Laurence Andrews

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2021-07-22: Had a fantastic time in Fowey last night, had some beers and dinner in the Fowey Gallants Sailing …

2021-07-21: Not having a terrible day! Passing Mevagissey to our port side in gorgeous sunshine. Not a breath of …

2021-07-21: Morning again from Falmouth, good night last night. Got our passage and pilot planning sorted for …

2021-07-20: Day Skipper - Day 1 We started the morning after sleeping aboard, not the best sleep ever but got just enough. We went …

2021-07-19: Goodnight from the River Fal, after a great day sailing and learning skills. We went out to the …

2021-07-19: Good morning Falmouth! Good nights’ sleep in the bag. Expecting today we’ll be practicing …

2021-07-18: Good night from Yacht Louise in Falmouth Marina. Beautiful sunset after an introduction to the …

2021-07-18: Exciting day today, heading to Falmouth for my Day Skipper Practical. Five days on board in what …

2021-07-17: Having a Kviek IPA this afternoon from Padstow Brewing and Lowlands Brewing. Lovely beer, not had a …

2021-07-16: It was impossible to not take a photograph of the lift at the Fowey Harbour Hotel, it is absolutely …

2021-07-16: Did I mention views in the last post? Yeah, welcome to Fowey, It’s very special! We couldn’t have …

2021-07-16: Had a great Birthday lunch for mum at the absolutely gorgeous Fowey Harbour Hotel earlier this week. …

2021-07-16: Charlestown, Cornwall has changed a lot in the last few years. There’s now a rum bar in the historic …

2021-07-16: Visited Tavistock, Devon earlier today, River Tavy seen here. A favourite when we visit parents in …

2021-07-15: Loved visiting Isle of Portland, Dorset earlier this week. Such a unique part of the UK’s south …

2021-07-07: Come on England! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

2021-07-07: Moved my MicroBlog over to my domain yesterday, was hesitant but everything seems to be working just …

2021-07-07: Treated myself the other day and bought a new power bank. Went for the Anker PowerCore Elite III 60W …

2021-07-06: Friends of Microblog… Had a bit of a break, but I’m back. Twitter cross-posting is …

2021-03-02: Migration away from Google: Complete ✅ Mail with @fastmail Data/Photos stored locally and in iCloud …

2021-03-02: I don’t even want to think about how expensive these will be! 😂 iPhone 12 MagSafe Battery …

2021-03-01: Treating myself this morning, since it’s March and all. Smells pretty good ☕️ 👍

2021-02-27: Replaced our kitchen under counter lights today. Gone are 8 x 20w halogen bulbs, in are 8 x 1.8w …

2021-02-27: Picked ourselves up a bit of a treat in Costco today 🌶 Not often you see Texan 🇺🇸 salsa here in the …

2021-02-25: About. Bloody. Time. 🍻 “Beer duty could be cut in pubs and raised in supermarkets” …

2021-02-22: This video of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars after being lowered by a sky crane(!) is …

2021-02-22: So I read the UK PM’s announcement as a very slim but possible chance that I will be able to …

2021-02-22: Having Dustin from Smarter Every Day explain how sonar works has to be one my favourite video of …

2021-02-22: Yes! @ynab have added widgets to iOS for budget categories! …

2021-02-22: Hooray! My Backblaze Backup has finally completed the initial seed. 7 Days total over our 6Mbps …

2021-02-21: The efficiency of Safari over Chrome is absolutely incredible and with the battery life improvements …

2021-02-21: It’s now been a year since I got on an aeroplane or left the country. Bit sad, but I’m …

2021-02-21: Commiserations to Team Ineos UK over in New Zealand, knocked out during the Prada Cup Final. …

2021-02-20: For a couple that despise media attention they’re certainly doing a good job of attracting it. 🙄 …

2021-02-20: Think I’m a bit late to the party on this but can’t wait to give it a try #Marmite

