Holiday photos pt.1

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:26 pm
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I got back from France a while ago, followed by spending over a week catching up on laundry, then we went to Devon for a week, and I've done more laundry. So finally I've got some time to sort my holiday photos and inflict them on you. But I have put the photos behind cuts.

Our first stop was in Belgium, where we spent some time with Son-in-Law2's parents. They knew the only previous visit to Belgium had been a few days in a hotel in Brugge so they took us out to see places.

The first place was a modern church that they like. It's very airy and light with magnificent stained glass.

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Then we visited the Paul Delvaux museum. He was a modern Belgian artist and they had been looking for an excuse to travel across Belgium to see his work. Photography was not allowed so you'll have to google for him. We weren't impressed. His early paintings of workers at the Luxembourg Station in Brussels are good, but then he got a thing about nudes. Now we have nothing against nudes, but he just couldn't draw them convincingly. He must have skipped anatomy classes because all his nudes look as if their limbs are sausages. But if his people are clothed they look real. His other passion was trains, so a lot of his paintings are railway stations with people waiting for their train, some of them with no clothes on. And those paintings looked more like pictures of model railways, everything was very static.

After a very good lunch we went to visit the WW1 sites. First off was the Tyne Cot cemetery and memorial at the edge of Passchendaele. Over 12000 men are buried there, including four German soldiers. It had been an Australian wound dressing station with a small cemetery in 1917 and the Germans had been treated there but died of their wounds. The back wall of the cemetery is a memorial to the mostly Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave, 35000 men are listed there.

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We rounded the day off with the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ieper, followed by dinner.
The Menin Gate is another of the post WW1 memorials for the men who have no known grave. It was built before the Tyne Cot memorial before they realised just how many names they needed space for. Since it was unveiled in 1927 the road has been closed and the Last Post played every evening at 20-00, except while Ieper was occupied during WW2.

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Near the campsite we were on is Donkmeer, like the Norfolk Broads it was an area used for peat cutting, so they have a statue to commemorate their history.
And Belgian food is very good and sustaining, but they must worry about running out of bread. I have never seen a dispensing machine outside a shop to supply loaves before. We used it and the bread was excellent.

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Why YOU Should Buy My Work

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:39 pm
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Yes, YOU. Not the invisible person over your left shoulder.

Do you like subtlety, secret messages, and geekiness?

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Do you like unique works which are impossible to replicate?

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Do you like being able to interact with the artisan?

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So have I convinced you yet?

Suggestions needed for motto

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:37 pm
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 I'm nearing the end of a piece of cross-stitch that I've been working on for about a decade.  It isn't that big a project, but I had detours into knitting another other embroideries.  This used to be my 'travel' embroidery, in a case ready to go and easy to take anywhere knowing that I had all the necessary bits to do it.

It had a border of poppies and cornflowers and space for my own text in the middle.

But I can't decide what words to put in the centre.  It can't be too lengthy, a dozen words at most, and fewer might be better.

I'm hunting for something that says we don't need loads of possessions to be happy; that a garden is a great source of contentment; that life is to be enjoyed while you have it and maybe something ecological as well.

Now, clearly one can't manage all of that....


Random ideas have included:


Gardeners live longer

To be content is the key to happiness

We only have one world, treat it gently


Toss ideas at me.  Anything that sounds good.


Drowning In Clutter

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:18 pm
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I have STUFF. It accumulates. Being a frugal, responsible person, I kept a lot of it because "it might be useful" or "somebody else might find it useful" or "I could give it away on Freecycle" or "I could sell it on Ebay". And I did none of the above. None.

The effort and stress of listing something on Ebay has obviously been too great for me to summon up the energy to do. Likewise for Freecycle. This gives me much guilt, because putting things into landfill when they could be recycled is BAD. BAD KA! BAD BAD BAD! I have thus been caught between feeling guilty if I threw it away, and feeling stressed if I didn't. Because Stuff Taking Up Space is getting to really stressful levels for me. I have all these craft materials! I need to put them somewhere! I'm running out of space!

