Night Walk

There is something very special about going out for a walk at night. Tonight was no exception . The night was warm, and apart from a few fishermen there was no one around just Richard, Richie and myself!

No moon and so it was a bit difficult to see in places, but with the aid of a torch app on a phone we managed! A little frog jumped across the path infront of us and another jumped on my foot on its journey towards the lake! I have to admit it made me jump as well.  Unfortunately Richie took a liking to a fisherman’s tent and was breathing heavily just outside with his nose touching the tent. There was obviously some poor unsuspecting fisherman inside as when I went to get Richie I could hear a person  moving around! I hope he didn’t think there was some sort of lake monster or some other creature like the MK Panther waiting to pounce! I took the precaution of attaching Richie’s lead when we came across any other tent like structures.

I did have the thought that Apple are missing out on making their Apple phones with a bright enough torch and then creating a hat that you could place a torch into it. They could even create a cycle helmet with space for the phone and torch.  Another thing would be to have a moving beam light so you could aim it where you were going! You see the possibilities are endless! Apple if you read this please contact me as I have many other ideas and could keep you in novelty features for your phones for a long time to come! 

Now we are back home having managed to creep very quickly down the alleyway, so as to avoid a small dog which rushes out the cat flap and proceeds to bark somewhat territorially so that Richie being a big brave Shepherd moves faster and starts to bark in a rather nervous manner! He is a little wary around some small dogs! Anyway I heard the cat flap so we sped as quietly as we could before the barking started, and on this occasion we won and managed to move to safer ground.

Anyway  enough of my adventures for tonight. So Good night all especially that poor fisherman in his little tent!

In To #or not to #, that is the question?

The # hashtag I gather has been around for a while but I have only really used it during the last few months!   The name for a start, I have to admit I don’t understand! The tag part is straight forward and I fully understand that you are tagging and connecting people to the tagged person or subject!  But as for the hash part…..?  Apparently the technical term for a hashtag is “octothorp,”  eight points in the figure, and Thorpe, comes from the surname Thorpe.  So unless Thorpe was the person who created the octothorp that name is equally random! 

Anyway after that study I am still totally confused, and will now talk about the hashtag’s purpose! This is actually quite difficult when you don’t really understand the subject you are talking about.  So in my mind, for many years I have happily survived without needing to use it.  It is a bit like quadratic equations, which as far as I know once I had completed my O level maths (vaguely equivalent to GCSE Maths), I have never used since.  I never understood them, but you didn’t need to as long as you learnt the formula and remembered it for long enough to answer the exam question.  My theory about this obviously worked because I got the grade I needed and in the meantime had completely forgotten how to do them! 

Apparently if I were to throw a ball and enter all the measurements for the height, speed etc into a quadratic equation, I have been told, that the  person who was going to catch the ball would know exactly where they should stand at exactly what time and exactly at what speed the ball would land in their hand!  Wouldn’t a cricket match be boring?  Realistically of course you wouldn’t have time to work it out. In the future though one can imagine that the computer would be used on your wrist or in your brain to work this out so that the game could continue to be played! It would certainly be the perfect game!  In this age of competition where no one can lose as they will develop a complex it would be the perfect answer with everyone winning! The league tables etc would be totally……..boring!

Anyway back to the importance and use of the hashtag.  Well, I was encouraged to put photos on Instagram by my children and a friend called Lena.  I really liked the fact that you could put as little or as much as you wanted to, and this meant your privacy was respected.  The trouble was I did want people to see my photos otherwise I might as well not bother, but how did you get that to happen.  “The  hashtag is the answer” my 3 teachers cried and proceeded to all speak at once explaining how to use it!  I really didn’t get it and then they confused me even more by bringing into the equation the @ sign!  My two children continued the lessons later and I still don’t think I’ve fully got it yet. But, like a quadratic equation there seems to be a formula that works……..     #Hashtag as many categories as possible and you seem to get more views or likes – so one gets the result without fully understanding the formula, apart from the fact I know that a hashtag attracts people who like the subject or have tagged it or something like that.   The @ sign I think is to do with groups and individuals who were with you but are also used if you want them to see it directly.  I have to confess it is rarely used by me as I can’t really see the point and certainly am not sure of the difference.

So Instagram is becoming more successful now I am hashtagging more topics or groups, but there quickly occurs another problem, apparently I should use them in this blog and they can be used in the middle as well as using tags at the end.  Facebook is another situation you see them and I’m sure they are used all over the place.

Finally, if you are not confused enough with what I’ve written, the hashtag makes a nice noughts and crosses board; a page full of them makes interesting patterns when coloured, and one can also use them like pointillism, instead calling it hashtagillism. Long before there were hashtags there was music and the wonderful if not so unique hashtag makes a great #sharp when composing music. If you have any more uses, then please let me know, and I will add them to my blog #thanks.

A Bits and Pieces Garden (Part2)

Date: 5 September 2016

This long term garden in the making has had some successes as well as some less successful ideas. We planted some vegetables including lettuces and spinach. In the pink and purple squares we also planted some peppers and some kale. Unfortunately we didn’t take into account the neighbours cats plus the fact that having a wildlife garden means that all the plant eating insects think the lettuce etc was provided especially for them! To complete their gourmet meal they also ate the peppers and the spinach and kale! We do have 2 sweet potato plants but again the leaves are a bit like string vests.  
On the other hand we planted some hanging cherry tomato plants, which although seemed to have forgotten about the hanging part did produce a large amount of very flavoursome and tender tomatoes. These were put attached to the fence plus strawberries were planted and put on a shelf! This cured the problem of the insects plus the cats but the strawberry plants provided only a minimal supply.
Flowers were much more successful and encouraged ladybirds, butterflies and even a few bees. Four frogs now live in the garden under half a large pipe full of sticks and earth, fronted by some feathery grasses. Two were very small when they arrived but probably enjoy the fact they can have all the insects they want! They lived in some compost for a while but seem more content living under the pipe. I thought they would leave to find a pond but they seem happy with the stone dish of water with a stone in the middle! 

So, as a consequence of such mixed success we are not growing to grow veg but concentrate on flowers and the bits and pieces! Over the months I have visited charity shops plus market stalls and we are slowly gaining some different pieces! 

We picked up this dragon from a stall in the local shopping centre! He sits at his post keeping watch over what goes on! I believe he would have some stories to tell if only he could talk.; maybe of the fairies who live behind the fairy doors, or what the frogs get up to when they visit their favourite places in the garden. My bits and pieces garden is a growing changing place; a place to create and let your imagination run wild and a peaceful place where frogs and other little creatures can live relatively safe from harm!