An unashamedly enjoyable weekend

Thanks are due all over the place for a wonderful weekend. 🙂

First to our friends the Mays, who came to stay with Jack and Lily, their two children who are almost the same age as Millie and Amber.  Lovely to see you all, and I hope you had a great time – I know we all did.

Secondly, to the Lovely Melanie, who cooked and prepared delicious food for everyone all weekend, making me proud to be her husband. 🙂

Finally, to all the children.  I’m now completely deaf in all the higher frequencies due to all of the screaming, but they were all really well-behaved and a joy watch – often from afar, as they’re all old enough now to get on with playing together on their own a lot of the time.  Once they were in bed we ate a delicious dinner cooked by the Lovely Melanie, drank some wine and some rum and just chatted until we were surprised to note it was past 11!

Next day the kids were up outrageously early, not realising that the clocks had gone back.  But because they were being so cute and playing together so nicely we forgave them, eventually heading out for a walk in the beautiful autumn woods, and coming back (with the traditional waterlogged wellies) for another delicious meal, courtesy of my wonderful wife.

We sat down quietly after that and watched some Horrible Histories on TV, before sadly waving goodbye to the Mays.  Hopefully they can come again in the new year.

And soon after that we waved goodbye to the Mays we waved goodbye to the girls!

It’s half-term at school so they’ve gone to stay with Grandma and Granddad in Hatfield for three days.  As always, for the first day or so it’s an amazing sense of freedom from responsibility, and I took full advantage of this last night by paring down a set-list for my DJ set in Swindon next Saturday.

Which sounds cool, but mostly means playing music very loudly in the bedroom, like an overgrown teenager. 🙂

I also got a chance to get to grips with Windows 8, which I installed on Friday; and I’ve come to the conclusion that I like it.  Much like Windows 7 it just works, but it does so faster and more efficiently than Win7, plus, the new Metro interface (designed for touchscreens, much like a tablet, but which works well on a non-touch desktop like ours) is growing on me, too.

Modern UI on Windows 8
Modern UI on Windows 8

Because you can also access the traditional Windows desktop I initially assumed I wouldn’t bother with the Metro Modern UI side of things.  Metro Modern UI is simple and intuitive to use, however once you overcome the hurdle that it’s different to traditional Windows (Shock! Horror!) then it’s rather nice.  Not perfect and not likely to replace my normal Windows desktop entirely, but it has real potential for the future.

Shame there aren’t more apps available yet.


  1. How much does Windows 8 cost? Being an Ubuntu loyalist myself I’d like to know why you switched to Windows 8 – is it curiosity or because it looks a bit different? Does it do anything differently than traditional Windows? Just asking only because I haven’t used WIndows in a long long time and I thought it was pretty expensive to buy the new one….?

    • An upgrade from Windows 7 was just £25 so I thought I’d give it a try. The new interface intrigued me, but 7 has been rock solid so it was the super low upgrade price that really clinched it. The Lovely Melanie couldn’t understand why I wanted to change from 7 because it’s been so reliable.
      I’ve tried using Linux distros in the past, but could never get them to play nicely with my hardware (of course, Windows sometimes behaves like a spoilt child, too, but post-Vista it’s been a LOT better).

      • The chaps at Windows are getting more clever and since all PCs now come with Windows installed some bits of hardware (like wifi, headphones socket)will not work when you remove windows and install linux. This keeps the guys at Linux very busy constantly upgrading the system to counter Windows. But it’s free! Also your warranty on a laptop/pc is not valid once you removing the OS. I’m very surprised that Windows 8 was so cheap!

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