The Apprentice

No. Not the TV circus that features Alan Sugar!

I’ve taken on an apprentice, his name is Dan and he is a family friend. We’ve known his whole family for some years. Really nice family too. 

Dan wanted to do something with computers, and when we heard he was looking to do an apprenticeship of some sort, we decided to take him on. 

Now my business is (or was until last week) just Tina and myself. We set up the company originally for the sake of my contract work in software development, mainly web. Tina joined nearly 3 years ago as a Director when she also started working as a contractor. We never work together because we work at different locations and the work Tina does is different too. 

The thing is my contracting work is stable but about a year and a bit ago we rented the office at Ferneberga house. Originally to move my office out of the dining room at home!

A lot of the time I’m working at client sites but slowly, slowly, I have started working on some direct projects. People approach me about building sites and mobile apps. For awhile I turned them away but when Dan was looking, I jumped at the chance. I am training him up. He gets to occupy the office during the week, so it’s not empty. I can delegate work to him that I don’t have time to fit in. 

My plan is to stop contracting and turn our business, into, well, a proper web shop, consultancy sort of thing. 

So last week Dan started and we were both in for the whole week. I got him started on a few things and we got stuff going. He has already proven in five days that he has the aptitude for this. It is exciting. 

This week we are split up for the best part of it. I’m commuting to Epsom and my client there who I may be extending with until Christmas. I’m having to find ways of communicating with Dan whilst I’m there. Slack should be enough. I’ve left him with stuff to do and a few online courses on HTML and CSS!

A new journey has begun!

Surrey Sculpture Trail, RHS Wisley

September is the month of the sculpture trail. Tina and I have been to see it for the last 3 years without fail. 

This year, it is as fantastic as ever. I share some of my favourites here but there are nearly 100 in total, maybe more, it is massive. 

What’s more, it leads you on a trail of marvel through the gardens that are now taking on their Autumnal hues. 

You still have time to see it, it’s there for another week!

Praia da Marinha, Algarve, Portugal


It has been awhile since I penned my last post, no real reason why other than sometimes it just happens, I forget to blog, have “bloggers block” I guess?!

We have just returned from a short trip to Portugal and an extremely hot 9 days it was too. Temps rarely going much lower than 30 degrees Celcius, the nights about 26. One day we even witnessed the mercury peaking at 40!

So most walks were taken before 8am in the morning!

One of our favourite places is Praia da Marinha which is not far from Carvoeiro┬áin the Algarve region and a stunning location with plenty of cliff-top paths to enjoy. It comprises of one main beach and it’s neighbour (shown in the above photo) is only accessible via boat. So come midday and early afternoon, this tranquil scene is disturbed by far too many pink humans enjoying far too much Super Bock!!!