does the computer
sometimes have a mind of it’s own?
lasted all day
it’s too late
to finish everything…….
If you visited me yesterday this is what you would have found.
I was whisked away to realms unknown in a puff of smoke. Well, I presume that’s what happened. I waited all day for my scheduled posts to appear – and nothing happened. I was as surprised as you might have been to discover I’d ‘gone’. The message I received on my dashboard was most ‘unenlightening’, and it took three contact emails before I finally received a response.
A little while ago I received an email:
‘Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.’
So no indication of what was considered ‘dodgy’ etc, but I did receive the statutory apology too:
‘We greatly apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.’
Thanks to those of you that expressed concern and offered support. I thought I had better explain today’s ‘capture the moment’, and warn you – it could happen to you…….
Did you take the walk with me last week? You wil remember that I said I had more! The place is the same, but futher down the canal. Just a few steps, but more inspiration. Some of the pictures fit perfectly into the current Weekly Photo Challenge too, but I wanted to keep them for this post.
So, you will have gathered that I’m looking for stitching patterns, colour combinations and design elements. I won’t go through them in quite the same way as before, so refer to that post if you don’t understand what I mean, but maybe you can already see some machine embroidery being inspired by the water in the above picture
It was impossible to take this shot without the sun interfering. However, it introduces another element that might not have otherwise been considered. A sheer fabric can change an underlying element in just this way. A new inspiration?
And this marks the point of the end of this 100. The blue boat that featured last week is just out of sight. However, by just standing still there is much to see.
This pair of swans is resident in these waters. They hatch their young on the far bank each year, they are very curious, and always come to say ‘Hi’.
Don’t let them distract, though, look at the refelections too!
More sheers for the magical effect on the far bank?
The picture above and the one below were taken by just spinning round 180 deg (actually, I don’t do spinning, it was a little slower than that).
We are so blessed to live with such a beautiful resource on our doorstep.
Incidently, we took a walk to the bridge yesterday. Evidence of work shown last week is still there, it is being cleared this week, but the barrier has been removed and everything is getting back to ‘normal’
Now I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do watch the news at certain times of the day, and more often than not I am sceptical about some of the reporting. However, I must be gullible too, as I believed every word of one report this morning. Now, let me try and give you the gist of what was said.
Apparently EVERYBODY in the country (please now interpret that as EVERYBODYminusOne) has been following the GBBO. To the uninitiated (I was one until this morning) this is the Great British Bake Off, or (because four words are more than the average person can apparently understand) ‘Bake Off’. It would appear that people have been enthralled by watching people tackle a variety of recipes. I thought that maybe the cooked items were hurled at the other contestants to make it more exciting, but no, it is based around watching a cake rise. Last night a winner was chosen and certain ‘delectable delights’ were baked, all being illustrative of the competition
This picture might fill you with desire. It might start your mouth watering, and you may well try the recipe from which the picture was taken. As far as I’m concerned, however it evokes unpleasant memories of childhood teatime and is the dreaded ‘stuff’ of which ‘Scottish’ High Tea is made. (High Tea is a meal served in late afternoon or very early evening. It isn’t ‘tea’ and it isn’t ‘dinner’ it’s somewhere between the two. It is served in several parts of the UK, including Scotland. It often consists of a cooked main course followed by a selection of cakes, and the ones that I remember most vividly were served at a particular place in Scotland.)
Home baking was the policy when I was a child. Grandmother, who lived close by, had a baking day, and so too did my mother. We still cook many of the recipes that were handed down, and, of course, they are all delicious. Not all families followed the same principle, however, and shop cakes were available for those that did not bake. Visiting friends for tea was often a bit of an adventure, and one of the things that sometimes took pride of place on the table was a plate of ‘Fondant Fancies’. These were usually either pink or yellow, and I hated them. Not only were they covered in the sickliest icing imaginable, but horror of horrors, there was a blob of butter icing to contend with too. Reading the recipe linked above I see that these too are made in that fashion. I really can’t believe that they were part of such a competition. In fact, I’m beginning to wish I hadn’t written this post as I’m already beginning to feel queasy at the thought of them. The worst thing of all was that they were even served for tea at the Ritz. An that was a tremendous let down.
