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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 15 Jun 2020, 14:00 
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I got 35 of those - thanks, Cestina! :D

SLOC is about to remind me that it's time to go and do a bit of gardening, so the timing was just right. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2020, 19:39 
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Alison H wrote:
Thank you :D .


Alison,

I've been reading your blog with great interest. You said in one

"This morning, I wrote a blog post called “Love Letter to Italy”. I am so sad to see what’s happening in a country that means so much to me."

This isn't one you've posted yet, are you going to? I have a friend who's also reading your blog, and both of us have visited Italy a number of times, and we'd be very interested to see this one.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2020, 20:26 
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Thank you :D . It's on my other blog - here.

It's nice to know someone's reading! I'd have done it anyway, as a record for myself, but it's always nice when someone reads anything you write :D .

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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 16 Jun 2020, 22:34 
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Thanks, just read it, have been to many of the places you mention, favourites are Venice and Florence - also Barga, my first visit I stayed there.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 17 Jun 2020, 06:45 
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Thanks :D .

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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 25 Jun 2020, 00:55 
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Thanks Lottie - I predict that I'll manage to do a fair amount of procrastination on that site!


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 26 Jun 2020, 00:38 
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Talking of procrastination, I've just been put onto this website and am now spending far too much time watching Mum, Dad and 3 baby ospreys!


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PostPosted: 26 Jun 2020, 12:03 
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Annied wrote:
Talking of procrastination, I've just been put onto this website and am now spending far too much time watching Mum, Dad and 3 baby ospreys!

Oh be very careful Annied, this is the thin end of the wedge that leads to an incurable disease known as ospreyitis! I have been an ospreyholic for about six years now and at this season it more or less takes over my life with webcams running on at least two screens.

I have a paper model of a fullsize osprey hanging in my museum, a miniature nest in a pine tree (also miniature), complete with parents and eggs, and I have now also found myself giving osprey talks at a local primary school in the Czech Republic.

I love Louis and Aila at Loch Arkaig (I watched their first year as parents which was hilarious - how the poor trampled-on and sometimes forgotten chick, Lachlan, survived is a miracle) and the nest is worth watching just for the stunning view alone, but I spend most of my time on the Welsh nests, Dyfi in particular. The Dyfi Osprey Project is run by the inspirational Emyr Evans, a leading British osprey expert, and so the website and the chatstream on Youtube are both mines of information. And the cameras are simply stunning......

I hope to see you there -but you have been warned! :D

ETA There are a fair number of links in this post which barely show up on my laptop so hover over the whole post (like an osprey waiting to dive on a fish) to find them all.

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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 26 Jun 2020, 14:10 
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I think I found all the links Cestina, the model looks fantastic, as does what I can see of the museum.

I don't think I'll become too addicted, but I'll certainly be popping in now and again to spend a few minutes watching Aila, Louis and their offspring. What's making me chuckle are the sprawling legs and feet of the chicks. They stick out everywhere! You're so used to seeing streamlined birds it just looks so odd. I also happened to be watching yesterday at a time when Mum flew off and 3 necks stretched up as 3 pairs of young eyes watched her looking for all the world as if they were thinking, "How does she DO that?!

I've been looking on the Wild Life Trust website, but to my disappointment, 2 of the puffin webcams appear to be out of order. Living on the northeast coast, with the Farne Islands within easy reach, I have an especially soft spot for them, although I'm afraid I'm not very knowledgeable about them.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 26 Jul 2020, 17:39 
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OK, so I'm spreeing and it's not lockdown any longer, but a month's gone by since the last post on this thread and it's only now that I've come up with a project.

I'm off to Oberaudorf shortly and, given that I use public transport a lot out there, and masks are mandatory in all German shops too, I thought I'd make myself a supply. (Why run with the herd when you have a supply of "quirky" fabrics?) I delved into my material stash, which is substantial, and before too long came up with a nice streamlined method of making them. Never one to be short of ideas, I then decided to see if I could sell them via my local Nextdoor website and raise some extra funds for the Bookbinding Group a friend and I run on a shoestring. Much to my delight they've been going like hot cakes! I'll run out of steam in due course and not want make another face mask ever again, but for the moment, all is well.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 26 Jul 2020, 18:08 
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Oh that's excellent Annied. A friend has made daughter and me two masks each, and managed to hit on a checked material which exactly matches our new dresses. We must now make sure not to wear the ensemble on the same day!