2021-02-20: Thinking about travel in 2021 andrews.io/blog/Trav…

2021-02-20: I feel rather embarrassed that I did not know about the Medway Megaliths until today. Shall be …

2021-02-16: This week’s #TescoTuesday was much more successful. Only one sub, which isn’t bad at all. 😁

2021-02-16: Made the switch to use Safari as my default browser last week, switching from Chrome. It’s …

2021-02-15: Blogging with Jekyll Moving my blog to use Jekyll and GitHub Pages was a really good move, it’s a great setup and it …

2021-02-15: Good! I plan on buying once it’s released, my XS’s day will be numbered by then. I …

2021-02-15: I have discovered PowerPhotos from Fat Cat Software - The answer to my prayers for a number of …

2021-02-10: Hat update Victoria has been very busy indeed. Expect first fitting tomorrow afternoon some time. …

2021-02-10: Today’s project: Hat Alpaca and Merino from Cascade Yarns in Seattle, WA 🇺🇸 Wool made in Peru 🇵🇪 …

2021-02-10: The ‘Free Churo’ (The Eulogy) episode of Bojack Horseman is troublingly dark, but one of the best …

2021-02-09: I am exactly 0% surprised or shocked about this. Don’t be fooled by the frill and pomp, the Queen is …

2021-02-09: It’d all be so much simpler if we instead consumed the energy that nature gives us for free. 🤷‍♂️ …

2021-02-09: This whole thing gets more and more sickening. All the while, this shit is still strapped to the …

2021-02-09: Bought this during the ‘on-prem’ #TescoTuesday trip. No idea what it was, seemed like a good deal. …

2021-02-09: First Hot Cross Buns of the year too! Bonus! 🤤

2021-02-09: Braved the actual shop following our #TescoTuesday news. 🛒 Let’s just hope they really meant that it …

2021-02-09: Bad news. This week’s #TescoTuesday has been cancelled due to the “severe” weather 🙄 Told we can …

2021-02-09: It’s a little chilly outside! We’ve had two days of light snow and now have a good inch or so! Makes …

2021-02-08: Today’s day-off project: Install new blinds in the conservatory. 1 down, 3 to go. Snowing outside …

2021-02-06: Snow?! Ha, not a chance.

2021-02-06: We will REBUILD!!! Also, great wine, on offer at Tesco.

2021-02-06: That’d be takeaway time then. 😩 Luckily it was only a glass of wine that was lost, not the whole …

2021-02-06: Well, TIL! I admire and respect any and all lengths taken to produce better plonk. 🍷🇫🇷 Bordeaux …

2021-02-06: Mr Owl teaching kids in Hong Kong about The National Security law? Truly terrifying. Propaganda by …

2021-02-05: Right, that’s work done for the day! Taking next week off which means I’ve got nine days to see if I …

2021-02-05: Just learning of the MV Arvin accident in the Black Sea in January. The vessel dramatically snapped …

2021-02-05: It’s a gorgeous calm day in Upnor today with the sun now well and truly with us at 8am in the …

2021-02-02: Whoops. Forgot to take the wine off of the Tesco order. 🍷🤷‍♂️ Three subs today, Risotto Rice (which …

2021-02-02: Not familiar with the Vendée Globe? Listen to this fantastic BBC World Service 20min clip, …

2021-02-01: 🦠 Just been and done our 5th lateral flow test at Chattenden. Quiet today, only one booth running. …

2021-02-01: Not the best start to 2021, only hit 4 of my 14 monthly goals. But I wasn’t too well for at least a …

2021-01-29: Sorry, but they are the ones putting themselves in harms way. Bailiffs risk burying HS2 activists …

2021-01-29: No. Consumers should stop slaughter of animals full stop. Eating meat is a barbaric practice that’s …

2021-01-25: Why are we still putting plastic stickers on fruit?

2021-01-23: Absolutely incredible race by Team Ineos UK today in the Prada Cup. They’re absolutely smashing it. …

2021-01-23: 🦠 Good News! I’ve had a high temperature and a slight cough this week but it turns out I’m just …

2021-01-21: 🦠 This is not ideal.

