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Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.
 


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same here mate - its stunning in Gloucestershire. Where abouts are you.

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Not far, North Worcestershire.

Eldest daughter lives in Newent, even closer to you. I should imagine.




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  same here mate - its stunning in Gloucestershire. Where abouts are you.

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Not yellowed enough to be Brittle Blue… is it Britain Blue?
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Must be Britain blue, limited edition obviously, never around for long.

Can't reach to test if it's brittle too.



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Not yellowed enough to be Brittle Blue… is it Britain Blue?
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.

Lovely photos, I'm lucky I get to see skies like that a fair bit as I live
on the Sussex Coast, and the sky yesterday morning at about 4:30 was amazing
even though it meant rain for most of the day, it had lots of the reds and oranges.
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Don't know your part of Britain but glad to hear someone sees bluer skies
more often.

Never seem to have a camera, not that I'm any good with them, when the beautiful
sunrises or sunsets are on display.



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  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.

Lovely photos, I'm lucky I get to see skies like that a fair bit as I live
on the Sussex Coast, and the sky yesterday morning at about 4:30 was amazing
even though it meant rain for most of the day, it had lots of the reds and oranges.
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Welcome to the 'sunny' South West.
 


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Whereabouts ?

I'm moving to the south west, all being well, in the next few months.





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Welcome to the 'sunny' South West.
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  Whereabouts ?

I'm moving to the south west, all being well, in the next few months.


The sun is beginning to shine here in North Devon. If I remember rightly from
your past postings you are headed over the border to Kernow.
  



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Welcome to the 'sunny' South West.
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I am and I must remember to get my cream teas right, mustn't have a Devon
cream tea in Cornwall.

Must get into the right mind set too, dreckly as they say.



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  Whereabouts ?

I'm moving to the south west, all being well, in the next few months.


The sun is beginning to shine here in North Devon. If I remember rightly from
your past postings you are headed over the border to Kernow.
  



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Welcome to the 'sunny' South West.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  I am and I must remember to get my cream teas right, mustn't have a Devon
cream tea in Cornwall.

Must get into the right mind set too, dreckly as they say.


Ah yes - must do it proper. Although my late father always said that the Devon
way is the best way - you can always put another dollop of cream on top!

Wish you well with your move.

PS Avoid the Tamar bridge if you can. Has resurfacing work going on, which is
likely to last for months. Absolute chaos!
  

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  Whereabouts ?

I'm moving to the south west, all being well, in the next few months.


The sun is beginning to shine here in North Devon. If I remember rightly from
your past postings you are headed over the border to Kernow.
  



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  Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.


Welcome to the 'sunny' South West.
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Never get too much clotted cream, my opinion anyway.

Thanks for the tip about roadworks.





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  I am and I must remember to get my cream teas right, mustn't have a Devon
cream tea in Cornwall.

Must get into the right mind set too, dreckly as they say.


Ah yes - must do it proper. Although my late father always said that the Devon
way is the best way - you can always put another dollop of cream on top!

Wish you well with your move.

PS Avoid the Tamar bridge if you can. Has resurfacing work going on, which is
likely to last for months. Absolute chaos!
  

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  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Whereabouts ?

I'm moving to the south west, all being well, in the next few months.


The sun is beginning to shine here in North Devon. If I remember rightly from
your past postings you are headed over the border to Kernow.
  



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Welcome to the 'sunny' South West.
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OOOOOH....there it is.
was wondering ...since we had that for a couple of days here..but today it is
gone.

please give it back
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Can we go Dutch and share.



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  OOOOOH....there it is.
was wondering ...since we had that for a couple of days here..but today it is
gone.

please give it back
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  Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.

Beautiful...

Now go out and carpe diem! You’ve got another seven hours before sunset, bag
some rays
(as it's put in our house) Get that vitamin D3 machine in gear!

Really enjoy these type posts, thanks for sharing.

-popsicle
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Always appreciated stunning naturally beauty whether that be human or nature
itself.

Always envious of the wilderness around the world, nothing really like it here
in the U.K., some small exceptions.

Do we all appreciate the world around us more as we age or are there many
more like myself that have always been both fascinated and in awe of the world
around us.

Not necessarily a cool thing with your peers when you are young but then I've
never been what most would class as normal.



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  Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.

Beautiful...

