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big gay weekend - Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:06:56 GMT

I've been reminded that I haven't written much in my blog again this week, so, first thing on a Tuesday morning, I'm here filling you in on what's been going on. The weekend gone was the Bank Holiday weekend and it's August which means it was the Pride festval in Manchester in support of gay boys and girls everywhere. Jake and I were asked if we would take part in the parade with Manchester Fire Service and we did. Jake is a homophobe in many respects so that was somethng interesting to see how he would get on. When it came down to it though, it was great fun. We walked along the streets of Manchester alongside the fire engines handing out locker tokens and fluffy things. As it happened the day was fantastic, hot, sunny and packed with people. Granted, it wasn't anything like Pride in London where it's wall to wall fit guys, there were some right mingers and some scary ones too but what matters is we had a good time and Jake enjoyed himself so much he's already volunteered to do it again next year, I think its the exhibitionist in him! We met up with our friends Stuart and Kevin who kindly asked if we wanted to stay at theirs which was handy because they don't live far from Manchester. Just as well given the stress I had with train tickets and National Rail Enquries (complaint will follow). Jake and I got up at 6am to get the bus into Chester in time for the 8:48 train to Manchester. Got there and met the lads who walked with us down to the briefing at the training centre. By the time we got there, there were already a number of people there. After a short brief though, the lads were smiling after being given 2 free Big Weekend passes to Pride that saved them 25 quid each! So, the march came next then we just went our own ways and met up with the lads again for some drinks and a wander round till it started to chuck it down in classic Mancunian style around half 6. Back to the house and spent the rest of the evening watching a fantastic film called Another Gay Movie, if you haven't seen it, watch it, it's hilarious and as Kevin puts it, you'll see Graham Norton as you've never seen him, it's great! After we got back home on Sunday, we set about installing the new bathroom lights which ended up being done just by Jake. It has to be said, they look great now, even though hunching over in such a confined space in the loft did make Jake physically sick! It was worth it though. I'll take some 'during' photos for the bathroom later so check the refurb progress page for details and pics! In other news....we've finished the bedroom, yes, that's right, the bedroom, is 100% complete now that we've done the lights in there too. Again, photos will follow. Come yesterday, I was knackered! I normally catch up on sleep over the weekend but obviously, I didn't get chance and now I'm paying for it. We went to Tesco and came back and the garden was in dire need of a lawn cut so I did that and asked Jake if he would do the edges for me. That turned into Jake doing the edges followed by a little weeding. Which in turn, made me do some weeding, which then ended up with me pulling a mature hedge out by its roots approximately 15 foot long and about 6 foot tall! I'd been wanting to get rid of it for ages because it spreads with tubular shooter roots and it takes over. Well, I saw to that followed by a rather mature bunch of brambles! If that wasn't enough, making the most of Jakes gardening mood, he carried on by shaping the Holly bush in the front garden. While he was doing that, I took it upon myself to smash some glass and scrape off the paint from the bannister and hand rail to see the wood underneath. Good news is the caps are Oak and the rest of it is Pine so we're going to expose all of that. Bad news is that because of all of that, I'm completely empty. Even after an early night, I am so exhausted I pushed myself to the gym this morning as normal but only managed 2 excersises and had to leave, I feel so miserable and shattered it's untrue. I'll try and force myself to go swimming later but I'm starting to think I won't manage that either. I need another early night tonight and try and catch up some more. I've got a funny scratchy feeling in my throat too which is getting on my nerves! Anyway, I'm off now, I'll write more later to fill you in on the rest of the news! Speak soon all!

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