Westerly, rain later; moderate or good: the British thread 2023

PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
Happy new year, British Shippies, and anyone else who fancies a nice cup of tea! ;)
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  • Happy New year
    As is usual, I retired to bed rather than staying up for midnight, and given the weather I had hoped for a PEACEFUL New Year, but no, someone nearby insisted on releasing various explosives well past 12:20
  • Hehe...the thread title neatly describes the weather forecast down here in Arkland for the next few days...
    :wink:
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    edited January 1
    I don't think it describes West Lothian weather for the next few hours: it looks as if it's going to be dry but cold tomorrow, which is fine, as I'm taking my chances with McGill's buses and heading to Kirkliston in the morning.
    In keeping with the habit on this thread of talking about FOOD, I've just had a very simple, but utterly delicious supper: CHEESE (a mild French Brie, and a tasty, but not too strong Davidstow Cheddar from the Cornish cheese box I got from my s-i-l and b-i-l for Christmas), Cornish chutney, nuts and fruit, a few grapes and a few* slices of freshly-baked baguette. Washed down with a nice glass of WINE, obviously.

    The only effort expended was to lay it out attractively on a cheeseboard, with the bread slices in a nice little wooden tray and the nuts in a bowl, but it was an absolute pleasure.

    * well, quite a lot, actually ... :blush:
  • We have just had Thai red chicken curry and sticky rice and we are about to go retro with a family viewing of Top Gun.
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    A Happy New thread to everyone.
    It's nice to start getting back to normal.
  • NenyaNenya All Saints Host, Ecclesiantics & MW Host
    Yay! A new little thread!

    We had curry this evening as well; I opened a bottle of bubbles while I was cooking and we moved seamlessly to the remains of last night's red as the meal progressed.

    The thread title describes today's weather - I set out for a walk and it was so dry and mild that I went further than I'd intended to. Then (later) it started to rain. If I'd kept to my original plan I'd have got home in the dry.

    I believe it's forecast to be bright and cold tomorrow, which will be nice for Mr Nen as he's heading out for the day with friends on a Hearty Walk which involves Walking Poles, Walking Boots and Taking A Packed Lunch. I'm not going :grin: and am looking forward to a day to myself.
  • It absolutely hammered it down this morning…as I was walking back from church.
    Happy New Year, everyone.
  • BoogieBoogie Heaven Host
    Happy New Year, happy new thread!

    It’s clear(ish) today with some sunshine. We are doing our Warm Space this afternoon even 'tho it’s a bank holiday.
  • A mixed start to the New Year.
    Good was that Mr RoS emptied the canned-foods cupboard for me, then washed it out while I sorted the cans into date order. He then fetched in all the 2023 cans from the garage.

    I acquired a food-stashing habit during the Brexit shenanigans, and there seems to have been a fresh reason to continue it popping up at regular intervals ever since. Hence the can shuffling, which has become a New Year ritual, although not previously involving Mr RoS.

    Bad was that I b******d my back, and it took 5hours in a nest of hot water bottles and heat-bags before I could stand up straight. Mobile today, but moving very slowly and carefully as it will take very little for it to happen again.
  • The New year started even more badly for a neighbour.
    We had a police officer ring our doorbell yesterday evening. Someone just along the road had had their car vandalised at lunchtime, and the police were looking for witnesses. As our bedrooms are at the front of the bungalow, and the sitting room and kitchen at the back we don't see or hear much from the road. That layout is quite common round here, and most of us old folk would have been having lunch when it happened.
  • HeavenlyannieHeavenlyannie Shipmate
    edited January 2
    I hope your back is better soon, RoS.
    Today we are having a day trip to York to return the boys and their mountains of stuff, especially The Younger who wants to take his electric guitar and amp alongside his new record player. Not sure where he will fit them in as he already has a keyboard and stand in his cramped uni room.
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    I'm finding it blissful to be getting back to what passes for normal round here. Husband has gone off to do some photography, I've made parsnip and potato soup with the remains of the Christmas veg and am happily looking at stuff on-line in between getting on with my Christmas jigsaw.
    Thanks for the reminder, I don't have a lot of cans, but I do have lots of spices. The last few years I try to sort them out and chuck away the really ancient ones. I do miss my shallow spice cupboard from my last house. There I had everything in alphabetical order, a librarian's dream.
  • NenyaNenya All Saints Host, Ecclesiantics & MW Host
    Hope your back feels better soon @Roseofsharon and very sorry to hear about your neighbours. That kind of thing is very unsettling.

    Hope the York trip goes well @Heavenlyannie . I've never been there but have heard it's a lovely city.

    Mr Nen is out on a long walk and I'm planning a short one soon as it's bright and sunny at the moment. I've got lots to get on with at home but I'm trying to do at least a walk every day for exercise and if I leave it until after lunch I'll be even less inclined.

    I'm sorting things out a bit upstairs: my little study is crammed with books and we were given some more at the weekend (which we were glad to have; they relate to the course we're doing) so we've decided to put some of the ones we both use on the shelves in Nenlet2's room. This involves a certain amount of tidying and dusting. I also need to tidy my desk.

