I worked on the banner  problem today. After redesigning the way it fitted it was all  done and  finally  superglued into place. AS I  put all my tools away Thinking its all done. I sudenly had a brainwave. Why did I make it so   complex. There is a much simpler way that I should have done. So Thinking how hard it was to erect it with the strong spring pressure,I was reluctant to  start over. But OK. I started to  un do all my work the superglue was sticking to my fingers But with a big pair of pliers and a few mins work I had undone hours of work. Now with my electric Drill a suitable Pin  and a plug. 10 mins and I had completely redsigned it. A much better  way of doing it. The previous was a bit hairy and with a nudge it could have all collapsed with a vicious whoosh like it did when it broke. Now my new design it will not collapse when moved or nudged. I might even tell the manufacturers that my idea is cheaper and better than the original.

Poor old louis has not been well today he has been lethargig and whimpering in pain his bowels are not too good. He has  had medicine and at the moment settled. I think he picked up a bug in the kennells. I will keep an eye on him. he got me up at 4 am crying.

An update on my back. Its been so bad today worse than it was before my op. I dont think its worked. Ive taken overdose of pain killers and I thik to much. I was so tired I could not keep my eyes open I dropped off for over an hour. Ive got to go out tomorrow on a fairly long drive. Driving is making it even worse.


A few problems today. It started with dropping  into a large pothole covered  with  a full  puddle of rain. Whack that woke my back up with a jolt that hurt.  Next it was a train  to London which stopped halfway   trees on the line we sat for 40 mins and they decided noone was available to  clear it so  we returned  home to be diverted. Had we stayed  onboard we would have been over 2 hours late for  our board meeting  a quick phone call and it was decided to cancel the meeting. Next a trip to my chemist  sorry we are out of stock. We can order it  for tomorrow.

I suppose as its the 13th  we must expect it.


Sunday, Early afternoon and I am back home. Ive had my back op at last. The procedure was called Radio Frequency Deneration. That just means  burning the nerves in my spine to kill the Pain.

The whole thing lasted just an hour. I was told it was painless. That was ONE FRIGING LIE. It involved 6 Injections  3 each side of my Spine to numb it. Not very effective, Next comes the special Radio needles. They are inserted 3 each side. These are then connected to a radio Frequency Machine They are guided  in by Exrays  to ensure  correct positioning. Some chemical is pumped  into  each needle and it is switched on for a count of one minute per. The needle is heated up  to 85c and it vibrates the pain was agony.

The Nurse at my head  holding my hands and talking to me was asking me questions. tell me what you can feel  he kept asking. I could only at best reply through gritted teeth and loud agonised  screams of pain. He was saying  your doing fine if you can feel the pain we are at the right spot. I felt so embarrassed. When the left side was done I was shaking all over. OK  thats half done he said. Oh shit I thought it was all over. I remember saying Oh No not more. But next came Are you OK Raymond is it OK to continue. Yes I grunted. It was so uncomfortable laying on my belly with nurses wiping my Bum with antiseptic. And so  that pain was repeated with the next 3 needles. Then I was left for what seemed ages. At Last it was OK on my command we want you to Roll over onto the Trolly. We are all ready to Catch you . YES?. But after a journey  to the  recovery room and promise of a cuppa It was over. All  in all we got there at 8 am and was discharged at 1.30. Its not something I want to repeat anytime soon. Does it work? WTS.


I am still  busy doing Mavis Christmas cards. I  must admit  surprise at all the interest. I know its early yet. But  it all helps  funds for  the Foundation. I am a bit worried as it gets closer to  xmas that I  can keep up with orders.

Mavis has been busy too playing with her new toy  pressure washer. She has been              I recon if I stood still I would have got   washed aswell.

It was very busy out  the Park with Louis Loads of  walkers  all enjoying the views over the Estuary. This time next week I should be home again with my back op  all done. I am looking forward to getting in and out the car  without pain and looking like a 100 year  old codger crawling out. WTS



I am surprised at the response for my Xmas card. I have had to order more  stock. I am begining to  look like WH Smiths now.

The microwave blew up  so  its shopping tomorrow.

Its only 7 days to my back surgery. I wonder what can go wrong.Ive not had a lot of luck  with hospitals lately?.