I have finally said "enough!" (or "too much", really). Forget Ebay. Forget Freecycle. Forget them all. One phone call, and I have booked a Hard Rubbish collection. My hope is that people round about will take at least some things off the pile before it gets collected by the Local Council. Shove my guilt, the stress has just gotten TOO MUCH. Stuff it!

So. Hard rubbish. Today I've been going around the house gathering stuff and clearing away stuff. Hopefully my nephew will help me tomorrow to put heavy things outside on the kerb.

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It will be good to get rid of it all.

A bit wet

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:17 am
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One of the many reasons we moved to Oamaru was the weather. It's a lot drier here than wet, humid Auckland.

The latest storm hit the whole country, but especially the east coast of the South Island, this area particularly badly. Oamaru got over three months of rain in 26 hours. The infrastructure couldn't take it, rivers have flooded their banks, State Highway 1 is closed in many places including downhill from us where it crossed the river, and houses in the North End, a flat coastal area, are flooded, and steep Don Street, one we considered, is now a river with water running under houses.

At first I was pleased to live on a hill - and so far we're all right as the rain continues - but we woke up to see a slip on the hill opposite. There aren't houses on the slope (another reason for picking this place - nice view) but I suspect there are on the flat under it.

We have to go to Christchurch next week, so I hope the roads are open by then.

Runner beans

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:34 pm
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 I only used to eat runner beans when cooked, but many years ago now, I observed my mother-in-law's tortoise eating raw runner beans with great enthusiasm.   So I tried one and found that I liked it.

Oswin does too.  Really likes them.  Can eat several in a day.

Today, she was eating a slice of cake.  Grandad came in with fresh supply of runner beans from the allotment and gave her half of a runner bean.

She took it with great delight, ate it at once, and only then went back to the cake.

I love a three year old who appreciates allotment veg!

SSHG Promptfest Reveal

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:43 pm
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So, the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptest has completed, and the reveals are up.
I made two items for the same prompt, because it was such a fabulous prompt:

Threads. As light as gossamer or spun into a thread; holding things together at the seams; yarn woven into a tapestry or the warmest blanket; twisted into string, a cord, a rope. Threads of memory or of hair. Loose threads. (prompt by [livejournal.com profile] eoforth)

First piece: Interlocking LivesSSHG Jewellery
On Etsy (more pictures, and yes, you can buy it!!!)

Second piece: Woven Threads
On Etsy (more pictures, and you can buy this one too!)
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Author reveals happened, so here it is. :^) It's about 1,300 words, so it's a quick read. It's a bit on the Crack Treated Seriously level. ;^)

Cinderella Doesn't Wear Glass These Days

Oh, and I posted another short (around 1,000 words) fic yesterday, which is kinda more controversial than I thought it would be! So I'm glad I set it not to allow unregistered viewers or commenters.

It's a Post Civil War, Team Iron Man fic (folks who like Captain America should probably not read this, because it's not sympathetic to him. It's not sympathetic to Nick Fury, or Howard Stark, either. If flames happen, I'll go further and set the comments to moderated- I learned my lesson a while back- flamers attract other flamers. Best to keep the lid on them.)

Learn from the Past

Different buddy cops this time

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:58 pm
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My niece and sister came to visit so I haven't watched any Starsky & Hutch for several days and I'm missing it. But my sister has been on a Due South binge and she wanted to introduce me to Ray Kowalski. I missed out on the Ray Wars entirely because I only ever saw the first two seasons (as did the rest of the family when Due South was first broadcast); my sister says she'd gone in with extreme scepticism, not expecting anyone to be able to replace Ray Vecchio, but new Ray has won her over. So with her endorsement I am willing to like this new Ray.

I think they did well introducing him by making Fraser even more puzzled than the audience. I don't know if having RayK take a bullet for Fraser the first day they met was a clever short-cut to making them believably partners, or just hilarious. I think Fraser is the best possible person to have his partner unexpectedly switched on him because he can see the good in anyone.