Now go out and carpe diem! You’ve got another seven hours before sunset, bag
some rays
(as it's put in our house) Get that vitamin D3 machine in gear!

Really enjoy these type posts, thanks for sharing.

-popsicle
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Always appreciated stunning naturally beauty whether that be human or nature
itself.

I think it's innately human to do so. It's just that most of us don't
slow down enough to appreciate. And why it's good to take the time, as you've
done, to express it.

  
Always envious of the wilderness around the world, nothing really like it here
in the U.K., some small exceptions.

I'd like to explore the UK countryside, someday.

We (my son, daughter and I) are playing with the idea of visiting the island
of Islay, Scotland. Who knows, if we do, maybe we'll take the time to see
more of the UK countryside beyond just passing through it.
  
Do we all appreciate the world around us more as we age or are there many
more like myself that have always been both fascinated and in awe of the world
around us.

I think we're all born with a strong sense of wonderment and awe of the world
around us, that stays with us but get's push to the back of our minds as
we take on the struggles of life.

But as we age our thoughts become more disciplined and prioritized, allowing
us to see and "appreciate the world around us" again. Or it could just be the
ever-increasing realization that comes with age, that life is finite, renewing
our perspective and appreciation?

  
Not necessarily a cool thing with your peers when you are young

  but then I've never been what most would class as normal.

And that's a good thing, in my book

  


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  Woke up to a cloudless sky this morning, just stunningly blue.

Beautiful...

Now go out and carpe diem! You’ve got another seven hours before sunset, bag
some rays
(as it's put in our house) Get that vitamin D3 machine in gear!

Really enjoy these type posts, thanks for sharing.

-popsicle
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  We (my son, daughter and I) are playing with the idea of visiting the island
of Islay, Scotland.

The island of Island. They make some of the best single malts there.

Niek.
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In Off Topic, qwertyboy writes:
  In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  We (my son, daughter and I) are playing with the idea of visiting the island
of Islay, Scotland.

The island of Island.

  They make some of the best single malts there.

hopefully a better pic...

Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Btw, if you enjoy peated single malts, there's the Westland distillery up
here in Seattle. We had lunch there last weekend. It's a young distillery
making some top-notch whiskeys. They used to import their peat from Scotland
but now source it locally from farmland down in (Shelton) Olympia, Washington
 
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I told you I was an odd one, never ever liked Whisky/Whiskey or most strong
alcoholic spirits, just don't like the taste.

Drank Vodka a lot whilst in my late teens and early twenties but lost any interest
after too many hangovers, now I can't tolerate it at all.

Never liked anything that tastes earthy/peaty whether that's malt, beers
or those dreadful cheap wines we had in the 70's/80's here in the U.K.

My sweet tooth doesn't help, not a fan of anything too dry.





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  In Off Topic, qwertyboy writes:
  In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  We (my son, daughter and I) are playing with the idea of visiting the island
of Islay, Scotland.

The island of Island.

  They make some of the best single malts there.

hopefully a better pic...

Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Btw, if you enjoy peated single malts, there's the Westland distillery up
here in Seattle. We had lunch there last weekend. It's a young distillery
making some top-notch whiskeys. They used to import their peat from Scotland
but now source it locally from farmland down in (Shelton) Olympia, Washington
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In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Love that pic. Back when we were still living in the Netherlands, I collected
those boxes/tubes (with bottle inside) but only the ones we emptied ourselves.
I had a good relationship with our local liquer supplier - he often went searching
for single malts we hadn't tried before. I had a similar "setup" with our
local cheese shop owner (without the "container collecting" part). He was pretty
sad to see us leave...

Niek.
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In Off Topic, qwertyboy writes:
  In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Love that pic. Back when we were still living in the Netherlands, I collected
those boxes/tubes (with bottle inside) but only the ones we emptied ourselves.
I had a good relationship with our local liquer supplier - he often went searching
for single malts we hadn't tried before. I had a similar "setup" with our
local cheese shop owner (without the "container collecting" part). He was pretty
sad to see us leave...

Niek.

The pic is of some of my son's stash. They all have booze in them, he doesn't
save empties but keeps the bottles in their boxes for some reason. He's the
whiskey connoisseur in the house. On Saturdays he and I will sample the newest
he's picked-up on his travels during the week. But I don't/can't
consume much myself, nor does he for that matter. Just a couple of lightweights
in that regard.

