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blue_aeon ([personal profile] blue_aeon) wrote2010-09-29 07:45 pm

Back off holiday.

So I'm back. And it was actually drier up in the Lakes than it currently is down here. Well, it was until Thursday, anyway. Most of the time, it was a combination of sun and rain, which ended up creating a sight I had never seen before:



No trickery, it was genuinely that low down. This was taken on our way back to Ambleside via the Kirkstone Pass while we were sat in a car park. And we kept on seeing rainbows like this one throughout the week. It was quite amazing.

And this is what I brought while I was there:


While we were visiting Keswick Market (they have pet logs for sale there. Seriously), I found this. Not only does it have the wind chimes, it has a secondary rudder so that the dragon's head can move around. That's pretty neat.



True to my word, I brought a tin whistle, which only cost about £3. I've still yet to find a music book for it, but I've been finding some sheet music online to practice with, and I think I'm doing reasonably well considering I've only been playing for a couple of days and can't really distinguish notes by ear (I'm slightly deaf). The high notes are still a bit of a problem at the moment though, as my breath control is pretty bad.

But this is my personal favourite, and it is awesome:


[community profile] angelbless got my attention when we were in a shop in Grasmere and brought me to a cabinet in the corner, where I came face to face with an absolutely beautiful pocket-watch engraved with the Welsh Dragon and with a window showing the inner mechanism (the back cover also pops open to reveal another window on the other side). Now, I love dragons, I love pocket-watches, and I am a major nerd for clockwork mechanisms. It's a match made in geek heaven.

So what was the deal clincher? The price. £40. Talk about a no-brainer.
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[personal profile] mrs_tribble 2010-09-30 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
That is a *stunning* fobwatch!

I also love the tin whistle... you can pretend to be the Second Doctor ;)
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[personal profile] mrs_tribble 2010-09-30 10:06 am (UTC)(link)
Ah yes; I saw that and didn't even get halfway through because it made my ears ache! I used to play descant, treble and bass recorder, but I don't own any of those now. I wonder if I could play the theme tune though?

BTW, I meant to say what a beautiful rainbow that was too, but as soon as I saw the fobwatch I forgot all about that!