It is the afternoon of May 1st

It’s the first of a new month and already the day is half over.
It has been one of those days, one which did not start all that well due to a slight oversight regarding radio antennae and bloody EU regulations.
It would appear that since 2011 should you wish to erect anything more that 60 cm above your highest roof point, you need planning permission unless you have a chimney. We don’t. Bummer.
Yesterday, Hubby had slaved to get his bracket in place ready to attach the aerial today, and now has had to have a rethink. Luckily, he’d joined a forum and this all came to light, luckily before he’d gone any further. He’s already getting back into the swing of CB radio (not ham radio enthusiasts which need a licence), and really looking forward to being able to play with his new toy.
Today has therefore meant another field trip to get some more fittings and trunking so that he can mount the aerial in the garden and bury the cable underground. Although this was not the original plan, it will work out better because at least we do not have the problem of trying to fit an eighteen foot aerial through a drop of about 12 to connect up to a bracket high on the outside wall from the top of a ladder. Every silver lining has a cloud. Ho hum.

Anyway, while we were out, we bought a tin of paint for the bathroom, so this afternoon put the first coat on. This was not in any plan, but we were there, saw a colour that was a pretty good match and went for it. We spent the extra and bought proper paint for the job, and it is horrible to use! We’re using a roller and touching up the edges with a paint brush…….. not cool, and as we surveyed our handiwork, both of us were very quiet.
The colour is actually lighter than the one we had, but saying that, now that the first coat has dried, it looks OK as it’s darkened down considerably.

So, after lunch (last of our stew so chicken curry tomorrow) and allowing the first coat to dry, we were out in the garden measuring cables to the wall from where he intended to put  the aerial. Hubby ended up doing things in reverse, drilling a hole in the wall, then poking the cable through and seeing how much we had to play with outside. Good job we did as we were about two metres short of where we’d thought the pole would go. That has now been shifted and embedded in concrete, and two cups of coffee later, Hubby is giving the bathroom a second coat.

Tomorrow will see him digging the trench for the cable and hopefully he might be up and running by the end of the day. I hope so. He needs to unwind somehow and the computer isn’t cutting it.

Keep safe everyone and have a great Bank Holiday weekend if you’re in the UK.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to It is the afternoon of May 1st

  1. ellenbest24 says:

    CB radio … what a memory worm “one four for a copy breaker breaker come in dishcloth.” Oh my days I almost peed my pants 😃 But planning for an aerial is not funny, not funny at all.Happy painting.

  2. Carol anne says:

    Wow Di! Isnt that totally ridiculous about not being able to erect anything over 60 CM on the roof? You certainly had a busy day and need lots of tea and coffee to stay awake and functional, lol! ❤

  3. willowdot21 says:

    A mix of good and bad… Life can’t be a trial 💜💜💜

  4. Liz says:

    It will be just over 30 years since me being on CB. I was just a kid when having the experience of it with dad.
    I was birdbreeder.
    Dad was fag ash bill and mum, I can’t remember if it was apple blossom or cherry blossom. Although mum didn’t go on it like dad, or me.

    Which ever mum’s handle name it wasn’t, we would speak to a woman of that name.
    I can remember a bloke who was called rocking chair.
    There were much longer list of names, but I can’t remember them now.

  5. Don’t you just love it when city rules and regulations interfere with your private property. I liked the “every silver lining has a cloud.”

    • It’s a bummer Lauren. He had it all sorted in his head, had done all the necessary calculations and ordered the correct bits, never thinking about building regs. Typical redtape from the EU. Still, he’s got round it and hopefully will be tuning in later today.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Glad that everything worked out in the end! When I was in HS the CB radio was BIG. Everyone wanted one in their car…

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