Uncategorized – Blasdale Home https://www.blasdale.com/blog The web home of Steve and Rosemary Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:06:02 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Visit to Stoneywell National Trust https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2018/02/27/visit-stoneywell-national-trust/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2018/02/27/visit-stoneywell-national-trust/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:27:40 +0000 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=31030 We had an excellent trip to Stoneywell National Trust House. The weather could have been a little better.  Lovely little National Trust house, with  fabulous gardens. First off, you must book to come here, you can not just turn up. Continue reading →

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Stoneywell National TrustWe had an excellent trip to Stoneywell National Trust House. The weather could have been a little better. 

Lovely little National Trust house, with  fabulous gardens. First off, you must book to come here, you can not just turn up. This is because of planning regulations and limited access. The car park is a little way off from the house, a mini bus will pick you up and ferry you to the house.  They were waiting for us in the car park. The same on return.

You see the house with a guide in small groups. There were four in our group. The house was built of stone in 1899 and was originally thatch. After a fire the home was re-roofed in slate. The house is built into the rock of the nearby hill. The house is also a built as a zigzag,  is not straight, it has no square walls, no right angles to be seen anywhere. Much of the furniture is original.

Up in the stables there is a small cafe where you can sit inside or outside. Alas we visited on the most miserable and cold day of the year, and we decided not to sit outside, and we also gave most of the garden a miss. We were told it was planted so there were some flowering plants at all times of the year. We did see snowdrops.

We definitely must go back on a warmer dryer summer day and see it when we can relax in the garden.

The staff were amazingly pleasant and informative about the history of the house. While we waited for the bus to take us back we had a great conversation with them.

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Redkite, Buzzard, Magpie and Rook feeding on a Pheasant https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/12/28/redkite-buzzard-magpie-rook-feeding-pheasant/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/12/28/redkite-buzzard-magpie-rook-feeding-pheasant/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:02:15 +0000 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=30883 The day after Boxing Day, Jim G dropped by to give us two braces of Pheasant. The next day I breasted the Pheasant (simple do do, and let’s be frank, there is not much more on a Pheasant than the Continue reading →

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The day after Boxing Day, Jim G dropped by to give us two braces of Pheasant. The next day I breasted the Pheasant (simple do do, and let’s be frank, there is not much more on a Pheasant than the breasts). The remains were then cast out into the field for the Red Kites. Of course the Kites were no where to be seen. Some interest was initially shown by some Magpies and Rooks who gave the pheasants some exploratory pecks.

Eventually the Red Kites discovered them, and we had three different ones flying around. A Buzzard also found the Pheasant quite late on. (Only when I was looking at the pictures did I realise there was this interloper.) The Magpies and Rooks attempted to steal from the Buzzard and Kites. In one selection of photos you can see a Rook pulling the tail of a Kite, and then being chased off. The Rooks were a little more respectful of the Buzzard. Beautiful birds all of them, even the Rooks.

 

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Valerie and Norman https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/08/17/valerie-and-norman/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/08/17/valerie-and-norman/#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:02:48 +0000 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=28519 We visited Valerie and Norman for a couple of nights.  On the Tuesday we set off with hedge trimmer and chainsaw to trim their hedge.  First job on arrival was to consume an excellent soup lunch.  Then the hedge was Continue reading →

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We visited Valerie and Norman for a couple of nights.  On the Tuesday we set off with hedge trimmer and chainsaw to trim their hedge.  First job on arrival was to consume an excellent soup lunch.  Then the hedge was attacked, lopping off a couple of feet.  

That evening we walked to The Cradock Arms.  We ordered and were soon eating.  But there was a pub quiz that night. What to do. We adjourned to the bar and entered the quiz, team was named SadGits.  We didn’t come last!  Walked back home, nursing our bruised egos.

Wednesday morning after a fry up, we headed out to Southwell and parked in some free parking by the leisure centre.  Our first stop was the Southwell Minster where we spent more than an hour looking around. Rosemary was hunting the carved mice on the furniture, think she found 9 of the 22.  There were numerous carving of small heads, one which looked very much like Donald Trump, which even had been mentioned in a church pamphlet.  The small carved heads stood in contrast to the rather squat fat pillar holding up the knave.

