Scarborough (reasonably) Fair

Our trip to (occasionally) sunny Scarborough involved pirate ships:
Donkeys (go, Audrey!):
Many, many seagulls (and distant dolphins leaping above the waves but too far away to photograph):
Scrumptious fish and chips from Winking Willy’s famous emporium with its amusing signage:
And finally, let’s all go down the…
A wonderful 20th wedding anniversary trip was had by all! Well, apart from Dave and Bob, the latter of whom had his bubble burst at primary school and they have to isolate 🙁
We stayed again at the Green Gables hotel (great breakfasts, but it bears more than a passing resemblance to Hilbert’s Hotel), and again failed to photograph its magnificent but elusive cat. Next time…

Weather of the day: Snow

The people who normally draw on the road have been drawing on the snow instead.
And here’s a gratuitous pigeon and clouds on the weathercam.
Admin1 is reading The Witch Hunter by Matt Seek which was rubbish. Admin2 is reading Cross and Burn by Val McDermid which is also rubbish.
We scored 13 out of 30 on the mega super bumper GWQ which was extremely rubbish, our worst score this year, giving us an average of 10.57557692 which is nevertheless our best ever (see last year and step backward though the years).
Coffee of the day: Guji Natural Ethiopia which is absolutely delicious. Thx Gez!

Two Turtle Doves

Well OK, collared doves, and in a cherry, not pear, tree.
Merry Christmas everybody!
Here’s our frugal dinner for 2 [update: we’ve been eating leftover pork every day and finally finished it on 3rd January 2021]
Admin2 is reading Death Delivered by Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger (thx Admin1). We are watching Lethal White (thx again).

An Unexpected Visitor

This morning Admin1 was disturbed by a cacophony of rawk-rawk sounds from a squadron of magpies in the garden. And looking out of the window he saw why…

…a sparrowhawk, feasting on one of their brethren (presumably). There wasn’t much left to identify the victim apart from feathers.
Admin1 is reading Perfect Death by Helen Fields, which was soapily melodramatic and only borderline readable. Admin2 is reading The Ottoman Secret by Raymond Khoury.

Critters of the Day: Swallows


One swallow does not make a summer, but these two, among many others, appeared on the hottest day this year: 35.5°C, making July only the second coldest cloudiest July on our records.
Admin1 is rereading Dead Souls by Ian Rankin, and having watched Stranger Things series 1 to 3, and the (rather poor) 2017 film of It, has now ODed on cute kids. As relief he’s now watching Deadwind (aka Karppi), a Finnish crime series that ticks all the Scandi Noir boxes: blond female detective with tragic backstory; useless/suspicious dark-haired male sidekick; stylish domestic interiors; local politics clashing with local businesses and social services; torchlit searches of industrial areas; and, of course, they never call in backup.
Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of our blog.

Flying the Nest


Hottest day of the year so far: 31.1 °C and some newly fledged baby birds were leaving home for the first time. Most just shot off like rockets but this little long-tailed tit just hopped from twig to twig in an agony of indecision and anxiety; the adorable patsy in cartoons and wildlife films everywhere. Hope it doesn’t end up as cat meat.
Admin1 is rereading Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin.

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep


A red red robin singing in the holly tree; what could be more Christmassy? We even had a minuscule sprinkling of snow (graupel, really) and many people have a long, long holiday but not the poor old emergency services, maintenance crews and shopworkers (and us).
Admin1 is reading Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds.
We had a family gathering around our screens and scored 9 on the GWQ.