Normal Service will be resumed!

Oh dear, this blog has fallen behind

If anyone is still there, I’m sorry!

So, this post is a tale of the last 6 months or so in photo form.. Read More

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Bits and Bobs

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

So – I’m taking some time out chilling after a lovely morning and lunch with the family on this perfect Perth Christmas summer day.

Being born in the northern hemisphere, Christmas in summer will always feel wrong, despite it being an almost perfect day – clear blue skies, 30 degrees and light breeze.

That said – I did get up early and go for a run to take full advantage of what we have here.  Read More

Doggy

I’ve never been a fan of large dogs (or even small ones really) until we got our first one.  She was 2 year old rottweiler/ridgeback cross – 40kg of love, affection and loyal perimeter protection.

She’s lovely, but apart from liking to play tug of war, she doesn’t do the usual dog stuff.  Won’t fetch or catch, hates the beach, impossible around other dogs (she’s too excited).  She was a little lonely I think, so after a few years, we got her a pal.  A rescue puppy, we thought, would acclimatise better to the house dynamics, would grow up with the cats and might even be their friend. Read More

Shack

Ages ago, I started a project to take photos of all the old houses in the area with my Holga medium format camera.

Well, I only got so far and lost interest, but I was going through my photos and discovered I’d taken a  load with the regular digital camera.

So with a little nip and tuck in Lightroom, I kinda massaged them into a similar feel of image to finish the project – at least as finished as it was going to get. Read More

Walking before you run

So, regular readers (what I have left, given the infrequency of my posts!) will remember that since March I’ve been on a bit of a health kick.

Its been going really well – consistency, not overdoing it or expecting some magical body transformation and falling in a heap and finding solitude in 13 tubs of Ben and Jerrys ice cream when I dont get a six pack after the 3rd day is the trick.

Just eat a bit less and move a bit more.  Repeat.

That’s it.  I know, right, whodathunkit?

Anyways – I kinda maxed out with the waking – was getting to the point where I could walk a 1/2 marathon at max speed and not get into heart rate zone 4 (the productive zone).  So I needed to up the ante.

I’ve always wanted to run but never found a way to do it without getting shin splints.
Until now (kinda – read on) Read More

Summer in England 2017 – final post

Sorry for the slight delay – I have succumbed to the rather nasty flu that is doing the rounds here in Perth..

I dropped the kids back off in Suffolk and said our goodbyes and given a minor miracle with the lack of weekend traffic, was back home in Kent nice and early with time to kill for a change.

The weather was beautiful so I decided to go for a run around Plaxtol. Read More

Summer in England 2017 – part 7 – White Cliffs of Dover

Whilst Deal was fun in a kind of ‘faded English seaside town with castles’ kind of a way, we were a bit unsatisfied and it was only just early afternoon and the sun was shining.

As we drove through Dover, I saw a sign for ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ and made an executive decision.. detour time.

So we went up the steep hill past Dover Castle to see what the famous White Cliffs of Dover had to offer Read More