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Jan 16th, 2020

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Proof for the RSPB

I have just signed up for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. I do it every year and it always makes me laugh because when I say how many chaffinches I am looking at, the website always thinks I am making a typo when I say 50+ “Are you really sure you can see that many […]

Jan 13th, 2020

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Not doing this again in a hurry

Late last year I laid a new floor in our dining room. It was backbreaking work taking several days and I promised myself I would not be doing any more flooring work as although I am (reasonably) good at doing it, I don’t really have the right specialized tools for the job. But then at […]

Jan 8th, 2020

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Eating us out of house and home

I just can’t believe how much the birds are eating at the moment. They have two large feeders which hold about 1kg of food and they are emptying them at least five times a day. They would empty them a lot more than that if R and I let them. Unfortunately the delivery of the […]

Dec 30th, 2019

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Robin Box

We have at least four robins in the garden at the moment, and got a Christmas present of a nesting box for them. We put it up today, but how we can ensure that only robins (rather than sparrows or blue tits) nest in it, I do not know. It looks nice though. Let’s see […]

Dec 27th, 2019

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The picture is of Dobbin. He was my push on horse when I was a child, but some time in the late 70s he started to deteriorate after much love with his stitching coming undone. Also my brother in his wisdom decided to remove his wheels, so he was left with struts of metal protruding […]

Dec 25th, 2019

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Merry Christmas

A great Christmas was had by all. We had a Lebanese buffet on Christmas Eve (unfortunately my picture of it did not come out). Tora wore his bow tie. Then we had a Christmas competition which R ended up winning slightly ahead of N. On Christmas day we had presents (R bought me a Surface […]

Dec 22nd, 2019

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How to do a synopsis

I’ve read more than my fair share of 19th and 20th century novels. Quite a lot of them are unnecessarily verbose – but for real verbal diarrhoea – you can’t beat Charles Dickens. This for example is the opening page of “Bleak House”. The synopsis is at the bottom, and I must say that with […]

Dec 15th, 2019

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Prawn Cocktails

I’ve noticed that 1970s/80s food seems to be making a comeback. Actually as far as I am concerned, it has never gone away. N and J are coming over today and we are having prawn cocktails for lunch (note that there are only three as R will not touch anything with prawns in it). Then […]

Dec 11th, 2019

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Song Thrush

R and I finally managed to get out for a walk today after it had poured with rain all week. There were three separate days this week when we individually had as much rain (around 7cm) as we had in the whole of April. We were walking down by the school when we saw a […]

Dec 8th, 2019

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What a nonsense

Yet another rant, but our Internet is being ruined by stupid ignorant people. First of all we have this “do you want to accept cookies” nonsense. Here’s the thing, and I will say this as someone who professionally deals with websites on a daily basis. Most websites don’t work without cookies. Obviously the intent was […]