Like everything else he does, he reads-up extensively, immerses himself into
the subject. Whiskey is his newest interest. Once a week (sometimes we'll
miss a week) we break out the Glencairn whiskey tasting glasses and sample the
latest of his finds, and talk. It's something that I look forward to very
much, both the talking and the whiskey but mostly what he has to share.

My son is one of those exceptionally intelligent guys, that enjoys a conversation.
He's also a voracious reader, mostly books on the classics and military history.
So not only do I get to sample some good whiskeys, but get to learn more about
history as he shares the latest book he's into. Three things I enjoy: my
son, history and whiskey! So you see why I'd "look forward to it very much"

-Cory
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I believe Whiskey is the normal spelling in the U.S., as it is in Ireland however
the spelling used by Scotland is Whisky ( no e ).

I believe we tend to use the Scottish spelling in England as do the Canadians.

Many Scots get upset if you use what they see as an incorrect spelling when discussing
their Whisky.




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  In Off Topic, qwertyboy writes:
  In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Love that pic. Back when we were still living in the Netherlands, I collected
those boxes/tubes (with bottle inside) but only the ones we emptied ourselves.
I had a good relationship with our local liquer supplier - he often went searching
for single malts we hadn't tried before. I had a similar "setup" with our
local cheese shop owner (without the "container collecting" part). He was pretty
sad to see us leave...

Niek.

The pic is of some of my son's stash. They all have booze in them, he doesn't
save empties but keeps the bottles in their boxes for some reason. He's the
whiskey connoisseur in the house. On Saturdays he and I will sample the newest
he's picked-up on his travels during the week. But I don't/can't
consume much myself, nor does he for that matter. Just a couple of lightweights
in that regard.

Like everything else he does, he reads-up extensively, immerses himself into
the subject. Whiskey is his newest interest. Once a week (sometimes we'll
miss a week) we break out the Glencairn whiskey tasting glasses and sample the
latest of his finds, and talk. It's something that I look forward to very
much, both the talking and the whiskey but mostly what he has to share.

My son is one of those exceptionally intelligent guys, that enjoys a conversation.
He's also a voracious reader, mostly books on the classics and military history.
So not only do I get to sample some good whiskeys, but get to learn more about
history as he shares the latest book he's into. Three things I enjoy: my
son, history and whiskey! So you see why I'd "look forward to it very much"

-Cory
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  I believe Whiskey is the normal spelling in the U.S., as it is in Ireland however
the spelling used by Scotland is Whisky ( no e ).

I believe we tend to use the Scottish spelling in England as do the Canadians.

Many Scots get upset if you use what they see as an incorrect spelling when discussing
their Whisky.


Yeah my son brought me up to date on the different spellings some time ago. But
you gotta settle on a spelling if you're gonna talk about it at length, I
chose the American version.

As to upsetting the Scots: isn't that what it means to be Scottish, act like
you're always upset about something? Kinda why I like many of them, they're
like me

I could go with what I imagine my mother often heard in her bartending days "whatever
you call it, just give me the damned drink!"
  


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  In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Love that pic. Back when we were still living in the Netherlands, I collected
those boxes/tubes (with bottle inside) but only the ones we emptied ourselves.
I had a good relationship with our local liquer supplier - he often went searching
for single malts we hadn't tried before. I had a similar "setup" with our
local cheese shop owner (without the "container collecting" part). He was pretty
sad to see us leave...

Niek.

The pic is of some of my son's stash. They all have booze in them, he doesn't
save empties but keeps the bottles in their boxes for some reason. He's the
whiskey connoisseur in the house. On Saturdays he and I will sample the newest
he's picked-up on his travels during the week. But I don't/can't
consume much myself, nor does he for that matter. Just a couple of lightweights
in that regard.

Like everything else he does, he reads-up extensively, immerses himself into
the subject. Whiskey is his newest interest. Once a week (sometimes we'll
miss a week) we break out the Glencairn whiskey tasting glasses and sample the
latest of his finds, and talk. It's something that I look forward to very
much, both the talking and the whiskey but mostly what he has to share.

My son is one of those exceptionally intelligent guys, that enjoys a conversation.
He's also a voracious reader, mostly books on the classics and military history.
So not only do I get to sample some good whiskeys, but get to learn more about
history as he shares the latest book he's into. Three things I enjoy: my
son, history and whiskey! So you see why I'd "look forward to it very much"

-Cory
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In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  I believe Whiskey is the normal spelling in the U.S., as it is in Ireland however
the spelling used by Scotland is Whisky ( no e ).

