Tuesday, December 30

Eynsham my Elysium

I took this yesterday - you can't beat this kind of light.

When it's not annoying you, the Toll Bridge is rather fine.

Monday, December 29

Out and About

This raises so many questions...is there an intolerant footpath elsewhere? Does this refer to one's behaviour on said footpath? Answers on a postcard please.


Jingle Bells - A Tutorial

A little helping hand for Holly, from Lin.

Introducing Tinkerbell


Like many divas, Tinkerbell (previously known as Snowdrop, Odette, Amanda and Sarah), did not appreciate the attentions of the press.

However, she agreed to pose for a few photos...

...agreed to be interviewed...


...and even became quite playful!

Global Warming?!?


Spotted this in Hoults' window (if you're ever in Huddersfield, a great independent wine merchant) - it must be hotting up if you can make red wine in Wakefield! :-)

Oxford Sunset

Caught this on my 'phone just before Christmas.

Wednesday, December 24

That was the year that was...

...OK, it's not over yet, but I was having a review in my mind last night:

Adam aka The Boy
2008 marked 19 years since we met, I've now known him for longer than I didn't know him.
It's 10 years since we were married.
It's 9 years lsince we moved into no29 (it'll be 10 in May) .

Family
Gertie, my grandmother celebrated her 100 birthday (sadly dying less than 3 weeks later).
My niece Zoe was born.
I caught up with a ploethra of Danish relatives.

Work
In October I left RM, after just over 7 years.

Travel
I went on trips to: Madeira, Burgundy, Denmark, Turkey (inc. a fabulous few days in Istanbul) and Berlin.

However, when I think about this year, I think about my FRIENDS (including Adam, my best friend) - both near and far, old and new - who have sustained, supported, renewed, delighted, suprised (and best of all), amused me throughout this year.

I hope you all have a Happy Christmas (or religious/non-religious celebration of your choice :-)) - and that 2009 will be full of joy and laughter. I send you all my love.

Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, 'What you too? I though I was the only one'.

C.S.Lewis

Tuesday, December 23

Almost Monochrome

What a green eyed monster!

Eynsham Charleston

Well, what else do you think he's dancing with that knee action?

My Spiritual Boat...

...well, the right name for a boat belonging to me!

Back Story


Some things will always remain a mystery!

[Spotted in Saint-Malo in 2005]

View from the Heights

I often look at postcards, and wonder where they've been taken from. This 'classic' view is from Hinksey Heights golf club. I had to crop it to get rid of the power lines!

Tuesday, December 16

Crimes Against Canines

In the summer of 2005, I was queuing for ferry to an island just off the coast. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this poor beast ahead...

...yes, it's REALLY wearing a neckerchief and a sunshade!

Monday, December 15

La Luna continued...


One of the nice things about having a new laptop, is the opportunity to review and play with some old pictures. Now I've cleaned this up, I really like the hint of the full body of the moon, and the subtle effect of the branches.

Sunday, December 14

Time Machine....

...I wish it was Spring...and I was here...

yes, here.

Hair Scare...

In May 2006 my hair was this colour...I've promised a couple of peeps that I won't dye it that colour again, but I rather enjoyed it.


Saturday, December 13

St Lucy's Day

Today is my name day - under the Julian calendar it was the shortest day, December 23rd, which inspired John Donne's beautiful poem.

In Scandinavia and Italy there are lots of traditions associated with the day - many, like the St Lucy's Day fires, are obvious adaptions of earlier solstice celebrations.

Images of St Lucy tend to include her holding a pair of eyes on a plate, other images show her holding a lantern. I really like this more modern take.

Thursday, December 11

Corgi Power


This picture has nothing to do with my post...but I think endless posts without pictures can get a bit dull :-).

The boiler whisperer came round this morning. I missed him, but The Boy tells me that he put his hand on the boiler while diagnosing it, sort of boiler faith healing! A part is on order, and with luck we'll have heat and hot water tomorrow.

UPDATE

The gas man cometh - bless him, he came back this evening, and we now have heating and hot water! Hurrah!


Wednesday, December 10

MissT is stinky!

Brrrrr...it's cold! The combi boiler isn't igniting, so no heating and no hot water! MissT hasn't been this cold since she left her childhood abode to go to college, as her cruel APs didn't get central heating until the kids left home (or telly for that matter).

At The Boy's suggestion I brought the fan heater down from the attic, and stupidly plugged it into the extension socket (which you shouldn't do anyway - and I'd forgotten that the fuse in it is only working cos it was mended with some silver paper). The extension socket then became v. hot, scorched the rug and fused the sockets.

I minced off to the pub in disgust - anyone would think I lived on a boat!

(A nice boiler engineer who Marmaladekiss swears by is coming tomorrow - hurrah!)

