Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Friday 6 August 2021

Pyramidal Orchid

I'm taking a rest from blogging on this busy day, but not before recalling a rest day in the Alps on 11 July 2008, during which this Pyramidal Orchid was 'snapped'.

Thursday 5 August 2021

Wednesday 4 August 2021 - Quarry Bank Trail Race

We entered this running event in 2020, but the race didn't take place and the entries were carried over to this year. Our entries were organised by the Barbers, pictured below with us at the start.

We were there in plenty of time, so we could wander around before the start. Sue and I had no plans to extend ourselves as we'd hardly eaten anything for the last few days due to a bout of Norovirus emanating from our monster grandchild, Isabella.

Laura was also going to take it easy, as she is running a half marathon at the weekend.

That left Paul and Greg nudging their way to the front to start, whilst Laura took her time, and Sue and I started at the back of the entire field. That made for a slow start, as lots of people ahead of us seemed to have misinterpreted the 'Race' element of the event and had chosen to block the way up the hill with platoons of walkers.

Anyway, that wasn't a problem, the slow start provided an opportunity to warm up slowly, then once we were warm, a light shower of rain proved very refreshing as we continued our virus induced jogging.

It's a lovely course, about 7.4 km in length, with plenty of opportunities for rests during the second half of the run, due to the single file nature of parts of the course, and the reluctance of walkers to run up the steps in the Bollin Valley.

The race ends after a steep, wide section of tarmac that was an absolute delight. It felt as if I was passing a couple of hundred people on the descent as any brakes I may have had clearly failed, and I arrived at the finish in time to get the camera out to record Sue's finish.

The Barbers had all finished successfully, though Paul's plan to finish at the top of the VM60 age category was foiled by one person who crept in ahead of him!

Sue and I were feeling fine despite our recent illness, but the above image shows that my camera lens was misted up due to the rain. Thanks go to the Barbers for waiting for us to jog in.

Here are the results for all of us. You may need to click on the images to view them properly.

It was good to see a few familiar faces amongst the 465 participants, including Zoe from Wythenshawe parkrun, and Helen from SWOG.

Here's the route - 7.4 km with 120 metres ascent.

I believe that by dint of some sort of fluke I'm owed a prize (!!!), which Paul may snaffle as it will no doubt be sent to his address.

Today's (not)parkrun - 5km in 44 minutes - included an encounter with our local tame heron.

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Winter (Memory of a Cold Day)

This takes me back to 5 February 2007. It's the view from Keogan Cabin on a very cold (minus 20C + windchill), overcast morning. We adjourned for lunch in the Rideau Centre.

I wonder when we will next get this view?

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Where am I Now?

In October 2004, Sue, Andrew, Colin and I met up to walk a section of the South West Coast Path that we'd previously missed. Collating the diary entries and photos from all these trips is still an outstanding project. 

Does anyone know the identity of the subject of this picture taken on 7 October 2004 during that trip? I'll add that information in a couple of days if nobody guesses.

See Comments:
BC: The Bude Light Statue. But did you see it at night?
Well done BC. My diary says 'The Bude Millenium Spire', and we didn't see it at night. We continued to Widemouth Manor, but staying in Bude may have provided a superior experience!

Monday 2 August 2021

Sunday 1 August 2021 - Another Family Picnic

We've had a couple of family picnics in Fletcher Moss Park recently, but this was an altogether more lavish affair, held in St Nicholas Park in Warwick.

Some 32 relatives in Sue's family duly assembled on an 'ice cream' afternoon in the park. We had missed this picnic last year, for obvious reasons, but this outdoor event had all the hallmarks of being back to normal apart from a request to use masks and hand sanitiser when visiting the loo.

Sunday 1 August 2021