I believe we tend to use the Scottish spelling in England as do the Canadians.

Many Scots get upset if you use what they see as an incorrect spelling when discussing
their Whisky.


Yeah my son brought me up to date on the different spellings some time ago. But
you gotta settle on a spelling if you're gonna talk about it at length, I
chose the American version.


It is difficult to keep switching, it's not surprising that someone settles
on their national spelling, after all there are many differences already in our
spellings of the same word.



  As to upsetting the Scots: isn't that what it means to be Scottish, act like
you're always upset about something? Kinda why I like many of them, they're
like me


Couldn't possibly comment, the English are very rarely the flavour of the
month with the Scottish, I personally have no problems with our northern cousins
so I'll smile and say nothing.




  I could go with what I imagine my mother often heard in her bartending days "whatever
you call it, just give me the damned drink!"


Some truth in that when you have a thirst.



  
  

In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  In Off Topic, qwertyboy writes:
  In Off Topic, popsicle writes:
  Some of the best peated scotch, I've had. I do enjoy peated single
malts whiskeys.

Love that pic. Back when we were still living in the Netherlands, I collected
those boxes/tubes (with bottle inside) but only the ones we emptied ourselves.
I had a good relationship with our local liquer supplier - he often went searching
for single malts we hadn't tried before. I had a similar "setup" with our
local cheese shop owner (without the "container collecting" part). He was pretty
sad to see us leave...

Niek.

The pic is of some of my son's stash. They all have booze in them, he doesn't
save empties but keeps the bottles in their boxes for some reason. He's the
whiskey connoisseur in the house. On Saturdays he and I will sample the newest
he's picked-up on his travels during the week. But I don't/can't
consume much myself, nor does he for that matter. Just a couple of lightweights
in that regard.

Like everything else he does, he reads-up extensively, immerses himself into
the subject. Whiskey is his newest interest. Once a week (sometimes we'll
miss a week) we break out the Glencairn whiskey tasting glasses and sample the
latest of his finds, and talk. It's something that I look forward to very
much, both the talking and the whiskey but mostly what he has to share.

My son is one of those exceptionally intelligent guys, that enjoys a conversation.
He's also a voracious reader, mostly books on the classics and military history.
So not only do I get to sample some good whiskeys, but get to learn more about
history as he shares the latest book he's into. Three things I enjoy: my
son, history and whiskey! So you see why I'd "look forward to it very much"

-Cory
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:

  Do we all appreciate the world around us more as we age or are there many
more like myself that have always been both fascinated and in awe of the world
around us.

I am in this group. I am always fascinated by the little things around me when
I go on walks, runs, hikes, bike rides, canoeing, camping, etc. Not only does
the wildlife intrigue me, but every type of plant, fungus, etc. Right now, the
17-year cicadas are out in my part of Ohio ("Brood X" as it is known). The last
time they were here, I had just moved into my first home at 28 and had no kids.
Now, my life could not be more different than it was then. The sound is deafening
and overly irritating, but the whole cicada life cycle and observing them above
ground just fascinates me. They are cute in a weird sort of way.

I love spending time in the outdoors as much as my LEGO!
 
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I'm the same, still have to look through rock pools as I did as a kid, fascinated
watching wood ants on their mounds and many more things.

Only ever watched nature programmes to see the Cicadas, not an event you'll
see too often in a lifetime.

I think the most annoying and spectacular thing we see is the mass of flying
ants once a year as they leave to start new colonies.






In Off Topic, randyf writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:

  Do we all appreciate the world around us more as we age or are there many
more like myself that have always been both fascinated and in awe of the world
around us.

I am in this group. I am always fascinated by the little things around me when
I go on walks, runs, hikes, bike rides, canoeing, camping, etc. Not only does
the wildlife intrigue me, but every type of plant, fungus, etc. Right now, the
17-year cicadas are out in my part of Ohio ("Brood X" as it is known). The last
time they were here, I had just moved into my first home at 28 and had no kids.
Now, my life could not be more different than it was then. The sound is deafening
and overly irritating, but the whole cicada life cycle and observing them above
ground just fascinates me. They are cute in a weird sort of way.

I love spending time in the outdoors as much as my LEGO!