So what has TheSkirtedMan been doing recently. As always this is just a cross section. On the 28th April my garden seasonal work started and all my clients are still keen to keep me, even though we are trying to move to France. That says a lot about my work as well as me. My wife helps out in this gardening activity. This takes up most of our time Monday to Friday allowing one day for wet weather and in week two of the fortnightly cycle on top of one day for wet weather another day for ad-hoc personal events like Opticians, Dentists, other appointments etc. I am very keen within my business that I am prompt, reliable and ensure that what I need to achieve in the five days I do so. The season is very active, in fact the first fortnight is really just to get on top of the gardens, going back to one or two two or three times so that by the end of the fortnight I have the cycle set up and most jobs on top of, ensuing that outstanding jobs can be undertaken within the cycle. Here roughly 4 weeks on the cycle is flowing smoothly and all requested ad-hoc jobs undertaken. This will keep me very busy now until early October when it will settle down to about one or two in November and completely stop by mid November. Anytime away has to be carefully thought about and planned. It is not a business like a shop owner, or manufacturer etc but it is still a business and everything is above board and declared. I maintain my account and submit everything with the Inland Revenue. All is declared, even the clients who pay cash. I live my life honorably and honestly. I know some don't but that is there affair. Some will say I'm stupid, rules are here to be broken but I don't believe in that. Like with individuals, if I don't agree, like or believe in then I simply stay away. Let them get on with their lives. I'm happy with mine, I am content it may be simple, not flashy etc but do I care, no. Since 2011 I do not back down or stay quiet when others voice views and opinions, those days are long gone. For to long in my personal life and work life I let others direct, dictate and influence my life. I ignore those I do not need to deal with and those who need to be within my life yet dominate or make their ethos/views know upon me or us then I give a reply. I respect others right to views/opinions and will listen, at times you can learn, but I refuse to be walked on or over just because they feel everyone should jump to their command. I, my wife, have views and opinions too and quite often those that spout at us seem surprised that others have views! Obviously society laws are an exemption, agree or not with some of them that is part of being a member of society and rules stop society falling apart.
In the run up to 28th April 2014 since my last blog we worked on the barn. We know it wouldn't be complete but we needed to have all the big jobs done. I landscaped the septic tank area which now just needs time to mature and grow. It may look a little "twee" at the moment but it will not in due course. I needed a few stones for this and I saved some around the back of the house for a few years but I was short by one so just before the builders departed with waste in the dumper truck I reclaimed one large stone. This is a picture of it.
I made 8 internal solid oak doors from scratch and hung them on my previously made oak door frames put in during the winter months. Here are some photos, of me making one and two of finished doors.
Now that's basically the last 8 weeks and why another blog hasn't appeared before now. We have met up on a few weekends with friends and unlike working on the barn and my gardening business I am skirted at other times. Some times these are specific events pre-arranged others like last weekend impromptu. We met one friend and walked about 9 miles on the Lancaster Canal from Lancaster to south of Galgate. Our friend went home to attend to her cat but we went on to an area of Morecambe Bay, north of Morecambe where the dogs can run and we can watch the sunset over the Bay and the Lakeland Fells with a packed up tea.
One weekend when a male friend of ours came to stay, he too is not into big fell walking. Big fell walking I wear trousers, but strolls along canals, parks, estates etc I'm in a skirt. We took him on such a walk and moved onto a cafe which we had not been too before, after which we had a stroll around the estate it was situated on. I entered the cafe first, followed by my wife then our friend. As soon as I entered the whole noise in the cafe went quiet and all looked. The power of the skirt I thought. I simply said "Hi everyone" and carried on walking in. The noise resumed and the staff were fine. If they had thoughts none was shown. The odd customer had quick look but life went on. This is the first time this has happened to me in a skirt but not the first in my life. Yes it has happened before, just as bad on two previous occasions and I was in trousers and stereotypical clothing society deem as menswear so it is not the skirt. It is the people. It's like entering the saloon in the wild west. A stranger in a place not seen before and in the three years of skirt wearing in public it is the first. I muttered something under my brief and my male friend said quietly, "now, now Jeremy". I scanned the room moving towards a table and noted only myself, my wife and one other woman was in a skirt and she never gave any impression good, bad or indifferent. The other women were in jeans, trousers, trainers, chunky shoes, many had short hair, some had tattoos, chunky tops, sweatshirt style tops etc. Once sat I said to my male friend, taking only the two of us into account, who is the cross dresser here. "Why you" he exclaimed. "Are you sure" I replied. I continued "taking all the males into account here including myself in a skirt, you and the other males are all dressed in clothing styles that is now taken as normal and standard for women, so me, a man in a skirt cannot be the cross dresser, but you are." He muttered under his breath.
We have recently had 3 days in London, preceded by my wife and I meeting our niece from my side of the family over from Canada. As we were to catch the train in York on the Sunday morning, we met them near to where they were staying on the Saturday and I was skirted as depicted on my site www.theskirtedman.eu the whole of the 4 days 24/7, hotels, cafes, tourist attractions, trains, tubes, buses, theaters etc etc. Not the first time I've been to a theater in a skirt, been to Sunderland twice, Edinburgh Tattoo as well. One or two looked, but so did we and very, very few women in stereotypical clothing of tradition which is expected of men. Many many women were in modern day womens clothing styles, very similar to men, quite a few in jeans and trainers and some of those had frayed holes in the legs of their jeans as well, so some may have thought I was out of place but based upon others freedom of choice I didn't. The two couples sat either side of myself and my wife were happy to talk to us both before, during the interval and the couple on my side did so after the performance. In fact the theater was getting almost empty! We had a good time in London. Went to the Viking Exhibition at the British Museum, that was very good.
A busy busy time. Not seen many films but one in particular does stand out. The Railway Man. Very moving, well acted and very well portrayed. A true story abut a British soldier and his experiences of his time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and the after affects of him, his buddies and respective partners. I'll not tell the ending just in case you haven't seen it and intend to do so. It should have been Oscar nominated and awarded but don't get me on my soap box on the Oscars, it's just like politics and big business.