    Our Christmas decorations will be coming down in the next day or so - I was planning on doing it today but now Mr Nen is out so it will probably be tomorrow morning. (I did it on my own one year and it was utterly miserable.) I always have mixed feelings: it's nice to have the house back to normal but it looks very plain and bare for a few days until I get used to it again.
  • PriscillaPriscilla Shipmate
    Not a good start to the year - I’m not too well again. We were going to go to the cinema, but that’s going to wait ☹️
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Sorry to hear that, Priscilla - hope you feel better soon!

    I'm having a lovely afternoon at my niece's, with lots of cuddlage. ❤️
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    Sorry you are not well again @Priscilla., hope you are on the mend soon.
  • NenyaNenya All Saints Host, Ecclesiantics & MW Host
    I'm sorry to hear that @Priscilla , I hope you feel better soon.

    I have nine things on my to-do list today and have achieved five of them.One of the things was a walk, which was very lovely in the sunshine and I'm glad I went when I did as it's much colder now. I had a phone call after lunch which has rather put me behind.
    Piglet wrote: »
    I'm having a lovely afternoon at my niece's, with lots of cuddlage. ❤️
    That does sound lovely. :heart:
  • We went across the border and visited Cheddar Gorge and Stanton Drew stone circle - amazing!
  • BoogieBoogie Heaven Host
    Did you go to one of the many CHEESE shops? Did you see the little mountain goats?

    🐐
  • Happy new year!

    @Baptist Trainfan, I hope you got CHEESE in Cheddar!
  • We did not - only bacon sarnies and coffee!
  • DardaDarda Shipmate
    We went across the border and visited Cheddar Gorge and Stanton Drew stone circle - amazing!

    Love Stanton Drew, only 8 miles from us. The third largest stone circle in England and, unlike Stonehenge & Avebury you usually get to explore it with no, or very few, other people around. Did you find time to pop into the Druids Arms, complete with standing stones in the beer garden!
  • Rosa_GallicaRosa_Gallica Shipmate
    edited January 2
    Happy new year all! Do we need to appoint someone to give this new year a stern talking to so that it knows that we don't want any more of the cr*p the last three have thrown up. (I've seen an alternative suggestion that we all sneak in very quietly on our best behaviour and it won't notice us- but I have limited confidence in how long some of us can be good & quiet for!)
  • ArielAriel Shipmate
    By New Year's Eve I was thinking, "this has been one hell of a year with Covid, Ukraine, three prime ministers, two monarchs and wave after wave of strikes. We've reached the end of 2022 and now we're right at the start of another year's worth of this" (except the monarchs). I just feel ground down by it all.

    On the plus side, I did manage to achieve top of the Diamond League in Duolingo on New Year's Day and I'm trying to look on this as hopefully being indicative of a year when I surprise myself by achieving things I'd thought were beyond my reach.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Well done you!

    I'm sort of feeling the way you are about strikes (and prices, Tories, Brexit etc), but at least once I start my new job the transport strikes won't have such an impact on me!

    After a delightful, if somewhat noisy*, afternoon, I decided to cut my losses and get an Uber taxi back home rather than take the chance of missing a bus and having to wait for two hours - 17 quid well spent, I think.

    * my nephew arrived with his two wee boys (Archie, who'll be four in March, and Ronnie, 18 months), so it was, shall we say, lively. :heart:
  • One welcome piece of light relief is provided by Thor, The Wandering Walrus:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/02/walrus-swims-north-to-northumberland-after-yorkshire-recuperation

    I only hope he's an English walrus, and that the Border Force people aren't after him for entering Our Sacred Seas illegally.

  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Aren't they* on strike?

    * the Border Force, not the walrus
  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    He's probably looking for the Carpenter.

    At least it was sunny - that low, dazzling winter sun which nevertheless makes the bare trees glow copper and bronze.

    Called on a friend and collected some items to sew - despite age (80) and infirmity (wheelchair user) she intends going to the Venice Carnivale, in gorgeous Renaissance costume.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Good for her!

    I had similar thoughts about the walrus, and then I got an earworm.

    Sorry about that - I don't reckon it was one of their best ... :grimace:
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    I've had a lazy day, though I've made a start on taking down Christmas stuff and sorted out the spice cupboard. I did manage a walk in the sunny but rather chilly afternoon.
  • Just about to get a good night's kip in in preparation for the first day in the new job. Annoyingly, I can't find my first aid certificate, but the previous course was last January, so they might have to rush a booking for a refresher if they want me as a first-aider!
  • Darda wrote: »
    We went across the border and visited Cheddar Gorge and Stanton Drew stone circle - amazing!

    Love Stanton Drew, only 8 miles from us. The third largest stone circle in England and, unlike Stonehenge & Avebury you usually get to explore it with no, or very few, other people around. Did you find time to pop into the Druids Arms, complete with standing stones in the beer garden!

    We stopped and looked at the stones, but decided it was a bit early for lunch.
  • I'm having a go at Dry January. So far so good!
  • DoublethinkDoublethink Admin, 8th Day Host
    One welcome piece of light relief is provided by Thor, The Wandering Walrus:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/02/walrus-swims-north-to-northumberland-after-yorkshire-recuperation

    I only hope he's an English walrus, and that the Border Force people aren't after him for entering Our Sacred Seas illegally.

