Exciting news (for me) in rural North Cornwall. As we were leaving to go out two weeks ago, a couple of white vans were parked on the verge opposite our house and men with fluorescent jackets on were sort of chatting and pointing at a hole in the ground. There was also a metre diameter reel of thick black cable at the base of the telegraph pole.
Yes, we still call them telegraph poles when they only carry telephone wires these days. I don’t know why, although I suspect it may be that the data transfer rate is still about the same as it was when it was for telegraphs… dah, dah, dit, dah…
As we were leaving home in the car, to be somewhere in the opposite direction, we didn’t stop to ask what they were doing but we harboured hopes that it was the long-awaited fibre cable upgrade that would soon be bringing us into the modern world of faster-than-pigeon telecommunications.
Later inspection on the evening dog walk, with the men and vans long gone but coils of new cable coming out of the conduit covers below and now taped to the base of the pole (and a similar one further up the lane) confirmed the theory. Hopefully at some stage soon, other people – who are properly qualified to climb ladders – will be connecting it all up, with the feet-on-ground crew having done their subterranean work getting the new cables to the right places in a largely unseen and mysterious fashion.
Uploading new pictures to the website and stores should hopefully be less of a faff in a few weeks and can be done more on a whim than a major logistics exercise (currently involving checking that a friend doesn’t mind me popping over, unplugging everything from my computer here and then scooting off to their place with it to ‘hotdesk’ and ‘borrow some bandwidth’, with payment normally being something that Mrs H has just baked).
I’m also looking forward to getting pictures sent off to a printing service whenever I fancy, so that I can hopefully start selling some cards and prints locally myself, instead of just uploading them to an online store and waiting and hoping for sales. (That was a hint. Did you spot that?)
All we need now is a little more patience, and we have good practise at that.
So in honour of the title of this post, I’m posting a few more of my seaglass abstracts. With these my camera movement is fast, leaving less of the smooth rounded shapes of the tumbled glass apparent and making the results more dependant on the ocean colours and graphic lines created.