The epic gig.

Yesterday was yet another epic run out for a gig. I’m getting tired of these two hour journeys now (*there’s light at the end of the tunnel as a local agent has now took us on).

The A1 all the way up to Newcastle for a change – no A19 required.

A few changes though – first we didn’t take our lights in. It was an upstairs load so the fewer boxes we take the better.

Second Dennis and I have finally swapped sides on stage after planning it for a few months. Yes it’s happened!

The final annoyance though was the 10:45 stage time. It’s not really fair when a band has a two hour journey home to make stage time that late. Usually it’s 10:15 or at the latest 10:30, but we’ve not had a 10:45 in ages.

Considering it’s a 45 minute set plus encores that brings us off at about 11:40 and means we are leaving at 12:30.

My bedtime? 3:15am.

Gah

Today I’ve headed out to get something to clean the chain on the Fiido. The last few rides have really browned it up so I thought I’d do a bit of preventative maintenance. With the impeding bad weather I headed out (appropriately dressed again) and collected a chain cleaning kit.

I also stopped for coffee at my favourite coffee shop.

Skinny cappuccino is my poison today.

This afternoon I cleaned and lubricated the chain, and the rain came. I did well!

Now I’m going to fall asleep in front of Krampus, after all it’s Krampusnacht!

Wrapping up the week with an amazing storm.

A stunning storm passed over us just now. We don’t often get really violent thunderstorms in the UK, but this one was very powerful and energetic.

The wind really got up at one point – such that I actually thought there was a small tornado nearby.

Excuse the state of the garden – we’re in the middle of a major redevelopment project (photos will follow in a month or so).

The end of the world again?

Yesterday was a very wet day. Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh sweeping in off the Atlantic.

First was Ali, on Wednesday; second Bronagh last night overnight (and indeed now whilst I type this). Both storms bringing with them wind and rain.

Yesterday however, the calm between the storms was nothing like. A band of rain pulled between the two of them sat across the country for most of the afternoon and evening and caused localised flooding and high rivers around Sheffield.

My usual 40 minute commute home from the site I was on took almost an hour and a quarter due to closed roads, queues, and some major floods.

Today should be a finer day, although there’s a loop out in the Atlantic which could twist up into another storm for Sunday to Monday.

Hannah is supposed to be going camping this weekend too. We’re not sure if that’s still happening.

Rain. Real rain.

Today is what is known as a “rainy day”. After 50 odd days with hardly any rainfall, coupled with temperatures in the high 20’s most days it feels amazing to get a change in the weather.

Especially now as Lancashire is under a hosepipe ban, this is such a relief.