what’s the birdie?

First noticed this because of the unusual noise, a high-pitched EEEE OOOO EEEE,
and here it is….

Later: I now know what it is… Thanks Sophie and Mick….scroll down if you guessed right..
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The Good Old Days

Borrowed from Facebook:
Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologised to the young girl & then sighed, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. You folk didn’t do enough to save our environment for future generations.”
The older lady said “Ahh yes you’re right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day.” She sighed then continued:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles to the shops. The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over & over, thus REALLY were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery stores put our groceries into brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on their brown paper bag/covers. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.
I remember how we walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store or office building; walked to the grocery store & didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go 200 yards.
. . . But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.
Back then we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind & solar power really did dry our clothes back in our days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. . . . But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Back then we had one radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And if anyone did own a TV, it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of a football pitch. When cooking we blended & stirred by hand coz we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send by post, we used layers of old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to mowt the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity., , , , But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.
We drank from a tap or fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, & we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then. Back then, people took the bus & kids rode bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s expensive car or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing”..
Oh and we had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest leisure park.
. . . . But it so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then? . . . I think you should forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from some smart ass young person. .. …
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.

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Today at The Curburgring

also known at the Curborough Sprint Course. I was there to marshall, which I did at Post 2. Called into action only once, to sweep some mud and grass off the circuit, where are car had decided to do some gardening! Who on earth would make their pride and joy do that, I ask you.
Some nice classic cars amongst the moderns!

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another wet walk!

We knew it would be wet, muddy, streams to cross, waist-high fields to walk through, but the views we got, plus the pint at the end, made it worthwhile. Starting from Millthorpe, and, of course, finishing there!

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Brill day out in Brum!

a group of us headed off to Birnimgham for a day out, the highlight was a superb conducted tour around the Back to Backs…
* talking of Back to Backs, the photos below are in reverse order: scroll down to the last, and that is really the first!

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Skillshop Update…

4 more nest boxes for your garden birds delectation….but now sold!

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Latest from the Unstone Skillshop

A fantastic selection of hand-made bird nest boxes, using recycled wood…just a fiver each.
* Some of these have been sold already…come back soon for more designs…

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Success at Penistone!

Yes indeed: a very successful day out at the Penistone Mayor’s Gala. Not only a superb bacon and cheese burger also a waffle cone with flake, and two donuts, but the Mayor’s Award for ‘The Most Interesting Classic Car’. Met up with my opld pal Oris, and Paul Doherty.
Paul’s Mog took 3rd place in the Car the Mayor wants to drive home in” and my Mog won the Most Interesting Classic award!

Bacon and cheese burger

Paul and his pot

The Mayor and I


Donuts!

Ice Cream

Most Interesting Classic Award

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A walk from A to Beer

A Chesterfield CAMRA walk, planned to walk from Eckington to Dronfield, and not necessarily in a straight line. Nine of us started out, and finished, and enjoyed sunshine and rain. On the way, we had some great views, and even disturbed a toddler badger close by a footpath. Refreshment stops at The Gate Inn, Troway, and finishing the walk at the Dronny Arms. Well some did, and caught a 43 back to Ches, but I walked back home the couple of miles though.

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Yeldersley Garden Fete

A nice afternoon out to this hall, thanks to one of the local Mog group members….Maypole Dancing (to watch, not take part) a brass band, plant stall, tombole (no prize for me) and ice cream(s). Apart from a handful of Mogs, a nice ex-Fire Service Series 1 Landie, smart Mini, beautiful Frogeye, and of course, my Landie snuck away behind a tree so as not to show these shiny cars up!

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