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  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    @Shoshin1 said:

    @Kotishka said:
    I want to buy an hourglass. Any ideas? One hour to 30 minutes timer. Yes, meditation purposes, but also studying :)

    Have you looked online ?

    Amazon has quite a nice selection…

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Hourglass&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

  • On the news last night there was a segment where they explained the blood red colour appearance of the moon...It was something to do with rays of light reflecting off the moon from the sun, and the reason why the moon looked red was because the red coloured rays were longer than the other colours, it would seem that in this still shot, my phone camera eye was trying to bring it altogether, capturing the flashes of colours of the sun's rays bouncing off the moon...

    ...Or it could just be a dirty lens ;):)

    Bunks
  • @Shoshin1 I found it! Etsy.com <3

    Shoshin1
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Etsy is a nice site, especially if you like to prefer smaller manufacturers and hand-crafted items. Amazon can be cheaper but it’s all mass-produced.

  • FosdickFosdick in its eye are mirrored far off mountains Alaska, USA Veteran

    This is the view out my back door today. Temperature has been within 2 degrees of 0 F. day and night for 10 days and counting. It is a mystery to me how the birds survive during these cold snaps - they stop coming to the feeder. Maybe they go to other, more richly endowed feeders in the area.

    WalkerShoshin1Jeroenlobster
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Wow! So beautiful @Fosdick - getting hot and dry here. Hard to imagine being in the snow.

  • What's snow ??? ;)

    WalkerJeroenKotishka
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited November 2021

    Amazing ....Your garden looks like a winter wonderland @Fosdick.. very picturesque...

  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    Went on a long walk today in the area of the river IJssel, where there used to be the Hanseatic League cities.



    WalkerBunkslobsterShoshin1
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Lovely @Jeroen

    Jeroen
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    The Hanseatic League: For those unaware:
    What was the main purpose of the Hanseatic League?
    Hanseatic League, also called Hansa, German Hanse, organization founded by north German towns and German merchant communities abroad to protect their mutual trading interests. The league dominated commercial activity in northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century.

    Bunks
  • Animal companions are for many, part of the family and when they pass, grief and the sense of loss can be just as strong...

    "Transient alas; are all component things
    Subject are they to birth and then decay
    Having gained birth, to death the life flux swings
    Bliss truly dawns when unrest dies away"

    The cycle of life

    WalkerBunkslobster
  • WalkerWalker Veteran Veteran

    Yes, he was very much part of our family. He will be greatly missed, but we will have many wonderful memories of him.

    BunksShoshin1
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    WalkerShoshin1federicaJeroen
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
  • Put the babies in charge @federica … oh they are (explains a lot) B)

    BunksWalkerShoshin1
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Sounds like you’re having a bit of a cold blast in England?

    Jeroen
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    We watch the BBC news most evenings so are well up to date with how England is faring, we hear about all kinds of things such as storms over Edinburgh, red weather alerts, people cueing to climb up Mt Snowden and the immigrants attempting to cross the channel.

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    BunksWalker
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Getting our first real hint of summer
    30, 29 and 28 next three days

    Walkerlobster
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Bunks said:
    Getting our first real hint of summer
    30, 29 and 28 next three days

    Of course, now is the ideal time to begin taking those cold showers... ;)

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    I have rejoined the hordes of gym-training proletarians.

    BunksShoshin1
  • howhow Veteran Veteran

    @Jeroen said:
    I have rejoined the hordes of gym-training proletarians.

    I have too but am still nervous about my fellow indoor exercising deep breathers and that only about 30 % are wearing masks.

    BunksWalkerShoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited November 2021

    Around 10 turned up for Monday evening's Buddhism on the beach and from what I gather all fully vaxxed..

    We finished just as it got dark...It was nice catching up with Dharma friends IRL..

    BunksWalkerlobsterFosdick
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @federica said:

    @Bunks said:
    Getting our first real hint of summer
    30, 29 and 28 next three days

    Of course, now is the ideal time to begin taking those cold showers... ;)

    Oh yes! I must re-visit our chat <3

  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I'm with you @Bunks! In spirit, I hasten to add... I don't want anyone round here getting ideas, adding 2 + 2 and making 37...!

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran
    edited November 2021

    @federica said:
    I'm with you @Bunks! In spirit, I hasten to add... I don't want anyone round here getting ideas, adding 2 + 2 and making 37...!

    Hahaha

    Just finished shower - did about 5 seconds fully cold.

