Many people who are currently working a six day week will tell you, that far from having a day off on their only work free day, that they end up doing all the things they have little time for on the days they do have to work. Chores like going food shopping,laundry,cleaning the car,cleaning the house and if the weathers nice tidying up in the garden.
My day off last week was no different to most, although I did get a chance to set up the camera with the remote and took some good photos of Starlings,Blackbirds and a Jayhawk. It was a busy day and a productive one as I got some of the jobs done, that i’d been meaning to do and as the weather was disappointingly inclement, didn’t miss the chance to do something more enjoyable.
Even though it was my day off I got up at the normal time,made a cuppa and watched TV for just over an hour or so.Feeding the birds is a morning ritual and they thoroughly enjoyed the feast I’d put out, allowing me to get some good shots. I’d had some free Sunflower seeds that came on the front of a magazine so next up was sowing them into three pots of varying sizes. Recently I’ve also put up a mini greenhouse so watering the seedlings was next on my agenda as the weather started to look gloomy.
It was at this point I decided to drive over to the club and do some other jobs that I’d put off for far too long. I loaded up my tools as well as the recharged batteries and headed off. It was showery but again my four hour visit was productive.I managed to repair the storage box roof at the back of the cabinchaletshed with the the help of some timber i had stored and also put some new felt on making it waterproof once again and as good as new.
Next as the rain fell I headed indoors and put up the TV on a wall with the aid of a movable bracket finally after clearing out the backbox I headed home to do some more jobs. The jobs I had in mind were plumbing in a Water Butt (it filled up later in the week and didn’t leak),cutting the grass and finally I watered the Plants as the sun shone brightly.
Then it was time for dinner so much for a relaxing day off
“I am only a naturist because I love the comfort of wearing no clothes”
Hopefully in a weeks or so we may be able to pop along to the club and see how the Cabinchaletshed has fared over the fairly mild winter which hasn’t really seen any snow at all. For one reason or another we haven’t visited together since late September although I did pop over in late February to collect some clothes and the bedding. Over the course of the last year work(mainly),family commitments and us moving house have seen our visits kept to a minimum.
The thing I miss most the only thing, is the setting which is deep in the countryside a setting not dissimilar to where we live now. There’s nothing better than arriving on a Friday night getting undressed and not wearing anything apart from a smile until Sunday evening. Even when it’s not sunny it’s still pleasant and as we are not huge drinkers anymore it’s time to think of way of entertaining ourselves other than the legendary trivial pursuit of course.
Only last week I bought an Aldi special of a inverter and a solar battery voltaic panel which I hope will give us sustainable power throughout the weeks months and years just for the princely sum of £52. Maybe we can hook up a TV so we can watch our many DVDs in our huge collection.
This morning with sustainability in mind I renewed our joint membership to the Green Party and I’m hoping we can get back to enjoying life the way we did, just a couple of short years ago. Work must of course be factored in to make it all possible however,even so it important to enjoy life whenever you can.
After cutting the grass yesterday afternoon,I settled down on the sunbed in the garden soaking up some well earned rays. Apart from the flies(there were many) I suddenly noticed how many birds had come into the garden.I quickly popped inside and grabbed the camera to see just how many I could shoot, before the sun disappeared. Sitting quietly and as still as I could suddenly all the birds returned.
The best shots I got were not as easy as one would think, as I spotted a Blackbird over my left should and managed to shoot these before my neck ached,I moved and the birds flew away.
Today I’m taking the chance to relax ahead of six straight days work before I again get time off (just for a day) followed by another four days before my next weekend off. Today though I have been doing some DIY, putting up some hooks in the garage as well as cutting the lawn and pruning the hedge. Lying here on the sunbed in the glorious sunshine with temperatures hitting 25c it hard to believe winter is just around the corner.
Come it will and as the days get colder and darker we will reflect on the changing times in our lives. Personally I like change providing its on our terms and for the better,its just a shame others don’t see things that way,trying to gain at our expense by putting us down and/or alienating people we know close by.
