New Hat

I feel inspired to share with you my new hat, purchased in the summer sales to keep me warm and cosy on just such an afternoon as this. Today the wind howled, the rain pelted and the temperature plummeted. Oho I thought, time to get out my new hat.

I bought the hat in a huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ shop and it’s called a Hunter’s Hat. It’s covered in camouflage material and is fur lined with ear flaps and a peak. I also have a riding coat. long and waterproof to further protect me from the horizontal, freezing rain. That wind would not invade the inner areas of my coat with this hat to seal under my chin and cover my ears.

Hunters hat for the not-hunter
Rather fetching I thought












It sounds like an American idea, a Hunter’s hat. I somehow feel that something this meaningful is intended for hunting bears rather than rabbits. I can see myself, ear flaps down, gun to the shoulder and bam! One less critter to terrorise this darned community.

Anyway, I donned my coat, my walking boots and my meaningful hat.

I put down the ear flaps.

hat flaps down
Not quite so attractive but hey…












So warm!

Next I tried the peak.

hat peak down
Yikes I can’t look!












I wonder, how would you kill a bear with this over your eyes? Maybe it’s for when you miss and it comes pounding towards you.




Christmas – The Creative and The Technologist

In case you haven’t noticed, Christmas is almost upon us. The older I get the more disorganised I become. Sometimes I catch sight of Whizz, looking hopelessly at me wondering how he can help, while I rush round like the torso of a hen.

Today, much to my amusement, and I don’t really understand why I find it so funny, Whizz has built me a spreadsheet to help with the timings of Christmas dinner. He has just spent ages explaining that I have to enter something here, like, ‘Turkey into oven upside down’. How long it takes to cook – here, like ‘120’ minutes and what it is dependent on like ‘Turkey right way up’, here. Next I sort everything in this column and hey presto, this column tells me what to set the timer to, for the next event.

It’s brilliant, and, even better, it draws my man into the kitchen. I’m gonna need some help with that little bit of technology.