Friday, November 25, 2016

The Kings Head

IMG_20161125_071912

I knew I should have packed last night. Now I try to do it all in a rush. The bonus of using this rucksack though is I find those batteries for my camera that I lost a long time ago!

IMG_20161125_071837

I get a parcel in the post. I’ll plug myself into that later.

IMG_20161125_073339

Outside I admire the new paving surface.

IMG_20161125_073347

See how nice it is.

IMG_20161125_082212

At Walsall I o and get a new train pass. Apparently I did well not to go to work on Wednesday as the train only turned up with two carriages and the train before it, didn’t run!

IMG_20161125_131234

At dinner time I console myself in the canteen, trying to ignore the fridge noise that fills my head up so very much. I turns out to be a huge breakfast come lunch.

IMG_20161125_173614

I leave work to head south into Birmingham. But where are all the trains south?

IMG_20161125_174025

Eventually one comes and I am warm again.

IMG_20161125_175936

From the railway station I head on foot to Broad Street missing out where the German market is. Just as I think I’ll be on my way to Paradise

IMG_20161125_180137

I find this! I remember the app I have on my phone and locate another bus stop. It is only a short distance down the round.

IMG_20161125_181017

And then a few minutes later I’m on the top deck of a very crowded and humid bus.

IMG_20161125_183500

I walk from the bus stop towards my destination. Oh wow where has the art shop gone?

IMG_20161125_184007

Onwards I find the Poade home. With pizza waiting me and kids smiling happily. Paode gets ready and we are out the door. Now I wasn’t looking forward to going around the pubs of Harborne because of the noise. But in fact Poade didn’t want to go to these. So our first stop was the black and white Swan. A walk and a bit, which was followed by another walk and a bit to

IMG_20161125_204432

The High Field.

IMG_20161125_204439

Complete with pigs and

IMG_20161125_210114

The outdoor bar area called The Yard.

IMG_20161125_210347

I was even mad enough to take my ski jacket off!

IMG_20161125_212404

As we left here I steal some ideas for my own home

IMG_20161125_212744

And arrive at a pub Poade hasn’t been to before.

IMG_20161125_212729

because unaware to us the pubs opening night is tonight! We still weren’t aware when we left either. Inside here was noisy and we went out to the incredibly fresh and new looking outdoor area. No we still had not twigged.

IMG_20161125_221100

Some more walking took us past more rain deer and in fact tonight I have seen more deer in Birmingham than in Cannock Chase.

IMG_20161125_222331

We stop for another pint where we discuss the age of the roof beams and weather any of it is original. I said it wasn’t Poade said it was.

IMG_20161125_222341

What I do know is that you should not be seduced by a beer with a dressed up hand pull, flashing lights and a gimmicky head on top. Poade was. Well it was his birthday.

IMG_20161126_001436

Next we head a very long walk and I mean long walk to the Kings head. Poade arrived at the door first, and when I turned up, he had been refused entry. This I did not know and I just said to the doorman I’m with him. And with that I got that's alright then but I must ask the manager first if he can come in with you. Next another doorman came up to us and asked if we were alright. We are awaiting to see if we can come in. He looked at us and said yeah no problem. We were at the bar quick while watching the first doorman looking confused. I can remember a few things about this pub. Poade was wearing trainer, the view was very good that we were both looking at, in fact the view could have been classed as perfect. The tiles upstairs were old and genuine unlike the roof beams of the last place.

IMG_20161126_001412

And the gents reminded me of being in some kind of sci fi film!

IMG_20161126_004813

It was a long walk home. No curry, no kebab, just a lot of walking, I mean a lot of walking.

IMG_20161126_004816

But I made it.

IMG_20161125_192722

I had to, to make it to this bed!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I’m Not Sure About The Carpet

IMG_20161124_184913

As I walk home I go into Morrisons. I get some bargains for tea and then head through the town centre looking at the lights. Erm This year they are a bit of a let down.

IMG_20161124_193635

I go and check if the new pub is open. It is. I wonder to myself if it would be a good idea to go in. If I go in will I come out? Will I?

IMG_20161124_185807

Inside I conclude that as I put my shopping down that I’m not sure about the carpet. It’s, well its red.

IMG_20161124_185748

I get a pint and look at it.

IMG_20161124_191756

Then I look at the walls.

