March 29th, 2016

dog knotwork

Life without Electricity : Day 1

Western Power are doing something to our electrical supply, in which cause, they turned the electricity off at 8:30 on the dot this morning. All over the village, there were men in hi-vis shinning industriously up and down poles, diggers, vans, and there was even a trailer filled with vast reels of delightfully sparkly copper wire.
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The electricity did not come back on again till well after 6pm. I had just despaired that it would ever return, and boiled my camping kettle on the camp stove to make coffee. At the very moment that the whistle on the kettle blew, the electricity returned at last. They are supposed to be doing it all again tomorrow, so I may try making Emergency Camping Stove Coffee earlier tomorrow. Just in case it works.
Skagos

Easter in Essos : mostly a photoupdate

We spent Easter in Essos, the sister continent of Westeros from the universe of Ice and Fire.  Here we are setting off (perspective is deceptive! the first ship was by far the biggest really! )

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I meant to write up what we did, but unfortunately I was, and am, a bit under the weather (I severely disapprove of a bug that not only makes me impossibly sleepy but also makes my asthma unusually severe and wheezy, honestly, I feel like I've abruptly aged about 30 years and put on three stone) so I'm just going to link to LoA's writeup so I can find it later.   In fact, I am so wheezy and achy I haven't even photographed my other drawings of the campaign, although partly due to the wheezing, sleeping, aching etc, those I managed were a bit crap anyway, to be honest.  I quite like this one though: it's us all setting off in our cog, the Lady Anduin, with a cargo of whippets, tin, mead, amber, stockfish, candlesticks, silver grumpkins and furs:

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As has become traditional, chainmailmaiden made a sumptuous mass  of awesome foods.  A few of them stayed on the plates long enough to be photographed.  I had to photograph the Baked Alaska super-fast though, before it escaped.   Fortunately, Pp had got me a new (to me) ancient (because all my lenses are from the last century) manual-focus lens for my birthday,  which is well-adapted to the swift photography of escaping food.

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