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All in the best possible taste

The picture below is a little montage of a funny moment I had yesterday

It’s been very, very cold here in the UK lately, and it dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t turned my outside tap off from the inside.

So, that evening when I got home from work, I popped into the back garden, carefully turned it on outside and went inside and turned the inside tap to make it go off. This was to make sure the pipe wouldn’t crack if the residue water inside it froze. I checked briefly to make sure the water had stopped running and thought no more of it until this morning when I spotted a rather amusing ice formation under the tap spout.

The Ice dildo

I know it’s a little naughty, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s just a tad dildo-esque! The water from the tap must have frozen kind of instantaneously I think. I also think there had been one or two slow drips adding to it very gradually over the next couple of days.

Impressive no?!

Sadly, today the temperature has risen a bit and my ice dildo is no more.

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Slippy slidey

I tried to go up the Wrekin today. So did an awful lot of other people. I’ve never seen so many cars at the bottom – I was almost parked in Little Wenlock.

As soon as I started my ascent, I realised it was really rather slippery. Lots of people were sliding all over the place – including one poor lady who ended up sitting down with the sort of bump that brings tears to your eyes. I think it was the sheer number of people going up and the fact that it’s been so cold. It was ice and compacted snow really.

I got to just before the ‘cafe’ (and this makes more sense if you know quite how steep it is at that particular bit) but it was so slippery I could hardly stand upright. The higher I slithered, the less enjoyable it got as the thought “don’t forget you’ve got to come back down again” got louder and louder inside my head.  Not particularly appealing when you’ve got over £1,000 of camera gear attached to your back. I’ve never been that good on the slidey stuff. (I was always the sort of person who would fall over on the way to school in the winter and inadvertently flash her nether regions to all and sundry.) If I had walking sticks (or a sledge) I’d have risked it, but I haven’t, so I didn’t.

I decided to go right around the Wrekin instead – which, as it turned out, was just as slippery in places, but nowhere near as much up and downing, so not as lethal! There was still enough undulations to make my right knee painful though – despite wearing supports on both knees. This was rather annoying and something that hasn’t happened since April last year. (It’s something that I used to get a lot, so I hope it hasn’t flared up again – hopefully it was just my extra-braced ‘carefully-carefully’ gait on the down bits that caused it.)

I took quite a few rubbish pictures of the more snowy places which I have been unable to do anything with due to my PC being on it’s last legs and the mouse being totally unresponsive (and my lack of capability to take a good photo into the sun in the first place). So, today I present you with a find I stumbled on when I was about 90% of my journey round. One of those lovely, utterly useless and completely pointless stiles!  (Presumably it did have a use once upon a time.)

A pointless stile

They always tickle me when I see them.

I got back home safely and had a nice cuppa and sat with a hot water bottle on my knee while finishing off a book, and fortunately it seems to have settled back down again now.

*crosses fingers and toes*

I know…

…I take a lot of very similar photos, but togging isn’t nearly as much fun if you don’t do things you enjoy.
Be-Dew-elled
My weakness for waterdrops continues.

This year I am going to….

Things to achieve in 2010.

  1. Wear my contact lenses more so they are not so much of a waste of money!
  2. Get my landing light fixed – it hasn’t worked for about 18 months at least.
  3. Get the rendering on the outside of my house repaired.
  4. De-clutter in general a bit – loads of stuff I never use.
  5. Make more cakes – and not just cherry loafs (or is that loaves).
  6. Do more work in the back and front gardens.
  7. Learn more about photographic techniques and take less boring photos!
  8. Get the kitchen ceiling replastered perhaps?
  9. Grow tomatoes in the greenhouse
  10. Actually eat some of them for a change.
  11. Try and do a picture a day and upload to flickr.
  12. Get out and about more and climb some more Shropshire hills.
  13. Get rid of my mum’s stamp collection which I have absolutely no interest in and never will.

I like having a list that I can try and cross things off.

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa

I’ve been a good girl this last year. In fact, I think I’ve been a good girl for the last umpteen years. I haven’t asked you for anything since I was about 8 (the last year before certain pennies dropped), but this year I think I will.

