The Proper Term Is, I Believe, Boo-Yah

The Wien Oireachtas/continental feis, leg injury, new steps, old ones changed. Two weeks of no practicing just before the feis. Increasing leg pain and weakness on the day. Wasn’t expecting much.

Came home with this.

Shiny.

Shiny.

This is my first ever trophy on anything. I bloody well only went and won the primary reel while injured, despite of messing up my steps.
So, yes. Boo-Yah.

Other placements were 7th or 8th places, except the intermediate reel, which was 18th and the last of the placements announced. One might think I am disappointed with that, but on the contrary I’m quite pleased. I messed up quite badly there too and by that time my leg was hurting rather badly and really wasn’t supporting my weight as well as it should. So if I can place in intermediate reel in THAT situation, there’s no telling how far I can get when healthy.

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Just Make Something Up

I rather like playing games and I finally got around to purchasing an English edition of Scrabble for me and the Architect to play together. It has turned out to be rather good fun, especially since we don’t give a hoot about the official rules, but instead make up our own. One of the variations we’ve attempted so far was only using imaginary words. The rules were any word had to sound like it could be a word in English, however vaguely, the player putting it down had to have a definition for the word and the other player had to agree with both the word and the definition. Very much a game of trust then, as deliberate sabotage would’ve quickly lead to scorched earth tactics. In the end I don’t think we rejected many words, perhaps one or two max. We found that often it was much harder to come up with a definition than with a word, at least after the first few ideas had been used up. I thought it would be fun to document this game so I wrote down the words and their definitions as they came up and then took a photo of the finished board. Both can be found below, my words in the first half of the list and the Architect’s words in the second.

Now, to anyone actually still reading, I would like to point out that neither of us is an expert on the internal structure or history of English words, so the ones we came up with probably violate all manner of rules. We don’t care. It was fun and that’s all there is to it. My personal favourites were brawoc and farkin.


The board

The board

Grent:Noun. Angry, antisocial elderly neighbour, who isn’t trouble to the rest of the neighbourhood because he keeps to himself. Mostly used about males.
Brawoc:Noun, archaic. Overly brave and clearly stupid young knave, who because of these properties gets into trouble frequently.
Sagon:Noun. Communal evening event where stories are told.
Dyree:Noun. Female equivalent of dandy, often implies snobbishness.
Druo:Noun. Seamstress’ tool used for marking places of holes for hand sewing.
Helie:Noun. A kite with an inflatable buoyancy aide attached.
Kvite:Noun. A type of dessert made with dried fruit and custard.
Jendo:Noun. Men’s hat which is only fashionable or wearable for one fashion season.
Feiada:Noun. The situation of a large family gathering ending up in a mass fight.
Rougas:Noun. A small auxiliary fireplace specifically meant to keep food warm, not used for preparing. Sometimes used for a equivalent modern device, but that usage is not widely spread.
Enealy:Noun. Relatively low skill representative in legal and accounting matters, attends to everyday issues rather than actual legal cases.
Tlat:Noun. Small hatch in a counter top leading to a rubbish bin beneath it.
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Tepwis:Noun. A towel almost too wet to be used for drying.
Codge:Noun. An elderly romantic person.
Sime:Noun. A ground drill which makes a square hole.
Quavesh:Adjective. Almost stylish, but not quite due to having too many colours.
Fenton:Noun. A replacement cover for a fold-up umbrella, which does not match the pattern of the original umbrella.
Farkin:Noun. A needle with two pointy ends and a hole in the middle.
Zyetope:Noun. The female body shape which will be fashinable next season.
Namble:Noun. A small brook which flows exactly at walking pace.
Todix:Noun. The level of income at which one is treated the same way by both the UK and the Ireland tax code.
Taric:Noun. A rock on top of a mountain, the falling of which wold make a neighbouring mountain higher.
Wuti:Noun. A device placed on a bicycle, that makes a continuous whistling noise.
Elcodge:Noun. A clip-on flower decoration for a hat.

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Oh and by the way…

We got stuff today. New stuff. Pretty new stuff.
The Architect had grown tired of some of our old pots, so he ordered new ones.

The red one is actually old. It's just there for context.

The red one is actually old. It’s just there for context.

I love proper cookware.

I love proper cookware.

Oh and apparently this is my 100th post here on Teacups and Dictionaries. How appropariate to celebrate it with beautiful new pots.

My favourite is the blue one. It’s so darling.

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The Very End of February

Just a few quick seasonal snapshots.

Saw this willow full of blooms on our way down the hillside this morning.

Saw this willow full of blooms on our way down the hillside this morning.



A stream runs alongside the path for a bit. On the stream bank I saw the earliest Primula veris I’ve encountered.
Incidentally, the English name is one of the more unappealing ones, cowslip, whereas in German it’s called Echte Schlüsselblume. Not sure why it would be a key flower, but I’ll take that before something related to cows any day.

Must be a very warm spot.

Must be a very warm spot.



And here’s a bit of picture trivia for the naturalistically inclined, some tracks in snow. We have our own guesses as to what made these tracks, but I’ll leave you to come up with your on conclusions.

The obligatory scale provided by a 2€ coin.

The obligatory scale provided by a 2€ coin.

They were quite fresh too, from what we could tell.

They were quite fresh too, from what we could tell.

The tracks were slightly muddy, coming from the direction of a small stream.

The tracks were slightly muddy, coming from the direction of a small stream.

The critter headed for a big tree, under which the tracks disappeared.

