Sunday, 31 July 2011
Friday, 29 July 2011
Not the sort of thing I would usually post here, but it made me smile, not something I expected today!
Some of these are clever..............
Ø Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
Ø Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
Ø The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
Ø Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Ø If I agreed with you we'd both be wrong.
Ø We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
Ø War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
Ø Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Ø The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
Ø Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening', and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
Ø To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
Ø A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
Ø How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Ø Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them some fish.
Ø A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.
Ø Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Ø Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
Ø Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
Ø A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Ø Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
Ø Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
Ø Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
Ø I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.
Ø Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
Ø When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.
Ø You're never too old to learn something stupid.
Ø To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
Ø A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
Ø Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
That’s not a good start to a day that could get ugly.
Today we do the annual School Shoe Shop. I hate this day. The children hate me hating this day. It will be tense and it will be ugly.
This morning I woke up around 5.30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep. Until, inevitably, I nodded off just as I decided it was time to give up. And then woke up late. Not good.
I made my customary cup of tea which I left to stew whilst firing up the PC before embarking on the day properly awake.
I returned to the kitchen to put milk in my tea. The milk curdled.
This is really not a good start to the day.
And then! It’s a good job I was cleaning the bath before I had my shower. If' I’d been in the shower when I found the tarantula hiding behind the shampoo I would have been in a really tricky situation, with only my teenage son to rescue me!
In my haste to leave the bathroom I locked myself in…
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Or, how to put your teenage daughter off bus travel for-e-ver!
Or how to spend an afternoon having a lovely drive through the countryside.
(Or, next time, just give her a lift!)
Recently I’ve been instilling a little independence into our offspring, Ciara is doing a lot of baking, Aedan is using his bike, a lot, and Rhiannon is catching the bus to see friends. From here to town is easy.
Today, she caught the bus into Elgin to go to ‘The Pictures’ with a friend to see Harry Potter. (Again.) She bought her return ticket and watched her film, then returned to the bus station and jumped on the bus.
Sounds good so far.
About 3.30 pm I received a telephone call.
“Mum, I’m on the bus, but I don’t know where I am.”
It dawned on my she’d got on the right bus, but heading in the opposite direction. The bus station is in the middle and the same bus goes both ways.
My advice was, tell the bus driver you think you’re on the wrong bus.
I rang her back a while later, she’d told the driver and he was returning her to Elgin, but she didn’t know if she would have to purchase a new ticket. I opted to rescue our traumatised daughter from the bus station.
It is, admittedly, quite a while since we were living without a car and used the local buses regularly, but I did think they’d gained enough bus experience to know what to do. Maybe not.
Saturday, 23 July 2011
As suggested by Alan, I’ve done a little zooming, but as they were really, excruciatingly bad photographs, the results are unsurprisingly dreadful!
Female hen harrier
I did warn you!
We did a few (very) short walks whilst on Orkney, the first being an all inclusive walk. We perused the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Barnhouse before strolling around the nature reserve to the Ring of Brodgar and back. There was wildlife and we also collected two geocaches en route.
2.88 miles, 48 ft ascent, not long!
(I did say short walks, didn’t I?)
The second was very pleasant, walking along cliff tops heaving with wildlife to the Kitchener Memorial and returning along deserted country lanes, and with no geocaching.
4.08 miles, 430 ft ascent, a bit longer. There was much dawdling.
The third also manage to encompass most of the above (no real history bits) from the house to the Loch of Kirbister and back and was even shorter.
2.23 miles, 101 ft ascent, not long.
The next walk at Mull Head I thought was a bit longer, but was actually slightly shorter again, but there was history and wildlife. The geocaching was drive by.
3.8 miles, 640 ft ascent, quite a while, there was lots to look at.
Finally, there was the Earls Bu, Swanbister, Breck circuit, again shortish, but nature, history and geocaching was ‘enjoyed’.
3.42 miles, 178 ft ascent. A little while.
Sadly, since my return, I’ve been feeding my habit. My map habit that is.
I’ve been planning ‘possible’ future TGO routes. I was quietly congratulating myself for having completed a rather nice route (nothing new to most, but a progression for me) when I suddenly realised the flaw in my plan. This was a step up. A bit more adventurous. It required not one, but two FWAs. Oh dear.
The first was not too bad, but if there continued to be a problem with the weather, I’d need a second. That one was more tricky. It would be much longer and I’d probably lose my rest day. Not a complete disaster, but not my preferred option.
A solution (or maybe wimpy option) would be to do a different first FWA that would then avoid the need for a second and retain my rest day, but it bypasses the main reason for this route, Nethybridge.
A dilemma to ponder…
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Now, geocaching is really just a cheats way of making exercise and nature seem like something completely different. Having said that, we usually only manage to persuade the boys to come with us. The girls even stay in the car when we do a drive-by cache, there’s no fooling them, although Ciara will join us occasionally.
We discovered there was a short walk that neatly included three tourist bits and a couple of caches, so off we went.
This was the start of the walk, then on to Barnhouse
The first cache was by the road, near a single standing stone
There were views of Hoy and wildflower meadows set aside for corncrakes en route for the Ring of Brodgar
If you’ve ever seen Billy Connolly’s World Tour of Scotland, this is where he danced in and out of the standing stones. Naked.
Moments of arty farty stuff
I apparently forgot to photograph the second cache
This one was so close to the house we just walked down the road a mile to find it. It was also the day I took the dreadful photographs of the owl.
This one was a tricky drive-by after a ‘short’ walk at Mull Head.
I managed to forget to photograph the next two caches. I’d had a hard day.
I’ll come back to this one. It was the first of a group of three on a short walk along the coast which included a little archeology too.
The Orkneyinga Saga Heritage Centre
Geocaching seemed like such a good idea, to give the younger members of our group something to do to keep them interested whilst we get to do a bit of walking. It also gives them some experience using the GPS, which might come in useful one day. However, I find it incredibly frustrating, the seventh cache in particular.
The GPS gets you within a few metres of the hidden cache, just as you’d expect. You are given clues or hints to help you find the exact spot. The clue for this one, ‘under stone’. Very useful when the entire area is covered in grass and weeds over two feet tall! Ha blooming ha. It took us half_an_hour and I would have given up if it wasn’t for the fact that I knew I’d be furious with myself if we did. When we got home and I logged in to record our finds, I read the comments for this cache. We were not the only ones to have had difficulty, it turned out, so I left a rather pithy comment myself.
Still, keeps them occupied.