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Uploaded another 11 images today.

 

That is 54 images now in QC.

 

Chipping, chipping, chipping.

 

Allan

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3 minutes ago, sb photos said:


My wife has been referred by her GP for her booster, has it booked for this Saturday. She had her last vaccination 6 days after me, yet I’ve heard nothing. I can’t book online as it hasn’t been 6 months since my last jab. My surgery is the pits in many areas.

 

I got communications from Doctors surgery AND NHS on the same day to book my booster jab. Went with surgery as it is nearer than where-ever NHS would have wanted me to go.  Actually should have booked NHS as well and have had double booster dose.   Just to be on the safe side  ----- or NOT.

 

Allan

 

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7 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

Just passed last year's number of sales...now if I can beat last year's revenue, that would be even better!

 

My sales this year top last year by 146%.   Value is only 77% of last year.

 

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I've just listened to the latest episode of The Life Scientific, featuring Professor Tim Spector talking about how the foods we eat influence health outcomes. Certain foods suppress our cravings for sugar so can  result in weight loss, while diet has been shown to be a factor in overcoming the effects of Covid. Part of the message is to avoid over processed junk food, but the story is a good deal more complex. Recommended listening if you can receive BBC radio sounds over the Internet.

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On 21/10/2021 at 16:43, Allan Bell said:

Uploaded another 11 images today.

 

That is 54 images now in QC.

 

Chipping, chipping, chipping.

 

Allan

 

Go for it!

and...

Campden, Norton and Ham?

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tis rare but always brilliant to be majorly chuffed

by unexpectedly encountering one's image in prime

setting whilst pursuing one's daily routine:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/florida-is-ditching-palm-trees-to-fight-the-climate-crisis/ar-AAPR5Um?fbclid=IwAR00B6vKak2gsyY9mVNsJaWGmkTGBE9qtcge4sGT5KcXO6A1g5Y2ztNi5mU

& at that moment to only be literally a few steps from whence bloody photo was taken!

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On 09/10/2021 at 14:51, NYCat said:

 

I am curious about whether Covid patients are given any instructions for improving lung function in the future. I do yoga and the breathing exercises helped me when I was dealing with asthma for a number of years. I had a gizmo from the doctor that let me test the strength of my exhale and I was on medication but no "physical therapy" for my lungs. I still carry a rescue inhaler just in case but I haven't used it in years.

 

Paulette


 

I can give a much better answer to this question now than I could when Paulette asked. Since then, I have received amazing follow-up through the NHS in relation to managing the respiratory aspects of having had Covid.
 

I don’t know if it is the same in other parts of England but locally where I live they have a community respiratory service. They called me a few days after I was released from hospital and I had a home visit from a specialist respiratory nurse last week. She was very knowledgeable about just about everything, went through my medical history, discussed breathing techniques, inhalers, pulmonary rehabilitation geared towards Covid patients, long Covid and so on. The entire session was totally unhurried. It was like something from a different age - a home visit that is - and she left me feeling very secure that I am being very well looked after by the wonderful NHS despite the terrible pressures on the system right now. I found the same in the hospital- the staff are just wonderful, every one of them totally professional and dedicated, working under incredible pressure which is almost certainly going to get worse. 

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I was hunting for a spiral notebook to write something in, and came across one I had taken notes in during a 2006 trip to the west coast in a rented motor home. It was cool to relive the trip, which included what we paid for gasoline and what parks we stayed in.

The first fill up was $2.19 a gallon. Eureka, Calif it was $2.89 a gallon.

In New Mexico, we saw a man carrying a large cross made of pvc pipe across the desert, off the road. He was on a religious mission to carry the cross from west coast to east coast. We stopped, talked to him and took pictures.

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On one page I mentioned downloading my and hubby’s memory cards every night. Here’s what I wrote.


”I downloaded our cards to the laptop, which is an every evening chore. We also charge up batteries. I have a purple gym bag full of chargers, and other stuff. Wires everywhere—-and each night while we are sleeping, the wires have a party, do the rumba & tangle up. I think they get drunk, first.”

