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Feb 5th, 2019

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Spring sort of on its way – perhaps

I think I have mentioned before that R has a theory shared by a number of people on the Internet that spring begins on 1st March. Not sure I entirely agree with this as last year March was the coldest month of the year with stacks of snow. It killed any chance of getting plums […]

Feb 2nd, 2019

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Squirrels

We have loads of squirrels this year. I saw eight at one time on the feeder yesterday and we are seeing loads both in the woods and going through the village I’m not convinced of the ultimate viability of the red squirrel in this area as I have heard nasty rumours that greys have arrived […]

Jan 28th, 2019

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Cat TV

R was pointing out yesterday that Tora is rather fond of watching “movie for cats” style videos. This is true, but I have to say that with one exception when he went searching for a squirrel behind my Surface, that he has very Catholic tastes. He will sit and watch everything from Marco Polo to […]

Jan 18th, 2019

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Funniest Thing Ever

If you are not to some extent a geek – stop reading right now. If you are – carry on and be prepared to be amused…. R and I are IT Security testers. One of the main products we use is called Wireshark – basically it analyses the traffic between a local PC and a […]

Jan 17th, 2019

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Finally Winter

Very unusually we have had no snow on the mountains at all this year so far. This bodes ill because very mild dreich winters tend to lead to midge infestations in summer the following year. But today for only the second time this year it was below freezing and there was quite a bit of […]

Jan 11th, 2019

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Call me old fashioned but….

I am obviously getting old because I have to say I find some modern practices quite disgusting. Beards are bad enough (I told R that the day he grew one was the day I would be leaving him), but at least those are a temporary condition which can be undone. But these tattoos which are […]

Jan 8th, 2019

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Totally useless EE, almost useless Vodafone

Well, I didn’t think any organization could conceivably be more useless than Vodafone, but to their credit, EE have managed it. I moved to them the year before last, simply because they had a 4G signal on (some) of the hills and around our house. No signal inside the house though, but because I was […]

Jan 6th, 2019

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Trying out the new Tagine

I got a fancy Moroccan Tagine pot from my brother N for Christmas and tried it out for the first time today. I made a traditional fish tagine stew using cod loin fillet. This is the tagine pot itself. The idea is that the narrow spout reduces evaporation during slow cooking and concentrates flavour whilst […]

Jan 6th, 2019

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A new addition to the family

I just got a little Owl who has joined the bookcase family made up of cats, griffons, dragons, snowmen and Great Cthulhu. I have to say that he looks a bit worried. This could be the presence of the Great Old One behind him.

Jan 4th, 2019

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Abandoned the iPhone

Afraid that after only eighteen months experimentation with the iPhone and Apple’s eco-system I have given up on it for good. Nice phone in a number of ways, but for me it has two very bad features, one of which is just a killer. a) The battery life is awful. Just as bad (if not […]