    Think I should watch the breathing video as it literally took my breath away and I couldn't breathe. Maybe need to work on that :)

  • Think I should watch the breathing video as it literally took my breath away and I couldn't breathe. Maybe need to work on that :)

    Try a mantra out breathing to start. ('Jesus Christ, why is there no hot water' is mostly not a mantra). Or how about feeding the hell realms with your pain? Can you relax whilst in a state of no breath?

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    The breathing is key though, if you get that started it doesn’t feel so cold.

    Bunksfederica
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Thanks for the feedback guys. Will try again tomorrow morning.

  • @how said:

    I have too but am still nervous about my fellow indoor exercising deep breathers and that only about 30 % are wearing masks.

    I carry a mask when I'm jolking, because I use a narrow bush track, arched with low hanging branches which leads down to the beach (bearing in mind I'm puffing and panting by the time I get there)...Some track users are mindful of how narrow it is and also wear or carry masks at the ready when using the track, but on a number of occasions I've come across people without masks, however for the most part they do try to get out the way as much as possible by turning away from me as I 'puff' pass them...wearing my mask...

    I guess it's difficult to tell if a person is exempt from wearing one (for medical reasons), forgot to bring one, or is anti mask wearing or a Covid denier... We have our fair share of Covid deniers on the island...

    BunksJeroen
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Bunks said:
    Thanks for the feedback guys. Will try again tomorrow morning.

    I do really recommend you get hold of a n inexpensive thermometer; one you can hold in the flow of water (nearest the shower head) to gauge the temperature of the flow. something like a small Greenhouse thermometer, with easy-to-read numbers.. I think you'll be surprised...

    Bunks
  • Isn't nature dukkhaish? @Shoshin1 Anyone would think the butterfly hell realms are Nirvana.
    Here is me dreaming I am a flutterby or vice versa …

    https://www.philosophy-foundation.org/enquiries/view/the-butterfly-dream

    Bunks
  • JeroenJeroen Do it with a smile Netherlands Veteran

    That’s a worthy milestone @shoshin1 … I hope you’ve got something to treat yourself with?

    Shoshin1
  • Shoshin1Shoshin1 Veteran
    edited December 2021

    @Jeroen said:
    That’s a worthy milestone @shoshin1 … I hope you’ve got something to treat yourself with?

    Yes, with another run in the morning ;)

    Bunkslobster
  • howhow Veteran Veteran
    edited December 2021

    Victoria BC's version of Mad Max meets Christmas

    Spent some of last night with some other kids watching the Santa truck parade barrel through the streets of Victoria. This is where 80 or so Santa's in the biggest trucks/mobile cranes/ cement mixers/ stone slingers etc who have spent the previous week attaching as many Christmas lights/musical horns/laser displays/soap bubble makers as possible to portable generators that they are also carrying, get to race around on police cleared main streets. It is madness for sure but the locals all turn out for the show.
    Ear protection is definitely advisable. It was Covid cancelled last year and this years race seemed a bit saner and slower than previous years where it looked like various Santa's were all competing in who could get their own mammoth's to do the best drifts around street corners.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    WalkerBunksShoshin1Kotishka
  • The island will be having a Santa parade this coming Saturday...

    "Bah Humbug"

    WalkerBunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Yawn...

    lobster
  • @Bunks said:
    Yawn...

    Well demonstrated. Yawning is related to pranayama, getting energy/life/spirit/prana into the system. I'll see your yawn and raise it to [dramatic pause - too late] … zz zzz zzzz

    Bunks
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I propose we organise our own "parade" here, and post photos of any type of "Christmassy feel" pictures, just to show willing to be jolly, if not actually participating in the standard, annual Yuletide madness!
    I'll open a thread in "General Banter" and anyone who wants to join in The season of Goodwill to all Men, can do so!

    Bunks
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    I must admit I've become more hesitant to swim in the sea these days.

    This happened about 20 minutes away from where I live.

    https://www.3aw.com.au/teens-taken-to-hospital-after-bellarine-peninsula-shark-attack/

    Shoshin1
  • Oh how I miss the adrenaline rush when I used to go body surfing in Coogee and the shark siren goes off, it's quite amazing how fast one can move to get out of the water..

    BunksJeroen
  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Bunks said:
    I must admit I've become more hesitant to swim in the sea these days.

    This happened about 20 minutes away from where I live.

    https://www.3aw.com.au/teens-taken-to-hospital-after-bellarine-peninsula-shark-attack/

    Snakes, spiders, sharks... However chilly and morose the weather, however mundane the wildlife, I think the UK is safer!

    JeroenBunksWalker
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