# Archives for 2022

## Camel to Sea

Where the dunes are growing. Slowly.

## Boat

Ladder. For the roofers roofing a roof up the street.

## Twenty Five Walk

Breakie at Cherry Trees. Lunch at Blue Tomato. Dinner at the Pig.

I don't think we did enough steps to compensate for all that.

## Twenty Five Mono

Sand on the Rock side.

Church in the dunes.

Water on the ferry ramp.

## Artist at Work

The ferry crew needed 10 minutes. What a terrible place to wait.

## While waiting for coffee

One benefit of coffee to-go from Cherry Trees is the while-you-wait view.

Woohoo!

## Hall Walk

Hall Walk. Fowey to Polruan to Fowey again.

## Yogi and Ewok

A nice spot to pose!

## Another Morning View

Some mornings are so worth getting up for.

## Dog walk loop N

Discovering stuff down on the shore.

## Sunset Swim

A beautiful evening at Harlyn. The dogs got a speedy short walk because the surf forecast was poor for the rest of the week.

Could have waited for the tide to drop a bit more, but by then it would have been night-boarding.

Yup, the only one in!

Warmed up with a cuppa from the thermos. But my feet took a day or two longer to recover.

We got the perfect seats for the lantern parade — but I forgot to take pictures until after then main event. But then Padstow's fire engine was just slightly ever so more popular.

I got things oppositely wrong for the fireworks. For these the timing was better (just between "ohhh" and "ahhh") but instead of being quay-side, with amazing reflections in the harbour (forth of July-style), I was in the crowds with this gent's bald bonnet for framing.

## Morning Walk

Up early means views like this. I'm not sure the dogs were as impressed as I was.

## Dark long nights

Nights are longer, and darker for longer.

## Winter, soon

Winter is nearly here but the leaves haven't yet got the message.

## Book Shelf

Sorted. Although some of those are unread.

## Ewok found a sleeve

Found on the walk, never to be separated.

## Dinner

Friends for dinner. Happy Sunday's.

## Snack Time

Back from uni for a day, and to raid the snack tin.

## Taking a Moment

Taking a moment above St Saviour's Point, looking over the war memorial towards Rock.

> The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

J.F.K, 1961 (attr. Edmund Burke).

## Spot the difference

Ewok

Yogi

Ewok, Yogi, and...

## Dune

Dune. We've been here before. This time though there wasn't any jumping.

## Cleaning Windows

Visitors for the weekend? Quick, let's clean the windows.

## Today's Work View

Nicked Fay's bench to work from today. She left me the flowers too!

## Some leaves in a puddle

Just dropped F back in Bristol after a few days home for reading week. Yes, his digs are next door to the O2. Smart choice. Bonus points if you can spot him in the piccy's above.

## Discharge

With S, S & G. Awesome. Loud too. Thanks chaps.

## Dog finds mud

A walk around the clumps which was amazingly mud free until almost the very end. Yup, Yogi delivers.

## Wellness Day 5

Up early to tidy the house, put the recycling out, and grab a coffee. But still time for a quick chat with H along the terrace.

Today's plan was the reverse of day 1, heading back along the trail to Bodmin.

And then up and over the woods at Lanhydrock to the station. I'd spent a little longer chatting with H and so the ride had been a tad faster than planned, 18 minutes faster than the ride to Padstow on Monday. Let's just say the station was a welcome sight.

There's even a cafe in the old signal box, with fabulous local sandwiches, shortbread, and less-fabulous coffee.

The station staff at Bodmin were wonderful too, wishing me the best of luck getting to the carriage with my reserved bike space (because the train was longer than the platform 😁)

After the coffee experience at Bodmin I was up for a cuppa from the GWR onboard trolley. But it didn't make it to our coach until the approach to Reading, so I skipped and went for a platform Starbuck's instead.

Achievement unlocked: Total for the week: 154km

## Pub Band Bingo

After a day out in the weather what better way to relax than a beer and a veggie curry in the pub next door. How about a beer, curry and name-that-band bingo? Yup, you're looking at a winner!

## Wellness Day 4

Day 4 plan, grab the bus to Porthcothan, because, and then walk back home. Estimated distance 20 km.

I decided to ride on the top deck of the bus to enjoy the amazing above-the-hedgerow views.

The vista across Harlyn sands was particularly impressive.

The bus stops right by the closed Porthcothan Cafe. A November theme emerges: The closed cafes of Cornwall.

A quick pause to take note of the notes.

The beach at Porthcothan.

Also in monochrome.

And a profile, also in monochrome, where you can see that the surf was very, very, surfy.

Heading north to Constantine (past the Minnows and Fox Cove) the views south were dramatic, with squalls wandering inland from the ocean.

All the way ominous rain clouds lurked behind me.

With big seas contributing some drama to the lighthouse view from Dinas Head.

But it stayed dry and sunny in places past (possibly) Stein's family home...

...and round past Harlyn bay (where the surf was up compared to Tuesday)

But the rain caught me at Stepper Point, although fortunately the day mark tower saved me from the worst of it.

The home stretch was familar growth, through Hawker's Cove and the path back to the memorial.

I lovely walk, with views and weather! The south west coast path is pretty awesome, with the only disappointing bit being this nicely fenced section near Mother Ivy's Bay holiday park. Total 22.82km in 4h03m.

## Wellness Day 3

Up early this morning, trying to beat the weather.

The plan was to head up the river Camel, heading to Wenfordbridge and the closed Snail's Pace cafe (open until the end of October in case you're wondering).

The sky looked promising as I passed the sailing club.

Wadebridge, where the sun was trying hard to break through.

The trail winds itself through woodland along the edge of the river.

Occasionally leaving clues about its history.

Before long (well, a while or two), Wenfordbridge arrives. The cafe looks like it'll be a lovely stop come March.

