Day 321

Had a busy day, this morning sorting kids out, and this evening preparing a book of my visit to Tuscany this year. So am making do here with my Sunday challenge shot, the theme of which was -something worn (as in old and knackered).

I chose Phils boot, as it’s 15 years old and has bits missing 🙂

Day 321 ~ worn out

Day 208 & Tales from Fraggle Towers ~ heatwave edition

Our heatwave is well and truly over, not that it waved that much up here. In fact our wave started at 8am Thursday morning and finished at 6.15pm Thursday night. It was still uncomfortably warm, but I don’t call raining in hot weather a heat wave. After a glorious blue sky day we decided to BBQ for our evening meal. The weather forecast said thundery stuff would happen at 8pm so we figured we’d still have a nice ODEE (outdoor eating experience). But as mentioned, come 6.10 pm…

ODEE rained off.

We went indoors, and finished everything off in the microwave! :/

It has continued to rain ever since, with the odd break here and there. But back to heatwave day, whilst I was photographing my G&T for my daily shot, I felt a little prickle on my arm, but was so engrossed in photographing that it kind of didn’t register properly in my brain and I ignored it. Eventually it became a really sharp pain and I stopped to look and saw a strange black thing where the pain was. I brushed it off me and saw a teeny tiny red bite mark, but thought no more about it. Today – 2 days later, the area around the bite has swollen up, hurts to touch and is unbearably itchy.

bug bite

all day I’ve been alternating rubbing in Savlon, Germolene and wrapping it in an ice pack, fingers xt it’s better tomorrow :/ I haven’t seen another bug like it, but that’s a vicious slow release poison that ought to be harnessed by the military!

You may remember on day 200 I posted a shot of my brand new glorious sunflower. I put it in the sunniest position in the garden as instructed by the little ticket that came with it ,kept it watered and it’s been doing really well. Apparently though, I appear to have purchased the only sunflower in the world that cannot cope with one day of sun! and by the end of Thursday…

fried sunflower. :/

To add insult to injury, the sunflower leaves have been eaten as if by a giant vegetarian, but when I examined it closely I found…

any snail ~ voracious appetite!

But it’s not all doom and gloom, today saw the arrival of my new lens, a 16mm f2.8 and if it ever stops raining I’ll go out and take some pictures with it!

day 208 ~ new lens!

Stuff I’ve seen since the last Towers Tales ~ Captain Marvel! That was a cool movie and Brie Larson unexpectedly did a great job, even Phil liked it. A bit.

We’ve been watching Catch 22, the last episode in the series was on Heatwave day and what a great series it’s been. Notoriously difficult to convert from the book to a movie.. (it was actually the 8th most successful movie at the U.S. box office in 1970 in spite of being considered a flop)… the series is beautifully filmed in vintage tones resembling Kodakchrome film it’s funny and dark, and everyone in it is acting their socks off.

Talking of funny and dark, I started watching the new Amazon series ‘The Boys’ last night on Amazon Prime. I’d read it was about superheroes and as Mr.Fraggle is on night shift I sat myself down with a glass of wine prepared for acts of derring doo as per Marvel. Boy was I in for a shock! Gone are the high minded ethics of Captain Marvel and his crew, here we have cocaine snorting, orgy partaking, sexual coercion making ‘Supes’ as they are called, and there are so many that there’s a corporation, “Voight” (headed up by actress Elizabeth Shue (who is excellent and leaking breast milk 😀 ) with the top 7 Supes being the crew all other Supes want to be part of. ‘The Boys’ refers to the disparate group of vigilantes who want to take the corrupt Supes down. The script is funny, dark and clever and the actors are knocking it out of the park. I think this will appeal to all those who are fed up with or don’t like the overload of superhero movies we are currently undergoing, as well as those of us that are Marvel/ DC fans. Incidentally it is based on a comic book series published in 2006.

3 hrs later. There’ll be a part 2 tomorrow as I had a weird computer thang happen before I’d finished this post!

Did you miss me?

Well of course you didn’t. I was all over your blogs like a cheap suit when we had some downtime while away, most of the countries we went through have the internet. 🙂 A rather different road trip than last years, which I did posts on over on the Universe blog,  and I only used the Fuji for museum shots and reference shots for Phil as he’d forgotten to charge his camera batteries the day we went off to the Panzermuseum! 🙄😊

So I won’t be doing the usual Fraggle report over there, but I did shoot a fair amount of film, and iphone shots, so we’ll do that on here I think.

