Wednesday, 28 December 2011
It's supposed to be Winter, but where's the cold weather gone??
After two days of Gales we had a break (one Day), but now the Wind is back, but it's still not cold, We even have a Rose in bloom on the wall ??
Who knows it could be out with the Longbow if the wind dies down, as the Sun is trying to shine now..
But then it could be Shelter from the Storm time !!
Footnote ::- 1-00pm, it's dark and it's raining !! so it's into hibernation mode..
Monday, 19 December 2011
Socrates on Gossip
In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC) Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"
"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you're not certain it's true?" The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued. "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really"
"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The man was defeated and ashamed. This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Christmas is a week away, then it's New Year, and then it's back to normal or as normal as it get's..
What is normal ?? normal for who ??
I suppose a lot of People like Christmas as they have an excuse to over Indulge, then others enjoy Christmas because they can look forward to their first decent meal for weeks.
A lot of People will spend Christmas alone, as so called Family and Friends have better things to do.
So why bother with the Lonely when you are surrounded by Friends ?? maybe the Lonely people once thought you were their Friend, only to find Christmas brings out the Truth.
One thing to remember is, it is usually the Quiet Ones, the ones that stand quietly in the background, That turn out to be your true Friends..
So here's to the Quiet Ones, the True Friends that never let you down ..
Thursday, 8 December 2011
The Snow has left but is set to return, and they say a Storm is on the way too.
So it looks like Winter has arrived !!
So it's throw another Log on the Fire time, and hope we don't have a Powercut, not that it really matters as the Camping stove and the Oil Lamp are on standby.
The rain is lashing at the windows as I type this, but hopefully it won't last to long as there's stuff that needs doing outside.
Roll on Christmas, but not being a Christmas Fan it's just another day, but why do I always get the feeling that the World has come to an end, with nothing moving as people celebrate Christmas or so they say !!
How many really People celebrate Christmas ?? or do they just use it for an excuse to get drunk and over eat.
Goodwill to all Men but only on Christmas Day ?? why does Goodwill have to be Seasonal, why not all the year round.
Has Christmas lost it's way ??
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Winter seems to have arrived with a vengeance, or is it just me that's having problems adjusting to the cold weather ??
It's Snowing now, so who knows we could be snowed in Tomorrow ??
I've spent most of the day reading 'Bones on the Hills' by Conn Iggulden, it's a 4 part Trilogy ?? It was supposed to be a Trilogy!! but he wrote another book in the series ??
It's about Genghis Khan of Mongol Fame, I've decided to finish this series off (This is Book 3) before going on to read others..
Saturday, 3 December 2011
I've finished reading "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac, at last.
It was hard work in places, but I enjoyed it.
On the Back cover there is a Quote from Bob Dylan which says, 'It changed my life like it changed everyone else's', which after reading it I can see why, as you can see a lot of his songs are reflected in this Book.
The next one is "Blue Highways" by William Least Heat-Moon, which is in much the same vein as "On the Road"
These books really bring back memories of some of the things I've done in my life, maybe I should right a Book too??
But to me my Adventures are just part of life, just ripples in a Sea of Tranquillity.
And what would life be without the occasional Adventure ??
Friday, 2 December 2011
Just got another pair of Sanuk's, as the Moss Lumberjack's I bought a week or so ago, feel so good.
The one difference I've noticed is the Kerouac's are not as easy to put on as the Lumberjack's, as they don't have the Chill Lining in them.
But the weight is ridiculous, there's light, and ultralight, and these are definitely the latter.
They pack down flat so they are really good for putting in a Suitcase, or Backpack when you are travelling, as they take up so little room.
There are lots of designs, but if you live in the UK like I do, you will have to track them down, especially if you take size 9 UK.
But they are well worth searching for.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
This is my sort of Archery, I don't find standing in a line and shooting at targets any fun at all, there's nothing like shooting on a Field Archery Course, especially with a group of like minded Friends.
The plan is to sell some of my Bows and concentrate on Traditional Longbows, be it an English Longbow or an American one.
I'm also selling the Horsebow I have, and upgrading to a better one, as I prefer Shortbows as they are easier to carry on Woodland Courses, and don't snag on the scenery.
But with no place to shoot Indoors and the weather becoming more Wintery, sadly the practice sessions are becoming few and far between.