Anyone NOT hooked on Wordle? Success of the Day?

It’s come to my attention, that there are people on this forum (amazingly) who are not doing Wordle (in English or French) or nerdle. I do recommend them. Not least because it gives you something to discuss with your OH - :grin:
However, in the interests of duplicating the feel-good factor of the Wordle thread, may I suggest a “successes of the day” thread - this is much like Vero telling the rest of us she’s managed to do Wordle in two lines - sorry Wordle in-joke.
This is not quite the same as the good news thread - which maybe a passive event (ie something nice that has happened TO you).
I suggest this should be a topic about what you, personally, have achieved this day.
May I start with an example:
I have managed to give our Airedale a shower and she has forgiven me. She HATES water. So a shower is agony for her, but she needs it because she has a skin infection. We both did splendidly. We are both soaking wet, but otherwise in fine fettle.
What’s been your success of the day?


Yes, also sutom nocle, instant nerdle, mini nerdle, heardle, dordle, quordle, quordle francais and octordle.

@Mat_Davies @rendi60

Hang on guys - I was hoping this would NOT be about Wordle. We’ve got a thread for that. This should be for people who just can’t see what on earth the attraction of it is, but might like a “feel-good” thread that talks about their successes - which may of course include managing to do today’s sudoku (which bores me rigid!)


Ok, so my success of the day is digging in 15 mole hills. Going by previous experience this may well be a short lived success…


Cutting the grass and installing a shiny new oven. (And, incidentally, I did Wordle in 2 lines this morning !). Don’t tell Sue.


Ha ha… I have a strange brain which doesn’t always function properly (no, I’m not barmy, just odd !)

I got into the habit of doing Sudoku a few years back, as a way of relaxing/keeping-check on my mental capabilities.
Unlike counting sheep, if I can’t sleep I set to work… until either my eyes give up or I get stuck (so I mark the page with a large X)… and then I find snoozing comes “just like that”.

Often, on waking… I take another look at the “stuck” puzzle and… good grief… there’s the answer right there… now how come I didn’t see that last night… and I happily rush through to completion and mark that page with a huge tick… hurrah.
I now find the easy levels much too boring and enjoy the more difficult ones, as they stretch my mind and often require a leap of faith… which my dithering brain can sometimes manage and sometimes not.

OH thinks Sudoku is soppy … but he’s happy if I’m happy…

Success of the day: One wheelbarrow filled with dandelion plants (about to seed) which I have pulled up by the roots to avoid them “coming back to life”.
EDIT: Never tried Wordle as it doesn’t appeal to me, for some reason.


I don’t do Wordle… well, not directly anyway. The OH does it when we sit up in bed, in the morning, with the first cup of tea (which I invariably make). Have to say, her score would be a lot poorer without my input.


At work, I was a problem solver. That’s exactly how I worked (almost). If I couldn’t figure it out straight away, I’d just do something distracting. This annoyed my bosses enormously. According to them, I couldn’t be doing real work if I was chatting with friends, juggling or doing exercises on the floor. Thing is, it worked for me, and I didn’t really care what people thought about that. I went through several bosses, they came and went.

I had a lovely time introducing my 10 month old granddaughter to Monteverdi and Vaughan Williams :star_struck:

Madrigals and folk songs all v jolly.


Adore Vaughan Williams. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is sublime. :slight_smile: (edit: prefer this version)


Yes wonderful VW! What I was playing for the GD was the English Folksong Suite :slightly_smiling_face:

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I’m not hooked, not is my wife. Just not my thing.

In any case, who has time outside of trying to learn another language. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Success of the day - small by comparison with all the experts here, but I hung a picture and a mirror in the cottage/gite this evening using the Makita drill that I purchased from advice here. Drill bit went into the thick old stone wall beautifully. A lovely reminder of the good advice I’ve had on here over the years.


Makita drill - lucky you!

Here’s a simple professional tip for hanging paintings etc at the right viewing height - take an eye-level centre line through the work and use that as the basis for the hanging.

Am aware of Wordle’s existence, but have no desire to know nothing more than that about it, ditto Toktik, Witter and their ilk. Similarly fail to understand why OH tries to send me misspelt WhatsApp messages that’s she’s torturously typed on her phone rather than simply phoning me.

And what’s, more despite still reading proper hardback books, I don’t think I’m an elderly fogey.

The most interesting audio artwork that I’ve encountered is Janet Cardiff’s installation One Collective Breath based on a choral singing of of Tallis’s 40 Part Motet. You can only really experience it in the gallery, where it’s like wandering though a choir hearing the individual voice as you move close to one of the speakers. You can’t experience this sensation online, but the artist gives a good explanation at

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I spent hours with it years ago as it was part of a bigger exhibition, but is there a permanent installation anywhere? Would be interesting to go to it again.

Ah, but whose eye level? I’m 5ft 4. He’s 6ft. I usually make them slightly too high for me on the basis that I am better at looking up than he is at stooping. :grin:

It also depends on the intention of the artist. Not all images are intended to be looked at straight on, if you happen to have am Old Master these are intended to be looked at from below (:smile:). Some contemporary painters also prefer their work hung high. Most galleries will use 1.55m as a standard height, but at home one has to take into account the room, and the wall, and the lighting. Much more important to me to make the painting sit comfortably in the space, and the room, than be a slave to a specific height.


65" eye level works well for most private rooms and galleries. Because works have ideal viewing distances minor differences in spectators’ eye-levels don’t matter.

That’s a commonly held view, because from the mid-C18th to the mid-C20th it was customary to fill every inch of wall space in academy exhibitions and large private collections.

Nevertheless, apart from commissions for specific locations such as altar pieces, ceilings and palace rooms, artists wouldn’t have known what perspectival allowance to make as they wouldn’t know at what height their works where going to be hung. Most painting collections in English stately homes, apart from family portraits were purchased from dealers in Italy while on the Grand Tour.

Also it’s important to think of these works as ‘tokens’ that were displayed to indicate their owners’ wealth, taste and lineage. One wasn’t meant to study them closely and anyway often this wasn’t possible due to centuries of dirt and a fashion for re-varnishing in brown!

Nearly all Dutch paintings were sold through private dealers rather than being commissioned. These works usually were intended for domestic interiors, so were deliberately quite small and displayed at eye level.

And of course, today most paintings in public collections are displayed at eye-level regardless of for where or when they were executed.

Including the specialist curator at the National Gallery who gave a fascinating and well referenced lecture on this subject.

But my great success today was submitting OH’s application for driving licence exchange. Should have been done on Tuesday to give the best chance of getting it back before his expires, so I threw in the towel today and did it myself. (Which he of course knew would happen if he resisted my nagging long enough :joy:)

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