Last post

This blog has ended and there will be no more updates. Many thanks to all those who followed my blog and liked the occasional posts. I am changing back to Blogger as I do not find the new WordPress interface to be particularly user friendly.

Personally I think the old interface worked well and with just a few added features it could have been improved to great effect without changing the basic design.

However, as I am not at the cutting edge of blogging nor totally up-to-date with the changing world of interface design, these new changes may well be needed for the new blogging world. So I wish WordPress well and all their bloggers and I may well return one day in the future.

Nature today

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A snail’s eye view of some beautiful wildflowers against a clear blue sky. It’s warm at last and sunny today. A cold wind up until now has made it quite cool despite plenty of sunshine over the past months. Meanwhile a mystery bird was chirping happily away on a nearby tree branch. It was there yesterday too but I only managed a reasonable photo today. At first I thought it was a blackcap but now I am not sure. I leave it for you to decide.

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Dragon lifts off

Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan

Lyrics to Planet Caravan – Wake-up music played in flight.

We sail through endless skies, stars shine like eyes, the black night sighs, The moon in silver trees, falls down in tears, light of the night, The earth, a purple blaze, of sapphire haze, in orbit always, While down below the trees, bathed in cool breeze, silver starlight breaks down the night, And so we pass on by the crimson eye, of great god Mars as we travel the universe

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Good luck!

Elon Musk’s Space-X Dragon capsule heads for space. A joint venture between Space-X and NASA and the first manned rocket from the USA since 2011. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way to the ISS.

WOW! That was an impressive take off and not to mention the landing of the first stage on a ship, almost as astounding as missions like the Sputnik, Gagarin and the moon landing.

I had written a long piece about despair, which I was about to post but that will have to wait for another day.

Great work!

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Elon Musk talks to the astronauts shortly before their first weather aborted takeoff.

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Inside the Dragon capsule waiting for take off.

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Lift off! … and the Dragon capsule heads for the ISS.

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Update 31.05.2020

Successful docking of Dragon with the ISS 16:16 CET

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Above instrument view inside the Dragon cockpit during live docking and underneath the docking simulator, which I tried and failed but it was fun trying.

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Dragon capsule meters from docking with the ISS.

 

Wildflowers

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Wonderful to see more wildflowers growing in long grass. There was a time when this was normal but the obsession with cutting grass led in recent years to just small patches being left to grow wild. A sort of token gesture to nature. Whether this present situation is intentional or the result of the corona virus lock down, it’s hard to know. I hope it signals a change, giving a boost to the insect population and creating a knock on effect.

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‘Happiness only real when shared’

Christopher Johnson McCandless

Tea time

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Today is international tea day and what better way to celebrate than a nice cuppa Ceylon Assam with a piece of homemade chocolate cake. As a tea junkie I am all for celebrating this wonderful beverage and find that even in the most stressful situations tea has a calming effect.

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Meanwhile it has been a busy week on the cooking front so here are a couple more food porn photos to drool over.

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Fresh fruits of the forest (Supermarket actually) with whipped cream and my first homemade meringues using some left over egg whites. The meringues turned out perfect, light and powdery crispy. It won’t be the last time. Below a loaf I made earlier in the week, which turned out to be the best so far but there is still room for improvement.

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