The way back was gloomy as the clouds settled and drained away all the autumnal colour.

Except the the occasional reminder of better times past.

On the way back a lovely coffee at Relish in Wadebridge - possibly the best coffee since Coffee Works Leadenhall.

And back home, just before the heavy rain hit (this is becoming a pattern).

Muddy bike and muddy gear = never a bad day to ride.

Oh, a tad over 55km in case you were curious.

## Wellness Day 2

The weather for the week looked to be worsening. The best way not to get soaked by the rain is to already be in the water. Magic Seaweed reckoned Harlyn would be fun, and Constantine Surf concurred.

So I hopped on the number 56 bus to Newquay, stopping at Harlyn Bridge.

I'd gambled right. Harlyn was beautiful, and I wasn't the only one there (good for your confidence when the surf is nicely busy).

The waves were breaking perfectly, with a cross wind conjuring rainbows in the spray.

I also learnt of another use for a body board: head protection when the hail storm hit. Rather a surreal experience floating beyond the breaks and waiting for the squall to pass.

The beach box was open too, so a flat white for me.

Which set me up nicely for the walk back to Padstow via Trevone...

And then across the fields to Padstow and a hot bath.

## Wellness Base

Don't tell F, but I'm not sure I have enough bikes with me...

## Wellness Day 1

We've been here before, but this time what came next was more successfull.

Bike is ready to board the ten thirty-ish to Penzance.

And I'm ready too, with caffeine drink in a slightly leaky mug.

Taunton arrived - almost as quickly as the snack cart.

It was slower after Exeter, but the views are something special.

And the reading was just as good.

Too soon, Bodmin Parkway arrived. Luckily mine was the only bike, so I was able to wrangle it out of the rack with only 5 minutes of hassle (oh to be a fly-on-the-wall for the user research that never happened when this wasn't designed)

The route from Parkway station into Bodmin is a wonderful ride through the woodland around Lanhydroc. There's lots of trails here to explore, and on reflection, this might have been a tad over ambitious on a single-speed.

After the woods is a dog-leg to get across the A30 Bodmin Bypass and then down into Bodmin to pick up the Camel Trail.

The trail was almost deserted, a big change from the summer when it's packed wheel-to-wheel. Unlike the summer there was plenty of places in the Wadebridge bike racks... but the coffee place I'd found last time was shut.

I made it just before the rain, but managed to get soaked picking up some supplies. But at least I managed a selfie to prove to F that I'd made it ;-)

Going back might take a little longer...

All packed up and ready for another attempt.

The veg is on.

## Wet Sunday

It's damp today. Yogi is less than happy about it.

## Ewok and Yogi

Busy walk this morning, lots of people to chat to.

## Waiting

90 minutes after the usual time for tea and Ewok was giving up. Yogi tried to encourage him to stay, but Ewok was adamant that he was off. Just as soon as the front door opened.

## Autumn Walks

Autumn (fall) colour (color) on the morning walks.

## Rioja? Don’t mind if I do.

Getting ready for a long winter evening or four.

## New wheels

And a little 10k ride to get started. Lovely.

## The team meets

In a distributed-first, post-pandemic (ish), way of working, coming together as a team occasionally is something to cherish.

And an opportunity to put your kids up on a big screen.

A quiet corner.

## Stockholm

A week in Stockholm hotels. Plural, for reasons.

4 days in 6 with early morning running views.

## Accelerate: Book

I was after a couple of copies. But, it was out of print. I tracked down one copy online at Blackwell's and asked them to reserve it. When I went to pick it up I stumbled on their 25 missing copies, shelved under business strategy. I then went to Sweden and forgot to give them to the people I'd got them for. Duh!

## Goodbye Friend

The space where my bike should have been.

Some highlights...

• May 2005 - with Fay along the Grand Union
• Jan 2021 - riding home cross-country after an MRI
• May 2009 - with H riding the Redmond watershed
• Sept 2009 - with H in Paradise Valley
• Feb 2010 - with a unique hair style co-rider
• May 2020 - lock down exploring

...and it's never been a bad day to ride

## 2007

Helping the neighbours with some bottles, a reminder of what we were up to when the wine went into that bottle.

## October Blue Sky

October and the sky is blue.

Clearing sky. Resting on a bin, in a post-dinner stroll around the harbour. This something at night could become a trend.

## Cloudy Day for a Walk

Look closely and you can see the stormy clouds brewing over the distant moor.

As ever though, the boys made the most of it. Can you spot Yogi?

A little bit of Padstow after dark.

## Sofa Yogi

Need a bigger futon Yogi. No he said, it's fine.

## Running Sand Views

Pentire Point from Hawker's Cove.

## Scaffolding

Not us, but up the street from us. Narrow.

Up with the sun, which is getting easier these days, for a stretch with the boys.

## Old Boar Quarry

A walk from Padstow to Stepper Point Quarry.

War Memorial.

Across to Hawker's Cove.

Stepper Point from the Quarry.

The bog garden at the south edge of the quarry.

Hawker's Cove as the tide drops.

## Waun Fach & Grwyne Fawr Loop

Up early for the Bath Spa express.

And a day in the hills with the gents.

Someone had the same boot trouble as I did on Snowdon.

The views of wide, open, vistas, were none too shabby.

Sheep, mice, but not the advertised Lamagaboogler.

But we may have missed one while quaffing the champers.

Dinner, and a pint or four, at the Priory in Llanthony.

Most lovely, thanks chaps.

## New Milton Dog Walk Views

Views from excursions of the early morning kind with Mr Special and Pip...

There were crack-of-dawn swimmers...

...and evening flyers.

The boys were best behaved.

Even Charlie. (Who didn't bite my finger.)

## Pip came to stay

Guess who came to stay?

