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SQ and BB

Post 2461

SashaQ - happysad

My pleasure - yours wasn't the first text message I had received this year, as I did receive one from O2, but it was certainly the first text message I sent this year. Yes, most of the texts I send are related to travel, so I haven't sent as many as usual in the last 12 months. I tend to use e-mail, social media or h2g2 for communication, but my mum has been texting some of her friends, so it is handy still smiley - ok

I'm impressed with your secondhand skills - I look out for Queen albums in charity shops, in case I find one either you or I haven't got, but I haven't yet found any!

That's great that you were able to get a delivery from Frankie & Benny's - I didn't know they had started doing that smiley - ok Coincidentally, mum and I had a takeaway delivery on Sunday night - we have a local chippy who has branched out smiley - biggrin They don't have a very wide range, though - takeaway pasta is tempting! That is amusing that you got a 'When I'm Sixty-four' cake! smiley - ok

I had a very good weekend - a bit wet and windy, but I did well with birdwatching at the coast. I've seen 48 birds already, which is a January record smiley - wow It was funny re-reading my little story, too! I did write the story in my best handwriting, but it is impressively neat, yes, especially compared to my handwriting now (not least because I don’t practise as much these days). My picture of the goblindog amused me as well - the cover is definitely part of the story! smiley - laugh I hope the story amused you, too!


SQ and BB

Post 2462

Bluebottle

I must admit I've long been a very dedicated charity shop browser, but had to put that hobby on hold over the last year as you can imagine... Managed to collect 29 different Bob Dylan albums over the last few years too.

I definitely enjoyed the story, though I did notice the Enid Blyton influence towards the end, I think it was the Faraway Tree that did it smiley - winkeye Lots of gardening details that I don't think I would have thought of at all when I was six.

Do you have many/any other stories from your childhood out of curiosity?

smiley - applauseGreat news on the bird spotting even at January's midway point.

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SQ and BB

Post 2463

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, I'm rather impressed with the gardening details, myself. I must have been inspired by the little garden my mum helped me to make in one corner of her garden - I chose some seeds myself, and read the packets to check the heights of the plants so that they would make a neat display smiley - ok Digging with the trowel must have particularly pleased me! smiley - laugh

There were a couple of epic novels that I started writing on the BBC computer in junior school that were saved on disk but never printed out because I didn't finish them smiley - blue I do have an archive in my parents' loft that will have some other stories in it, I'm sure. Not as memorable as the Troublesome Trowel, though smiley - laugh My second favourite story was from secondary school - I remember it particularly because the teacher hated it! I was able to recall the main details for h2g2 A87922380 but rewrote it to be less cheesy smiley - laugh

Yes, pleasing birdwatching so far. Burton Mere flooded in all the rain, hail and snow this week, so it will be closed this weekend smiley - blue but I'll see where else I can go to find some fresh air and wildlife. I hope you all have as good a weekend as possible smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2464

Bluebottle

I enjoyed reading that story - it reminded me in some ways of the old Disney film 'One of our Dinosaurs in Missing', have you seen that? It always used to be on when I was young but not one that they're likely to be proud of now due to the presence of outdated racial 'yellowface' (Peter Ustinov playing a villainous Fu-Manchuesque Chinese stereotype).

Have you had any snow over the weekend? We've survived the 2021 Sunday Morning Gurt Big Snow Blizzard largely unaffected. We had a huge BOOM! clap of Thundersnow at 6:37am yesterday and there was a lot of snow about, but it soon turned to slush and by 12-1pm it was all gone, nothing left but puddles.

Instead of going for a smiley - run I went for a walk along the river, seeing the smiley - sheepsmiley - blacksheep and alpacas in the snow. Did the weather prevent you from birdwatching? Has it made Burton Mere even worse and unlikely to reopen for even longer?

Did you have to do Milton in English at school?smiley - prof

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SQ and BB

Post 2465

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, I haven't seen that Disney film, but I found the plot online and can see the parallels to my story smiley - laugh

Yes, we did have some snow at the weekend - no thundersnow, though smiley - yikes I can imagine that was a surprise for you all at that time of the morning! Ours melted by the afternoon as well, so it was OK going out food shopping. I steered clear of muddy places, and went to Hadlow Station A87878236 on Sunday - only house sparrows were there, but the station building was open and a film was on showing the restoration of the red telephone box, so that was something different smiley - ok

Much better weather today, so I did do a bit of proper birdwatching - a large flock of curlews flew in to the Dee Marsh so I went to see them smiley - biggrin Glad you found some good wildlife to look at on your walk! smiley - sheepsmiley - blacksheep Burton Mere social media reported that the floodwater has subsided and they will be able to reopen from tomorrow, so that's good news.

