Admin2 took this unprocessed photo of the Chapeltown carnival with the camera accidentally on night setting. It could pass for an 18th century engraving if the distant sound stage and dancing pen were picturesque ruins, the white vans were livestock and the clothes were not quite so modern.
Admin2 is reading This Is the Night They Come for You by Robert Goddard.
We scored a commendable 11 on the GSQ.


Lots of mending, gravelling, tarring and installing huge networks of temporary traffic lights going on, plus people changing the bulbs in the street lights and a lost fire engine.
June 2022 had twice as much rain as June 2021 but half a kWh more sunshine, making it our third best June ever. Average temperatures were within a fraction of a degree of last year’s averages.
Admin1 is reading The Vinyl Detective: Attack and Decay by Andrew Cartmel. Admin2 is reading The Botanist by MW Craven.

Rusty Eyes

Somebody has had a bit of fun with this corroded junction box.
Admin1 is reading The Hiding Place by Simon Lelic, a compulsive investigation into bullying and a subsequent 22-year-old murder at a boarding school. As both Admins went to boarding schools, this rang very true 🙁 .
Admin2 is reading The Passenger by Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz, a disturbing pre-WWII novel in which a Jew trying to escape the Nazis travels round and round Germany by train, without ever finding a way out. (If only Europe had had open borders and tolerance of asylum seekers.)
We scored 9 on the GSQ.


Christmas Lights Man seems not to have quite finished his display but here are a lit up tree and a luminous festive figure. Admin2 went looking for Geminid meteors in a sky that was very clear between the clouds on a night that was warmer than the day, but did not see any.
Admin1 is reading Too Much of Water by LC Tyler. Admin2 is reading The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan.

Patch Invasion

People from up the road celebrating that they have succeeded in colonising the traffic island which is legally part of our territory. Well I hope the people who gave them £500 to install a bench and gazebo on “The Green” were impressed by the massive turnout.
Admin1 is reading Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron. Admin2 is reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; a brother and sister turfed out of their iconic house by their wicked stepmother.

Night and Day

On her first day in hospital, Admin2 had a window seat with a view of the backside of Leeds Beckett University. On the second day she was moved to another ward with a view of the backside of Leeds University.
In the course of that day she had x-rays, ultrasound and an angiogram and was finally taken to a grand stage-like room where people in different uniforms stood around like characters in an opera and she watched her arteries wriggling around like snakes on the x-ray while a balloon stent was inserted from a tube from her arm to her heart to stretch out the blocked artery, after which she felt hale and hearty again.
Admin1 is rereading Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler.

Thubms up for the NHS!

Admin2 was feeling somewhat under the weather and had extremely minor chest pains for a few days so she called 111 and they sent an ambulance. Ambulance men found nothing much wrong but recommended the hospital for another test, which Admin2 failed. Not corona but a coronary. To while away the many hours, she read A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas, which had a very complicated plot linking Icelandic mythology with the French Revolution, eventually untangled by the free-associating detective Adamsberg.