2021-01-20: By the way, when they say they aren’t going to make them worse, they are lying. It’s …

2021-01-19: Is it sad when getting the Tesco delivery is the most exciting event of the week? Yes. Yes it is. 😔 …

2021-01-19: Going to spice things up this weekend, just bought myself a Nutt Plug. Anyone else ever used one? …

2021-01-17: Just quietly normalising the use of Facial Recognition. Because Pandemic. This won’t end well. …

2021-01-17: Keeping up with the Vendée has been great, but I have to say, watching Team Ineos smash their way …

2021-01-16: A historic change, hopefully for the good. The hoards of people riding scooters at rush hour holding …

2021-01-15: Wait a minute. There are six seasons of Silicon Valley?!

2021-01-15: Things I want in a new 13/14” MacBook Pro: Apple Silicon iPhone-quality webcam Four USB-C …

2021-01-15: I still find it completely baffling that the best solution we have for our rubbish is to either bury …

2021-01-13: They couldn’t make them return if they tried. This isn’t extraordinary anymore, it’s normal. …

2021-01-12: 🚣 Can’t wait for this to become a daily routine. 😁 Very happy with it so far, absolutely perfect. …

2021-01-12: 📚 Just finished reading Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck. Beautiful book with a rather sad ending. …

2021-01-12: 🚣 Everyone, it has arrived! 🥳 Cant wait to get it out of the box and get rowing later! So. Excited. …

2021-01-11: 🦠 Tried drinking a coffee during my run earlier today. Did not go well. 10/10 do not recommend, …

2021-01-11: No-Spend-Jan is going great, except that I don’t get to update YNAB anywhere near as much as I am …

2021-01-11: 🦠 Just to re-affirm my position… I WOULD get the vaccine if it’s offered to me. I am …

2021-01-11: Right, I’m off for a run before that’s banned too! UK Covid news: minister confirms restrictions …

2021-01-10: Another cheeky weekend walk this morning, 7km wander around Chattenden Lodge Hill Barracks. Lovely …

2021-01-09: A lovely, fresh 7km walk around Grain sea wall this morning. Far too many people walking about here …

2021-01-08: 🦠 So, er, yeah… Things are pretty bad. We’re still rocking out at home. Going to the office …

2021-01-08: It’s been a long week 😩 But good news is that I managed to get everything I needed to get done, done …

2021-01-07: 💥 Boom! 💥 To kick off 2021, I earned this award by closing all three rings for seven days in a row. …

2021-01-07: 🚣‍♂️ Good news! The rower has been dispatched from Concept2 🥳 Should arrive some time next week. I …

2021-01-07: Just for the record, the first week of 2021 has be FAR worse than the first week of 2020. The only …

2021-01-07: Fantastic news! My local brewery, Iron Pier report that they are able to stay open (unlike pubs) for …

2021-01-07: As the we watch the dramatic scenes in Washington DC and reach a record high number of coronavirus …

2021-01-06: Why are avocados 🥑 always reduced? Does nobody buy them in Medway? Not a complaint, more for me!

2021-01-06: So if I want to buy some beer I have to go to a supermarket, not my local family-owned, …

2021-01-05: 🔙 Update: Had follow up earlier today. Nothing in the MRI that looks untoward 🙌 Doc therefore …

2021-01-05: My right Airpod Pro had a weird crackling sound in July. Now the left has the same issue. Apple …

2021-01-05: 🏃‍♂️ Second run of 2021. A steady lunchtime 30min/5km jog around the normal route at home. Cold …

2021-01-05: 🦠 It’s getting a little silly now… In reality though, this doesn’t change anything for us. We …

2021-01-04: 🦠 Well, we’re still both negative! Our second symptom-free test (2-weeks later) this afternoon at …

2021-01-04: 🚣‍♂️ Rower hasn’t been dispatched as planned 😭 Now being dispatched on the 7th. Still a week …