Reading that took me back in time. I remember well the frustration of detangling those wires. That was my job.  Every. Evening.


After we broke camp the next morning—

“We got up about 7:30. I did laundry while Bob went into town and gassed up the little car & washed it. He brought back McMuffins just as I was finishing the laundry. It is 11:30 a.m. and we are getting ready to head up the coast. Low tide is around noon. I haven’t checked to see what mischief the wires got up to last night.”

Any of you take notes while on trips?

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59 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Any of you take notes while on trips?

 

Not nowadays. I make videos, voice memos or stills of signs etc on my iPhone if I want to remember something about where I am. If taking pictures on my camera, the videos or voice memos can be easily correlated back if the times are coordinated between phone and camera. I could do these on the camera itself but I like keeping the record stuff separate. Also there is a good GPS on the iPhone. 

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I made my notes, but it was more like a diary to remember not just where we took pictures, but what we ate, things about the camps where we stayed, and the weather. Memories. Like I remembered a lot about this trip, but I had forgotten about the wires. The wires weren’t important, but they were a part of that trip, they flavored it just like the couple we met on the beach and chatted with who were from our same town, 1000 miles from home.
I made notes about the best camps, the cleanest camps. And the San Diego camp that was like a prison, with gates and guards running around in their golf carts acting authoritative. We spent one night there and scrammed, left them to their prison-guard behavior. The only reason we stayed there is we had a minor breakdown practically right in front of it. 

My husband is gone, but I can read this trip diary and I’m there with him like it was yesterday.

I have another trip diary from our east coast vacation, too. Each of those trips were 3 week trips.

It's the nuances we tend to forget over time.

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6 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Any of you take notes while on trips?

 

I used to take limited notes, but no longer. When I used to shoot 4x5 I would add notes to post it notes and fix to the DDS before dropping into a poly bag to keep dust free. I didn't want to transfer dust into my pop up changing tent. Surprising how many people think dust was only a problem with digital sensors.

 

Now I will sometimes photograph on the camera in use a street name unless it it really obvious, other times I'll take a screen shot on the iPhone Maps showing where |I parked the car if unfamiliar with the area. 

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17 hours ago, MDM said:


 

I can give a much better answer to this question now than I could when Paulette asked. Since then, I have received amazing follow-up through the NHS in relation to managing the respiratory aspects of having had Covid.
 

I don’t know if it is the same in other parts of England but locally where I live they have a community respiratory service. They called me a few days after I was released from hospital and I had a home visit from a specialist respiratory nurse last week. She was very knowledgeable about just about everything, went through my medical history, discussed breathing techniques, inhalers, pulmonary rehabilitation geared towards Covid patients, long Covid and so on. The entire session was totally unhurried. It was like something from a different age - a home visit that is - and she left me feeling very secure that I am being very well looked after by the wonderful NHS despite the terrible pressures on the system right now. I found the same in the hospital- the staff are just wonderful, every one of them totally professional and dedicated, working under incredible pressure which is almost certainly going to get worse. 

 

That is wonderful. I think we all can benefit from breath work. It's one of the most valuable things about yoga for me. Everything is done with the breath and it is wonderfully centering emotionally.

 

Paulette

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1 hour ago, NYCat said:

 

That is wonderful. I think we all can benefit from breath work. It's one of the most valuable things about yoga for me. Everything is done with the breath and it is wonderfully centering emotionally.

 

Paulette

 

Absolutely true Paulette. 

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I had an interesting day yesterday. On my way driving to Oxford I passed some interesting roadside HS2 activity. Although tight for time I pulled into a small housing estate and walked back to take a few shots. One of the HS2 contractors told me I couldn’t photograph their work. I promptly but politely put him right, that I was on a public road, but he still insisted, so I photographed him and the plant they were using and went on my way. Masked up at the park and ride, and a short ride into Oxford City Centre.