I’ve been back a week already, and so busy at work and sorting out the holiday washing and all the boring stuff, but I did go out with Sophie yesterday and it was a sunny, if cold, autumn day, there’ll be a report on that eventually! 

It’s my 6th anniversary today of being on WordPress, yay go me! 

Some photo’s then? Oh go on, lets!  Here are a few shots I took of Frego on the roadtrip

We are sailing…
I’ve found the mini bar Fraggle!
So sad Fraggle..
Yum! Spaghetti Bolognese!
I think I need a wide angle lens Fraggle…
We should get one of these Fraggle
Good lord Frags, you could ride to the moon on one of those!

Sunday 30th September

It’s been a fairly busy week, as I’ve been away from Thursday to Saturday night, to the Hearbuy conference for Independant Audiologists. My boss Brenda took me along with her last year and again this year. We stayed in a Marriot hotel called The Forest of Arden, in fairness it does have a lot of trees, and is also a golfing centre with a 19 hole course.  We got lucky with the weather and as Brenda drove us down, I took a few iphone shots along the way.

Thelma & Louise 😀

We passed Ferrybridge power station a couple of times


and a few wind farms.

An uneventful journey, and we arrived at the hotel at 5.30pm.

The hotel is quite nice, and though the rooms are very basic and dated for the amount they charge, it was clean and the bed was comfy. We had dinner and met up with other Audiologists, had a couple of glasses of wine, then off to bed, at least I did. 🙂 It’s nice to chat on to people you only see once a year, and Brenda loves seeing the people she’s known for ages. 

Elaine from Hearbuy, & Brenda.

On the Friday we have updates and hearing aid stuff, and then we sit and listen to motivational speakers.  This year we had Gerald Ratner, and he was brilliant.

Doing a Ratner

Not sure my not-from-England readers will know who he is, but basically he was a CEO of a huge jewellry company who crashed his business by giving a speech where he dissed his own products- meant as a joke but it killed his business and made him a pariah in the business world, as well as the butt of many jokes. The newspapers were quite evil to him. As he told us- if anyone even now makes a big mistake in business, it’s called ‘doing a Ratner’!  He was so self depracating and it was inspiring to hear how he turned his life back round again. 

On Friday night there’s a big champagne reception,dinner, and entertainment evening where they also have casino type thingy’s, roulette, crap table & a spinning wheel of fortune.  You buy some special paper money to bet with and the proceeds go to charity.  The entertainment was both great and also pretty dire. They had a duo called Union Avenue who were really good

Union Avenue Duo

and an abysmal comedian/impressionist who was a semi-finalist in Britain’s Got Talent. I would beg to differ on that if he’s the best we can do🙄. No photo as I couldn’t bear it and left the room. If you are interested google Drew Cameron.

The dinner was lovely, and the champagne went down smoothly 🙂 

Oh, my glass is nearly empty!

Sadly I felt a bit off colour in the evening, so only took advantage of the one glasses of champers, and went to bed fairly early, leaving Brenda to enjoy the roulette with her chums. 

The conference is mainly paid for by Hearing aid/hearing technology companies, who have an exhibition room where they talk to all the audiologists and try to convince them that there stuff is superior. In truth the hearing tech these days is so good it doesn’t really matter which manufacturer you buy from, it’s how good the audiologist is that counts. But good to see the innovations.

mine all mine!

Felt much better after a good night’s sleep, and in the morning we had another motivational speaker, Derek Redmond, an athlete who held the British record for the 400 meters sprint, and won gold medals in the  4×400 metres relay at the World Championships and European Championships in 1986.  He was really funny and interesting so a good end to the conference.

We left at 1 o’clockish and I just snuck in this shot of a man delivering balloons for a wedding reception

Up!!!

and got home for 5.30pm, another sunny, uneventful drive. Today I’ve been doing a little photography

that’ll be amber then. 🙂
crystal ball

and cooked Sunday lunch. My mosaic table is now finished and re-installed so I’ll be posting that on Wednesday, and I did a couple more mirror shots while I was away, so I’ll be updating the project later in the week.  Now to iron my work clothes :/ and have a little relax before bed!

have a great week peeps!