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End of an era

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Just as they were beginning to get comfortable...

Bike Ouch!

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The lost words

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Wasn't expecting this. An evening with Robert and Jackie in support of Sobel House .
Beautiful, humbling, challenging, inspiring. Possibly mindset changing.

Short story on a coffee cup...

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Where's the jam?

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Sharon's Prints

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Office View

Office views

Currently, my second favourite Office View .

There once was a gate

A gate was here once

The car broke, again. "That never happens to a Toyota" now thrice.

But bonus, was Fay and I walked to the Red Lion for a SPL (aka Sunday Pub Lunch). Not done that in ages. Lovely.

Reflecting Autumn | Fall

Reflecting chroma

Valeria

Boat

This week mostly

This week, mostly, I have been avoiding the lifts

I have been climbing stairs

Still going strong

Hi-viz

Howies cycle bag, going strong twelve (I think) years on.

These leaves want to remain

Leaves

Watching the game

Watching the game

Home and away fans enjoying today's game. Many goals were scored.

Fay & Finn

Finn and Fay

Fay's growing!

Autumn Path

Autumn path

The colours this year are amazing. More yellow than yellow. Makes walking the back way into town an extra special delight.

Boats at Benson

Boats at Benson

It's this time of year you realize just how many of the le boat boats there are cruising up and down the inland waterways during the warmer months. There's now a whole flotilla tied up at Benson marina.

Clouds Think

Field and Sky

None shall pass

Yogi, Pip, Ewok

Ewok, Pip and Yogi


The boys. Keeping the countryside safe.

Wandering Around Wasdale

Wasdale

I grabbed a couple of days at the end of half term for some walking at Wasdale . There were lots of sheep. And lots of sheep poo.

Wasdale

There was autumn colour...

Scafell Loop

...some interesting routes...

Wasdale to Eskdale

...amazing views...

Scafell Loop

...and the odd moment or two!

There's more detail, much much more, hiding here . Enjoy.

Swyncombe Down

Swyncombe Down

Swyncombe Down

Swyncombe Down

Swyncombe Down

Swyncombe Down

Time for a swift one

Youth

Thames Path at Shillingford

Shillingford

Optical Illusion

Sunrise

What's this? Sunrise yesterday morning, light fog rising from the river. Shadow of tree projected onto mist droplets in the fog creating two fake images. Spooky.

Linescape

Misty Tracks

Getting old together

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In or Out Ewok?

Walking to School

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No trains = working from home = walk the dogs = join F on his route to school.

I wish my commute was always like this.

Still there

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Left it on the bike at platform 9 for a weekend and a bit. Still there on Monday morning. F says that's because only 'a certain type' bike in London. Glad to know I'm a 'certain type'.

Washing up done

The washing up is done

Moving window

Early morning train

It's the time of year when you see the sun peeking up from the early morning train - assuming the early morning train runs that is.

A walk around Asthall

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Football season is back

Football

Football

Football

Football


Football

Celebrating

Celebrate

"Are you celebrating?" asked Sunny the waiter. "Yes, that it's Friday night" we replied. Moments later, a Prosecco with flair :-)

[Yes, I know it's a flare, but homophones.]

Colourful Morning

Sunrise

A lonely tree

A lonely tree

I love this tree, it's by the car park at the clumps. I can never quite capture it, which is probably part of its charm.

The Living Room

Welcome to the living room

Fay adding some decoration to the Camerados -inspired Wallingford Living Room.

River Thames at Wallingford

The Rver Thames at Wallingford

The best river views are in the evening, after the rain that dumped all day has cleared.

Morning Misty View

Morning Mist

Drying Kit

Post camping kit drying

F went camping in the damp

The Clumps, looking scenic

Clearing Clumps

Rainbow Cloud

Evening Didcot

Didcot from The Clumps

Sunbeams after the storm cleared, from The Clumps.

Linescape

A Linescape


Our landscape is full of linescapes. Here the hedgerow along the field edge peters out. Inspired by reading Hugh Warwick .

Band of Hope

Band of Hope at the Boat House during Bunkfest

The awesome Band of Hope (renowned third best band in Wallingford, apparently) at the Boat House during Bunkfest.

Bike Lane Reprise

This is not a cycle lane

The stupidity of this bike lane has me so grumpy that I'm posting a picture of it again .

It's below the minimum recommended width; and in the wrong place (per the Highways Agency Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, Volume 5, Section 2, Part 4, Advice Note TA 91/05).

It encourages drivers to think there is sufficient space to overtake (see Highway Code rule 163 " give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car ").

It has a rainwater drain that occupies two-thirds of the width which all but guarantees that a cyclist will be forced to move right (which is likely to become an unpleasant reminder of Rule 213 " Motorcyclists and cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make. ")

Dylan's 18

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Big milestones. Brings back memories of a smaller guy on a beach .

