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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
... Hopefully, Orkney will not be affected ...

From pictures I've seen on Facebook, I don't think it got as far north as that - a photographer friend posted a video this morning of Orkney looking as lovely as ever, complete with blue sky.
quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
... Stranraer had gusts of 71 mph ...

Another friend was travelling on the Stranraer ferry today; I understand that she didn't have the best journey of her life. [Eek!]

It's been another bonny day here - not warm (11° when I went ambling about 6 o'clock) but sunny and pleasant.

If only the wee birdies would come back - we've hardly seen a single one since the council told us to take our bird-feeders down. They've since allowed us to put them back up, but apart from a very brief appearance by the mourning doves, not a single cheep.

[Frown]

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Bishops Finger
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Perhaps the wee birdies need to apply to the council themselves for permission to feed?

In other news, glad to hear the Blessed Isles of Orkney are their usual beautiful selves! One day, Elf permitting, I may make a Northwards Pilgrimage.

I did once contemplate a cruise on the St. Rognvald (the third vessel of that name), back in the days of the North of Scotland, Orkney and Shetland Shipping Co.

Can't recall why it never happened - lack of £££, I expect. [Disappointed]

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I remember that St. Rognvald. I have fond memories of Sunday afternoon drives which culminated in getting ice-cream from a wonderful Italian café and going down to the pier to watch her being loaded.

It's been another lovely day today - 17° and sunny (perfect ambling weather) and I'm just off to the other end of the house to properly appreciate what I think will be a pretty damn good sunset. [Smile]

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I'm visiting London tomorrow with friends and have been sorting out the accommodation paperwork. Apparently we are not allowed "unauthorised guests, parties, loud music, illegal or immoral activities"! It hardly seems worth it [Snigger]

Would it be better or worse is they knew I was on a 'Christian Website'?

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quote:
Originally posted by ArachnidinElmet:
Would it be better or worse is they knew I was on a 'Christian Website'?

I immediately assumed that they knew you were on Ship of Fools and were afraid you were organizing a Shipmeet.

[ 21. October 2017, 02:19: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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quote:
Originally posted by ArachnidinElmet:
Would it be better or worse is they knew I was on a 'Christian Website'?

I immediately assumed that they knew you were on Ship of Fools and were afraid you were organizing a Shipmeet.
I don't know what kind of Shipmeets you've been to, but the only one I've been to involved no Immoral Activities whatsoever.

Mind you, it was lunch in Edinburgh, which is about as civilised as you can get. [Big Grin]

D's organ recital today included an improvisation, for which he asked the audience to provide a theme. Someone suggested Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, which, he said afterwards, was about the last thing he'd have expected. I don't know if Mozart would have been impressed*, but I certainly was.

He's sort of getting himself into the improvisation mindset: next week there's a screening of the Lon Cheney silent film Phantom of the Opera, for which he's providing an improvised accompaniment.

* Do I care? Not really. [Devil]

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Hostly Oink (mostly at myself)

Pigwidgeon, I owe you an apology. Instead of quoting your post, I inadvertently edited it; I hope I've managed to retrieve the gist of it.

Hostly Oink OFF

[Hot and Hormonal] [Hot and Hormonal] [Hot and Hormonal]

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
Hostly Oink (mostly at myself)

Pigwidgeon, I owe you an apology. Instead of quoting your post, I inadvertently edited it; I hope I've managed to retrieve the gist of it.

Hostly Oink OFF

[Hot and Hormonal] [Hot and Hormonal] [Hot and Hormonal]

No apology necessary -- I think you got it word-for-word.

(And -- by the way -- the only Shipmeets I've attended have been very civilized. We've had several in Arizona, and I also went to one in London a few years ago.)

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Hatches currently battened down under the weather bomb that is Storm Brian.

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Big tree down near us (I haven't seen it myself). Wind much calmer now.
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IT was pretty awful going down to Swansea - our route invokes going over a mountain road to Merthyr, and there was a lot of water on the road. We did a large detour on the way back - up through Penderyn to the Taf Fechan reservoirs to go to see the waterfalls near Storey Arms. Very impressive!
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Windy here, too. I was going to sweep up leaves at Our Place (we have the Bishop presiding and preaching tomorrow, so we must look Neat and Tidy), but there didn't seem to be much point...

I drank TEA and ate CAKE instead.

[Big Grin]

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Wise man, BF.

There's a new noodle place that has just opened here, and (in the interests of research, you understand) we gave it a go this evening. While it wouldn't be the kind of food we could eat every day, it was very good indeed.

As it happened, neither of us had noodles; we started with a shared plate of crispy wontons with a tamarind dipping sauce, then D. had coconut chicken and I had a mixed platter of meats and prawns, both with jasmine rice. Mine also included a bowl of delicious broth and a couple of little spring rolls. Altogether, v.v. good - we really couldn't fault it.

