Tales from Fraggle Towers ~ November 2022

The end of November is nigh, and I’m noticing more and more Christmas lights up in towns and on peoples houses. Asda are already awash with Christmas tat.

Far too early IMHO, 2 weeks is enough for me! Oh well, to each an apple. November didn’t start too well as I’d really hurt myself at the end of October. I got up from the sofa and twisted so as to trap a nerve in my back, and ended up incapacitated for a week. Couldn’t drive so couldn’t go to work, and sitting down or standing up was quite horrendous. I had planned to visit my lad Ben and Grandson Lewis on the following weekend and really didn’t want to cancel, but by the time it came around I was all better. Big relief. Nurofen and paracetamol combo to the rescue!

Off I went down south and as it was Guy Fawkes night, we went out to Milton Keynes to a Firework display, but first went for dinner at one of the Wagamama restaurants which has Asian fusion food based on Japanese cuisine. I think it’s supposed to be hip and groovy to eat there, but neither Ben or Lewis enjoyed what they ordered though they did their best, and it’s good to try stuff out of your comfort zone. I ordered Pad Thai, which is slap bang in my comfort zone so I was fine πŸ˜ƒ.

Of course it was raining on and off so traipsing over to the firework display wasn’t that great as it was in a park and things got a bit muddy. There was a big fairground which was heaving with people and long, long queues for the rides, which none of us fancied doing, but Ben and Lewis wasted some coins in a mini amusement arcade.

A fee but no win

We waited in the field for 45 minutes before the fireworks started, and they lasted 20 minutes. They were not all that spectacular but the end bit (you can see below) was pretty. Anyway, getting rain sodden didn’t stop me enjoying being with my boys.

crackley fireworks.

Back home we’ve had nearly 2 months with silly internet. We decided to swap over from Virgin to BT, for various reasons I won’t bore you with but not least because it’s faster and cheaper per month. It has taken 7 visits over 10 weeks, by several teams of internet fixerupperers to get us connected. They’ve had to dig up the path that runs past the front garden, dug holes in our front garden, spent hours on the phone back to base and finally yesterday got us connected and we are back online.

BT men at work.

BT were very good whilst this was all going on and gave us a mini hub that was basically a sim card in a case. It was enough to use the computers but no good for streaming, and it dropped out every now and then and on rebooting had to have a megalong password put in. So annoying (I know, 1st world problems) but they didn’t charge us for it, so I can’t complain really, even though I just did.

Mini Hub

Achievement of the month… I made dumplings for the first time ever and they were OK at least. Phil tries to make them quite often and fails dismally everytime, so I volunteered to have a go and ta-daaah!

Dumplings.

Work has been as usual, mostly busy though this week it’s dropped off a bit, that happens around this time of year, and this year paying for wax removal might not be a priority. I pulled the longest pair of skin ribbons I’ve done so far out of one ladies ears, one out of each, amazing! They remind me of shedded snake skin.

Skin ribbons.

Phil has been busy repainting the woodwork of the landing doors and skirting boards, as well as upscaling the banister. Looks nice. To celerate we went off to Jarrow and chose a new stair/landing carpet, which will be fitted in a couple of weeks. It’s from the same people who carpeted the house 20 years ago when it was new. Nice to see a local family run firm make it through all the mad stuff.

Horned Helmets!!!

After all that hard work the past 10 days have been a pain literally for Phil as, not to be left out, he trapped a nerve under his shoulder blade. He’s been fannying on with a tens machine, which did do some good when it worked, but couldn’t sleep too well and finally went to the Docs yesterday and got himself some strong painkillers, which gave him a good nights sleep. He’s doing better today, at least I’m not getting hourly reports of the pain level, and he’s unplugged himself from the tens, so fingers crossed!

I bought an indoor cyclamen back in October, it’s doing well but I can’t get over it liking cold weather and no sunshine. It’s pretty.

Cyclamen

Lord Vincent and Winnie have been stuffing their faces since the weather has turned cold, and don’t go out so much when it’s raining, but both are doing OK.

I found this and it made me laugh, so true!

I didn’t do much photography at the beginning of the month, but had a play around trying ICM (intentional camera movement) shots

Windy window
Gee tarrrr

I love how ICM photographers make artistic work with it, but somehow it just isn’t for me.

Sophie is back for a couple of weeks, and we went out this weekend, so there will be a post on the Universe blog in the near future, though I will wait until the film shots come back as there are not many digitals. Not sure how long that will be as the post office are on strike until Friday. Along with half the country. Good to see people fired up and taking action at last.

So that’s about it for November 2022, the year is nearly over just Christmas to get through and then we can all start again!

Stay tooned!

πŸ“· 😊

Day 318

I am getting as bad as Pete moaning about the weather, but really, can this rain just stop now! Today I’ve been doing chores, this morning and this afternoon was spent in the shed, trying to take a photo with the LOTG people. I say trying because it was a dismal failure. Firstly I burnt my finger on my heater, then I couldn’t get the photo to go the way I was seeing it in my head, then I spilled the sand I use for groundwork over the floor, swept it up and spilled it again. Then when I was sweeping it up a second time I knocked my tripod over and made the top of it all wobbly so I couldn’t use it. 2 & 1/2 hrs wasted and a headache by the end of it. :/

My amazing hubby took the tripod apart and fixed it, he’s so cool, but I’d just had enough by then so will start again tomorrow. Though I feel like selling my cameras and taking up knitting! Thinking about it I was never any good at that either. Sigh.

Anyways, I do have a photo I took today, whilst I was washing up this morning the cloud at the back of the house thinned out just enough for the sun to poke through, and as it was tipping it down I knew there’d be a bow at the front of the house, so I ran upstairs and took a picture of it. It didn’t last long and that was the last I saw of any sun.

Day 318 ~ fekkin’ rain.

Day 239

Another blue sky day here for most of the day, but the forecast was and is thunderstorms and rain on and off through the night. The first one turned up here about 7pm, its leading edge illuminated by the sun for a little while until the sun was subsumed and the air grew dark and rumbled and grumbled. A few flashes of electric light and not much rain, it passed over quickly. Waiting for the next one now.

Day 239 ~ Stormzy

In other news, another attempt at catching the hedgehog on the trail camera last night. Abject failure yet again. πŸ™„ The hedgehog came, ate his biscuits and left without us seeing him, and so we put some more out incase he came back and caught Mrs.Fluffy the mouse botherer stuffing her face with them. None of that turned up on the camera. Sigh. I’ve reset the settings and will try again tonight! 3rd time lucky and fingers xt!

Day 235

I’m still doing the Sunday challenge every week over at Ipernity, this weeks theme made me snigger – clouds – 🀣 I mean, how many do you want!?

Day 235 ~ cloud age

Also apparently there’s a stage 3 heatwave going on this weekend, which means it’s mad hot and you can die of boilingness from it. But that’s down in London and the South, so that’s fine by me. It’s overcrowded there anyways. πŸ˜‚ Very pleasant here at 25/6 degC with a gentle breeze. Not so ‘grim oop north’. πŸ€ͺ