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It feels like forever since I was properly on lj (ie, wittering away... *g*) but today is a gorgeously blue-skyed Sunday when I should be outside doing useful things, and I am feeling lazy enough to look forward to spending it inside doing random things. *g* Well, there may be a garden centre visit later, and there will probably be finally-planting-the-plants-I-bought... *g*

I've been re-importing my DW back-up journal (which will need doing again after this post of course!), but so is everyone else because it's taking forever this time (and I had to remember my password first, too - *headdesk*) I've had emails about people "subscribing" and "adding" me to their DWs, and I shall add back as soon as it's finished doing its thing. I'm still undecided about whether I'll actually use it - and even its use as an archive if my lj actually vanishes is dubious, because my posts generally involve images and those would vanish with lj. But of course I don't want to lose people... Do feel free to add me over there if you have a DW and want to keep in touch, and we'll see how it goes if the time comes I suppose.

So - where were we otherwise?

I'd bought a new sound system (well... *g*), and was looking forward to my new telephone. It should have looked like this:
DSC_4004 2017-03-31 GPOphone

But unfortunately that gorgeous thing didn't work, and there'd been enough similar complaints in the reviews that it couldn't be coincidence rather than a real fault with the design, so I decided to go with a different maker, and ended up with this instead:
DSC_4026 2017-03-31 NewPhone
I figured that if I couldn't have what I wanted, then this relatively petite version would work, and the push-buttons on the dial seemed slightly less obtrusive than on some of their other models. And the bright side - it works, and it has a proper bell ring! And I'll keep my eye out for this company making something as cool as the other company did. *g*

More dramatic skies.
DSC_4063 2017-04-01 DramaticSkies DSC_4078 2017-04-01 DramaticSkies2


Visit to a garden centre which led to the discovery of a local archaeological site and museum...
DSC_4084 2017-04-02 RomanFaceMosaic
Shades of The Secrets Beneath! Sadly they've finished digging the villa itself (they've been working on the site for nearly forty years!), but they're excavating the stable block, and I'm actually thinking of taking myself up there over the Easter weekend to help out. It's been ages since I've done any digging, and there's the actual possibility of finding stuff here, which would be nice for a change!

Spring has continued to be sprung - here's one of my routes home from various chores, past what is apparently one of the most beautiful houses in the country (sadly privately owned, no entry to look around).
DSC_4085 2017-04-02 ArchwaySpring DSC_4087 2017-04-02 ManorHouse
The gateway is actually over the road to the village though, and then you go over the old stone bridge and glimpse the river. There's often a herd of deer in front of the house, and birds around the water.

DSC_3766 2017-03-08VillageBusStopI was also rather surprised the other week to find a memorial in the bus stop of the local village with the names Frederick and Gerda Konig (having not long ago been at Konigsberg itself), but he turned out to be an American descendant who moved to England, started a bank with his brother, and owned the house above for a while. She was born in Germany, though. They built the school in the village, and seem to have been reasonable eggs - there's newspaper descriptions of the family giving Christmas gifts of food and coal etc. to the villagers during WWI, too.

I've also just discovered that the big field next door, over which most of those sky photos are taken, was once a medieval settlement, complete with church and graveyard, so I shall have to find out more about that! *g*

Work, work, work - alternately challenging-girls and lovely-girls. Lots of driving around with them, mostly to R's activities, which means I get to see pretty landscapes like the above, in the course of work. And of course the main house here has even prettier views from the bottom of their garden.
DSC_4122 2017-04-06  SpringBlossom DSC_4125 2017-04-06  Springblossomhousefront2
But there have also been bats flying around in front of my place in the evening (hurrah! love bats!) and the other night there was church bell-ringing practice ringing through the air - very bucolic countryside!

But work also makes things difficult - such as losing a filling last Friday night, and not being able to get to a dentist until this Friday night. And ack, a private one, with the ensuing costs, but of course I'm not registered anywhere, having just moved here, and ack, complicated. It's the tooth that I know has to come out, but I wasn't quite ready for that the other night. I hoped/was expecting they'd just slap a temporary filling over the top, but when I'd convinced them to do anything at all, they went for what now looks like a beautiful reconstruction of a tooth, warning me that it will definitely not last long. It took ages too, bless the-incredibly-good-looking-young-(Greek?)-dentist. I arrived around 6.40, and granted there was form-filling and a bit of waiting, but it was nine o'clock when I left! The tooth's niggly now too, despite being a root-canaled one that I shouldn't be able to feel at all, and I'm hoping that it's just general disturbance of the area, and will settle down and give me time to register with an NHS dentist. Cross fingers...

Finally - last night I went for a walk, heading northwards along the local track:
DSC_4139 2017-04-07 SpringMKView DSC_4140 2017-04-07 SpringTrack
If you look at the big version of that first pic, you'll see what looks like a lone hill in the distance - it's not, its actually a massive "real-snow ski slope"/cinema/shops etc.... That's MK for you - but I suppose it does make for something to orient yourself against!

I was just thinking how much it felt like going for a walk in Cambs. (minus the historical architecture in the distance), when who did I spot through the trees?
DSC_4144 2017-04-07 SpringGlimpseFox DSC_4146 2017-04-07 SpringFox
S/he was in the middle of the field when I first saw her, and we eyed each other for a while - well, she eyed me, I tried desperately to take a photo that would focus - and then she bounded away, pausing to check what I was doing every now and then. *g*

On the way back, in the next field...
DSC_4155 2017-04-07 SpringBunnies
...so I presume she'd long-gone by then!

Anyway, that would seem to be me... I ventured to Ikea again yesterday, having had an idea about how to sort out some of the remaining stuff lying around, so that's on my list for today too. If I ever get off the computer... *g* Hope you're having nice times - how're you doing?
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