Saturday in Town

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 04:44 pm
tourmaline: (home-made bread)
I went into town today, as we have always said. In other words, I went into the city centre to do some Christmas shopping. I went on the bus, having originally planned this so I'd be out of the way while my road is closed for resurfacing. However, that's been delayed until Monday so I'll have to leave early for work.

I managed to get the things I wanted - Christmas cards, an advent calendar, a 2017 diary - plus a few other bargains from Wilko including blueberry shower gel and Vimto lipbalm. I also visited the art gallery for their Brick Wonders exhibition - basically lots of Lego recreations of famous world vistas and other things, such as our local cathedral, the International Space Station, and a massive Lego airport.

Am also wondering if I've got a cold coming or if this is just the effects of the weather getting colder but not cold enough to be into a regular routine with the central heating. I've been putting it on for about an hour most evenings, and I've had the fire on a few times also. It's the beginning of half term week here now and I'm determined that winter cannot be sighted until half term is well and truly behind us.

Also last night saw the first episode of QI's N series, the first edition with Sandi Toksvig in the chair instead of Stephen Fry. I do miss Stephen and I think I always will, but Sandi is awesome.

Snow Day

Friday, January 18th, 2013 03:14 pm
tourmaline: (coffee)
The snow is falling and falling, schools closed at lunchtime and all the neighbourhood kids are out in the snow. Meanwhile I have been working from home, doing an update to our online toolkit from a document where the author decided not to bother with tracking changes. I've done what I can for now, will have to be in the office to upload the associated documents. I had a bit of a panic earlier this morning - I'm OK for food, toiletries etc, but what if something happened to my laptop? Thankfully I was able to sort my Macbook out a bit more so I could use it to work from home or play lots of movies.

We have had snowy & cold weather all week, which necessitated changes to my Sainsburys routine, but today is the major snowfall event. More is forecast for Monday, but presently it's not forecast to be as heavy as today. It might still be icy though, so driving might be an issue, although looking onto our main road today it's not too bad. Thing is, our main road is flat and fairly wide, many of the roads on my way to work aren't. And the buses are running a basic service, which gets as close as two miles from its usual nearest point to me. Thankfully it's due to ease somewhat by the middle of next week, still cold but will see how things go - I don't mind the cold, it's ice on the roads I don't want.

The Thaw

Monday, December 27th, 2010 03:30 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 361 As you can see, we're definitely not in Northeastern USA because what little snow remains is now thawing steadily:

The Thaw

This is a view of the conservatory roof, which a few days ago was a soft sheet of white snow. Now, my Firefox add-on tells me it's 3 degrees, which is the warmest it's been for over a week. We're supposed to get some more snow tonight I think, but nowhere near the amount they first predicted, that's if it actually reaches us which is also up for debate.

My cold continues to be interesting, the decongestants are working excellently but still the coughing into the small hours. Slept 4.30am-11.30am straight through this morning, so I guess I can't complain too much.

Snow Is Falling

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 01:21 pm
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Day 356 It's snowing again! And I'm finished work and finished food shopping so that's fine by me. Just as long as the roads are clear enough to get around on Christmas Day.

Snow Falling

I definitely have a cold, or something. My nose is nominal but the rest of me aches a bit, but the paracetamol is nice. And my Open University hoodie & T-shirt have arrived! Haven't opened the parcel yet so I hope they're as I ordered.
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Day 351 We had our Christmas lunch from work today. This was my Secret Santa gift:

Scret Santa Lush Goodies

So that's a Christmas Pud, Gingerbread House and Sugar Plum Fairy fizzy-splashy-bath things. They're currently on the windowsill (in their separate bags) making my room smell lovely.

Our meal was delish, the place was really lovely (except I was near the fire doors so I got a bit of a whistling draft, but it's preferable to being too hot) and the staff were very good. It was snowy enough to be picturesque over that side of town, but our main road outside our home is slushy and icy. I hope it'll be OK for me to venture out to work at least one of the two days I'm in next week, so that I can go to Sainsburys. We're due for some more snow over the weekend but it's likely we'll miss out on the worst of it.
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Day 348 If only other areas of life were as bright and fluffy and predictable as this.

Strawberry Shortcake Corner

This is a strawberry shortcake corner. Someone took the spirit of Madeliene Bassett and created a 21st-century dessert. The reason for this verbal sigh is that the weather is predicted to be on the crapola side on Friday (the West Midlands and Warwickshire are orange on the Met Office warnings map) and this is the day of our Christmas lunch. So, it's possible that bad weather may prevent us from getting there. And if we do arrive, bad weather may prevent us from leaving. I hope neither of these scenarios happen. Hopefully the problems we've had with the Secret Santa will be all the bad luck associated with this meal.

Frost Spikes

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 06:19 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 341 It was so pretty today, seriously frosty, seriously cold, and a bright blue sky for most of the day. I took some more photos at work, although I forgot to take my proper camera with me - but hope you like:

Frost Spikes

This is a closeup of one of the bushes by the back door at work. I took lots more pics around the site, you can see them here. I only stayed out until my fingers started to get too cold, one of the disadvantages of a touchscreen is that you can't wear gloves. It was around -7°C this morning when I left for work and it briefly reached a high of -1°C.

Photos Today

Monday, December 6th, 2010 07:52 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 340 Meh. Started the day smelling vaguely nice thanks to this:

Ice Musk

Which I like because the tube is pretty. The scent is Ice Musk from Boots, which is wintery but doesn't overpower other scents or smell cold. I do like their Natural Collection stuff, always have, but I preferred Global Collection, does anyone else remember it?

It's been foggy today, and we've had a bit of snow here tonight, just a thin film but enough for you to walk carefully. I took lots of photos of the trees and bushes around work and in the front garden covered with frost, which you can see here. It did look pretty when the fog thinned out. Unfortunately the fog came back just in time for hometime but it wasn't too bad on the whole driving-wise. Am still in a crappy mood so I bought these for myself at Sainsburys:

New Hairbands

They're from the kiddie range but they're not too kiddie-style. It's often cheaper to get hairbands from kid's ranges than from Next or Boots or wherever. I also bought a freshly-made vegetable pizza, which I'm now half-way through and is delish. And some sushi for breakfast tomorrow.

Fading Snow

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 03:04 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 332 The snow is fading away from the critical areas such as main roads, while still leaving some to look picturesque. It's too cold for much of it to melt.

Snow Clearing

The weather forecast is for lots more cold weather. The only concern I have is for icy roads, but aside from more snow expected midweek for everyone, it's supposed to stay dry. Our main road has plenty of potholes and cracks already, the cold weather is bound to make them worse. But as long as the roads are still driveable I'm OK with the cold.

We Have Snow

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 08:49 am
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Day 331 We haven't escaped the snow here - I think this is probably the ideal amount of snowfall to receive, enough to make the scene look pretty:

We Have Snow

It's already mostly cleared on the main road, hopefully we won't get much more added to this. I know it looks nice but it's such a pain for getting to & from work in.
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Day 296 It keeps raining here. In really heavy bursts, too heavy to be classed as showers.

Rainy Saturday Afternoon

My Christmas cards from Save The Children arrived yesterday. So did a Christmas catalogue from Hotel Chocolat. They're doing an all-milk chocolate advent calendar this year so I might buy one. If I do (or probably whatever advent calendar I end up getting) there will be lots of December pics of chocolates, so be warned :)

The Window

Monday, September 6th, 2010 07:55 pm
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Day 249 Lots and lots of rain right now, Met Office warnings issued for heavy rain expected. As a change from the usual image of rain seen through the window, here's one of a shady figure getting in on the act:

It's Raining Again

Hee :)

Learn And Live

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 07:56 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 238 I received my official certificate from Uni today, for my Certificate in Contemporary Sciences. This is the seal, or print, or whatever embossement is called these days:

Learn And Live

I love these things, they're old-fashioned but really cool.

Have had to completely uninstall Firefox because it kept crashing and being totally fail even though it was fine this morning. So, have had to remember all my passwords (some I've forgotten) and I need to sort out all my settings. Am now looking for the addons I really need. And making lots of mistakes typing this because IT'S WINTER AND IT'S AUGUST. WEATHERFAIL!!!!!!!!!

The Rain It Raineth

Saturday, August 14th, 2010 03:45 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 226 We are under a Met Office weather warning for heavy rain today. Looks like a good call.

Rain 1

Rain 2

We're also waiting to see if we get a phonecall from my sister. A phonecall means we can visit her. No phonecall means she's on the labour ward.


Thursday, August 12th, 2010 06:45 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 224 All the way home it's been raining - sometimes heavy, sometimes light. But it had obviously been raining well at home, cos I took this photo of one of the bushes in the garden:

Rain On The Garden

Not sure what this plant is but I think it looks good in the rain :)

Ominous Clouds

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 08:11 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 215 It's supposed to rain tonight and/or tomorrow according to the weather forecast, and already the clouds are gathering. I took three pics so that I could narrow them down to one, I think this one looks the most ominous and menacing:

Ominous Clouds 2

You can see the others on my Flickr page with the other project365 pics.

A Cloud Photo

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 06:32 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 209 A cloud photo, cos I saw these cumulus clouds in the distance and I thought they looked cool, very old-fashioned and reserved.

Cool Clouds

That's the weather today, cloudy and rainy with just a bit of blue sky. I like it when you can see cumulus clouds into the distance, and you're looking under them.

It's Raining

Monday, July 12th, 2010 07:54 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 193 It finally rained! More is forecast for during the week, it's the first we've had for a while - note that none of the play at Wimbledon was interrupted by rain. It's collected on the roof of my car as it's out of the carport and on the drive for the week, while my uncle's hire car is in the carport - as I'm out first and in last during the day it makes sense.

It's Raining

They had the oldies' gathering today, there was lots of food left (thankfully not all of it was made from pork) so I've had two little cheesecakes, a little chocolate eclair, and some pizza. And there's chocolate Swiss roll left :P

Big Weather Cloud

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 07:38 pm
tourmaline: total solar eclipse, from a photo by NASA (Default)
Day 180 This is what was left after a huge enormous heavy rain shower this morning at work.

Big Weather Clouds

Clouds are awesome. We don't get many (or any) unusual clouds here, so I have to be content with a big cauliflower cumulus. Which I like.

Blue Sky

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 07:02 pm
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Day 167 By this afternoon, the sky was blue and completely cloudless.

Blue Sky

It has been really nice weather today. Warm but not really hot (ie the car was very bearable coming home), and while pollen levels have been up they'be not been too high for comfort. It's forecast to stay warm for a week, though with some rain later next week. Which is all good.