Posted on June 24, 2020
Its been very wet here this winter. Actually I’m always surprised just how much it does rain after a long hot summer.
It gets quite murky here in the hills as we’re often in the clouds when the rain rolls in.Read More
Posted on May 14, 2020
It’s fashionable these days to view history through a sneering lens of moral superiority and damn all of it as disgusting imperialist racist filth.
The problem with this of course is setting the standard of morality like this is that the future, possibly only years away given today’s propensity for generation bashing, will look at today and smash it with it the same woke hammer.
Better to understand history, recognise things were different and not necessarily good, but be happy that civilisation has moved on, enlightened and although not perfect, is the most equitable it has ever been in the whole of human history,
Sadly, we get people like Alice Procter, the very incarnation of self-declared moral virtue. This young Aussie art historian in London runs tours of museums, presumably floating imperiously in her moral bubble of virtue, telling everyone who will listen just how terribly racist and sexist everything is. Read More
Posted on April 12, 2020
No, I didn’t get abducted by aliens (although I have a cool foggy pic).
But where have I even been?
Do blog platforms have relevance anymore, given the transition to face-o-gram or snap-tock? I think as a society we are increasingly crippled by inattention disorder – the addictive quest for new and shiny stimulus.
If it takes longer than a minute to consume, it’s too long, move on – tl;dr as they say. If I have to read it to appreciate it – move on, video and click like is all it needs.
I’m semi guilty of this – I post on Instagram more than anything, because it takes no effort and is a half replacement feel good for actual content and connection. And 12 months of no blogging later, no audience, no meaning and no narrative.
So what’s been happening? Read More
Posted on March 4, 2019
I’ve been keeping busy since I did the epic half marathon run, carrying on exercising but nothing quite so long or exhausting, plus my ankles are not feeling that happy with running (again..)
I even got up at 5am on a Saturday morning to hike to the top of a local ‘mountain’ to watch the sunrise. More on that below!
Posted on February 7, 2019
I should qualify this.
It wasn’t a race
But it was half marathon distance and I did run it – so my goal for (admittedly last year) is now achieved. And slightly unexpectedly. I didn’t set out knowing how far I was going to go.
But I’ll take it, half marathon is in the bank, accidental or not. Read More
Posted on February 3, 2019
Bit slack on this blog!
I’ve been a bit hit and miss on the old fitness plan after picking up a back injury lifting wood over winter and then after getting a good solid restart during early spring, came unstuck again – probably a disk herniation this time given the pain and sciatica – that was a hellish month or so.
But after about 4 weeks, I started moving it again and after 8 weeks it’s healed and now it’s all systems go again!
So, spring in this part of the world is rather lovely – the place is so colourful and lush after the winter rains, but we still get some warm sunny days.
Actually, Spring as a western construct doesn’t apply quite so well here! I’ve mentioned this before – Aboriginal people, having lived here for however many tens of thousands of years, had identified 6 seasons in this area and Spring is really 2 distinct seasons.
Posted on October 17, 2018
After I dropped Henry off back at his place and said my goodbyes, I popped into Cambridge to see a good buddy of mine
What’s funny is
- she’s an Aussie who I’ve known online for years, but I had to wait to get England to meet her for the first time as she moved to Brisbane before we could catch up!
- she’s only been in Cambridge for a few months, but she acted as my guide (even though been in and around Cambridge many times, I’ve hardly ever stopped there, and never as a tourist
Posted on October 16, 2018
I decided to change my running shoes as the ones I got last year are really for running on the road/paths, and I no longer do that – my running, even in the UK, is all trails.
So I picked up some rather snazzy Hoka One One (pronounced on-ey on-ey) which are more cushioned and also famously good for Achilles issues, and went out for some runs Read More
Posted on October 10, 2018
I decided that we needed to combine some exercise with lunch and some local history.
We’ve been here before when Henry was very small and Ella puked ice cream on the immaculately manicured lawns.
So Henry and I set off to walk the 2.5 miles from my parents house to Ightham Mote Read More
Posted on September 30, 2018
I’ve been meaning to go to the North Kent Coast to hunt for fossils in the Eocene (50-55 million year old) London Clay
The trouble is, the clay beaches aren’t the most attractive that Kent has to offer, they’re kind of a pain to get to.
But armed with some basic tools, my hammer and some bags, we set off aiming for the falling tide – the scent of sharks teeth and other marine fossils in our noses.