The chapter house had exquisitely carved leaves throughout.  These leaves have caused a few books to be written.  The chapter house also housed a picture exhibition themed on Adam and Even.  There was some quite interesting representations, Unfortunately the two we might have considered buying had been sold,

A quick walk down the road to The Hearty Goodfellow for lunch.  Small pub, with good beer and menu.  I ate a special of Moules Frites, We then walked to the Workhouse owned by the National Trust. Interestingly, there were some rooms that had been turned into bedsits for mothers with children which were still being used in the 70s, the fathers had to stay away.  Tea and then back to the Minster to visit the Great Hall in the Bishop’s Palace. 

On the way home we made a detour and stopped at the excellent pub called The Ale Classroom.  The Classroom is small, two rooms, but sells excellent beers, constantly changing, all served straight out of the cask. Rosemary, embarrassingly for me cos I had to buy it, wanted lager.

Back to V&N’s for a good pasta supper.  The next day we left mid morning to drove back in some large downpours. Thank you Google, you seemed to have missed predicting those.  Back at home there had been little rain and the garage was progressing.

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It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/05/25/herm/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/05/25/herm/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 20:48:04 +0000 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=26451 Sun-Shiny day Today was forecast as a brilliant day, and so it was.  The sun shone into the van at an early hour, but we were awake, the peacock had seen to that.  We left early picking up the bread Continue reading →

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Sun-Shiny day

Today was forecast as a brilliant day, and so it was.  The sun shone into the van at an early hour, but we were awake, the peacock had seen to that.  We left early picking up the bread and pain au chocolat as we left the campsite for the 9.11 bus into St Peter Port.  This arrived on time and we were whisked to our destination via the hospital.  Today we were catching the 10.30 ferry to Herm.  It should be a lovely day there.  Seems many others thought the same, as the ferry filled up.

The tide was low and we arrived at the steps and not the harbour.  More steps and we were on our counter clockwise walk around the island.  The first part is on the cliffs where bracken grows rather too profusely, smothering most other vegetation.  Various flowers were spotted and photographed as we walked around, although I did not photo the brromrape.

We stopped for tea at a Kiosk on a small beach where we had seen people swimming in late October. Today despite the warm sun, there was only one intrepid elderly couple dipping their toes into the sea.  Umbrellas and sun worshippers were in evidence. 

We continued to Shell Beach where we ate lunch.  Rosemary started her shell hunt.  As one couple said, the shells and sand urchins were small.  I ventured out onto the rocks and took a few photographs around the area.  A few other photographers were in evidence, one keen woman with a professional Canon lens.  It was always interesting to try and see what she had been photographing.   Many times, I was mystified.

We walked the rest of Shell Beach to the furthest point from the landing steps, when Rosemary announced we were to catch the 3.35 home, and we had 35 minutes to walk back.  We did make it in plenty of time, and thankfully our hurry meant we did not have to spend time in the shop.

Back to the camp site on the 81 bus.  I said we were going to Candie Road, was perplexed when the driver said, that’s just up the hill. He was soon stopping and telling us we had arrived.  No I said, the other Candie Road, just before the Little Chapple.  OK the road was named Rue du Candie, so technically I was wrong.

More cider was drunk at the campsite, and then we discovered someone new had arrived and they were parked in their VW next to us.☹

Some good photo opportunities as the sun set on the campsite, missed most of those.

 

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Guernsey in Van the Van https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/05/19/guernsey-van-van/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/05/19/guernsey-van-van/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 19:15:32 +0000 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=26407 We had a 9.00 am Condor ferry booked from Poole harbour, so instead of rushing down in the morning, we decided to travel on the previous evening and park at the ferry port. The weather was appalling, raining most of Continue reading →

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We had a 9.00 am Condor ferry booked from Poole harbour, so instead of rushing down in the morning, we decided to travel on the previous evening and park at the ferry port. The weather was appalling, raining most of the way to Poole.  We arrived and parked in the waiting lanes for the ferry, with about twenty other mobile homes waiting for the Cherbourg ferry. There are nice loos there, and a café, closed when I arrived, but open in the morning where we could buy coffee and bacon rolls.

