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A busy week in the office using Revit – AGAIN!

This past week has been a busy one in the office as we’ve been inundated with schemes to produce for all side of the business. Yes we’ve been working for both Social Infrastructure & Property.

JP was swamped with Education Funding Agency work, CM was away on annual leave & as usual we had no support from our colleagues down South! 🙁

I was asked to put my existing workload on the back-burner & take a Property Team scheme on for JP. It wasn’t a difficult job but rather than use AutoCAD we elected to undertake the design in Revit. Revit enabled us to quickly shift the furniture layout around as well as provide an existing, demolition & proposed layouts very easily. Only wished we’d been given the Revit Families training, but we’ve still got to get approval off work for that! We had to space plan an office fit out for a 125 seat office with a mixture of 4 and 6 person desks. There was also a requirement to provide 4 number 6 person ‘touch-down’ desks. In the end all was completed on time & sent to our Quantity Surveyors to price up. We even managed time to create two options. Then it was back to playing catch-up on my core work for the Manchester Education Team with some Development Plans that needed creating. I was also able to clear a planning application for a remodelling of a teachers staff room that required new windows and a door adding.

The week ended with a couple of pints at a new bar which had opened on Station Approach Manchester called Piccadilly Tap.

There was quite a turn-out for a Friday lunchtime pint as there was 8 of us from the office who had decided it was definitely needed. So we split ourselves into 2 groups of four to make the cost of buying a round more appealing.

Piccadilly Tap, Manchester 2015

We are still trying to get our CAD drawing sheets created too, its been over 3 weeks now since we re-branded the company to our parent companies name and we are still waiting for the title sheets to be produced. Its getting quite embarrassing but I can safely say no one is waiting for me to create them as someone else (who shall remain nameless) has taken it on to undertake. Its not just the AutoCAD ones that we are waiting for its the Revit one too.

More the same this coming week I expect.

The weekend was much more fun, Michele and I went off to Warrington looking for new cars as our current deal which ends in May 2016. Michele fancies a Mitsubishi ASX crossover, but after having a look I’m not so sure. It looks slightly bigger than the Nissan Quashai that we used to have and I’m not too sure if I want a car that big again. Some debate to go though. Then we did a spot of shopping in Warrington, new work shirts and trousers. Following this we called at Bents Garden Centre near Leigh as they’ve had a new refurbishment undertaken and it looked quite smart inside. Maybe another trip is due before the Christmas period kicks in.

Saturday evening was spent with our friends Warren and Dawn as they’d offered us tea after we called in for a coffee. Dawn made a nice Chilli con Carne which was washed down with a couple of bottles of ‘Old Speckled Hen‘. Dawn had been in work all day and even though we’d not seen them all for a couple of weeks we called it a night just after 21:00 so Dawn could settle down and rest.

Sunday (today) was a rest day, i did a little bit of practice with Revit to keep the skill up as I’d noticed that because I’d not used it for a couple of weeks I’d lost the edge. We called over the road to Michele’s parents to see how they were and they both seemed happy.

I’ve had a chat with my daughter Sam tonight who has been telling me what she’s been planning for the coming weeks with a trip to Sheffield and also Nottingham. She was also explaining that her husband (Matt) and her have set a new business up called ‘Sammy and Matt – business builder and mentors‘. How they manage to find the time in their busy life I don’t know but good luck to them both. If you don’t try you’ll never succeed.

Lewis and Drew have both been busy with work too this week as I’ve not seen or heard from them both either. Oh the catering trade and the hours they put in.

Michele, Josh and I have been at the 6th Form Opening Evening this week looking for options for Josh to do after his GCSE’s in May/June 2016. He wants to do Business Studies at A Level and in his own words become an Entrepreneur. Maybe we should buy him this book?

I’ll wrap up now as Homeland (season 5) is due on Channel 4 tonight and it’s my turn to make the lunch for tomorrow.

Birthday celebration weekend

Well we got back from Tuscany in one piece after two fantastic weeks relaxing, visiting the sights and tanning ourselves. Even Michele came back with a tan which for her is fantastic. We did however come back to rain.

Then it was back to work which as always is difficult to get back into the swing of. I went back on the Tuesday while Michele sent back on the Wednesday. Not too many emails to with through though.

