Moving On

Well, that’s it, I’ve left the company flat, and am now nice and settled in my new room.  It’s located in a much leafier part of town, and it’s much quieter than previously (which was adjacent to a train line).  Out of my window I can see a large patch of grass and the bus stop (and the corner shop/mini supermarket that’s next door which is super handy if I can’t be bothered/forget to go to the main one).  When I moved in yesterday (around 15:00) there was some random bloke asleep on the pavement outside the front.  I’m not sure if he’s still there, haven’t checked yet.

It’s a glorious day, and I’m sitting at my desk reading.  The desk belongs to my parents, but they kindly loaned it to me as it was just gathering dust/spiders’ nests in the garage at home – cleaning it up was a rather entertaining exercise I can tell you.

So what’s up this week?  Well, work obviously.  It’s still super busy and there’s a lot to learn still (of course), but I am still enjoying it.  I’ll also be getting a new computer (hopefully) this week, which is definitely needed (my current one is very old, slow and has a major problem with its fans resulting in it shutting down due to dangerously high cpu temperatures quite a lot).  I’m buying the parts separately, and building it myself as a: It’s cheaper, b: You know exactly what you’re getting, and c: I’m super geeky and it’ll be a lot of fun.  I might even do a special post about building it because I’m that cool :P!

The Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show

So, I’ve just come back from a very enjoyable Bank Holiday with my family at home on the other side of Surrey (I know, I go to such exotic places nowadays).  In my last post, I mentioned that I was going to the agricultural show that is held every August bank holiday in one of the adjacent villages to my own, so I thought it might be fun to write a bit about it.

Traditionally my family goes every year, but due to my being in Chile last summer, I had to miss it, so this year I fully intended to go.  It’s a fun day out, with all the typical events one might expect from a country show, including a vegetable contest, gun dog displays, an on site farrier, etc.  

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Personally my favourite would be the vegetable and flower displays, as they are always very inventive and spectacular. One rather fun spectacle was a sheep (called Amy) wandering around with her owner. Apparently she’s been on various television programmes and is something of a star.  

Amy the sheep

Amy the sheep

There was also an owl show, because who doesn’t love an owl?!

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Anyway, the day usually starts with an amble round the whole show to see what’s on offer, followed by a picnic (with smoked salmon sandwiches naturally)!  After lunch, we all split up to go and see the stalls we’re particularly keen on.  

This was a good stall!

This was a good stall!

This year we were very lucky with the weather, which is unusual for a Bank Holiday.

Apologies if this isn’t the most scintillating post to date!  I’m still having internet troubles in the company flat, so I’m writing this just before I go to work (as it seems to work* in the mornings, but not in the evenings for some reason), so I’m not really on top writing form right now alas! *By “work” I mean “connects at almost dial-up speeds rather than not at all”…

Edit (30/8/14):  Updated with photos!

The Latest Update

Good news everyone, the internet in the flat I’m staying in has somehow fixed itself, so I am now able to write my blog again.  I’ve not really had time to do one until now, as everything’s been rather busy regarding my new job in Woking (of The War of the Worlds and Town Called Malice fame)!  I’ve now done it for around 4 weeks, and it’s slowly beginning to make sense which is good!  It’s interesting and fun, so I’m rather lucky, as I definitely am of the mindset that a job you don’t enjoy is a pointless waste of your life.

I’ve spent the last month in the company flat, while looking for a more permanent place to stay.  Fortunately that is now sorted, and I’ll be joining a flatshare with some people who work at McLaren above an architect’s studio.  I’ve not met them yet, but the signing and deposit paying etc. stuff is happening next week, so I’ll meet them then.  It’s a 20 minute walk from the office, but I think there’s a bus for when it rains.  Handy, as being ripped off for a daily train ride isn’t really appealing to be honest.

So aside from my new job as a geophysicist, what have I been doing? Well, for those of you who know me, the answer is fairly obvious I should imagine (spending time with friends in bars for those of you who don’t).  The office also has a weekly pub lunch on Fridays (so that’s something to look forward to tomorrow), which is a good chance to get to know more of my colleagues.  The company is quite small, with only around 50 people in the office in total, so everyone knows everyone.  It certainly makes the transition from the Cambridge Geology Department less stressful although I do miss it a lot (and I’m not just saying that because I know Fabio and SP amongst others read this), as that was more or less a similar size (my year and the year below was around 45 people ish, and we often had pub lunches too).

This weekend it’s back to the other side of Surrey to see my family for the Bank Holiday weekend.  As is traditional for my family (presumably due to us having grown up in rural Surrey), we’ll be attending a local annual agricultural show.  If I remember I’ll write a post about it with some photos.

Internet Troubles

Hi all! I know there’s been a bit of a gap on the blog post front lately.  This is due to the internet breaking in the company flat alas, so I’m not really able to write anything.  I’m home for the bank holiday, so should be able to write something then!