Thursday, March 05, 2009

Still cold-ish at 42F - but wind change - NE at 2mph

The beautiful drifts of Council crocuses make one think that Spring must be in the offing. And so far the birds seem to be leaving them alone, mostly. I've seen birds, the varmints, simply peck through the stems and leave the flower lying there. They don't eat them or anything. Just vandalism ! Perhaps ASBO is actually an acronym for Anti-Social-Bird-Order.

After dropping Y at the tram I stopped briefly on the way home to photograph crocuses. We had made excellent time - virtually no traffic, it is so unpredictable. Then coffee, newspaper, crossword, mess-about with my pictures, an hours kip - pretty darn nice really. And you can probably tell from my tone that I'm feeling fine. The National Trust Day, followed by a WoW day, seems to have done me good rather than 'floor' me. That also, like the A610 traffic, is unpredictable.

The crocus on the left is one of our garden ones. I've given it the full close-up treatment and the bright orange 'anthers' seem to be saying "Come on you Bees". But it is way too cold at the moment.

This evening it is our Camera Club meeting and I'm looking forward to it. Just those stairs ! But we shall all have a laugh. It is a "bring along your laptops and we can discuss problems" evening.

My responses to your previous comments

Jill ..... Thanks for you kind words about the snaps. Helen C will be pleased because the lead picture was hers. Pied wagtails do 'get around' and flat surfaces, be they car-parks or bowling-greens, seem to appeal to them.

At your suggestion I googled Baroque knitting yarn in 'google images' and the snap on the right was the best. Your verbal description was accurate and I guess the wool would have a very specialised and limited function. One certainly wouldn't fancy socks for instance.

I am glad you have decided on a stick. They are excellent for reassurance and the collapsible ones are quite unobtrusive. As you say, you can always accidentally whack someone with it. I get this picture of Jenny Joseph's poem about getting older. Just because she restricts herself to running her stick down the public railings you don't have to follow suit.

Bob..... Woolly mammoth will do. I didn't fancy being a beached whale.

I love the poem "“De spring is sprung, de grass is riz......" Do we owe thanks to Ungleby Cowpertrew ? Or was the author anon ?

Thanks for The Sports Desk update.

I listened to the David Attenborough programme about Percy Edwards in the middle of the night thanks to BBC's 'Listen Again' service. A nice idea. It was presented as a panel game with guests Bill Oddie and others being asked whether a clip was the actual creature, or Percy Edwards ?

Y watched the David Attenborough TV programme, or at least, part of it. Apparently it seemed to be all about sardines....... And as Y said "Once you've seen one sardine ....."


Quotation time .......

"Enjoy where you can, and endure where you must"


The link is to his Wiki-page. No YouTube unfortunately.

Interesting news this morning, The Queen now has a 'twitter' page and Tim Berners Lee helped her set up her website ! WoW-ee !

Not wishing to become embroiled in the daily political grind but one item interested me about Sir Fred's pension. Harriet Harman said -

"It might be acceptable to a court of law, but it isn't acceptable in the court of public opinion".

That sounds to me suspiciously like recommending 'mob rule' and the 'lynch-party'.


p.s. I may return this evening, after EPS. Depends how I feel..... editor



Jill said...

What a beautiful crocus picture. 'De spring has sprung..' I always thought it was Damon Runyon? But then for years I thought Jenny Joseph'a poem was by Wendy Cope!

That yarn would make a good large shawl, or a cardigan/jacket.

Not sure I like D'Artagnan darting about....

I have recorded the sardine programme, and am going to record the Darwin one, will watch Channel 4's offering about corruption in the West Yorks. Police in the 70's. Someone on the radio described ir as 'a vicious Life on Mars'.

Have you been reading the BBC website about the Miners' Strike - some interesting bits.

We had lunch at the pub where Fi works - I had a cod and pancetta fishcake and chips, R had roast chicken and veg, and we shared a lovely home-made Bakewell Tart with a large jug of hot custard. I saw there was Pig's Cheek on the menu - this is the place where I had Pork Belly last time. It was slow-cooked - is that like a hot Bath Chap, Bob? Fi said it wasn't selling very well.

Lots of sunshine here. but COLD.

Pete said...

My wife has promised me that when she gets old she will wear purple and act like the character in that fantastic poem and I believe she will. I can't wait. She has a copy of it in book form, pride of place on the shelf. Cheers

bob said...

Received pristine ‘used’ copy of ‘The Honeywood File’ (via Amazon). Hugely recommended; has feel of Wodehouse / JK Jerome.

Yes, hard to know what’ll make one feel better or worse.
One day’s wood-chopping beneficial but two successive days left me feeling decidedly below par in mornings (but OK afternoon).

Lovely crocus – if you like purples (I do, Sandra doesn’t).

’Spring is sprung’ remembered from early teens.
But Google informs it’s Nursery Rhyme! (slightly different words).
Sandra knows it from infancy.

I recommended David Attenborough’s sardine programme on basis of blurb.
But Yvonne is right; very repetitive; I switched to Grand Designs.

‘Last of the Summer Wine’ WoWers?

Wagtails love carparks and playgrounds.

Gripped by Red Riding. Extremely dark and vicious (Shakespearian?) but excellently directed and acted.
Drama not documentary, Mr Stalker.

Living in heart of Miners’ Strike Country we were only indirestly affected apart from being stopped (with wife and 2 children in car) by ‘foreign’ policeman trying to force confession that I was flying picket!

Never had Bath Chap, cold or hot.
Beef cheek I found uneatably rich.

Vision of menacing old woman who pokes other ‘in-the-way’ supermarket customers.
Stop it at once!