I would really like a positive life event please. I’m always happy for other people when they have these events, but now I really think it’s my turn. After a while, being happy for other people can start making you a bit sad for yourself.

There are two options. I don’t really mind which.

  1. A BIG win on the lottery. You know – like a 7 figure one. That way I can stop going to work, and just spend my time doing the things I enjoy and maybe meet a someone special as a result.
  2. This is actually the same as number 1, but without the money or stopping work. Basically, the present I’d really like is to stop being lonely and to have someone to mutually matter to and care about.

In return I will leave some sherry and a mince-pie for you, and some milk and carrots (strange mix if you don’t mind me saying so) for Rudolph and co, in the kitchen. Fair exchange?

Please send my best wishes to Mrs Claus and the elves, and thank them for their hard work this year.

Thank you.

N

oops

When your jars of coffee start doing this….
Oops

…you know it’s probably time to chuck them out and start again!

What would I do…

…if I had a year off?

Oh…all sorts of things. Mainly catching up type stuff.

Firstly, I’d devote lots of time to photography. I’d catch up sorting through the various photos I’ve taken. Get rid of the dross, tart up the pictures I like. I’d take time to teach myself new things. I think I have a reasonable eye composition-wise, but I want to get better technically; learn some new techniques, further my understanding, improve what I can do on the computer – that sort of thing.

It would also be great to have more time to go out and take photos. As an example, As I write, I have 1,724 photos in my flickr stream, and of those 756 are non-geotagged (i.e. they don’t have a tag which shows you the place they were taken). This means they were taken at home. Either inside or outside. Thats quite a lot.

I feel the best photography weather often happens when I’m stuck indoors at work with half an eye looking longingly out of the window.

Secondly, I’d get to grips with my keyboard properly. (Musical variety.) There are still plenty of bells, whistles and twinkly lights that I’ve never properly sussed. This is mainly because I’ve never had the luxury of uninterrupted time to just sit there and fiddle with it. I’m normally using it because I’m doing something for the Drama group. There’s several things I’ve managed by accident and couldn’t tell you how I did it – which is annoying when I want to do it again.

Thirdly, I think I should factor in a couple of decent holidays. Apart from two nights in Norfolk in April this year, I haven’t been away properly since April 2008.

Manhattan skyline

It would be great to go away for a real break. See some new things. Breathe some new air. Clean away some cobwebs.  And of course incorporate some photography into that! Actually, the air needn’t be new. Just different. I quite like the LA air after all. 🙂 Even if it is occasionally smoggy.

Fourthly, there would have to be plenty of time for reading. Preferably sat outside in the warm – either with a nice cuppa or a refreshing beer. I have a bedside cabinet of books that I seem to be adding to more quickly than I’m getting through. It’s good to get lost in a book.

Keanu ReevesFifthly, I should draw more. As a child, I had pencils or felt tips in my hands constantly. Or more accurately (as far as felt-tips are concerned anyway)  all over my hands. 🙂  I always was more arty farty than number crunchy.  I’m not necessarily original (I feel like my head is so full of miscellaneous ‘stuff’ that it’s hard to be original with anything these days), but I’m okay at it and think I can produce fairly realistic looking end results. I just don’t seem to have enough time – it’s not a quick pastime. I wish I’d been encouraged that way a bit more. It’s kind of fallen by the wayside somewhat.

Sixthly – cooking. Yes you did read that right. Cooking. I’m mid thirties. I should be better at it than I am. I probably won’t ever enjoy it, but that’s no excuse!

Project 2007Seventhly – keeping an eye on the garden. This blog was originally about my back garden, and it’s certainly come on a lot since I started, but there’s still a few holes to finish off. I’m so glad it doesn’t still look like that. –>

After
You can’t beat a good potter every now and then, but sometimes it gets a bit ‘battle-of-the-weeds-y’. It’s hard to keep them tamed. Especially, when you’re trying to fit in work, photography, keyboard mastery, holidays, reading, drawing and cooking.

Hmmm….better make it two years off!