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Sunday 7th November 2021

Somewhere around Rydal
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Saturday 6th November 2021

Keswick Pencil Museum
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God, I don't know how long we've been going on about Keswick Pencil Museum. I kinda thought, "There's no way this place can be as boring as it sounds, so we really need to check this place out," and, with that in mind, the boys included a complimentary, home-made gift certificate, entitling me to a day out at the Keswick Pencil Museum . . . this was way back in . . . erm . . . certainly before 2015. You see, after Keswick flooded way back in 2015, the museum had to close, and even when it re-opened, there was often an excuse or some other reason why we didn't quite make it there . . . and finally, we made it there today. It was pretty good, as it happened. A hefty chunk of the museum was taken up with efforts to conceal maps, compasses and various other bits and pieces within pencils during the Second World War.

Friday 5th November 2021

Mushrooms!
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Got back from Norfolk to find these bad boys growing in me back garden. Tried to get a decent-ish picture for part of my photography course. Didn't entirely work out but I think I know what went wrong here . . .
IMG_5708.JPGIMG_5707.JPGFound a vaguely interesting lampshade at the holiday property we were staying at over the weekend (Ambleside). I think this was (again) something to do with the photography course I'm doing at the moment . . . the theme possibly around contrast.

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Holkham estate
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Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Norwich
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Well, I say Norwich . . . but we're mainly on the edge of Norwich, wandering around the campus of the University of East Anglia and, in particular, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Monday 1st November 2021

Cley-next-the-Sea
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Sunday 31st October 2021

Sheringham and somewhere else . . .
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Saturday 30th October 2021

Wells-next-the-sea and a Chris Levine light show
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Thursday 28th October 2021

Cambridge
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I think my last time in Cambridge pre-dates this blog . . . it was that long ago. I'm not sure when . . . perhaps either 1998 or 1999. So yeah . . . some aspects had changed and, obviously, some bits were very much as I remember them.

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Hello. Williamson Park.
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Thursday 21st October 2021

More wanderings around Galgate
IMG_5372.JPGIMG_5359.JPGIMG_5354.JPG So referring back to the blog post from 19th October . . . again, I'm trying to find things outside the home that vaguely correspond to letters of the alphabet. And check this out (middle picture) - the letter E (lower case), surely, just lying around like that. The other picture (left) is just a new field / view I've found that remained slightly out of reach in the past as the path to reach this place involved crossing a field that often contains various cows, some of whom might have been bulls . . . not sure. Finally (right), another picture near home, after crossing the motorway bridge and meeting up with R******, who had forgotten his house key. Ooooopsie.

Tuesday 19th October 2021

The letter P
IMG_5344.JPGSo yeah . . . I've started this Open University course about improving one's camera skills. One such assignment involved taking pictures of things that resemble letters of the alphabet. So what is this one? An O? A P? A Q maybe? Not sure . . . it's letter-like anyway . . . or at least I thought so.

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 (?!)
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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
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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.