Shoreditch, of course

Bin.jpeg - shoreditch, where even the graffiti is geek

Woodland Walking

Labradoodles

Sign

No dogs in the pool please


Just as well that dogs can read these days.

Regular Gentle Exercise is Required

Regular gentle exercise is important


Third time, this time the left arm and a double fracture. I blame irresponsible parenting, although heroic goal saving antics might be a contributory factor.

Paddling

Kayaking Thames

Down to the boat house and back for a drink.

Office View

Summer is over


Feeling like summer is over.

Howies is cool‽

H and me by H

H sporting the classic 2005

Bike Lane

Cycle lane

The power of protective paint. Keeping you safe.

Like a Paddington Bear

Everything is better with a cup of tea with Paddington

Commute Route

Commute route

The first leg of my London commute home is by bike from nearly Shoreditch to Paddington. The route along High Holbourn crosses the junction with Kingsway and Southampton Row. It's not the nicest ride.

New Shoes

Good news new shoes

Good news. My new shoes from Good News arrived. Lovely.

Pudding Appreciation

Pudding appreciation expression

H enjoying a particularly good pudding during a food-break on our epic homeward journey from Vis to Luton.

Lost Bike Book

Adriatic

Martin & Co. gave me a book about a crazy guy who rode a bike through Europe from the cold north to the hot south. I'm pretty sure the bike was one of these — an East German manufactured folding bike, but without the usual strengthening wooden cross-bar addition seen here.

I can't find the book right now, so a note to self to check my memory later.

Modra & Zelena špilja

Heading to the Blue Cave

Blue Cave

Green Cave

A tourist day with alternatura . The Blue Cave (Blue Grotto, or Modra špilja) on Biševo. Blue, because the sunlight bounces off the sandy sea floor and so passes through ~30m of water to get into the cave. Discovered by an Austrian painter or crawled in through a small gap in the cliff before returning the next year to blast a bigger opening. The green cave (Zelena špilja), which is green because blue was already taken.

We can do ABBA too

Barjoska Beach

Palm trees grow well here

Palm tree view

Komiža loop hike

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An early morning walk (hike?) with a loop up to (nearly) Mali Hum above Komiža and back. The advantage of an early start was amazing light as the sun rose over the hills and cooler air. A (small) disadvantage was the spider webs across the trial and the ants nest in the stick I picked up to clear a particularly webby stretch. The views were worth the effort but a jump straight into the pool was required on our return.

Early Morning Komiža

Komiža

Get up early for cool views of Komiža (nice views, before it gets too warm); then sleep in the middle of the day. Easy.

Harvey keeping cool

Barjoska Beach

Barjoska

Barjoska Beach

Barjoska Beach

Second stop on our kayak trip from Komiža was the beautiful Barjoska beach. We came here last year but walked rather than kayaked. Missing was the wooden pier that was erected for Mama Mia, Here we go again . The only evidence of its presence, a small MM2 signature in a concrete bollard.

If it looks like something out of a film that's because it will be.

Here's how it looked last year, the week before filming was due to start. Did I hear groupie?

Knezica

Swimming

Snorkling

F emerges

First stop on our kayak trip from Komiža was the beautiful Knezica beach just around the headland. It's a lovely small beach and, apart from the two nudists that joined us for a brief swim, we had it completely to ourselves.

Pool life

Pool life

H throwing some tricks in the pool.

Outdoor cinema in Komiža

Settling down to watch Mama Mia 2, filmed on Vis, in the open air cinema in Komiža, Vis. Fireworks scene in the film made all the more impressive by the shooting star overhead.

The outdoor cinema in Komiža, getting ready for the late night showing of Mama Mia 2 under the stars. The fireworks scene in the film made all the more impressive by the shooting star overhead.

Ferry from Split to Vis (again)

Pier 12,Split

Splitting from Split

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Taking the ferry from Split to Vis. We did something very similar this time last year.

Thames Paddling II

Finn Kayaking

Out for a paddle with Finn. Old Skool. He's quicker than me now. But I still have more tricks.

Thames Paddling

Thames Sunset

Canoeing on the Thames

Canoeing on the Thames

Evening paddle down the Thames to the Boat House with Fay.

Dog on a building site


Dog on a building site
[ Dog on a building site #blog on flickr.]

Exit


Exit
[ Exit #blog on flickr.]

If you must work at the weekend there's worse places to do it


If you must work at the weekend there's worse places to do it
[ If you must work at the weekend there's worse places to do it #blog on flickr.]

A little bit of ezra at truck


A little bit of ezra at truck
[ A little bit of ezra at truck #blog on flickr.]

Summer sports: bridge jumping

Wallingford Bridge

Wallingford Bridge

Don't try this at home.

