Boring post

Today’s picture sums up the day: nothing much doing.


It wasn’t a day that lent itself to excitement of any sort.  It was wet and very windy but not so wet and windy as to be terrifying or out of the ordinary.  It was just too wet and windy to do anything useful at all.

Mrs Tootlepedal turned the day to good account by going off to Carlisle and doing some shopping but that was the best of it. Even our B & B guest, a man who thinks nothing of spending a day sight seeing in Galashiels, gave up and came home on an early bus.

I went up to the health centre to get a routine injection and managed to get my flu jab at the same time which was handy but that was the high point of the day for me.

I thought about braving the elements to do more lawn spiking but it didn’t seem very attractive so I didn’t.  I took a picture of the new grass growing instead.

watching grass grow

I spent a large part of the afternoon trying to get a computer program which I wanted to use to run.  For some reason, out of the blue, it demanded an activation code and turned up its nose at my efforts to provide one. The company website is one of those that has been made by F Kafka’s brother-in-law and is designed to tell you everything you don’t want to know and nothing about how to contact the firm to tell them that their program doesn’t do what it says. This is in spite of the site having frequent buttons saying ‘contact us’ none of which actually gave me the opportunity to contact them except by phone in the US.  I finally found a UK phone number on another of their sites and amazingly got to speak to a person.  In fact I got to speak to three different people who at various times hummed and hawed and then told me that they had fixed the problem.  Following their instructions,  I uninstalled the program and reinstalled it.  I rebooted the computer.  I banged my head against a brick wall.  None of them was telling the truth and in the end I gave up.  They don’t even give you an address to write to.

I took a picture of a coal tit to cheer myself up.

coal tit

In the evening, I put a week of the E&L into the database and now am completely up to date.  Dropscone’s sister has volunteered to help on the project so that was the one bright spot on a dull day.

The wind did ease off after dark and Mrs Tootlepedal went for a brisk walk round the town and the forecast says that tomorrow might be a little brighter.  The wind is only going to gust to 30 mph.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

8 thoughts on “Boring post

  1. This is the funniest, most entertaining account of a very blah day that I have read in a long time! Congratulations Mr. Tootlepedal for managing to make us
    laugh at life’s frustrating non-events.

  2. I agree, entertaining to read about how boring the day was!
    Of course the computer had to be mean too!
    Well at least the grass looks great!

    1. There’s a bit of a colour clash with the new grass. I’ll have to be out with a paint spray like they did at the Augusta Masters one year.

  3. ‘Even our B & B guest, a man who thinks nothing of spending a day sight seeing in Galashiels, gave up and came home on an early bus’.

    Brilliant. I love that comment.

  4. The new grass looks a splendid shade of green.
    How I sympathised with the ‘activation code’ nonsense and unhelpful help from the ‘advisers’. I had great trouble extending my firewall security, which should be a simple thing to do when renewal becomes due.

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