Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Y safely home - Legs horrible

.The photograph is one of John's from a trek they did round Derwent/Howden reservoirs a couple of weeks ago. He seems to have a naturally good eye for a picture and his shots including water always seem to 'work'.

Y is safely back from her 'grannying' at Palmers Green where she had a great time and she is less shattered than usual. I think she paced herself a little.

My legs are bad I'm afraid and I am opting out of things for a few days. Got to be in good form for Saturday.


4 ticks ..... Your Lumsdale watercolour is certainly being appreciated. As I think I've mentioned before, your 'foliage' is in the classic English Watercolour tradition and always looks good.

jill ...... Perhaps you are right about the 'Strictly' voting but, with so many exposés recently, I don't think they would dare. My suspicions are due to us not being shown the 'scoreboard' after the public have voted, so you can't ascertain accurately who moved up/down etc. Still good fun though.

How interesting about Judi Dench's brother-in-law in 'As time goes by'. All these links !

bungus ...... We don't want you discombobulated re blog publicarion times now do we. The answer lies in my using a blogger facility of 'draft'. I can prepare most of it during the day, 'save to draft' and then publish during the late evening as is more normal.

All our best wishes to Sandra for her op. day on Wednesday.

Re Alamy. I'm sure you will read anonymousrob's comment which explains the site much better than I did.

anonymousrob ....... Thanks for the fuller explanation of Alamy. I didn't really know all that myself. It's only use for me, and others who produce newsletters etc., is as a source of good quality royalty-free images. The amount of images in their data bank ensures that one is seldom stumped for a good piccie.

You are right about the world being riddled with Haikus. Once you know the format they tend to jump out at you.

As we all knew anyway, John Sergant isn't a man to be trifled with. On the nightly 'It takes two' show he pointed out that the shows rules give the public 50% of the vote, and they vote on wider issues than the quality of the 'fleckles' used. "If Craig Revel Horwood has difficulty with that perhaps he should consider his position" Good for you John !

How kind of you to say something so encouraging about the blog publication time. Much appreciated. !

Catch you tomorrow - sometime ??

1 comment:

bungus said...

Sandra home about two-thirty. All well.

Landscape pictures are not generally my favourites but the composition and colour of John’s is extremely appealing.

Sorry to hear the legs are playing up again.

My ‘complaint’ about blog timing was not intended to be taken too seriously so that’s all right. But your idea of preparing it in draft and giving a final tickle before publication sounds sound to me.
And what is ‘normal’?

Thanks for best wishes to Sandra but I won’t pass them on for fear of being chastised for revealing too much. I’ve heard nothing since she left home at 6.45 this a.m..

I can see the value of Alamy.

Thanks for mentioning haikus. See later.

’Ever Decreasing Circles’ it was, indeed.
Early appearance of the excellent acrtress Penelope Wilton and also very good support from the late Peter Egan whom I always saw as a ‘lighter’ successor to Ian Hendry (who first appeared as Police Surgeon which morphed into The Avengers).
"Other regular characters were Howard Hughes (Stanley Lebor) and his wife Hilda (Geraldine Newman), a rather boring couple who tend to wear identical sweaters."

Like the haiku; wish I had spotted it.
I shall have to be more alert.

I think ‘common’ in the case of the butterfly means possibly rather less common than in fungus-speak where it means, eg, the Fly Agaric which I had never seen before the 1990s but then saw several hundred in one year and many since. Occasional means the Chanterelle and Death Cap, neither of which I have ever found in some 15 years of serious mushroom hunting. Uncommon refers to the Panther Cap of which I have seen one and the Parasol, of which I have seen and eaten many. I conclude that it is mainly a matter of habitat.

Returning to butterflies I think Common (which is part of the name, not an indication of comparative rarity) probably means if the habitat is right, and the weather, and the time of day, and the day of the year, you may well see several, possibly at the same time. If so, that does apply to the Common Blue.
“Oh, a Common Blue!
You don't see many of those
Hereabouts, do you?”

I have never seen a b&w landscape; only pictures.

Thanks for the detailed info on 'Ever Decreasing Circles'.
Whose husband?

Thanks also for your good wishes to Sandra but see comment on main blog.