The calm after the storm...
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The fun thing about the ocean, is that the waves can come quite a while after the weather. So, while the storm had blown over the day before, the sea was just getting going.
Some rain stopped us mountain biking on the way over to Scotland's east coast, but it had stopped by the time we got to the seaside.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
My memories of autumn from when I were a lass are of slipping about on mushy brown leaves on the ground, and of wind, rain and days so dark you can barely see across the school hall. There must have been some climate change because we now have some sunny days with little hints of yellow and orange on many of the trees. It's nothing like Japan, obviously (many more degrees of climate change to go before we get there), but still...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
In light of recent events, it seems appropriate to post these pickturs.
Spot the marathon man...
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Not sure whether to go backwards, forwards, or randomly in time with my backlog of unblogged photos.
This one was taken yesterday.
Sun continues unabated. Well, OK, so there is the occasional heavy rainstorm, but this is upland Britain for goodness sake... Sunday is the 3 peaks cyclocross race, traditionally a cold and rainy mudfest. After the driest September in forever, perhaps it will be a pleasant roll over the hills. This is the third peak - Pen-y-ghent - as seen yesterday, from the back of a high-speed tandem.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Decided to go shopping so yesterday we headed for the High Street near Ullswater in Cumbria.
Getting there was a bit harder than expected, as there was no railway station, and it involved a 700m climb from the car park. Views were nice though.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Londinium has, to me, always seemed alien to the rest of the UK, but the Thames Valley has become another country too. It is so polished that it seems more like a theme park than a real place.
Palaces and pleasure boating...
Perfect bijou gardening...
Hand-knitted designer bricking and flinting...
For those who don't know their UK geography, the Thames is the big river that runs right through Londinium. Thus, anywhere along its banks are the most sought after places to live, as you can easily commute in to the city.
Monday, July 28, 2014
We used to tell our Japanese friends that certain things were Better in Britain. One such myth we accidentally perpetuated was the value of stricter planning regulations. Japanese cities are, on the whole, an awful jumble of buildings. Not so in the UK, we told our friends. We clearly misunderstood completely. During our decade long sojourn overseas, Londinium has been reinventing itself as a poor replica of some chaotic south east asian mega-city.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
A new religion has taken hold of the town of Skipton. It is the yellow faith of St Bicycles.