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owltober : not enough owls

Hurray! For Autumnwatch is back. Apparently this year there has been a Barn Owl Bonanza, so lots of incredibly cute HD infrared images of teenaged barn owls tumbling around a rooftop and gulping voles, lots of photos of supersized Barn Owl families, and lots of ecstatic noises from anyone who likes Barn Owls (that's everyone then).

Elsewhere, the owl has been superceded in fashion by other beasts this autumn (I've seen a lot of foxes and bunnies) so my owltober haul is weak, although these Matalan cookies jars are fairly fine:

Reminder to self: cookie jars belong to a hypothetical world where biscuits linger and are not instantly eaten. This is not your world, and therefore you do not need a cookie jar.

Video arising from conversation last night: there is sound art in a Youth & Community Arts Shop (pay attention - this is the future of the High Street) in Bicester consisting of things hanging from the ceiling (carrots, coins, crumpled tin-foil, conducting putty) which trigger noises when you touch them. My favourite is a carrot that triggers a thunderstorm, but here's the tour:

If you do decide to go to Bicester to see it (it's up for the next couple of weeks) be sure to use the magic multistorey carpark that automatically records your car on the way in and charges you accordingly on the way out, and visit Sainsburys for a ride on their travelators. BOOM TOWN!

Harlequin cat is at the vet today, having her teeth cleaned. It's just one indignity after another for her this week. In her absence the house is strangely quiet, without cat. Strange noises now need an investigation, instead of a shrug and an assumption of kitten. Maybe that bang at the catflap is a dream...

Ah, marsh cam live is telling me that I can just about see an otter lying in the grass. Are you sure that looks like a rock?


( 10 worms — Feed the birds )
29th Oct, 2014 10:16 (UTC)
Green Matalan owl biscuit thingie;yes, must be mine...
30th Oct, 2014 12:22 (UTC)
Literally is a pea green owl.
29th Oct, 2014 13:14 (UTC)
And soon(ish) we will have 2 trains an hour to Bicester (from Water Eaton to start with). Then allegedly 4 an hour when Not-Very-Far-East-West-Rail opens.
It surprises me how little Bicester looks like Oxford or the South-West / South-East of Oxford market towns - looks more like Aylesbury. Must be some sort of strange building demarcation.
30th Oct, 2014 12:24 (UTC)
Pinstripe & Redbrick
Proper Midlands they are
29th Oct, 2014 20:56 (UTC)
Autumn bunnies? What are they thinking! O_o
30th Oct, 2014 12:24 (UTC)
30th Oct, 2014 09:22 (UTC)
Not everyone likes barn owls. The voles are rather opposed to large barn owl families.
If you do not have cookies left over to go in your cookie jar then your batch size was too small. Just an engineer's perspective
30th Oct, 2014 12:27 (UTC)
managerial perspective
That sounds like creating an artificial surplus to create a cookie jar role within the kitchen to me.

That said, I can completely see how this plan might improve the diversity and quality of my overall kitchen offer.
30th Oct, 2014 13:29 (UTC)
Re: managerial perspective
Providing a cookie jar is a low cost internal solution to better meet the needs of your cookie consuming clients. A modern management solution would be to outsource all production to external contractors. Your clients would not be as happy but by all other metrics things would improve.
30th Oct, 2014 13:53 (UTC)
behind the times!
No, no, the modern solution would be to provide my clients with a personal cookie allowance and allow them to choose what to spend it on.

I think I'll probably stick with my current strategy of just-in-time cookie provisioning and rapid surplus disposal.
( 10 worms — Feed the birds )