2021-01-04: I both love and hate Notion.so Such a powerful tool, but some things are more difficult than they …

2021-01-04: The head of marketing at Brooks Saddles is a genius. 🤑

2021-01-04: I should not have sold that bitcoin 🤦‍♂️

2021-01-03: 💼 Back to work tomorrow. Feels weird not having to iron all my shirts, part of me is almost missing …

2021-01-03: 🦠 Just booked our second symptom-free COVID test. We’re going to ‘The Deep End’ …

2021-01-03: 🔄2020: BrewDog AF At the beginning of Jan @geekyjames and I went to visit BrewDog’s new …

2021-01-03: 🔄2020: New Year’s Day Sail We virtually had the river to ourselves as we left the marina on a …

2021-01-03: If you haven’t watched Parasite yet, you need to. Absolutely fantastic movie. I can’t remember the …

2021-01-02: Crikey. Jeremy Clarkson: I got Covid for Christmas. I’m not going to lie, it was quite scary …

2021-01-02: 2020 - The Year of Prove andrews.io/blog/the-…

2021-01-02: …or Asda could set their system up to accept Amex payments via Contactless. It’s never …

2021-01-01: A lovely chilly first walk of 2021 out at Grain this morning. Nobody really around, just us and the …

2021-01-01: Happy New Year from Lower Upnor. We had a fantastic view of the fireworks on St Mary’s Island across …

2021-01-01: …and whatever your political view, at least now the NHS is going to get a £350 million-pound …

2021-01-01: Well, it was good while it lasted.. 😢🇪🇺 I’ll hold the memories of the benefits close and know in my …

2020-12-31: Best dinner in a long time! Absolutely perfect. The Kallo mushroom stock cubes were really good. …

2020-12-31: It’s been a bit of a weird year. Waving goodbye with a ‘treat’ dinner. I’ve made this about five …

2020-12-31: This year we played every EuroMillions draw. We’re not millionaires yet. 😭 Spent £262.50 and …

2020-12-31: It’s a frosty New Years Eve morning here in Upnor today. We almost had the whole riverfront to …

2020-12-31: Am I a grown up now? Used to only drink ‘smooth’ orange juice, but now can’t stand the stuff. Now …

2020-12-30: Decking, cleaned ✅ No longer will we risk breaking our necks when going to the garage. 😁

2020-12-30: Next read arrived in the post today from the fantastic World of Books 📚 Tortilla Flat by John …

2020-12-30: Finally! I look forward to never having to buy a 12-month season ticket ever again. Flexible season …

2020-12-28: Things I miss while being in lockdown🔒: Guinness This was the first pint of Guinness I had in …

2020-12-28: With Tier 4 lockdown, we’ve spent more time than we’d like in front of the TV. Thought we’d upgrade …

2020-12-28: Five years ago (back when a could travel!) we visited Iceland 🇮🇸 When we got back, Victoria made us …

2020-12-28: Christmas is over, time to get back at it. First run for longer than I care to think about but …

2020-12-23: If I could sum up the pinnacle of TV in my school years, it’s be this. What an absolute scene. RIP …

2020-12-23: It’s okay everyone, Cornish cheese supplies have arrived! The Yarg is my absolute favourite. So …

2020-12-22: So I ordered the rower 🤩 Banking on this whole COVID/Brexit shit-show carrying on well into the new …

2020-12-22: 😌

2020-12-22: It’s not fair. This tier system is causing disparity in this country. Just received a bag of Cornish …

2020-12-22: I am this👌 close to buying a rowing machine for home. 🚣 Tired of not being able to safety go to the …

2020-12-21: Just as we got home we’d got the results back from the test too via text and email, we’re both …

2020-12-21: We’ve just been and done our first non-symptomatic test at Chattenden using Medway’s rapid testing …

2020-12-21: What a strange and troubling weekend. Things look like they’ve taken a turn for the worse in …

