More Jan

An apology

I know I’ve said this before but: “I don’t remember people.” It’s not ’cause I don’t like particular people; it’s not ’cause particular people aren’t memorable; it’s not ’cause I can’t talk to particular people.
I just don’t remember people.
Folk I meet while walking, anglers, dog walkers or other walkers, often greet me as if they recognise me, they probably do. In order to not appear totally oafish I tend to meet everyone with a nod, a smile and a cheery “Hi”, as if I know them.
Folk I’ve known and spoken with for yonken are the exception* and possession of a dog also ups your chances of recognition. Names: that’s another of my many failings.
*Not invariably – as related elsewhere, I once blanked my brother.

Apropos nothing at all

Aside: Why is ‘I’ the only pronoun that’s always capitalised in English? Indeed it’s the only non-proper noun that is; correct me if I’m wrong.

Mondegreen: A mondegreen is a mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning (wiki). Continue reading

March begins

Did I mention that I’ve bought one of those things to cut cheese consisting of a small slab of marble with a wire?

Cheese cutter

Cheese cutter

Here ’tis – with some Extra Mature Cheddar on half a Tuc biccie. I usually pig out on Stilton but my local M&S food recently had a fridge breakdown and (horrors!) chucked a load of cheese away. Isn’t that a bit daft? Cheese is basically rotten milk – all M&S’s is sealed so how could it go off(er)? In passing why does cheese have a ‘BEST BEFORE’ date? Continue reading

February 2016

New Toy

Got myself a new toy:

Nikon J5 'mirrorless'

Nikon J5 ‘mirrorless’ & lens adaptor


As with all things Nikon it was not cheap: the adaptor, which allows use of Nikon DSLR lenses, was over £150!

As a camera it’s OK: geared towards the snapshotter methinks. The only things I’ve really benefitted from are the swivel screen and the in-camera panorama shots, the header pic above is one of these. Continue reading

Second bite of March

Not everyone’s got one of these:

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In case you don’t know what ’tis – I’m blocked from seeing Stephen Fry’s tweets. I have no idea what I’ve done to deserve it but it gives me quite a thrill! We have mutual once/twice removed acquaintances (i.e friends of friends type of thing) but I don’t think it’s anything to do with that – ?


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Monday the Sixteenth

Things I keep coming back to:

Flickr album (14)
At least once a year I try to catch midges in flight – not very successfully.
Lichen is another thing I regularly snap – it’s often the only colour in winter and is hidden as leaves grow on trees.
Grasses are very attractive, both for their individual shapes as here and when billowing in the breeze en masse.
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A quick woosh through October

Butterflies becoming less apparent as the month goes on.
All these pics and more are on my Flickrlink


Wednesday the First of October 2014

Walked up to the doctors to book prescriptions. Went the long way round!

Morelink
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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 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=February

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”.

Food:
       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 carries on

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Saturday 18th January 2014

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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