Tuesday, 24 April 2012

A Tuesday Toddle


Do any of you schedule posts? I have had trouble in the past with scheduled posts turning into ‘drafts’ when my back is turned. Now, an even better trick has been invented by Blogger, they remain on my edited posts lists as scheduled and just ignore the fact that the date and time have gone by… So Monday’s post, scheduled for just after midnight, wasn’t there when I switched on Monday morning. There it was in the edit posts list, scheduled for six hours ago and just sitting there. So I clicked post and it showed as having been posted at just after midnight - liar! Why do I get the impression it’s b**** all use doing scheduled post?

Just out of interest I have scheduled this for Tuesday morning but I suspect it will be a case of coming back and actually posting it.

(It posted itself but when I went to my dashboard and posting everything had changed - the new format has come in whether I want it or not!  

I am not a happy bunny.  Since everyone asks the same question I shall repeat it here - WHY CAN'T THEY LEAVE THINGS ALONE?)

And have you noticed that if you now go to follow someone a little note pops up (pre-ticked) suggesting you get all their updates and changes to their blog emailed to you as a newsletter. At the risk of repeating my swear word, b***** that for a lark. Quickly unticks box! Why is it that the only thing that makes me swear in my rambling posts is Blogger?

Favourite Clothes

Just occasionally one buys an item of clothing that becomes a real favourite – to the extent where one’s friends and relations become fed up of seeing it.

This uninspiring looking jacket is only uninspiring because it’s a poor photo. I bought it last year while we were on holiday coming down the West coast of Scotland from GB’s. It’s a perfect fit; I like green; it zips up so it can be used for cold weather or unzipped for warm weather; it has zips on its pockets so things don’t fall out when I want them to stay in; and it is a lovely soft material. What more could one want? (The answer – two or three of them so that I could vary the colour and make Partner-who-loves-tea less bored with seeing it.)


I've got a cough!  But no that notice is not referring to me.  I hope.  It is a silly, chesty, something trapped in my brochial tubes, type cough. I knew we had cough mixtures in the cupboard so I investigated.  The first was best before some date in 2009.  I decided to bin it.  Being a re-cycler I took it to the sink to empty it first.  I tilted it over to pour out the contents.  They wouldn't pour.  It had solidifed.  OK, I knew there were more bottles.  The next was early 2010.  At least that poured down the sink.  Then we came to the last bottle - at least that was late 2010.  How do you tell if cough medicine is off when it smells and tastes so bad any way?  According to the Food Standards Agency, "Best-before" is an indication of quality rather than safety. Eating food past the best-before date does not necessarily put someone at risk from food poisoning," it has said. Note the "does not necessarily" bit in there - i.e. it may. In fact, it may kill you! Ah well, once more to the sink and off to the chemist.  If only it tasted like this...

 The Hanging Monastery

I find some of the wonders that you come across on the Internet absolutely fascinating.  This is the Hanging Monastery on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge 40 miles from Datong City in China.  It is situated more than 50 meters above the ground and has survived more than 1500 years.

Oriuginally built in 491 it was partially rebuilt and refurbished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).  Not only is its architectuire wonderful but it also is unusual in that it includes Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Inside the monastery, sculptures of Sakyamuni, Confucius, and Laotzu appear together, which is unusual.

And while we are on the subject of the Far East....


  1. This is the first time I hear about this particular monastery - a fascinating place!
    As for the cough mixtures, your post is a good reminder for me to go through the (very small) pile of medication in my kitchen cupboard and check what can stay and what needs throwing out.
    YES to favourite clothes!! Don't they instantly feel as if they have always been yours from the moment you first try them on? I sometimes come across a dress or another item in a shop that seems to have a huge MEIKE-tag attached to it.

  2. As usual an un-put-downable post. So far as chopsticks are concerned I learned years ago that the fact that it's the only thing I can do equally well with both hands is no help in polite society. Apparently even left-handed people are expected to use them with their right hand. In the West we use the 'wrong' rice and the more gloopy rice used in chopstick-using countries is better suited to being shovelled by means of two sticks.

  3. I haven't tried to schedule any posts lately. I'm also still able to use the old interface. Are you sure the option to switch back isn't still there?
    Sorry you've got a cough too. Mine has been so vicious I wouldn't be surprised if it had managed to also mutate into a computer virus...
    I can totally see why you like the jacket, in fact I'm wearing something similar myself just now (although purple).

  4. Unfortunately, Meike, the tag that says John usually also says 'a lot of money!' as well.

    Yes, Monica, the option to switch back is still there but it has a big notice on it saying it's about to switch to the new one whether you like it or not so put that in your pipe and smoke it. Actually it doesn't quite say that but it's something similar!

    Thanks GB - I love the idea of having written an un-put-downable post. You've given me a boost for the day.

    1. Yes John, I have noticed the warning. I'm using the new interface on my Greetings blog to get used to it but I do prefer the old one so I'm holding on to it on the other blogs as long as I can...

  5. Great post!

    Regarding chopsticks: I've always been rather proud that I could use chopsticks. However, my granddaughter (who is part Japanese) is totally unimpressed and just asks for a fork!

    Have a great day! Hugs, Carol

  6. Poor thing, hope the cough is gone PRONTO! BTW, I love using chopsticks. Especially after a bottle of soju (rice liquor) it can be SO. MUCH. FUN. (for those watching, of course) HA! 8-)


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