Some reeducation was necessary.

F, in Bristol!

## Shoes

Salomon's. My go to since 2005. Wear them.

Where am I?

## Milton Lunch

A spot of lunch in Milton (new) to say thank you for looking after Mr Special and Sir Ewok while we were taking in the sights, and as a little well done celebration

## Bunkfest 2022

Band of Hope followed by Fleur Stevenson (with Maff and Drew) at Le Clos for the last evening of Bunkfest. Tight.

No lanterns this time.

## Amsterdam Overflow

Some extras from Amsterdam.

## Montmartre

Montmartre. Where we discover the boy's culture¹ limit.

And yes, it was just as good as the last time

Footnotes:

1. The editor reprimanded me. I think you mean "the culture expressed by Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Neo-Impressionism, Divisionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Art Deco and Abstract art movements that evolved in Paris" (to paraphrase from wikipedia) rather than culture per se².
2. Actually, they didn't use the phrase per se, but you get the drift.

## Sacré-Cœur

Second visit was just as good as the first

I lost.

## Eiffel

Originally the tower had a permit to stand for 20 years. It was to be dismantled in 1909, that would have been five years before construction of Sacré-Cœur had completed.

## Water lilies: Better in colour?

The tour guide really impressed the boys with his knowledge of the construction of the panels (each panel mounted on casters so that Claude could move them around in his purpose-built studio while painting, from a combination of smaller-scale sketches and his memory). If you look closely you can spot the seams.

Soon there was a whole procession penguin shuffling around the gallery, everyone looking closely for the joints. Or perhaps everyone was just going that way anyway.

## Street Art

Finding your way home is easy when the end of the street is decorated with something subtle like this.

## Paris surprise

Fay found a lovely apartment in Paris, complete with a great big picture of Amsterdam on the wall. I probably didn't think long enough about the "it's a bit big for two of us but it was the only place in Paris that was available" line...

...surprise!!!

Well played family, well played.

(Planning all that must have made the unexpected Brussels diversion even more stressy! ❤️)

## Paris

A day of being tourists and eating great food. Au Trappist was perfect for Moules et Frites with Belgium and Irish beer (!), while L'Alsacien République at the end of the street was a fantastic and relaxed spot for the evening. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The water lilies ranged from beautiful through interesting to errrr; depending on which of us you were. Obviously, they are better in monochrome.

## Unexpected Brussels

Our train from Amsterdam to Paris was cancelled... Technically it was disrupted. Due to industrial action it would now start from Brussels; but with all trains that day similarly disrupted, starting from Brussels wasn't so helpful when you are sat in Amsterdam.

So we grabbed the last seats on a late train the night before, and had a lightning quick Brussels experience thanks, again, to some tips from the man in Seat61.

The best way to see Amsterdam. We whizzed around. If being overtaken by a chain smoking, mobile chatting, lady on a cargo bike with 3 kids in the front can still be called whizz. My excuse was that we were admiring the views.

Here's an example:

## Food in Amsterdam

Lunch at Gartine. Lovely. Must book.

Brunch at Greenwood's. Also lovely. Can't book.

## People in Amsterdam

Dylan, Felix, Finn, Fred.

## Art in Amsterdam

BREXIT and Black Lives Matter at the Stedelijk Museum.

The gardens (and some Barbara Hepworth) at the Rijksmuseum (or the Ruk to its friends who misread the typographic short form of Rijk).

This isn't Banksy, but we did see some (and The Kid) at Moco.

The art market (which had been the book market the previous day).

And my favourite, Lost Cat in a Glass Box.

My humble contravention.

## Our Lord in the Attic

Oh yes. A church hidden inside a house. It was fine, so long as you weren't overt about it.

## Watching the traffic float by

Conflicted whether boat or bike is the best way to get around this city.

## Anne

Anne Frank and her family hid in the house at the end of the canal. Look closely and you can see it.

## Morning coffee in the bike city

Kafenion Amsterdam. Taste and a view.

## Day 1 in Amsterdam

Fay found an awesome house boat to stay in while in Amsterdam.

A perfect location and a lovely spot for some sketching.

There's even a little library nearby.

We've been rather taken by the various seating out the front of houses.

And become rather too interested in the drainage systems and steps down to small back doors. Remind you of anywhere?

As well as the servants quarters in the house of the Van Loo's.

And, of absolutely no surprise, stumbling over an Antropologie store.

Parking isn't easy here. Except with no car.

Selfies at the bulb market.

We stumbled on the place for the Van Hof technique - but unfortunately the courses were all fully booked.

Back home in time for a pizza from the local, and very good, La Perla.

Oh, and somewhere in all of that we passed the Teddy Bear Tree.

## This is a footpath

"What I don't understand is why don't bikes pull over to get out of the way of my car when I'm clearly capable of going faster"

## roof architecture

Admiring the roof architecture of the James Street Tavern courtyard.

## Results Day

Nice one Finn. You're a star.

Cleaned and tidied. Ready for the next visitors.

## Tree fern damage

Something, or someone, didn't like my tree fern 😕.

A computer generated painting of Padstow Harbour Sunset, generated by Midjourney AI.

Wally might be impressed.

It chucked it down just before midday, and it sounded like everyone made a beeline for the nearest eatery. By about 8pm the Harbour Inn was just calm enough for a quiet pint.

## Screwfix on a fixie

I had a delivery to collect from Screwfix, simple, except I was on a single-speed (not quite a fixie) and Screwfix is at the top of the hill.

Getting there was puffing, but let's just say home down West Hill to the trail was fuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnn!

## Spring High

Normally you're looking down onto the yacht decks. Not when it's a spring your not.

## Challenge - Padstow by train and bike

Challenge accepted, can I get to Padstow on public transport and a bike? Should be easy, what with our new Great British Railways (with both the words Great and British together it must be awesome).

