11 December 2014 @ 09:24 am
Gorgeous apricot light this morning. As I cycled to work, the gusts of wind carried a little cold rain. "I'm not sleet," it said, gently menacing, "but I could be..."

Now it is. The weather seems to have remembered it's Winter, at last.
14 October 2014 @ 09:49 am
The geese are on the move. On Sunday, a great skein of them - over fifty, but I was looking at the shape rather than counting - swept over the National Trust gardens at twice tree height and disappeared South in the golden afternoon sun. I could see everyone looking up at them and looking at the leaves just turning, and thinking how impossibly obvious a transition it was, like a fingerpost marking the seasons. Winter This Way.

Yesterday, a perfect V of about fifteen Canada geese zoomed, honking wildly, from the direction of the station to the river. They skimmed over the water, raised themselves up just enough to get over the railway bridge and carried on upstream, heading North. I expect they were just looking for an unoccupied stretch for a rest and a bit of a paddle, but for a moment I thought I heard, carried on the noise of vintage car horns: "Are you sure it's this way?"
22 November 2013 @ 09:21 am
I wouldn't normally describe drizzle as beautiful, but this morning, with the sun shining through it - low and almost lemon-yellow - it was.
04 March 2013 @ 04:08 pm
First daffodils spotted this morning! Oddly, the ones that are usually out first (tiny ones at the bottom of a South-facing wall) are still buds, but further along the road there are one or two in full flower.

I always think that the daffodil has an incredibly appropriate shape. They really are the fanfare for Spring.
30 November 2011 @ 09:57 am
I passed at least four pickets this morning; the ones further from the town centre were looking a bit sparse and chilly when I went past, so I hope they get warmer weather and/or more reinforcements, or they may need to break out the oil drums. I rather surprised one lot by tinging my bike bell at the sign that said 'beep beep' in large letters, although I'm not sure why they'd be surprised about support from cyclists. I reckon maybe one in five or six cars hooted, although it's hard to tell when you're not going at the same speed as the motor traffic.

Interesting observation on transport: I didn't notice a huge difference in the number of cars on the road (perhaps a few fewer but nowhere near the difference you get when it's half term) and there may not have been quite as many cyclists as usual (but it's hard to tell, as the numbers are smaller and less consistent) but colleagues who come into work by bus and train report that both were pretty empty this morning. I wasn't expecting quite so marked a contrast. Has anyone else noticed something similar?
Well, what else are LJs for?

I've had a horrible cold for a week, urgent and stressful stuff-to-fix-for-touchy-customer things at work - and have just discovered that we really need to make a change which is going to be really quite tricky to code and a real nightmare to deploy - and what I really want to do is go home, make myself a cup of cold-repelling tea* and knit.

*1 lemon and ginger teabag, hot water, as much real lemon and root ginger as you have the energy to cut up, a large dollop of honey and a larger one of cheapish whisky.

What I'm actually going to do is post this music meme that's been going around, then go back to huddling in my corner and working out exactly how much effort it's going to be to sort this work thing out.


Lyrics from the first ten songs that came up when I shuffled the music currently on my phone (excluding bits of Latin Mass, instrumental music and bird calls, which together seem to form a far larger proportion than I was expecting):

1. You think we look pretty good together
You think my shoes are made of leather
Substitute, The Who - oursin

2. Fancy, if you believe in what I believe in,
Then we'll be the same, always.

3. Ground Control to Major Tom,
Ground Control to Major Tom,
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.
Space Oddity, David Bowie - oursin

4. The tax-man's taken all my dough
And left me in my stately home
Sunny Afternoon, The Kinks - oursin

5. Oh, Cindy gal, oh Cindy gal,
Oh, Cindy gal, where'd you stay last night?

6. I got a kind-hearted woman,
Do anything in this world for me

7. Now somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota
Rocky Raccoon, The Beatles - boxofdelights

8. (How long now)
I love you.
Steel painted eyes.
Feels like snow.

9. I recall how we lived
On the corner of a bed

10. Your heart is not open so I must go;
The spell has been broken, I loved you so

From everyone else's memes I have learnt that I have almost no ability to remember lyrics without their music. Also that some people's music collections seem to be much less scattershot than mine!
29 January 2010 @ 02:14 pm
Found a tick on the cat yesterday. Horrible things, brrr.

I'm surprised there were any about, as the temperature's only got above freezing in the last few days. Still, it came out quite cleanly with the help of a tick tool - despite the fact that I accidentally pulled a couple of hairs with it, causing the cat to leap a foot in the air at the crucial moment.
20 January 2010 @ 09:55 am
You'd think that not having to go into work would give me lots of time. Turns out that there still aren't quite enough hours in the day, so I'm going to be trimming my flist a bit. With any luck I might actually have enough time to write a few posts soon!
22 December 2009 @ 04:05 pm
I'm unlikely to be around much between now and January, so to those who celebrate Christmas: have a very good and merry one, and to everyone: all the best for the New Year!
17 December 2009 @ 09:44 am
It's not sticking, but still: snow!