A truncated edition of weeknotes for the penultimate week of our first year at Forty Acres.
The return of relentless rain hasn’t managed to stop us from starting to get into the Christmas spirit.
Thursday brought the surprising news that Herefordshire was moving into COVID Tier 1, despite our lack of coastline.
I got back to 40A on Friday evening, in time for Friday night pizza à la Phil. The drive was OK, just a lot of big puddles this side of the Severn which slowed me down a bit.
Very soggy underfoot when I went out for a stroll around “The Estate” on Saturday. The ditch by the train set is full of water and appears to be making a bid to join up with the big pond, plus we’ve a third pond up by the small pond (temporary I hope as it’s where the first snowdrops bloom). And we seem to be acquiring a moat!
Squelching around the grounds and across Thistly Field reminded me of last February’s floods.
While I was away, Phil had hauled up the brash from the lower slopes to “The Quarry”. Now all we need is some dry weather to lop and burn ….
We put up the Christmas decorations on Saturday evening, lit the log stove and Phil got his Christmas Selection playing from the Sonos, all of which made us both feel a lot more festive.
I did manage to spook myself overnight though. It turned out to be the flashing light was coming from the printer in my office – not aliens or burglars.
Podcasts: History Extra, The Night Driver (didn’t make it further than the start of ep2), The Memory Palace, Shedunnit, Books and Authors, and David Crowther’s educational and enjoyable The History of England on the drive home.
Blogposts and Articles: Not my normal telly routine over the past couple of weeks and I’ve done more reading on my iPad instead, including:
- Starlings’ aerial antics behind mystery of Scots’ power outages
- ‘I lost all sense of perspective!’ The broadcaster whose dogs became superstars – Mabel and Oliver are the best dogs.
- Willow tit becomes Britain’s fastest declining resident bird, survey finds – time to take a closer look at those Coal Tits!
- Monty Don Tips & Advice – Find out what you should be doing in the garden this month from Monty’s latest blog.
I’m looking forward to the possibility of a big trek in Nepal next November, so there were some Kanchenjunga related posts including Mark Horrell’s 2018 Kangchenjunga base camp trek (N&S) and Drohmo Ri ascent:
- Kangchenjunga base camp trek: Pangpema and the north side
- Kangchenjunga base camp trek: Oktang and the south side
- Drohmo Ri, the world’s easiest 6,000m peak? Not quite
But not to ignore telly completely, I’ve noted down lots of future TV viewing from The Guardian’s Christmas TV guide 2020: the festive shows you can’t miss.
Photos: Herefordshire week 51 on Flickr.
Phil: Weeknotes for w/e 2020-12-20.