The critter headed for a big tree, under which the tracks disappeared.

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Christmas Gifts, Healthy and Wholesome Edition

Our Christmas this past year was cut a bit short from the beginning, as we had a trip to Innsbruck just before the holidays. Innsbruck was lovely though and I have no complaints on that front. Apart from nearly witnessing a fiery inferno (A car parked on a street next to a chestnut roasting stand begun to leak petrol. Yeah.), we had a lovely time, the Christkindlmarkt was impressive to say the least and I even managed to score some half price hand blown glass ornaments. Sadly we didn’t have a place to hang them in this year, but perhaps next Christmas I’ll have time to figure something out.

I got the Architect a tasting selection of special whiskeys as a gift, along with a generous selection of various novelty ice molds. I specifically went for the big ones and now we have ice cubes which nearly fill his entire whiskey glass on their own. We also have a Titanic-themed ice mold, which rather tickled the morbid side of my fancy.

While I went for frivolous and fun, the Architect went for practical and wholesome with his gifts. I’m by no means scoffing at the sentiment though, as his selection was in fact quite spot on.

The first thing was a set of Tintin books, several stories bound in each volume, and if I’m not mistaken, the series contains all the original stories. I’ve been thinking how it would be nice to have a set of the Tintin books for a long time, as they were some of my favourite comics back in the day. Not to mention, the entire set is in German, which while admittedly slowing my reading down, will make for a very fun way to brush up on my language skills.

I only included 2 books here. The whole set contains 8 books.

I only included 2 books here. The whole set contains 8 books.

I suppose it's pretty obvious where I get my love for trench coats. This and Sam Spade.

I suppose it’s pretty obvious where I get my love for trench coats. This and Sam Spade.



Now for this one, I invite you to just have a look at the thing first. It should simulate the experience I had when I first saw it.

It's wood, beautifully finished and completely smooth. And yes, it's supposed to be that way up.

It’s wood, beautifully finished and completely smooth. And yes, it’s supposed to be that way up.


Now that you’ve hopefully had a good think (who am I kidding, you of course saw all the thumbnails at one go so obviously already know what it is), I can reveal what it is. I have to admit that I had to be told the purpose of this thing, I don’t think I would’ve guessed it on my own.

Someone should suggest the manufacturer that several different sizes would be a good idea.

Someone should suggest the manufacturer that several different sizes would be a good idea.

Yes, it’s a book rest. Quite a clever one too. I have it at the head of my bed and after a while I mentioned to the Architect that it really is quite handy, but what would make it really handy, would be to have one in every room. I then went “oh… wait” and realised I had become a victim of a truly brilliant marketing strategy.



And now, as the final item, my favourite practical and wholesome gift ever. Look on its beauty, ye Mighty, and despair.

An honest to bone, fully wooden walking staff.

An honest to bone, fully wooden walking staff.

Yes, it’s a walking staff. I’ve been eyeing some on the British Ebay, but haven’t found one I wanted to buy yet. Last autumn I spent my birthday running up and down along a mountain ridge and concluded that I really could use one. Now I have one. I’m considering ordering a kit to add an antler top to the staff, the very same British Ebay sells those too. I’d like a Y-shaped ending for the staff, for both practical and appearance reasons. I gave the staff a go on New Year, when we hiked up to a hilltop to watch the fireworks. I have to say that it serves its purpose well, having a third support point in awkward spots is really quite useful. I’m very much looking forward to putting it to its proper use next summer.

A wrist loop and a pretty little oak carging. I sort of would like to carve my "bookmark" into it, but am afraid of messing it up.

A wrist loop and a pretty little oak carging. I sort of would like to carve my “bookmark” into it, but am afraid of messing it up.

The rubber bottom comes off and reveals a metal end, not particularly sharp but should give some extra traction on slippery surfaces.

The rubber bottom comes off and reveals a metal end, not particularly sharp but should give some extra traction on slippery surfaces.


So there they are, my very welcome Christmas gifts for this winter. I do like practical gifts as well as frivolous ones, but it’s really nice when the practical gifts are fun and pretty as well.

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Spring… er… Winter… Spring?

The winter around here can best be called indecisive. It takes forever to show up, when it does it dumps down a bunch of snow all at once, after which it takes to hanging around the doorway hemming and hawing about whether to stick around or not. It’s also not particularly harsh, which means good things for plants like lavender and rosemary, which will happily wave their green leaves around as soon as the snow lets off. I’m quite taken by how tough these mediterranean herbs are in the face of sub zero temperatures, I suppose it helps that they all grow in warm and sheltered spots. I was also surprised when I discovered that the pansies I planted in late autumn have apparently at no point stopped blooming. I need to get a photo of them as proof, but rest assured it is a bit freaky to see bright blue pansies popping out of the snow.

So on the one hand, it seems like spring to me already. The first new plants are coming out of the ground in my rhubarb slope, some of the early crocuses and tulips I planted in the lowest beds last summer.

This plant now sports a healthy flower bud.

This plant now sports a healthy flower bud.

One of the small tulips. While tulip flowers aren't my favourite, I find their young leaves quite fascinating.

One of the small tulips. While tulip flowers aren’t my favourite, I find their young leaves quite fascinating.



And then just a few days later, the weather turned. Like I said, the winter here just can’t make up its mind.

If you look closely, you may notice it's actually not a black and white image. I know.

If you look closely, you may notice it’s actually not a black and white image. I know.

So that’s February in Tirol for you.

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