We boarded the ferry in sunshine and were soon on are way to Guernsey.  The ferry crossing is three hours.  As we approached Guernsey the clouds came in.  We docked and were one of the first off the Condor. Drove to the bus kiosk and dropped Rosemary off to buy a Puffin card.  No parking near by, even for a Smart car.  Ten minutes later I picked Rosemary up and drove to the Waitrose in the centre of the island.  This shop has always been there in all the times we have visited,   This is its third re-incarnation, being a Safeway and some other supermarket in previous lives.  Provisioned we headed to Vazon Bay for lunch.  This used to be home to the “Biker Café”, but it has been smartened up into a Bistro and Bar.  It still sells snacks, tea in mugs and “Biker Coffee”, instant coffee with a slug of warm milk. 

After lunch, a walk to La Grande Mare to take a nosey around and to see if Twinkle the cat was still alive.  The staff reported the cat was still alive, though we were unable to see her.  Checked out the menus and decided we will be back for lunch one day.

Now to the campsite, checked in to a pretty empty place. One other motorhome and three tents.  Seems reasonable place, has beer and wine for sale, eggs, fresh bread and pain au chocolates for those who need food. 

Alas the evening was a bit chilly with an unwanted breeze adding to the cooling affect.  More wine was acquired to counteract the chill.

The forecast was for rain during the night and sun the next day.  Yes it rained, and the next day was a glorious day of sunshine.

So Friday arrived and off we walked to the orchid fields three miles away.  The walk was on roads all the way. Guernsey roads can be narrow and sunken, even more that the roads in the West country.   The flowers on the road sides were glorious. Rosemary spotted a spider’s nest with hundreds of spiderlings about to invade the country.

The orchid fields were found, Early-Purple, Common Spotted & Pyramidal, but there were hundreds of them, all in prime condition.  We had arrived at the correct time and we haven’t finished checking the photos yet.

We walked on down the coast to the Imperial Hotel for a pint and then on to Pleinmont where there were paragliders flying.  Never seen them there before.  Back to the Imperial to catch the bus which took us to Kings Mills, a water treatment and pumping station.  Then a short 20-min walk back up to the campsite for drinks and canapes

 

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Updated the default character set on mysql server to utf8mb4 💩 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/03/26/utf8mb4/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/03/26/utf8mb4/#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:47:57 +0000 http://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=26102 I had to update the default character set  to utf8mb4 on my mysql server.  I was getting quite a few submissions on my tomcat hosted systems with emojies like the 💩 symbol being inserted.  These always failed with a database error.  Reading up about Continue reading →

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I had to update the default character set  to utf8mb4 on my mysql server.  I was getting quite a few submissions on my tomcat hosted systems with emojies like the 💩 symbol being inserted.  These always failed with a database error.  Reading up about this it appears the utf8 support of mysql was for up to a 3 byte utf character.  Full support requires 4 bytes, and this was a late addition to mysql.

I dutifully converted the database, and tables to utf8mb4, running into issues with the referential integrity I use.  Database, tables and columns all converted, set the default client and mysql to utf8mb4 and problem solved.  I could now add the 💩 into the application.

Along came the boss, who now complained about all the capital As, with a hat on top, in this the blasdale.com blog.  Arrgh.  Yes in the blasdale database there were some latin1 tables from a really old install of wordpress.  So a conversion of this database and tables to utf8mb4 but still the capital A with a hat appeared.  More googling, yes I had UTF data stored into a latin1 column, so had to run some sql to convert the data. 

update wp_posts SET post_content=convert(cast(convert(post_content using  latin1) as binary) using utf8mb4);

In total I ran the following SQL statements on the server:

