My favourite animal is the field vole. A tiny, fascinating creature. As a boy I kept a few as pets. You don’t see them often but they are one of our more common mammals. You can see sign of them easily, their tunnels through the grass have neat pile of green droppings and cut grass. The skeletons and skulls are often in owl pellets. Like other rodents their front teeth keep growing, like elephants their distinctive zig zag back teeth do too. They have a lemming like fluctuations in their numbers. They are also pretty cute looking.

Image Fer boei [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

I must say I’ve been struggling to keep up with blogvember this week. I’ve been busy, when I saw renovation as a topic I almost gave up. I then remembered the modernest slogan “Make it New” that came from Ezra Pound, with a vague recollection that this originated from a Chinese text. Off to duckduckgo which took me to The Making of “Make It New” – Guernica

If you can one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Yea, let there be daily renovation. (Legge’s English)

The whole message web page is fascinating, the way Pound renovates this historical phrase and the way it spread. Well worth reading, so I am glad that blogvember is renovation my bloggign & reading.

I’ve not got the greatest sense of smell which might be a drawback in cooking which I love.
A smell that does give me a madeleine moment is that of bracken. I couldn’t describe the smell but it is unmistakable. This is the smell of a lot the Scottish countryside in summer. As well as more recent memories of walking through bracken I am reminded of playing in the woods as a child, chopping through the jungle And building shelters from the stalks and fronds of bracken.

The children In my class, 8 through 11 year olds, are at least 50 years younger than me. My childhood was so very different. Our lives and games were soaked in war. Our parents and grandparents were survivors. Everything seemed simpler, easier to grasp. Our milk came from nearby farms, pasteurised in a local dairy. Our history books shorter with line drawings of cavemen and kings. And so on. Sometimes my pupils seem like a different species or inhabitants of a different planet. Then again, when they are fascinated by a spider or delighted by a bounce time shrinks.

#Blogvember 10 Book

Over the years the time I spend reading books has decreased. I only regularly read for 20-30 minutes before sleep. I also read when I wake in the night before trying for sleep again. This usually works but with a great book can have the opposite effect.

#blogvember 9 – Television

Finished watching Succession one of my favourite shows. Full of unlikable characters doing horrible morally reprehensible things. Can’t put it down.
Waiting for the new series of The Crown, about another institution that I disapprove of, but extremely watchable, great cast so far, I doubt very much it bears much resemblance to reality.
Just watched episode one of series two of Britannia. the plot of series one was so mixed up I can’t really remember what went on. The theme tune has changed from Hurdy Gurdy Man to Season of the Witch, but a fairly daft mix of gore and mad ancient britons on hallucinogenic drugs continues in an enjoyable fashion.

Somedays computing technology seems like a collection of very fine threads with a lot depending on thm. I don’t suppose there ever was a time where ordinary folk could really understand much. But when I started using macs around system 7.1 I was under the illusion that it might be something I could grasp if not master. I now feel like I am at one end of a multitude of dependencies, with no change of a glimpse of the root of any.

I am very pleased that I’ll be continuing my part time role as product owner for Glow Blogs. When my recent contract finished in June the job was opened for applications. I was successful and am just sorting out the paper work. I do this work over an above my class teacher role. I would have been gutted if I didn’t get the job.

This post was inspired by Andrew Canion’s Blogvember Prompt List. This arrived in micro.blog at he same time as #mbnov, microblogvember.