Farewell van.

My old van is now down in the unit, awaiting final disposal.

She’s served me well, and she is going to live on. Selling her wasn’t difficult at all – good maintenance even with such a high mileage has really paid off.

Now Casting

Who’d have thought all those years ago when I bought this album for the first time that just 25 years later you’d be able to day “OK, Google; play Across The Water by Jadis” and you’d get the album streamed without even pressing a single button?

It’s one of my favourite albums of all time. Track 6, The World on Your Side speaks volumes to me.

The leathers are back out!

After the recent heatwave it’s delightful to grab out my leather jeans again and put them on.

The reason, though, is no obvious.

My Pityriasis Rosea is still bubbling on and all the sites have now gone red and itchy. The last couple of days have been spectacularly bad with it. The leather is unfinished and unlined below the knee so it’s really soft against the skin.

I did try jeans originally, but I found myself wanting to scratch my legs off.

I have to say I’m running out of trousers that fit me though. These used to be seriously tight. They’re now baggy as hell.

I’ve ordered some new dress trousers, but I think I might be adding a pair of jeans onto the list too.

Yet more observatory works

On Saturday afternoon I was messaged on Facebook that I was needed rather urgently at the observatory.

The guys had been sliding a new I beam into the floor void to reduce the bounce on the floor of the old section of the building and they had come across a problem. The fire alarm supply wire was in a really bad place and was going to cause major delays.

I went up there straight away, cut the wire, and removed the power from the panel.

Whilst I was there I snapped this photo under the floor of the new beam, now in position and ready to have the joists lowered back onto it.

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.

So much cooler today!

At last this heatwave has broken. It developed into an intense burning heat yesterday afternoon which in turn became heavy thunderstorms.

From a rather horrible 30°C on Thursday we ended Friday with a very pleasant 18°C.

Today I actually felt like wearing leather, and sure enough I did.

I did try latex, which felt great after so long not wearing it, but it was still a little too warm to remain in it.

If you’re a latex wearer, what do you mix in with it?