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Lockdown coping strategies - what have you bought/planned?

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Loads of game old birds doing that round our way, too, @Weathercam. More old girls than old boys. I think that when you do it regularly it's probably very good for you, as you build the physical capacity to cope with it, but cold water shock is a significant cause of death. I just hope one of our brave old ladies (several of whom are my good friends) doesn't succumb. A cardiac arrest on the beach would put a damper on the whole thing.
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@pam w, I would say yes, get your self one. Why should kids have all the fun. Even if you just follow the instructions you can build some amazing machines. I built a copy of this one with my previous version of mindstorms
http://youtube.com/v/wilUgG3PjBw

I don't do jigsaws but really enjoy building the models. I'm not a coputer programmer but I enjoy actually programming the models as well.

Though the kits are marketted for 10+ I think you need to be a bit older to get the most out of them. An adult even Smile
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@Weathercam, how on earth have you/she managed to travel with all that is going on?
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@abc, the lines look long, but really aren't as bad as they look. Distancing makes a 5 minute line look like 10+. Even with <full lift loading it goes ok. OTOH parking has been a real problem, because so many people are now driving solo. And having to make reservations pretty much takes the impromptu ski day impossible. But at least I've been able to get up there, I feel for y'all in the Isles on this point.

I'm coping by making stuff. Dining room table, retaining wall. I may have visited some car dealerships as well. Not traveling reveals how much we spend on travel, eh?
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Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
@pam w, yes you're right I noticed that far more ladies go for the swimming thing, think the issue for men when it's that cold something disappears and we get paranoid Laughing

@kitenski, that's our front garden, straight out of the door, across the road onto the beach, as for me please let's not go there again Very Happy
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think the issue for men when it's that cold something disappears and we get paranoid

Men do think everything is to do with their willies, but I think the simple truth is that women, physiologically, can cope with cold better than men - that might be true at a population level but, personally, I'm a complete wimp!
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
@Weathercam, sorry I’d (wrongly??) assumed she was in France with you!!
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
@kitenski, now it becomes clear why @Weathercam was so keen to go to France Happy
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@snowdave, lol Very Happy Laughing
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Never met @Weathercams, OH but not sure @pam w, implying she a "game old bird" is really called for Toofy Grin
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@adithorp, I think my OH is actually older than @pam w, Laughing
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
What have I bought? Watches! Unfortunately these make skiing seem like a cheap hobby and thus lockdown needs to end soon or there will be no money for next season...
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
I seen a pair of used Scarpa Freedom RS boots going cheap so I thought id get them as my boots are in France & if the opportunity came up I could try touring. Turns out they were near new & a great fit. So I might not be skiing but I am ready Very Happy
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You know it makes sense.
Bigtipper wrote:
I recently purchased some optrex refreshing eye drops for tired eyes. I though I would experiment and see if this made my eyes feel slightly better in the mornings, and maybe stop some of the blood which occassionally appears.

I have done some reading on the internet, and I suspect due to my age (over 50 now) and the low humidity when I put an open fire on in winter, it is caused by dryness.

I have no serious irritation usually, occassional styes. Never had any vision problems, do not need glasses. Eyes still working fine, maybe the use of laptop screens may be causing the problem.

It is not a new thing, been gradually getting this way over the last 10 years. Not worth bothering a medic about yet, as no problems.

So I am starting out with the plant based eye drops which are probably just saline water, and see what happens. I initially wanted to try the eyelid spray stuff, but decided to see how I get on with the cheapest first.


After the first few drops and one overnight sleep, these eye drops have the following effect. (not much wrong with my eyes normally)

1. Eyes not watery in the morning when I brush my teeth and wash my face
2. There is more than just saline water in the drops, and there seems to be some kind of noticeable film which develops a few minutes after the drops.
3.Whites of eyes seem brighter, although this may be the placebo effect

Initially, I would say that these drops do something for me. However, they may not be essential.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55620100

This news article today made me think. I have never had my eyes tested since I was at school. (a long time ago) I have never had any vision problems, do not need glasses, and would probably first visit a gp before going for an eye test, but only if I had eye problems.

So the questions I have now, is what can I do to prevent eye problems? (that I am not already doing)

The above article suggests the 20-20-20 rule. Also get lots of vitamin A (I eat carrots regularly, and plenty of other vegetables high in vitamin A or caretoniods). I note the suggestion regarding cod liver oil capsules, but I eat lots of salmon, sardines and mackeral so my omega 3 is generally high. Any other suggestions?
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
@Bigtipper, all I do is eat a balanced diet, plenty of all the colours of fresh fruit and veg and I understand blueberries and blackberries are supposed to be good for eye health. Eating too much red meat makes my eyes bloodshot. Hope this helps.
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