Day 401 – About last night

Last night, we went out for a meal together for the first time in ages. And what a meal.

Treated by the owners of The Black Sheep in town to an amazing, special, one-off tasting menu. 8 courses, and literally some of the best dishes that we have ever tasted. Truly incredible food, which Jonny was coming up with on the fly: finding and combining ingredients in the kitchen like some sort of grey-bearded Harry Potter.
It really was magical stuff, and a wonderful way to celebrate 16 (sixteen) years of marriage.

10/10 would recommend. I’m already planning our next trip to the City Bowl.

Day 399 – Taskmaster update

Taskmaster is probably – or maybe even definitely – the best show on TV at the moment, and quite possibly for the last n years. I’m really enjoying the latest series (S11). Literal tears of laughter. This is in no small part to the presence of comedian and actor Mike Wozniak (he’s not the short one out of Monsters Inc., no), who is genuinely hilarious. We’re talking Bob Mortimer levels of comedy here. And that’s a pretty amazing complement.

If you haven’t seen the programme, it’s basically a competition between 5 celebs per series, trying to outdo each other each week, in performing (generally very silly) tasks. Also, if you haven’t seen the programme, you need to head to their Youtube channel and start your catching up right now. Right now.

And while it’s far from all toilet humour, there’s always going to be a bit of that, obviously.

“Oh, it’s an absolute casserole down there”.

Brilliant.

Day 344 – Wise move

The new house continues to be made better (IMHO, at least) bit by bit.
Fridge plumbed in yesterday. Electrics and plumbing being sorted on Monday. Pool on Tuesday.

But better costs money and so whenever you can save a bit, you do your best to save a bit.
Sometimes you have to spend a bit to save a bit (more) and that’s exactly what I did today, by getting a Geyserwise installed.

Here’s their website.

We had one of these at our last place and it paid for itself inside 6 weeks.

A quick explanation. Your geyser is your water heater and generally in South African houses, it’s in your loft and it’s on 24/7. This is great for when you want a quick shower at unusual o’clock, but it does cost an awful lot to repeatedly heat a couple of hundred litres of water that you’re probably never going to use.

Sure, you have a thermostat on the geyser, but that’s often very awkward to get to if you want to change it, and sure you can put a timer on your electrical distribution board, but that’s often very awkward to get to if you want to change it.

Geyserwise is simply both those things on a handy digital panel tucked in a cupboard on the landing. So our water is now heated for 2 hours each day instead of 24, and to 55ÂșC instead of 75. And if we ever need to change those times, that temperature, or simply override it because the beagle has rolled in some more mud and we need a quick blast of hot water for an unplanned bath, it’s a simple press of a button.

Absolute no-brainer.

Our Geyserwise was installed by Kozanai from Mudi Plumbing Services: 078 999 1893. He was quick, friendly and efficient. Thoroughly recommended.

R1550 all done. We’ll have recouped that and be saving money before the end of April.

Day 327 – Boxes upon boxes

It’s been a very busy day, but we are surprisingly close to finishing our unpacking.

Another 15 or 20 boxes were unpacked today, and many are already on their way to being reused at another unconnected move nearby.

The kitchen cupboards have now been allocated and I’ve almost remembered where the mugs are for my morning coffee.

I unpacked my clothes and I can’t wait to get rid of some to a good cause in the very near future.

A nice man called Simon came round and got our weird (but hugely effective) internet setup set up.

A nice man called Ben came round and got rid of several (or more) European Paper Wasp nests from around the house and garden.

I’d recommend both of them for those sort of specific tasks.
(Simon does CCTV as well; Ben does bees as well.)

The beagle got closer to sleeping through in the kitchen (her usual chosen bedtime spot) last night and only woke me up [weep] three times. I are a bit broken.

High hopes for a full night tonight.

My study is still peach. So very peach.

Day 303 – Goodbye productivity (part 2)

I first tried Geoguessr back in 2013, but I’ve decided to give it another go now.

Here it is: Geoguessr

Yes, things have changed and you have to pay for it (due to Google charging Geoguessr for using their API, apparently), but it’s still good value with a free trial option and a month to month membership plan.

And in turn, they’ve added some extra games and options, including a Battle Royale, in which you compete against 9 other players from all over the world to see who can identify a country simply from a single Google StreetView shot.

It’s good, harmless, educational fun. And you get to see ice cream tricycles like this one, close to the border in Bangladesh*.

Yeah – you’re not going to miss his arrival, are you?

I now know much more about road markings, signage, internet suffixes, latitude-specific flora, international dialling codes and vehicle number-plates than I have have before (or ever will ever need to again).

And I still mix up Canada and Finland. Always.

 

 

* This is a bit of a bittersweet one for me, as I guessed that it was in India. 20 damn km out. Grr.