Well that was interesting Thu, 23 Jan 2020 @ 7:37 pm

So I get to Dorking station to find there’s a points failure and no trains in or out for an unknown period. A phone app tells me there’s a bus to Leatherhead which gets me part of the way home. On the bus a couple of lads with bright-coloured hair look worse for wear as I ease past the one with the sleepy head half across the corridor. Five minutes into the journey the lad falls out of his seat managing to fall flat on his back and looking dead to the world, whilst the other lad appears to be asleep across the seat. The bus driver pulls into the next bus stop and tries to wake the two lads, one who is still out of it on the floor. He has clearly met these two before and manages to get some alertness out of them and eventually to get them off the bus – coincidentally this is their stop. The driver repeatedly warns them to be careful crossing the dual carriageway, but they are so out of it they appear unaware of the warning. The bus drove off, leaving the two lads to their fate.

Paris Hilton's "infamous lasagne" Mon, 20 Jan 2020 @ 10:46 pm

Genius. Give it a whirl. It’s a mere sixteen minutes, though it seems like sixty, but I’m sure you’ll be glad you did! And the YouTube comments are worth reading, too!!

Sunday, in the park Sun, 19 Jan 2020 @ 3:11 pm

Saturday, from The Times Sun, 19 Jan 2020 @ 3:05 pm

Friday, on the way to London Sun, 19 Jan 2020 @ 2:59 pm

Knives Out Wed, 15 Jan 2020 @ 6:41 pm

A terrific, fun film. A great way to spend a couple of hours. Go see it!

Playing with manual focus Mon, 13 Jan 2020 @ 3:51 pm

The weather has deteriorated – I think it’s even worse in the West. Playing around with manual focus on my Sony RX100 I could get the raindrops on the window pane into focus. It’s just possible to make out the the reflection of the park in the raindrops (blown-up 2nd image).

Epsom Downs Mon, 13 Jan 2020 @ 12:47 pm

The sun came out for a moment, but otherwise it was cold, cloudy and windy

Not just any Saturday Sun, 12 Jan 2020 @ 2:40 pm

Looking after the little ones whilst their parents spent the day at a TEDx event, 5-year-old Chloe was as usual the last to finish her meal. We asked her if she was always the last to finish her packed lunch at school, and she said yes but explained it as follows. She has packed lunch with two boys who she says don’t stop talking! So why, we asked, was she the last to finish if they were always talking, to which she replied that she was constantly having to answer their questions! Sadly, when the two boys finish their lunch they go off to play leaving Chloe to continue eating, on her own. Does she mind being on her own, we asked, to which she said no because the dinner ladies would talk to her. How wonderful it would be to listen in on these conversations, between the children and with the dinner ladies!

When the parents returned in the evening we were in the middle of watching Mary Poppins Returns. One of the TEDx talks had been on the subject of maths, and as a way of thanking us for looking after the two girls, I was given the speaker’s book – with a personal inscription. What a way to finish a lovely day!

3 books for 75p Sat, 11 Jan 2020 @ 11:53 pm

Not many books and not a great range to choose from, though I can usually find one or two on my infrequent visits, but these are ridiculous prices for books at the Princess Alice Hospice charity shop in East Molesey.

A favourite b & w image from 2019 Fri, 10 Jan 2020 @ 5:56 pm
A favourite b & w image from 2019

Remembering Mum Wed, 8 Jan 2020 @ 6:00 am

Remembering my mum, who died this day, 2 years ago.

Train – Iris, age 3½ Sun, 5 Jan 2020 @ 11:07 am