As I’m lying here i’m observing the sparrows in the hedge and on the birdfeeder blissfully unaware that i’m even here,until I feel the need to turnover and away they fly. In Chelmsford you never saw any of these delightful birds which is probably mainly because of the loss of habitat, due to all the relentless house building and road construction.
Yesterday (Sunday) I managed some naked time at the club,catching up on the news and doing chores, unfortunately on my own as my beloved other half, was confined to bed as she was feeling ill. It was good to see the ‘cabinchaletshed’ in reasonable repair considering our months away and also the club pool which has undergone refurbishment recently. With the sun dipping away around the front of the house it reminds me that my three days off are nearly over and once more come tomorrow, I’ll be once again be in the hustle and bustle of a working environment….oh well I suppose someone has to pay for this delightful area we now live in.
April already half the way through (almost) and the clocks have gone forward so its lighter every evening which hopefully means it will be a promising summer. Things have even changed on the employment front as I’ve finally got a job and that will signal extra cash flow, which is such a relief. There are drawbacks I hasten to add, working weekends but not all,however during May and June…time off is limited to just one day a week. It means I may be a little quiet on here but with employment comes entrapment and less time on my hands.
Today was one of those days so I nipped over to the club and did some of those odd jobs that I’d not got around too. It’s typical that on anyone’s day off what happens ? The weather is foul of course bad enough for clothed people but terrible for naturists. Why is it on a cloudy,windy day the sky all around is blue but the bit where the sun is is black as thunder (or newgates knocker) whatever that saying means. When I arrived all I saw was rabbits and two pheasants a squirrel and heard plenty of birds. One other member turn up to do some chalet redecoration but other than that it was just me and the birds and the bees.
We decided to make our first overnight visit to the club last weekend but with all that’s been going on I forgot it was work party weekend…silly me. It wasn’t that wet but it definitely wasn’t warm so all in all it was a weekend where we stayed dressed for the most part, We arrived unpacked the supplies and apart from watching the football on the ipad with help from the portable wifi we’ve just got, played trivial pursuit and enjoyed a beverage or two.
The weather was glorious on Sunday if a tad chilly so after breakfast I ganged up with the other workers did some work before headed of around lunchtime for another football feast and a delicious sunday lunch.
The glorious mid autumn weather continues to be a welcome pleasant surprise as England basks in temperatures in excess of 20c for much of the first week of October. A couple of wet days have occurred or been forecast in the last fortnight but the rainfall during this time has been well below the normal average in our part of England. Today and tomorrow are expected to be wet but after that the weather should turn nice again.
What has this meant for us ? More visits to Arcadians and more naked days relaxing clothes free under the sun. We have been arriving for day visits rather than weekend ones as the temperatures drops greatly at night but once we arrive get undressed its just as warm,comfortable and pleasant as it has been for most of the summer. In the past we’ve tended to go for naked rambles along the coast,in the woods or even been sunbathing at the beach but now as we’ve got a cabinchaletshed it seems more sensible to go to the club,with all its modcons and a swimming pool with a water temperature of around 30c.
Many people think likewise with friends of ours going to their own clubs,some going to the beach and a few others even going for a naked ramble,through southern and middle England. New naturist stories have started to appear in the press,who’s attitude seems to have softened a little,even though in most the silly innuendos still continue. On the whole for the most part there’s little bad feedback and more positive comments where commenting is allowed and some of the stories to are written by women.
During June of this year BN started an initiative to try and attracted more women into naturism through ladies days and ladies naturist swims. The press release said : “It is a fact that Naturism appeals more intuitively to men than women, though women in naturism are possibly more passionate about it and report a greater life-changing experience. Many women also state that they were introduced to Naturism by a husband or boyfriend and were hesitant, but now can’t imagine life without it and believe it to be good for them and their children. It also seems to be true, for whatever reason that women,promoting Naturism is more credible.”
To be honest why this should be is probably more down to reputation and stereotypes than anything else. For me its only promoting the naturist lifestyle that is important,nothing else and trying to convince people its just as nice and enjoyable to live with relatively little and that includes clothing too.