Let's use the GWR app to book the ticket and a cycle reservation. Sorted. ish. It can't give me a digital ticket, instead I must collect the ticket from the station. OK, I'm leaving from a station so let's do that!

Oh.

Dear. Machine out of order and ticket office closed. Nice.

OK, let's hope I can collect the tickets at the connecting station. Reading here we come!

Success. Ticket for me and ticket for the bike.

And no disruption on the network. Honest gov, none.

But if you look closely you'll see the train is delayed. Get comfy because it's going to stay delayed while you sit here for an hour. And then it's cancelled.

And still no disruption on the network. Honest gov, none.

No worries, there must be another train, or an alternative route. Nope. Nada. Nowt. Not with a bike. Sorry mate, no bike reservations on any train heading west until tomorrow.

So no option but to head back home on a local service. This is fun.

Finally, I'm there. Back to where this sorry story began.

After 12 years of conservative government leadership the railways lack a guiding focus on customers, coherent leadership and strategic direction. They are too fragmented, too complicated, and too expensive to run. Innovation is difficult. Incentives are often perverse. Some working practices have not changed in decades. There must be single-minded efforts to get passengers back. In short, we need somebody in charge.

Eloquent words you say? Sorry, but those aren't my words. They're copied verbatim from the government's own Williams-Shapps plan for Great British Railways. You can read all about it here. And before you complain about my blatent copying, the 'Shapps' in Williams-Shapps is the beloved member for Welwyn Hatfield; also the previous chair of the conservative (and unionist!) party; the same Shapps named when "Google blacklisted 19 of the Shapps' business websites for violating rules on copyright infringement"; and, hysterically, also the same Shapps that used multiple made-up names in some pyramid scheme. You couldn't make this up.

## Expectant

"It must be almost dinner time" said Yogi.

"In fact, it always must almost be dinner time" he thought.

## Sailing!

Treated myself to an awesome couple of hours sailing on the Camel with H from Camel Sailing. It's been a while. The last time was also here, but back in 2005.

I could get used to the view from a Wayfarer, but maybe not following the views experienced by Frank Dye.

Still unsure

## Misty Sail

Paddle did well to make any headway against wind and tide. Muppet.

## Camel

The Camel Estuary from the middle-loop morning dog walk.

## Give Way

This is still confusing some people who drive.

## After work boarding

The benefits of work from anywhere and a "finishing early 🏄" appointment in my calendar. Some nice waves @ Harlyn with F and then dinner from Big Pans. Yummy.

## Foggy Cove

A foggy morning walk to Hawkers Cove.

I found a boot.

№1: The Nook

## Sandsnipe

Sandsnipe. Sniping sand.

If only I could be consistent on how the boat's name is spelled. In my defense, that was seventeen years ago.

## I blame Sean

I started with a txt from Sean. He'd spotted a flyer for a "music festival for people that don't do music festivals".

Not to be out done, I quickly searched up the twinkling lights we'd seen the night before while crossing the Camel at Wadebridge. Aha, some festival thing, a combination of music and… food. Hardly surprising in the land of the rising PadStein.

Although I'd missed Grandmaster Flash by about 12 hours (tragedy) Passenger was playing that evening. And day tickets are still available you say? Wonderful. Despite my sarcastic negativity, probably the best live set I've seen. And yes, that includes both Ghost Face Killer and Cradle of Filth.

## The trees are running

Watch out, heavy plants are on the move. Very heavy.

## Happy 81

Happy 81 L!!!! The birthday swim is becoming a tradition. Hopefully the post-swim Thai meal will too.

The boys went for a dip too. Just not these boys.

As ever, Pip kept watch.

## Cove with a view

Cove with a view. A view of the three people and two dogs getting cut off on the sand bank by a rising tide across the estuary. Fortunately "swimming for it" was successful.

Take care folks. And check the tide times.

## Tree Path Walk

The dead tree on the path home.

## Congratulations H

Celebrating with H - two very proud parents, and a proud little brother. A tough covid three years at uni. Well done super star!!!!

## It's a dog's life

E is so happy with the bed under the breakfast bar that he's pretty much moved in permanently. He nearly missed the evening walk because he was so chilled.

## Brightwell Run

F was walking the boys with H so I cadged a lift to Brightwell and ran home over the hill. Puffed.

## Out and about in Oxford

Starting at Redbridge Park and Ride with EV charging powered by some massive "grid scale" battery that was installed at Cowley Substation. Perhaps that's why you pay for parking and the park & ride bus, which together is more than parking at the Westgate. Genius!

First stop: energy with a most lovely veggi brunch at the Handlebar cafe.

Then the highlight of the trip: we went to the Ashmolean to see the Pre-Raphaelite's (Mr. S would be impressed). Turns out F had seen it before: just before it had closed for a Covid lock down. I'm not sure what I enjoyed most, the two-faced double-edged exhibition texts; or the grey-haired mafia with their phones snapping every picture and every word. Absolutely hysterical. Obviously, I'm from a younger generation that feels it's just not done to wander the galleries clicking away on your smart phone. So instead I give you a picture of something from the gents.

Well said Yogi.

## It's a bit warm

"It's a bit warm" said Yogi.

Scorching might be a better description.

Randall illustrates why this is a problem in xkcd 1732 below…

## London - Amsterdam & Back

Work trip to Amsterdam via the Eurostar. St Pancreas to Amsterdam central in ~4 hours which is a bit crazy considering home to Liverpool Street used to be ~2 hours. (Although that was bike-train-bike 😉) Connecting from Paddington to St Pancreas was a whizz, what with the Elizabeth line taking about 8 minutes from Paddington to Farringdon. Would have been quite handy for getting to Chancery Lane back when that was my commute.

