Monday, 26 December 2011

Christmas Treats

It started well by bagging a trig on Christmas Eve whilst out for a run in Basingstoke.
11 12 24 TP4159 - Kempshott
Not the most attractive of trigs but there you go.

Great excitement yesterday as I unwrapped my presents. There was a bit of a theme - aided and abetted by my Amazon wish list - but it was lovely to open so many map related gifts. Look at these beauties...
11 12 25 Map of the World
11 12 25 Tube Map
I should add that I love doing jigsaws so a double whammy. [Note to John - sorry but can't photograph your jigsaw as girls have already hijacked box]. And my Dad surprised me with this gorgeous book that I hardly put down yesterday.
11 12 25 Atlas of London
And if you thought that was all a bit geeky look what Rog, my husband, bought for me.
11 12 25 Higgs Watt theodolite
How absolutely wonderful is this?! I've never owned my own theodolite. For sure, not terribly practical - I have little need to pop out and do a round of angles - but from the sheer fun point of view, what a treat. I am very rusty on all things theodolitey and seem to have lost the vertical clamp (is there one?) but I'm hoping that my mate Ken Hall will swing by one day and explain the finer points to me. I spent the rest of the day, when I occasionally took my nose out of my Dad's book, to mumble "I've got a theodolite" with a big grin on my face. I think I'm truly sad.


Dad said...

It's very nice to hit the jackpot now and again. Please don't expect me to be wonderful every year but I will keep my eyes open. I spotted this one in October when I went to Maggies. Dad.

Ken said...

Ruth - that is fantastic. Father Christmas was truly generous (could he be a surveyor too?). Glad you had such a munificent day. Happy to assist when it suits.