Remote Control

Isn’t this the perfect solution to remote working?

I love working from home when I can but the company I work for prefers a more traditional, office based, approach when it comes to admin days. My role is field based so for the majority of the working week I’m out face to face with clients and although, arguably, I could so the same thing via the phone/conference call/video etc there is nothing like a face to face meeting to build important relationships with my portfolio of clients and I wouldn’t change that.

Meetings generate admin and it’s good to plan in an admin day once a week. Everyone is different but I find when I work from home on an admin day I start much earlier than normal –  without the grind of the commute to face it’s wake up, shower, coffee then straight into it, on a good day I can get an early morning walk as well which really fires up the productivity.

I can wear clothes that I feel comfortable in, put on whatever music I want to, without fear of offending anyones musical taste (and who doesn’t love a bit of thrash metal to work to 😀), I can do everything that I can in the office at home (more in fact – our office landlines and company mobiles are barred for International and ROI calls and Skype makes connecting to the world so easy). I can always get a mobile signal, even though we’re not in the best area for connectivity our home set up is designed to overcome that.

And when I work from home I have an assistant. 😀

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Unpacking, Pubs And a Visit to A&E.

After a week of moving boxes, furniture, an unhappy Cat and the remaining tat we’ve accumulated that hasn’t fallen victim to the life laundry (yet) by the 30th March we were finally ready to spend the first night in our new home. We still have tenancy of the rental until the end of April so we had the luxury of being able to move at a slightly less panicked pace than normal. We’ve settled in quickly, it feels like home already. We were still surrounded by boxes and chaos but we were in and ready to sit back, put our feet up, pour a glass of something cold, French and fizzy and celebrate being homeowners. (I’m still not sure about the armchair – but it can stay – for the moment).

The ineviatble pain that goes with keeping an outdoor cat in for as long as you can cope with  after moving house began.

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Scavenger Hunt 101 – Food Growing

Isn’t it lovely to eat your own home-grown food.

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After all the hard work that goes into preparing the ground, planting, tending and caring for your crops as they grow somehow the food you make with them always seems to taste much nicer than anything shop-bought.

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A Plague Upon Us.

We seem to have a Plague of Ladybirds in the new house. Within seconds of opening a window they’re everywhere. There are a lot of infestations that could be worse.

  • They’re Cute
  • They’re Red
  • They’re Pretty
  • They Eat Aphids (lots of Aphids – up to 5000 in an average Ladybird lifetime)
  • They have white feet (who knew?)

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Prints and Cards available in my shop.

Baaabers!

Sheep shearing season is underway in the UK, it’s very physical work and most farmers with large flocks will employ the services of the sheep-shearing gangs that travel the world shearing. For more information there’s a really good blog post at Indie Farmer.

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(I do realise that is possibly the worst title I’ve ever come up with – sorry!)