I was thrilled to see all of LA chicks have fledged. It's wonderful how well Louis and Aila have evolved as parents, given their shaky start four years ago.

We too are off this week, with some trepidation as to whether we shall be able to drive across all the borders we need to en route. Once we are safely in the CR we will be happy to isolate if so required. Fortunately the builders can continue work in the other part of the house, well away from us.

Gute Fahrt und frohes Ankommen!

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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 26 Jul 2020, 22:48 
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Yes, I've done some co-ordinating masks for myself as some of the remnants are from material with which I made blouses that I still wear. I also added some inside pockets to a fleece I bought the other day and made a matching mask.

I've grown very attached to those ospreys, I'll really miss not being able to check in to the webcam several times daily! I've also learnt such a lot about ospreys. Fascinating stuff. Now they've all fledged, Doddie, the oldest, can't show off to his brother and sister any longer with his fly pasts. They all still have a bit of work to do to master landings though!

Good luck with your trip, I hope it's nice and problem free.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 27 Jul 2020, 11:46 
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I think part of the fascination of ospreys, now that we have webcams on so many nests, is that we can now see clearly that each bird has its own defined and recognisable character.

I know that we are not supposed to anthropomorphise (in fact Dyfi has a virtual fine of 70 pence towards its funds for each transgression on the webchat) but it is very hard sometimes not to do so!

As is my wont when fascinated by a new subject, I acquire many books on the theme, and without a doubt the most fascinating and readable on ospreys that I have found is Emyr Evans' Ospreys in Wales - the First Ten Years. It covers far more than just that. If you buy it from the Dyfi Osprey Project itself there is a reduction at the moment - maybe because the next ten years is about to be written!

You may be too late to take it with you to ease the pain of parting with Doddie & Co though Emyr seems to go to the post office almost daily with orders - I think selling is one of things keeping the project going in these dire times.

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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
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I thought I'd only be writing my coronavirus diary for a few weeks, but it looks like it could be another 12 months yet :( . It seems like years since the end of March! Stay safe and well, everyone.

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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 05 Aug 2020, 09:23 
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The book looks interesting Cestina, although too big to pack - I always travel very light as I already have everything I need at the flat.

I hope you had a problem free journey and are safely back in the Czech Republic. Mine was much as usual apart from having to wear a mask for the best part of 9 hours (not something I'd recommend). Also my flight from Amsterdam took off exactly on time. That's usually unheard of, but there were fewer flights than there normally are.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
PostPosted: 05 Aug 2020, 12:25 
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Glad you are safely there Annied. Our journey was very smooth - we arrived on Monday night and are now more or less settled in. Unlike you we don't travel light because apart from daughter's crafting stash (ten times the volume of her clothes) there is stuff for the museum of course. And for the jigsaw library I started.

I see from a couple of remarks on the DOP website that there is concern at Loch Arkaig about the health of Vera. She doesn't seem to be fish-calling or taking much interest in things at the moment. Fingers crossed it will pass - it's horrible when things go wrong at this stage, just when one begins to relax.

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Welcome to this side of the Channel. Glad to hear that you have both arrived safely.


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 Post subject: Re: Lockdown Projects
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Thanks, it's good to be back. For a while I began to wonder if a trip was going to happen at all this year!

We arrived within a day of each other Cestina, although I think your journey took a lot longer than mine. Yes, fingers crossed Vera is all right, she seems to be improving now.


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Am wondering if all the Loch Arkaig chicks have migrated Annied? Tywi, the older Dyfi chick, set off in the eye of Storm Ellen so we are crossing our fingers. Teifi, the younger one, went yesterday morning, so we are now bereft. Papa Idris is still around.

There are still chicks on the other Welsh nests though.

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I'm not sure Cestina, I haven't been able to access the webpage for the past week or more for some reason. I do know that Doddie, the eldest had set off and there was a confirmed sighting of him in Cornwall. Louis and Vera are still around, but I think Captain and Aila may have left.


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