2020-12-20: Just did our first Apple Fitness+ workout. LOVE IT! 😍💪 the production quality is absolutely amazing, …

2020-12-20: On the (gifted!) Christmas Blend this morning from Pact. It’s absolutely fantastic, and freshly …

2020-12-19: Oh, and Victoria was incredibly Jammy and managed to get the last haircut of the year before Tier 4 …

2020-12-19: Busy day today… Have been building a set of stairs for my very spoilt dachshund. His mate has …

2020-12-18: That was an interesting experience! The MRI machine is downstairs at 9 Harley, in the basement. …

2020-12-18: 🔙 Update: Fantastic news! 60mg of Arcoxia last night did the trick, woke up this morning with no …

2020-12-15: I have a suspicion that this isn’t helping the situation. I also suspect that those making the beer …

2020-12-15: 🔙 Update: Just seen the Rheumatologist, very good doctor. He’s prescribed me some better pain …

2020-12-14: It’s Monday already, somehow. Very quiet weekend, we basically stayed in and did absolutely …

2020-12-14: I’ve been listening to the fantastic Charlie Sloth Rap Show a LOT recently. The move away from …

2020-12-14: Bottle two of the Naked Wines order. The Capture 04, a 2019 NZ Sav Blanc. Absolutely gorgeous ice …

2020-12-13: I have discovered: The Whip 😍

2020-12-12: Here’s the first post on the history of my great-great-grandfather, George James Haymon. …

2020-12-12: It seems that Medway Yacht Club doesn’t have a Wikipedia page. Guess I found something to do …

2020-12-11: It absolutely won’t serve six 😈 Happy Weekend!

2020-12-11: Why is it always certificates? 😩

2020-12-11: Just started reading my first Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days. Can’t remember the last …

2020-12-11: Should it bother me when I can see others flouting Tier 3 rules? Finding it hard not to ignore. 😠

2020-12-11: Can somebody please start an insurance company where I don’t have to phone up and pretend to …

2020-12-11: This week I am mostly upsetting people by declining meetings for topics which can be handled by …

2020-12-10: 🔙 update: Managed to get an appointment with a Rheumatologist today! Woohoo! All sorted for next …

2020-12-10: Shortly after Victoria got her test invitation I got mine too. Kind of creepy, how do they know my …

2020-12-10: First bottle of my Naked Wines order, done. A Californian Zin. So far, so good. Really enjoyed this, …

2020-12-10: Big news! Victoria has just been invited for the Medway non-symptomatic testing. So looks like I’ll …

2020-12-10: …and this is why I don’t trade stocks. Get a set-it-and-forget-it S&S ISA and stick …

2020-12-10: The Beginning of The End? In the first piece of good news for a while, yesterday the first person in …

2020-12-09: 🔙 update: still waking up in pain 😞 Have tried for three days to get an appointment with a …

2020-12-09: Really struggling to cope with my 2017 MacBook Pro now. Even on a regular Teams video call my CPU is …

2020-12-07: Just received my first Naked Wines order. 17 bottles of red/white/sparkling for just over £100. …

2020-12-07: Despite being reminded I forgot to renew the home insurance. Whoops! Just done it, so now all good. …

2020-12-07: It’s cold and foggy outside this morning! 🥶 The coldest reading yet on my emonTH monitor. Going to …

2020-12-06: I should add ‘Wikipedia editor’ to my list of accomplishments, having updated then entry for the …

2020-12-06: Have just seen that early this morning Kevin Escoffier has been transferred to the French Frigate, …

2020-12-05: Something a little bit different today, thought I’d give a Riesling a try. Not really a fan of …

2020-12-05: There has been an upgrade to our gin delivery system. 😁🍸 (oh, and we left the house for the first …

2020-12-04: Chilly morning here in Upnor today, after a night of what sounded like constant rain. Had to break …

2020-12-03: Today we’re having some technology strategy planning sessions. I’ve got my Colliers Santa for some …

