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Trivia [Feb. 1st, 2012|12:04 pm]
Tony Grist
I was woken in the early hours by a metallic squawk. It was repeated four or five times- sometimes nearer, sometimes further away. I have no idea what it was.

Later I got up to go to the bathroom and Ailz asked me to look out the window and see if it had been snowing. I said "Yes."  I was wrong. The white stuff was just a very heavy frost.

We entertain a lot a starlings. There were ten or eleven round the feeder last time I looked. They're hard to count because they move around so much.

Ailz will only drink tea that's been brewed in a pot, whereas I prefer to whap a baggie straight into the cup. She's getting sick of her normal coffee so I dug out our pot and fired it up this morning. I can't tell the difference, but I suppose she thinks she can. If you don't mind the second cup being lukewarm and stewed a pot makes the tea go further. 
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2012-02-01 12:33 pm (UTC)

Tea

>> Ailz will only drink tea that's been brewed in a pot...

Me, too. I always read the leaves afterward.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-01 02:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Tea

Ha. I use tea-bags- even in a pot
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2012-02-01 12:45 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind the second cup being lukewarm and stewed a pot makes the tea go further.

An eloquent argument for matrimony!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-01 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed.....:)
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2012-02-01 01:24 pm (UTC)
I have a lidded cup with a removable porcelain infuser. The leaves have plenty of room to expand, same as a pot, but the cleanup is easier.

Here's an example, from Amazon. Our local Asian grocery sells them with various interesting designs, and cheaper of course.

http://www.amazon.com/White-Dragon-Ceramic-Teacup-Infuser/dp/B002RX2TIE
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-01 02:38 pm (UTC)
That's neat.
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[User Picture]From: zoe_1418
2012-02-01 07:15 pm (UTC)
And here, I thought all you English brewed tea only from leaves and only in a pot. Disillusioned, I am! ;-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-01 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid most of the tea sold in Britain these days comes in little bags.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-02-01 11:31 pm (UTC)
Couldn't the squawk have been a starling?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-02 09:50 am (UTC)
I don't think so. It was too loud and too machine-like.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-02-02 01:31 pm (UTC)
But they can imitate doorbells and bicycle bells -
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-02 07:17 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that. You could be onto something...
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2012-02-02 11:24 am (UTC)
I wonder what might make a metallic squawk? I know next to nothing of British birding.

We either have no starlings or dozens at a time. I heard a noise outside, a couple of days ago, and investigating found an entire flock devouring the berries on the English Ivy.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-02-02 01:01 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was a bird- or anything living, but I could be wrong.

Starlings are entertaining- the way they strut and squabble.
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[User Picture]From: ooxc
2012-02-02 01:32 pm (UTC)
And their flight and moot are amazing - and their amazing skill at mimicing noises -
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