Huts

Huts

Pip

Pip

Pip

Proper Walk

The bench

Proper walk

Felix & Finn

Felix

Finn

Felix & Finn

Afternoon tea with Ewok

Afternoon Tea with Ewok

Evening Paddle to Wallingford

Evening paddle to Wallingford

Notestostrangers


Notestostrangers
Notestostrangers #blog on flickr.

May in the garden (late!)

May in the garden - late, so July

May in the garden this year was delayed by good weather. So here is July in the bottom of the garden. Previous May in the Garden: 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 |

Finding the shady spots


Finding the shady spots
Finding the shady spots #blog on flickr.

Aston Wood Walking

Aston Wood

Aston Wood

Aston Wood

A belated post with some woody pics from a lovely stroll through Aston Wood with the Helen & Dave.

Oxford Botanic

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

A post-physio day out in Oxford with some tranquility in the Oxford Botanic Garden . Collecting plant life since 1621. (It's a Botanic garden, you need some pics with colour…)

Counting weetabix


Counting weetabix

Cycle life

Buggy Near Miss

At least the kid was strapped in. Their emergency stop nearly threw them under my front wheel.

Sun down


Sun down

Baby oak tree in the lavender


Baby oak tree in the lavender

May there always be a cloud on your horizon


May there always be a cloud on your horizon

One for Pablo


One for Pablo

New alarm

Casio Quartz Classic

Criteria: It must not tick. It must not be a phone or other internet connected device. Nice to have: not too shabby to look at.

Kitchen Shelves

Kitchen Shelves

I thought I'd try and sneak a few books onto the kitchen shelves when no one was looking. Didn't last long.

Brov went one up with a paperback knife rack. Jealous.

Hay, it rolls

Hay rolls

Gladiators Path

Gladiator

At this time of the year, when I'm on this bit of the walk, I think of quotes from Gladiator.

Castle Meadows


Castle Meadows

Ewok and Yogi take a rest stop


Ewok and Yogi take a rest stop

Irony: actually fixing bit rot while supported by Coupland's book

Irony: actually fixing bit rot while supported by Coupland's book.

I busted my back, so have a temporary raised desk that's a slab of door on books. I'm using it to fix crossoak that had a spasam of bit rot. I just noticed which books I'm resting on.

Fortunatley, it's better now.

Note: This post was updated on 2020-12-22 to fix broken links.

Blue in Castle Meadows


Blue in Castle Meadows

Walkabout

A quick walkabout during a brief break in a training course back in Seattle.

Abandoned


Abandoned

Looking down


Looking down

Dead chain


Dead chain

Bikes


Bikes

Tonight I am rinsing wetsuits


Tonight I am rinsing wetsuits

Making space for more book shelves


Making space for more book shelves

Blending in


Blending in

Down by the ferry #padstow


Down by the ferry

padstow

Kit hill


Kit hill

Just wait here while I nip into the bar for a quick pint


Just wait here while I nip into the bar for a quick pint

Life was simpler when I didn't have to worry about left and right socks


Life was simpler when I didn't have to worry about left and right socks

Had to share the cream tea with this chap


Had to share the cream tea with this chap

got a new gig?


got a new gig?

Something's a bit fishy


Something's a bit fishy

Little Green Bag


Little Green Bag

Today we washed the mud off


Today we washed the mud off

Look mum I've found a puddle


Look mum I've found a puddle

Damp wood walk


Damp wood walk

Trespassers will be composted


Trespassers will be composted

Little F with slightly littler F


Little F with slightly littler F

Ewok's next project


Ewok's next project

A good ride


A good ride

Five bars!


Five bars!

Very mossy


Very mossy

I can see cows from here


I can see cows from here

Preparing for dampness


Preparing for dampness

Heading to the river


Heading to the river

River High


River High

Glimpse of the blue


Glimpse of the blue

The utah tea pot. Classic.


The utah tea pot. Classic.

HANDS FREE PDP 11/20


HANDS FREE PDP 11/20

Dry feet


Dry feet

Fooled by Randomness


Fooled by Randomness

A at the quays


A at the quays

積ん読 [tsùńdókú] a pile of unread books has a place on a shelf above the stairs.


積ん読 [tsùńdókú] a pile of unread books has a place on a shelf above the stairs.

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Tilehurst platform


Tilehurst platform

A light dusting


A light dusting

Winter tree


Winter tree

Shoreditch snow


Shoreditch snow

The road from the office to decent coffee


The road from the office to decent coffee

Office view


Office view

One head, stream gently


One head, stream gently

Notes to strangers


Notes to strangers

Hair dryers mocking my bald scalp in the office locker room. The joys of modern cycle commuting.


Hair dryers mocking my bald scalp in the office locker room.

The joys of modern cycle commuting.

Classic


Classic

Wynn. Home for a week.


Wynn. Home for a week.

Ocean's eleven


Ocean's eleven

Stratospheric


Stratospheric

Morning Vegas


Morning Vegas

51 floors up in Vegas


51 floors up in Vegas

Elemental


Elemental