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August 31, 2007

Summer?

Follow-up to Damp from Cath's Blog

...August 2007

Active

Feeling bit creaky and carrying several deep bruises after a hectic month where not everything went quite to plan!? Rescheduled horse stuff that should have happened during July’s wash out – sticking with the good bits Meg and I qualified with club teams for the Riding Club National Championships – these happen next month so more then. Running distance hasn’t increased much but managed a couple of events between 5K to 5M and my current injuries are not running related. MTB still going (at the moment ;-)

Arts

Still reading Richard Dawkins, God delusion book – simply haven’t had a lot of time for reading!
Browsed an art gallery and the botanical gardens in Birmingham.
Been listening to an even wider range of music than usual.

Home

Took some of my annual leave to give me a bit of breathing space around hectic weekends and finally got around to doing some of the fiddlesome DIY jobs about the house that I’ve been putting off. Now that I’ve filled a few gaps and added bits of trim it’s a wonder that it’s taken me so long ;-) Garden plan is starting to come together too.

Travel

Had friends visit with their tales of travel rather than heading out myself – feet feeling somewhat itchy now!!

Food & Drink

Had fabulous three course meal at a party in Jefferson Gardens, Leamington.


July 31, 2007

Damp

Follow-up to June? from Cath's Blog

...July 2007

Active

MTB has needed a bit of TLC to keep it going. Very sturdy build really as it has taken nearly 15 years before the original parts have crumbled. Mixed the biking with running and a bit of swimming. Pushed milage up to an 8 mile trip round the lanes last Sunday and hope to build on that over next month.
Meg seems as frustrated as me by the wet weather – dizzy from going round in small circles!?

Arts

Been back to the big screen to see Harry Potter and the Simpsons Movie. Very different but really enjoyed both!
Saturday night of Godiva festival provided an eclectic mix of musical entertainment – dropped into all 3 tents. Some bizarre people watching moments too…. ;-)
Current reading Richard Dawkins, God delusion book – really long time ago read the selfish gene – forgotten how much i appreciate his style.

Home

Lush growth in the garden is keeping my green bin full. Starting to harvest my potato crop – tasty and satisfying to lift from soil to pan via a quick wash in the kitchen sink :)
Rearranged the furniture in the dining room which makes the place feel more open – was going to replace the table but not going to bother now.
Getting slightly fed up with finding parked cars obstructing my drive – why do people do this?

Travel

Brief visit to York – impressed with the feel of the place and the scale of the Minster. York rail station a real treat when you arrive via Birmingham New Street ;-)
Took the Animal up the M6 to Keele – impressive performance and light on the fuel too.

Food & Drink

Saxon Mill (Warwick) great place for a summers evening – downpours just add to the waterside experience! Also tucked into some tasty tapas at Wildes (Leamington).


June 30, 2007

June?

Follow-up to Eeeekkk June already!? from Cath's Blog

Active

Turns out the MTB copes pretty well through floods!? up to at least 15 miles a day: 5 days a week.
Made good times on 5k & 10k runs – need to up the mileage.
Bounced the odd crash dive and worked on kick outs.
Meg about as fickle as the weather – had a few good results though.

Arts

Did I mention that the insurance came through for the water leak damage and replaced my stereo equipment? New turntable too :) Sooooo attached to keeping vinyl collection… now waiting for the cash to come through so that I can start replacing the seriously damaged stuff. Ebay searching not going great – anyone recommend a good local haunt for vinyl hunting?

Home

Dangerously close to looking tidy inside the house – just the box room left a bit crowded now.
Rain is keeping garden growing like mad – keep filling up both green wheelie bins and still can’t keep up!
Kitchen garden is looking promising – looking forward to harvesting some home grown stuff :)

Travel

Birmingham – ha ha – does that count? seem to have kept within 30 mile radius for a whole month – that can’t be right must try harder – way overdue for taking a real break!

Food & Drink

Drink: Bombay Sapphire gin (with lime & tonic)
VFM eatery: Strada, Leamington


June 01, 2007

Eeeekkk June already!?

Follow-up to April foolishness from Cath's Blog

Well May was that hectic – will just note just a few highlights here…

Active

Early morning run on beach – coastal path from Ryde to Seaview and back – just couldn’t resist :)
Bounced at trampoline competition in Southampton and managed routine with 3 somersaults in without crashing!!

Arts

Coldcut & Jools Holland – Warwick Arts Centre.
The Pirates – Cathedral Ruins, Coventry Jazz Festival.

Home

Finally got out sledgehammer and sorted new garden fence. Then spent probably twice as long again painting both it and the garden shed!
Cleared out a whole load more old tat – serious therapy ;-)

Travel

Rolled out the Southampton trampoline trip to include visit to old school friend in Fareham and a hop over to the Isle of Wight. Get unbelievable feeling of wellbeing spending time by coast and on water.

Food & Drink

Visited fabulous Italian restaurant in Ryde. (Got the business card somewhere so will add link here at some point…)


April 30, 2007

April foolishness

Follow-up to ..into BST from Cath's Blog

Active

Took the weight off my shoulders and invested in a rack & bags for the bike. My back is very grateful – just need to get used to the shift in weight balance.
Finally joined Northbrook AC which means now running out with a group at least once a week, a great improvement on solo sessions. Now looking at entering some of the upcoming local events – 5 mile, 10K, 10(0) mile…
Megan is wildly fit and well. Been out jumping and off road quite a lot. Even chilled out with a bit of flat work (dressage) with Meg this isn’t as dull a it sounds!

Arts
Biffy Clyro gig was a real last minute whim, good solid stuff.
Absolute highlight of the year so far… The Levellers :D
Real blast from my past, must be 15+ years since last saw these guys play live, whole experience flooded back memories…




Note for my special GT: yep hippy gear & boots too :D
Home

Bit of clearing and landscaping in the garden. Pulled down old broken fence – thankfully neighbours don’t seem bothered that haven’t got around to putting anything new in it’s place yet.

Travel

Well started the month still in Dublin… haven’t been out the country again yet…

Food & Drink

Strada in Leam worth another visit – friendly staff make the difference.


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