Kite Cleaning

After a great week away with the family in Croyde Bay, Devon it was time to give the kites some TLC.

We flew the kites most evenings, some more successfully than others – Thursday evening it was a challenge just to keep the kites in the air as the wind was all over the place – one minute gusting, the next absolutely nothing.

Flying  kites on the beach is about the best place as there is generally loads of space and a sea breeze but it does mean that the kites tend to get covered in sand and salt water.

So today all our kites (3 of mine, 1 each Son & Daughter) went out on the washing line to air and dry so that any sand could be removed!

Now they have been packed away, ready for the next opportunity to fly them – Can’t wait!



My First Blog!

Well the time has finally come; even though I’ve been working in IT for more years that I care to remember I have never written a blog.

I gave in to the whole “Social Networking” thing a couple of years ago and have slowly found myself using it more and more so I decided (with prompting from friends – you know who you are!) that I should take the next step into the world of blogging.

So a little background to introduce myself.

I work as an IT consultant spending much of my time with clients designing, implementing and troubleshooting business solutions, generally focused around Microsoft technologies, especially Exchange Server. As an example; this week I visited a client to run a Design Workshop to kick off a Project to migrate their current Exchange 2003 server onto a Fault Tolerant Exchange 2010 installation. I also spent a couple of days with another client at the other end of their Exchange project to decommission their remaining Exchange 2003 Servers at their UK sites, while maintaining coexistence with Exchange 2003 in other sites around the world. Interestingly (for techies out there!) both of these clients have used Database Availability Groups for Fault Tolerance, some of the first I’ve seen in the real, world as many clients now use virtualisation tools to protect Exchange.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a total Petrolhead – I love cars and motor sport of any kind. I currently drive an Alfa Romeo 159 (much to the annoyance of my wife!) as it’s an interesting car and not the predictable A4, 3 Series, Passat, etc that a family man is meant to drive. Whenever possible I will go to races and other events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed – I’ve now been 6 times and it just gets better!

I also enjoy photography and often will be the one with a camera taking photos at events, like most photographers I don’t like being on the other end of a camera so you won’t see many photo’s of me!

The other  pastime I have is kite flying, I generally have my kites (power & stunt of varying sizes) in the boot of my car and love to fly them on the beach on Holiday or maybe a field somewhere – great for just forgetting the problems of the week…

So that’s a little about me, watch this space to see if I manage to write a second blog any time soon!

Wish me luck…