Friday, 2 October 2015

October - The first two days

Here we are sneaking into October and whisper it quietly but the weather is still good.

 Thank you for comments on the last post. I had no idea that  without a licence bats shouldn't be touched - even a dead one. We have loads of bats swooping around here most evenings, especially out on the campsite so I've not really considered them as anything special.
 Here's another bird photo - A Charm of Goldfinches. Up until this autumn we used to see them in ones or twos but suddenly they are here by the dozen

We've been walking, enjoying the sun and clearing more things outside and inside. Another bag of odds and ends went to the charity shop and all the things Col sold on Ebay have now been collected. I've also been chopping kindling and Col has been working for a neighbour.

 We went to Tesco for the main October shop and had a bit of luck because as I was looking at the Yorkshire Teabags, a lady looking at coffee beside me said that the teabags were half price over the road at Waitrose. I thanked her for the tip and after finishing at Tesco crossed the road and picked up my bargain saving. We regularly get a special offer leaflet through the door from the local independent hardware store and they had fat-balls for the birds at less than half price of the ones in Wyevale garden centre. A bucket of 50 should last at least until Christmas unless we really do get "the worst winter since 1963" like the newspapers are saying - I'll believe it when I see it! I've got plenty of salt for slippery paths because months ago when I last ordered from Approved Foods they had cooking salt at 5 x1kg bags for £1. I thought I'd share it round the family - but nobody wanted them, so I'm stuck with a cupboard full of salt!

 The library van comes twice this month so no shortage of reading matter -actually Never a shortage of reading matter in this house! Here is what I brought home today.
 Not a very good photo I'm afraid but I'm not trying again as the connection today is sooooooo slow that it's taken me nearly an hour to get these two photos onto the post! And people are complaining about slow connections of 2Mb  - if they had just .75Mb speed like we have here then they really would have something to moan about!

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Sue

37 comments:

  1. I've heard that the weather is going to stay nice until the end of the weekend....then anything could happen! Enjoy your books in a sunny spot. Jx

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    1. Yes, that's what our local forecast said too.

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  2. He he! Slow broadband here too. It's not sleepy Devon for nothing...but ooohhhh some lovely sunshine were having at the moment...a real treat! Jackie. X

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    1. It was really bad while I was trying to do this post. had to turn off the wi fi and turn back on again, then it seized up for 10 minutes

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  3. Lovely photo of the Goldfinches, they're so colourful aren't they, especially as the leaves begin to fall. Hope you get better broadband soon; we too get less than 0.75Mb which is extremely frustrating at times but West Berkshire Council pushed for fibre broadband to come to our rural village and BT are currently installing it! Now the debate on whether we want to pay more for faster broadband, but I suppose it will be worth it. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I wonder if we will ever get faster connections here, we are a bit rural

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  4. Wow, those goldfinches are lovely. My dad gets those in his garden - so pretty.

    I didn't know about not handling dead bats either - you live and learn. Mind you, I have only seen live ones here. One was flying round and round the car parking area last week while I was waiting for a friend. I was sure it was trying to get me so I pulled my coat over my head, just like I would have done 30 years ago. I don't think I will ever be comfortable with things flying around me, whether they are bats, birds or daddy long legs.

    We too have less than 1 mb broadband although there seems to have been a lot of fibre laying activity around here over the last three months and we have a new green cabinet now, so I am hopeful that rural South Bucks might finally get a move on!

    Helen

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    1. i don't ever remember seeing so many goldfinches at once

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  5. We too had to handle a baby bat otherwise the birds would have killed it. We donned gloves, covered a long handled brush with a duster, laid it on top then climbed a ladder and waited an age for it to stop playing dead and crawl back under the eaves!

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    1. They are incredibly small, hope your one survived

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  6. We have about 1.75mb speed here in this very rural hamlet. Frankly, I'm just happy that we have broadband at all here. However, whilst the speed isn't so much of an issue, the signal drops out frequently, several times a day, and that's a right blooming nuisance when I'm in the middle of something like banking. We get lots of goldfinches here too, I didn't know a group of them was called a charm, how lovely.

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    1. I can remember dial up which was much worse so I guess we should be pleased that broadband is quicker

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  7. Lucky you with all those Goldfinches. They are a partial migrant so some of them may be heading South soon for warmer climes. It is thought to be mainly the girls who leave the UK to pass the winter in Spain- I understand the temptationl! CT.

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    1. Interesting info, we will see how long they stay around. Somewhere sunny for winter does sound tempting

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  8. I have no idea what my broadband speed is, all I can say is I am very familiar with buffering. I think the village, in general, is okay, but I live in one of those slightly awkwardly placed nooks for such matters. Sighs.
    Good to see so many Goldfinches. We have a lot here too, once there were not many at all.
    Maybe time to start stocking up my freezer just in case the Winter is as bad as they predict, for we can get cut off easily.

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    1. I quite like the idea of being cut off for a while but I doubt it will happen

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  9. Pleased to see 'Borderland' in that pile of books Sue!

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    1. and another called Going to visit George

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  10. I've got a cupboard full of that salt from Approved Foods too. It will be very handy if we do get the 'worst winter since 1963' (I'm sceptical too, I don't forget the 'barbecue summer' predicted for 2012 when it rained non-stop,) as I live on a treacherously steep hill with steps both front and back so I'll need to salt just to be able to get to the gate.

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  11. I have plenty of salt too. We were given a huge bag of rock salt that we keep near the garage. Its hard to believe any of the predictions when they the media say the same thing year in year out.

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    1. I'm not holding my breath waiting for six foot of snow!

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  12. I live in South Devon but I don't have many Broadband problems - now watch everything go belly up!
    If the path is slippery in winter, I just won't venture out. That is why we can shop online, to avoid slippery paths, tee-hee. The delivery people will undoubtedly have slip-proof boots. I really don't know where I'd store a salt vat, all my cupboards are filled to capacity already.
    Margaret P

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    1. I'm not sure which is worse - slow cheap broadband or updated new speedy technology which everyone will have to pay a lot of money for in the future

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    1. I like being able to take decent photos of them

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  14. Haven't seen many goldfinches this year. I'm waiting for the long-tailed tits to arrive, we tend to only see them in the winter (I don't know why)
    Broadband is fine here, but then we are on main road.

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    1. Someone we know saw loads at Minsmere RSPB last week but haven't seen them here yet either

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  15. Found a dead bat on the bedroom floor in the old farmhouse, wonder how on earth it got in. Gorgeous weather here with warm days and frost at night. Monday it is all over apparently and the rain sets in again. Pam in Norway

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    1. Mixed weather forecast here too for next week. Oh well

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  16. I hope that we don't have a terrible winter, I am not good in the snow! I must get some salt though! xx

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  17. Lovely collection of finches on view there!

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  18. lovely finch photo!
    that book lot looks very interesting too!

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  19. It makes no sense that it is illegal to handle a dead bat without a licence. What are you supposed to do if you find a dead bat on, eg, your patio? Leave it there in perpetuity?

    Sorry, just don't buy that.

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  20. Just love the photo of the Goldfinches .. we are lucky to get the odd one here. I have a new blog Vicky's Vintage .. Make Do and Mend (formally Anglesey Allsorts) just thought you might like a peek.
    Vicky x

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  21. Goldfinches are one of my favourite birds, they brighten a dull day :)

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  22. Those goldfinches are beautiful. I hadn't heard about the predicted cold winter, better make sure I get stocked up.
    Lisa x

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