25/1/2018 Fat Curk

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I don’t drink Coke very often, but when I do I make sure it is fully leaded, none of those sugar-free versions. I’ve tried diet drinks. They are always disappointing. I don’t know why, but none of the ingredients they use to replace the sugar in these drinks tastes even remotely acceptable to my palette. They are just little cans of marginal disappointment. Pepsi or Coke? I don’t care – I like them both.

23/1/2018 Moving on

23/1/2018 Moving on23/1/2018 Moving on by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Ruby made us this amazing card in honour of a special assembly at School. She moved from the infants school to junior this last term, so the class got together to tell all us parents how they are finding it.

The jump between the two is quite big I think. Ruby has been finding the extra homework quite tasking, but she is getting used to to. She’s having a mostly positive time in the new building, and the few things she’s struggling with are being dealt with my her wonderfully supportive teacher.

We are very proud of her!

22/1/2018 i3

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We will need a new car in September once our current lease is up, so we are looking around for something more eco-friendly; both kinder on the environment and the wallet at the same time.

I don’t think we can actually do both of those things, but we are hoping to go full electric vehicle at some point. This next car is most likely to be a hybrid I think (the range of EVs is a bit disappointing at the moment) but we shall see.

This weekend we managed to get hold of this BMW i3, which our local BMW dealer have given us for a day or so to try out. It’s probably one of the better EVs at the moment, though would be right at the top of affordability for us. It’s range is slightly better than the current Leaf, and this version had a range extender in it, pushing the total achievable distance closer to the 200 mile mark (on a good day, not in the cold of January obviously).

I really liked it, but Jo isn’t so sure. It’s a fabulous car to drive – it’s an utter rocket from 0-40mph, but becomes rather more pedestrian after that. It’s roomy inside and contains most of the bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern car.

There were a few occasions when it wouldn’t start – it seemed to be whinging about something not being ready, but it was really difficult to tell what – and the controls for all the widgets are all over the place. BMW really need to employ someone with the UX expertise, but otherwise the car is excellent. I’d certainly consider it as a full-time vehicle, especially with the range extender in it.

The boot is a bit small (OK, very small) and there’s only four seats, but it’d be fine for our little family for 95% of the time.

The next car to try has a lot to match up to.

21/1/2018 New goggles

21/1/2018 New goggles21/1/2018 New goggles by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Ruby’s eyes have changed very slightly so new glasses are needed for reading and close work. She’s chosen two pairs from the ‘boys’ selection, because she is not encumbered by the stupidity of gender-specific spectacles.

I wouldn’t have let her have the Manchester United glasses if she’d picked them though. There are limits.

These ones are very much like mine. Matching face furniture!

20/1/2018 Sushi

20/1/2018 Sushi
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We have had an amazing day today. We’ve headed down to London to see Matilda (which was absolutely incredible) and have had lunch in a Danish-inspired Sushi restaurant called Sticks ‘N’ Sushi.

Daft name, amazing food! I cannot tell you how delicious my food was. I have never tasted fish as delicious as this before. Absolutely gorgeous, all washed down with a Danish Aften Bajer.

We are definitely going back here. So nice!

19/1/2018 Celia

19/1/2018 Celia

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This is our house rabbit Celia. She lives in our sun room and dining room area, where she lives the life of Reilly in sumptuous rabbit luxury.

She likes to sit on our window ledges so she can see outside. She also like to eat holes in our sofa, chew the walls and demand food from everyone nearby. Any person opening the fridge is greeted two seconds later by a grey ball of fur arriving by their feet at speed, little rabbit feet skidding on the dining room tiled floor.

She understands that curly kale and carrots live in the large white box and is at her most exciteable when a human opens the doors to the food portal.

Celia sleeps where she likes. The rug is a good spot, and she’s pretty hard gone in the photo. Bless.

18/1/2018 Massage

18/1/2018 Massage
18/1/2018 Massage

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I’m a member of the UoN Sports facilities and referred a friend of mine last week. He signed up, and I’ve been rewarded with a free sports massage.

This is where the magic happened. I’m not a great fan of massages as such – previous efforts have been… painful – but this one managed to loosen up the knots in my muscles more than cause me too much distress.

The very knowledgeable young lady who kneaded my back did some great work, dispersing three big knots along the way.

It’s probably not something I will do very frequently, but if my aging back stiffens up too much I know where to come.

17/1/2018 Strip light

17/1/2018 Strip light
17/1/2018 Strip light

17/1/2018 Strip light by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

My fascination with light sources continues.

This is a shot of one of the strip lights in our canteen. I quite liked the lines of the ceiling compared with the angle of the light.

I’ve messed around with it in the ‘Filters’ iOS app a bit. So many variations in that app, though it can take time to find one that works. I quite like the light-leak overlays in particular.

15/1/2018 Brass

15/1/2018 Brass
15/1/2018 Brass

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Mondays are my first brass band rehearsal evening of the week. I love my band. It’s certainly not fashionable or especially popular, but there’s just something fantastic about making music with 24 other friends.

I’ve been doing this for over forty years now. I can hardly believe it myself, but playing an instrument is such a great hobby for me.

14/1/2018 Stone

14/1/2018 Stone
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There’s a Viking exhibition at our local Arts centre – Lakeside Arts down at Highfields Park – so we headed down there this afternoon. We had one of Ruby’s friends with us and they were both interested in having a look at all the lovely Viking stuff on display.

It is very good indeed. It can’t compete with the Yorvik Centre, but they aren’t trying to. It’s still a fabulous collection of interesting artefacts from the Viking era, along with some interactive stuff for the kids. I particularly liked this Beautiful stone carving, although there was a fantastic helmet and some found jewellery that must have been the most exciting metal detector find in history.

It’s well worth a look if you live near Nottingham, and also worth the trip in from further away too.

I’ve applied a textured overlay on this image using the iOS app Filters. I tend to shy away from effects like this but I think this actually adds to the image on this occasion.

Here are a couple of other images from today. The board game looked very interesting.

Viking Helmet
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Hnefatafl
Hnefatafl by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA