I'm Fixing a hole where the rain gets in And stops my mind from wandering Where it will go
With big help from F and H.
Jia Tolentino's Trick Mirror
Evening bike ride went full-on cross country.
So it was getting a little past dusky by the time I made it home.
Ewok. Making the most of the morning sun.
Yogi, disappointed to find that Ewok's 2001 edition of Brewers does not contain the definition of Barnard Castle. But happy that Uncle Professor has the 2005 edition that does.
Meanwhile Ewok found a similar definition in 1984 edition of A Dictionary of Slang attributed (from 1864 no less) thus:
‘Come! Come! That’s Barney Castle! an expression often uttered when a person is heard making a bad excuse in a still worse cause’.
Wikipedia may or may not decide that Dominic's visit is worth noting.
Update: observant readers have noted that the rules were very, very clear. Crystal in fact. We even captured a copy of them in a post back in March. I surmise therefore, that members of the cabinet, including the Attorney General, aren't avid readers of c r o s s o a k.
Yogi, taking cover from the April showers in May.
Nice sky this morning.
A lunch time ride into town to drop a couple of things into the Post Office. Quiet.
Someone asked for the morning view. Here was this mornings. A tad distracting at times.
Evening ride. Shillingford - Brightwell loop.
Met on my evening ride. Two gents out for a stroll.
Five? That flew!
I don't agree that the government's official advice is unclear. It's simples. Just be A Lert. Quod erat demonstrandum.
Evolution of the lock down gym. The punch bag. Hope the tree holds.
Sunday brunch by H. Fan-tas-tic.
W00t! it's May in the Garden.
D & S graciously gave us some of their seasoned 'grown in the garden' timber to help with the garden project. H & F helped move and restack the store. We apologised to the rabbits for the disruption, but hope they'll snack on the other side of the fence now.
Following the NHS Couch-to-5 app. On week 3. Gave up keeping up with Rosemary Conley's keep fit video. Let's see how the running goes...
Latest guidance: Stay Alert. With a particle diameter of ~0.125μm I'll be sure to keep looking carefully. Could be tricky while the opticians remain closed.
Sorting by colour (after Hazel and Paul). A tad tricky when your colourblind . I think this may have been a better picture in monochrome. Anyone remember Ilford XP2?
Finn 'liberated' the school photos that were hanging on the wall.
Someone has tagged the jumps.
A circular walk (with the dogs) for yesterday's lockdown exercise. House - Lane - Wood - Path - Sotwell Hill - Shillingford Bridge - Road - Wood - Lane.
Finn. Keeping cool.
Yes, I found someone with smaller eyes than me. Okay, Ewok's are only small when I make him pose facing into the morning sun.
Every time I pass the jumps get a little more sophisticated. The textures a little more intricate.
Yes. We. Saw. A. Contrail.
It was that exciting. We had to stop and get a photo.
Imagine, the days you could get into a metal tube and fly a mile high in the sky between countries and continents in hours.
Progress on the lock down project. Place an old cassette tape on top of the box to listen to a Spotify playlist. Lift the cassette to pause playback, replace to continue. Switch the (cassette) tape to change the playlist.
An RFID tag on the tape triggers a reader in the box. The ID on the tag maps to a playlist which a Raspberry Pi plays via Mopidy through a Denon amp and Q-Acoustic speakers.
Well, what else was there to do?
Yesterday's evening run 1 from Brightwell. Stopped about here when Elliot Adamson whispered in my ears:
"Do you feel overwhelmed and confused by the global predicament? You are on the right track."
Nicely done Mr. Adamson. Nicely done.
Currently a run is defined as a series of short periods running interspearsed by similar periods walking. Sounds good though. ↩
Ewok, always to be found in the best spots in the garden.
Also known as tomorrow night's dinner.
Basket ball on the lane. They're much better than me!
Before the hair cut.
After the hair cut (note the stylish shire-horse cut).
No longer weighed down with a thick winter coat, Yogi is free to roam.
There's a tree in the window. There's a window in the trees.
At the end of Cow Parsley Path is more Cow Parsley. A lot more. Just as well we like it.
Ewok and Yogi have refined their coping strategy. It's called Sleep. It works very well. I may have to adopt it.
Most of the year this is 'The Bank'. Now, it's 'Cow Parsley Path'.
Before the hair cut, Yogi needed a wash, brush and dry.
Lockdown lunch. Bacon cheese burger by Harvey
Yesterday was running Cat6 Ethernet down the garden. Today was hooking it up to some WiFi.
Hopefully that'll be more reliable than the TP-Link PowerLine convertors.
Today's challenge: running ethernet cable down to Fay's studio. A tad tricky when you're colour-blind  and trying to figure out which wire goes where.
A fresh trim for a brave Finn.
Now taking bookings for post-lockdown appointments.
Progress in the wild flower meadow. The rabbits like the patch in the front. But the back is doing well.
A little ray of sunshine dropped through the letter box this week. Positive News.
On the look-out for rabbits. Ewok style.