Monday, 11 March 2019

Syros Carnival 2019

Συριανό Καρναβάλι 2019 - Syros Carnival 2019
Putting this on the bucket list for a future year: Carnival in Ermoupoli on the island of Syros in the Cyclades, Greece. Syros Carnival is a three-day-event with festivities on the Saturday night - the traditional Zeibekia (masquerade) custom in Markos Vamvakaris Square - in Ano Syros, a procession along the harbour front on the Sunday afternoon that culminates in dancing in Miaoulis Square, with a Latin party on the Protopapadaki pedestrian street and, on Καθαρή Δευτέρα (Ash Monday or Clean Monday), the customs of Koulouma with kite flying in the countryside and particularly in Gallissas village.

The dates of Clean Monday in Greece let us work out when this carnival takes place.

Photos and videos from Syros Carnival 2019

Rail-Ex Taunton 2018

A few details from Rail-Ex Taunton 2018 on 28 October 2018

Monday, 4 March 2019

CVMRC 10th Annual Model Railway Exhibition

Seen at the CVMRC 10th Annual Model Railway Exhibition 15 September 2018

Monday, 25 February 2019

Exmoor Rail 2018

Photos from Exmoor Rail 2018, Minehead, 4 August 2018

Monday, 11 February 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019

Time management is energy management

Sometimes you read something and it makes something else suddenly become clear and fall into place. The following passage is from an article on time management, but explains exactly how we should consider energy management for pacing.
For years, I thought time management was about time. So when I planned how to spend my time, I would look at my calendar and book up the vacant hours.
Those plans worked on paper–but I couldn’t follow through in real life. Because time management isn’t just about time: it’s also about energy. 
These days, I’m paying attention to not only how much time events take up on my calendar, but how much–and what type of–energy they demand from me. I’m asking myself, how does this event affect me? Do I have the time I need to recharge? Can I maintain this schedule? If I can, will I even enjoy it? 
From 3 time management rules I wish I’d learned 10 years ago

Thursday, 24 January 2019

ME and Temperature Regulation

It is so difficult to explain to people why I so often really cannot leave the house in winter, but I'm glad to see this phenomenon explained so well and that I'm not alone.

That's one of the major problems with ME and the isolation it causes: we feel as if we are the only ones; even we cannot believe the bloody weird symptoms we get, so believe ourselves to be "making them up". Well, we're not and it's bloody hell.

Only this week, I've had to postpone some (very needed) health appointments and one of several reasons for doing that was because I knew what it could mean in terms of symptom exacerbation if I was to go out at this time of year and it was a risk I was not willing to take. But also know how wingy, whiny, pathetic and unbelievable the reasons sound - which invariably causes people to react negatively - so I've given up explaining "in person" and wrote that my husband had drafted the email instead. Sounds more authoritative from a 3rd party, who is also a man. I shouldn't have to do this, but it's just one of the methods that those of us dealing with this crap have to employ to cope.

Anyway, getting back to the temperature. I can be shivering one minute, profusely sweating and overheating the next. I can have a temperature below normal, but be suffering fever-like symptoms. Nobody and especially not doctors will believe me.

"My personal thermostat was blown. I am mostly OK in temperate climates but even the generally moderate temperatures of a normal British winter are enough to cause me significant problems. If I am outside for more than a few minutes, my core body temperature drops very quickly. It can even happen inside, if the heating is inadequate." 
Snap ...
"If I stay out for too long, I begin to enter a catatonic state whereby I lose awareness of what is happening; at this point it can become dangerous. I then have to very deliberately monitor myself and everything that is happening around me and get myself back into a warmer environment as quickly as possible. No amount of extra clothing prevents this from happening.
In fact, I would add that extra clothing makes it MUCH worse. The weight of the clothing just adds to levels of fatigue; extra clothing restricts movement further and adds another stress to already painful and tired muscles and joints; and the extra clothing will cause overheating - not just sweating, but nausea, faintness, maliase ... VERY quickly.

That's how I've ended up lying on pavements or sitting on shop floors. And that brings a whole raft of other vulnerabilities to abuse, which at the very least has included people clearly avoiding me thinking I'm drunk; people not offering any help because of those misconceptions - and I am speaking from experience, not some vague anxiety.

The exposure and overheating, in turn, then causes us to get colder still to the core.

I've tried to explain before that cold actually hurts. It always has for me, even when I was a child and I don't think cold hurts "normal" people, but I have nothing but my own experience to compare. All I know is that it is painful beyond function or distraction; that if I am allowed to get cold, it will feel like my bones have been replaced with sticks of burning freezer ice and, once cold, it can take MONTHS for me to warm up.

It's not unreasonable for me to avoid anything that will make things worse. And as with Valerie Eliot Smith, a move from the UK to a warmer climate is, I feel, the only way of managing these symptoms and being able to not be housebound for most of the year.

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Old Tin Mines

Tin mine, Cambourne. By Chris Gornell from London, UK
(Tin mineUploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Old Tin mine west of St Agnes
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © john spivey -

Blue Hills Tin Mine
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Gary Rogers -

We've already seen the Engine house at Blue Hills and our very own Cornish Engine House, here are some more images of these structures in their natural habitats.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Cornwall’s flag

St. Piran's Day
Given its designation as a symbol of national identity, the Cornish flag enjoys a wide usage and recognition being regularly seen around both Cornwall and the world as a symbol of the Cornish diaspora. It is widely displayed on cars and from buildings, including those of Cornwall Council and appears, of course, in abundance, on March 5th, St Piran’s Day. Cornwall Flag


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