IMG_20161124_191811

Then I take a sip, and another, and another. I relax and sip. I don’t drink it quickly but can confirm that at this point it had gone to my head and I was beginning to think this was a bad idea.

image-20161124_192701

I drank up and left through the door. Yeah I was going home, yeah I was. Then.

IMG_20161126_205412

Can that be real?

IMG_20161127_101107

I look in, there is a girl in there, I open the door and as if she is open.

image-20161124_201030

She is, what look, as I need the old barnet trimming so badly, it was well out of control. She spent the next 30 minutes massaging my head and chatting to me before extracting £9.50 from me for the privilege. She tells me that she will be open every Thursday until 9pm and that it handy to have the pub next door. She’s also been cutting hair for 16 years. Something I should have checked first as she has only opened here last week.

IMG_20161124_203106

Back at home I marvelled how much better I looked with my short hair again and then

IMG_20161124_202922

ponder if I really was going to eat 18 chocolate tea cakes and some rustic pate on them for tea!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

American Is Doomed

IMG_20161123_092249

I get up at the normal work time alarm clock setting, but after ten minutes realise that I’m still unwell and head back to bed. I awake next at 12:30 mid day!

IMG_20161123_125344

Outside they have done the pavement outside the house.

IMG_20161123_125355

What a nice job, well its better than before. And on the other corner of my drive they have sorted out the pea shingle and flattered the area.

IMG_20161123_215144

I relax for the after and in the evening I watch a film. My favourite moments were

IMG_20161123_205431

No amount of money can fix this

IMG_20161123_214132

Does it look like I play bingo and

IMG_20161123_214911

You saw it here first!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I’ll Just Hide From The World

IMG_20161124_231030

I didn’t even consider getting up. I knew I was ill when I went to bed. Still here, still warm, still comfy. Now pass me a lemsip cuz I’m a weak boy

Monday, November 21, 2016

Independence Day

Screenshot_20161121-112219

I get up after everyone else. By the time I’m downstairs Darren is around. We have breakfaast and then I try using google to get to the nearest station. Google wants me to go to Kilmaurs, Darren wants me to go to Kilmarnock. In fact Darren comes with me to Kilmaurs. We walk, we get the bus and then we walk through the town to the station where he gets me a ticket.

IMG_20161121_115615

Oddly though

IMG_20161121_115636

its a return ticket. With this cold you’d have me back?

IMG_20161121_115621

The train leaves and we chu chu away

IMG_20161121_121410

I enjoy the countryside views and completely understand why they came to live up here.

IMG_20161121_123701

We near Glasgow.

IMG_20161121_131248

And while here there are a couple of things I need to do, have a Burger King whopper normal, go to a card shop and also pop into CEX where I get Farcry 4 for £8 and Starwars lego II for £3

IMG_20161121_131305

I consider heading into the pub Times Square for old times sake. But then I don’t really feel well enough for a pint.

IMG_20161121_141653

So I go to the station, have a hot chocolate and do what I sometimes like doing. I write.

IMG_20161121_141658

From here I can watch the train times. Its might cold here in Glasgow.

IMG_20161121_141756

Its time for the chu chu and so

IMG_20161121_142152

I find my regular post box here, if you can have a regular post box somewhere!

IMG_20161121_143429

I find my reserved seat, which as always is the only one with name unknown by it.

IMG_20161121_143433

Its time to relax while I

IMG_20161121_150843

watch the cold scenery go by.

IMG_20161121_150957

At least this time I can see the scenery.

IMG_20161121_152246

Some people relax

IMG_20161121_160620

I munch, that is until Preston where

IMG_20161121_170219

I leave the Independence Day Virgin Express

IMG_20161121_170530

I’ve never been to Preston town before.

IMG_20161121_170545

And to be frank, I never leave the station.

IMG_20161121_171200

I wait patently for the train to come. And when it does there is someone sitting in my reserved seat. I shift them. Why do the do it?

IMG_20161121_180329

Eventually I arrive home, snot dribbling from my nose, I’m ready for bed already and I’ve done nothing!





--------------------------



"Nowhere Near The End Of the Rainbow"
contains information that is non-accurate, made up and in some cases just down right lies. Anything in this blogg may be based on true fiction but to help dramatise it, some items may have been embellished. Some names are made up, others are not and any that are familar to yours just are.



--------------------------











 

NackUK HOME

NOWHERE

 Near The End Of The Rainbow

An account of something that may one day turn out to be wonderful.......