## My next bike?

Maybe. Possibly something similar. Maybe not.

Because:

$$Bikes_{perfect number} = Bikes_{current} + 1$$

Cool yes?

## Colourful Amsterdam Run

Morning run around Amsterdam. The Keizersgracht route.

## Team meetup in Amsterdam

A short trip via Eurostar to Amsterdam for a couple of days with the lovely product team. Super.

## Killing Herbs

A week away and we've nuked the parsley.

## Inflation

Inflation. It's up.

## Lunch @ Prawn on the ~~Lawn~~ Farm

Lunch at Prawn on the Farm. Scrumptious food. Great service. Almost perfect company and a lovely view across to the monument. Again?

## Morning Walk Mono

Up early, but it was already hot. The same walk is also available in colour if you prefer. Vote in the comments.

## Morning Walk Colour

Up early, but it was already hot. The same walk is also available in mono if you prefer. Vote in the comments.

Nearly the same view as last night.

A wander around the inner harbour to the Friday evening sounds of something from the Harbour Inn. I wonder what it will look like tomorrow?

## Books on a table

Holiday birthday books. Thanks mum!

We hired bikes and went shopping in Wadebridge. It's a lovely ride.

## Morning Views

Looking one way to the ocean.

Looking the other way to Rock.

## Evening Stroll

We almost had the beach to ourselves. Almost.

## Afternoon Snooze

Well, we're on holiday ☺

## End of the pint

A silver lining story. H & D had to hastily rearrange their holiday when the transport to Montenegro suddenly wasn't. Instead they're on a touring trip of Cornwall which meant we got to spend a lovely day with them as they made their way to the Minack. A lovely bonus to our week. D took a marvelous group selfie, while I got this shot of the glass on the pub table. Go figure.

## CCTV watching the view

It was probably sometime in 1992 when I heard Wally Axford describing the lens-less camera of the future. It was in the Photo Science labs in the basement of Riding House Street and, I think, during an extended image processing practical session with an Acorn Archimedes something or other. Wally's theory was that the future camera would just be a GPS device. All you needed to know was where you were.

It would generate the perfect picture by composing something from a combination of stock imagery for where you were with the curated images of the people you were with. His theory was that a) most people couldn't capture a great landscape photo, b) most people didn't like most pictures of themselves, and c) no one cares really about the actual picture, more it's the memory it evokes or the message it sends.

At the time there was some Kodak research floating around that the most common photo was granny in front of a bin in the garden. So Wally's idea would give you the best photo of granny with the best bits of the garden (without the bins, or a telegraph pole sticking out of grannies head).

Tech went in a different direction, with computational cameras in every pocket. But I can't help wondering if the highly curated feeds on facebook, insta or wherever are telling us that we'd be better off with something closer to Wally's vision.

But then there's deep fakes, which is pretty much exactly what Wally envisioned. Except they've not (yet) reinvented and replaced the camera.

## Fork in the path

Random walk dog walks: every time there's a junction with a choice we follow Ewok. One day we might end up at Bodmin Parkway.

## Driving test pop quiz

Who has priority at this junction and who should give way?

## Sunset bus stop

The Number 10 to Bodin Parkway. My guess is it takes a week.

## Evening Sun

Sunlit harbour, perfect spot for a glass.

## Tree Fern

Awesome pressie from G J A & F. Thank you.

And a couple of glasses helped while contemplating the best positioning.

## My perfect beach

Still, my favourite beach. Not sure why.

## Exhausted

Yogi, one beach too many today.

## Airstream Coffee

Airstream Coffee at the Beach Hut Cafe, Harlyn.

## Me taking you

Snapping me snapping you.

## Beach Not Constantine

A little walk from Trevone to Harlyn and back for a) fuel and b) to decide to go boarding at Constantine.

The surf was a little bigger, but much, much messier. Low tide and we nearly ended up in Boobys.

## Coasteering

Look closely, there's someone jumping!

## Ewok

Rooftops

Quayside Infrastructure

Gates

Mum.

Boot prints.

## Working from Stein's

When it's quiet a ½ decent spot for a coffee and a catch-up.

Working from the windowsill. Comfy. Ish.

## Field Views

Lane views from a pre-journey dog stretch walk.

## Fish and Chip Selfie

Fish and chip supper down by the river.

## Cover art crit

Family feedback. F is the best.

## Proud

Well done F. End of an era, dawn of the next.

## Prom Paparazzi

We think he was allowed in. Eventually.

There's a ghost in my elevator.

## Wittenham Home

Walked the boys with F around the Dorchester Loop but then left them half way round to jog/waddle home.

## Expired

The hand written scrawl across the computer generated barcode said it all. 'Expired' in large red ink. DPD strikes again, delivering a next day COVID test package six weeks later.

## Expectant Yogi

Yes, he was successful.

## Val & Caroline

With lovely Valerie & Caroline.

## Cyclists from shop windows

Hanging out in Wallingford, getting new specs fitted and grabbing coffee while spotting a person or more on a bike or two.

## Simon & Gary

An absolute privilege to share such a special day. Thanks guys ♡

## Sounders T

F spotting a 13 year old Seattle Sounders Soccer Camp T-Shirt. Perfect revision attire for the last A-Level exam tomorrow...

## Choices

Choices, choices, choices.

## hide and seek

Anyone seen where Ewok is hiding?

## Breakie

Lovely. Thanks F!

## Happy Birthday Ewok

Happy Birthday Ewok! Thirteen today, wowzers!

## 50

Cuppa-tea-cake @ 50. Perfecto.

## Running to the office

Achievement unlocked: 5.01k from Paddington Station to the office. I hadn't factored in running with a backpack (laptop, change of clothes, spare shoes, bike lock‽‽‽). It was a tad warm too.

