Quick Links 3rd July 2017

Each week I’ll try and post quick links to things that I’ve seen, read, inspired me or just sparked my interest in the previous week, with a little background and my thoughts and other things that I’ve been up to in the previous week. Mostly gardening, cooking and environmental stuff but not always.

Life In General. – Problems with our broadband and home phone line this last week has meant a slightly frustrating week trying to do anything online, even when I tried to report the fault I had a problem and ended up having to do it on my iPad (which has a cellular connection) rather than our home WiFi. It’s been on and off all week, and isn’t due to be fixed until the 3rd or 4th of July. A good proportion of this post has therefore been written on my phone and IPad.

We took the dogs to the vets this week for their annual health check and vaccinations. No problems, and we’ve now synchronised their visits which means less trips to the vet from now on (hopefully) although the downside is that the bill now comes at the same time!

It’s also three years since Ruby came home with us, leaving her litter mates behind.

On the way back from the vets we stopped on top of Portsdown Hill to let the dogs have a run. There were lots of swallows flying, catching insects which was great to see, and then totally unplanned the Red Arrows flew overhead. Looking at their schedule they were probably on the way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I’ve seen the Red Arrows a few times, but never intentionally – just in the right place at the right time – so I’ll be adding this to the list.

Work – I’ve been doing mostly end of the month things this week. Making sure my expenses etc. are in order, and preparing for a couple of meetings next week.

Allotment. – The first proper rain in a while this week, which you can almost hear the allotment soaking up. I’ve transplanted my second lot of cucumbers,  hopefully they will do better than the first ones, which seemed to die over night. I’ve also been starting to list the seeds and plants I’ll need for next season. We’ve been harvesting lettuce, broad beans and loganberries this week and also our first potatoes. 

Currently Reading

Started (and by the time this goes live will have finished) Camino Island by John Grisham [GoodReads].

Also reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King [GoodReads]- which I’m reading for an online group. This is the last in the Dark Tower series, and I’ve been reading this series for nearly a year now. Some have been better than others, but I glad I’ve been taking part in this online group.

The Week In Wildlife – In Pictures

Railways – I love train travel, even on our rather creaky and unreliable UK rail network. I enjoyed looking through the pictures in this BBC article [LINK].

Making a chair – love this little monologue about building an office chair by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell [LINK] & [LINK].


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