Saturday, 10 January 2015

A slow start to the New Year

January is already 10 days old - where on earth did a third of the month go?  Whoosh . . .

The first five days I guess we just putzed around at home and there was a lot of decluttering as Management had a major overhaul of his study.  I should have taken a photograph of the huge number of bags and boxes which volunteers from Hospice at Home collected yesterday.  Christmas decorations came down, Daisy went for a walk (nearly) every day and life puttered on in a fairly normal way.  The last five days should have been quiet and relaxing - Management went back to work and I had planned to give the house a thorough clean and tidy.  Well, Management went to London and my week was non-productive.  We finally got connected to the SuperFast Fibre Broadband network that's been installed across much of Cumbria but of course, it didn't go smoothly resulting in a tremendous amount of time wasted.  All the irritation was forgotten this morning when the latest speed test gave us an incredible result:



It is more than a little frustrating that we should have had this in March last year and that incompetence and carelessness meant that the cabinet serving our group of houses was overlooked.  But we have it now and I'm not complaining about that sort of download speed.

I'm desperate to get out into the garden but the weather just won't co-operate.



There's not been much proper fell-walking, either it has been too wet or too windy, or both at the same time.  Daisy and I have still managed the usual walks such as Whinlatter, Sale Fell, Crummock Water and the sand dunes at Mawbray but there's not much to photograph at present.





Despite dreadful weather in Scotland, there is no snow to be seen on the 'Hobbit Hills'.  In fact, there's not been much to see out of our windows at all . . .



8 comments:

  1. Gale force winds battering us. Apparently our superfast broadband was installed incorrectly when we first got it and hasn't been operating as superfast as it should have been,

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    1. Sorry to hear that Sue, hope you can get it sorted out.

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  2. Glad you've got the superfast broadband up and running. Pity about the weather, but then it is "winter". We were going to to for a walk today, as some days have been way too hot, then too wet (supposed pelting rain and flash flooding which didn't arrive here, but in others places), and today it's windy with drizzle so far. We'll see what the day brings. Hope the tidying goes well in your off weather and you can soon be back in the garden. Take care.

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    1. Doesn't feel like 'winter' unless there's snow and ice. This is more 'mud season' . . .

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  3. Ha! I'm used to looking at that screen. Except on mine the download speed is 1.6.

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    1. Oh dear, that's not good, not good at all. We're very fortunate in that Cumbria was one of four counties to benefit from a £15 billion (or thereabouts) massive project to bring decent speeds to rural communities. Before fibre we got 3.00, maybe 3.5 on a good day.

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    1. Don't wish to gloat but it's amazing. For the first time ever I've just been able to watch something on YouTube . . .

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