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'JB' off to Somerset at 05.30 .......

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15th December 2017 (Friday) .... 07.30    As planned ‘JB’ set off for Somerset (via Dalgety Bay to pick up ‘Mum’) 05.30;   at that time it was wet (it had been raining/sleet) but not windy and cold.    It is now dry but windy and cold;   I know this because I have been out hanging a washing on the line.... and my hands are cold.     05.00 was an early start, even for me, at this time of year  so I’ll be in need of a ‘power nap’ very shortly.    There’s another washing going through the machine, as I type;  I’m anticipating a good drying day.  


16.30     It has been a good ‘drying day’ but too short (as they are at this time of year on our side of Mother Earth) to actually dry the washing completely;  however I am well pleased with today’s efforts.    I haven’t been out for a walk at all today, but did take time out to have coffee in the Harbour House with the ‘Team’... i.e. Myra, Geoff, and Jim.    Mind you I wasn’t able to add much to the conversation;  my early morning’s efforts were…

It is not a pretty morning ....

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14th December 2017 (Thursday)  .... 10.00    It was bleak when I was down on the beach earlier this morning, and, ....  it wasn’t raining;   it’s now raining and even bleaker looking;  not a nice morning for floundering around outside.     To cheer myself up I took some glass along to the recycling place at Woodhaven;   I sneezed a couple of times;  I hope this is not man-flu ‘things’ reconnoitering for someplace to bed down.    I left the recycling place with much the same feeling as when I reached it;   not overly excited by today’s weather so far.      On a brighter note;  it is going to be ‘bright and sunny’ tomorrow.... and we might even have a sunny spell this afternoon. 

22.30      The weather eventually improved, and  John (‘JB’) and me had a walk up to Chapel Green;  where we got ‘instructions’ from ‘the Boss’ before bumbling down to the beach.   It was a lovely afternoon, and a good few people were out enjoying the intermittent sunshine.

I had the ‘Drop in Cafe’ in the afterno…

Hmmmm .... wet and windy

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13th December 2017 (Wednesday) .... 09.00      Oh my word .... it is not a pretty morning;  it’s wet and windy,  and certainly not frosty;  that said the gritter has just gone through so they must be expecting frost later.   That means the rain is going to clear away and we might have sunny spells in the afternoon.     I’m glad that John and I went to Edinburgh yesterday.... and, that we have the Friendship Lunch today.
I have an engineer coming to install Smart Meters later this afternoon;  I decided to go for them because I’m always out when the meter reader comes round.    I enjoyed talking to the meter reader the rare times I met him.   I don’t know if Smart Meters are a great idea.... doing away with the meter readers, so that their wages go into investors pockets is basically what it’s all about.   If the money, they (he suppliers) eventually save, was going back to the customer via cheaper electricity/gas it would be good.    But that is not how it (capitalism I guess) works.   …

Edinburgh ....

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12th December 2017 (Tuesday) ..... 08.00   Another frosty,  perfect for going ‘out and about’ morning .... but there is a colder feel to the air.    ‘JB’ and I are going to Edinburgh to see the ice sculptures... and to have a general browse around.   JB might do more browsing than I will .... I’ll most likely need to find some ‘seating arrangements’ by mid afternoon.   Must ‘go’ .... “slight flap on” .... ‘Blob’ is looking for food!

20.30    John and I went to Edinburgh today;  taking in the ice sculpture display, and some of the Christmas Market.    We took the car to Dalgety Bay rail station and took the train to Waverley.    It was only a three carriage train, and looked more like  a toy train  .... until we went for the train to come home;  it was made up of two carriages!   However it only cost £3.65, return, and the seats were comfortable.    We decided to walk along George Street and take in the ice sculptures first, on what was a grey cold morning.    It was considerably warm…

Not as cold as yesterday .....

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11th December 2017 (Monday) .... 09.30    The temperature in Ivy garden is -1 so not as hard as it was yesterday.    I’ve had a walk out to West Bay, Chapel Green and the beach.   It was cold, but once the sun got above the clouds on the horizon, I could feel it warm on my face, and it, the sun, (not my face) added a rosy glow to the bents.    It looks like being a nice day, but there are more clouds about, so we’ll be having sunny spells rather than prolonged sunshine.

20.00    This has been a nice, busy kind o’ day.    I had coffee, and chat, in the morning with Myra, Jim and Geoff.    From there I went to No 10 and warmed up Jimmy’s car;   it started nae bother, even after a cauld spell.    From there I went up to the garage at Colinsburgh to put fuel in the car (Fiesta).    By the time I was back in Ivy it was lunch time.
‘JB’ left Sussex later than he intended because of the inclement weather:  they have had a lot of overnight snow, so leaving early was not a good idea.    He event…

-4c

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10th December 2017 (Sunday) .... 07.30    we have -4c in Ivy garden this morning... I had a quick look at the thermometer when I was out feeding ‘Blob’.     The car is thick with rime, but I’m not going out in it until later in the morning.... even then I may have to scrape the windscreen;   the forecast is ‘sunny and cold, with the temperature staying  around freezing point all day.    Sunrise isn’t until 08.34 so I’ll go to the beach at 08.00;  there’s very little wind so,  thankfully, no wind chill.

10.00     It’s a brilliant morning for walking;  yes it’s -2c but, with there being very little wind, it actually feels warmer than it has done for the past week.    I’ve had a walk up to Chapel Green, and pottered around the rocks for a wee while.   Clouds on the horizon meant that I didn’t see the sun rise;   but it has appeared above the clouds, and we  now have a bonnie sunny day.

20.00    The temperature was above freezing for a  wee while, but not long enough to dry the washing I hu…

Bright, breezy and cold ......

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9th December 2017 (Saturday) .... it’s a beautiful morning... yes it's frosty, and there’s a breeze taking a few more degrees off the temperature, but, well wrapped up, it’s nice.     When I first went on to the beach it was above freezing, but the nearer it got to sunrise the colder my nose felt.    Of course I’m not “iggzactly” running around when taking photos, and I have to go down to the edge of the tide to get what I want, so the cold does get into the auld bones a bit.     Put it another way;   I’m glad to be in Ivy, downloading my photos, with my hands wrapped round a hot mug of coffee.    I think I may have gotten a few good ‘sunrise time’ pictures;   there was a bonnie, ‘pre sunrise’, red sky.... which is not a good omen.


20.00     Oh dear .... I sneezed a couple of times this afternoon.    Does this mean I have a cold coming on?   But .... forget about the sneezing;   I’ve had a good, productive day.     I had coffee in the Harbour House with Myra, Jim and Geoff, then w…