Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Martin in Gatineau Park - 2018

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday 12 May 2018 – Wythenshawe parkrun number 338

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The pictures above and below this text were taken after 11 o’clock this morning, when most of the runners had left the post run sanctuary known as the Courtyard Tea Room. I’d just not taken any pictures until then, having been distracted by the sudden realisation, after I’d finished, that I’d left my barcode at home. There’s a strict policy of ‘no barcode, no time’, so I pedalled as fast as I could back home to fetch said item before Jenn started to process the results.

“Is that sweat, or has someone thrown a bucket of water over you?” one jester whose name could only be Andy asked on my return.

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It was all worthwhile, as having tried and failed for many months to get under 25 minutes for the 5 km, and consistently failed to reach my age related target of 70%, today I managed both, with 22.51 and 76%. The four week break I’ve had from running must have healed my injuries!

Or were these ‘hut slippers’ the reason for my quicker than usual time? – they weigh 245 grams (about 4 ounces each) and make me feel very light on my feet.

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Full results for the 279 participants are here.

Friday, 11 May 2018

First Brood

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Whilst our swifts are rustling to the sound of Radio 2’s non-stop oldies in their cosy incubatory nest under the eaves, the local lady mallards are busy looking after their first broods. Rather ominous as these birds were positioned just where a heron often stands, alert for tasty morsels….

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Still Summer in Timperley

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I’m not getting out much. It feels a bit odd to be staying at home when all the TGO Challengers are flocking up to their starting points on the west coast of Scotland. Good luck to all our friends who are on this year’s Challenge. I’ve been in touch with one of the Timperley contingent this evening – JJ, who seems to have overshot his official start point and landed in Tobermory. An excellent choice.

Living conveniently close to the airport gave us the pleasure of providing a light lunch today to two of the Austrian TGO contingent, Markus and Silke, en route from Vienna to Strathcarron, via a brief pause in Manchester. It was good to see them looking all kitted out and in good form. It was quite important for us to meet up with them as the maps I sent to Austria got lost in the post, so their maps were printed yesterday and handed over today. Phew!

We also have the company of ‘Family Swift’, who arrived on 8 May, as they did last year, and probably on the same day for many years before that. They are initially quiet, perhaps resting from a long journey, laying, and incubating, before getting noisier in July and August. They live less than two metres away from us when we are in our study, where currently we just hear rustling sounds, presumably from their spring cleaning and getting comfortable.

In other news, we had an enjoyable visit to Dot, my mum, who is fit and well apart from an eye problem, but was somewhat distressed to be beaten at cards (nomination whist) by Sue, who had to admit that she had been secretly practicing in Mallorca.

Our local LEJOGger, Cary, who has been blogging brilliantly from his Lizard Point to Dunnet Head walk, see ‘From the Bottom to the Top’, turned up earlier this week with a damaged foot, so having managed to get as far as Marsden he has decided on a pause. At least that will give readers a chance to catch up with reading his first 40 instalments of this long walk, and it gives me another crocked person with whom to commiserate.

That’s all for now, Sue and I are both reading Matthew Walker’s book – ‘Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams’, and apparently we all need to get eight hours sleep a night. So it’s bedtime.

Goodnight

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Monday 7 May 2018 – Six in a Bar at Eagley Jazz Club

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Sue and I hadn’t seen Mike Lovell’s ‘Six in a Bar’ band before, so it was a great pleasure to get to this gig, despite the police shutting the A666 for twenty minutes last night. Rather frustrating as we were fifth in the queue – another few seconds and we’d have got through. Anyway, we squeezed in at the back next to Andy at the well attended function.

In fact, I think it must have been ‘Five in a Bar, Plus One’ as there was a stand-in for Phil Lucas, unless he’s aged a lot recently.

The highlight for me was Colin Turner’s bass saxophone, which seemed to me to be a more versatile instrument than the traditional double bass.

All in all, another great evening at Eagley Jazz Club, at which the next gigs are shown below.

Monday 21st May
THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS

Monday 4th June
THE TAME VALLEY STOMPERS

Six in a Bar feature regularly at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, often in the afternoon. We may combine one of these with a walk…

Sunday, 6 May 2018

High Summer in Timperley

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We made it back from Mallorca sometime after midnight, the delay and the flight enabling me to enjoy Gail Honeyman’s most captivating read – ‘Eleanor Olivant is Completely Fine’.

After enduring perhaps the wettest day I’ve encountered in many visits to Mallorca, the return to ‘Summer in Timperley’ was an absolute delight, today’s weather being rather more clement than that in Spain.