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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Duck down in Ivybridge

a lone dead duck, found by a passer-by, who reported it to whoever. He was told to just bury it - as it was harmless. Eh? How did they know - nobody even bothered to look at it! The powers that be (ie the police etc) have said that nobody needs to report just one dead bird - only suspiciously high numbers of dead birds. In clumps, one presumes? So the birdies get sick and all die together and fall in the same spot? That would be suspicious! How many dead ducks were there in France? How many dead swans in Poland? Complacency, bone idleness and more than a touch of arrogance. The public are in good hands ....

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Close to pneumonia

or, at least, I have a nasty bout of bronchitis and a cold, which is hardly surprising given the ENDURANCE of the weekend and the bitterly cold weather. This morning we had the double glazing man out (we invited him!) and he measured up for new doors. I would like less glass, but we are short on light here, with all the trees, so we opted for plain glass French doors for the back and a half panel of stained glass poppies for the front. Nobody usually asks for that one, apparently, and it has to be specially ordered. The man was taken with it and said he might pop up and take a photo when it's done (do we get paid for that? Free fascia boards or something?)

BUT, none of this gallavanting and spending is getting any of my WORK done. Where can you buy motivation?


I had one Friday afternoon and decided that we would go to London!! So I booked a night at the Queen's Gate Concorde Hotel, near the Natural History Museum and we set off after the hub got home from work on Saturday (at about 3:30!). It's a long, boring drive to London, but we got there at around 8:30, without too much hassle, except that we couldn't quite find the hotel! When we did find it, they couldn't quite find our booking ... however, I was armed with email confirmations and they gave us a room with 4 beds. Mind the step! I didn't (there was no warning and you had to get past the step to turn the lights on!)and went flying, much to Paul's amusement. Hub parked the car (a mile away) and then we walked down to Gloucester Road for some provisions.

Sunday was very busy. Nice breakfast, walk, Victoria and Albert Museum (loved the Cast Courts), walked, queued, Natural History Museum, walked, and walked, and walked some more, ate, walked, climbed a mighty high escalator,

hadn't been to the Earth Galleries before - experienced the Kobe earthquake, bought things, walked,Science Museum - but not for too long, then walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, up past the Royal Albert Hall, to the place where we were parked. Cold. Soaked to the skin. Tired. So we drove through the thronging streets, to Greenwich (we didn't get lost!!). Parked. 20p for 20 minutes and that's all you got. Walked. Miles. Knew how Scott felt when he was freezing to death. Bought things. Walked. Froze. Drove home. FROZE as the central heating wasn't working - brrh and grrh - and Captain Bunzee was very hungry by 11:00pm ....

Friday, February 17, 2006


Vivian Foxworth is coming home

We went to fetch her from the garden centre, yesterday, but she'd done a runner! Finally, with much relief, we found her in Telford, Shropshire and she will arrive by first class post. What a flighty madam!!

Today's Haiku (to a picture of a deer in thicket)

Get out of there; run!
Men with guns crave new coat hooks!
Casserole for months!

Beware Yahoopoo

Suddenly, I wasn't getting my emails in! A quick investigation found:

Basically they WANT MORE MONEY. Don't I pay enough, as it is, for my few pages of ad free geocities? And didn't I TRY to log into my account, oh, a couple of months ago, when they shut me down completely as I hadn't used my ancient geocities account for a while?? (And yet I paid for it!) So I couldn't log into my account - and getting in touch with somebody to complain (via email and phone) was almost mission impossible (almost because I did eventually succeed in getting myself reinstated).

I am seriously tempted to take my ancient (though-want-to-keep-sentimental-trash) geocities pages elsewhere - brick by brick. (If only I had time).

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Memory Lane

This is where I used to play as a child!!

It still looks like something out of Dickens!!! Ah though, memories! I had bad dreams last night - actually about tarantulas. They were everywhere in the house - black ones, brown ones, white ones (white ones?) And then was awake early, so didn't feel like studying today (any excuse; although I did have a marathon session yesterday!) - and, after going into town to make an appointment for the door men to come out and give us an estimate, we went to the road where I grew up and I took some pictures of the outside, front and back! I lived here until I was 8 years old.

My paternal grandfather died in the room at the top right and both of my brothers were born here - one in the right hand bottom room and one in the left hand bottom room. Funny how I can remember it so clearly! I wasn't born here - I was born in Freedom Fields Hospital, where Paul also was born, many years later! Freedom Fields started off life as a workhouse and now is, alas, no more at all, as it's been demolished and replaced by charmless, grey houses.

Still in a nostalgic mood, I scanned a painting I did of the Pilchard Inn at Bigbury, wondering if my Dad will recognise where it's meant to be! We had some happy holidays there!

Talking (loosely!) of art - I've decided to start entering the Haiku Competition again - I still crave that mousemat! This should do it ....

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


I am Lacy Panties

"You're one seductive chica, but you've also got a ton of class.

You are like a pinup girl, with timeless beauty and sexiness.

Men are afraid to talk to you, knowing they'll be addicted to your charm immediately."

I am 32% Abnormal

"You are at medium risk for being a psychopath. It is somewhat likely that you have no soul.
You are at low risk for having a borderline personality. It is unlikely that you are a chaotic mess.
You are at medium risk for having a narcissistic personality. It is somewhat likely that you are in love with your own reflection.
You are at medium risk for having a social phobia. It is somewhat likely that you feel most comfortable in your mom's basement.
You are at low risk for obsessive compulsive disorder. It is unlikely that you are addicted to hand sanitizer."

