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Well, yesterday, not today, but booked a holiday to Greece.

 

Yes, even given the current world state! Of course, things could go horribly wrong in the next 4 weeks, but I won't book anything during school holidays,  and if I was having a "staycation" here in the UK, but I have my reasons for not

 

Fingers crossed things remain good til we are there. My partner and I have been very cautious since all this began, especially with him working in care, and we both are in serious need of a timeout.

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On 13/08/2020 at 12:15, Bryan said:

I'm reminded of another watery incident, this time with a sailing dinghy. I was relatively new to sailing, and had survived a number of duckings due to capsizes, but had encouraged a colleague to come sailing. We meandered about on an inland lake without incident, but then returned to shore. I jumped off the boat to secure it when I became tangled in one of the sheets. The wind blew up and took the boat, so I frantically struggled to free myself. That achieved the boat headed off without me. The look on my friend's face was a picture, a mixture of panic and trepidation. I had to shout instructions for him to control the boat and return to land. Confess I had to laugh, but it took a while before my mate saw the funny side of it. Older sailors might know the type of boat involved, an Enterprise, renowned for its ability to cast the crew into the water.

 

You have just reminded me of a sailing mishap now. A friend of mine told me about going with a friend of hers on a sailing trip who had no prior sailing experience. She was hit and knocked unconscious by the boom as it swung around. She was ok with no long term effects as I understand, but certainly it must have been a scary intro to sailing similar to what your friend experienced. I would be completely useless on a sailboat as I have never actually been on one. I have been in a dinghy but not with a sail.

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It's rained at last, won't have to water the garden!

The big storms seem to have missed us though.

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34 minutes ago, Thyrsis said:

It's rained at last, won't have to water the garden!

The big storms seem to have missed us though.

 

Last night we had thunder, some lightning and not too heavy continuous rain, and a little more this morning. Our cat chose the wrong time to go out. He must have found somewhere to shelter, he wasn't too wet when he came home 40 minutes later. I only had to water a few pots close to the house that never benefit from rain.

 

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I just saved €14 at Lidl using its new app.  Win!

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9 hours ago, Sally R said:

 

You have just reminded me of a sailing mishap now. A friend of mine told me about going with a friend of hers on a sailing trip who had no prior sailing experience. She was hit and knocked unconscious by the boom as it swung around. She was ok with no long term effects as I understand, but certainly it must have been a scary intro to sailing similar to what your friend experienced. I would be completely useless on a sailboat as I have never actually been on one. I have been in a dinghy but not with a sail.

 

Yes, so much can go wrong with a sailing dinghy ! Great fun when you get it right though.  Non sailors won't have experienced this, but there is a huge difference between displacement sailing and planing. When the boat starts to plane it jumps onto its own wave and the speed increases dramatically. In truth you aren't going very fast but with the water spraying back from the bow over the crew, and the imminent threat of a capsize, it feels exhilarating - or maybe I'm just easy pleased. 🙃

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Well my last post here appeared to be a stopper - my wife's family were great social card players and the term stopper referred to a card that prevented further progress. 

 

Our good thing was the news that our third grandchild entered the world yesterday, mother and child doing well. They live in Manchester however, so we're not sure whether the lockdown regulations will prevent a visit.

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On 18/08/2020 at 03:43, Bryan said:

Well my last post here appeared to be a stopper - my wife's family were great social card players and the term stopper referred to a card that prevented further progress. 

 

Our good thing was the news that our third grandchild entered the world yesterday, mother and child doing well. They live in Manchester however, so we're not sure whether the lockdown regulations will prevent a visit.

 

Congratulations! Metric or imperial? 🙂

 

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20 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

Congratulations! Metric or imperial? 🙂

 

 

🙂 Cheers, can't say I'm bothered ! Actually the bairn's height was given in cm and we had to convert to inches to compare with our two.