## Dinner

Walking to dinner with Lovely F last night.

We found Tom's badge on the path. So we wedged it in the gate post in case Tom, or someone who knows them, passes by.

After dinner we found the best Jubilee Shop window. If only I cared 😜

While on the way home we admired the roof tops and bunting.

Which was almost as impressive as the flags still adorning Regent Street this morning. Colourful.

## Post Sunday-Brunch Xbox Chill Games

I play, but it's a stretch to say I compete.

## Hopefull

Yogi, hope over expectation.

## Wet Yogi

Yogi, after chasing rabbits around a rain-drenched garden.

Rabbits 1:0 Yogi

A slightly longer dog walk: Padstow — St Saviour's Point — St George's Cove — Hawkers Cove — Lellizzick — Harbour Cove — St George's Cove — St Saviour's Point — Padstow

## I'm looking for the opportunities

"I'm looking for the opportunities" said Yogi. "Apparently now we've "taken back control" they're everywhere".

"Maybe you need new glasses" replied Ewok.

## Distracted Walk

Yogi was meant to pose for the view, but was distracted by something off-camera.

Ewok was hardly any better. Amateurs.

## Tea in bed Ewok?

Don't mind if I do.

## 100 days

100 days. Слава Україні! Героям слава!

A beautiful day for a beautiful loop with the bubbas and beautiful F.

The bubbas found a swimming hole, although not as deep as this swimming hole.

## Jubilee Strand

F made bunting for the jubilee.

## Top right!

Wow, in the top three of business books in Sweden. At least according to the book shop at Arlanda. It's been a while since I first stumbled on a copy in the North Cascades Institute library.

## Chess with Pineapple

Team off-site in Stockholm. The pineapple always wins.

## Hainault Forest

Flying over Hainault Forest in circles, waiting for the Queen's Jubilee flypast to fly past.

## Central Station

40 minutes after wheels down and I'm 40km away and heading out from Central Station for an evening stroll across Stockholm to the hotel.

Nothing like a bit of Northern European efficiency to slap you in the face with what a monumentally stupid mess of things we've made with Brexit.

## Cholsey Tournament

Reprise of an era. Cholsey Tournament for the under 26-plus-a-bit's. Every other team felt like a Wallingford or a Cholsey squad, with some Harwell too. Four cousins in one team. Maybe five next time…

## Walking away from the sunset

H is home for a few weeks, between end of coursework and end of term. Good chats.

## Baby Oak!

Yes, a baby oak. One day…

## Run New York

The Wall Street Run & Heart Walk was why there were no cabs to be found in Lower Manhattan. The cab I did find was not impressed that I was going to JFK: "I was sure you were headed for midtown". Given the traffic, next time I'd probably ride, except it looks like you can't ride a bike into JFK…

## May in the Garden

W00t! is time for May in the Garden. Previous May in the Garden's:

2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 (May-ish) | 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Enjoy.

## Running Lower Manhattan

This week I have been running around lower Manhattan.

## Last day of sixth form

Last day before study leave. What better excuse than to dress up as a toad.

## Hanging out in Manhattan

Some views from a week hanging out in the New York office.

## Home for the week

Home for the week. Hyatt in Manhattan.

## A working from transition...

A transition. From working from the garden to...

...working from the world trade center.

## Quiet Place

I got lost looking for the showers in the office and stumbled across a quiet place.

## Shelves

L came and helped build shelves for the studio. Game changing.

## Hanging

The amazing flat hanging wardrobe.

Yogi, finding the best spots.

## Lawns

I cut the lawn. It took ages.

Nearly as long as installing the new drain field for the septic tank.

## Hello May

The morning after. Lovely.

## It's shut?

Too late for a quick pint then.

## Coast Path

Walking the South Coast path.

## More Boats

Looks like Dr. No set an example. Now all the boats are turning out for May Day.

## Baby Swallows

Look closely. Swallow's nesting in the dunes part way to Polzeath.

A quiz for Granddad L: how many are there?

Middle loop

Bike 4 coffee

## Hopefull Ewok

The roof bars took a while to figure out. Then the rails needed to be clean before attaching the bars. So the car needed to be washed. That took a while. Then a hunt in the shed to find the straps. That took another while. Finally, a trip to Colliers and without too much flaffing about the 2×2s (aka 38×38s) where on the roof. Except…

…yes, you guessed it, I'd left the straps at home. Safely under the watchful eye of Woodinville Bear.

Never mind though, turns out the wood was short enough to stash indoors.

If only I'd have thought of that sooner.

## The special corner

F's fish pie had a special corner.

## The path, transplanted

Farmer T is moving the path. It might be tidy, but it's rough on the wildlife.

## Three - Two - One

One pair, two mats, three stars

## Birthday Flower's by Bike

A ride to Green & Gorgeous. Lovely flowers and a lovely ride. Inspiration for some painting!!!

## Bluebell Birthday Walk

Happy birthday lovely.

## Moles

Moles. Don't you just love them?

## Sunday Lunch

Part of sunday lunch for 15-ish. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Lamb, Potatoes & Mushrooms (from P249 of Three Good Things… On a plate).

## No favourites here

I guess the old man deserves a comfortable spot. He is nearly 90 after all.

## Preparing Flights

Preparing flights for the great weekend darts match. The grey fox was unable to defend his championship title due to a previous engagement with a palm frond. M was the unexpected tournament break through (double 20, and a triple 19). But F, or maybe P, just pipped H for the win.

## St Mary's

St Mary's Church in Newham Murren. Tucked away just off the Ridgeway. Blink and you'll miss it.

## Through the looking glass

Inspired by A's 'Through the magnifier'.

## Guarding H

Yogi on guard duty. Afternoon snoozes must be protected!

