What made me happy this week? Oh and some F words!
A fabulous fundraising feat
Getting my Christmas on by going to the Bath Christmas Markets, as well as the Queen Victoria Inn at Priddy near Cheddar in Somerset, made me very happy this past week. An amazing day which made me smile and definitely got me in the Christmas spirit.
We wanted to see for ourselves the fabulous effort that goes into transforming the local pub at Priddy, into the Gingerbread Inn, an event that happens every year. We’d heard about it from our daughter and had seen some amazing photos of it from last year in the snow.
Although we went in the late afternoon, and in broad daylight, we obviously didn’t see it with the lights on. Yet the effect was still amazing and we got the idea! This transformation has been going on every December, for the past few years, and the owner raises money for local causes – it is a sight for sore eyes!!
F words include fabulous, fundraising, feat, family and fun 🙂
One of the few benefits of it getting dark so early over here in England, is the amazing Christmas lights and decorations everywhere. It is just brilliant and seems so much more appropriate than our hot, sunny Christmases at home.
Dottie continues to thrive at home, it’s been so much fun being here, seeing her and helping out wherever we can. She’s been out for walks in the pram and for drives in the car this week and had her first cuddles with Papa G (aka the Mathematician) .
What made me sad this week?
- During the week, I saw that the Apostrophe Protection Society closed its doors, announcing that ‘the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won!’
The key points from this ABC (Australia) News article are:
- British journalist and subeditor John Richards founded the group to combat what he saw as the “amazing” misuse of the apostrophe
- At 96, he can no longer keep up with what he believes is an increase in crimes against punctuation
- A language researcher disagrees, saying the rules around apostrophes have always been confusing and illogical
I admit I have a soft spot for the humble apostrophe and found this article to be quite sad 😦 One of my daughters sent me this link just in case I had missed it – she knows me well!
I have been known to remove stray apostrophes on blackboard signs and my sister is also known as a pedant (I mean that in the nicest possible way). She sees far more examples of the wrongful use of apostrophes than I ever will, as she’s an academic involved in marking the work of university students.
How do you feel about apostrophes? Be aware our continuing friendship may depend on your response to this seemingly simple question!
2. The state of things back home in Australia what with bushfires everywhere, politicians behaving badly and inclement weather. It’s not looking good at all.
What made a difference this week?
An interesting app called What3words took my fancy this week
Learning about an app called What3words. You may have already heard about this app but it’s new to me.
What is it?
what3words is a really simple way to talk about location.
We have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change.
For example ///filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
3 word addresses are easy to say and share, and are as accurate as GPS coordinates.
51.520847, -0.19552100 ←→ /// filled.count.soap
Our vision is to become a global standard for communicating location. People use what3words to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, and to direct emergency services to the right place.
3 word addresses are unique, more precise than postcodes and available in over 35 languages.Source – What3words
Where am I at the moment? My location is: ///clarifies.loved.slopes
Have you heard of or used this app before? It’s quite fun seeing what 3 random words come up for your location and apparently it’s quite useful too! These photos below each have their 3 word location after the ///
Sunset is very early
I can’t get used to the earliness of the sun setting here in the UK but it is good for photos! Here’s my favourite shot from this week, it was taken just before 4pm in the afternoon!
OK it’s your turn now – what would your answers be?
I always enjoy reading your responses to these three questions so please leave me a comment and tell me how your week has been – what made you happy, sad and what made a difference to you. Your answers don’t have to be serious they can be fun – that’s a other great F word 🙂
I’m also interested in what your F word for the week would be?
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