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Day 265/365: Shaggy Pony races [20180922|21:01]
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[the weather today is |Wheeeee]

Hellooooo friends I have been down the pub and the bloke is putting the children to bed and tomorrow I have some fantastic rhubarb-&-ginger gin cocktails recipes to share with you but for now I give you some pre-organised pony pictures. Now I have to have more gin. Yes. Byeeee.

It’s been very windy here, and it seems to have been getting the shaggy ponies’ blood up. They’ve been playing tag, or possibly having races, with their horse companion. Maybe it’s the equine version of Calvinball?

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Three abreast: Cousin It, daughter What, and Horse.

Shaggy pony races
This looked like a race at first, but then What nosed Horse just before side-stepping and zooming off.

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Day 264/365: Friday’s Unscientific Poll: Birthday presents [20180921|14:34]
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Dear Readers, this weekend contains my birthday, on which I become the answer to life, the universe, and everything! (Douglas Adams fans will have immediately deduced how old I am. Everyone else will have to use Google.)

I’m very pleased about this, and am considering whether I should attempt to do another project in celebration of it, because naturally I am not busy enough with this daily blog project + full time job + bringing up two small children. One of the nice things that has happened in my forties is that I’ve accepted that some of my flaws are never going to go away, like voluntarily taking on too many responsibilities, and that I should just accept that I’m probably not going to finish everything I start.

Anyway, as my birthday approaches, there have been cards and gifts arriving with each day’s post. Not loads, I hasten to add, but enough to keep my curiosity piqued. And thus, today’s Unscientific Poll.

Poll #2085280 Birthday presents

When it's my birthday, I like for my gifts to be

a complete surprise. I put them aside and don't look at or touch them until the day.
7(77.8%)
thoroughly prodded, poked, shaken, and pondered. I consider volume, shape, sound, weight, and (if known) the giver's identity, and then I attempt to deduce what's inside.
2(22.2%)
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Day 263/365: Maasai Mara [20180920|23:07]
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The bloke has returned home from his trip to Kenya. Although he spent most of his time in Nairobi, there was an excursion to the Maasai Mara, where he took the following photos.

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Panorama of the Rift Valley.

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I still can't quite believe our last trip there was over eight years ago. Click here for an LJ post from that trip, featuring many animals and some city kids hanging out the top of a 4x4.

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Day 262/365: Biddulph Grange Gardens [20180919|20:40]
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[the weather today is |accomplished]

On our way up to the Lake District in August, we stopped off at a National Trust property to eat our lunch. We chose Biddulph Grange Gardens, and I’m so glad we did. The gardens were spectacular, even by NT standards, and this ranks as one of our favourites (and the bloke and I have been to a fair few). It was laid out in a tangled nest of paths, some leading to the next garden, others to little cul-de-sacs full of one particular type of flower or tree. Some gardens were very formal and themed, and others scarcely more than a wild tangle of leaves and fronds. It was great fun to explore.

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Whichever staircase you choose, you will end up someplace magical.

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Day 261/365: Slowly rotating Jupiter makes everything better. [20180918|21:59]
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[the weather today is |chuffed]

Today was much better than yesterday. Pre-schooler TMICollapse ) But that is not the only reason it was better, for today, the first birthday card arrived for me, from my aunt-out-law in the USA, and also a Mystery Amazon Package, which turned out to contain this:

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[Still life of Slowly Rotating solar-powered Jupiter sitting on its stand.]

If you would like to see Slowly Rotating Jupiter rotating, click below.


[YouTube video, 45 sec, of Slowly Rotating Jupiter rotating.]

It has been gifted to me by My Mate Josh, who is an awesome and faithful friend and has been for over twenty years. He also reads this journal. Thank you, Josh! <3

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Day 260/365: NOOOOPE [20180917|21:57]
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[the weather today is |done]

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[La Biscuiterie de L'Oncle Hansi. The biscuits are delicious. Just don't examine the packaging too closely.]

Today was like yesterday, cleaning up after pre-schooler included, with the addition of spending eight hours in a meeting and an hour (on reflection, omg, that was) 2 hours in traffic trying to get Humuhumu to Rainbows/pick up Keiki/retrieve Humuhumu from Rainbows/get everybody home.

I have included the photo because the piercing stare of the terrifying blue-eyed little girl in the centre of the bag perfectly expresses my feelings right now.

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Day 259/365: rm -rf /2018-09-16. It's like that. [20180916|22:06]
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[the weather today is |wallowing in self-pity]

I’ve had an exhausting single-parenting day which involved a lot of cleanup of a pre-schooler who has backslid (ahem) in terms of his ability to use the toilet. It has been even less fun than it sounds. So here, have a photo of a lovely tuxie cat, rather than any further elaboration on that subject.

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[Telstar lolling on the falling-apart armchair in the front room. He’s lying on a tattered cushion and Humuhumu’s purple mermaid cuddly toy.]

Oh, and I finished off the evening by doing the ironing. I loathe ironing. It is normally the bloke’s Sunday evening chore, but obviously he’s not here right now so I have to do it. This day can be immediately consigned to the forgottenest dustbin of the unswept corners of distant memory.

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Day 258/365: Dough Bashing [20180915|19:36]
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[the weather today is |soothed]

Friends, I wish to share with you a visual representation of Why Bread-making is Therapeutic.

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[Keiki bashing dough, at Daddy’s behest. Click the image to watch 13 second video.]

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Day 257/365: Friday's Unscientific Poll: Swimming Lessons [20180914|20:14]
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Poll #2085075 Swimming lessons

I know how to swim.

Yes.
16(94.1%)
No.
1(5.9%)

I had swimming lessons

As a child.
12(70.6%)
As an adult.
0(0.0%)
Never.
5(29.4%)

[Optional] I never had swimming lessons because



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Day 255/365: Another day in London, another tranche of Ancient Space Hardware [20180912|18:59]
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Today my boss ambled in and dropped another load of Space History on my desk. This included a bunch of photographs of Cassini flight hardware (subject of a future post), but also three photos of Ulysses hardware, which is even older.

The Ulysses spacecraft, which is still in orbit although decommissioned and not operational, remains one of the few spacecraft to leave the ecliptic plane of the solar system to a significant degree. It studied the poles of the Sun. It launched in 1990, and the total mission duration was over eighteen years.

We estimate these photos are from the early 1980s. They're of the flight hardware for the magnetometer, which now drifts quietly with the rest of the silent spacecraft, between Jupiter and the Sun.

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[Ulysses magnetometer sensor head]

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[Ulysses magnetometer electronics box]

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[Topside view of one of the Ulysses magnetometer flight boards. Look at all those beautifully hand-soldered through-hole components!]

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