Saturday, 27 September 2008

Sold Short

Much fuss over short sellling. Don't see the problem myself - if you short a stock that's ultimately strong, you'll lose a fortune and serves you right. If on the other hand you short a stock that's basically weak, you're only showing up the problems that were there anyway. If you short a stock and then spread bad rumours about it - obviously that's wrong. But then, if you bought a stock and then talked it up that would be just as bad.

The Beaker Folk did alright out of it, anyway.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

First Baptism

First one I've carried out, that is. My own first baptism was years ago. A sweet and rather spirited lass of 13 months - so old enough to cause trouble if she wanted. But it all went rather well and all the water and oil ended up in the right place.

In the Beginning

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

Then God said, "I see you've got the Large Hadron Collider fixed then..."

Friday, 19 September 2008

Fallen Giant

Nice shot of one of the trees in the kind of avenue-y bit of Harlestone Firs. Wasn't aware that the weather had been that wild, but there you go...


So the great Chimney saga is over. Beautifully the same colour as the house (which was really hard work - they don't make the bricks anymore and it took ages to find the nearest fit). And my Father-in-Law is going to use the remainder of the bricks to replace the fence I had to knock

And yet... while it looks great on the outside, the stove is still unattached inside and the cold air will be blowing down until the hearth stone arrives and the stove is attached to the chimney.

Isn't that so often the case for all of us?

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Just a pot to go then

At least on the outside, the chimney's nearly finished. Just the pot to put on the top and a bit of putting stuff back and tidying up and then the inside to plaster and a stove to install and a load of wood to buy / scrounge.

So just a pot to go then.

Friday, 12 September 2008


The chimney's now 2/3 of the way up the outside of the house, and there's a big hole where there used to be an inside wall. So getting closer everyday. They're back tomorrow to carry on up the outside, and the scaffolding's due to go back Tuesday. So let's hope the weather is good.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Yet another blog

Having a wife, two kids, a church, four football teams and two blogs to support, you'd think having another one would be all too much (a blog that is, before anyone gets excited...) But no. I've decided what I really need is another blog. This is to try and make up for my relative lack of Post-Ordination Training (which Posh People, who probably have Posh Nicknames and went to schools where they did Aggers before going for a run around the Greebies, refer to as "Potty Training). And I've promised myself I'm not going to be flippant, sarcastic or surreal. That's the rules. And I'm going to blog as myself, not as any invented neo-pagan clergyperson or indeed accountant (or even Thomas Hardy). So lady and gentleman (knowing the readership of this blog...) I give you... the Self Supporting Minister blog. I'd be really grateful for any comments, particularly from Mike who is in a similar and yet strangely different position - having simultaneously more flexible, yet less consistency. If you see what I mean... And bear with the layout. Once I've worked out how to get the pictures off my mobie onto the PC I'll make it a bit more attractive.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Work in progress

I've always wanted to have a real fire. Although for efficiency reasons (and my wife's concern about sparks) we agreed to compromise on a stove - one of the nice modern ones with a glass front. Enough money (more or less) was available for the grand project. Until we had to replace the boiler for the central heating. But we scraped it together regardless, began work on Sept 2 (Well, the builders did...) and.... promptly hit a man-hole cover and rainwater pipe. Then another pipe. So a day wasted getting hold of the Building Control man, moving the cover and bridging over the pipe, bringing the Building Control man back. Then just as we were ready to go, the heavens opened. So we have a hold bashed through the brick wall, a lintel in place, and breeze blocks to a height of 4ft. We should have had brick halfway to the roof by now. Still, there's always next week... let's pray the weather's better or we'll be over budget before we've even got the outside done. It's like a very small, very wet version of Grand Designs...