    I thought it was sweet that Scarborough cancelled their New Year fireworks so as not to upset him.
  • One welcome piece of light relief is provided by Thor, The Wandering Walrus:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/jan/02/walrus-swims-north-to-northumberland-after-yorkshire-recuperation

    I only hope he's an English walrus, and that the Border Force people aren't after him for entering Our Sacred Seas illegally.

    I thought it was sweet that Scarborough cancelled their New Year fireworks so as not to upset him.

    👏

    So did I. Mind you, it's probably wise to keep in the good books of a Walrus - a fully-grown male can weigh a metric tonne...
  • Easing myself back into work today with a research day (officially back tomorrow, the majority of my research days are unpaid). So I have a little bit of reading and writing to do.
    This New Year I have decided to do some regular meditation, in the hope of avoiding a repeat of last year’s major depressive episode. I started using the Calm app just after Christmas and am doing daily meditation and relaxation. I am also eating healthier, with lower carb intake, and restricting alcohol to weekends and occasions. No strict diet, just focusing on improving my health generally.
  • We're not having "rain later" here but "rain now" - lots of it!
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    Much wetter here than forecast. I've cleaned the loos and the cooker and put away the small artificial Christmas tree. I've also done a bit of jigsaw while trying to get through the the hospital where mum is a patient. I've just succeeded after a couple of hours of trying.
    Husband was out planting trees this morning as part of a project local Quakers are doing. Rather him than me, though I applaud the idea.
  • BoogieBoogie Heaven Host
    edited January 3
    We're not having "rain later" here but "rain now" - lots of it!
    Probably “rain later” too!

    Pouring down here.

    I still took the dogs as they don’t mind the rain at all. I wore waterproof everything plus an umbrella. Tatze, the Lab, is waterproof too - a quick shake and she’s dry again. Ted, the Cavapoo, isn’t. He loves the hose ‘tho so mud is easily removed. He also enjoys a towelling down.

    ☔️
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Good luck with the new job, Sanders!

    Here in the civilised north, I'm not back to work until tomorrow, so am still sitting up in bed messing about on the interweb.

    I shall eventually get up, move the Wise Men a few more feet towards their destination and contemplate cooking something for lunch/supper - probably pasta with smoked salmon and broccoli in a creamy sauce.

    When I looked out earlier it appeared cold and dry, but Accu Weather says it's going to rain on and off for the rest of the day. It also says it's 7°, which for January is Quite Mild.

    Taking down the tree can wait until the weekend, and the candle-bridges will stay up until Candlemas.
  • Sou'-sou'-westerly, Moderate, Gales later, Rain now, Rain later, Visibility poor...

    First Pilates session of 2023 today, so now feeling a little sore about the Legs. Never mind - there are LAMB STEAKS for lunch, with POTATOES, in accordance with the Torturer's recommendation to eat protein and carbohydrates...
  • SpikeSpike Admin Emeritus
    I'm having a go at Dry January. So far so good!

    Me too. Dry white wine, dry gin, dry cider …
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  • Dry water?
  • That would be the ice to accompany the GIN, no?
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    @Spike, you're a man after mine own heart. 🍷
  • NenyaNenya All Saints Host, Ecclesiantics & MW Host
    Ariel wrote: »
    By New Year's Eve I was thinking, "this has been one hell of a year with Covid, Ukraine, three prime ministers, two monarchs and wave after wave of strikes. We've reached the end of 2022 and now we're right at the start of another year's worth of this" (except the monarchs).
    I've heard 2022 described as "Three Prime Ministers And A Funeral." :lol:

    I hope your new job goes well @Sandemaniac . :smiley:

    I have some aspirations for this year in terms of health, fitness and weight loss and I have so far kept to one of them - a daily walk. I meant to start all the others on 1 January, but it was New Year's Day. Then I planned to start yesterday but it was a Bank Holiday and it would have been unkind to Mr Nen to expect him to drink red wine and eat chocolates all on his own yesterday evening.

    I got a bit wet while out today and by the look of things there will also be Rain Later, but I met a friend for lunch and, as an added bonus, our other friend unexpectedly joined us as well (she'd told us she was away). A hearty time was had by all, catching up with Christmas and New Year news.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Nenya wrote: »
    I've heard 2022 described as "Three Prime Ministers And A Funeral." ...
    :mrgreen:
    As it's my last day before going back to w*rk, I'm having a total couch-potato day: I just threw on a few clothes and had some TOAST with lemon curd for breakfast lunch whatever, and have ventured no further than the wheelie bin (at least I now have a pleasingly empty kitchen bin). The Wise Men have reached the bookshelf beside the dining table ...

    Would someone care to remind me occasionally that Fox's half-covered CHOCOLATE-chip cookies are a Very Bad Idea? They're absolutely wicked.

    @Sarasa - hope your mum's beginning to recover.
  • Only half-covered? Is Outrage!
    :wink:
  • Well, we live in a liberal age and no longer cover everything up so completely.
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