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cats16
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Nov 9 2019, 5:24am

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Yeah, general trivia [In reply to] Can't Post

It took about 2 hours due to how many teams there were. Some pretty good questions though: my favorite was something like "name 2 countries whose names rhyme, are both 6 letters, are rooted in rivers that run through them, and were both part of the British empire."

Putting our answers in white font in case someone wants to take a guess, but we initially thought it was Uganda and Rwanda . It seemed like a no-brainer! But we took another second to think it over, the group realized the actual answer is Zambia and Gambia . A good question!

And thanks! Hope you get a chance for some R&R too.

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cats16
Valinor


Nov 9 2019, 5:30am

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True! [In reply to] Can't Post

The early risers are the real winners at this time of year.

Hmm, good question! I'm going to see The Irishman this weekend. Do you have any theaters near you playing it? I know it's getting a bare bones release by Netflix...

Otherwise, yeah, probably some oldies I've never seen before. Have you seen Parasite yet? I realize I never posted my review in the Watching thread--but it's not scary! There's one spooky shot in it that lasts 3 seconds, but otherwise imagine it like a Hitchcock movie (that isn't Psycho hehe).

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dernwyn
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Nov 9 2019, 12:16pm

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LOL! [In reply to] Can't Post

It certainly is! But you know, we never appreciate the convenience of a big sink with running water until we have to make do without it. Unimpressed


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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Nov 9 2019, 1:57pm

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Bang! Blossom Wow! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

How Beautiful! I'm with you on having the green waking up after a long winter. Like sunshine, the green is so soothing and lovely :) I hope your rain came and that you're having a great weekend and that your hip is behaving during its rest from gardening.



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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Nov 9 2019, 2:27pm

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Congrats on the great compete! [In reply to] Can't Post

How much fun was that!?! :D Twenty-five teams! I love it that there's that kind of social gathering without being attached to a computer... except maybe for the questions. ;)

A quiet few days is always a good thing. If you WANT to do something, you just do it... but not because you have to.

I'm with you on the time change. We need to stop messing with it and just pick one! I prefer having more light at the end of the day. Have a great weekend!



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Kimi
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Nov 9 2019, 9:00pm

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Had a lovely wee break this week. [In reply to] Can't Post

We headed a few hours south, mostly to take in a garden festival. A very big bonus was that it meant we could meet up with Ataahua! It was so great to catch up in person after a very long time.

We spent the first few days in New Plymouth, which is a great, compact little city with some amazing assets, especially its parks and gardens. There's an excellent coastal walkway, where we went running every morning while we were there. Rather better as a running track than our hilly gravel road at home! We went to the large public gardens in the wider area; took in an impressive museum; and ate very well :). On our way back north we spent a night at Waitomo, and next morning visited two of the caves - one we hadn't been to for 30 years, the other one for the first time (it wasn't actually open to the public on our previous visits).

Photos here.


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Ataahua
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Nov 10 2019, 1:53am

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You took much better photos than I did at Waitomo Caves. [In reply to] Can't Post

All my pics came out orange. Unsure But I remember that limestone curtain - such a beautiful piece of natural art.

I'm so glad you had good weather while you and Mr Kimi were down here. I must pop up to Pukeiti; I don't think I've ever been there during rhodo season. (Criminal, I know.)

BTW I love what the knitters did to Peter Snell's statue! Laugh

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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grammaboodawg
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Nov 10 2019, 2:26am

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Now That's an Adventure! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm so happy you two got to experience this. Incredible pictures!!!



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sparrowruth
Rivendell


Nov 10 2019, 3:11am

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unless you're too early [In reply to] Can't Post


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The early risers are the real winners at this time of year.

I drove to work in pitch black today, and it didn't really get light til i had been there for a good hour and a half......though that probably has a fair bit to do with starting at 6:30 and being a good five hours north of the border Laugh


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Have you seen Parasite yet? I realize I never posted my review in the Watching thread--but it's not scary! There's one spooky shot in it that lasts 3 seconds, but otherwise imagine it like a Hitchcock movie (that isn't Psycho hehe).

Hurrah! it shall be duly added to my "hope to watch eventually as i find a way to stream" list Tongue


sparrowruth
Rivendell


Nov 10 2019, 3:32am

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the idea of fall extending into november rather baffles me [In reply to] Can't Post

i've lived in central alberta all my life, so seeing snow in october is not at all unusual, and by early november it is pretty much guaranteed. so your "glorious fall day" sounds lovely but very foreign. it's shaping up to be a very blustery weekend here - it started snowing sometime last night, and continued with varying intensity more or less all day. i wouldn't be surprised if we had almost 6 inches by now

my big plan for this weekend is to attend the Remembrance Day service in town. my grandfather was a vet, so i take the occasion pretty seriously. my parents will be at a funeral though - i'm not entirely sure why they're going since it's my mom's sister's husband's mother that died, but apparently it's expected that they be there so. my dad in particular is a bit miffed to miss the remembrance service, as it was his dad that served.


Kimi
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Nov 10 2019, 4:52am

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My old phone [In reply to] Can't Post

was in the process of giving up the ghost, so I got a new one just before we came away. It has a much better camera! I was really pleased with how the cave photos came out (no flash, either, as that's not allowed).

We drove right around the mountain, and it was beautifully clear all the way. With the snow as well, it looked gorgeous.

Oakune was full of the most amazing knitting! My favourite was a near-life sized cow, set by a stream with plants on the bank and eels in the water, all done in wool. Too hard to photograph, unfortunately, as the glass around it reflected too well, but brilliantly done.

And yes, Pukeiti in rhodo season is quite something :).


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Tol Eressea


Nov 10 2019, 7:20pm

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Round here we're lucky to see any snow! [In reply to] Can't Post

This area is sheltered from all but the harshest weather; snow is a huge novelty for the children if it arrives, and a bane to motorists who are not used to driving in those conditions! The boys were fine, apart from waking me at 6.20am (urgh).


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Nov 10 2019, 7:23pm

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I let them empty my doll's house [In reply to] Can't Post

in preparation for cleaning and tidying, which they're not normally allowed to mess around with, so they enjoyed tinkering with all the bits and pieces!


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Nov 10 2019, 7:28pm

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It wasn't a long sleepover - [In reply to] Can't Post

they were back home by 11am next morning, as I had to go out. This one was to give Mummy and Daddy a little time to buy wood and build a raised bed in what will be the older (9) boy's bedroom. It's been tested and pronounced a success - now the rest of the room needs decorating before he moves in. Then Mummy and Daddy will have to get started on the fourth bedroom, which will be the younger grandson's (7 very soon)! They've enjoyed sharing, but it's time they had their own space.

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