I am 50% Weird

"Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!"


And Ed says that an extension (of however long I need) is OK for SXG390 TMA03 - phew!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

NOT my Valentine!!

Gay-Lussac all is forgiven! This fellah is far more heinous. Evil! Harald Sverdrup. Torques and curls. YER WHAT?? M = b + curl tau. Has to be Klingon or D'Ni. Even the blasted buoys are either Langrangian or Eulerian! And there's the geostrophic equation

(haha!), inertia currents, wind stress, Ekman motion. What's all that got to do with fish??

I've done my project plan for SXG390. It's not looking good. It seems that, because of our holiday, I shall have to do most of it by the middle of June - yeah, right!!

I'm not getting good vibes.

I downloaded the The Largest Climate Experiment ever today. The world is whirling around in the background and is currently on 11/1/1921. It has to go to 2080!!

When I first downloaded it, there were 750 people in the UK participating, 70 in the USA and 1 in Japan. Now there are 8666 people in the UK participating, 1509 in the USA and 3 in Japan. Are they just not very keen on climate in Japan, or are they asleep?


Must be Harald Sverdrup in disguise!!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Moon last night ...

... was amazing - I'd never seen anything like it before - it was surrounded by a HUGE circle of nothing! Apparently this is due to ice-crystals, and the phenomenon is known as a Moon Halo.

Everton won (again!) and are now in 10th place - whoo!

Oh, and I found this place in Montana - it is so beautiful that I just had to book a couple of rooms, Sagebrush and Bitterroot! :) And they have Fjord horses!

Thursday, February 09, 2006


we paid of our mortgage.


That IS a nice feeling!!

As Paul is on leave all this week and it was hub's day off, we celebrated by braving the cold, but very sunny day, and went to Salcombe, where you can buy a nice house for £1.6m or a small apartment for £0.5m ...

Then we went to Slapton

And finished off at Dartmouth, with fish 'n' chips by the harbour (sorry Mr Cod).

Devon really is extraordinarily beautiful - I guess we take it for granted.

I WISH I could get some momentum going on my courses, though. I appear to have hit a wall or something. I suppose this is understandable, with so much going on at the moment - and so many changes. TOMORROW I will do my skills audit for SXG390. I will.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Things is happening!

Went to Looe, Cornwall, this afternoon and saw the first daffodil of the year outside somebody's cottage - spring is certainly just around the corner!

In Looe, apart from a nice stroll along the harbour, along the beach and through the old, narrow streets, the hub bought a pair of thermal gloves and a new blue washing up bowl (£1), while I bought a dragonfly on a stick, one of those nylon anoraks you fold up into a little pouch and a big bar of chocolate covered marzipan! Oh, and we rescued a little bear who was looking completely forlorn, sitting out in a basket, in the cold, and had one ear and one arm squashed and deformed. I dunno, some people don't know how to look after critters properly!

The hub has a new JOB!! Already! Grocery deliveries for Asda!! He gets to wear a green fleece and drive a big truck (well, quite big!)

And I've been busy changing holiday hotels again! I've changed the hotel in Banff to one much (it seems) nicer - real class! The Juniper.

And I'm about to rebook the hotel at Grand Coulee Dam (we had moved to Spokane, but, minds are for changing, right?) And I've said "NO" to the Holiday Inn Express in Vernon, who wouldn't let me change/cancel my reservation, because I made a little error when I booked and clicked the "pay now" thing - I mean, WHY would I have intentionally done that? To save 6 cents? We're going to stay in Kelowna now, in a nice bed and breakfast down by the lake. I think. Oh and I've been messing something awful with Waterton Lakes - and have not really reached a successful conclusion to the business. I'm getting a little muddled, actually.

As for the learning' .... well, I haven't touched S330 since Friday. It was all Coriolis force, wind stress and inertia currents - had a whale of a time with that!!! I don't see a way of typing Greek thingies onto here, or I would most certainly share otherwise.

My SXG390 tutor, Ed, phoned from Ireland on Friday evening. He is very nice - and very helpful - and very encouraging! He has given my chosen topic the all clear and even likes my title - although it really is only provisional.

"The History, Cause and Effect of Debris Flows (Lahars) and Risk and Mitagation to areas surrounding Mt Rainier, Washington, USA"

It's way too fussy, even for an academic whatsit - I really want it to be less fussy, even if I have to make it longer.

So, I was all geared up to get on with the project plan and the skills review - but, was too busy doing nothing in particular. I MUST get weaving tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

165 898 feared dead

in Metropolis, Tranquility and Auto City, after earthquakes and a vicious (super) eruption from Mt Spur. All the deaths were my fault as I am the new Chief of Emergency Management for Bluebear County. I'm surprised they let me stay on actually, as I killed 310 022 yesterday! :)

Well, the hub has left work (with a golden watch!), the carpet has been laid, the Mt Rainier book arrived and I haven't done a thing for a couple of days! I'm really worried about when (and where) I'm going to get time for study. Maybe some people can manage to think anywhere (like, a lot, I know, do study on the train on the way to work) - but I can't do that - I have to have quiet.

Good news today though, spring's on its way!

Spring is sprung
The grass is ris
I wonder where the birdies is
Some say the bird is on the wing
But that's absurb because
Of course
The wing is on the bird.

Who wrote that?

Oh, and talking of birdies, I saw a new one (for me) on Sunday. A turnstone! Miserable looking thing!