All the daylight hours we were swathed in a wet grey blanket, despite which the solar panels did OK.
Admin1 is reading Box 88 by Charles Cumming. Admin2 is reading The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth by William Boyd.
Today the family all tested negative so were back around the table eating stroganoff and parkin. It was a joy to see them all again and against the odds of our ignorance we scored 10.5 on the GSQ.
Admin1 is rereading Unseen Academicals by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading My Idea of Fun by Will Self; a nasty book from an era of nasty books.
Spongebob Squarepants and others gather for the switch on of the local Christmas lights.
Admin1 is rereading Making Money by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading One Way Out by AA Dhand: a terrorist bomb outrage in Bradford City Park is only the beginning…
Another lovely photo from Admin1’s new phone; the tiny cluster on the right is the Pleiades, the bright spot near the centre is Mars. Taken on the first clear night for ages, when the temperature dropped to 0.6 °C. Today is cloudy and rainy again.
Admin2 is reading Box 88 by Charles Cumming.
Taken on Admin1’s new phone, a view over the rooftops to a misty Gledhow Valley Lake, looking like a Chinese painting.
Sadly Gez had the corona so we missed our family meal and did the quiz over the phone: 12 points, including several contributions from the invalid. Yay!
Admin1 is reading Going Postal by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading The Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin.
Reflections in a car park after another day of unremitting rain (34.8 mm and ongoing). November may well be another month of record-breaking wetness.
Admin2 is reading A Change of Climate by Dame Hilary Mantel.
Blurred lights beyond the dripping trees.
Admin1 is rereading Mort by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Red Bones by Ann Cleeves, which was enjoyable but the only two interesting characters got killed off in short order, leaving only a pair of fussy feuding families for suspects, and it’s still not clear why who done it did it.
All day we have been veiled in fog. A man came round to cut off the top of the laurel tree in the centre of the picture so the sight has changed and Admin1 has animated the picture on the webcam so the site has changed too.
Admin1 is rereading Wyrd Sisters by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Vacant Possession by Dame Hilary Mantel, which is also wyrd.
We scored 9 on the GSQ.
A petrified pepper anticipates climate change in the cooking pot.
Admin1 is rereading Witches Abroad by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Emergency by Daisy Hildyard; a childhood fascination with nature (but not the human kind) recollected in lockdown.
The moon shining down in a misty sky. This morning was properly foggy.
We had our family meal of chicken, bacon and broccoli and apple meringue (we are constantly trying out new recipes to get shot of our glut of apples) and scored a magnificent THIRTEEN on the GSQ.
Admin1 is rereading Monstrous Regiment by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading Beyond Black by Dame Hilary Mantel, which is beyond brilliant.
Whizz bang pop! People are letting off rockets in the distance! Happy birthday Guida!
Admin1 is rereading Moving Pictures by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Queen High by CJ Carey; a sequel to Widowland and very engaging; just hope it isn’t latest in a never-ending series.
Storm Claudio came in the night, uprooted our garden parasol and tossed it down onto the lawn far below among the autumn leaves.
Admin1 is rereading Maskerade by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Widowland by SJ Carey; The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Man in the High Castle meets Nineteen Eighty-Four, set in 1953 when the new king is about to be crowned.
The ghosts of Jackson and Bob, begging for vegan sweets.
Admin1 is rereading Lords and Ladies by Sir Terry Pratchett.
October was, on average, slightly warmer and sunnier than last October, and a lot rainier (123.6mm and counting [now 135.9mm, with 11.1mm in the first few hours of November])
This scary puppet joined us for our family meal of meatloaf and fruit salad.
Admin2 is reading The Pursuit of William Abbey by Claire North.
We scored 10 on the GSQ.
A very big tomato from our garden which was jucier and taster than you’d expect.
Admin1 is rereading Small Gods by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading The Long Knives by Irvine Welsh.
A very partial eclipse, taken through an infrared filter.
Admin1 is rereading Reaper Man by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.
All the colours of the autumn leaves, the rainbow and Diwali. Oh and a person of colour for PM.
Admin1 is rereading Soul Music by Sir Terry Pratchett.
A morning fog blurs the turning leaves.
Admin1 is rereading The Truth by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading Stars and Bars by William Boyd.
We only scored 8.5 on the GSQ, but we are still in double figures — just.
38.4 mm and counting. We had more rain today than in the whole of January, and more rain between 11am and 12 noon than in the whole of August.
Admin1 is rereading Thief of Time by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading Any Human Heart by William Boyd.
Admin2 came home from Light Night to find that Admin1 had done his own illuminations. What a lightful surprise!
We had an exquisite chicken and leek pie for our family meal and scored an amazing eleven on the GSQ.
Admin1 is rereading Thud! by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading Brazzaville Beach by William Boyd.
There is no Christmas market or fireworks this year, but Light Night is here to illuminate and enlighten us.
Admin1 is appropriately rereading Night Watch by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is inappropriately rereading The Blue Afternoon by William Boyd.
A bright start to a day which supplied enough sunshine to beat all years except 2020 and 2015, and there are still a couple of months to go.
Admin1 is rereading Men at Arms by the much-missed Sir Terry Pratchett.
Admin1 is rereading The Fifth Elephant by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading The New Confessions by William Boyd.
The almost-full moon through a veil of cirrus, and a planet so close it looks like a little ball.
Admin1 is rereading Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is rereading The Evidence by Christopher Priest.
Next day: the family came round for stroggers and sticky toffee apple pudding and we scored a respectable 10 on the GSQ.
A very faint rainbow at the end of a very wet and gloomy day.
Admin1 is rereading Jingo by Sir Terry Pratchett. Admin2 is reading Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson.