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on: March 20, 2019 05:02
Bonfire! Of course. Why didn't I think of that? The next fire festival is Beltane, May 1st. We can store it until then. Come on, let's take it back inside.
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on: July 22, 2019 09:10
*Blows the dust off the bar and taps himself an ale*
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on: July 22, 2019 10:51
*takes a sip from the cold beer bottle* Oh boy, bonfires are pretty much the last things on anybody's mind here right now. But barbecuing has become much simpler: just make sure the barbecue / grill is in the sun and slap the stuff on.
(Actually, those stories about the Limeys, Roos, Kiwis, Krauts and Spaghettis making fried eggs by cracking eggs over the exposed metal parts of their vehicles during the North African part of WW II are what we would now call urban legends.)
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on: August 02, 2019 09:12
(Actually, those stories about the Limeys, Roos, Kiwis, Krauts and Spaghettis making fried eggs by cracking eggs over the exposed metal parts of their vehicles during the North African part of WW II are what we would now call urban legends.)


... except there are photos of it ...

Happy August!
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on: August 03, 2019 12:28
Arveleg said:
(Actually, those stories about the Limeys, Roos, Kiwis, Krauts and Spaghettis making fried eggs by cracking eggs over the exposed metal parts of their vehicles during the North African part of WW II are what we would now call urban legends.)


... except there are photos of it ...

Granted, Photoshop & co. didn't exist in WW II (other forms of faking photos did, but needed highly trained professionals). But, just off the top of my head, frying an egg in a pan on the appropriate (continuous) heat source, then dropping it on the bonnet of, say, a jeep to make it look like the egg was fried on the bonnet, is easy. It has been tried, but as long as the heat on the surface on which the egg was supposedly fried was supplied only by the sun, it doesn’t work. As bad a sunburn as one can get in the Sahara (but even north Scandinavians don’t start to get a sunburn until at least several minutes), the wattage provided by the sun is orders of magnitude too small to fry that egg. A campfire, gas-powered camping cooker or the like, providing continuous heat on a much larger scale than the strongest sunshine, is needed. Think of how long you could hold your hand in any fire (or on an electric stove plate) before you get serious burns it would take the sun hours to “duplicate”. Theoretically, if the engine underneath the bonnet were on fire, this might provide enough heat, but I doubt that in that kind of a situation the first thing on any soldier’s mind would be “gee, what a great opportunity to fry some eggs!”
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on: August 03, 2019 08:16
Wow...it's been quite a long time since I've been by. I'm so surprised, yet so happy, to see some familiar faces.

Gando, tarcolan, Arveleg, I've missed you! How have the three of you been doing?

[Edited on 08/04/2019 by findemaxam48]
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on: August 04, 2019 10:15
Myself, I'm officially retired since 01 March of this year. Had to survive two record-breaking heat waves in the last week of June and the last full week of July (which bumped up our national all-time highest officially recorded temperature from 40.3°C (104.5°F) to 42.6°C (108.7°F)!)

Otherwise, I’ve been dropping by here quite regularly, and finding things quite slow (unevenly so – whenever Evil~Shieldmaiden puts in an appearance, posts in the Games Forum and the “Vairë The Weaver” Realm spike up noticeably).

You're quite busy with the demands of college student life, I’m guessing?
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on: August 05, 2019 08:29
Hi maxie! Hi Gando! I've managed to get half a day off, after mowing for two days.

We're having a heat wave here as well, although there have been a few rainy days (causes instant growth in lawns).

So far the summer has been awesome, but I'm perplexed because it's August already.
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on: August 05, 2019 12:39
Gando, that's so exciting! Are you enjoying your retirement? Those temperatures do not sound fun to deal with at all. We've been dealing with some high eighties to low nineties degree fahrenheit weather, but that's nothing compared to what you're experiencing! I hope the heat wave passes over you soon. I'm going to try and get back to the CoE regularly (and give you some company in the Games forum!) because I find surrounding myself with Tolkien for a few minutes each day brings me a lot of peace.

Congratulations on your day off, ES! Enjoy your temporary relief from mowing the lawn! I'm with you, the summer has just flown by.

I work full time now and I am also a full time student! I graduate with my four year degree in June of 2020, then I have two more years of graduate school!
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on: August 06, 2019 06:59
Oh, the heat waves have passed us by. As I mentioned above, it was the last week of June (and actually, only Wednesday and Sunday were scorchers) and the last full week of July (Wednesday through Friday were bad, Thursday the record-buster). Other than that, we've managed to stay (mostly) below the 30°C (86°F) threshold regionally - other places went just a bit above. Last year we had a record 17 straight days above 30°C regionally, and even less rain than we've had this year. But we've still only had two months with average rain or just above (I think January, and 114% in May), so we're into the fifth straight year since 2015 (which was a bad one) with serious precipitation deficits. Our forests, with trees adapted to earlier weather conditions, are suffering serious damage, and agriculture in some places is also suffering.
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on: August 12, 2019 05:00
The heat has finally passed us by too. We're starting to get some real autumn-like weather now! Every day for the past week or so, there's been a strong breeze coming off the Lakes. I'm mentally preparing myself for the winter weather on the horizon, though fortunately I (hopefully) won't have to worry about that until November.

How has everybody been doing? Any new adventures, vacations, or creative endeavors being done? How do you all feel about this new LoTR series on Prime?
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on: August 12, 2019 07:06
I just noticed that somehow your last bit about work and college didn’t register – maybe got sidetracked by the weather bit (I’m just a bit preoccupied with that … ). Full-time work and being a full-time student sounds like a heavy load! What are you studying?

As my ability to sleep has room for improvement, we haven’t done anything vacation-wise, never mind adventures (I’ve become a bit of a Hobbit about that! ). But last week Tuesday, I met with seven other people, six of them of a “company class” of 1982-84 and one “significant other”, for the first time since six years ago. Our “youngsters” are now all 56 (I’m the old coot at 63 )! On the weekend of September 20-22, I’ll be meeting with a different “company class” of 1987-88, which has had a (self-organized) reunion every year since 1989, this year being our 31st straight one (probably unique for the company), of which I’ve probably made 25 (I missed 2014/15/16 because of my sleep issues). One of the people from last Tuesday, another one who’s now in Vienna, and myself are members of both “classes”.

Nothing on the creative side, unless you count reading. My going-away present was a voucher for a book store, which was good for perhaps seven or eight books (this was back in May 2017, when I went into the no-work part of my company early retirement package). I’ve bought more books since then too, and re-read quite a few others. Just a serious book-worm, that’s all.

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on: August 12, 2019 07:13
Maxie!!! Where've you beeeeen? Good to see you. What are you studying? Things are much the same here, the old place is still standing thanks to running repairs. We had a burst of the hot weather here in the UK but it's normal British weather now. Cold and rainy. I've been making plum jam from the plums in the community orchard. It's a Czar and it's the first time it's fruited in seven years. Too many plums, lovely jam though. Bumper crop of bilberries (whortleberries, whinberries) up on the moors, tastier than blueberries. More jam with them next. So... mostly jam making lately. Yeah. Anyway, what's your tipple? Landlord!!
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on: August 12, 2019 08:44
Well well, it certainly has been a long time, I think three years since I posted, and maybe five or six since I was active here? Not entirely sure, perhaps longer. How is everyone? Waves of nostalgia are hitting me rn haha

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on: August 13, 2019 05:33
Bless my little woolly socks! It's Legolas Fifty. Welcome back. Pull up a drink and sit down. How've you been?
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on: August 13, 2019 11:29
Is the Amazon series actually having an effect? That would be one positive aspect about it!
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on: August 19, 2019 09:10
Haha I've been pretty good, also pretty busy, how about yourself tarcolan?
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on: August 20, 2019 01:58
I'm keeping busy helping out with an environmental education group. We've got an orchard and the Czar plum tree fruited for the first time in 7 years. Made lots of plum jam. Yummy. I'm just about to make huge amounts of bilberry jam, good year for those up on the moor. Smaller than blueberry but taste much better. Otherwise I've been off in the campervan.
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on: September 02, 2019 09:52
Haha good so staying busy, and jam is 100% always good. Mix that with alittle peanut butter and some bread, or a buttered scone, ya know how it is
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on: September 03, 2019 01:56
LegolasXXXXX said:Haha good so staying busy, and jam is 100% always good. Mix that with alittle peanut butter and some bread, or a buttered scone, ya know how it is

I must confess that while my parents and I lived in the US from 1966 to 1975, one thing that always made me shudder was the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich; and even peanut butter by itself was something I normally gave a wide berth - ah, there's the emoji I was looking for:
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on: September 07, 2019 11:23
findemaxam48 said:Wow...it's been quite a long time since I've been by. I'm so surprised, yet so happy, to see some familiar faces.

Gando, tarcolan, Arveleg, I've missed you! How have the three of you been doing?

[Edited on 08/04/2019 by findemaxam48]


Hey Maxie! Good to see ya. I drift by this site every month or so. Doing alright. Cracking up at Gando and him throwing out paragraphs trying to disprove the actual frying of eggs on steel in the desert
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on: September 09, 2019 04:27
Jam! It's jam. Jelly is made with the juice, jam with the whole fruit. I will not tolerate this cavalier tampering with the nomenclature of conserves! And don't get me started on that abomination called 'peanut butter', neither a nut nor butter.

Sorry, I've been under a lot of stress lately. I've run out of jars.
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on: September 09, 2019 11:40
tarcolan said:Jam! It's jam. Jelly is made with the juice, jam with the whole fruit. I will not tolerate this cavalier tampering with the nomenclature of conserves! And don't get me started on that abomination called 'peanut butter', neither a nut nor butter.

Sorry, I've been under a lot of stress lately. I've run out of jars.

Well, I don't know what Legolas50 puts on his / her bread with p-b, but I distinctly remember the "run-for-the-hills" stuff was referred to as p-b and jelly where and when I lived in the US. Though I wouldn't have been able to give the differentiation you provided above, I'm not an expert in the nomenclature in German, either. One thing I do know is that marmelade in GB is once again something different from either of the j's - and the best-tasting of the lot to me.
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*sneaks into the inn*
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on: November 12, 2019 01:47
Cenor! Where have you been? Pull up a chair and tell us all.
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on: November 28, 2019 06:41
So it’s getting close to Christmas again. I wonder if you would be allowed to bring in a tree this Year Tarcolan considering all that damage you and Gandolorin caused last year.
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on: November 29, 2019 04:28
Ah yes, about that? Remember when we dragged the old one out last year? And remember we couldn't decide what to do with it? And remember I suggested we burn it on May 1st, so we dragged it in again? And remember how we forgot? It's over there. We'll have to drag it out again.
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on: November 29, 2019 09:29
Yes I remember hmm...I know let’s just stand that old tree in the corner and if anyone asks we will just tell them that we were able to get or hands on a tree that grows near the borders of Mordor and Khand.
Ok judging from that look you are giving me you are thinking it’s a bad idea.
Alright let’s drag this old tree out of here

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