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Wednesday 6th October 2021

Argh! The COVID!!!
I was thinking . . . these days I rarely just write stuff here purely for the sake of it. At best, there'll be some pictures dumped, and maybe some commentary explaining those pictures but not a commentary without pictures. So let's change that then. Big news recently was a positive confirmation of Covid-19 affecting A******. He had started feeling off on Wednesday 15th September. He felt worse the following day and so took the day off school. Lateral flow results were negative but I think, nonetheless, we went for the proper PCR test on Thursday night. At least I think it was Thursday - that would make sense. Possibly a positive result takes longer to confirm then a negative result, so maybe the time it took to get the result back should have been a sign - about 24 hours. Around Friday tea time we received confirmation of A******'s positive result, and so the 10 day isolation began (retrospectively, as the symptoms began the previous day). Fortunately the symptoms were fairly mild, but I think it was the sort throat and headaches that bothered A****** the most, sometimes feeling like having swallowed razor blades, one would imagine. Anyway . . . he got better, with just one or two minor symptoms remaining, that we're keeping our eye on.

Sunday 12th September 2021

Somewhere around Conder Green (?!)
Yeah. So . . . I'm sure there was an idea here but, looking at these pictures, again it's not really worked out how I wanted. Still, again - serves as a useful memory aid. A****** went to Ashton Golf Centre, trying to get enough holes potted to formulate his handicap. Meanwhile, I went for a walk along the Lune Estuary Footpath, which was once a train line connecting the port at Glasson Dock with Lancaster. Not sure where M****** and R****** were. Football?!

Monday 30th August 2021

Seahouses, day 3
I've got a feeling we popped in to here on the way back. We're back at Alnwick again, but this time just the gardens (recommended by a friend). This was more our kind of thing, and a good way of spending a few hours. Possibly after 2 - 3 hours, you're kind of done. We saw the fountains going off on the hour (and half hour), wandered around the gardens, which where all very well maintained. We found some kind of cherry orchard thingy, where there were wooden swing chairs between each tree (pictured); would have looked amazing with the blossom out some time in spring. A sign proclaimed this orchard to be the largest 'of its kind' in the world; we wondered if that meant the largest gathering of cherry trees and swing benches, but after a bit of lazy Googling, I think this just refers to the number of Taihaku cherry blossom trees - 329.

Sunday 29th August 2021

Seahouses, day 2
Most of today was spent at Alnwick Castle, which seemed to have angled itself towards children of a certain age who were mad about anything to do with the Harry Potter franchise. Still, there was a fun demonstration of both muskets and cannons, which thankfully had nothing to do with HP.

Saturday 28th August 2021

Seahouses, day 1
Bank Holiday weekend booked over at a seldom visited part of the world, Northumberland. Specifically, Seahouses. Arrived on Friday night and the plan had been to have a fairly lazy day today, but the weather was pretty good, so wandered around Seahouses itself (didn't take long) and then, towards the end of the afternoon, had a quick look at nearby Bamburgh. Back at the holiday house, found myself ship spotting, as we were close to a shipping lane and there's an app (of course there is!) that will gladly identify ships and tell you all about their route, their tonnage, their registered country and reams and reams of information that probably isn't of great use.

Saturday 21st August 2021

Morecambe promenade

Sunday 15th August 2021

Somewhere in the Lakes . . .

Saturday 14th August 2021

Yeah, I know - not great pictures. There were some others, but they were even worse, so ended up in the proverbial bin. I left these two just so I have the reminder of where we were today. Leighton Hall.

Sunday 8th August 2021

Windermere Boat Museum

Thursday 5th August 2021

Bath #2

Monday 2nd August 2021

Bath #1

Saturday 31st July 2021

Cross Bay Walk

Saturday 24th July 2021

Somewhere again in the Trough

Saturday 17th July 2021

Lattice QCD calculations give a more precise value

Thursday 15th July 2021

Alton Towers
The first picture, of Oblivion, I was trying to capture A****** and R******, obviously . . . but this didn't quite work out. Who are these people?! I would have deleted this picture, but look closely at the people here, about to plunge 180 foot straight down, free-fall, down into a hole in the ground . . . So you would be kind of excited, perhaps . . . terrified or something . . . but check out the dude on the far left of the image. What's going on there?!