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Journal, ISO week 2018-W28

last week

To walk or not to walk

It's a difficult decision - whether to walk into town to use an office space or not.

  • For walking to the office
    • Proper air conditioning
    • Chance to bank a cheque (they do still exist, at least in the world of British Gas!)
    • Chance to return/exchange some shorts
    • Less disturbances during the ...
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Photo Friday: 2018-07-13

No flowers this week but still some good sunshine and a colourful tree.

Sunlit colourful tree

And a bonus summer house in the distance, from the same day in June 2017.

Trees and distant summer house

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Journal, ISO week 2018-W27


Journal geekery

I write the initial text for these journals on my main computer, often as quick notes during the day. To make that easy I made myself a little script (actually a fish function):

function tj
    set T (date +"%Y-%m-%d")
    vi ~/journal/$T.md

Since I've now changed to recording a weekly journal, I ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-07-02


I've decided this will be my last daily journal for a while - they are just taking too much time to write and edit. I'd really like to hear from anyone who's enjoyed reading my musings, found them useful or has any other feedback - please comment below o r send me an email.

This isn't to ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-29


Apparently government revenue from stamp duty is falling because the housing market has slowed down. Probably a combination of Brexit and increased taxes on landlords.


Nursery run this morning - so that our big two could walk to school again for their Golden Boot challenge.

Also had to pause this afternoon to do the nursery collection too as school ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-26



  • 25% cleaning (yes, during the working day - my parents were visiting to babysit this evening so no other time left)
  • 25% mixed emails, consultancy bits, a little PaTMa and some All Secure Domains support
  • 50% rental property paperwork

Evening was a secondary school visit - great to meet our oldests new form teacher and hear more about how things ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-22


Growing up

Walked our big two children to school this morning, although the oldest was so late getting ready I left without him - with instructions to catch up. Of course he decided to only do that at the last moment so he could walk to school on his own! Thankfully he did survive and I didn't hear any ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-21


Monthly free co-working day today, this time at CoTribe.

I didn't get to talk to people as much as I normally like to on these days because I had some urgent rental property work to sort out. However I still enjoyed getting out and seeing people; hopefully the other ten or so people attending also had a good ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-20



Lots and lots of time today on pre-sales consultancy proposals (and a call) - 6 hours. The call was scheduled at 1.5 hours, a further 1 hour was planned for preparing a quote, but the remaining 3.5 hours was unexpected proposal work that couldn't be delayed. That meant other very urgent rental property work got pushed ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-19


An incredibly exciting day, mostly spent reading tenancy agreements to decide on the one I want to use!

Of course a new mini-Henry hoover also arrived in the house which a certain small person really was excited about.

Started the day with walking our biggest two to school, as fast as we (they) would go. Liz was feeling slightly ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-18



Far too much packed in! Oldest two children performing in two theatre shows and Liz chaperoning at one too.

The show we watched was great though (apparently the earlier one was almost as good too) and the children enjoyed performing. Auditions next week for another, larger theatre production!

Squeezed in a tiny bit of writing - working on a ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-14


Landlord Investment Show

Up early and out sightly late, yes child and medicine related delays again. Got to London Olympia (a fantastically simple and all overground journey) only fifteen minutes after the landlord investment show networking event started.

Good hot chocolate. :-)

Early morning networking - had a few conversations, one really interesting, probably not business advancing though. Another extremely interesting ...

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Journal, ISO date 2018-06-13


Another "interesting" looking property for sale.

Time Today

Getting a bit of a theme - a late start due jointly to me and need to give antibiotics to a reluctant four year old.

Once started though, got through a bit of email clearing (total of about 1.5 hours across the day!).

Had a good call with an existing consultancy ...

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