Whernside and Ingleborough, are two of the "three peaks" of North Yorkshire. They aren't really peaks at all, but that makes the area all the better for mountain biking. Today we finally got our act together sufficiently to view the third peak, Pen-y-ghent.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Culture shock continues unabated. "Normally" at this time of year the grass is brown and the hedgerows full of common-or-garden pink camelia. Instead zillions of white snowdrops are poking through the luminous green grass. The snowdrop previously featured in this blog in November(!) 2009, when we found a small patch of them in Jomyoji English garden. I wonder in which months the camellia will flower here in ole blighty.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
No regrets yet on swapping the grey walls of my cubicle in Yokohama for the green fields of NW England. Our main occupation is now viewing in the real world all those properties we researched online from Japan. Once we viewed one, we had to look at others for comparison, and thus it has snow-balled into having to view ALL of the ones on the rather long shortlist. Huge range of stuff for sale, so it is a matter of working out which works best for us: great views but bitter winds; no views but sheltered; mountain biking but no shopping; new house but tiny rooms; old house but inefficient; lots of everything but too big and expensive... etc.
Meanwhile, in blueskiesresearch, we have gained unlimited internet access (wooo!), but are still sharing a laptop until our stuff arrives from Japan in mid-February. This is enough to keep a few things like coding and paper revisions ticking over, which will hopefully be sufficient for another month. Amazingly, James earned a small about of money this week, copy-editing a paper for a colleague from JAMSTEC. Even more surprisingly, he seemed to enjoy doing it! Yesterday we went to an excellent seminar at LEC, Lancaster University, and met up with a couple of people we know there.
Post originally appeared on Jan 16th as "Swapping grey for green" at http://www.blueskiesresearch.org.uk
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Monday, December 30, 2013
In Glasgow, the sunshine capitol of Europe, global warming has caused the Mediterranean cafe culture to take off big time.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The people came and packed up our stuff and took it all away - in 143 packages.
Getting ready to eject the sofa out the window and over the balcony; a standard procedure in Japan.
Wrapping a tandem
This being Japan the level of service and organisation was extraordinary.
They were amused by the number of unicycles, bicycles and tandems, and quantity of bicycle parts so it was fitting that the last package, no. 143 was Tandem Bicycle (blue). Naturally we have another tandem tucked away in our check-in baggage. Wouldn't do to be without any tandems at all for 6 whole weeks!
Don't know what Pickfords are like at the UK end, but at this end they were just as careful as you'd expect a normal Japanese moving crew to be.. (super-careful).
What now, you are thinking? This is Japan! Now we CLEAN!