Summer in England 2018 – Part 2

Of course, the weather breaks within days of me arriving!

So we’re stuck inside for a day or so, but soon get bored and go out for a walk.

Classic holiday – Oldbury Woods.

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Summer in England 2018 – part 1

Finally made it back to England to see the kids after a crappy start to the year where I had to skip the trip over the winter.

It had been a very warm summer in the UK and when I got there it was 35 degrees and everything was so dry!

Anyways – onwards to the pictures! Read More

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

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