This week's throwback Thursday takes us back seven years, with a post from 5 December 2010
They mean a trip to Paris or Rome for someone else, but not for me – except that, occasionally, the imminent departure of a plane to exotic, foreign parts, or the recent arrival of a plane from the parts so described, means a trip to Paris for me. Such was the case at the end of November. Going up on Friday and returning on Saturday threw me out so much that, with the addition of vast amounts of work on the Hawk Conservancy Trust web site, I clean forgot to do the blog last week. For that, I apologise.
The dropping off of the dogs went well and I left on Saturday morning with, in the back of the car, a multi-purpose printer that Tania’s boyfriend had replaced with a newer model, and a MacBook that Tania had treated similarly. There is method in her madness, though. One of my roles in life is to act as Tania’s IT support person. For a long time now, I have answered many of her questions by pleading ignorance of the working of the Apple Mac and its software. She has now removed that excuse!
Since returning with it, I have upgraded the operating system to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and installed iLife 11, thus putting us both on the same software. The whole thing is a bit foreign to me yet. That, coupled with the fact that all of my working software (mostly Adobe Creative Site 5 web edition, MS Office 2010 and a few other expensive pieces) lives on the PC, means that I am not about to change my affiliation just yet. Having said that, there is the odd feature of the Mac that I quite like and I expect it will grow on me over time, but I am not expecting to join the ranks of the Apple fanboys in the foreseeable future. [That MacBook suffered a catastrophic disk failure. Tania passed on her MacBook Pro when she went with the Air. That one has also now failed – power supply this time. I’m still using my Windows desktop, Windows laptop and Linux laptop]
We had big plans for an Indian feast on Wednesday. The venue is about 40-45 minutes drive in good conditions. By Wednesday morning it was clear that, however well shod the car, we wouldn’t be happy about driving 40-45 minutes on difficult surfaces followed, after a feast that might only last for 40-45 minutes, by a drive of 40-45 minutes back, after dark. Sadly, therefore, it was cancelled. All was not lost, though; the chicken biryani and vegetable curry I had made, and the samosas that Clare had made were eaten and enjoyed over a couple of days chez nous and, as the pictures show, the vacuum sealer came into play.
And then the snow came and stayed. At the time of writing, the thaw has started – a bit half-heartedly, but it is a start. Current forecast is for scattered rain showers later today then absolutely chucking down tomorrow.
Meantime, the snow has been, as always, pretty. Here are a few representative images taken over the last few days.
It really is indoor weather, as far as we are concerned. In addition to my web work and Clare’s card making, a lot of culinary capers have been taking place – Christmas Puddings and Christmas cake are done (the cake is not yet decorated, but that’s only so I can carry on feeding it and try to make it as liquid as possible) and work has started on some other things. Clare has been making candied orange peel, which has gone down very well, if a little quickly. The latest twist – and this is really good – has been chocolate tipped candied orange peel. Feast your eyes on this.