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Thanks Stuart - blessing be upon you for that  :D

I bet we're all chain-ed to our seats then  :D

Takes an anchor to know an anchor - or something like that  ;D ;D ;D

or to misquote from 'Oliver'

In this life, one thing counts
On the Sea, large amounts
I'm afraid these don't grow on trees,
You've got to pick-an anchor or two.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Then a few days later Albatross have problems with their own anchor.

Does this tale have you anchored to your seats waiting for the next exciting episode?   ;D

It's way too exciting for me  - I shall become an anchorite  ;D

The Dockyard / Re: Albatross (1900) -- Discussion: Questions and Comments
« on: October 14, 2017, 09:17:55 pm »
I can't imaginZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz    ;)

Takes an anchor to know an anchor - or something like that  ;D ;D ;D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Dockside Gallery
« on: October 14, 2017, 08:50:18 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D

I'll second that!!

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:15:19 pm »
Does the bad news from the polar regions never cease? This time it's penguins.

PLEASE PLEASE EVERYONE - DO NOT BUY FARMED PINK FISH - the pink comes from krill feed. Every time those fish are fed a penguin chick starves to death. In the end the food becomes so scarce that the adult penguin is too thin to withstand moulting and it too starves to death.

For Joan...
Thank you Randi - that should just about do the trick. Though I should be able to fill a bucket with tears too.

The story does include a link to a 2016 article: Penguin Watch: Public asked to aid Antarctic research, so maybe you will have a few new volunteers ;)
Well that's the terrible, terrible thing - we've had no pictures for over 5 months now due to a technical hitch. I've got long time volunteers begging to get counting again. We'd seen an apparently sharp decline in the success rates on Goudier Island for our batch of Gentoos at 'Egg Rock' (at the end opposite the Penguin Post Office at Port Lockroy). There may be some other cause, but it's deeply depressing to watch. Adelies are much less flexible about nesting areas compared to Gentoos and so Adelies are vulnerable to relatively small changes.  :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Somewhere along the line we need to stop the climb of our own numbers don't we?  :-\ :-[ :-\

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 13, 2017, 12:41:15 am »
How time flies. Let's also remember those who are no longer with us or have had to leave us through ill-health and toast their memory.

I'll say 'Amen to that' too!  I didn't join at the start and that's still a sad thing for me - it would be great to have been here at the very beginning. One thing is for sure, I love it here and couldn't imagine life without OW.  :-* ;D :-*

I'm impressed that you could find that detail Hurlock  :D  I'm glad he had a quite a few post-op years then  :D

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 11, 2017, 08:32:37 pm »
Oh dear - a new bleak outlook at every turn  :'(

I  hope Jack Paddy recovered  and had many happy years ahead :)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:36:48 pm »
The British Antarctic Survey has got their act together and hope to send a ship to investigate the sea floor under the recently calved giant iceberg next year,

I'm still stunned by that piece of ice. I'm sure that there will be some very interesting things bobbing around underneath it.  Shame that Boaty McBoatFace couldn't help out. :)

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:31:34 pm »
I remember your mentioning nalbinding a looong time ago...

I see that it wasn't just you and the Vikings:

 :o  Well I guess it does get pretty cold in the desert at night which might explain the Egyptians using it. Perhaps - using a sheep fleece, goat hair and camel hair mixture? :D

Awwww -what a fine mog he is!  :D

Heading for the hammock - last night I tossed and turned and got about 2 hours slumber - no idea why  :-\

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 09, 2017, 01:41:43 pm »
The Viking therapy club: Where men fight their demons

Hi hanibal, I didn't remember to reply to this, sorry. I loved the way the fierce vikings obediently sat out nicely to one side on the grass when they were 'killed' during the re-enacted battles.  It's nice to see a community of like minded folk, who presumably don't mind getting the odd bash or bruise in the rough and tumble of it all.   I've probably posted about this before - I do a type of knitting that the Vikings used, nalbinding. Strangely enough one of the regulars on PenguinWatch goes to medieval re-enactments in Germany and has learnt to nalbind items for her stall there. We agreed that we hate Tarim (or Coptic) stitch which looks a lot like knitting but is grim when trying to change rows (I haven't worked it out yet - I can only go in circles). I was just looking for a picture of the hat I made using Dalarna stitch. It's unbelievably warm....made out of chunky real wool (that stuff is getting very expensive!!).  Because the tension is almost impossible to define you have to do the pattern yourself which is a case of needing to do a bit of geometry...adds to the fun :D  Of course the Vikings would have made things by their log fires as the men told tales of the 'one that got away was this big' and you'd simply make the item to fit the head that would wear it by trying it on a lot.

Dockside Cafe / Re: Chat - 2017
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:12:50 am »
Can't understand why the judges weren't impressed by my bung-it-in-the-microwave Oats So Simple  ???
;D ;D ;D  Did you give them the syrup flavoured one?  I'd do a lot for's too yummy  :P :D :P

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