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Meditations on the 4th Sunday Before Lent. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
Meditations on the 4th Sunday Before Lent.

Baffled by Valentine’s Day?  No idea what to get for your sweetheart?


Adopt an otter.  Or a duck.  Or a Beltie – ever since George became an MP (and a buffoon and, in my non-actionable opinion, various other things that at one time would have put him in the Tower), they’ve not answered to ‘Belted Galloway’, and one can see their point.


The headlines in the Times and the Telegraph depressing you?  Go out and find some snowdrops, it is February, after all.  Lesser celandines are likely to come on around the 21st: in Dorset, they’re called ‘spring messenger’.


Peckish?  I promise you that the former Minister of Magic won’t profit by it if you buy some biscuits from Fudge’s Bakery in Dorset.


Wondering why I waffle on about local distinctiveness?  The Beeb’s Wiltshire site is accepting photos for the 2007 Wilts Calendar.  Take a look.


Tired of the usual fare on the wireless?  Challenge your mind.  Catch the ‘History of Blacksmithing’, ‘Land Lines’, ‘Farming Today’, and ‘On Your Farm’ – particularly you who are Potterfen.  These are not the programmes you thought they were when you gave them a miss on Radio 4.  Thankfully, the Beeb has a website, and webcasts these.


Don’t forget, also, that Valentine’s Day is the traditional time for sowing onion and garlic from seed.


Can’t face another Shrove Tuesday pancake?  Try the Scots version, drop-scones, or the Welsh, crempog.


Above all, simply this: turn off the computer.  Get withoutdoors.  Walk.  Breathe.  Toddle over to Evensong.  Keep an out for frog spawn, peacock butterflies, may (hawthorn), swifts, seven-spot ladybirds, and the red-tailed bumblebee in the coming months, and participate in Springwatch.


Oh – and buy Danish.


After all, just because the world is going to hell, you needn’t, and although the barbarians may be at the gates, damn me if they’ll get past the hedgerow.

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darkthirty From: darkthirty Date: February 5th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice stuff. Thank you. Yes.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: February 5th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank YOU.

Enjoy yr Sunday. It is Sunday there, isn't it?
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: February 6th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Beer and Ham?

Because of yr being on the right side of this issue, I will forgive yr deluded belief that Kent is somehow superior to Wilts.
nineveh_uk From: nineveh_uk Date: February 6th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas, I dislike Lurpak butter, and therefore shall not be buying it, but I think that Winter Olympics aside there should be lots of interesting television when I am bleeding cash in Norway next week.

The History of Blacksmithing programme is marvellous, isn't it?
wemyss From: wemyss Date: February 6th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed, Indeed.

And yes, I truly do love that series so much. We all need to evangelise for such series. Wd that there were more like it.
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