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quote:
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IT was pretty awful going down to Swansea - our route invokes going ... through Penderyn

I think you must have got some of the worst weather. And did you drop in at the distillery?
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quote:
Originally posted by Baptist Trainfan:
quote:
Originally posted by St. Gwladys:
IT was pretty awful going down to Swansea - our route invokes going ... through Penderyn

I think you must have got some of the worst weather. And did you drop in at the distillery?
mmmm Brecon gin mmmm

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We actually prefer the Cardiff Gin ... however we bought some excellent WHISKY (not the "bog-standard Penderyn variety) at the distillery which, she assures me, is excellent.
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It feels cold and yucky here - 9 degrees C. Our service was good, the preacher tied it all together really well. We had lots of prayer candles at the beginning - very unusual for Methodists. But the sermon was dreary and made no sense to me, so the pup had a ‘call of nature’ and we went for a nice 15 minute stroll then back to Church for the final hymn and coffee ☕️

Now I’m back to soap making - paw shaped, ready to sell at an up coming coffee morning I’m having to fund raise for Guide Dogs.

[Smile]

GIN? I bought some Black Forest gin in Heidelberg- it’s fab u lous!

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What a useful beast a DOG can sometimes be!

[Biased]

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quote:
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... we went for a nice 15 minute stroll ...

There's nothing wrong with praising God via Nature and His little creatures! [Smile]

As four of our sopranos were away at a choral festival this weekend, D. asked me to sing soprano to redress the balance a bit. It was fun - the motet was Exsultate justi, in which I probably haven't sung the top line for about 30 years.

[Eek!]

I'm a bit wrecked now though - singing the odd descant here and there is fine, but singing soprano for a whole service when you're not used to it is a bit knackering. Quality Bear Time™ this afternoon, methinks.

[Snore]

[ 22. October 2017, 14:50: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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A gentle post-singing Amble might help!

Our Patronal Festival Eucharist this morning, with our Bishop presiding and preaching. Not a bad turn-out, though the Dreaded Lurgy has struck, and at least two families were missing....

Never mind - it's always good to have a friendly Bishop around to exhort and encourage, and ours is good at that. He went straight from being a parish priest to being a Bishop, so he knows the score.

IJ

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A gentle post-singing Amble might help ...

It would have done - and it would have been a good day for ambling, but once we'd had lunch and snoozing had been accomplished, for some reason I just couldn't muster the energy. My only mitigation is that D. and I had both dozed off on the sofa, and he was sort of leaning on me, so if I'd got up to go ambling, I'd have woken him, which wouldn't have been very kind.

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. [Snigger]

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Very well, but Don't Let It Happen Again.

Actually, you conjure up a delightful post-prandial domestic scene, which (as you say) it would be a shame to disturb...

My only complaint re Evensong is that I have to rouse myself from slumber and snoozing to attend it.

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We only do Evensnog once a month, so it doesn't interfere with postprandial snoozing too often. [Smile]

Ambling has been accomplished today; when I went out at about 4:30 p.m. it was 22°.

On 23rd October. [Eek!]

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Our beautiful autumn days seem to be, at least temporarily, over: although it got up to 20° today*, it was absolutely p*ssing with rain for most of the day. The gardeners seem to be pleased ...

I cheered myself up by baking cherry CAKE, which has just come out of the oven and will be available for virtual tasting shortly.

* The normal daily high for this time of year is about 10°.

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Where's that CAKE? A friend has given me a small bottle of very strong ALE, which needs something to go with it....

[Razz]

Out for my own Amble this morning, the weather (though still mild - warmish, even) could not make up its mind whether to be Misty or Drizzly, so ended up being both. What the Irish would call a Soft Day, I think.

Colder weather predicted for Sunday, though... [Ultra confused]

IJ

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It's still chucking it down by the bucketload here*, although our meteorological boffins are predicting a sunny, if rather cooler, weekend.

That'll do nicely.

* We got nearly an inch and a half of rain yesterday, but apparently that wasn't quite enough ... [Roll Eyes]

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Umm....how did the CAKE turn out?

No sign of it here - must have got lost in cyberspace.

Ah well - back to CHEESE with the green bits scraped off...

[Help]

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Though I say it what shouldn't, it really turned out rather nicely. [Smile]

We went to 540, one of our favourite eateries, for lunch after D's recital today (smoked fishcakes with salad for me, butter chicken for him, both v. good).

To burn off one or two of the calories consumed therein*, I went for a nice little amble, passing the time of day with the neighbourhood squirrel en route.

At least it's stopped raining; over the last few days we've had well over 2 inches. [Eek!]

It's cooled down to sensible levels too: this time yesterday it was 21°, today it's 12°.

* Does salad actually have any calories? [Biased]

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I feel that salad is calorie-free. Thus, cheese salad, zero calories [Smile]
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Like broken biscuits (the calories escape through the break),
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O what an intriguing thought!

I shall cut my CHEESE and CAKE into even smaller pieces before devouring same.

[Big Grin]

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Of course, you all know that any food you consume on church premises has no calories, and if it has CHOCOLATE in it, it actually has negative calories.

