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Old 05-27-2016, 01:39 PM   #31
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Celtic Yokel,

It blows from all directions!

The prevailing wind is from the South West.

The worst is a toss up between the North and the East in winter.

Despite those minor drawbacks, it is a beautiful relaxing part of the UK and well worth a visit.

Maybe when you have your electric bike!

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Old 05-27-2016, 02:10 PM   #32
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Beachboy, I think that an easterly is the coldest wind we get here, from the north is cold but from the east is straight from the Urals with nothing in between to stop it. To the east of here is Clee Hill, in south Shropshire, which has early warning radar dishes on its summit because it is the highest ground between there and Russia, whether that's true I don't know but that's the local story.
I have been to coastal Ceredigion several years ago. Somewhere down the road between Aberporth and Aberaeron, maybe at Tan-y-groes there used to be a big, rather posh transport cafe where you could get a good mug of tea and a plateful of food for very reasonable cost. Do you know the one I mean, and is it still there?
 
Old 05-27-2016, 02:24 PM   #33
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Ah, story time because it's Friday on a holiday weekend.

I love sitting at the beach, reading a book.

Two interesting stories about that.

Many years ago in San Diego I was just chilling on the beach, and being an East Coaster, California blondes were always a treat for me. I look up and one beauty who was clearly out of my league was reading a text book on the beach. But I was 20 and couldn't let it go. So I shouted over "How can you read a TEXTBOOK at the beach!?!" She said back, "Well usually fine, but sometimes if people bug you ...." Gee "take a hint, right?" But I persevered after a brief lay back down, I sat up for another attempt. "Well what's the subject?!?" She held it up "Ordinary Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems", my college Differential Equations textbook which I had just completed a semester ago!!! I gave the devils sign at that and she was shocked I knew exactly the book. So we at least talked about the subject, she was a Math major. And of course, she had a boyfriend! But we played Frisbee and I got destroyed by a fantastic wave. The waves there would get tubular just as they hit shore and they would be about 5-7 feet high. I caught a throw and she was frantically waving, like "lookout behind you!!!" I turned and was in ankle high water, but within the wave's curve, it hit me face-on 1/2 second later. She said it looked like I stepped inside the water and then suddenly my whole silhouette just crumpled. In spite of the shallow water, I got a hold down by the next wave. Yeah ... that sort of killed the mood that never was going nowhere anyways.

Second story, and totally different was just few years ago. 4th of July, my in-laws live on Cape Cod, walking distance from the beach. Great, but the weather was overcast, and actually cold. I'm like, "I'm still going to the beach!" And walked down there with my tablet, sunglasses (so I could sleep), and chair. (Too bad I couldn't bring the dog). I'm the only one there. Don't you know, after some point, a family: grandma, two parents, and two little girls show up and park like 4 feet next to me. The whole beach, and I had walked away from the entrance, off to the side, but they decide to march over to where I was and park their selves. WHATEVER! Noise and kids don't bother me; I'm old enough to see the cuteness in kids. So I'm engrossed in my book. I should add, this is MA, Cape Cod, America. We really don't have nude beaches, so you now know where this is going. At one point, the kids lost a ball at my feet, and one of them runs to get it, so I grabbed it and handed it to her, now noticing that she's buck naked. Again, ... whatever, small kid, that's sometimes normal, and especially if you hadn't prepared by way of bringing a suit, and there's nobody here anyways except some guy sleep/reading. But now I glanced up and yep, the whole family is naked. I just shook my head, I actually was out of place since there were six whole people on the beach and I'm the only clothed one! In retrospect, I should've brought the dog just so he could've had fun playing ball or with the kids. Bringing a dog on Cape Cod beaches is near an arrest level offense during the season, and this was the 4th of July. Meanwhile not being clothed on a public beach is similar level of offense to the watchers, or so I'd guess. Considering the day of the year, plus it was Noon'ish, you'd think one lifeguard, one parking attendant would actually have been on duty to collect parking fees or whistle at the one dope swimming. Nope.

