us and frank cat Fi | 26 Dec 2011
A super Christmas. Christmas Eve with Mum, Jane, James and Becks and some lovely gifts. Everyone was soppy over Rosie! Later Hector and I visited Sally and family and all her visitors and it was a magic visit. Again, Rosie proved VERY popular in a diva kind of way! She met their dog Roxy and they got on fine… was quite sweet really.
Christmas Day was just us and before Hector got up I went a walk around the village – up out onto the higher road. At lunch time we had a short visit to the pub before beef and lamb for lunch (late). So full up we couldn’t eat pudding and saved it up!
On Boxing Day we lazed a bit and then went a walk – up to Franks for a drink and chat. Lovely, then back into the village the long way….. Pleasant.
On Wednesday Chris and Fiona visited and we spent a quick-seeming 10 hours talking and talking and talking with a short break for curry dinner on our laps. As always it was a wonderful evening with them. Strong lively chatter. Even my curry worked out ok. I couldn’t resist capturing this shot of Chris on the topic of…. something or other!
Our lovely new Goose down duvet arrived and after being allowed to plump up for a full day I put it in new covers (sale purchase from Sainsburys) and discovered that it is like sleeping in a cloud! BLISS.
New Years Eve – we dodged the worst of the rain and went out for a walk. Only 2.2 miles but really nice to blow away the cobwebs. Rosie got muddy so needed a half bath when we got home. We decided against going out for the New Year evening and had a nice bottle of wine etc at home and saw in the new year watching Jools Holland on TV as we usually do.
The first day of 2012 and a couple of hours with Helene and Martin and a chance for Monty (their King Charles spaniel) to meet Rosie. It went fine. Frank cat wasn’t so sure though and hissed out in a huff!
Nice nest Rosie…. a little bit of quiet time for her after a busy day!
I can’t believe now that there is only one more day off before going back to work. Ah well – its been a great break.
us and frank cat Fi | 21 Dec 2011
21 Economic Models Explained With Cows
SOCIALISM You have 2 cows. You give one to your neighbour.
COMMUNISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and gives you some milk.
FASCISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and sells you some milk.
NAZISM You have 2 cows. The State takes both and shoots you.
BUREAUCRATISM (CY) You have 2 cows. The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away…
TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.
SURREALISM You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons
AN AMERICAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows. Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.
ENRON VENTURE CAPITALISM You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States , leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then buys your bull.
A FRENCH CORPORATION You have two cows. You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it worldwide.
A GERMAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
A RUSSIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 2 cows. You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.
A SWISS CORPORATION You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for storing them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION You have two cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity. You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. You worship them.
A BRITISH CORPORATION You have two cows. Both are mad.
AN IRAQI CORPORATION Everyone thinks you have lots of cows. You tell them that you have none. No-one believes you, so they bomb the **** out of you and invade your country. You still have no cows, but at least now you are part of Democracy….
AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION You have two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office and go to the pub for a few beers to celebrate.
A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION You have two cows. The one on the left looks very attractive.
A GREEK CORPORATION You have two cows. You borrow against the cows from the Germans You kill the cows and make souvlaki You can’t pay the interest so the Germans lend you more money You can’t pay the interest so the Germans lend you more money You can’t pay the interest so the Germans lend you more money You can’t pay the interest so the Germans lend you more money
us and frank cat Fi | 21 Dec 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 17 Dec 2011
Couldn’t be more thrilled – first EVER visit from Mr Woodpecker (Great Spotted Woodpecker). He has Sparrows, Goldfinches, Red Polls, Blue, Coal and Great tits, Blackbirds, Chaffinches, a Robin and a Wren for company this morning.
I was writing some cards at the desk in front of the window and suddenly there he was. Bold as brass and twice as beautiful. He stayed about five minutes. I hope he comes back – I don’t care how much bird food he takes – its worth it. So, this year we have had a Sparrowhawk – beautiful but not completely welcome and the Woodpecker. I must be doing something right with the food I put out.
us and frank cat Fi | 14 Dec 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 14 Dec 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 13 Dec 2011
That explains THAT then… NOW I understand…(thank you The Guardian) The Higgs boson is a subatomic particle that was predicted to exist nearly 50 years ago. Scientists have been searching for the particle for decades, but so far have no solid proof that it is real.
