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Thai Food and Golf Get Togethers

Yet another flat out week personally and work wise. After the huge meals on Sunday, a couple of days of famine were in order, so some reheated soup from the freezer – these soups in fact which we froze in their plastic containers. I also tried to step up the activity and did a few runs to try and burn a few calories off. Oddly, i decided to do a lot of skipping on Monday evening, i’m not sure how much, but maybe 7/800 or so and my calves for most of the week were really aching. Obviously need to do that exercise a lot more.

Chiltern Forest Golf Club with Marc from AJH Cables – stunning views across Aylesbury Vale

Chiltern Forest Golf

On Tuesday I caught up with Marc from AJH Cables at Chiltern Forest. He is focusing heavily on developing his export cable market and he had some really interesting customer stories that he has made great headway with. He is literally selling to every single part of the world and developing his huge range of contacts. He has also specified a brand new cablehttps://ajhcables.com to be manufactured called Rawflex which is a reeling cable which he has also registered the name for. I’m running his web site through a few SEO tools such as Screaming Frog and SEM Rush to see how he can improve his site with some easy wins.

I do enjoy playing at Chiltern Forest, though it is tough – we started on hole 10 and these first 9 holes were a struggle and I marked my card with a shocking 57 but much like last week at Berkhamsted I turned it around with a 43 on the next 9 including a birdie (first in a while). As well as Marc’s company, the food was good and reasonable afterwards (skipped the soup and had ham egg and chips). The views are simply stunning on that course overlooking Aylesbury vale.

Wednesday evening was spent in Amersham town centre to catch up with Wardy who is back in the UK and Cremo kindly organised a few people for a meal at a Thai place called Tom Yum’s – first time I’d been there. It was fairly good, but the company was excellent and we finished off at The Beech House where the beers kept coming thick and fast! I’ve had too many beers this December so Jan – March 2019 will have to be a much more modest affair. Wardy seemed on good form and very fit and healthy with all his trail running he is doing. I was a bit upset to see Martin is suffering post knee op with sciatica and more.

Tom Yum & Beech House Amersham

I think there were also solid plans laid down for a golf tour in 2019 – this subject keeps coming up but nothing concrete planned yet. The last one was for Cash’s stag do in Porto almost three years ago now, but I think we will either go back to Portugal where a friend has a family villa or La Cala in Spain. The latter is preferred by my golf buddy who is currently laid up in ITU with Guillen Barre – something for him to focus his recovery on for mid next year hopefully. Very pleased to see a huge improvement with him this week when I popped in on Friday.

Queen’s Head Chesham

On Thursday evening Sarah and I popped over to the Queen’s Head in Chesham to do the quiz and have another Thai meal (two in two nights!!). Great fun with our friends there, an awful lot of giggling and laughter, but we didn’t win the quiz this time (Alvin and the Chipmunks, say no more). I was driving this time though giving my liver some recovery time and enjoying Sarah’s new car. Speaking of car’s, don’t panic everyone, but my trusty old Jazz passed its MOT again on Monday, so the filthy car will be my transport for yet another year… much to the children’s disgust.

The weekend carried on where the work week left off with a night out on Saturday evening and Sunday evening. The former was a delightful evening at the Tomlinsons to celebrate the last birthday of December (just the 5) which is Sarah’s Mum.

ACHC Fancy Dress Mixed Hockey

Sunday was a particularly special day as Olivia had organised for the resurrection of the Christmas fancy dress mixed games. I always looked forward to these every year when we could make them (normally on Boxing days) with various shenanigans happening and often ending up at Winkers. This was the first at the new club almost two years after we first started playing there. I think we ended up with roughly 18 a side and it was a joy playing with Jamie and Sarah. Rebecca was going to play too which I’d looked forward to all week but she had no mouth guard or shin pads and no point taking the risk. The game was good fun and great to see juniors with parents and many other members all playing a sensible, semi competitive game of fun hockey.

It was also my first game since the Over 40’s and I thought my achilles was fully repaired (I’d done a 10k trail run fine on Saturday with Molly), but alas, I felt it niggle half way through the second half and this morning it is lumpy again – rather upsetting as loved being back on the pitch. Will have to stick to my original target of next season in the 5’s with Jamie eligible for Saturday adult games.

Sunday evening was fairly impromptu with a quiet pint with Paul up the Dumb Bell. Bumped into my old friend Banner and we carried on until we were the last in the pub as usual. Rebecca has been after a part time job too and might have sorted that out for her. A great way to round off the blog week.

