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Saturday, 14 December 2019

Productive Hibernation

Scientists definitely do not know everything about everything, despite some of them thinking they do.  But I am quite sure of one thing - I am completely solar powered.  Panels on the roof of our house or campervan are nothing new. . . it dawned on me this morning when I'd been up more than an hour and it was STILL dark outside that I am solar powered and without enough sunlight at this time of year my batteries just never ever get fully charged.

Roll on Solstice.

But the enforced hibernation has not been a complete bust.  In the last few days I have processed all my outstanding images from 2016:
678 pictures
26 folders
7.87GB of data

which has resulted in 25 new blog posts which have been quietly inserted where they belong and a few more which have had additional pictures slipped in.  No fanfare, few words, but it helps to complete my record of life at Bag End.  I can think of one friend who can never get enough new pictures of Daisy (you know who you are 💚🐶) and a quick look in the Blogger search bar for "published December 2019" will track down the new images.  ðŸ˜  I know there are a few errors, but from a 'Big Picture' viewpoint they are not important.

Of course, there is still 2017, 2018 and a small 2019 backlog to process; another 30GB of data - the trouble with shooting RAW is great images (photographer notwithstanding) but big files.  ðŸ¤”


But it has not all been computer work;  most of the Christmas decorations are up and whilst I cannot be bothered to get out everything there is enough that the sitting room and kitchen look fairly attractive.









The exciting minutiae of grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, et al, continues.  It might be mundane and repetitive but I never lose sight of how lucky I am to be able to do all these things, and have a warm, dry and safe house to do them in.

All that remains for today is the final of Strictly Come Dancing . . . I have watched this series more out of habit than enjoyment.  Is it me or does this season lack the soul and/or sparkle of previous years?  Glad to see Anton in the final - I cannot help wondering if it is a BBC-fix and this is his last year?  I would like to see him join the judges, or (better still ) replace Tess Daly . . .









17 comments:

  1. Brilliantly festive, my dear! I need not bother here as all I have to do is turn your post into a slide show with holiday music soundtrack. LOL Love the elf legs on the table! Hugs....

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    1. Aww, thank you :-)
      The 'elf legs' are wine bottle holders that I found on (I think) eBay. Stupidly cheap, made in China, but they make me laugh every year.

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  2. Wow, that is a lot of computer work, but well done you. I feel very groggy if I spend more than about an hour in front of a screen. I'll take longer look at your post updates later. Love the little Xmas quilts on the back of the kichen cupboard. We do very little decorating these days now the kids have all left home & we'll be by ourselves this year. My bateries are still running low too with so little sunshine in this part of Victoria. We've had one day above 30 here & it's Summer? Enjoy your hibernation till Solstice, take care & huggles.

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    1. Thanks Susan. Australian weather is certainly odd at present by all accounts. Hope you warm up soon.

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  3. Your home looks lovely, Bilbo. Looks like this is gonna be a bah humbug year here on our hill. I sincerely doubt anything gets decorated.

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    1. I'm so sorry you are having a 'bah humbug'm thinking of you. x

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    2. Oh, we're doing just fine. Simply not bothering to do the Christmas thing this year.

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  4. You have been productive and your home is looking lovely for Christmas.
    I'm off out to get some solar power this morning. Just for once, it's not raining! X

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    1. I look forward to your photos Jules. Now it's light enough to see outside I've found there is a lot of white stuff! Hope you and Lily have fun.

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  5. Your house is looking lovely Jayne, and the tree is gorgeous. I'll have a look for the new photos of Daisy when I get a minute later on, I'm sure they'll be delightful :-)

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    1. Thank you Eunice. I guess you realised my clue about how to find the new Daisy pictures was for you . . . xx

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  6. Love your Christmas decorations Jayne, makes your home look very cosy. We had a little flurry of snow in the early hours of Friday morning, but not enough to lie.

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    1. Thanks Eleanor. Much snow here too (well not 'here' exactly, but on the visible fells), so will take pictures when the sun moves around a bit.

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  7. Dear Jayne
    The decorations look lovely - I laughed at the elf legs too. I agree about Strictly this season as it just didn't engage me as much as in the past. I was pleased with the result though.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Cheers Ellie. I know much of my problem with SCD this year was I did not know/care about any of the 'celebrities'. Oh, and the fact that Johannes went out far to early, I could watch him dance for hours 🙂

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  8. your house looks positively wonderful ... you have made good use of your hibernation- anyone who comes into your house will feel the season is upon them-
    I see snippets of your 'Strictly ...' show on youtube but don't actually follow along- we have ample shows in a similar style (dancing, singing, other talents in competition format) and I admit to occasionally getting completely drawn in and eager to see my favorites advance ... regret to say I never seem to pick the winners though-
    since I plan a major 'life remodel' in 2020 I am thinking of a blog (or maybe not) ... should I be 'a sad spectator' or perhaps 'the petty wastrel'? lately I do seem to be in some ridiculous unfamiliar limbo and so totally out of focus- forgive the glum outlook ... I am whining without cause, as I have health, adequate finances, a secure home, and a loving family-as you said earlier, this is just a bad year, and I look forward to a reboot or something-
    before I express further annoyances, I send you good thoughts for the approaching Solstice and happy hours digging about in your lovely photos- they are guaranteed to give all who see them a smile-
    Fondest regards-
    Barb

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    1. Hi Barb, I think "our" Strictly would have limited appeal for you because the contestants are British - in the same was as your Dancing with the Stars leave me cold because I do not know who any of the people are.

      You have had an awful year, and I hope whatever decisions you make to do things differently in 2020 are helpful to you. Early Solstice blessings back to you. xx

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