## Beanz

Inspired by A's series of pasties, I present Beanz. Yup, with a "z". Apparently it was z-ed sometime around 2008, which unsurprisingly is long before they were available in the United States other than as imports by the English Pantry.

Beanz. Seriouzly?

## Spot the cat

Yes, F's favourite cat is out and about. Though the rabbits aren't so pleased.

## Jam Factory Floor

The amazing floor of the Jam Factory.

## Skelton Tree

This tree is sculptural.

## Climbing Sequoias

I asked the boys (no, not those boys, nor those, the SMMS boys) for some advice on climbing these lovely specimens. The consensus so far is to start at the bottom, although B is still thinking.

"Time has a different quality in a forest, a different kind of flow. Time moves in circles, and events are linked, even if it's not obvious that they are linked. Events in a forest occur with precision in the flow of tree time, like the motions of an endless dance." The Wild Trees, Richard Preston

It's a bit daunting, so I think I'll start with this one. And work my way up.

## A quick pint

We stopped off half way for a quick pint. "Nice bar" said Ewok.

## Bike TLC

The Aiddy alter-Nate Commute Vee-hee-call is still going. Ish. Going rather than going strong that is. Ish. It just needs some TLC. A lot of TLC for the AACV.

## A morning dog walk in April

The planes are back in the skies. Getting ready for the Easter rush.

Yogi, having just realised that the wheat isn't yet tall enough to hide in, chases after a nonchalant Ewok.

"I knew you were there anyway." he said.

I think he was still upset from being forced to pose while sat on a downward slope. "It makes me look all hunched up" he complained.

## The 積ん読 Bench

The boys were round for music (Roy Harper), chat, beer & snacks. Obviously I had to arrange the 積ん読 along the bench, in a not so subtle attempt to impress.

## Brexit Opportunities

Finally, we received one of the fabled benefits.

The Financial Times is still looking. It might be a while.

## The Economist

The Economist looking for one, just one, of the elusive promised Brexit opportunities.

Yes, I did predict the future which is why 👆 that link goes foward in time. Clever eh?

## Cars, on pavements

There was a time that this post would have been titled Cars, on sidewalks. But we've been fully re-acclimated now. Almost.

This post is for everyone who ever asked "Why doesn't that cyclist get out of my way". You're welcome.

## Guinness Challenge

M started a Guinness Challenge. Here's my pour attempt from a can.

Oh, and note how the computational photography calculation to simulate DoF got the glass wrong, again 😎 📷 🖥

## Fringe!

Mum cut my fringe with a ruler. Do you like it?

Sunday mornings.

## Yogi listens

Just not to me.

The trouble with selling your designs through an agent is that you don't usually know where they end up. Then one day you see your work in a magazine. Sophisticated. Quintessential. Joyful.

Proud of you F.

## The Harbour Inn

I'll just pop in for a pint.

## The pub next door

For a post boarding Sunday lunch. Terrific.

## Hawkers Cove Colours

The colours are amazing. Apparently.

## Walls and Drains

This week I have been mainly inspecting walls and drains.

## Mother's Day Boarding

What do you want to do for mother's day when the boys are away?

Boarding, in the sea, in March. A tad chilly, and more a ripple than a surf, but very 😎

Yes, the beach was busy and yes, we were the only ones in the water.

## Electrons

Exeter services upgrade: from 3 fast chargers to 15. Electrifying.

## Hotel Nofo

Hanging at at Hotel Nofo on Södermalm, Stockholm. A recommended spot to hang out for the week.

## It's wine o'clock

Early evening sun light date with F. Crisps and a glass, or two.

## Something is missing

The first half of the pastry was lovely. The second half disappeared. It certainly had nothing to do with Pip 🐕🐕🐕

## Hedge or Buffet?

A country mix hedge. Or maybe a rabbit buffet. Unless the deer beat them to it.

## Renewal

New passport. New pic.

## Fotografiska

A morning run around the North East of Södermalm.

A proper walk.

## Bench Views

A mid-run view spot. Stretching or grabbing a break?

## Oh poo

The poo problem is back. This time we think the drain field has failed.

## We're blessed with the weather

…as the taxi driver reminded me, compared with much of the world we're remarkably lucky when if comes to the weather.

Ewok's favourite cushion.

F isn't a fan of the loo reading selection.

## London Office View

The new office view is growing on me. Even if I'm very rarely there.

## Celebrating

Last mock exam. F celebrating with a spicy chilli and a bottle of Angel's Lore courtesy of granddad C.

## Yogi's Legs Are Odd

Dodgy camera or a paddle in the river?

## Fossil Fuel Buster

Ukraine is fighting for our freedom as I type. A two part plan to help.

Part 1: donate \$

Part 2: cut out the fossil fuels

• Drive less, cycle or walk if you can.
• Turn down the thermostat. Put on a jumper. Cuddle a blanket, a loved one, or a Yogi.
• Get all your electricity from renewable's. But use less so there's more to share with others.
• There's no such thing as cheap energy. We pay one way or another.

“Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. He is not a good man who, without a protest, allows wrong to be committed in his name, and with the means which he helps to supply, because he will not trouble himself to use his mind on the subject.”

John Stuart Mill, 1867

Don't forget

## Wishful thinking

Yogi, wondering when we’ll start setting a place at the table for him.

## Sunshine

The boys taking advantage of some late February sun to top up on the Vit-D.

## Friends

Surprising how quickly your friends turn up when there's Sticky Toffee Pudding up for grabs.

## Paint

Is it normal for it to look like this?

## The secret fly-poster

Someone is fly-posting around the house. (Watch out Loughborough!)

## Comb Over Ewok

We love a good fringe.

## A walk to lower beach

A morning walk to Lower Beach. After the storm (storm Franklin, the next one after Eunice and high tide, the incoming waves up the estuary looked eminently surfable. But in the pictures you can't see that.

