Busy time in lockdown…

We have had a busy start to this week of school holidays.

Vicky has been busy painting the garden furniture and Simon has been busy in the garage. We now have a doorway in between the old garden storage area and the office – in readiness for making it into two offices OR an office and a gym.

Also, half of the garden store is prepped for drywall along with power and networking AND preparation for underfloor heating.

Next job is to prepare the walls in the main office with timber for drywall. To do this we need to manoeuvre the office furniture around to remove some / all of the existing flooring = a BIG job.

Finally we need to find a supplier of drywall plus more timber and other goodies to either deliver to the house or click and collect.

It will be terrific when done but seems to be a much bigger job than we first thought…..

Big Internet Day @ home

Hopefully today is the day that we receive upgraded internet here at home that can eep up with the needs of the household.

With living in a countryside environment, our broadband connection has never been that great and really suffered when the weather turns.

OpenReach have used our village as a test bed to trial Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) to be available in all homes and finally we are ready to make use of it.

The order was made on December 22 and today is installation day.

We should be treated (by tomorrow morning) to around 300Mb download speeds and 50mb upload speeds – a significant upgrade on our average 20mb down and 5 up that we are presently receiving. Well that and hopefully the complete removal of the dead times when we seemingly receive nothing much at all….

Hoping that we will be reporting good internet speeds and availability in the hours / day to come.

Fingers crossed 🤞

The Lurgy Visits….

This last week has been no fun in the household – poor Elliot started with headaches, fever and overall body aches last weekend – he still has a cough (came last) but has otherwise cleared it away it seems.

Simon picked it up next and started with it on Thursday and is just in the back end of it now.

Vicky collected it sadly over the weekend and is now nursing a rather uncomfortable cold that is only just beginning.

Olly is hoping for a pass on this one – it does seem to be gaining in power as it mutates onwards 🙁

Great result today….

A day to remember….

Simon got an out of the blue call from a number from the North East this morning – turns out it was a call from the company that we bought a service plan from for the Range Rover Sport and that a service was likely now due. Simon advised the lady that we have in fact sold the car and as a result we weren’t likely to be making use of the MoT cover or the next service. She very kindly did two things:

1. Notes on their system that the car was sold and this would not be using the service plan from this point forward

2. Gave Simon a number to call to claim back the remainder of the service plan

Wait, what???

In curiosity, Simon called the number and explained what had happened – the chap who took the call asked for name and address and registration number before stating that he had now closed the account and would post out a cheque for £560 !!!!

Simon nearly fell off the seat he was sat on, said thank you and hung up – before bursting into laughter.

At no point would we have ever considered we would be able to claim back some of the unused service plan.

Now, we accept that we have not yet received that cheque but WOW 🙂 sometimes good things really do happen – keep believing 👍

Car battery – AGAIN today

Simon was woken by a text message and a follow up phone call from Land Rover this morning. Yes, Reggie (new name) has experienced yet another flat battery.

However, this morning’s was following the use of the automatic speed limiter function yesterday.

The AA guy managed to start it by using both his van AND the portable power supply – neither one of them alone was enough to fire the 6 cylinder diesel….

So, we are now pretty sure that the problem does indeed lie in the speed limiter function since Simon has not used it for the whole week until Saturday – then some 18 hours later, it died again. Coincidence? Thinkest I Not.

Reggie is booked in for the update of the two components that the LR assist guy mentioned last week so hopefully all will be sorted soon. This time, the car was trying to pull 4.5amps as soon as the car was opened – hence the problem was still occurring after the AA guy arrived – sadly an LR guy could not attend so we were not able to fully diagnose (that would have been the icing on the cake)