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Vacuumed and dusted the lounge and dining room this morning.

 

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1 hour ago, Allan Bell said:

Vacuumed and dusted the lounge and dining room this morning.

 

Allan

 

We'll be around with white gloves to check the dust on top of the doors later. 😉

 

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1 hour ago, Mr Standfast said:

We'll be around with white gloves to check the dust on top of the doors later. 😉

 

 

Whoops!😖

 

Allan

 

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Xmas decorations all taken down, put back in their proper boxes and consigned neatly to the attic. Whoever invented grappling irons was wasting his time, Xmas lights with a plug hang up on everything and anything.🙄

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2 hours ago, aphperspective said:

Xmas decorations all taken down, put back in their proper boxes and consigned neatly to the attic. Whoever invented grappling irons was wasting his time, Xmas lights with a plug hang up on everything and anything.🙄

I got mine done on New Year’s day! I miss the lights, but I had an opportunity to have someone carry my tree to my storage room that day so had to get it done before I was emotionally ready to let go. 😣 But I can look through my back window and see my neighbor’s lit up tree still!

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15 hours ago, aphperspective said:

Xmas decorations all taken down, put back in their proper boxes and consigned neatly to the attic. Whoever invented grappling irons was wasting his time, Xmas lights with a plug hang up on everything and anything.🙄

 

Xmas decorations? What are they? Suffice to say I do not have any.

 

Allan

 

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Manage to break only 2 small Christmas baubles yesterday. Stored them for when I get a good idea on how to photograph them.

Maybe I should check AoA first.

 

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On 06/01/2021 at 12:07, Allan Bell said:

Vacuumed and dusted the lounge and dining room this morning.

 

Allan

 

 

Is it spring already?!  😄

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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

 

Is it spring already?!  😄

 

No. I include the tops of the doors in spring.😃

 

Allan

 

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4 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

No. I include the tops of the doors in spring.😃

 

Allan

 

 

Oh, I can’t reach that high! 

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14 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Xmas decorations? What are they? Suffice to say I do not have any.

 

Allan

 

For the first time in our married life we had no decorations this year. We had hoped that we would see the family face to face, but the Covid situation put paid to that. Surprisingly perhaps it was my OH who decided against the tinsel, I would have been prepared to climb into the loft and dig the stuff out. 

 

More positively, we have been chewing our way through indulgent home made Xmas cake since the 25th, and despite the miserable weather, the days are getting  longer. I've taken delivery of my allotment seed order and used click and collect to buy seed compost and other gardening sundries. The new year gathers momentum.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Bryan said:

For the first time in our married life we had no decorations this year. We had hoped that we would see the family face to face, but the Covid situation put paid to that. Surprisingly perhaps it was my OH who decided against the tinsel, I would have been prepared to climb into the loft and dig the stuff out. 

 

More positively, we have been chewing our way through indulgent home made Xmas cake since the 25th, and despite the miserable weather, the days are getting  longer. I've taken delivery of my allotment seed order and used click and collect to buy seed compost and other gardening sundries. The new year gathers momentum.

 

 

 

First time in many years that we haven’t had a xmas tree but I did put up a few lights and decorations. It was a bit sad to take them back down knowing no-one had seen them! 

Seed potato shopping next thing on our list. 

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I've just listened to the latest edition of The Folk Show on BBC 2 sounds . A good variety of mainly acoustic music, but, to me, the outstanding performance was by  Karine Polwart & D. Milligan  The Parting Glass. Gentle and hauntingly beautiful. Pity it's an ephemeral thing, available for only 30 days. This track appears near to the end of the broadcast (41 mins).

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6 hours ago, Bryan said:

I've just listened to the latest edition of The Folk Show on BBC 2 sounds . A good variety of mainly acoustic music, but, to me, the outstanding performance was by  Karine Polwart & D. Milligan  The Parting Glass. Gentle and hauntingly beautiful. Pity it's an ephemeral thing, available for only 30 days. This track appears near to the end of the broadcast (41 mins).

Great link! Thank you!

 

wim

 

edit: this edition of the Folk Show is called The year turns round again and the first song is that from War Horse. But I cannot help thinking of this one when I hear that line. Showing my age - I know.

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The one thing that cheers me up is that the days are getting longer.

My son was here to stay 2 1/2 days at Christmas. So I did put up a tree, and had a few other decorations. I would do it if nobody else saw them just because the lights makes me happy. Then one day my daughter & son-in-law came over.

The past 3 days have been dark, cold and gloomy. A warm-up and sunshine is coming soon, though.

I'm still eating the last of the peanut butter fudge I made for the holidays. The chocolate fudge is long gone.

And no, I haven’t gained a pound.

Nice thing? I picked up a sonic cheeseburger and onion rings today for lunch. Mmmm.😋

 

Here, we are not in lockdown. Kids going back to school has been postponed for at least 10 days. A very few restaurants have indoor dining, with distant tables, but people are being good and ordering takeout instead. I can go see my sisters in Oklahoma if I want, and did the week before Christmas. They are like me, strictly staying in other than to pick up food. I hadn’t even done that since the 23rd of December until I ordered groceries yesterday and picked up the hamburger today. The virus variant has only showed its self a few times in this area, but it’ll probably get worse before it gets better. Nobody is being turned away at our hospitals. Yet. Test positivity in the public is slowly decreasing in my area.