Dumb Bell Pub

Quiet Sunday evening drink sorting Rebecca’s job prospects

In between all that I did also do a mountain of work for Cater For You and various web clients. I’m trying to generate a lot of content and promote various sites to improve back links and domain authority. It seems to be working already as C4U has gone up in ranking and domain authority.

I’m looking forward to a quieter start to 2019! Merry Christmas to you all, have a good safe one and see you on the other side.

Christmas Meals and Golf

A beautiful walk across the Downs with Rebecca and Sarah at the weekend

Another busy week with work and play.  A few old hockey boys got together for a Christmas golf jaunt around Berkhamsted Golf Club to chew the cud and play some average golf.  I arrived on time for tee off as I was busy finishing off some work phone calls and emails.  It was an interesting course to play in beautiful countryside with no sand bunkers but plenty of gorse and hillocks to test us.  I was playing off my ‘Golfshot’ advised handicap of 22 and managed to hit my 36 stableford score – though that was by paring 4 of the last 5 holes – my front 9 was an appalling 51.  The main issue with my game is 0-50 yards to the green – anything up to 160 i’m ok and putting is fine, but this short game often costs me 15 shots a game, extremely frustrating. Thanks for Davey for sorting it out again.  There was also plenty of talk in the bar after of an overseas golf holiday for next year, we’ve not been on one since our Porto trip a couple of years ago.

I really enjoy seeing my old hockey mates many of whom are from the old debauched days of 20 years ago up to the current day where many are now directors in major companies.  The topic of Brexit obviously cropped up and it was distressing to hear just how many jobs have already been moved abroad and contingency plans for wholesale uplifting of operations.  Funnily enough, they aren’t announcing these moves in the press – one involved a subsidiary which has already moved 700 jobs.  The damage being wreaked on the UK economy is really upsetting.

Work wise I’ve been doing some liaising on the new Cater For You web site which has now slipped back to March.  I’ve an awful lot of content and photographing to do in January ready for the new site.  One of the customer service team has also tendered his resignation which is a real shame, though it is to work with his Dad’s company.  Just the third long term member of the team to leave in the last 8 years.  We will see how Brexit pans out and whether we should replace him.  Starting to consider contingency plans in case the economy comes to a full stop with a hard Brexit. Also uploaded a few more new products including a full range of bakery food packaging.

I had a catch up with an old colleague from CSE who has set up at AJH Cables Ltd.  He helped me a huge amount with content at CSE and helped to really push that business forward – he is now doing some really exciting things with his own business, particularly in the export markets.  I said I would help give him some top level ideas for him to implement in the digital area and i’m looking forward to hearing more about how his new venture goes.  Amusingly, we are both through to the SME Bucks awards in Milton Keynes in February so will share a drink and story with them too.

On Thursday I popped in to see a very old client of mine – John Mackenzie who has created the British Battles web site and which used to be my busiest web site peaking a few years ago with 10,000 visits a day, quite astonishing.  The web site really is a tour de force of work and I always marvel with the effort that he has put into researching each battle and painstakingly documenting them from many sources of information.  The more recent battles are as long as any degree dissertation.  Hosting cropped up as an issue though as bandwidth is huge with the images and volume of visitors. We currently have a dedicated server and Cloudflare, but need to reduce the cost as it is unsustainable at present levels.

On Friday afternoon I finally managed some Christmas shopping.  I popped into Amersham, where I also accidentally topped up on some Vinyl records too.

Friday we popped down to my parents for my Dad’s birthday.  Great to see my sister and her boys again for a lovely meal at the Sundial Restaurant. We’ve been there several times to celebrate various events and they always serve a meal of the highest quality.  The meal was a good standard again and everyone on top form.  We unfortunately had to walk the dog in the evening in the dark and wet and windy weather, fortunately The Tiger Inn was welcoming and we dried off with a couple of local pints of lager, warm fire and friendly bar team.

On Sunday we went and walked off the Saturday and also made room for two Christmas dinners that we were having that day.  Firstly a wonderful family meal in Eastbourne by Mum and then three hours later at the Scott’s for the ‘B’s Dining Club Christmas Special’.  Fortunately not as raucous as last year when there was heavy snow. We went to bed thinking we’d re-run the Vicar of Dibley Christmas special though.

Exercise wise it has been a bit quieter with a round of golf (as above), treadmill run and a few Molly walks, but that is it.  Things need to be stepped up a bit, not least to work off the weekend and impending Christmas dinners.