Saturday, 16 January 2021

Snow in Norfolk - but not much

It snowed last night and into this morning. We went for our walk in the afternoon, when the snow was already melting. A slushy, slippery walk along the roads.
We saw a few snowmen - and just this one sledge.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

After 31 years my boots are broken in at last

I bought my Armond walking boots in a shop called Kyffin in Bangor, Gwynedd, in 1989. I was on attachment to the BBC there at the time, and wanted something sturdy and reliable so I could do some serious walking in Snowdonia.
As well as the boots the box they came in has somehow lasted down the years. But not the receipt. I seem to remember they cost in the region of £100 which, with inflation, would be £250 today. (I think you'd struggle to spend that much on a pair of walking boots, though.)

But they have been uncomfortable - until this week, that is. My left ankle bone always rubbed and felt bruised. On our latest lockdown walks I have persisted with the boots as they keep my feet warm and dry in all conditions - and a couple of days ago I realised they didn't hurt anymore. Hooray! After 31 years they are broken in at last.

I searched online for the shop where I bought the boots, but Kyffin in Bangor now appears to be a vegetarian restaurant. And before you comment, yes, I know they need some more dubbin!

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Mystery photo revealed

Yes, all those who said robin. This one posed beautifully for me on our walk the other day. Tomorrow I think I shall talk about boots.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Mystery object: more revealed

Here's a little more. It's a common sight.
Enter your guess in the comments below.

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Can you see what this is part of?

On yesterday's walk I photographed something for you to have a go at identifying. It's not canal-related (although you could see it in that environment).
I will reveal more (or the whole thing) tomorrow.

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Frosty dew

Yesterday's fog was replaced by today's sun, which was doing its best to thaw the frost.
As we walked along a lane I spotted water droplets on a prickly bit of hedge catching the sun.
I liked the figure silhouetted in the light at the end of this tree tunnel.
(There are actually two figures but it's difficult to tell.)

More frosty leaves: this is a thistle.

Friday, 8 January 2021

Foggy dew

It was foggy in Norfolk today. Our walk took us along a tree-lined footpath; drops of water falling on our heads the whole time.
Yesterday, in a different field - and in sunshine - we encountered a flock of twittering birds in a tree.
Unfortunately for the camera they were all looking the wrong way. We think they might be fieldfares.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Stamp stats

We arrived back in Norfolk yesterday to a mountain of post. This comprised mainly Christmas cards: 41 altogether. As I cut round the stamps I thought it would be interesting to compare the numbers of first class, second class (and no stamp at all).
Of the 41 cards three had a first class stamp; 30 second class; and eight had no stamp (being hand delivered).  What else can I say?  Second class outnumbered first class by 10:1.  More people used Christmas stamps than definitives.  Nearly 20% of the cards were hand delivered.  (I have realised that the last three sentences sound like the setup for a logic/maths exam question.)

First class: 1 definitive (Queen's head only); 1 "religious"; 1 "non-religious".

Second class: 19 "religious" from 2020; 2 "religious" from previous years (I believe); 8 definitive; 1 "second class up to 100g"

Disclaimer:  I am no philatelist.