I took my very heavy DSLR camera on my walk today, to see if I could cope with the cumbersomeness of it and to see if the pictures were better than my little Sony. I’m very disappointed with the pictures but these two are OKish. The camera is very cumbersome so I think I’ll stickContinue reading The old horse & the ladybird→
I laughed a lot over the past couple of days watching these gems. Click on the links to watch. Abigail’s Party It’s 43 years old but still brilliantly funny Motherland The mothers go away for the weekend Taskmaster Comedians play silly games. I’m a big fan of Greg Davies.
A walk (8.5 miles) through 3 commons was not quite a disaster but wasn’t without problems. I’ve come to rely on my mobile phone and the OS Maps app for navigation. On long walks I always take a battery pack to recharge the phone if necessary, but today I forget the charging cable. Half wayContinue reading Navigating with a phone→
It’s some time since I last walked on Epsom Common so on a fairly sunny day this is where I walked today. On a pleasant enough 5.6 mile walk, mainly through woods, there are a couple of attractive ponds. There’s also a small pond next to The Cricketers Inn (first image).
In my twenties (or was it thirties?) I read many of the American crime/ thriller novels of Ross Macdonald and John D MacDonald. Both authors are highly regarded and I remember much enjoying the books. Decades later, on one of my occasional clear-outs, I disposed of their books and those of other authors. I remember thinking twiceContinue reading John D MacDonald→
In these difficult times I’ve been getting my reading material from different sources: Re-reading books from my shelves ebooks downloaded from my local library Blackwell’s online bookshop Today I ventured into our local Waterstones and came away with three books. I can’t say that wearing a mask for the length of time it takes meContinue reading Getting books during covid→
This morning started out cloudy and cool, but quickly turned into a scorcher. Walking around the back of the prison walls I sometimes hear the prisoners out exercising, but not today. What they would give to be in my walking boots! This must be the third time I’ve done this 11-mile, circular walk, and onContinue reading A woodland walk→
This was our first time away since the pandemic began, visiting old haunts on the Yorkshire coast whilst being cautious with social distancing. Scarborough was heaving, perhaps with all those people who would normally have gone to warmer countries at this time of year.
Filey is well worth a visit for its unspoilt sea-front and glorious sands and for its outstanding feature, the Brigg, a long narrow peninsula jutting into the North Sea. When the tide is out the nimble-footed can walk onto the rocks.
This is the first blog post for three weeks and it’s of a 10.3 mile local walk that took three and a half hours. Mainly woodland paths, I discovered some new areas to explore further. It was a good warm-up for some long Autumnal walks including, hopefully, some legs of the Solent Way walk IContinue reading A 10 mile local walk→
It’s a nightmare going by car from North Surrey to Milton Keynes. Getting there it was the South/North Circular – a mere 14 miles in the first hour, followed by the M1 motorway. The return journey was M1 and M25 which was going well until it wasn’t. Five hours total driving is no fun onContinue reading Stony Stratford→