ALTER DATABASE blasdale_blog CHARACTER SET = utf8mb4 COLLATE = utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
ALTER TABLE wp_blc_filters CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_blc_links CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_blc_synch CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_commentmeta CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
ALTER TABLE wp_comments CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_email_list CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_email_list_config CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_email_list_future CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_hl_twitter_replies CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_hl_twitter_tweets CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_hl_twitter_users CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_links CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_ngg_album CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
ALTER TABLE wp_ngg_gallery CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_ngg_pictures CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
ALTER TABLE wp_options CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_postmeta CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_posts CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;
ALTER TABLE wp_subscribe2 CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_term_relationships CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_term_taxonomy CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_termmeta CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_terms CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_usermeta CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_users CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfBadLeechers CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfBlockedIPLog CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfBlocks CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfBlocksAdv CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfConfig CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfCrawlers CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfFileMods CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfHits CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfHoover CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfIssues CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfKnownFileList CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfLeechers CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfLockedOut CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfLocs CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfLogins CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfNet404s CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfNotifications CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfReverseCache CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfSNIPCache CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfScanners CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfStatus CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfThrottleLog CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci; 
ALTER TABLE wp_wfVulnScanners CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;

SELECT column_name,character_set_name FROM information_schema.`COLUMNS` 
WHERE table_schema = "blasdale_blog"
 AND table_name = "wp_hl_twitter_tweets";
 
create table wp_posts_bkp LIKE wp_posts; 
insert wp_posts_bkp select * from wp_posts;
 
update wp_posts SET post_content=convert(cast(convert(post_content using latin1) as binary) using utf8mb4);
update wp_posts SET post_title=convert(cast(convert(post_title using latin1) as binary) using utf8mb4);
update wp_posts SET post_content_filtered=convert(cast(convert(post_content_filtered using latin1) as binary) using utf8mb4);

I also updated the WordPress configuration to include utf8mb4 instead of utf8:

/** Database Charset to use in creating database tables. */
define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8mb4');

 

The problem was not caused by the initial conversion, but by the statements I had placed in the my,cnf configuration file which caused WordPress to assume all connections are utf8mb4.

[mysqld]
local-infile=0
datadir=/var/lib/mysql
socket=/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
character-set-client-handshake = FALSE
character-set-server = utf8mb4
collation-server = utf8mb4_unicode_ci


[client]
default-character-set = utf8mb4

[mysql]
default-character-set = utf8mb4

I think it is all working now, tomcat is happy and so is my WordPress install.   I do though have many tables in other databases which are only utf8.  I expect they will function unless someone tries to insert the 💩 into a page or post.  I expect I will get around to converting those databases,  should be straightforward…..

 

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A Buzzard in our Garden https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/01/26/a-buzzard-in-our-garden/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2017/01/26/a-buzzard-in-our-garden/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:31:27 +0000 http://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=24490 A Buzzard visited our garden, sitting on the fence between the paddock and the garden.  As I approached, the bird flew off and sat on the fence further into the paddock.  It then flew into the next door field.  In Continue reading →

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A Buzzard visited our garden, sitting on the fence between the paddock and the garden.  As I approached, the bird flew off and sat on the fence further into the paddock.  It then flew into the next door field.  In the process the Buzzard was mobbed by the Red Kites.  A bit of a change, the Red Kites themselves are normally mobbed by the Jackdaws and Rooks.

 

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Christmas Day 2014 https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2014/12/25/christmas-day-2014/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2014/12/25/christmas-day-2014/#respond Thu, 25 Dec 2014 21:14:29 +0000 http://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=19026 Some pictures from Christmas.  First there was the evening party around Kingswood with the progressive supper, starting at Lin and Laurie, progressing to Julie and Ian, and finishing at Karin and Duncan.  Christmas  was a family day at home. Continue reading →

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Some pictures from Christmas.  First there was the evening party around Kingswood with the progressive supper, starting at Lin and Laurie, progressing to Julie and Ian, and finishing at Karin and Duncan.  Christmas  was a family day at home.

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Ann’s 80th birthday party https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2013/10/05/anns-80th-birthday-party/ https://www.blasdale.com/blog/2013/10/05/anns-80th-birthday-party/#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2013 22:37:07 +0000 http://www.blasdale.com/blog/?p=2367 I have put together a small gallery of pictures taken at Ann’s 80th birthday party.  There are some of the people who attended, and a few pictures from around Blakeney.  The blue skies, the sun with its hat on, was Continue reading →

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I have put together a small gallery of pictures taken at Ann’s 80th birthday party.  There are some of the people who attended, and a few pictures from around Blakeney.  The blue skies, the sun with its hat on, was too good an opportunity to miss.

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