Operation Listen – TOMORROW !!!


OPERATION LISTEN

 

“MAKE YOURSELF HEARD”

 

Meeting at 9am Wed 15th Oct, Fernham Hall, Fareham.

 

If you have any concerns about having a new 6,000-home community dumped on your doorstep you need to make yourself heard.

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Limousin, France – Day 5 Evening


Finding ourselves back at the gite, a little earlier than we expected, a couple of us decided to go for a walk up into  La Porcherie. The gite is situated in a very quiet corner of a very quiet village so we were able to stroll the lanes with no concerns about traffic. Here are a few shots I took along the way.

This is the lane that gives access to the gite.

This is the lane that gives access to the gite.

Behind the gite there are three lakes from which the water trickles, one to the next before passing through some kind of water treatment works. The water then passes on to the large lake which can be viewed below the gite. Whoever, owns and works at the water works had created a rather stylish rock patio set.

I think Fred & Wilma probably live here. Actually an improvised outdoor dining set for our nearest neighbour.

I think Fred & Wilma probably live here. Actually an improvised outdoor dining set for our nearest “neighbour”.

Just a few yards from the lane leading to the gite, at the side of the road, we came across a totally random collection of flowers. Not in someones garden, just at the side of the road. Beautiful.

Beautiful. A random roadside collection of flowers.

Beautiful. A random roadside collection of flowers.

Across the road from the flowers was a field containing three horses. We were rather puzzled by the fact that all were sporting blindfolds. Perhaps they were playing some kind of equine “Blind Mans Bluff” ? We were later informed, by the owners, that this was to protect their eyes from flies. The horses were visited two or three times a day and the blindfolds were removed at times when the flies were less apparent.

A horse playing "Blind Mans Bluff" or perhaps "pin The Tail On The Donkey"

A horse playing “Blind Mans Bluff” or perhaps “pin The Tail On The Donkey”

As we entered La Porcherie we came across this old shop front. Apparently La Porcherie used to have shops and an active restaurant but all are gone now. It is a shame but does, of course, mean that the village remains very peaceful.

La Porcherie, France - Old Shop Front

La Porcherie, France – Old Shop Front

The church here dates from the 12th century. Unfortunately, I have forgotten if it is dedicated to a particular saint. To the left of the church is the now defunct restaurant. Anyone want to start a new business. The canvass is completely blank.

La Porcherie, France - 12th Century Church

La Porcherie, France – 12th Century Church

La Porcherie, France - Village Well

La Porcherie, France – Village Well

As we strolled around the village we came across the war memorial. As we were to see in many other towns and villages, the names listed  really drive home the devastating impact the first world war must have had. Not just to the families but to whole communities. When you see that single families lost two, three or even four members, it really drives home the futility of war.

La porcherie, France - Monument to the fallen of the 1914-1918 war.

La porcherie, France – Monument to the fallen of the 1914-1918 war.

One thing the Limousin is renowned for is it’s cattle. They really are solid looking beasts, much more robust than there English counterparts. And, as one of our group commented, rather glamorous with their long eyelashes and the lighter markings around the eyes, reminiscent of mascara only white. This fine example studied us intently as we made our way back to the gite.

Limousin Cow

Limousin Cow

On our return to the gite we were able to relax with a nice cold glass of Leffe Ruby which was nicely set off by this wonderful sunset.

La Porcherie, France - Sunset

La Porcherie, France – Sunset

200mph Drag Race: McLaren P1 vs Porsche 918 vs Ducati 1199 S


siskinbob:

Superb. The results are not quite what one might expect. Sharing this one for my biker and general auto buddies.

Originally posted on Mind over Motor:

Autocar brings us an incredible race between three of the fastest vehicles on the planet, the Mclaren P1, the Porsche 918, and the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. Imagine having all of those vehicles together with a runway at your disposal, just epic!

Check out what happens!

-Nick

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Paul Revere RIP


Paul Revere, Rocker Who Founded the Raiders, Dies at 76 – NYTimes.com.

Sad to hear that Paul Revere, founder member of 60’s band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died at the age of 76.

Probably like a lot of folks my age, their most memorable hit would be “Indian Reservation”.

They also had hits with “Kicks” “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” and “Hungry”

 

My thoughts are with his friends and family.

 

 

Whoohoo ….. She Passed !!


Who ?

Passed what ?

bex

Becky that’s who. Passed her driving theory test. And on her birthday too.

WhooHoo !! Well Done !!

Of course, now we will all be at risk as she takes to the road for the real thing. But I am sure she will be fine.

Is now a good time to declare that I moving to Sark …. not motor cars allowed there…… lol