Although the Higgs boson grabs headlines – unsurprising, given its nickname, the god particle – it is important only because its discovery would prove there is an invisible energy field that fills the vacuum throughout the observable universe. Without the field, or something like it, we would not be here.
Scientists have no hope of seeing the field itself, so they search instead for its signature particle, the Higgs boson, which is essentially a ripple in the Higgs field.
According to theory, the Higgs field switched on a trillionth of a second after the big bang blasted the universe into existence. Before this moment, all of the particles in the cosmos weighed nothing at all and zipped around chaotically at the speed of light.
When the Higgs field switched on, some particles began to feel a “drag” as they moved around, as though caught in cosmic glue. By clinging to the particles, the field gave them mass, making them move around more slowly. This was a crucial moment in the formation of the universe, because it allowed particles to come together and form all the atoms and molecules around today.
But the Higgs field is selective. Particles of light, or photons, move through the Higgs field as if it wasn’t there. Because the field does not cling top them, they remain weightless and destined to move around at the speed of light forever. Other particles, like quarks and electrons – the smallest constituents of atoms – get caught in the field and gain mass in the process.
us and frank cat Fi | 11 Dec 2011
Jacobs Lamb and lean beef, locally-reared from a farmer in the village are now in the freezer after we bought direct from the farmer yesterday. Hector says I have to try to forget that I might have known the local animals personally!!! He’s right; I was thinking that and trying to ignore it!
us and frank cat Fi | 11 Dec 2011
We’re sending fewer cards and donating to Great North Air Ambulance this Christmas
us and frank cat Fi | 06 Dec 2011
Tuesday. I’ve been really nervous about it but glad its over. She’s beside me, wrapped in a blanket, woozy, glassy-eyed and a bit trembly but was persuaded to force down some wafer thin Cranston posh ham. She’s got to be checked out in the morning. Am just glad its done with and hope she is much more herself tomorrow!
Thursday. She didn’t cope too well with the pain or shock but the wound is fine. Its been a long and distressing couple of days. Giving her water from a syringe, food on the end of my finger. Of course it might be that she is completely milking it!! (as my sister reckons!)
Friday. I know Rosie is a delicate little soul but she isn’t coping very well – still. I left her a few hours but worked at home in the afternoon. Her appetite isn’t back and she needs encouraging to eat anything.
Saturday/Sunday: Rosie, like me, was happy to have Hector home – albeit for only 24 hours before work in London dragged him away again. Rosie recovering still but not eating well – though she DID wolf down some Crasntons beef and ham after refusing dog food. When I gave her her antibiotic tablet this morning I also found one from before (yesterday perhaps?) down the side of the settee! Little monkey! Last night she and Frank Cat were both on my knee and it was almost entente cordiale.
us and frank cat Fi | 05 Dec 2011
us and frank cat Fi | 04 Dec 2011
So, its begun. Winter proper and the first snow of the season and only one week later than last year. Hey ho.
us and frank cat Fi | 03 Dec 2011
This cutting is from a newspaper in 1885. It reports that my Great great great Uncle William was lost at sea when he fell from a masthead and was later found in the trawl nets when they were pulled in for vessel to return to port. Its like something from a film… we knew he had died at sea but didn’t know how.
I found this out when the British Newspaper Archive went on line, and searchable this week. Fascinating stuff to be found….
us and frank cat Fi | 02 Dec 2011
I am amazed at myself.
Most Christmas pressies are bought or ordered – didn’t mean to be so organised; in fact I would have preferred not to be.
I’d like to do it all in one shopping trip to a nice town with gorgeous independent shops in the week before Christmas….. with carol singers here and there, fragrant assistants who can’t do enough for you, no crowds and free mince pies and hot chocolate at the shops, a sprinkling of snow on the ground, a bottomless purse (HAH!!) and a carry-my-bags assistant.