I didn't study any Milton in school, but I see you did - 'Arcadia' reminds me of a chapter in Brideshead Revisited, so your new book sounds intriguing smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 2466

Bluebottle

Ooh, would that be the red telephone box in the photo? Had it been in a particularly perilous state or moved to Hadlow Station from elsewhere?

It was quite an enjoyable little walk on Sunday morning - I also saw some swans a swimming, but three too few. Mind you, it isn't one of the days of Christmas any more...

It didn't take long to find an old text file, convert it to Word with an Adobe font and upload it to Lulu yesterday. The front cover's picture is of garlic fields, but garlic doesn't play a pivotal part in the story. Probably isn't mentioned - I can't really remember to be honest as it was a while ago.

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SQ and BB

Post 2467

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, it is the same telephone box as in the photo - it had been in a particularly perilous state, so it was taken away for a thorough refurbishment, and then had to be brought back with specialist lifting equipment - fascinating!

Four swans a-swimming is very good - I only saw two mute swans a-flying last year, and haven't seen any yet this year (probably because the pit pond was frozen when I visited...). Thanks for the reminder about Candlemas, by the way - I still have my festive bough outside because it is still in good condition (too good to have been taken down before Epiphany) but it will probably have dried up by early February so that is a helpful date to note smiley - biggrin

Glad the file was quick to convert to the font suitable for Lulu smiley - ok I like the cover photo - very pastoral smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2468

Bluebottle

I wonder if the phone fell off the receiver when it was being lifted? smiley - winkeye

Britain's oldest phone box turns 100 this year - but frustratingly I haven't been able to find the exact date: A279579

I've found some other old text files so I may be putting other stuff on Lulu later on, but mainly for my own amusement.

Still wondering what's going on with my day-to-day job. I've just been asked to train one person on one aspect of my work on the basis that he won't actually be doing it but we will be, until some point in the future when someone completely different will be doing it instead. It seems odd asking him to do it on the basis that he won't be doing it in future if there isn't even any training benefit to him doing it. More like I'm trying to dishonestly offload work onto an unsuspecting innocent.

Here is a picture of your festive bough at Candlemas:
smiley - candlesmiley - applausesmiley - angelsmiley - hollysmiley - mistletoe

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SQ and BB

Post 2469

SashaQ - happysad

They were extremely careful with the phone box when it was being lifted, so I would say the phone stayed on the receiver smiley - laughsmiley - ok Great Entry about the K1 - I see the Hadlow Station one is K6 smiley - ok

Good luck with the other text files - excellent for you to have them in professionally printed form indeed smiley - ok

That is strange about the training you have been asked to do smiley - huh I hope it went as well as possible, anyway... smiley - goodluck My job has been funny this last couple of days. I wait ages for an intense data entry job to arrive, and then two come along at once smiley - bussmiley - bus And then today somehow ended up having 6 hours of meetings scheduled in the same 3 hour period smiley - online2long I managed to go to four of them, but just couldn't squeeze the other two in... A colleague let me know what happened with those, luckily, so it was all fine smiley - puff

Great picture of the bough at Candlemas smiley - laughsmiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2470

Bluebottle

I didn't end up doing the training in the end as instead I had to do some work that he was supposed to be doing from now on instead, but because it was urgent I had to do it. I had to urgently create '4' new Distance Learning courses for Warsash that ended up being 14, as they hadn't realised that Covid was going to prevent them from teaching onsite in February until now. And then someone who isn't involved at all kept trying to take over the supervision by sending patronising and contradictory e-mails about it non-stop, but not actually wanting to do the work itself.

From today my wife is back to work full time again but she's been sent a month's worth of Covid tests so we know she isn't Covidy at the moment. However because of everyone now having to take Covid tests at the school where she works and some people coming back positive the school has had to cancel all before school and after school stuff and there are no dinner ladies... Or the caretaker.

The weekend was largely uneventful - I did run both days so I managed to run every day in January except 5 - on 4 of which I cycled for an hour and on one I went for a walk in the and running would have been inadvisable, so I hit my target of Run/Exercise Daily as part of RED January. I also successfully completed Dry January through not actually drinking alcohol often anyway (and virtually never at home).

