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  1. LoL, As you were Jax hope you feel better. Bring on the cold snap!
  2. Alixzandra

    All things poetry

    I think this prose is a good mantra to live by - Desiderata (Latin for Desired things) by Max Ehrmann Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Followed by one of my favourites from Blake - A poison Tree I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. And I waterd it in fears, Night & morning with my tears: And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles. And it grew both day and night. Till it bore an apple bright. And my foe beheld it shine, And he knew that it was mine. And into my garden stole, When the night had veild the pole; In the morning glad I see; My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
  3. Aww, get better soon Jax, cold snap hopefully on the cards :-)
  4. Like others, haven't been about much this year, but now the cold weather looms, Snow Ramp and lamppost watch time imminent. Lovely to see some familiar faces! Looks like the current set up still coming across the channel is veering more NW, so no let up in the rain as yet for some. Evening all.
  5. May I ask why you keep referring to Captain Shortwave as Captain Pike? Shortwaves forecasts are his own time/research and work and should maybe be respected as such? He is not a John Pike in waiting, but a forecaster in his own right. just an observation.
  6. Hello all, Great weather the last few days down on the Coast, working in the Palm House today, it's really taken off in there, hard to breathe at points it's been so stifling - originally a hothouse, now an unheated Palm house, doesn't stop it, it's like a jungle, but, still a pleasure to work in all the same
  7. That's a lovely prose Jax. Many thanks to you all for your messages and posts (I will not respond to individual posts, just clogs the feed all up) You really are a bunch of lovely, like minded and supportive souls. Since I have been absent for alittle while, it didn't stop many of you sending PM's just quietly checking in, you know who you are, it was very kind, especially as so many had their own stories, life moments and well, just stuff going on as well, in some ways, others sharing their struggles and life curve balls, helped get through, what has been a painful 8 months. Now back to the weather reporting and general everyday musings regionaires! I heard we have a hot spell coming up :-) All the very best Ax
  8. It's been awhile, since I cared about the weather. My father passed peacefully last week, a long battle, but. Dignified and at home. I have been digging a new border in my front garden, up and down, but generally, reflective in our joint love of flowers. The warmth we had, the day he died, blue skies, was reflective, then it rained for a couple of days, I steeled myself and dug out a monster 10 year pampas grass today, he would have laughed his proverbial off.
  9. Just popping by, thanks for all the support, the garden is starting to bloom, we've had favourable Weather, after all it's April!
  10. Hello all just stopping in to say, well, hello, hope all is well. Dipping in and out, but keeping abreast of weather updates from our regional forecasters, been very helpful as always. My dad was renting his house out whilst living abroad, when he had to have treatment we persuaded him that taking the house back would make his getting better more comfortable. The garden was in a state and even though poorly, he was determined to start on it. Now he can't finish it, I felt strongly, being a keen gardener, I should make that happen, so have been spending what spare time I have engineering a family 'ground force' it gives some positive focus, that we can chat to him about. Weather, I'll take the dust as long as dry weather goes in my favour! All the best Ax
  11. Sorry to hear that Jason, All the very best to you and yours at this sad time x
  12. Alixzandra

    Flowers through the year

    Hello knocker. I'm not sure what you are questioning, it looks like a Dahlia :-). Anyways, not sure I am in the right forum..I considered the gardening thread also, so forgive if not, and mods feel free to move if so. My photography is generally more abstract macro in nature, but thought I'd share some of my flower photography with you all. Best Alix.[
  13. Was on the chillier side this morning at college, blue sky really wanted to make an appearance, but stayed pretty overcast and dull. Our Tutor had a tadge of a meltdown - moderator came in to watch over us like a hawk for a practical and written rhs exam. A s he wandered about watching us do our allotted task his eyes started to bulge - half of the group were doing the task completely wrong including those opposite and either side of me..we were not allowed to talk, so I couldn't alert them to the fact they were going down the wrong garden path so to speak..tutor was almost speechless - needless to say what followed wasn't all that pleasant and poor tutor had a strip torn off him by the mod (even though we had completed the task before - half the students seem to have forgotten what the hell they should do) - oh well, i passed
  14. I've no idea, I don't work for them directly. Up there for different reasons.
  15. Hello, after a long day in White City at the BBC in a hot stuffy room, about 1.15 intense flash of lightening and deep Angry rumble of thunder, I thought we may get some exciting photo op's, then gone like a poof of smoke. Back in Brighton after a 12 hr day, and currently a cool 2.9 c, not the best way to spend ones 21st wedding anniversary! But, an interesting day nonetheless, now studing conifers latin plant identification for the morning.