Blogging Up The Works

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

WebOct 31

So where to end up? It's a site which is very much a work in progress. Hopefully by Spring it will be fully built and populated. It is the website for our business.

VACANCES D'AUDE.

It's not the world's most interactive site, not technically brilliant, but I can build it which at least makes me feel useful.

And if as normal there isn't much happening here after today, it will be because I am trying to work on the above.

Monday, October 30, 2017

WebOct 30

Today's site is just coming into it's own,

CHRISTMAS MARKETS.

If you fancy a trip to a Christmas market in France, Switzerland or Belgium, this is the site for you. A day trip or a weekend away to get you in the Christmas mood whilst visiting a picturesque town or city is usually a pleasure. The big cities are obviously very busy but it certainly feels more authentic than most of the UKmarkets manage. It helps haveing much colder tempertures, and they do make an excellent vin chaud!

When we lived in the UK we used to do Lille some years and we also did Bruges. I can recommend both. Go on, give yourself a treat. Eurostar makes is so easy.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WebOct 29

Today we have a shopping site I have been known to use.

MY SUPERMARKET

Usually I do it because there is aone off item I want and I want to know where I can get it cheapest. Such as this evening. We are coming back to the UK at the end of this week and I will be looking to buy a large multipack of Diet Cokes. The best value appears to be a 24 can pack at Iceland for £6.50 but have discovered through this site that Asda do a 30 can pack and it is only £7.50. Bargain!

One feature it has I have never used, but think it would be useful for the weekly shop, is that you put in the groceries you want and it tells you which of the supermarkets can supply that total shop the cheapest. Of course, you could work out which shop sells each individual item cheapest and visit four or five of them but the petrol driving from one to the other might outway the savings.

Now, where can I get a bargain Malt Loaf...........

Saturday, October 28, 2017

WebOct 28

Today's site is another nod towards my life here in France.

THE AUDE SHANTYMEN.

Although there is not one photo of me on there, this is the singing group I now belong to. If ever there is anything on here I want you to know about I will let you know!

Friday, October 27, 2017

WebOct 27

I've mentioned before, I'm sure, that I've dabbled a bit in astrology. And if you are going to do that you need this!

EPHEMERIS.

This is the position of ll the planets on a daily basis, which you want to know if you are casting horoscopes or birth charts etc, but actually it is a useful device if you are stargazing anyway as you can position the planets within the constellations. So it is astronomical as well as astrological.

It also gives the Sidereal Time, i.e. accurate time in space, for each day so is possible to calculate your exact time of birth. Nobody can be bor on February 29th as no day exists like that in the sidereal time calender so it is quite possible, for those born within a few hours of midnight, depending on the four year cycle we use for leap years, to have really been born on a different day. Which is intersting, or not.

I'm definitely not getting out enough!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WebOct 26

I'm not sure really how to describe the appeal of todays site.

BLITZORTUNG - Lightning and thunderstorms in real time.

The link is for the page that shows Western Europe and is probably the worst day for doing this as there is not one thunderstorm across the continent as I type this. A nasty storm to the East of Australia and a bunch of them just off the North African coast.

I do actually use it to see where the storms are in our bit of France sometimes or in the UK but then I also sometimes like to just see where there are major storms either in the US or Far East.

I think this might mean I'm a bit of a weather geek!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WebOct 25

You may or may not remember that last December I became the proud owner of a piano accordion. It was purchased from an auction house which I now keep an eye on. It is

BROMPTONS AUCTION HOUSE.

It really specialises in stringed instruments. They have auctions every two to three months. I have got used to the fact that violin bows often go for one to two thousand pounds but even I was somewhat amazed by this one

£57,000's worth of Cello Bow

And the most expensive violin this time was

£288,000's worth of violin.

My accordion was not of that price range!