On the continent this is normal. But, this is England! I then realised that there is a nudist beach just 500 metres away. That's cool. I think some fresh air to blow the cobwebs away must be quite liberating. It appears the tide isn't in favour, or the council, despite a designated dangle free zone since the free 1970s. Read more here.
Anyway, I was reading one of my favourite books to give me a kick up the arse in my business via David Airey, design blogger extraordinaire and author of many books, including the one I was reading: Work for Money, Design for Love.
I felt inspired to start a blog. A place to house my random thoughts, ideas, observations and showcase my skills and experience of course. The last page 97% sealed the deal. I tweeted this a while back here.
We got home quick as the roads weren't too busy. It reminded me of when you travel as a kid and the journey there seems like an eternity (we used to spot J reg cars to keep us entertained - no tablets back then). The journey home was so much quicker, like a Sunday night cramming in your homework after a busy weekend.
I still had energy, powered by a mix of sunburn and probably sunstroke. I went into the garden. Our guinea pigs (Flossy and Coco ) looked out of their cage. I put them out for a run and then saw the state sat of their bedding that our girls had left them in. They'd not been cleaned out for a week. In the summer this attracts flys and other mean flying things.
I cleaned the Guinea Pigs out in record time. 4mins and 34 seconds. They watched on in amazement with grass dropping from their mouths as I beat my PB. After 20 minutes I opened their cage at the bottom (2-storey penthouse). I then opened their run and they walked home. I trained them to walk across the garden. I'll have to upload the video.
They were in, happy little souls. But this wasn't enough. I needed more.
I spotted the outside light. We moved in to the house in September 2014 but it was only now I was ready to take it on. Garage, drawer, screwdriver, new bulb. Ta-da moment and all fixed. I called down my wife to see my amazing man skills. I got a cup of tea for my efforts.
This was amazing. I felt liberated, like standing nude, hands on hips, facing France with everything to view. I was 98% ready to start a blog. Then it started to fade away, just like it has so many times.
I turned around and both Flossy and Coco had stopped eating their new bed, stood there smiling at me through the cage. Sat next to each other, just smiling. In that cute way only guinea pigs can. That was worth two percent, one percent for each of their little faces.
So here you have it. A blog........ started.
I've had the name a Squirrel's Tale reserved in my brain for years. A whole idea behind it. I like analogies. There will be lots of them. This will be a place for me to talk about things that make my world tick; design, branding, business but also an honest account of observations, opinions and things that make me happy or things I rant about.
Feel free to suggest some topics for me to discuss. Ask me design related questions or my take on something trivial like who would win in a fight between weetabix and porridge. I did cover that at a social media talk nearly 3 years ago though.
Thanks for reading. Let's see if this goes anywhere.
37 in October. I'd best get on with client work now!