From screenshots I've seen wafting around the internet I had the idea RayK was appealing to the fanbase because he had blond spiky hair and was more attractive than RayV. I am not really seeing it. He looks like someone who might have been cute ten years ago and is now less so; he's also giving me trouble every time he changes clothes because until I get to know his face better he's very nondescript. I have to guess from cues like the way the camera follows him or if Fraser stands next to him or someone calls him by name. In s3e03 the guest star of the week was a man of similar age and build with light-coloured hair and I had no idea what was going on for the first half of it - in fact the guest star had a more distinctive face and I was able to spot RayK more easily by figuring that he was the one who wasn't that guy.

(I am choosing an appropriate episode of Starsky & Hutch to introduce my sister to in return.)

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Jul. 16th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Here is my holiday with all the emotional and digestive incompetence edited out:

I really love my nieces, and it was good to spend a whole week with them. We built a lot of sandcastles and met a lot of donkeys.

I have 'do you want to build a snowman sandcastle' stuck in my head. I know two lines. I am dying.

(I watched Frozen. I physically cannot believe the sexy dress transformation that is supposedly Elsa's empowering moment of not caring what other people think. Disney can go fuck itself.)

I have a couple of days off work and a to do list of a million things. All I am actually going to do is read my book. I didn't take it on holiday because I knew I wouldn't be allowed to properly enjoy it. But now I'm home and I've missed it, and it's just so good, it's so much better than other books, I love it so much. Fitz is currently witbonding with a horse despite trying to explain that he definitely doesn't want that, and the horse is just like 'well it's no good not wanting me, we're brilliant together, I'm obviously your soulmate'. I have so many emotions. Fitz refused to let her know his name, so she's just read it from him, and is calling him Changer, which is what Nighteyes calls him, because it means Catalyst, which is what the Fool calls him, and which therefore is how he actually identifies. The Fool has bonded with a crow (<3) and keeps referring to Bee as 'our daughter' (<3333333333). Nighteyes lives in her head and calls her cub. I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH, they are the best fathers ever. (Or they would be, but one of them is dead, one of them is half dead, and one of them is Fitz.) The Fool asked him if Bee looked like him (the Fool) and Fitz immediately went 'no', and then started thinking about all the ways Bee looks exactly like the Fool and the Fool just laughed gently at him. I honestly don't understand the point of books that aren't sprawling fantasy novels about True Love. Fitz unravelled for a while and was just sending his emotions out to the whole castle, and now everybody has to politely pretend they don't know what a terrible mess he is. He let Kettricken feel how much Nighteyes had loved her and that was wonderful.

Day Eight: A song that makes you happy

I think my numbering has fallen awrong because I missed a question vaguely. But worse things.

All the songs I've been posting make me happy, I like songs that make me happy. I have a massive list of songs I could post for this one, but I ended up torn between Hey Baby and Hey Mickey, which are both so beautiful I could cry on them. I'm choosing Hey Baby only because I think I already covered the TRUE PURE HAPPINESS of the eighties in Green Door.



Ugh. It's such a stunning song, which is beautiful in its own right, and also beautiful in that it reminds me of patrick swayze. I know that nobody these days resists putting in the ooh, aah bits. Each to their own and all that, but it takes away everything that is full and lazy about the music, and if you prefer the other version you're basically soulless and you mean nothing to me.

Thought For The Day

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Strive to never be ashamed of any of your works, for you don't get to choose what you are remembered by.

(This brought to you by thoughts of Josette Simon and Arthur Conan Doyle.)

Do you get discouraged?

Jul. 12th, 2017 11:37 am
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When everyone else in a challenge gets gushing comments from their recipient and you get NOTHING? Not a kudos, not a 'thanks for writing'?

I need to vent. I'm trying to get back to writing, and THIS is NOT helping. )

I haven't been everywhere, man

Jul. 12th, 2017 11:21 am
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Copied from sallymn because I felt like it. Not that I've been anywhere lately since 2004 when I went to England and Wales. Painting the whole US turquoise is somewhat misleading as I've only been to Florida.


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