Saturday, November 22, 2014

Travels

But where?!

It is a place where people have been known to lose their heads

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And not just on the roads
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Where bicycles are very important. (Although you actually see more of them being ridden in London).
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Where the building that should be the opera house is actually the stock exchange
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Where they have taken the Boris Bicycle concept several stages further...?
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And where the picktur blogger is permanently drunk due to the local beverage coming in too large bottles; please scuse typos.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Quit your jobs"

Seen from the platform at Pangbourne railway station, the graffiti on the fence in the background is probably aimed at the Thames Valley London commuters. But be careful of you do quit your jobs - you might end up like these two!

Quit your jobs

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

falling water

As well as ocean swell, there are other after effects of storms. One is the amount of water falling in the water falls. I actually didn't know we live near a waterfall until this week. It is Scaleber Foss, and only 1.3 miles from our house (although up a stupidly steep hill). I learned later that it is a top photography spot, so it is lucky that James encouraged me to take my camera along just in case there was something to see.

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This photo was taken at the same place, looking downstream,

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn colours

Another storm yesterday, and the autumn colours are not going to last much longer. Better blog them while I still can.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

ocean #3

The calm after the storm...

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ocean #2

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.

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ocean #1

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.

seaside sunset

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

autumn

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...

Autumn

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

running man

In light of recent events, it seems appropriate to post these pickturs.

Spot the marathon man...

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The second photo shows James running towards our house, with Settle and Giggleswick in the middle distance, the two metropolises have merged together into one big conurbation, like Tokyo and Yokohama. And Ingleborough hill, like Fuji-san, lies further beyond. Perhaps I was hallucinating. At this point I was in a world of pain, having fallen off my bicycle about 40 minutes earlier. I carried on riding, as I decided that, as I was going to be in pain anyway, I could distract myself with a nice bike ride in the sunshine. The worst thing about falling over on gravel is the bath afterwards where you have to scrub the dust out of the wounds. The best part is the rolling about on the loose stuff which means that many parts of the body absorb the impact. So today everything hurts, but nothing too much.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pen-y-ghent

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.

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