Happy New Week all.
Clare: Two days of some good rain showers is unusual this time of year; there's a rumor we're in for another El Nino this winter, which should bring some serious "weather." :-) I learned to drive in the States; have never driven in the UK and my sister (who was in a really bad car crash eons ago) would be a nervous wreck if I started now, so she'll be doing the driving about. Not sure what she's got planned.
Alan: Good point about "too many" petitions; they need someone to coordinate....
Nice lunch with friends today; a tad warm, but a cooling trend on the way. Have a good Sunday everyone.
Morning, Annette - I hope you have a nice day and enjoy your lunch! How warm is a tad? I've currently got a fond memory in my head of when I visited California in September 1988 - it was 102 degrees when the plane landed!!
Accountants of the world unite!
After threats of legal action from DEFRA a certain website against the badger cull has now been mirrored and is being hosted in a far off land where people have 'rights'.
Good Morning, Everyone. Sunny again here but don't think its going to last much beyond today. boo hoo.
Annette: Thank you for starting us off again on a new week: hope you enjoy your lunch out.
Diane: Thank you for the lovely Birthday card the other week,which of course I didn't see on the day, but never mind; it was nice of you to think of me :-) Thank you also to everyone else for their good wishes. I had an enjoyable day with a special meal out in the evening, to a pub we had made a note of as being especially good - I had a wonderful real Italian type Lasagne (with chips! - the waitress said, "would you like salad or chips with that?" - I said "its my birthday, I'm having the chips!!!!") My OH ate half of my chips with his lamb hock dinner, as of course mine was too filling to manage it all. Then we had Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake (me) and large plate of Hot Profiteroles with Hot Chocolate Sauce (him) - then we sat back and had to digest before we could leave! A memorable meal and perfectly cooked and served. There were queues of folks in the bar waiting for a table, so we were glad we booked ours.
(for anyone down that way ever, it is called "The Black Boy" and is down a side street very near to the Castle at Caernarfon. They also do wonderful lunches, carvery Sundays, afternoon teas, etc.etc. All great)
Alan: At least the Badger Cull is getting a lot of publicity, which can be no bad thing. I do often think that petitions would work better if they were more coordinated, but of course they are all started out separately. My OH was a dairy farmer for more years than he would like to think, and says he never thought that badgers had anything to do with it. It seems that in some parts of the country farmers are somehow indoctrinated with the idea that the badgers must be a major player in the situation, just because it is not clear how things are spread.
Clare: That sounds like a hot welcome!!
margo: Hope you are continuing to improve: I know you may not be on here today, as you like to spend time with your OH at weekends, but am glad to see that you are now up and about again.
Linda: Thanks for the reassuring news from your OH.
Annette : Thanks for starting the week off.
The Sunday People must have sold a few extra copies today with the 2 page spread about Ceulan. I managed to get a copy before they sold out.
Had a nice morning at Barnwell Country Park. Went for a walk around the Lakes and spent some time in the Kingfisher hide. We did manage to see the kingfisher flashing across the water a couple of times but frustratingly it did not land within sight so I could get a picture. We then sat by the Mill Lake reading the Sunday People and having a picnic. It was starting to get very busy when we left. It is an absolutely beautiful day with clear blue skies and a light wind. Current temp is 27.4c. I hope you are all enjoying the last vestiges of summer as it is set to drop by 10 degrees from tomorrow.
“Recently overheard conversation between 2 badgers:
"Bertie? Yes Brenda? Why doz they say that that nasty Mr. Cameroon want's to kill us? Well Brenda, you see, he's what they call a natural born Numptie, and Numpties always ignore the truth in favour of what, whoever comes up with the most cash, asks them to do. He's the Prime Numpster of a very Erupted Gunvoment. Oh I see, so we did nothing wrong! Fancy a worm and peanut butter sandwich? "”
Hello all. Have just spent some time catching up with posts as I've not been online for several days. Belated thanks to Tiger for the info about LotL tracking.
I spent yesterday at a dog agility competition, with a notable lack of success! It continues today but I decided it would be better for my immortal soul to go to church, rather than getting cross with myself and dogs! After a glorious day yesterday, today has turned wet and windy, so my decision was the right one. I've now caught up with everyone's news and researched books written by Mike Tomkies, who is now in his 80s but had a very interesting life as a writer and wildlife expert (lived alone in a remote area of Scotland for some years. Now I'll just have to try to track down those of his books I don't already have.
A lack of posts on here today, so hope that Alan's right and everyone is out and about, enjoying what is left of the British Summer. [love the idea of Badgers enjoying their peanut butter sandwiches, Alan!]
Sorry you didn't have success at the dog agility yesterday, patricia. And what a shame you have it wet and windy there today. Not heard of Mike Tomkies, so will have to look him up - he sounds interesting.
We went to a Nursery & Garden Centre and had a look around the plants, but came away with a large pot instead (half price in the end of season sale, irresistible!) Then sat in the garden until the grey clouds spat upon us, so had lunch whilst it brightened. Then I fell asleep and woke up annoyed, as I had missed the end of the Wheelchair Marathon on TV - good old Dave Weir has got his Gold Medal.
Have had a Toaster Trauma which I shall tell you about later!
Wow. Just looked up Mike Tomkies as mentioned by patricia - what a life! Now I realise that I did know a little about him, as I must have read 'Alone in the Wilderness' once. Didn't know he ended up doing more stuff in Scotland, though, or just how colourful his life was. Will have to see if I can get hold of some of his other books now.
Patricia, you've started something here - I've just looked up Mike Tomkies as well! I'd never heard of him before but would love to read about his life and yes, I would have loved to interview Clark Gable and I'm rather jealous!
Don't even mention CLARK GABLE.... Mmmmmnnnnn!!
Linda : Was he a badger or an osprey?
Put some fliers in OH's car went into town when we cane back to the there was about half a dozen people around the car reading them
Sorry to have been absent for a while. I've been busy organising an event for 150 people (work-related) which happened last Thursday. It was very successful and I am now able to relax.
Like many of you, I signed up for the petition against the badger cull and made a donation to their cause but may have missed news since. Will try to catch up with your posts during the last few weeks as soon as I can.
On Thursday and Friday, Steed and I will take younger daughter on a Higher Education trip to London School of Economics and Oxford University. An opportunity to broaden her horizons given her exam results although I suspect that she will prefer a University closer to home. Time will tell.
Today, we set off on the Harley at about 10.30am up to Edzell and then Glenesk with 8 or so Harleys in total. Had a picnic then headed back about 2.45pm. We popped into the Edzell Folk Museum and tea room which was very nice and arrived back in Dundee at about 4pm. Weather was mild and the sky cloudy/hazy and a bit windy. We are fair weather bikers so who knows how often we will get a run before the winter.
Back to work tomorrow until Wednesday then off until Tuesday 18th :-) Emma x