How was your weekend? Did you get to go birdspotting and manage to do a shopping trip? My children are excited that red noses will be on sale again soon. You'd think they'd do Red Nose Face Masks this year instead smiley - winkeye

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SQ and BB

Post 2471

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, that's even more confusing about the training and the tasks, but at least you got the urgent stuff done while fending off the interference... I had more meetings this last couple of days, and they weren't double booked, but I got e-mails about B while I was in a meeting about A, then e-mails about C while I was in a meeting about B and e-mails about A while I was in a meeting about C, and so on, so it was a bit of a juggle smiley - online2long

That's good news that your wife isn't covidy at the moment, but not good that other people have become covidy - good luck with it all smiley - goodluck

Well done for completing RED January - will you continue with RED February, or will you be glad of a day off now? Glad Dry January was an easy challenge for you - I didn't do it because I quite like a tot of smiley - redwine every now and then, and I'm still enjoying the Port I got for Christmas 2019 (which I opened in September 2020) so that's not too bad.

I had a good weekend, although there were surprisingly many people around. The supermarket was uncomfortably busy, but nobody was coughing so hopefully it will be fine, and I managed to get everything I was looking for. Then on Sunday I went along part of National Cycle Network Route 56 from Hadlow Station, which was a bit muddy and very busy for some strange reason, as people had even driven to the area, parked on the pavement so I could only just squeeze past, and then walked where I was walking... My mission was to find a bench that had been dedicated to a 92-year-old friend of mine who died in 2016, though, and I did find it, so that was lovely. I did the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, too, and for once the birds didn't hide during the hour I was on duty so I spotted a pleasing variety. I hope you all had as good a weekend as possible smiley - ok

Yes, red nose face masks would be a great idea, to encourage people to wear them over their noses and not just round their mouths like some do smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2472

Bluebottle

I've not gone for a run in February yet - partly because it is more difficult now that my wife's working full time so I can't go out at lunch times when she's back any more but have to wait until the evenings when it is darker. We've also not had particularly sunny weather lately.

Did you get to photograph the birds that you saw too? Are you still doing well on your bird spotting score for this year compared to previous ones?

Had the bench recently been dedicated? It seems odd that it was so busy there at the moment considering all the restrictions on going out and about outside 'the local area', although cycle routes along old railway lines are always popular places as you don't need to worry about hills so great places to take children learning to ride a bike or scooter. Especially as they often go from town to town.

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SQ and BB

Post 2473

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, yes have to be more careful in the evenings when you can't see what you might be treading on/in... I went out this lunchtime because the weather was pleasant, but there is still plenty of water around - I nearly got splashed by a car driving through a puddle, but managed to take evasive action.

I didn't add to my bird list doing the birdwatch, but I took a few photos, yes. Even so, it was definitely a record January, so I'm pleased with that smiley - ok It's raining again now, so I don't know whether Burton Mere will be visitable at the weekend, but we shall see.

I don't know when the bench was dedicated - a bit surprising that I didn't hear about it sooner, being a neighbour, but mum and I deduced that it must have been her dogwalking group that dedicated it and, as I don't have a dog, I wasn't top of their list of people to tell. I'm glad to have found it now, though smiley - biggrin

Yes, it was very strange that it was so busy, especially in contrast to the previous Sunday when I went to Hadlow Station and it was quiet... Definitely suspicious that there was some sort of event that had encouraged people to drive out of their local area... The Wirral Way is excellent for cycling, though, indeed, as it is a more direct route to the town than the roads are. I particularly like the sections that are like 'green tunnels' with trees arching over mossy sandstone walls smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2474

Bluebottle

Yep, running in the dark has the hazards of being more likely to slip on mud, trip over bumps in the road, curbs, small dogs, be garrotted by those long extendable dog leads, run into bollards, low-lying branches etc at a time when, because of being cooler outside, glasses are more likely to steam up.

It has been interesting here the last couple of days. As she works in a school my wife now has Covid lateral self-tests so we know she doesn't have Covid, but a child at her school who is in her bubble but didn't have direct contact with has been confirmed as having Covid. This means that my wife has to self-isolate for a fortnight even though we know she doesn't have Covid.smiley - shrug

Work is still chaotic. Did I tell you that because of the restructure I now have 2 part time managers who each work 2 days a week. Because of this they spend all their time in meetings catching up with what happened the rest of the time and we've no idea what's going on until work is dumped on us last minute when it is desperately urgent.smiley - huh So still not got better, alas.

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SQ and BB

Post 2475

SashaQ - happysad

I hope you had a good weekend and managed to get out and about without encountering any of those hazards. Long dog leads have a lot to answer for indeed - one dog owner I encountered got a bit of a comeuppance the other day, as they had two dogs on long leads, so it was difficult for me to get past, but then the dogs walked on opposite sides of a lamppost smiley - evilgrin

That is interesting that your wife is doing lateral flow tests at home. What do those entail? Breathing into a machine? Bad luck that she still has to do the self-isolating, though, so soon after going back to work, too... All the best to her with that...

