Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Look what happens when you go away!


Before last weekend, this was my beer fridge. See what happens when you go camping! Yes camping Sarnia, people do do it, especially when they go to festivals. Even festivals with training wheels for beginners, like Shalbourne.


Such miraculous goings-on are made possible when you have the kind of friends who think it's a jolly wheeze to pack up their kids in order to pitch five tents and a caravan in a circle, like a wagon train braced for a Comanche attack. Friends such as these are pictured above. So you sling your entire beer collection and a wine box into the boot and off you go with the two younger kids.


Sounds perfect doesn't it? You are with your easily pleased friends (the ones who don't think life without room service isn't worth living, the ones who laugh a lot and actually enjoy getting pissed in a field and barbequeing in the rain...) and your younger children (who are not yet ashamed to be associated with you in public, even if you're pissed), in order to listen to the Wurzels, Doctor and the Medics and the Counterfeit Stones. You get to sample the squalor of the Isle of Wight festival yet on a managable scale.

While your car is blocked into the field making a motorised getaway both alcoholically illegal and phyically impossible, at only 8 miles from home, if the kids really can't hack the toilets, or the Wurzels guzzle all the cider in the beer tent, you could theoretically call a cab and go home!

But the horror of it is that you enjoy yourself for the entire weekend, neglecting your other duties and your courgettes turn into marrows the minute your back is turned! Look at the size of those babies! Just as well I have no beer left eh?

20 Comments:

Blogger Span Ows said...

hehehe...oooh nice marrows!

Beer is another thing entirely...the one thing the maid had to fear in Venezuela was not having cold beer in the fridge for when I returned!

P.S. Carling?!!!!!!

Wed Jul 12, 09:12:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Span Ows said...

P.S. In the photo of Rhianna and Johnny it looks like he's stood behind a 'false body'...his head looks 'removed'.

P.P.S. I used to love camping (Sarnia..ner ner na ner ner)...a cherished 'feel-good' memeory is that of waking up to the sound of rain on canvas.

Wed Jul 12, 09:16:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

If you go round the globe posting naked and admiring my marrows people will talk!

I suspect Johnny was TRYING to look like he wasn't there...

He's just won that hammer for his little sister on the whack the thing and ding the bell game thingy...and was being admired by people's mothers. I think he was wishing he hadn't!

Either that or it's his remarkably clean looking top. Strange really since it was The Philopher's top first, and he was a right mucky kid!

Re: Carling...I said "I have no beer left!" I don't count The Evil Daughter's boyfriend's leavings as beer!

Wed Jul 12, 10:03:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Lucy said...

Oh Gavin is that you in the black hat and shades?
Camping is great for a few nights, we have got 3 booked with friends soon, but I soon miss my bed. This time though we have got electric hook up - only pitch left, Honestly, - so they're thinking of taking a a few home comforts like the kettle and toaster.
Pah! whatever happened to getting back to nature?

Wed Jul 12, 10:23:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger IsobelMagsBuchan said...

I am very jealous over the size of your courgettes/marrows. How did you do it?

Detail required please. From seed to growth spurt.

Wed Jul 12, 10:28:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Like your black hat, Gavin !

Wed Jul 12, 10:38:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

That is a Welshman in that Hat!

You are confusing me with Asterix's British cousins! I would scarcely be cuddling someone else's child, with said child's mother's breasts in my ear, would I? Well I might, but I'm scarcely likely to post it!

No that's Pete. He's Welsh!

Wed Jul 12, 10:54:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Mags, they got wet and just look what happened!

Wed Jul 12, 10:55:00 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

Sorry Gavin, when I'd only looked at the bloke in the black hat and dark glasses, I'd assumed you'd gone to a Hell's Angels Convention (Runs and Hides)

Thu Jul 13, 09:05:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Sarnia said...

I've done something to my pooter and cannot see the photos.

NOTHING you can say will ever convince me that camping [shudder] is an enjoyable activity.

People who camp are barking mad. They're also the type to wear socks with their sandals.

Thu Jul 13, 11:04:00 AM GMT+1  
Anonymous Curmy said...

They also sing hearty songs round the camp fire !