And too bad ... the dog is like me, he just loves to chill and lay there, or roll in the sand or run around like a dopey dog, but we hadn't even brought him down that year, ... because there's no dogs allowed on the beach in season.

It's like "life happens" when you're just not paying attention.
 
Old 05-27-2016, 04:24 PM   #34
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Celtic Yokel,

I have never visited that cafe but it is certainly still going.

It must get plenty of business due to its position on the main coastal route.

I always thought that Barr Beacon in Birmingham was the most easterly and highest point before the Urals.

West Bromwich Albion fans also lay claim to that title with their ground (the Hawthorns).
 
Old 05-28-2016, 10:56 AM   #35
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By the power of Google I discovered that Barr Beacon and the Hawthornes Ground are mere pimples (236m; 168m respectively) in comparison to Brown Clee 540m, so the local lore is at least partially correct. Knighton is around 174m; it's actually on the side of hill.
 
Old 05-28-2016, 11:06 AM   #36
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Celtic Yokel,

Yes, Brown Clee may be higher, but Barr Beacon is the most easterly high point between it and the Urals.

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Old 05-28-2016, 01:10 PM   #37
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236m isn't really all that high, and it's a hell of a distance to the Urals. Surely there's somewhere higher in between? I was thinking that Brown Clee would tower over Barr Beacon (incidentally, until you mentioned it I'd never heard of it).
 
Old 05-28-2016, 01:38 PM   #38
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236m isn't really all that high, and it's a hell of a distance to the Urals. Surely there's somewhere higher in between?
I will let you use Google to try and contradict this.
 
Old 05-29-2016, 09:43 AM   #39
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Cooking, Gardening, ...
 
Old 05-30-2016, 02:51 AM   #40
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Frankbell Post 8
I'm particularly fond of finding new ways of baking bread and breadstuffs.
Is that different recipes or different ways of baking?
 
Old 05-30-2016, 07:24 AM   #41
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I love to sit in the pub and read (my favourite author being William Gibson but I'll read all sorts) and also, when I can, like to go to mainland Europe. I also constantly fail to learn any language apart from English (my native) and I'm not even any good at that but I do like to learn.
 
Old 05-30-2016, 11:24 AM   #42
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Is that different recipes or different ways of baking?
http://www.hackerpublicradio.org/eps.php?id=2034

Edit: sorry for butting in.

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Old 05-30-2016, 04:51 PM   #43
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I am unemployed so I have a bit of spare time inbetween applying for jobs. I spend 2 days a week volunteering for a "not for profit" who recycle/refurbish donated PCs and pass them on to those who can't afford their own. Our local church is due to hit 50 in 2020 so I have joined the team which digitises existing records and generally gathers together a "first 50 years" tribute.

I try to keep fit by cycling and running however a bad bike accident (on, of all days, Friday the 13th) left me covered in cuts and bruises plus a few stitches. I can now run without pain but I am reviewing my approach to the bike.I do manage a brisk walk every evening.

I try and read but I have a short attention span. I have a decent library of old TV & movies so I generally revisit the past for 60-90 minutes every night. Having discovered I can use the BBC iplayer to get radio feeds I download a few music/book shows and these provide background.

During the warmer months I like to work on our veggie garden but the state of our soil and the cooler weather means I am really only busy turning over and feeding the soil. The soil is getting finer and more productive. Work in progress.
 
Old 06-04-2016, 02:39 PM   #44
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Jamison: Thanks for the link in answer to my question about Frank Bells breadmaking.

Beachboy: Having consulted the power of Google I'd say that we're both right concerning our assertions about the topography between Shropshire and the West Midlands, and the Urals. There is no higher ground between Barr Beacon and the Urals, nor is there any higher ground between Clee Hill and the Urals, so we're both vindicated!

I've got to replace the door frame to the front porch of my house in the very near future or the doors will be lying in the front garden, due to using rubbish timber originally, which has deteriorated rapidly through water damage. I'm just waiting for the likelihood of frost at night to have passed.
 
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I never considered putting seeds in the spice cabinet before that. I don't now why? Their good for us and taste great, thanks again to Frank!

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