Sorry to hear about your continuing work woes, too... That is a challenge for the new managers (although it reminds me of A87934747 ) but extra challenging for you all, that decisions are only made at the last minute smiley - erm Good luck with it all...

I had a rather good weekend - I joined a Futurelearn course and programmed my own Chatbot smiley - biggrinA88013973 Gives me fresh admiration for ELIZA - considering she was born in the 1980s, her technology is still more sophisticated than the tool we were using, so my chatbot is not a rival. Fun to do, though! Then I went to the cycle path on the coast of the Wirral for my exercise - it was sort of trying to snow, but not too bad, so it was refreshing and I added 5 more birds to my list smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2476

Bluebottle

Morning - a delayed reply I'm afraid as I couldn't access h2g2 yesterdaysmiley - wah Talking of being unable to access things, did you know your chatbot doesn't work with IE?

The lateral flow tests involves a stick up the nose, putting it in liquid and then dolloping the liquid onto the test. The tests aren't 100% accurate but the inaccuracy means they may give a false diagnoses that the subject has Covid when they haven't, not a false negative. However the school is entirely closed this week now due to Covid meaning there are not enough available teachers.

We had a light dusting of snow yesterday that looked a little like Castor sugar. Why is it that if Castor and Pollux were the mythical twins you get Castor Sugar but not Pollux Sugar, eh?

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SQ and BB

Post 2477

SashaQ - happysad

Morning - yes it was smiley - wah yesterday that h2g2 was off for nearly 12 hours... Back online now, anyway smiley - biggrin I didn't know the chatbot didn't work with IE - I had a look at the programming and see it is Javascript, so there must be something in there that is not compatible. All the work I did was just in html, so that shouldn’t cause a problem... Would IE not load the page at all, or did you get an error message?

Ah, that's interesting about the lateral flow tests. LFTs are being done on campus, but I haven't needed to visit since the testing started, so I haven't seen them. That's a shame that the school has had to close anyway smiley - blue

smiley - snowball Pollux doesn't have to feel left out in that regard, as it's caster sugar, but Castor does have the honour of small wheels being named after him smiley - laugh I see there are Pollux wheels, too, but they are more specialist smiley - ok

Glad you got a bit of snow smiley - snowball but, like here, not too much to cause any disruption out and about smiley - ok Today has been bright and sunny and cold, but a cloud has just arrived, so we shall see if it develops into precipitation... smiley - llabwons


SQ and BB

Post 2478

Bluebottle

In IE the Chatbot looks thus:

smiley - blackcath2g2 CatBot Chatbot
Helping galactic hitchhikers not to panic

And nothing happens, just loads a page with that on the top.

Funnily enough my Oxford Dictionary smiley - dragon has 'Castor' as the preference but the bag on my shelf definitely says 'Caster'. So who knows more about sugar, Oxford smiley - prof or Silver Spoon smiley - spork?

Getting closer to the weekend now.smiley - ok

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SQ and BB

Post 2479

SashaQ - happysad

Delayed reply from me because of h2g2 being off again yesterday smiley - wah Anyway, it's back again for now...

I checked the chatbot code and see the top bit is just html, but then the speech bubbles are javascript, so that's where the incompatibility with IE is, yes... Fascinating...

Ah, yes I was going by the bag of sugar, but my Oxford includes Castor too - the thing that casts smiley - ok

I hope you managed to get through Friday without too much struggle, and I hope you have a good weekend smiley - ok I had another meeting with loads of papers to juggle online again, but I managed to look like I knew what I was doing smiley - laughsmiley - ok

Due to be very cold here again this weekend, but hopefully the ground will be solid enough for some good birdwatching smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2480

Bluebottle

Happy Shrove Tuesday!
Did you have a good weekend and manage to do some birdwatching? Here it was quite dry so the ground managed to dry out a bit and was a lot less muddy than it has otherwise been.

Didn't do much over the weekend other than go for a smiley - run - I went along the path through the trees for the first time this year, though that was still quite muddy. I also applied for a job. Not a job I particularly want, to be honest I don't think it'd suit me at all, but I've not applied for a job for 5 years so I know if I waited for a job I do want to come up before applying I'd be out of practice and so it makes sense to have a few run-throughs of interviews and filling in applications if just to get up to speed. And it potentially gives me options - I've not felt that I've been allowed any choice in what is happening at work, which has been frustrating to say the least.

We're currently awaiting the return of smiley - cat from the vets.

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