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  1. Whooho! Speeded up or what! Actually, given the way you had speeded up the video I was impressed that you weren’t waving around more than it appeared. Normally when people speed up their videos it makes me feel sea sick, but I didn’t get that with your video, so well done! Really beautiful sky. More videos please! And I don’t do slapping. (Well maybe Trump is an exception.) Helen
  2. How come the video is now unavailable? Sooo disappointed! Helen
  3. This thread’s getting a bit political! (I’m with Grace!)
  4. Marshman, wasn’t sure to respond with a thanks or a to your post! Glad your daughter had good weather for the day,. I thought it was a lovely setting for her graduation. Bit amazed though that the graduation ceremony was so late in the year. Is that the norm nowadays? When I graduated from Bangor in 1981 (showing my age here) the ceremony was in July (brilliant weather). Same for Graham who graduated a couple of years behind me (long story...we met in school and he was a year behind me, then he did a four year course at Uni). Graham’s graduation ceremony was a week exactly before our wedding (July 1983). That was lucky, as we hadn’t really factored in his graduation in our plans. Given we had met in school aged 16 we had waited quite a long time to get married. Seemed an age as Graham had proposed 3 months into our relationship.
  5. Hi, yes thanks, loves Bournemouth. He seems to be getting along fine - socially anyway, though he's thinking of asking to switch to Politics instead of Politics and Economics. Thanks for asking. When we visited Bournemouth Tuesday last week to pick Alec up there was a graduation going on. Lovely to see lots of graduates and their families on the beach front and lower gardens. What a super setting for a graduation! Helen
  6. Hi Jean. Still trying to decide where to put it. I need a suction hook or something to hang it against a window. We’ll be starting on making fused glass tiles next week. I need to refine the design that I’ve come up with for mine. Thinking of doing a sort of seascape design.
  7. Lots of soldering this evening and I managed to finish off my butterfly suncatcher. To start with we had to apply a liquid over the copper to help the solder stick and then apply a couple of blobs of solder on the main joints before spreading the solder along smoothly (ish, in my case!) over the copper. Then we had to put a thin layer of solder on the outer edges before adding ‘bead’ solder (a thicker layer) over the joints. Final bit of soldering was to add a small loop to hang the butterfly and solder on the antennae...I almost messed up at this point as I initially only gave my butterfly one antenna and had to be reminded that it should have two...doh! We finished off by using another liquid to darken the solder.
  8. Love it...am a tinsywinsy bit envious (understatement of the year). Enjoy! And do keep us updated on your adventures on her. Those of us who can only visit the Broads now and again keep going through reading holiday blogs.
  9. I'm at the Open University campus in MK.
  10. The view a couple of minutes ago from my office window. It's a bit gloomy as the sun is already quite low in the sky. The River Ousel and a public footpath is just beyond the football field and before the belt of trees in the background...great for a lunchtime walk. Helen
  11. Jay, behave! Or are you just testing out how much flirting you can get away with? and
  12. All the best for Thursday! Just put yourself into this mode....
  13. My Mam told me that my Great-grandad, James Feltham, was the most hated man in Holyhead during WW1, given he was the recruiting officer (NCO) for the Welch Fusileers. His eldest son James died aged 19 in early 1917, a sapper with the Royal Engineers, who died when the trench his platoon was digging came under fire. My Grandad Harry (b.1898) joined the Welch Fusileers, became a sniper and thankfully came home in one piece. He never spoke about the war. I sometimes wonder what his real thoughts were when he came to see me perform in my school’s performance of ‘Oh! What a lovely war!’. I so loved my Grandad...such a ‘gentle man’. Very quiet..and very caring. On a lighter note....Mam said he inevitably won the prizes at shooting contests and fairs.
  14. I think we need a new emoji...tears of laughter anyone?
  15. More next week. Classes are Thursdays. We had another trip to Bournemouth today to take Alec back to Uni after his ‘reading week’. Just as we arrived at the campus he realised he’d left his house/room keys at home in MK...typical! Graham started talking about doing the journey back with Alec, and then there and back again in the same day (mad what!)...luckily Security had a spare set of keys. Whew!
  16. I wasn't at work today so haven't been able to take the view from my window, as I've managed to get an arrangement where I do a fortnight's full-time work hours fitted within 9 days, so I get every other Friday off. (Yippee!) I digress...anyway, my office window overlooks the Open Uni's football pitch, and beyond that the River Ouse and beyond that trees (though there's a Milton Keynes grid road beyond the trees). Ahh - greenery...
  17. I couple of weeks ago I posted on the 'My Day' forum a post about my first completed project from the 'Stained Glass' evening classes that I've signed up for this autumn. Really clumsy soldering - my first attempt! Jean (SwanR) suggested that I start off a new thread recording my further adventures with this class - so here goes! We had 'half term' off last week... (What's that about? It's not like we are in school and it was a week or a fortnight behind most schools' half terms anyway, depending on which authority you are under!) so I was quite keen to get back as I hadn't caught up with the rest of the class in the last session, having had a week off on the Broads mid-October. I turned up over half an hour early this week, as the Tutor had mentioned that he arrives early to set up, and he was quite happy for me to start to cut out the glass for the next project, which is a butterfly sun-catcher. I had cut out the paper templates for this at the last session. Using these templates, the next stage is to mark out the shapes on the glass using a 'Sharpie' pen, and then cut the glass using a hand-held glass cutting tool. For the first project we were given pre-selected glass, but this time we had been able to select our own glass from a batch that the tutor provided. I had selected a sort of green-blue glass at the end of the last session. Cutting out the glass was fine - I think I'm starting to get the hang of it, though I don't think my templates were very accurate! Inevitably, it didn't quite fit, and part of the process of preparing the glass is using a grinder to ensure that the glass is shaped properly so that it will fit together. After a bit of grinding here and there I was able to move on to the next stage, which is to put copper foil around the edges of each piece of glass. The copper is on a roll of about 1/2 cm (or less!) wide strips, and once you peel off the backing paper is supposed to stick to the edges of your glass. I got on okay at first, but then found that the copper just wasn't sticking to some of the smaller pieces. Tutor suggested I go and give my glass a good wash with hot water and detergent, and that worked - the copper stuck to the edges, which was a huge step forward. It was still really tricky to fix the copper with an even overlap both sizes of the glass though. Very, very fiddly! Still...I'm ready to go with the soldering next week! Not sure all my edges are where they should be though! Doh!
  18. Lovely, thanks David. Looking forward to your further adventures on Goosander. Good luck with your future voyages!
  19. I’ve always wondered about waterfront properties...how often do they get flooded and what are the insurance premiums like? I’d prefer to be on boat. Mind you, I’d love one of those properties in places like Belaugh which are on a hill overlooking the river. Sigh...
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