Apologies to readers who tried to visit the blog over the last couple of weeks and got:
My blog was ‘attacked’ and the attacks pushed me up to the maximum CPU seconds quota I’m allowed on my website hosting plan. Once the quota is reached, the website is made unavailable until the following month.
Such an attack on my blog has happened before, only on that occasion, I was able to block the IP/country where the attacks were coming from, so I didn’t end up hitting the CPU limit. Unfortunately, this time, I was on holiday when I was getting numerous messages like “The Web Application Firewall has blocked 101 attacks over the last 10 minutes.”
I had just enough of my CPU quota left to post my belated July update and then that was it for the month.
Have to admit that over the years, I’ve neglected the back-end stuff of my blog, so I guess I should read up/work on whether there’s anything I can do to try to prevent such attacks in the future. Still, apart from the blog being made unavailable for a period of time, at least the firewall did its job and all seems ok.
Anyway, August was a mixed bag of a month – a great holiday followed by post holiday blues/jetlag, celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday with a cocktail-making session and then catching COVID, which, whilst symptoms weren’t as bad as last time, still had me below par for a week. At least no lingering cough this time.
So how did I get on with my numbers?
I saved 14.1% of my net salary. The above includes £49.72 from doing Prolific surveys and £10 from a charity lotto win.
Shares and Investment Trusts
I just topped up existing investments.
Current share/IT portfolio can be found here.
(Entire portfolio here)
Hmmm, not great to see the dreaded ‘submarine of doom’ on the graph after last month’s rocket! However, it could have been worse, the markets were looking really rubbish mid-month but fortunately, things stabilised somewhat and my Future Fund ended the month just slightly down at £232,947.
That sideways movement is not a great motivator, but I will just keep on keeping on, as they say.
Dividends and Other Income
A good month for dividends.
Matched Betting (MB)
I managed to squeeze a bit of time on a couple of offers and made £23.53 this month.
No real progress but I think I should still be on track for the dividend goal.
Am somewhat behind on my reading so I need to crack on with some books.
A bit on my holiday
I had a lovely holiday, which included:
- lots of family dinners
- some pottery painting/glazing
- foot and back massage – not as relaxing as it sounds, as was more akin to reflexology and a sports massage but boy, were those knots kneaded out!
- hiring a boat out to a remote beach so had a dip in the sea
- ten-pin bowling – I was in good form as I scored 121 and 143!
- lazy days watching Apple TV; there were a couple of days when it was just too hot and humid (even for me!) so I just chilled/relaxed indoors!
- buying a new mobile phone – a planned purchase
This wasn’t a cheap holiday – I of course paid my share of the family dinners (have an outstanding IOU with my Sis for one particularly expensive meal out) and still wince at the peak price I paid for the plane ticket.
The phone was to replace my current 4-year old one, which needed upgrading after I received notification that my main banking app would soon no longer be supported for that Android version (8). I researched mid-range phones and was able to get my chosen handset (Samsung Galaxy A54) for £170 cheaper than I could get in the UK, which should last me at least another 4-5 years. I very nearly bought one of those new fancy flip phones (still remember how I loved my original Motorola Razr flip phone) but even with savings in excess of around £300, I couldn’t justify the expense.
This is my first non-Blackberry smart phone and I’m still kind of overwhelmed and dazzled by the big screen, the speed, the…everything! I miss my clunky old BB, with its little screen and button keyboard so have kept a few apps on there.
A few summer purchases for the garden (taking advantage of Wilko’s closing down sale) and then hopefully, that’s the last of the spending until Christmas (bar some necessary/unavoidable expenses).
Was a bit more successful with my ‘crops’ this year – came back from my hols to these:
However, my veggies are a little mundane compared to the pineapples my Mum has been cultivating on her balcony!
Hope you all had a good August!