Sunday, 18 September 2011

Tour Of Britain

I spend today up in town, watching the final stages of the Tour of Britain.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile

Arrow Head


The Leaders (House & Mclaughlin)

The Peloton chasing

Monday, 12 September 2011

Update:North Face Resolve Jacket

I've had the jacket for about a month now; and luckily in that time we have had some heavy rain down here in London.

The jacket has performed really well in keeping me dry on a couple of days on my 3 mile walk to work, and the mesh insides have helped to move and keep most sweat away from me when cocooned in side the jacket.

One problem I did mention in the first post was that I find the hood to be to big and cinching it in didn't really help.  I looked at a couple of ways to reduce the hood, one was to attach Velcro to it, but this would mean either having to sew into it and then have possible water entering through the needle holes or to use sticky Velcro but this could end up coming of with to much rain getting on it.

The solution I came up with, was to place a hair tie on the inside to reduce the volume.

This may not look pretty but it does the job of reducing volume and stops the hood flopping over my eyes.

Unlike the first time that I wore the jacket

Overall I'm pretty happy with the way this jacket preforms and will be my go to jacket for the foreseeable future.

Friday, 9 September 2011

When I was a kid...

One thing I always remember wanting was a Blue Peter Badge; only problem I was never very industrious and never put the effect in, into getting one.

This is unlike my youngest daughter, who has just been awarded a badge for an acrostic poem which she wrote.

Unfortunately the poem was written by hand and she can't remember the whole thing, so it can't be repeated here.

But here's her Blue Peter Badge.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

The best-laid schemes and all that!

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

This post should of been about how I have a wonderful few days walking in the Peak District, about how I met up with some like-minded people and had a great time, but it's not.

The weekend before I was due to go to the Peaks, my mum was taken into hospital with a bad infection.  I wasn't to worried as 1. she'd had this kind of thing before and 2. my sister would soon be back from her holiday and could deal with things while I was away.

My sister arrived back on the Saturday and was complaining of pains in her chest and on the Sunday was taken into hospital and diagnosed with having a mild heart attack (this was her 2nd).

Things took a turn for the worse on the Wednesday with my mum; I was informed that her would have to have a blood transfusion, with this mind and my sister still in hospital I cancelled my trip to the Peaks.

It's been a tough couple of weeks but slowly things are getting better, mum is out of hospital and is slowly getting back to her old self.  My sister is also out but has been told to take things easy.

And Me; well my fortnight holidays didn't go to plan but I'm hoping I may be able to do something in September to make up for it but have to wait and see.