Day 361 & Tales from Fraggle Towers

Phil’s little tank thingy is now the proud owner of a S I G 33 heavy infantry gun. Made from the parts in 2 different kits, and also some of it was built from scratch. Once the tank body is painted he’ll attach the gun, do some figures, and Bob’s your Uncle. That might take a while yet.

Day 361 ~ SIG 33

In other news today we’ve had our Christmas lunch, which of course took most of the day to cook, Leg of Lamb in a garlic & herby rub, with roast Balsamic and honey Brussels, roast parsnips & carrots in a honey & maple glaze, cauliflower & broccolli in cheese sauce and Dauphinoise potatoes. Took most of the day to cook and 15 mins to eat πŸ™„πŸ€£ `Loads left over but it won’t go to waste :).

I’m liking Netflix, we have discovered that you can watch it through an Xbox 1, which Phil has, and have now found out that you can set up the X-box sound output for dolby atmos, which is cracking great sound, and our TV room is set up for that.

SO we’ve been doing movies of course, with all the bells and whistles. Firstly – 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds, an actor I’m quite fond of through his Deadpool rolls. The movie is directed by the love-him-or-hate-him Michael Bay, and the script written by the same guys who wrote Deadpool, though this is no way a super-hero movie. It’s a roller coaster action movie, and worth watching for the car chase scene through Florence in Italy at the start of the movie. Phil and I sat there going wow that’s incredible CGI, and when I read up on the movie found it wasn’t CGI at all but the real thing. The movie is rated R which means when people get shot or stabbed or whatever they bleed and lose body parts which is always good fun. 🀣 There is a plot, and it’s nothing really new, but interesting characters and the acting is done with seriosity and enthusiasm. It’s funny a lot too. If you like action movies, this one’s on steroids, you’ll love it. Sequel’s look likely from something that you see in the plot.

We’ve also done The Hateful Eight by Mr.Tarantino, more blood and brains and guts, (really we are nice gentle people here at Fraggle Towers!) and some great ham acting by Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell and Tim Roth (love him) and a corker of a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

On Christmas day while I was doing the ironing I watched The Christmas Chronicles also starring Kurt Russell, he has the best hair! I don’t like Christmas movies, but Keith over at Keith & The Movies convinced me it was worth it to see Russell doing Santa, it kind of was, but really there’s only one good bit in it, I’ll leave you with a clip of that just to put smiles on your by-now christmas~jaded faces πŸ™‚ Kurt Rocks and watch out for the multi talented Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteens E-street band & who also played Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and can currently be seen in The Irishman, πŸ˜€

4 days left now until the 365 photo project is finished, and this blog can have a little rest.

Day 351

Last week Billy the deaf dog was not very well. He came to work on Monday as usual but was not really himself, he couldn’t walk properly and was really finding it hard work to breath. He wouldn’t have the chicken treats he comes into my room looking for, and he hadn’t eaten all weekend either. By 2 o clock Brenda (and me) was really worried so she hoyed him in the car and took him to the vet. She had to leave him there as she had patients booked in. Later on after I got home I saw on Brenda’s Facebook that he was OK again, they’d given him diuretics for water on his lungs, but told her he was in heart failure, but could keep him going yet a while.

So he’s back to work and seems a bit better in himself. When we take him out for a little walk he trots along happily enough sniffing the air, and car-park posts, and grass, and the walls πŸ™„ πŸ˜€. However, as Brenda says, his near brush with death seems to have given him an appetite for the finer things in life, as he now won’t eat dog food at all, but has to have cooked chicken or ham. There may not be much of his left, but Billy is determined to have a ‘dogs life’ until the end. Fingers crossed that’s a long way away, I would very much miss this dear little chap.

Day 351 ~ Chicken Billy