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I'm Fred. I arrived on the scene in 2002 in a paper bag. I was given as a birthday present. I live with "Him" and "Her". I spend a lot of time on my shelf above their bed thinking. We also spend quite a lot of our time on our Narrowboat "Jophina II" . My blog is about my thoughts and experiences.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Someone to answer the phone

As a small businessman (!) He has for some time used an answering service to take calls when He’s not in the office. This works very well for him as calls are answered by a real person in his company's name, a message is taken and immediately passed on to him by e_mail or text message.

The costs of the sevice which He had been using had begun to increase so He shopped around for another supplier. This time He opted for a “Pay as You Go” service where you only pay for the messages actually taken instead of a monthly fee. He’s very pleased with it and asked me to share it with you in case you are interested. Details are at.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Not blogged for a while. Been hiding in a snow drift!

Once again I haven’t blogged for a while. I’m sorry but I find it difficult to get Himself motivated sometimes!

Quite a lot has happened.

C had a 16th birthday party in the garage at home. It seemed to go quite well although it took him quite a long time to recover!

At the end of November He and the two daughters ( L and C ) went to Twickenham to see England play Australia. What a match! It has since been described in the press as the greatest England game for years and possibly one of the greats of all time. England won by the way!! They enjoyed their day out and the experience of being with 80,000 others. Being close to Remembrance Day there was a minute’s silence during which you could hear a pin drop in the stadium.

At the end of November (29th) it started to snow. And boy oh boy did it snow! We were all stuck in the house for eight days. Luckily there was plenty of food in the freezer although some of it looked a bit “off” when it came out and had to be binned. Speaking of bins we didn’t have them emptied for four weeks! The novelty of the snow soon wore off. It took Him two days to dig out the driveway only to find we still couldn’t get anywhere when He had finished!!

Luckily, the day before the snow arrived, He ordered some central heating oil. Readers may recall that He has something of a reputation of allowing the tank to run dry and, in a bid to get organised and not risk running out at Christmastime, He decided to top the tank up. Fortunately we had plenty left as the delivery took over two weeks to arrive. He paid 47p/litre when He ordered it but the price almost doubled over two weeks – fortunately He had pre-paid so we got it at the lower price. The cost has fallen to about 65p/litre now and we shall need some more within a month or so. The rise in price in the lead up to Christmas has given rise to many questioning why domestic heating oil prices are not regulated in the way that Gas and Electricity are. It’s a good question.

Then it was Christmas which passed off well but with more snow.
New year was seen it with He and L drinking lemonade at home both suffering from a Cold. L was at Nik’s house and E went to a party in a nearby village.
So here we are – it’s early January and we are getting back to normal!
All the best for 2011!


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