Today, 8.2 miles

A deviation from the normal route took me along narrow and overgrown paths. A minor head injury from an overhanging branch was a consequence of my concentrating on beating the overgrown plants blocking the path. Incredibly I came across a prefab being used by a small car-maintenance business, and a rather pleasant church. Finally, just a couple of miles from home, I came across an attractive new area for exploring.

[Reminder to self for the next time: take an OS paper map – it’s all very well using the OS phone app to find one’s way (isn’t it brilliant!), but I’d be stuck if the phone failed or the battery died!]

Getting rid of books

Not being able to browse bookshops, I’m getting my reading material by downloading e-books from the library and by re-reading books from my shelves. Once read I would normally hang on to a book only if it’s received my ‘highly recommended’ stamp of approval or, exceptionally, a ‘recommended’ one. But with the passage of time the shelves are bursting and I’ve decided that any book I re-read I will dispose of. There may be exceptions.

It’s too much hassle to try to resell books online and too little money to be gained so I take books to my local Oxfam Books. A book given to a charity can often be sold several times over since there’s a strong likelihood that books bought from a charity shop will be donated back to the same shop. This is clearly good for the charity, though less good for the author of the book. I don’t know whether that should bother me.

The Hythe Ferry

The Hythe ferry needs your support!

The Hythe ferry runs between Southampton and Hythe. In these difficult times the ferry owner is appealing for financial support to enable the service to survive.

The service is used by commuters but also by visitors looking to enjoy a wonderful, short, boat trip from the port of Southampton. And when the ferry arrives at Hythe a rickety old train awaits those who choose not to walk the length of the long pier to Hythe Village. It’s a terrific experience for any visitor to Southampton.

You can go to the appeal support page by clicking here.

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mm/dd/yyyy

I have been known to put in a false date of birth when creating a website account. Sometimes there’s no good reason why a particular organisation should have this piece of key information.

So when my DOB was rejected when trying to log into an old, redundant Apple account (so I could remove it), I wasn’t too surprised.

But after several abortive attempts at alternative solutions to the problem I discovered that my DOB was acceptable if I entered the day as the month and the month as the day. ie My DOB had been recorded as the 4th November rather than the 11th April.

I guess it’s an American v British date thingy.

New paths

The Covid19 shutdown has meant many more people taking daily exercise in the local parks. Interestingly this has resulted in the creation of new paths as people keep their distance from other walkers.

I can never resist….

A couple of images

Today, a 3 mile stroll around the golf course, through the woods, crossing the normally busy ‘mad mile’, then along part of the London Loop, followed by a sleep in a garden chair.

In the garden
The Shard, some 13 miles away

Not a sunset

I tried to capture the reflection of a bright-orange sunset in this framed photo of a Lisbon night scene – but it didn’t work out! However further fiddling with Photoshop settings produced this rather meaningless image.

And another walk

On today’s walk a drunk having a pee blocked my way on the narrow footpath. An “Excuse me!” from me and he hurriedly put away his equipment and ambled along until I could safely overtake.

Considerate dog walkers collect their pet’s poo in black plastic bags. Inconsiderate dog walkers don’t bother or simply discard the bag and its contents by the side of the path or into the branches of a tree. Nice. Today I came across a green-bag version which perhaps makes the inconsiderate dog owner feel better. 😠

Now for some nice pictures….

A broken post became a handy clamp for a dropped, drinks container
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