Thursday night was the summer BBQ for the Manchester office and with 100 of us turning up it was a great turn out, thanks to Katy B and the other social committee members for organising it at Dukes 92 in the Castlefield Basin, Manchester.

Then on Friday it was the start of a birthday weekend celebrations bonanza.

Firstly it was my brothers 50th birthday, he now shares his birthday with my grandson Harry who was three. Due to work and Harry being in bed we only called them on Skype and telephone to wish them happy birthday. We had however arranged to see them both on person for their birthdays on the Saturday.

We called in to see Harry first on Saturday morning and sat in the garden. Also visiting were Harry’s aunt, great aunt, second cousin and friend of the family. Looking at his presents it looked like he’d been spoilt rotten. We even got to see the be addition to the family Lola the kitten. I’m a fan of cats but Michele isn’t. Lola must have one of the loudest purrs I’ve heard, laid on my arms she seemed very content. Then as we left Drew appeared too.

A quick call in at my parents but not before calling at the pie shop on Timperley Village for some lunch. Mum and dad both seen fine. Mum now has her cast of her leg and send a lot happier. I sorted dad’s laptop out as it wasn’t using Google for searches.

Now off to my brothers for his birthday celebrations. Rob had invited all the family to help wish him happy 50th birthday starting from 16:00hrs. We arrived early so we could see a bit more of Drew as he was leaving to collect Sam his fiancée who was at work. Durning the afternoon and evening we caught up with family we’d seen and not seen over the last year, especially catching up with my cousin Steve who I’d not seen for a couple of years. Everyone started the birthday party in the garden before the wind caused it to be too chilly and then everyone migrated inside. Rob and Sarah out on a good spread of food and booze. Thanks you guys it was a great birthday. After dropping mum, dad and Aunty Jilla off at mum and dad’s we went into Manchester to collect Lewis from work.

Sunday has been a day of catching up with some work, Josh has cleared the weeds from the front garden ask so he could have his phone back as it had been taken off him fit his defiance and having an untidy bedroom.

Harry was having a part today for his friends, his voice was to have a snake, Spider and bug birthday party. Sam and Matt has arranged for all these creepy crawlies to be brought to their house for the kids to handle. Brave.

Now sat chilling in the sun room as the light fades, can’t you tell the nights are drawing in as it’s only 20:05!

Sad news breaking tonight that ex Manchester United player Ralph Milne has sadly passed away at the age of 54.

Day Fifteen – Tuscany 2015

Another early start to our stay in Tuscany, but this was our last day.

The alarm went off at 06:00 so we could hit the road for 07:00. Off we crept out of the caravan in an attempt not to wake anyone else around us. Then with the bags all packed in the car we were off out of Park Albatross & heading off to the autoroute and heading North towards Pisa Airport.

I’d already filled the car up the day before so all I had to do was top it up closer to the airport for the fuel we’d used getting there. Oh no another automated petrol station that doesn’t give change if paying by cash. No problems though as all we used was about 10 euros. The car was then ready to be dropped off at Hertz. It was the first time we’d used Hertz and I can definitely recommend them.

Inside the terminal there was just enough time to grab some breakfast and allow Michele to hit the duty free shop again – more perfume!

This time Ryanair managed to push-back on time and we were on our way back to Liverpool. Touching down in Liverpool the weather was the opposite to what we’d left in Pisa. We’d only been back in the UK for 15 minutes and we’d seen more rain than we had in the past two weeks in Tuscany.

Michele & Josh had both remembered where we had parked until we couldn’t find the car! Josh even took a photo of the line we’d parked on (9 – Red) but guess what his phone was dead! After a couple of minutes walking up the parking aisles Josh finally found the car.

Back home and the fun was just beginning as Michele couldn’t get into the house as Lewis had left his key on the inside of the front door & then fallen asleep. Further into the house & there was more trouble for Lewis as the kitchen could have been kept tidier. There was washing still damp in the washer, counter-tops not cleared or wiped down & a whole host of camping gear left in the spare bedroom. And all he did was spend the day in bed as he’s been at Creamfields as festival in Warrington.

But all in all we’d had a fantastic holiday in Tuscany with the Bray’s and would have no hesitation doing it again.