Latest posts by Obelixx

Landscape photographer of the year

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 09:14

Thanks for this link.  Some stunning photos but I wouldn't want the winner on my wall either.  You'd get bored after just a few minutes.   I like images with layers of interest or a particular connection so I love the rainbow at Wast Water but then I love the place too so am biased.   The "classic" scene of Scottish coast is fabulous and the Young photographer's pic is clever and interesting too.  

Those flats in Glasgow look drunk and are amusing but the picture speaks of so much more and I love those zig zag groins and the shifting sands of Lancashire.  In fact the only one I don't like is the winner.

Clearly a Philistine.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 08:59

Good morning everyone.

Congrats Clari.  Maybe contact the local press yourself if you're in today?

P'Doc, maybe some gabions to reinforce your stream edge if flooding is likely to happen again?  So sad to lose plants like that.

Pat E - looks like you have your 3 things in the bag but they don't all have t be major.  Small things like a cup of tea at the right moment count too.

27 again today so we're off to walk the dogs and then head out to the coast in search of moules frites or crab for lunch.   I have a shiny new weather station to install to record temps, wind and rain.   Grey and drizzly this morning but we're still getting into the teens by mid afternoon so very mild still.

Have a good day everyone.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 22/11/2016 at 09:59

Dry here today but it won't last.  Set to be soggy again tomorrow.   We are assured by our neighbours plus the official survey that has to be done for house sales here that we don't get flooded, ever, but it seems a chap round the corner has water running through his home in bad weather after the local agency "improved" the flow of surface water nearby but carefully left his escape drain blocked.

Things seem pretty bad in several parts of the country with local flooding and transport problems.  I hoep everyone is OK.

No oven cleaning here but I will be calling in an doctor and an electrician.  I've decided I can't cope with a bottle gas oven except for family stuff so we're getting an electrician to supply a cable so I can use my trusty Rangemaster and a doctor to re-calibrate its gas hobs and check the fan in the oven.  Then I can do proper baking again and crispy roast potatoes.

Lantana - tell him if he wants his Xmas feast he has to clean the oven first............

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 22:31

Glad you're home in one piece Busy.  It's wild out there and you must be tired from the distance even without the hazards.  Must order some wood for here but the one time we lit the wood burner we were almost flattened by the wall of heat and had to retreat.

Chicky I hope you got home safely too and any other travelers and commuters too.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 17:05

If you want to vote for a Strictly contestant you need to check this site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1X4ySd2Dzmg00cg4ZDc8DmC/voting-info 

The public viewing figures are never released but that doesn't stop anyone voting on the Spoiler site too.  It just won't affect the results.   All the previous winners have been worthy winners, but not always who I wanted to win.   Still makes for a good show tho.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 16:43

The local radio has just announced a ban on caravans on the roads in this region.  Seems sensible to me as it's blowing a hooly again.   We must have managed doggy walkies in the best 2 hour period of the day - dry and slightly sunny - but seriously miserable now.

OH says he likes the sound of the wind howling in the eaves and down the chimney but it's a different key and tone form our old house and I find it quite intrusive.   At least Rasta no longer thinks it's a bird in the fireplace.

Pusscat preferred to stay indoors except for brief sorties.  She was very good at catchig meeces in the attic tho.  They'd climb up there for winter.   Our other cats caught mice, field voles, moles, rabbits and one rounded up a group of 6 pheasants and had them all dancing up and down on one spot like the "where-the-F-are-we" birds of the old joke.  I had to go and clap my hands to remind them they had wings.  Stoopid birds.  In Harrow we also had legless frogs and slightly chewed grass snakes deposited indoors for my delectation.  The grass snakes played dead and then unwound and scarpered when I took them outside and let them go.   Bit unnerving the first time.

Hibernating sort of an evening coming up.  Keep safe and warm everyone.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 10:56

Very wet and windy all morning but dry now and sun appearing.  Supposed to stay dry this pm but who knows?

I hope everyone in the path of Angus has their hatches battened down.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 10:52

I'm not bothered about who gets paid what for SCD.  The professional dancers certainly earn it and so do the celebs who put in the hours and work hard.  I do care about the dancing and I care about the lousy direction that continues to give us camera shots of heads but not feet or whole body.

In the very first series, the GBP kept a complete no-hoper in right the way up to the finals so be prepared for Ed Balls to stay a bit longer.

Personally, I preferred Greg's dance to Claudia's.  I still think she looked lumpy and not entirely in control of her legs in the dance off.   I can see that Judge Rinder's pe'rsonal mannerisms may irritate some but he can definitely dance and is remarkably fit and supple with good posture.

I love watching Danny, Louise and Ore and sincerely hope they all make it to the finals - although the withdrawal of wht'shisname early on may mess up that format.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 08:36

Very blowy here, enough to cause a power cut for a while but I only know because my alarm was flashing to be re-set.   Sorry your sleep was disturbed Busy.

They've started naming those storms because they now come with increased force and cause a great deal more damage and flooding than in previous years - remember Carlisle, the Lakes, parts of Wales with roads, cars and caravans and even houses swept away, power cuts for days in Lancashire when a sub-station was flooded?

Anyway, dry here at the mo but grey and set to get wild and windy and wet again later on.   Good for our gardening plans, assuming it stops so we can fork and muck and plant next week.

Keep warms and safe.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 22:53

I really enjoyed the group dance this week.  Clever choreography and good dancing.

I can't help thinking that all the extra support dancers just get in the way and obscure or distract from the competitors.   Danny and Louise were amazing, Ore disappointing despite good choreopgraphy.   Judge Rinder's salsa was the first of this season with proper salsa steps and armography.

I thought both the jive and the costume made Claudia looked dumpy and lumpy.    Ed's dance had a couple of good bits but was mostly awful.  I thought Greg did well but suspect he'll be out next unless the GBP sees sense at last and votes for dancers.

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