Liverpool 2 (5) – (1) 0 FBK Kaunas

A comfortable win sees the Reds through to the final qualifying round of the Champions League, although they found it difficult to breakdown a Kaunas side that defended in numbers.

It looks like they’ll be playing CSKA Sofia in the next round – they lead 2-0 going into the home leg of their match with Tirana tonight.

Wireless Fun

I’ve finally got my wireless connectivity back, although I have to say I’m still not 100% sure what the problem was.

To recap – I bought a new Netgear WG511T a while back and never managed to get it to install, the drivers would just complain about missing files, and then to add insult to injury my old MA401 card stopped working as well. I think the problem was a Windows Update had broken something, but no amount of reinstalling would do the trick.

I’d left it a few weeks, waiting to see if anything came up on the Netgear website (not a sausage) then last night I tried again. I uninstalled every bit of Netgear software and then removed all the Netgear hardware devices from the Control Panel so in theory I was starting with a clean slate. A quick Windows Update to make sure I had all the latest patches and then I added the old MA401 card.

Windows detected it first time and prompted for drivers – I’d downloaded the latest from Netgear and pointing it at those was enough to get a working MA401 again. I wanted to exploit the 108Mbps of the new router though, so I thought I’d give the WG511T another try.

I downloaded the latest drivers from Netgear again (v3.9) and installed them, then inserted the card and the bloody thing worked first time. 😀

Now I’d tried all this weeks ago with no luck at all, so I can only guess that one of the subsequent Windows Updates fixed the problem – but somehow I doubt it…

Scarecrow Festival

Things are still a bit hectic and are only likely to get worse over the next few weeks, but we did manage a relatively normal weekend for the first time in a while.

Saturday was the annual Scarecrow Festival in West Kilbride – I’m not sure if you can count a village full of scarecrows normal – but Megan had a ball, and mum was very busy selling tea and cakes to raise funds for the nursery.

Sunday involved a bit of gardening and a new storage box from B & Q to keep all Megan’s garden toys in – make’s the place look a bit tidier than it normally does.

We also got a phone call in the afternoon from someone looking to buy my Dad’s car. He came down last night and after a test drive and good poke round offered £900 for it. A bit less than we were asking for, but as we’ve not exactly been swamped by offers it seemed like a good deal.

My Life on the Road

There’s not been many updates recently, as I seem to have spent every spare minute driving.

In the last week I’ve been to see my dad, to Alderley Edge for a meeting, Elgin for an install and Aberdeen for a system check – I’m going to see my dad again this weekend and then back to Aberdeen at the beginning of next week for an upgrade.

That’s 1500 miles in the last week and another 1000 to come in the next few days – it’s a good job the seats in the Volvo are so comfy…

TNS 0 (0) – (6) 3 Liverpool

The Reds cruised through to the second qualifying round of the Champions League with a comfortable win at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham.

One from Cisse and brace from Gerrard secured a trip to Lithiuania next week to meet FBK Kaunas – the second leg at Anfield on 2nd August.

Garden Finished

Quality Landscapes kept true to their word and finished on Tuesday afternoon. There are pictures, but I don’t know how to do that jazzy part, so I will leave that to Steve when he gets back.

Megan is very impressed by her new play area, and all her toys are positioned nicely on it. Unfortunatly she hasn’t been able to use it as its not stopped raining!!! So much for Steve’s new weather update…….

Quality Landscapes

What with the garden furniture, Megan’s climbing frame, play house and other assorted toys cutting the grass in the back garden was becoming a bit of an obstacle course. To make life a bit easier and the garden a bit tidier, we’ve employed Quality Landscapes to turn around a quarter of the garden into a play area for the tiny one and her plethora of toys.

They’ve lifted the turf and fenced around the area today, as well as tidying up the border at the bottom of the garden – the plan now is to fill it up with play bark and move the climbing frame and the rest of the toys back into it. Cutting the grass should in future just be a case of avoiding the garden furniture – at least until we get a bit of decking or a patio area for that too!

They reckon they’ll have it all finished in a day or so, so we’ll load up some pictures when its all done.