2020-12-03: Very privileged to have had a demo of Microsoft Teams’ new Breakout Rooms feature yesterday. Very …

2020-12-01: A much more positive day today. Good progress on all the work things, set backs are no match for the …

2020-12-01: Good morning! Ready for a new day, frustrations of yesterday are in the rear view mirror. It’s nice …

2020-11-30: Mixed bag of a Monday today! The standing desk was a definite win and although my feet hurt I’m an …

2020-11-30: Back pain continues today despite the new mattress 😒 Really feeling old now. Just setup my desk so I …

2020-11-29: Two big sports news stories this weekend. First, Alex Thompson, after working to complete several …

2020-11-29: Lovely surprise from Mrs A this afternoon. My absolute favourite whisky and a beautifully written …

2020-11-28: Tonight is Spaghetti Bolognese night, which also makes it red wine night. 🍷 Cheers everyone. Oh, …

2020-11-28: Very foggy morning in Upnor today. Not often you can’t see St Mary’s Island at all!

2020-11-28: This doesn’t make any sense… Medway is currently 4th in the COVID charts, continuing to climb …

2020-11-28: I have just discovered that you can click the left or right side of the Apple TV remote touch …

2020-11-27: “Hey Siri, Xmas lights on” 😎 🎄

2020-11-27: Another beautifully calm day here in Upnor today. Can’t remember the last time the river this flat. …

2020-11-26: So, it looks like we (Medway) are in Tier 3 (Very High alert) from the 2nd Dec. No going to the pub …

2020-11-25: Hue news: 3 more bulbs added to Chez Andrews. Went for white ambience, installed to the bathroom. …

2020-11-25: The destruction of rainforests has got to stop. It’s sickening that this continues to happen …

2020-11-25: Microsoft restrict the use of certain characters in Microsoft Team Channel names. So, for example I …

2020-11-25: Well, it looks like Michael Gove drew Ebenezer in this year’s Christmas Carol as he announced the …

2020-11-24: Boring post: Bought a new mattress yesterday, after spending months of having a sore back with our …

2020-11-24: Realised yesterday that when I moved my blog earlier this year I didn’t move the About Me …

2020-11-24: Maybe I live in a bubble, but I don’t consider a £150 monitor or a £110 chair to be particularly …

2020-11-23: Our Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen: “‘tis the season to be jolly! But it’s also the season to …

2020-11-23: Just seen the update from Alex Thompson where he shows the damage to Hugo Boss. Looks very serious, …

2020-11-23: How is it still not possible to archive a channel in Microsoft Teams? Our main Team a work now has …

2020-11-23: For about two years, maybe three there’s been a small draft between our front door and …

2020-11-23: Calm and crisp morning here in Upnor today. Ready for the week ahead. Let’s do this.

2020-11-23: Very sensible. More urgently needs to be done here to stop a crisis in waiting. Alcohol is far too …

2020-11-23: This has got to be satire, surely? No matter your cause, intentionally causing yourself financial …

2020-11-22: 2nd episode of World’s Greatest Ships, the story of the Curry Sark, from tea ship to tramper to …

2020-11-22: Long day blogging today but feel like I’ve made progress. Finally have the first part on my great, …

2020-11-22: If you’re following the Vendée Globe, there is an absolutely fantastic daily report on the …

2020-11-21: Two magnificent new blog posts today, one on moving from Google Photos to Apple photos. …

2020-11-21: Just watched the first episode of World’s Greatest Ships, the story of how Sir Francis Drake …

2020-11-21: Just updated my blog to support Font Awesome version 5. Why? So that I can use the Micro.blog icon, …

2020-11-15: Well, this is explains why Dom Cum scarpered so briskly Boris Johnson told to self-isolate again …

2020-11-15: So far, so good. 😊 The Music app in #BigSur certainly seems much better, I can’t quite explain …

2020-11-15: Well, this is happening #BigSur

2020-11-15: Potatoes 🥔

2020-11-15: Hello, World! Hello, world!