Stand By To Repel Boarders II

We have had two visitors this week.  They came in by different entrances; and, hopefully, they will leave by different exits.  The first visitor was a mouse: only the one this time.  We have not found his entrance, but I know his exit.

The second visitor was my Father-in-Law.  Being more conventional, he appeared at the front door alive rather than being found in the cupboard under the kitchensink.  Indeed, a stickler for propriety, the Old Boy wouldn’t be seen dead in a mouse trap.  No, no: Father-in-Law came up to stay with us for a few days because it was my Son’s birthday.  I don’t know what the mouse’s reason for coming was; but having turned aside to the peanut butter, his visit (amongst other things) was cut short.

Grandpa gave the Boy binoculars this year to go with the bird book which he gave him last year.  They are 10 x 42 mm and roof prism.  So, while they are powerful enough and have a reasonable exit pupil, they are not bulky: just the thing for a 12-year-old outdoorsman.

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About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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6 Responses to Stand By To Repel Boarders II

  1. mud4fun says:

    My Father bought me a pair of binoculars at a similar age. I still have mine, they are not quite as powerful as your sons being just 8×30 but are a good make and I’ve used them many times over the years for looking at ships and boats on the river that ran in front of our house as well as for Bird spotting etc when out walking. Mine are Carl Ziess Jenoptem and they came in a lovely little leather carrying case. Every boy should have a set 🙂

    • My first pair were German too. But, they had been previously owned. They were 6 x 30 mm, with individual eye focusing and horizontal range markings. There was no makers’ name on them, but the writing did look very officious.

      When my Father was having eye problems, he asked me to swap binoculars with him: the individual focusing feature worked well for him. So, my present pair are Ross 9 x 35 mm Stepruva, in a leather case with Ross markings, bought from Lizar’s in Glasgow. However, patriotism aside, there is something really special about a pair of Ziess binoculars.

      While the glass in the Boy’s binoculars might not be of the quality of ours, the lense coatings and the casing of his meant that I did not have to give him quite as long a lecture about their care as the one we got.

  2. mud4fun says:

    LOL, there is something about the smell of binoculars too. Not sure if it was just the carl ziess ones but certainly mine and my Fathers had a distinctive smell from new and my pair still carries that scent even now some 30 years later. Maybe it is because they are kept in a leather case?

    • I can’t say that the leather case does not make it’s own contribution, but I think that it mainly keeps in that smell. (Fine British field glasses also have it.) I think that it comes from the strap: particularly, the unfinished side. I am sure that the chemicals used in the tanning bring out mild eccentricities and are certainly addictive; however, they cannot be as bad as the gasses given off by the Boy’s special grip soft plastic, cammo coloured, binoculars, in a ballistic nylon case.

    • Is it any wonder that when the most evocative aromas for British men include old leather, wet Harris Tweed, and newly fired .22lr cases, women go to France for their perfume?

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