Three jobs this week:-

Monday: Range Rover Evoque SE Tech TD4 (a rare manual), Nottingham to Great Haywood, Staffordshire

Tuesday: Range Rover Evoque SE Tech TD4, Great Haywood to Nottingham

Friday: Mercedes A180d Sport, Derby to Derby(!); Volkswagen Golf GTD TDI (2014), Derby to Nottingham

The Golf I drove yesterday must be one of the dirtiest cars I have come across! The whole interior was like the bottom of a well-used birdcage. Nice to drive though – the 180bhp diesel equivalent of the GTI, complete with trademark golf ball gear knob and tartan seats.

Some Spring-like moments this week. Had a pleasant, sunny walk through Shugborough estate on Tuesday to get from a bus stop in the middle of nowhere to the pretty little village of Great Haywood near Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Shugborough was the home of Patrick, Lord Lichfield, a cousin of the Queen and a well-known photographer. It is one of the few remaining complete working estates in the country and was taken over by the National Trust just last year. The Georgian mansion is currently closed for the winter so may have to return here for a visit later in the year!

Thursday afternoon also felt like Spring as I pottered around in the garden in bright sunshine and – best of all – listened to cricket on the radio. Managed to make a small amount of digging look quite substantial as England piled on the runs. My wife thinks I’m digging a long, narrow pond; she’s not yet queried why its six feet deep…….. Ha ha.

That attempt at dark humour was inspired by the fact that we went to see a production of Joe Orton’s “What The Butler Saw” at Leicester’s Curve Theatre this week. Mad, frantic, dark and funny. Orton was brought up on a council estate in Leicester and this production marks the 50th anniversary of his violent death.




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