Thu Jul 13, 11:44:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

Gavin,

ok its not a comment on your post but any suggestions what this is and how to correct it(you helped me before with my blog problems)

I had a computer freeze yesterday. Now every so often I am being asked to insert disk one and being told that Windows cannot complete its installation because of something called Photo Gallery. Or that I am trying to use that program.

I am unaware that I have it, I have never heard of it and everything else appears to be working fine.

And if this comes on screen I can get rid of it if I cancel the boxes a few times. When I do this I get one of those blue meters made up those little blue squares that you usually see when you are downloading something.

Any ideas what to do? Do I put in my windows xp disc and will that correct matters?

Thanks

Anthony

Thu Jul 13, 09:02:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Sounds like some kind of spyware on your machine. If you haven't already gor it you might want to put adaware on your machine, you'll be amazed what it will find on there that Norton Anti Virus is quite relaxed about!

It's free and available Here

God I sound like spam on my own blog! I'm not on commission, honest!

Try running that and seeing if it clears up the problem before doing anything else more drastic.

(I'm asuming your anti-virus stuff is up to date!)

Fri Jul 14, 09:58:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

Sorry to mess your blog up Gavin with these questions but at least you can delete what is un-necessary afterwards...

Did a virus check...clean.
Have Ad aware as it happens...ran it and I have 15 items classed as critical and 19 as negligitable.

You know what my problem is?

I look at these things and think do I delete them all or leave some on the pc as they are classed as unimportant.

I never know what to do.

When you run your ad-aware and find such things do you go through them individually or just delete them all?

I also have a program that is trained to hunt out spam coming in via e-mail.

I'd like to find a program that would automatically bounce back e-mails from places I don't know and would stop it reaching me altogether. So far I have not found one.

Fri Jul 14, 11:11:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

I've never found that letting Adaware do it's thing has ever upset the apple cart. It really won't remove any important registry entries, it's more cautious and is a lot safer to use for amateurs than Spybot Search and Destroy.

I'd give Adaware it's head if I were you...

Actually the new hotmail - Windows Live Mail - has a feature to Block or allow messages from specific senders and domains and a Known/Unknown sender feature so you can delete without opening.

Fri Jul 14, 11:22:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

I've put the 19 objects in quarentine so far and nothing seems to have been affected.

So far most of what Ad-aware has found are classed as no real threat and have a rating of 0 and the others were at worse 3 and classed as advertising trackers but not seen as important.

And nothing appears to be affecting the registry.

So I do wonder what Photo Gallery is.

Oh well, thanks for the suggestion and help, much appreciated.

Fri Jul 14, 02:25:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Six Years Late said...

Blimey you've got enough to fee a family of 6. Thank goodness for that. has the evil one now got more than one boyfriend then?

Fri Jul 14, 03:06:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Indeed, Six, six of us, but with three out of the six having gone off courgettes already! Hey ho!

They change with remarkable frequency, often leaving half finished cases of dire lager. I know not why!

Sorry Gildy, it was worth a shot!

Sarnia, if you are going to cast nasturtiums about wearing socks with sandals, I fear I may have to put myself back on e-bay as you are clearly not the connoisseur of collectors' posters that I took you for!

Hearty siging goes without saying at a festival, Curmy. I was hoarse until Thursday from shrieking "Combine Harvester"!

Fri Jul 14, 07:34:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger The Great Gildersleeve said...

Gavin,
No one can work out why that fault developed on the computer regarding photo gallery but I joined a computer forum connected with a magazine I buy...and we think(hope the problem is fixed)

We don't know where the program came from or why but...I was advised to do a system restore as close to the day the problem started but as I only found out about having it after switching the pc off.

I could not say exactly when...I went through system restore 4 times and still it kept coming on screen.

In the end I went back to the earliest date that I could July 1st and so far...so good its disappeared.

So that means it appeared between July 1st and July 8th. I could find out exactly when but cannot be bothered. But as I have never ever used system restore before its another trick I have learnt.

I hope that is the end of it.

Computers eh?

G

Sun Jul 16, 01:30:00 PM GMT+1  
Blogger Lucy said...

Well its a shame you are not the guy in the hat Gavin - he looks good, and I just can't picture you.
:(

Tue Jul 18, 10:23:00 AM GMT+1  

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