We had a reasonably quiet day today. I did the ironing, well most of it, but that was all that got done. We were going to have a gourmet meal tonight of burgers but Jim decided that maybe we should go out. Intially he suggested the East Neuk but then decided to save food miles and go to the Pitlessie Village Inn. The had had a really busy day but were really welcoming and the food was great. Burgers tomorrow.

Jobs for the future generation.

For a long time now I hear employers complaining that they cannot get decent trained staff. I hear the young complaining that they cannot get jobs because they have not got experience. There should be a premium on training. If firm A trains someone to do a job then firm B poach them Firm A should be able to claim a fee from Firm B for training them. In this way maybe more employers would stop moaning about not getting decent staff and get on with training them themselves. Either that or the employees are taken on had be contracted to work for a couple of years after their training is finished.
Similarly dentists, who have had subsidised fees paid in this country should be made to work for the NHS for a couple of years post training. It means they are trained by more experienced dentists and there is a payback of some sorts. Doctors have to do their couple of years in a hospital before they specialise.


I have not posted on the blog for ages because I have not done very much. Also I was locked out for some reason.

Feb is a horrible month, it is cold and grey and damp and dark. I want spring to come soon. The only thing good about Feb is that it is short and for those who get paid it makes up for January which is a long month especially if you get paid pre Christmas.

I went to the gym today… trying to get off the couch and do something but I am so unfit it has to be done in small steps. I am trying to improve my cycling ability as I know if I got on a bike I wouldn’t make it up to the Estate gates, as there is a very slight incline. So I am using the bikes in the gym. I started off doing a flat cycle for 10 minutes and will increase it and then put in hills and up my RPM. Eventually I may be able to go for a wee cycle. I like to go for a swim after the gym but even that I have to build up to get to my old level.I used to do 50 lengths but now can only manage 20. It is going to be a slog to get back to where I used to be.


The last day of 2013 and I am full of the cold. I don’t get many colds partly because I have immunity to some and mostly because I see so few people. But recently I have been down south to see the wee one and they usually have some bug or other. Anna also has a cold and she is still staying with us. Tonight though she is off to Edinburgh to a party. Yesterday we went to see Rachael in her flat in Glasgow and she is in fine fettle. Jim has been having problems with his knees this year and had an op on them earlier this month. We are in for a quiet night tonight . Evelyn and Angus will pop round at 11:30 and Tricia is going up the hill with the dog then coming in to see us.