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And by the way, which one’s Pink?*

It has been 3 months since one of our cats, Mackie, died and we have been thinking for a while that it would be nice to get another cat to keep our dear Grimalkin. Although she seems happy and settled, we think it would be nice for her to have someone to play with when we’re out at work.

So today we headed off to Battersea Cats and Dogs home to see if they had a match for Grimalkin (and for us). It was an open day, and because it’s the weekend and just at the beginning of half term, they had rehomed 16 yesterday and so there weren’t that many cats to see and none really that were suitable for Grimmy or for us. However, we will try again later on in the week – they have new cats coming in all the time.

As we were leaving, I took a few photos of my chimney of the day. For those who don’t know, these are the chimneys of the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station. This river-front area is being redeveloped and the latest plan for this protected building includes, I think, a cinema, a shopping complex, and homes. The world-famous chimneys (their fame partly due to their appearance on the Pink Floyd Animals album cover of 1977) have to be part of the design for the redevelopment, a challenge and a commitment for the developers.

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*yes, I know that the title doesn’t relate to the Animals album but I didn’t just want to call this blog post Dog or Sheep.

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Watch the skies

I was playing around with the guitar pegs after dinner. I thought they looked a little like musical notes and then wondered what tune you could make with them.

I didn’t quite get the shot I’d hoped for – I probably should have spent more time on it.

So what tune is it? It’s from a film and a clue is in the title.



I really am new to this guitar business and had a go yesterday at changing the strings on a friend’s guitar (who is equally unfamiliar with the process), under the partial supervision of Hubby. For those of you that don’t know (and I wouldn’t have recognised these items a week ago), the pegs hold the strings in place and the little black thing is used to lever the pegs out when you need to.

I managed to draw blood (my own) and to break two of the new strings. A good learning experience.


Pictures of home

He’s the guitarist. I’m the groupie.




Four seasons in one day


Today was spent doing sort-of chores. It was definitely an odd sort of day, with snow, fail, sleet and some rain blowing us along the streets. We’ve been in and out of a few music shops today and yesterday too. Hubby’s new amp (yesterday’s pic) has been inspiring him to give his electric guitars some TLC, and get his acoustic out. I have to say I admire and feel a little envious of his playing abilities. I know he’s been doing it for over 20 years, but I wish I had got a bit further than “She’ll be coming round the mountain when she comes” when I first learnt at primary school. I’m being a bit harsh on myself, because I did stick at piano, and did quite well, but I’d love to be competent at another instrument, preferably one I can sing along with. I know, I know, it’s just practice. And time.

Oh, and we had some sun as well.


Relentless pursuit of tone


Oopsie. Had the tungsten option on accidentally again. Oh well.


No Flash Allowed


Little chance to post today, as we spent a lot of time at this concert hall, where Rosie was taking part in a schools music prom. It was fantastic, much better than my expectations.

We’re not long indoors and Jenny (5-year old), despite being obviously exhausted at staying up until 11.30, went to bed protesting that she didn’t want to go to bed straight away. I promised to go and see if she was still awake in twenty minutes. I can guarantee she won’t be.

So, due to the lateness, not the best shot, but it summed up quite a lot for me.