Thursday, 1 May 2014

An amazing April for Just Us Two

Looking Back over the month.

Well, where do I start. At the beginning I suppose!
April started with a jaunt to the Canary Islands for a post 'special anniversary' holiday. More on that in another post but suffice to say that Gran Canaria is idyllic, interesting and an island of constantly changing scenery and experiences.

At this point, I need to check my planner to refresh my memory! Once home I finalised my preparations for a planned Business Communication workshop and we headed off to our home town where our niece had found lost cousins on my husbands side and she had organised a 'get to know you' afternoon with our generation and others. 

Then it was Easter.

On the threshold -1964 -Leigh,Lancs
March 30th 1964 -Wrexham
For church on Easter Sunday I wore the dress I had worn for our Golden Wedding Day - which was also Mothering Sunday - where we re-affirmed/renewed our wedding vows before enjoying a Mothering Sunday lunch at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa, Rossett. (Now you all know my approximate age but I always say that I was a child bride!)


Waterstones Wrexham and the Best of Wrexham Book Club Launch.

April 23rd was World Book Night. I was invited by Susan Miller to be part of the Book Club Launch which Amanda Wynne-Evans and Susan were organising. Ged Armstrong, Manager of the Waterstones Wrexham branch, being keen to become more involved more in the community, opened his store for the evening. Refreshments were provided by the Holly Bush Inn, Cefn-y-Bedd. It was a wonderful evening. As usual, I was nervous about my 5 minutes speaking slot but a quiet chat with that wonderful artist Alan Jones, did the trick. Having written a book on public speaking (Talking the Talk) I hoped that I would listen to my own advice and not fall flat on my face so to speak,but we are all human. ( Photos by Amanda and Susan)
The rest of the week was relaxing as I enjoyed tea and chat with friends and family near Chester followed by the AGM of the Gold Wing Owner's Club of Great Britain on the Sunday. ( If you have or are thinking of buying this ultimate touring bike, then getting involved with the club is a great way to meet new people and swop technical details.
This was a long day as we travelled to Derby and back before having dinner at our favourite Sunday eaterie the Golden Lion at Rossett. where Allan Parrington and staff always have a warm and personal welcome.
Nothing is too much trouble for them if you need a slight change of menu.

Guest on Something Completely Different with Heather Noble on CalonFM.

Heather of Salt Solutions hosts a new radio show on our local radio where she chats about all sorts of topics. We chatted about travel, adventure, writing and publishing and developing ourselves through other activities. The chats are interspersed with popular songs. You can listen again until next Monday. Click the link. CalonFM is based in a small studio in Glyndwr University in Wrexham. The BBC have their new studio there as well from where they are able to broadcast much more.

More mundane technical things.

During my two events, I bit the bullet and, after doing lots of compatibility checks for my computer and Windows 7/8, took my CPU into my local computer specialists, Media Fields. Although I could have upgraded myself, I decided that they would be the best people to overcome any problems and I have always had reliable service from them. I was not disappointed. They not only upgraded but also did all the updates and returned my system with all software intact. I didn't even need to re-install my printer.  So this week I have been getting familiar with my new e-mail client, Outlook. 
A word of warning! Win 7 doesn't support OE. Windows Easy Transfer didn't specifically require a password when transferring 'My Documents'  from old computer to external drive, so I didn't give it one as I intended deleting afterwards. However on transferring back it did! Luckily I had critical documents on various USB sticks so I haven't lost too much apart from OE addresses and folders. I have given myself a pat on the back for working out how to get my addresses from WAB file into Outlook. I exported a previously saved WAB file to .csv and then imported into Outlook. I may have lost a few along the way but many are in my website e-mail folders.
And then we visited Waterstones to check out the Kindle Fire for OH. The club magazine has gone digital and printing out in black and white is not the same as vibrant colour.
In the UK we are at the start of a new tax year - so tax returns are on the menu before I return to editing and designing a book jacket for The Long Leg of Italy. So relaxing!

Before that I may sneak in loading and editing my camcorder film of Gran Canaria. Now that does sound a happy task! Watch out for the blog post.

Take Care,

Rosalie xx