Thrid week o’ Mudmonth

More songs I recall from my infancy.
There was Abdul abulbul Amir:

The sons of the prophet were hardy and bold,
And quite unaccustomed to fear,
But the bravest of these was a man, I am told
Named Abdul Abulbul Amir.

Abdul had an enemy:

There are heroes aplenty and men known to fame
In the troops that were led by the Czar;
But the bravest of these was a man by the name
Of Ivan Skavinsky Skivar.

Rather like the Two Cats of Kilkenny,* the pair fought and both died. See here for the whole thing.

*There once were two cats of Kilkenny,
Each thought there was one cat too many,
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
Till, excepting their nails
And the tips of their tails,
Instead of two cats, there weren’t any.

15th Feb

Walk 4.2 miles

Just to town & back, apparently. The fence post is leaning at about 45° I like how the growth rings have altered the licheny/mossy stuff.
The two cygnets (swans?) have seemingly decided to take up long term residence on our pond.
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Feb-you-airy carries on

Saturday 8th of February 2014

Old songs that keep replaying in my mind. My mum used to sing them all day long when I were a nipper:

We’d have seen the war in China
If the weather had been finer
If it wasn’t for the houses in between.

Wiv a ladder and some glasses
You could see to Hackney Marshes
If it wasn’t for the houses in between.

Actually from 1899 – well before my time, but I remember it from my childhood. The “war in China” bit isn’t in the original – dunno where I got that from. Think they were ‘music hall’ songs – doubtless from my parents’ courting days.
MapMyWalk 3.58miles



Looking rather less than highly gruntled.
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February begineth

Why does February have an “r” in the middle? I always pronounce it “Feb you airy” as do most people I know. Thinking about it – I occasionally say “Febry” so I dunno.

February: late 14c., from Latin februarius mensis “month of purification,” from februa “purifications, expiatory rites” (plural of februum), of unknown origin, said to be a Sabine word. The last month of the ancient (pre-450 B.C.E.) Roman calendar, so named in reference to the Roman feast of purification, held on the ides of the month. In Britain, replaced Old English solmonað “mud month”. English first (c.1200) borrowed it from Old French Feverier, which yielded feoverel before a respelling to conform to Latin. from

Love “mud month”.

ð (Ð – capital) is still used in Icelandic. it’s called “eth” or “eð”. I understand that (ðat!) it’s pronounced like a hard, voiced th as in ‘that’, ‘this’ as opposed to the soft, unvoiced th in e.g. ‘thing’ represented by þ – “thorn”.

       from B&M: Carte Noire coffee – excellent flavour for an ‘instant’ all the way down the bottle and moreover it’s not Nestlé (it’s Kraft);
       from Poundland: Haribo wine gums;
       from YumYums: sundry different bars of Swiss choccy – cheaper and tastier than Cadbury (Kraft win some and lose some);
       from M&S food: Pikelets! (and ice cream and casseroles and fruity yoghurts and …)

Bird facts on the British Trust for Ornithology site tells me that Great Crested Grebes have an incubation period of 27 – 29 days so I reckon that the pond family should be hatching in the next week.(writing on the 22nd Feb) Watching!
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January, end of …

Why do we trip up? T’other day I tripped and definitely went down!

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doing this after walking 9+ miles on the 18th Feb & 6 1/2 miles on the 20th.`

Saturday 25th January 2014

Just under 3 miles: MMW 2.94
Just to show what I sometimes have to do to pull pictures up;

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January carries on

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Saturday 18th January 2014

MMW 5.67map
Walked up to Shireoaks using the road from Highground bridge to Haggonfields lock, detouring through what was Dormer’s old factory site and the wood beyond – apparently called Tranker Wood. Came back over Shireoaks Woodland and down the canal. Continue reading

More January pics and stuff

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Ever been walking along & seen someone approaching who you don’t want to meet? You dodge into a shop or even about face and do the buggerin’ off, don’t you? Well, ever noticed someone seeing you and doing the same? Weird isn’t it?

Just heard “… my cholesterol was high …” in a TV ad as “Michael Aspel was high”* – it took me a couple of head shakes to realise what I’d heard.

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Mapping my walking

Got a new “smart”phone so I’m using map my walklink – a GPS tracking system that’s supposed to let you monitor your fitness. Anyone who knows me knows that fitness ain’t exactly my thang so I’m using it as much as an aide-memoire as anything.

Most of it’ll be my daily walk to town for cat food – you know I’ve four of the monsters, don’t you?
I go the long way round usually – around the north side of the pond, up t’ canal to the Lock Keeper (pub), down canal to town & back via canal and south side of the pond. I’ll link walks and use MMW mileage to show the link in future.
Dunno if there’s other “aps” that do similar but this one seems to do the job. Just gotta work out how to GPS stamp my pics in camera (gizmo from Nikon costs a bloody fortune!) and all will be good.

The eleventh of January was Saturday and apparently I went to town twice although I don’t recall it.
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