Back from the Future……

I just found an old photograph from 1981 – The big orange machine was a Zippel. It held a large amount of information that today we could probably keep on a smart phone. It was great fun, to access other data cards in the machine we could tap a number on the keypad and press start and it would rotate the carousel, however if the power failed, you could insert a very large crank handle (about 3ft long) and manually crank the carousel to the correct number!

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Coping with the Heat!

As I write this, the day is now overcast, it’s still warm, the ice-cream van has just tootled by playing the theme to Match of the Day, in years gone by you would often hear the roar of ‘Ripe Strawberries, Ripe Strawberries’ and the ringing of a hand-bell calling  out the adults who wanted fresh strawberries.  The temperature reads 26c degrees in the house, next doors cat is lying down in the shade in my garden and in the distance I hear the sound of wood pigeons, the odd car passing by and every now and then out of the corner of my eye, I see swallows or swifts fly by so fast I often cannot tell which is which

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The big thunderstorms have not yet arrived here; but there is still time……..

Beating the Traffic Jam

One morning I was getting in my car to drive to work when I spotted this

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in the sky above me.  I thought it was a lovely way to beat the traffic jams that always happen when the schools go back after half term etc.  A normal 20 minute journey can take twice that!

However being stuck in a traffic jam can have some good points, you get to hear the end of the stories on local radio… you hear about others in worse traffic jams than yours as you edge forward.

Lunchtime walk along the River

Most lunchtimes I try to take a walk along the riverbank.  I am in lucky in that I work in a building next to the river.  I get to see the Canada geese, the Swans, the moorhens nesting, the herons waiting patiently in the shallows for fish.  I watch as the narrow boats go up and down river.  The rowers from the rowing club practicing for the regatta.  The grandparents and grandchildren feeding the ducks. The changing face of the river throughout the seasons.

Splish Splash!

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The Black Swan

The Black Swan

Near the Town Bridge

Moorhen on nest

Moorhen on nest

White Swan

White Swan

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Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

Doctor Who Companions

Last week I went to a small Doctor Who event in Bedford (UK) – Bedford Who Charity Con -where Three Former Companions of The Doctor from the 1960s – Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, the 1970s – Jon Pertwee’s Doctor and the 1980’s – Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor, were appearing along side John Leeson the voice of K9  The tickets were a little pricey but it was a Charity Event for the Bedford Food Bank which is providing emergency food for 500 children and adults a month.

It was also the day that they announced the name of the actress to play the new companion to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.  There was lost of laughter when  Sophie Aldred, Katy Manning and Deborah Watling discussed the merits of the different type of shoes they wore whilst a companion. (Doc Martins, Hobnail boots and high heels (platform).

Sophie Katy and Deborah taking questions from the audience

Sophie, Katy and Deborah taking questions from the audience

What also was interesting was on my journey to the convention a Dalek (with helper)  was trundling alongside a fairly main road and nobody was batting an eyelid as it used a zebra crossing.

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All in all it was a great day out.

A Walk on The Wild Side

I love walking through the countryside, listening to birds singing their hearts out.  Watching rabbits bounding along bridleways. A butterfly fluttering from flower to flower or a few geese on the riverbank

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or occasionally

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Sunday Walks

And the things you see……..

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A Scarecrow, A Weeping Angel, An Auton.

As well as ……

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A Coot.