I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


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Friday letters – the mid January edition

Dear time,   Are you sure that you aren’t going at double speed?  How can it be Friday already?  We’ve only just had a Friday.  I’d really appreciate it if you could slow down a little.

Dear weather,  Well, I have to say I am not impressed.  Every day for the last week we’ve had rain.  Not just a light shower, but all-guns-blazing torrential stuff, accompanied one night by thunder and lightning.  Yesterday I think it rained for the entire day – the sky was grey, the clouds were low, visibility was poor and it was just like being back home in Scotland.  The best word for you just now is dreich.  There are lots of people I know flying out from the UK this weekend to attend an annual conference here in San Diego, and I imagine they are expecting something much better than this.  Last year at this time we had lots of blue skies and warm temperatures, so it would be really nice if you could produce something similar again this year.

Dear family in the restaurant with two young boys,  I meant to write to you last week, or the week before, to say how good it was to observe a family enjoying a meal together and chatting to each other.  While mum and dad were perusing the menu your boys had a small, quiet toy each to play with at the table.  There was no loud electronic beeping, or phone/ipad propped up in front of the boys.  I just thought I’d like to tell you how nice it was to see you.

Dear people with phones,  It might just be me (though I suspect it isn’t) who thinks this, but when did it become acceptable to watch videos on your phone at full volume when sitting in a cafe, or on a train or similar public space?  I find it really annoying.  Surely that’s what earphones are for?

Dear memory lane,  I’ve enjoyed a quick trip along you this week when research possible outfits for a themed 1960s/1970s evening next week.  I even got my photo albums out to check what I was wearing back then – there were some horrors (of hairstyle mainly) but also some reminders of happy times, and clothes I loved.

Have a good Friday – I hope your day has as many hours in it as you need.

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Friday letters – the here and there edition

Dear airline companies,  I’d like to make a suggestion on the subject of loading passengers on to your planes.  As things are at the moment, the passengers with seats nearer the front of the plane are asked to board first followed by the people with the seats behind them and so on until the last group of passengers asked to board is the one sitting earest the back.  Surely it would make more sense for the passengers sitting nearer the back of the plane to board first and gradually board the other groups ending with the ones sitting nearest the front.  This way those who are sitting nearer the back of the plane do not have to stand in the passage ways while the people who are already on the plane sort their belongings out and put their bags and coats into the overhead lockers before taking their seats and allowing the standing passengers to pass. I’m sure a time and motion study would show that this is a much more time effective way of doing things as more people can be settling into their seats at the same time and fewer people would just be standing around waiting to get to their assigned place.  It would also mean that those sitting near the front of the plane (who have often paid a lot more to be sitting there) would not have to be subjected to the constant stream of passengers moving past on their way to seats further back and the airline staff who are dispensing welcome drinks to them would not be battling to get through the crowds with said drinks. 

Dear Somerset House, London,  Describing the Good Grief Charlie Brown exhibition as something that we should ‘allow an hour’ to look at was a gross misrepresentation of the amount of time it actually took.  Yes an hour might mean everything could be looked at, but if you wanted to read all the information on Schultz, read all the cartoons, reminisce at the collection of memorabilia, read one or two of the thirty paperpack cartoon books available for our enjoyment, watch the Peanuts film, watch the interview with Schultz himself, admire the artwork inspired by the cartoons and draw your own cartoons to add to a wall display, then an hour was quite definitely not enough time.  Even two hours was pushing it and then we didn’t have enough time to enjoy a drink in the Warm Puppy Cafe.  Having said that, it was a very enjoyable trip down memory lane for me, and I even learned a thing or two along the way.

Dear Brtish Airways,  I’d like to thank you for the slightly improved food offerings on my most recent flight.  There is, however,  still room for improvement, so don’t think you can rest on your laurels now.

Dear self,  The only way to eat an elephant is to take it one bite at a time, and this is how you are going to have to approach the long list of things that need to be done now that you have returned from a three week trip. 

Credit : savagechickens.com

Have a good Friday – I hope your day has as many hours in it as you need.


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Reflective figures standing in the forest

The Lodge, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Aberfoyle, December 2018. Artist: Rob Mulholland

There are six mirrored figures here – very handily wearing festive hats so that we could spot them more easily!

I’m joining in with Debbie’s Six Word Saturday today.


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Friday letters – the first post of 2019 edition

Dear 2019, Hello and welcome. 

Dear man with the owl collection at Bowness on Windermere,  It was delightful to get the opportunity to hold a Little Owl.  I had no idea how little they actually are, and it was very tempting just to pop it into my pocket and take it away with me.  The Eurasian Eagle Owl was quite the opposite and would have been rather problematic both to hold, and to conceal about my person if I had wanted to take it.  I had no idea quite how large they actually are! Your display was a wonderful opportunity to see so many different owls together in one place.

Dear hotel near Ambleside in the Lake District, You really need to train your staff in what ‘dairy free’ milk means.  The young lady at the table next to me at breakfast asked for soya milk.  When that wasn’t available she asked if there was almond milk, or some other type of dairy free milk.  The members of staff who were trying to help said that they didn’t have either soya, or almond, but could offer semi-skimmed or skimmed milk if they would do.  The guest’s reply was rather politer than mine might have been at that point, considering that she had checked before booking her stay that her dairy free diet could be catered for.

Dear motorways of Great Britain,  Thank you very much for staying clear and trouble free for the journeys we’ve made since I last wrote to you.  I noticed a few traffic cones doing sterling work on the southern reaches of the M1, but they didn’t seem to be hindering the cars unduly, which was great. Three cheers for you.

Dear Loch Venacher,  You were looking good, and very full, when we passed you on our way south last week.  In this photo your skies look very dramatic, but thankfully the rain held off and we enjoyed mainly blue skies.

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Loch Venacher, Trossachs

Have a good Friday.


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December square #31

To finish the December Square challenge here’s a photo of the sun going down at the end of a chilly December day. It’s the end of the month, the end of the square photo challenge and the end of the year, so it seems quite appropriate.

This year has just flown by, hasn’t it? I’ve packed a lot into it, thought, so I shouldn’t complain. Thank you Becky for hosting another fun photo challenge.  I’m still hoping to visit everyone who has taken part, but time is a bit short at the moment, so I’m not sure when I’ll do it – maybe by the end of next month I’ll have succeeded!

Happy New Year everyone!