A quick trip to the Nationwide Building Society in Caerphilly for 9 a.m. this morning. Really lovely friendly member of staff. Having worked for major banks and building societies the atmosphere in building societies is still much nicer.
Back at home by 10 a.m. just catching up with phone calls and emails. The world is still very much a virtual place.
I have to say that I am so very glad I own a number of fans with the temperature over 30 degrees.
I’m drinking lots of cold drinks and staying mainly indoors.
It is lovely and cool driving the Volvo XC90, the air conditioning is exceptional.
Despite my good intentions to keep my blog up to date, once again I haven’t managed it.
Another new Rotary year has just started and it hasn’t been without its challenges for both my club and the District.
All my cars are still going which is a very unusual thing!
I need to fix a very small problem on the Volvo XC90 but it involves removing one of the front wheel arch covers, this means jacking up the beast, removing the wheel, drilling out a load of pop rivets, fixing the minor fault and then refitting the wheel arch cover.
I had my first meal out since the original lockdown started with two friends at the Ty Nant in Morganstown a few weeks ago, it was very nice to have something I hadn’t cooked myself.
Still keeping in touch with people on Zoom and social media, nowhere near as nice as meeting face to face.
Really hoping to be able to resume some regular swimming very soon.
My BMW has been waiting for the water pump and thermostat to be changed for a little while, I’ve had the parts for over a month but an opportunity to do the work hadn’t materialised. The pump and thermostat have now been replaced together with a damaged hose. Still some finishing off work to be completed.
My son David now has my Freelander and I’m driving a Volvo XC90 2.4 turbo diesel which has amazing performance, comfort and safety.
I went shopping yesterday and was delighted to bump into a very good friend of mine, it was a lovely opportunity to catch up.
Due to the recent surgery and treatment on my left eye I haven’t been doing a lot of reading recently but I’m currently reading the autobiography of Máire Brennan – The voice of Clannad. It’s a very interesting book.
We are only a few days into the new year and there has already been much change. The prime minister is back on television to give daily updates on the so far rather shambolic roll out of mass vaccination. Infection rates from Covid are soaring as are deaths and hospital admissions. President Trump’s supporters have stormed the US Capitol and the world is in shock.
A Welsh nurse received her initial vaccination and some considerable time later tested positive for Covid. The decision to delay the second dose is against WHO guidelines and will no doubt put many others at risk of infection in this untried and untested approach that has been adopted by the government in order to maximise the number of people receiving a first dose.
There is to be a further strengthening of the lockdown rules but while the majority of people seem to be obeying the current rules there are sadly many people who are still not following the guidelines on wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and meeting indoors.
It seems inevitable that Brains beer will no longer be brewed in Cardiff. The company recently sold off its public houses and is now abandoning its new brewery.
It has been an unprecedented year, many of us have lost relatives and friends and have seen many of our normal activities curtailed.
I had intended to undertake some more postgraduate work this year but I put those plans on hold.
My mother had been very frail for some time and did catch Covid in the spring and very surprisingly she recovered. She continued to be very frail and following an extended hospital stay she returned to her care home for her final days. I was fortunate to be able to spend several days at her bedside.
At the end of the first lockdown I was diagnosed with an occular tumour and had surgery at The Royal Liverpool Hospital to insert tantulum markers and a session of proton beam therapy at Clatterbridge on the Wirral. Unfortunately due to the Covid pressures I haven’t had a post operative check up with my local consultant or any MRI scans.
We’re all hoping that there will be a successful roll out of vaccinations that may allow a more normal existence later in 2021.
We also left the EU during the last hour of 2020 which will result in significant changes to the way we interact and trade with our neighbouring countries. The end of freedom of movement and the Erasmus scheme are two areas that will have a significant impact.
I would still like to move to Ireland but there are currently more pressing issues to be resolved.
Following upgrades to WordPress and PHP I’ve resurected the blog. Still work to do to the theme though.
A little while ago numerous updates started to fail to install. I like to keep my operating systems up to date so decided to tackle the issue. Always have a backup of your system before attempting any repairs.
The first technique was to run sfc /scannow which checks systems files and generally replaces any problem files. Unfortunately it did find problem files but was unable to correct all of the problems.
The second technique was to mount a Windows 10 iso image and then attempt a reinstallation with the option of retaining personal files and applications, this also failed to complete.
The third technique was to run dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth this ran successfully and I then ran sfc /scannow which also ran successfully. I then booted into safe mode and deleted the SoftwareDistribution folder within the Windows folder to remove all the previous failed updates. I then rebooted and installed the latest Windows updates. So far so good.
I attended a concert in Cardiff last night given by the Alma Guitar Trio (Heather Woollacott, Jonnie Cumming and Rowan McConkey). Classical guitar trios are rarer than hens’ teeth as are arrangements for three guitars.
It was a superb concert with works by Leo Brouwer, Handel, Holst, Carlo Domeniconi, Astor Piazzolla and Paulo Bellinati, the majority of the arrangements were created by the trio.
A terrific evening.