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I saw another steam train go by the other day, about 23:30, the smoke was all lit up orange from the sparks and all the passenger carriages were lit up through the trees. It was pretty.

The chickens are still layin two eggs a day and I’m going with granddad to get them a couple more friends tomorrow. Need another bag of pellets too. The feedstore is only two miles away but I have no way of carrying the bag home.

I walked the dogs 4 miles or so the other day, found a nice stream Emmy and Bella could swim in without drowning and they all enjoyed it, even if Sophie was too nervous to jump in and her sheep-wool-like coat absorbs water like a sponge. I’m not allowed to walk them for the next few days though because they went to the groomers yesterday and they look and smell nice at the moment. (She coats them in perfume or something, if they’re not walked, the smell stays for around a month)

I watched the first season of Merlin the other day, not the best thing I’ve ever seen, but not bad either, I watched all of Flame of Recca, caught up on the Hunter x Hunter manga and read some of the Flame of Recca manga again. Might watch the HxH anime though again just for the hell of it, I have the real thing on DVDs but the subs are pretty terrible.

Me and mum made jam yesterday, it came out pretty well. Strawberry and Redcurrant, and Elderberry. There’s more redcurrants and some gooseberries in the fridge so we need to use those up too.

I dunno. Worked out that if I go through the park, I can walk the dogs 4+ miles only crossing three roads (Well, three there three back) and having to walk 50m or so up one. That’s kinda nice, it takes longer to put the leads on than they’re actually being used. I guess it’s not too bad around here I still miss Manchester but I guess that won’t go away. We couldn’t have had four dogs there, or chickens really.

It seems the pulled muscle I’ve had in my leg has finally healed, (it stuck around for like, three weeks and came back every time I walked over a mile) so I should start messing with my bike again.

The dog warden came round and chipped the dogs the other day, I already got Emmy done at the vet (£27) but the dog warden will come to your house and do it for £5 a dog. Not bad! We got the big two done, we weren’t gonna at the prices the vet was charging, but for £5 it’s pretty good.

So yeah, apart from that I’ve just been playing games. I’ve thrown 21hrs into King’s Bounty, 25 into Audiosurf and am trying to play Altitude more, but it’s a little dead in the evenings which is kinda annoying. More damn people need to own and play this game!

Oh and I bought Necrovision during the sale and it’s the only thing so far that can reliably make my computer reboot itself! (It does so when I try and open it) does this mean it’s likely a graphics card problem? I have a shitty cheap graphics card. (Radeon 3600 or something)

To be honest I need a new computer…


Chickens have laid one egg every day since then. I think it’s Hermia that’s laying them but I guess it could be Henrietta. She tends to pull all the hay out of the nestbox and then lay them in the sawdust, I think she’s sitting the wrong way round, with her arse over the edge. Oh and the eggs taste awesome, better than shop-bought eggs for some reason.

Emmy keeps getting into the chicken coop and just kind of standing on the chickens. I think she thinks they’re other puppies or something, it’s totally non-aggressive. Sadly, the two big dogs go absolutely nuts when they see her in there and I had to pull Henrietta’s head out of Bella’s jaws the other day. She lost a few feathers but seems fine. Was the day before we started getting eggs and she’s not been off her food or anything.

I’ve been spending most of my time playing the new Defense Grid DLC, finally managed to get all gold medals on it. Just need all golds on the story mode challenge now! I love this game so much, I’ve managed to log 45hours so far (26.9hrs in the past two weeks) and that’s only on the Steam version, I’m sure I must’ve played at least 10 on my PlayGreenHouse version before I forgot where I’d bought it and my login details and generally everything about it.

Halfway through the first part of the third A Song of Ice and Fire book. It’s made of awesome. In fact, I think I’m more than halfway.

Drama ahoy!

Last week our internet connection went real slow, I’d never paid it much attention but it dropped down to 386k from around the 3mb it was before. So I plugged the router in downstairs to see if it made a difference, when it didn’t we phoned Sky and they muttered something about a cap and pressed a button and it shot up to 6.6mb, 8mb in the engineers test socket. Yay. I plugged the router in upstairs and it dropped to 1.something, I left it there for a couple of days and bought 30ft of cat6 cable, some ends and some crimpers off ebay, plugged the router back in downstairs and made a hazard of the stairs for a few days. I really don’t want to be wireless. xD

Anyway, a couple of days ago it dropped back down to 386k. Idiot on the phone said “WE ARE RUNNING A DYNAMIC LINE MANAGEMENT TEST CALL BACK ON FRIDAY” and nothing I could do would make him say anything else.

Tried phoning back again, “Clear your cookies and reset your router to factory settings!” despite my insistence that wouldn’t do anything that was all he would say. I did it anyway and it did nothing and by that point he’d put the phone down.

So whatever, we waited till today (Friday), an hour on the phone and four different idiots, we finally got somebody competent. It’s now at 4mb but the guy says there’s still errors on the line somewhere between here and the exchange, he did push it up to 8 but it was too unstable to do anything with. An engineer is coming over in the morning to take a look at it for some reason. The guys on the unofficial Sky support forum have also convinced me that a new faceplate for the main socket would be a good idea but I haven’t bought it yet, it’s not too expensive, but lets see what happens!

Oh, we live near the railway line and I saw a steam train go by the other day! Couldn’t see the actual train but it sounded different to a normal one and there was a big plume of steam. Don’t know if it was a special service or what. (It was going from Earlestown towards Newton station)