Saturday, January 28, 2012

Candid camera

Walton beach

Folly at Wimpole Hall.  This was built so people could admire it from the house

Hill climbing in Cambridgeshire

Tea on the pier

This winter has been surprisingly mild.  Jolly good too, if you ask me.  So Trev and I have been making the most of it and going for interesting walks at the weekend.  Trev longs to take “a moment of magic” photo.  However half the time his camera is in his back pack.  We went for a walk in Hatfield Forest recently with Jill and while we were pausing for some water a deer ran past, then two more deer ran past, then about twenty deer ran past.  Then Trev said “I’m getting my camera out!”.  Needless to say that was the end of any native wild life for that day.
So today Trev had his camera out and was ready but most of our encounters with nature were aural.  We heard a woodpecker (really a little early in the year for that sort of thing) then we heard a tawny owl.   He took a few photos but when I went to take a photo of him the batteries had died.  Hey ho!  It’ll happen one day.
Here are some pictures of our walks, including some of our walk with Mike and Linda at Walton on the Naze.  It has a very pretty nature reserve near it but is rather a “kiss me quick” kind of a resort which hasn’t moved on from the 1950s.  We ended the walk with tea on the pier and were impressed with Linda’s optimism in asking for green tea.  She got a cup of hot water with the teabag on the side.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Parts in

Brian has spent the last 3 weeks - since he was told the piece was being done  by the BBC - creating and printing the parts.  He had 3 days off over Christmas and one day off for his birthday but the rest of the time he was hard at it.

Theoretically the computer can do it.  However the computer doesn't pay attention to convenient page turns, put in cues etc etc, so it still takes a lot of human input apparently.

He handed it all in to the BBC on Thursday, so now we just have to wait until 2 Feb. 


Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year resolutions

Hmm.  It's that time of year when I resolve to make myself a better person.  Last year I resolved to actually finish all the books for my book group which I did, sometime moaning like a small child through the entire tome.  The year before I resolved to try a new recipe every week.  Which I sort of did but it's not always practical.
So this year I was thinking of having a screen free day once a week (obviously, not counting work).  BUT  I don't think I can do it.  No computer, email, TV or cinema.  I am not that strong! Just do the eating less and taking more excercise as usual I suppose.  Sigh! 
Maybe I should read Proust of War and Peace or something but I'm not convinced it will improve me.
Good luck with your resolutions whatever they are.