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On 18/08/2020 at 03:43, Bryan said:

They live in Manchester however,

You don't. As I see it, you can visit them. They can't visit you.

From the regulations, my emphasis. I added a bit.

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If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, unless you are Dominic Cummings, you must not:

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
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If you're concerned about that, you can meet them in public outdoors. For some reason people in Manchester are contagious in their own gardens but not in public.

We Freemasons have just had some guidance from Grand Lodge saying that if we're not confused by the regulations then we haven't read them properly.

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Excited to see a Monarch butterfly spend some minutes on one of my milkweed plants. Hopefully, laying eggs, which is the reason I planted a couple of varieties of milkweed.  The Monarchs only lay eggs on milkweed. The eggs are minuscule, so I’ll need to watch for a bit until they grow big enough to be visually discernible, meanwhile I’ll hope a lot.

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On 17/08/2020 at 21:43, Bryan said:

Well my last post here appeared to be a stopper - my wife's family were great social card players and the term stopper referred to a card that prevented further progress. 

 

Our good thing was the news that our third grandchild entered the world yesterday, mother and child doing well. They live in Manchester however, so we're not sure whether the lockdown regulations will prevent a visit.

Congratulations!

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11 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Congratulations!

 

Thanks Betty, we've seen pictures of the little chap and had a Watsap video conference, but it may be a while before we get to meet up properly.

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On 18/08/2020 at 03:43, Bryan said:

 

 

Our good thing was the news that our third grandchild entered the world yesterday, mother and child doing well

Nothing else matters when you get one of those, does it.

I've just made mine sole beneficiary of my will. Including my Alamy royalties! She's got it made!🤩

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On 18/08/2020 at 10:43, Bryan said:

Our good thing was the news that our third grandchild entered the world yesterday, mother and child doing well.

 

Lovely news Bryan!

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I did share those wild Irish eyebrows with Andy, as well as the surname.

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3 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I did share those wild Irish eyebrows with Andy, as well as the surname.

You mean like these? These are French decent. I could have plucked one of these, put an eye in it, and mended clothes.

 

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I can't lay claim to sporting wild Irish eyebrows that's surely a trump card is it not?

 

Congrats Bryan on the new addition to your family. Its always lovely to celebrate new grandchildren coming into one's life. 

 

Nice lunch out today at Blue Boar Herongate, Essex -  this morning I noticed happily garden pumpkins continue to thrive, with dapples of yellow increasing. The children should be pleased if this wildly rampant crop keeps it up, come October 31st. 🌾

 

Not quite sure how the lawn mowing will eke out avoiding 15ft tendrils. 😲Having never grown such beasts previously it was a surprise to witness the pumpkin takeover

 

😂😂

 

 

 

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

You mean like these? These are French decent. I could have plucked one of these, put an eye in it, and mended clothes.

 

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Yikes!

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1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

You mean like these? These are French decent. I could have plucked one of these, put an eye in it, and mended clothes.

 

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No need for a baseball cap with eyebrows like these!

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So true! 😂

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Today I had a coffee and scone date with my GF, got my hair cut and bought a sports jacket and a pair of jeans.  Today is a good day!

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I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I haven't eaten them in decades but when we were discussing french toast I remembered that Annie Oakley's in Lakeside, California would put a layer of peanut butter between two slices. So I bought peanut butter and still haven't done the french toast but I had forgotten how good a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be. Easy to make, too.

 

Paulette

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On 20/08/2020 at 13:12, Michael Ventura said:

 

No need for a baseball cap with eyebrows like these!

 

Looks like he's aiming for a comb-over. 👨‍🦱

 

 

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Today was great weather to shoot a march and rally in Oxford this afternoon. Back to using the Nikon D750's, the RX100 had been my go to camera recently. In the past I would have edited and uploaded there, but no pressure with reportage. Sitting in my favourite chair finishing off the edits, soon to caption/tag with Photo Mechanic. More planned over the next few weeks.

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