I'm hoping for a better coming year.

We all want some semblance of our lives back.

 

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I spent some time with my daughter today.  Went shopping with her, she bought a nice chair for her home and we both got groceries. She has not been working with Covid patients directly lately and is due for her second dose of the Moderna vaccine this coming week, so that is good!  She said that last night, she had patient who was one of the rioters who stormed the Capitol building.  He had suffered a heart attack in the process.  Police have been keeping an eye on him while he is recovering. Her job is never boring, that’s for sure.

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Those normal events of just going shopping with an adult child can be so meaningful these days. I’m looking forward to the time when I can have more of them!
 

My daughter lived in Alexandria and worked in Foggy Bottom, but moved six years ago. I love the DC area and enjoyed visiting her. I’m also extremely glad she isn’t living there at the moment. 
 

Yesterday and today I was able to spend some time with my younger sister and brother in-law who I haven’t seen in almost a year. They are traveling from up north to Central Florida for the winter, and we met both days to have outdoor picnics. Even in North Florida there are often beautiful, mild days this time of year. Perfect weather. Days we’re reluctant to brag about to those friends and family living in other parts of the country. However, the sun was nowhere to be seen, the temperatures weren’t much above freezing, and the wind blew the cold right through us as we had our socially distanced picnics. Still, it was wonderful to see them.

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Cleaned the toilet, washed some socks, cleaned the utility sink (basin), put the dry towels in the airing cupboard, measured up for materials to make a new workbench with cupboards and drawers for the garage, had a frothy coffee and biscuits, loaded some images onto Photo4Me, made a statement on Facebook and awaiting backlash (Tee Hee).

 

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I’ve traveled over to a very rural part of my state for a brief stay on the coast. Middle of nowhere kind of place. Average household income here is very low, and most employed residents must drive long distances for work. On my way here I drove through mostly forest and timber land. Hardly any cars, few people. However, just about a mile past a lone crossroads, I encountered three county police, and a long, circular line of cars off to the side of the road outside an old building that has seen better days. A split second later I realized it was the county drive-through local Health Department’s mobile unit for administering vaccines to older residents who live independently, rather than in nursing homes/assisted living. I thought about stopping for a photo, but there was nowhere to do it safely, plus, considering the current climate in the US, I figured it wasn’t a great idea to hop out of my car with a large camera and start snapping away. A chat with the police first would have been a smarter thing to do. Still, the positive situation of people finally getting vaccinations put a big smile in my face. 

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Had my second physical therapy treatment this morning, and I can already feel a benefit for my back. Before starting this round, it had been 11 months since finishing the first round. So I got by for a good while before needing it again.  
These treatments will probably be in my future forever, unless I elect to have surgery. I’m trying to avoid that, and I’m not even sure if the hospitals are doing electives right now. I don’t want to be in a hospital now, and the surgery I would have would keep me there for days.

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The trees around our allotment site have grown over the years and shade the gardens, while overhanging branches are a safety hazard. We rent the plot from the local authority, and have asked them over the years to manage the trees, without success. However a change of heart must have occured, as yesterday a contractor appeared on site and started to fell the trees nearest to the gardens. The change in light levels across the site was quite dramatic, one plot holder described it as a miracle at Xmas! 

 

Fear not, there is still an abundance of trees, they provide protection against gale force winds and a habitat for wildlife and we would not wish them all gone, but you can't grow food under heavy shade. A satisfactory compromise has been reached.

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Good news is that the 3 day lockdown has been lifted. So I rushed to a campsite by the beach for the week.

There I discovered that at low tide, there are zillions of blue soldier crabs migrating in the sand and puddles. They're very photogenic. Click click click. More click click click. I hear a small voice in my head, Edo 'I never imagined that what's taking so long would be to select the keepers'. Click click click. Now they're in the water. Oh an individual one. He's digging. Edo 'Gen, think of the work you'll have to select'. Shushhh Edo. Oh lovely pattern of water/sand with crabs in a zig-zag. Click click click. And I'm here for a week!! It will take a month to go through the lot. At least.

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Blue Crab 1: Crikey here comes another photographer!

Blue Crab 2: Hurry hide the Unicycles!

Blue Crab 3: Where?

Blue Crab 2: Behind the Zylophones like last time ! Hurry she's getting close!

Blue Crab 1: We've got no time!

Blue Crab 2: We'll need a diversion! You lot head for the water, you over there go off on your own and you chaps do that zig zig thing... We may just get away with it...

 

Ahhh Lockdown!

 

 

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Pretty for crabs they are. But not as attractive as those birds that lived in your garden on the Gold Coast.

 

Australia is the place for abundant and unique wildlife. Here in Liverpool, the best I can do is snap the take-away line at Greggs. 

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