti hay fever injection, having been suffering since my return from England a few days previously.

That always makes me feel less than wonderful for a day or two. But despite that, plus pills and potions, I have still been sneezing my way through the days.

On Tuesday I dropped a glass pan lid on the floor, fragments everywhere. It was tempered glass but those little cubes can get in your feet. Took ages to clean up.

Then I was really wrapped up in a job to proof read a large document for my UK based football colleagues.

Yesterday was the first sunny day for a while, so I decided to walk the 45 minutes or so through the back lanes to our local cinema. I didn’t take my camera. I should have done, as the recent damp weather has brought out all the wildflowers and weeds as well as the pollen. There are some really good colours, so perhaps I shall do that over the weekend, but rain is forecast!

The film I saw was Liam Neeson’s latest, Run All Night. It’s not too bad a film overall. But how does he manage to spend most of it getting into fights, leaping out of burning buildings, crashing cars etc etc and still manage to have his rather old fashioned revolver in his jacket pocket with a large supply of ammunition?

I forgot to mention the rats! We have rats in our building. They are in the ventilation shaft that runs the height of the small building. My neighbours and I can hear them scratching away at night when it’s quiet. In the last three weeks, we have twice reported this to the building managers who said they would get the local council’s pest controllers but so far nothing has happened.

Our building is cut into the side of a small hill and under the concrete platform is a void. Somehow the creatures have found their way, we suspect from the drains, into that void and are using it as a vertical escape tunnel. But it’s blocked at the top except for ducts connected to gas boilers etc, so they must be trying to find another way out.

Rats have very sharp teeth. I have read that they can eat their way though concrete. Let’s hope a way is found to stop their wanderings before that happens.


Something new soon…

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2015 by cubsur51

…some pictures I took from the air plus some more local stuff at the weekend I hope.


Happy Christmas to you

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2014 by cubsur51

feliz natal


I’ve been busy…

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2014 by cubsur51

…but should be out and about this week. Next Saturday I shall be travelling to the far east of the Algarve to Vila Real de Santo António to watch the glorious Imortal FC match up against the powerful League leaders in an important game for both sides.

I shall be there with time to take some pictures, weather permitting!



In Uncategorized on April 10, 2013 by cubsur51

Problem with computer. Now fixed. Two more sets of pictures from UK trip will be up within 24 hours.



In Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by cubsur51

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