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Thursday 26 April 2012

No not impressed

All over various sites there has been a makeover more like a whitewash...
Facebook rolled out its bland makeover, Google followed suit and there's whitewash everywhere.
I prefer pages like newspaper pages with proper distinct columns and breakpoints.
Obviously my age is telling again.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Deja vu

It must be because I have reached a certain time in life that I get an increasing sense of deja vu...
Recently a TV presenter was complimented on her apparel...but to me it seemed nothing new...just a reappearance of a style by Mary Quant.
Now there are reports of hosepipe bans and what 'to do'.

In certain water company areas: Anglian Water, Southern Water, South East Water, Sutton and East Surrey Water, Thames Water, Veolia Central and Veolia Water East, hosepipes may no longer br used for
• Watering your garden
• Cleaning a private vehicle, taxi or minicab
• Watering plants 
• Cleaning a private leisure boat
• Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
• Domestic recreational use
• Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using (unless it has fish – see below)
• Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain – including those powered by a pump.
• Cleaning walls, or windows, patios, paths, garden furniture or any other outdoor artificial surface

At times like this it's good to live in the wetter west...
And I've been thro' all this before...
May 1975 - August 1976 - when you were a good citizen if your vehicle was covered in grime, showing it had not been washed.
Standpipes were erected in some areas and people queued to use them.
A minister encouraged people to 'bath with a friend'.
Standpipes reappeared in some areas in the 1995 drought.

So, 2012 is another 'drought year'... Hey ho history repeating...
Whilst water companies continue to lose thousands of litres of water thro' leakages...
People 'insist' on being profligate with water...showering several times a day, wearing clothing once before washing (some even wash articles that have only been tried on). 
Water usage increases, so does wastage...

It used to rile me when camping in Cornwall with notices everywhere saying to 'Save Water!' to notice how many people turned taps on and left them running (teeth cleaning)...

Sunday 1 April 2012

April come she will...

Sayre wrote a while ago...
Spring is in the air!!! What is it that you look forward to the most once the frost-date has passed?
We don't have a 'frost date' as such. Frosts can and do occur as late a June (ground frost).
A bank of bluebells
The gracious magnolia - over all too soon
Fruit trees in blossom
This is my choice of images to show typical English Springtime flowers...