 

I ended up being a little early for the Alice meets Mala event, so wandered shooting potential stock, then back to the Botanic Gardens. Noted the city centre roads would be closed at 1.30pm. I believe I shot everything I wanted to, but in some cases I couldn’t get into position due to the crowds. Broad Street was the worst, I would say as busy or more than parts of the Notting Hill Carnival. Down St Aldate’s I saw another photographer jump on a stationary bus that couldn’t go anywhere and shoot through an upper window to gain height. Then back home after 2 shops, dinner then starting the initial cull. Later dozed off about 11 part way through the second cull. Editing now, seems never ending. Overall a great day.

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Having pulled up my tomato plants, grown in buckets, I was concerned about the waste of good compost. It's probably not a good idea to use it for toms again, and I normally dump it around the garden as a mulch. However this year I've decided to experiment and mixed some of it with sharp sand, added a touch of blood, fish and bone, and sown a couple of large pots with carrots within the greenhouse. They may or may not come to anything, but seed is cheap and it's worth a try. It's a waste of time growing carrots on our allotment as the carrot root fly always destroys the crop. Newly picked home grown carrots are sweet and tender, much nicer than shop bought.

 

I will also probably sow some sweet peas, using seed saved from this year's crop. They grow like weeds, and the colourful and richly scented flowers are great for cutting for use in the home.

 

I also need to collect a load of fallen  autumn leaves in order to make leaf mould, which will be a substantial component of the compost used to grow tomatoes the year after next.

 

Rather more fun than photography.

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I picked 8 more of my small ping-pong ball sized tomatoes this morning. I ate 6 of them with my pork chop sandwich for dinner. I probably have 75 of those tomatoes still on the vine. The Romas are no longer ripening, but I didn’t like the fruit from that plant anyway. The plant that is still bearing ripe tomatoes gives all I need.

I’m really going to miss tasty tomatoes when the first freeze comes. I had over 2 inches of rain in my rain gauge from last night and today’s downpour, which was needed.

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On 27/10/2021 at 05:30, sb photos said:

 

 

Now I will sometimes photograph on the camera in use a street name unless it it really obvious, other times I'll take a screen shot on the iPhone Maps showing where |I parked the car if unfamiliar with the area. 

I should follow your example and photograph the location of the car. My wife has an excellent memory and a remarkable homing instinct which will always take her back to the right place, but I'm hopeless and have temporarily lost the car a few times. 

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How cool is that? This is the newsletter of the company who converted our bus to a 4WD. 

@Wim Next month will be even more interesting 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0il0ooh4w0noya4/October Newsletter.JPG?dl=0

 

https://4x4motorhomes.com.au/stories/how-a-toyota-coaster-bus-became-hughie-the-beast-4wd-motorhome-part-3/

 

 

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1 hour ago, gvallee said:

How cool is that? This is the newsletter of the company who converted our bus to a 4WD. 

@Wim Next month will be even more interesting 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0il0ooh4w0noya4/October Newsletter.JPG?dl=0

 

https://4x4motorhomes.com.au/stories/how-a-toyota-coaster-bus-became-hughie-the-beast-4wd-motorhome-part-3/

 

Keep the spaghetti and rice avalanches coming! 😂

 

wim

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2 hours ago, gvallee said:

How cool is that? This is the newsletter of the company who converted our bus to a 4WD. 

@Wim Next month will be even more interesting 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0il0ooh4w0noya4/October Newsletter.JPG?dl=0

 

https://4x4motorhomes.com.au/stories/how-a-toyota-coaster-bus-became-hughie-the-beast-4wd-motorhome-part-3/

 

 

 

Interesting reading Gen. What a marvellous adventure you are on.

 

Allan

 

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2 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Interesting reading Gen. What a marvellous adventure you are on.

 

Allan

 

 

Thank you Allan. The text has been chopped/edited by the company and is disjointed. Some illustrative pix have also been discarded. Well, it's their newsletter... 

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3 hours ago, gvallee said:

How cool is that? This is the newsletter of the company who converted our bus to a 4WD. 

@Wim Next month will be even more interesting 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0il0ooh4w0noya4/October Newsletter.JPG?dl=0

 

https://4x4motorhomes.com.au/stories/how-a-toyota-coaster-bus-became-hughie-the-beast-4wd-motorhome-part-3/

 

 

 

A very impressive machine, and great photos ! 

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