I’d be interested to know what you all think. I’m willing to bet that I’m in the minority, but actually, I don’t even think that the above items look appetising. This post isn’t in response to this post, but it does fit in with the theme (food), so I’m linking with it. If you write on the same subject this week let me know and I’ll pop over and visit.
Out of my comfort zone here because I’m admitting a mistake. I’m taking a plunge and writing about it as a result of the Weekly Writing Challenge, which I’ve only just discovered.
Once upon a time there was a twitterer! A female twitterer. Most tweets by this twit were to promote blog posts like this one, or to advertise new listings in an Etsy shop, nothing very special or controversial. There was the occasional interchange with another tweeter, but always within a limited circle – with tweeters that were also known in another sphere.
One day something really awful happened. It was the stuff of which nightmares are made and it was on every TV channel throughout the land. The twitterer first read about it on Twitter within half an hour of it happening, and was quickly sucked in because it had happened in a part of the country that was very familiar. Announcements and requests for information came thick and fast from both members of the public and also the various police forces that were involved. This was quickly passed on by a system of retweeting and resulted in more and more twitterers following twitterers galore. Some of them even had the name of the subject about which there was concern, and, of course, that should have been a warning.
And so the twittering went on. Day one passed, so too did day 2 and also day 3. By day 4 all of the retweeters seemed like a small happy family, or rather, a not so happy family because there was still no positive result of the tweeting. Frustration began to show, and the very silly female twitterer, who shall henceforth be called Twit, didn’t just retweet but made a comment.
Twit’s comment was ‘stolen’ through the ‘quote tweet’ process, altered and broadcast far and near using words that Twit had never previously heard. As a result much abuse and anger was directed towards Twit who was justifiably upset, or, rather, mortified.
So now there are decisions to be made. Shall Twit continue to Twitter? Twit has not responded to any received messages as she is currently still licking her wounds and making sure that any current tweets are only those generated by WordPress or Etsy. Twit is also hoping that reading this message will warn other twitterers that Twitterland is not all it seems. Refrain from making comments. You too might be hijacked. If the result of reading this post leaves you more confused at the end than at the beginning it’s safe to say you are one of the few people who don’t know about Twitter. Keep it that way. Stay away!
I enjoy learning. I try to learn something new each day, maybe the name of a plant or flower, but really my interests are diverse, so a new historical fact etc is equally interesting. The only thing in which I have no interest is sport. Give me a sporting fact and I will be asleep before you have got as far as the third word. I can remember most things, but sporting anything will probably be forgotten before I get to the end of this post. There are a few things I remember, but they won’t be of interest to anyone else. However, I digress, I’m trying to tell you that I enjoy learning, so waffling on about something I don’t enjoy is wasting valuable space on the page.
So, here are three of the things I’ve learnt today. It might be information that you will find useful in the not too distant future, and of course you can always share it with friends and family so that they too can have life changing experiences
1 You can’t peel an apple with a cheese knife
2 If you want the oven to get hot you first have to turn it on
3 There is no ‘undo’ button on a WordPress post.
Undo? Yes, if you write a post and unwittingly delete it before it is published it’s a very long process!
We were woken by the sound of a lorry. Manoeuvring in our road isn’t easy. It was laid out in Victorian times when hand carts and shanks’ pony were the order of the day. Park the odd car, and a lorry can get stuck. This one wasn’t stuck, though, it was delivering. Barriers…. What on earth? No-one knew, and this was apparent very quickly. The lorry went, then returned. More barriers, pipes and grit.
That was yesterday. Parking for some residents was a problem overnight, but we weren’t affected. This morning the barriers still stood, but we saw no evidence of work.
Until just before lunch today, that is.
Two hours later it was all over. The end of work for the day, but more to hopefully come
Tomorrow is another day. I wonder what will happen. All for BT Infinity.
One of the emails that frequently arrives in my junk box has the subject
‘A very special offer just for you’
The sender is ‘support’
I have the idea that I ought to answer it with the assurance that I have no need of a truss…..
……. but I’m not sure that I have the nerve.
Guess I’ll just go on ignoring them instead!
If I didn’t give you these links before now it was a serious omission.
First of all go ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html . It’s a TED Talk from 2006
Once you have seen that take a look at the sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html
There were 4 years in between. Had anything changed? I keep going back to them and wishing I could start a mini revolution. Any teachers out there? It could start with you