Tuesday, December 9

Religious Scene

This little boxed scene was brought back from Spain by the morganatic wife of Christian VII of Denmark. It puts the tat I bring back for The Weeping Cross to shame!

Things that make MissT CROSS...

I should be very happy ce moment, as I have a lovely new laptop (well, it's a refurb. but it's as new)...but...

./rant

I am annoyed about (in no particular order):

  • my cough which won't go away
  • friends who make the most incredibly tactless remarks, then have incredibly thin skins about anything I might say
  • women who dump their female friends when male company appears
  • my camera which has a dust particle I just can't get out
  • people who don't even acknowledge job applications, let alone tell you if you're not successful
  • Robert Mugabe
  • that someone I love lives too far away for me to support her properly
  • pissed up teenagers who keep me awake then throw cans of 'wife beater' into our front garden
  • me
./rant off

UPDATE

That said, a grumpy guts like me is lucky to have any friends at all....

Monday, December 8

Looking Up...

I minced into town (despite the evil cold) to visit the Farmers' Market and have lunch with Lovely Lindsay. 

There was a clear, blue sky, so I looked up to enjoy it. I'd never noticed the bull on top of the Town Hall...

...nor the ship on the Lloyds building.

[Please forgive the image quality - I had to take quick snaps with my phone will being jostled by stressed shoppers :-)]

Thursday, December 4

Dashed Cat....!

Now and again I want to write a letter...but Maisie doesn't like it...

Note to self...

...boiling the kettle with out any water in it is foolish, on many levels.

Still, my many years in IT support meant that I did a 'hard reboot' on everything, and soon sorted out why all our sockets had tripped.

Although, had I followed up why 'the kettle was making a funny noise' earlier, The Boy wouldn't have had to dash out of the technogarret like a scalded cat.

Historia est vitae magistra...and all that jazz...

Technogarret Sunset

One of the nice things about having a camera on my mobile (that's 'cell' to you colonials), is that I can snap a quick pic.

This was the view from the technogarret the other evening.

Overachiever....

Playing a word game with a journalist...we should have known better...(although if you look carefully my sis has doctored it :-)).

Tuesday, December 2

Monday, November 24

Berlin 2008: Some Last Thoughts

As the weather was so foul, I had a little play with black and white. It makes the square by the opera look a bit like a film set doesn't it?

These ornate lamps are a contrast to the modern buildings behind.

I think she's doing rather well to ride side saddle, and play the lyre!

Are these little lions in training to become door knockers?

Sunday, November 23

Berlin 2008: A Foggy Day in Berlin Town...

As you can see, the weather wasn't very nice as I wandered around Berlin.

Still, I saw some nice, old buildings (the one on the right is being restored, hence the tarp. with a picture of the building on)...

...some buildings that were a mixture...

I couldn't make up my mind whether this was totally modern, or an older building with modern bits.

This IS modern though - although it's quite stark, it really worked in context.

I saw some small things...

...some big things...

...but mostly it was just nice to wander. Here is a chap putting up the Christmas lights, on one of the famous lime trees in Unter den Linden.

Friday, November 21

Berlin 2008: Christmas is Coming!

Like so many other 'old traditions', most of the traditional British Christmas was invented by the Victorians. Prince Albert brought over many German customs, including the Christmas Tree, which filtered down to the general population from the Royal Court.

One the British haven't embraced, is the soldier nutcracker (as in the ballet) - I came across this chap chained up outside a Christmas decoration shop.


German decorations are fab - especially the ones that twirl round and round, powered by the updraft from candles. Sadly...budget airline ticket = carry on bag = no room to buy any = :-(.

Wednesday, November 19

Berlin 2008: Here come the bears!

The symbol of Berlin is the bear. My Ma has a little silver bear pendant that my Dad brought back from a trip to Berlin before they were married. As a child it was symbolic of going out and parties, as she wore it a lot.

When you wander round Berlin there are bears EVERYWHERE - some tasteful, some not. I think this one looks rather embarassed, and well it should!

Berlin 2008 : New Job for George W?

This way he could still say he worked in the Oval Office :-)


Tuesday, November 18

Berlin 2008 - Checkpoint Charlie

When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, I was in my first term at University - literally half my lifetime ago.

Our hotel, was about 100 yards into East Berlin, with Checkpoint Charlie at the end of the block. Neither of us  could quite get over the fact we were wandering around East Berlin.

On the S-Bahn to and from the airport, it was clear that while lots of money has been invested in the East, certain areas remain untouched. As we looked at people our age getting on and off the train, it was almost unfathomable to contemplate the changes they must have experienced. Not just to their environment, but to their worldview and moral certainties.

I guess it's enevitable that Checkpoint Charlie would become a tourist attraction - and for all I was a tourist, and I was there, I found the jolly t-shirts and posing with the 'soliders' slightly distastful. I was glad to see that there are church services where the dead are remembered.