Oh, BTW today the government announced the end of COVID restrictions. It's been a while: 38,409 cases per day and 160,610 official UK deaths.

(I'm still trying to figure out why the family call me the GRoC)

## Running-ish (again) to Little Petherwick

Another little run around the Little Petherwick loop. Hard work with the 50mph breeze.

There have been some complaints about the lack of colo(u)r, so I'm alternating a bit.

"Hate crimes in cyberspace".

## Unimpressed Yogi

Yogi was not impressed when F decided to wait at a bench for us to finish the walk. He ummmmed and ahhhhed and then took off like a rocket to find her.

F (the other one) was not impressed with my Yogi-control skills.

## Survey Marker

Survey markers for, well, surveying. They're not messing around with these measured drawings are they?

## Memorial Walk

A walk up to the memorial for the views.

## After Storm Eunice

A was a tad breezy yesterday. 122mph at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

A 50+mph headwind dropped the average mile per kWh somewhat.

## Late night essay editing

Moral support as F wraps up History course work.

Use much not I am.

## A work thread, out of control

A thread about the distinctiveness of a certain author's documents, resulted in an admission that said author owned a copy of The Elements of Typographic Style.

It then somehow descended into LinkedIn spam and recruiters looking for engineers with Infinidash experience.

WTMW.

## The day, bookended

Morning sun.

Evening sun.

With wind, rain and chilliness in between.

## Leaflet Walk

10,000th step of the morning…

…delivering leaflets.

## Sky Walk

An afternoon walk with the boys, in which Ewok head-faked me twice to retrieve hedgerow tissues. Yes, he was mighty pleased with himself.

## Loo Library

Big thank you to secret santa!

## Ewok Lounges

Another comfy spot for Ewok.

## Painting

Painting the kitchen. F was "well impressed" with my ability to paint around the wires. It was shocking.

🌈🌈days

## Cup Match

Cup match against Benson in the winter sunshine. The beautiful game.

## Waiting for a paw wash

Yogi decided that the walk was a little too muddy… so he decided to camp out in the shower to wait for a bronze wash and dry. Clever pup.

## Swan's Way

Out and about on a warm early February day.

## Ewelme

Nearly the end of the walk.

## Monkey!

Monkey kept me awake two nights running then nicks the bog roll!

## Lunch time ponder

Found a spot to sit and think.

## Lunch time stroll

Some things workish are a tad busy right now; Neil, Joe, both, neither; so decompressing with a lunch time walk.

And yes, the first picture was because of complaints that there have been too few pix of people on c r o s s o a k recently.

## Who pulled the plug out?

Walking to grab my morning coffee I noticed the water in the inner harbour was a tad low. Was it the plug getting knocked out, or maybe it's time for an inspection.

## Afternoon Run: Stepper Point Loop

Not to be outdone by yesterday, I tried a gentle trot around the headland and Stepper Point.

Back for high tide and the last chocolatine at the cafe.

A slow 10.5k and yes, I should have had a rest day.

## Making a mess again

Does this remind anyone else of the early days at George Street?

## Morning Run: Little Petherick Loop

Padstow to Little Petherick and back with an almost loop.

The out-leg was along the Saints Way (Forth an Syns)

The back-leg on the other side of Little Petherick Creek.

Past the Jubilee memorial (for Viccy, not Liz)

9km and yes, it was muddy. Very muddy.

## Jo Jo's

Bacon and egg baps and the best opening times.

## Remember

I wasn't going to forget the bag again with a hint like this!

But I did forget the milk and butter.

## The Game

Wallingford Town vs Cholsey in the cup. It went to pens.

## And Relax…

What better way to chill after an amazing curry thought Ewok.

## Become a community scientist

Recording coastal erosion at Sidmouth.

One day it'll all be like this (and who will be laughing at Kevin Costner then?).

One pan meals. Sorted. You can do two-pan meals if you're up for some multi-threaded pan swapping.

Working from the future spare bedroom in Padstow.

With texture out of the window.

## Ewok & the sand

Yogi loves the beach, it's slowly growing on Ewok.

## Beach Walk

Afternoon beach walk with the boys.

Ewok wasn't keen on posing by the reflection pool.

Padstow is vying with St Ives as the Northern Cornwall place for modern sculpture to be seen. Yogi weed on it.

Ewok found a stick. It was a slow walk home.

## Working from the harbour

Sunny break, working from the harbour wall with a coffee from Stein's.

## A Dog Stroll

Out for a stretch.

## Dismount

Why? Do we ask drivers to stop and push their cars?

## Have BMW

Have BMW. Will park on pavements.

## Charging

29% to 100% in ~1h32m. Long enough for a short run and a work call. Sorted.

## Things you find in houses

A damp wall behind fake tiles. Probably not helped by the kitchen sink draining into the wall for X months.

Wood panelling behind woodchip wallpaper.

The inside end wall hiding behind some hardboard.

Learnt lots from Caroline's visit.

## Downhill

The downhill end of a run. Heading home from a nearly-5k.

Chilly? There was frost on the benches down by the harbour.

The boys and I were up before the rest of the dog walkers for a morning stretch to Hawkers Cove and back. I'd planned to do the loop, but Ewok, and then Yogi, had other ideas. Apparently, Ewok isn't as sprightly as he was, and hurdling the local stone-built styles was a small ask too far. Next time we'll take the beach route and wade through the marsh.

## Up the clumps

Yes, two days running (and there you were thinking I'd broken my one coffee a day rule).

## Waiting

All that is missing is a beer. Or two.

## Dawn to Dusk

A foggy dawn.

And a glowing dusk.

## Frosty Stare

I was late back from work and the boys were wondering about dinner. Hence the stares.