[Snigger]

After a v. lazy morning, as it was another nice autumnal day, we took a little turn out of town and went to a little place we'd been meaning to try for a while for breakfast. D. had what they called a "Trucker's Breakfast" - three eggs, bacon, ham and sausage, fried potatoes, a great big pancake with maple syrup and toast - and didn't know whether to eat it or climb it.

I was a bit more restrained - I had an omelette with peppers, onions, mushrooms and ham, fried potatoes and toast. It was all quite nice, although TBH I could have made just as nice an omelette myself - it was just a little bit bland.

I'm now turning some lamb bones into stock, then I'm going to use it in a casserole with lamb chops, potatoes and veggies for tomorrow's lunch.

I haven't ambled today because I'm basically a very lazy piglet. [Big Grin]

PS Hello Amber! <waves> [Smile]

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Amber! Good to see you!
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Waving back [Smile]
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We had choral Matins this morning (we get it a few times a year). I have to say it doesn't float my boat quite the way Evensong does, but it was quite fun all the same: it was the first time this choir had done the Te Deum from Ireland in F, which is quite a jolly sort of sing.

I really must try and have an amble this afternoon, as the weather boffins seem to be offering us another storm, so ambling may not be wise in the next couple of days.

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I'm afraid I'm now tempted to restrict my daily Amble to brief excursions to and from the parking place of the new Episcopal Carriage....

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Like this? Or this?
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I imagine Bishops Finger in one of these:

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Sorry to disillusion you all, but it's like this, actually:

http://paintref.com/graphics/sample/fiesta2016candyblue.jpg

[Big Grin]

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Lovely colour, BF. And you can't beat a Fiesta for all-round usefulness.
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The nice salesman told me (an elderly 'singleton') that the car is a 'babe magnet'.

I've had the vehicle for a day already, and not one 'babe' have I had to peel off yet...

[Disappointed]

IJ

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Piglet
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That's a very smart little set of wheels, BF. Health to drive it. [Smile]

So much for ambling yesterday - a friend from St. John's phoned just as I was about to go an put on my ambling shoes, and he, D. and I had a lovely, long natter. Unfortunately, by the time we rang off, it was dark, and the street-lamps around the château leave rather a lot to be desired.

Then today, it was blowing a hoolie and p*ssing with rain ...

D's Phantom of the Opera thing went off very well indeed: there was a good crowd, and judging by the standing ovation he got, they all enjoyed it.

He's really very good at this improvisation lark - he even snuck in a few little humorous bits (like the Pink Panther theme and A Policeman's Lot when the police were mentioned in the captions ...)

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
The nice salesman told me (an elderly 'singleton') that the car is a 'babe magnet'.

I've had the vehicle for a day already, and not one 'babe' have I had to peel off yet...

[Disappointed]

IJ

Sue him under the Trades Descriptions Act!
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Bishops Finger
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O, I'm a patient sort of chap. I'll give him another week...
[Two face]

IJ

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Curiosity killed ...

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I am finally free! It's taken until now to hand over, including on working all weekend, well, bar a couple of gigs, and pulling an all nighter on Sunday night. I went in yesterday morning to hand back my work laptop, phone and keys and ended up there for 3½ hours! Total pain that railway engineering works over the weekend meant I wasn't prepared to spend the hours travelling to leave the stuff, post the keys back through the letterbox and run.

The extra hours meant I was too late to get in a long enough sleep to go out in the evening, to a recording of My Teenage Diary, which is always enjoyable live. (I applied for a lot of tickets thinking I would have finished by now.)

I am especially chuffed that I been saving holiday pay through my temp company for the last two or three years and never claimed any, which means I have an income until Christmas - not a huge income but at least something to live on.

Gigs at the weekend were the amazing CC Smugglers, who had the Union Chapel up dancing (damn difficult dancing in pews), supporting the Keston Cobblers Club on Saturday night. I was there more to see CC Smugglers, having seen them at Cambridge (Folk Festival) in the taster session on the Saturday morning and not been able to get into the tent on the Saturday night, outside not being an option in the downpour. I don't think I was the only one who preferred the support from how full the chapel was for the first band compared to the second.

Sunday lunchtime I saw Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene's Alehouse at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre (£10 standing ticket) - which was an esoteric mix of folk, particularly Niel Gow's tunes, and Purcell, with lots of dance and interaction - great fun live.

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
I am finally free!

[Yipee] [Yipee] [Yipee]

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Bishops Finger
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....and clearly making the most of it!

[Big Grin]

IJ

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Piglet
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Enjoy your freedom, CK, and happy hunting when you start looking for something else. [Smile]

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Congratulations, CK! [Axe murder]

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Now that it's November,
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... month of misery and mayhem
It's night for most of the afternoon
And p.m. for most of the a.m.

I don't feel at all that I'm being a wimp by turning on the thermostat (a bit) and donning socks for the first time since early May.

At 8°, it was rather crisp when I went for my amble.

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