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old weekly news items from 1999 when I was 40

news 2017.01.01 new year's day

9 hits this week 13819 total.

Xmas day started reading 7 brief lessons on physics.

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Boxing day we went to london.
Waited some time for a bus.
Very slow down the westway, eventually diverting N before entering baker street and going S.
Almost exactly 2h on the bus.
Apparently due to roadworks on the marylebone road.
Pleased to find paul open for lunch of soupe d'automne, coffee and tarte au citron.
Had a look in the tesla shop on oxford street, with the model s on display, including its rolling chassis.

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Down through hanover square, past st george's.

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Up conduit street, across regent street into foubert's place.

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Up carnaby street onto great marlborough street with a mclaren with a parking ticket.

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Down berwick street, peter street, wardour street, old compton streeet, charing cross road to denmark street which was mostly closed, but I saw the martin d12x1ae in the window at westside.

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Past st giles.

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Down neal street, james street to covent garden.
On down the strand, past the skaters of somerset house and st mary le strand.

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Back up through covent garden, 7 dials, greek street, soho square to oxford street.
Sad to see that trattoria da aldo has gone.

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Back down a heaving oxford street, where apparently I had missed tommy and mary playing earlier.

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Straight onto a bus at park lane and home relatively quickly with little traffic.
Back home by 20:00.

Tuesday morning frosty.
Out for lunch, coffee and pain au chocolat, and a bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Over to lutterworth for a bit more shopping.
Evening finished the short book.

Wednesday morning frosty -4.
Afternoon we went out into the cold for a walk around the village circuit in the low sunshine before sunset.

Thursday morning frosty -2.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.

Friday morning fog.
Lots of tidying.
Afternoon 1x circuit with the mist descending before sunset 8 mins 50.
Evening fitted some new super slinky strings to the yamaha electric guitar.
Not done that since 2013.

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New year's eve misty.
Caught up with the xmas university challenge.
Into rugby for lunch, coffee and cheesecake.
Had another go at the intonation on the yamaha.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we stayed up until all the pops and bangs had ended.

2017

New year's day rain.

news 2017.01.08 sunday

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New year's day.
Evening we caught up with the film ethel and ernest.

Monday off.
Out into the cold sunshine for lunch, and a bit of shopping at morrisons,
Coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s, and a bit of shopping.

Tuesday morning frosty.

Thursday morning frosty, saw -5.
Ordered the upgrade to fibre broadband.

Friday morning frosty.
New modem/router arrived.

Saturday morning misty.
Caught up with the film captain phillips.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and carrot cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at mega tesco.
Home at sunset, with the mist descending.

Sunday morning misty.

news 2017.01.15 sunday

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Sunday 1x round the village circuit with the sun trying to break through the mist 8 mins 47.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and chocolate twist, and a bit of shopping.
Saw the buzzard on the post along the way.
Took the car for a ride at sunset.
Evening caught up with the film saving mr banks.

Wednesday morning windy.

Thursday afternoon we were promised heavy snow, but there was only a bit of drizzle.

Friday morning a light dusting of snow, frozen over.
Caught up with the film captain america: the winter soldier.

Saturday into town for lunch at not browns, where we met up with stuart + kris.
Coffee and cookie at m + s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday rain.

news 2017.01.22 sunday

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Sunday afternoon out into the rain, past flooded ditches to lutterworth for coffee and lemon tart, and a bit of shopping.

Monday pointless 1000.

Been suffering from a cold since last weekend.

Friday morning frosty.
Lovely winter sunshine in the afternoon.
New fibre broadband and phone number connected.

Saturday into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and millionaire's shortbread at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning frosty sunshine.

news 2017.01.29 sunday

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Sunday afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and lemon tart, and a bit of shopping.

Tuesday connected the laptop direct with a lan cable to the new router - getting 7.x Mbps.

Wednesday morning fog.

Thursday evening we caught up with trainspotting again, ready for the new film.

Friday evening we went out into rthe cold, dark rain to see trainspotting 2 - very good.
1st there was an opportunity, then a betrayal.
The car rolled up to 99999 on the way home.

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Saturday 1x round the village circuit in the cold, damp, windy sunshine 9 mins 32.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and chocolate cheesecake at the round caffe nero.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning frosty sunshine.
Cleaned the car. Took it for a short drive to dry out.

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Afternoon rain.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

news 2017.02.05 sunday

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Monday morning fog.

February

Wednesday morning fog.

Thursday morning rain.

Friday dropped off the car at leamington for its 100000 service.
The new hard top mx5 outside, ahead of its release in march.

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Saturday over to collect the car and back.
Lovely sunny day.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and millionaire's shortbread at m+s.
A bit of shopping at a different m+s.
Fired up the r6 and 848 in the late afternoon sunshine.

Sunday grey.
Afternoon sunshine, but still only 6 degrees.
Took the car for a drive, and a bit of shopping at tiny tesco.

news 2017.02.12 sunday

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Sunday evening we caught up with the film 1000000 ways to die in the west.

Monday morning fog and frost -4.

Thursday morning m6 broken briefly.

Friday light snow flurries.

Saturday more light snow.
Into rugby for lunch at delish kitchen, coffee and cake at moriarty's cafe.
The snow turned into light rain.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with the arena portrait of chrissie hynde.

Sunday morning damp and grey, with a bit of sleet.

news 2017.02.19 sunday

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Sunday afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

Wednesday morning misty.
Afternoon rain.

Friday afternoon a nice bit of warm sunshine, with the roads starting to dry out.

Saturday grey.
Out for lunch at the bull's head.
On into town for coffee and apple turnover at m+s.
A look at led lighting at warmmead.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday grey.
Out to b+q for an adapter.
A bit of sunshine at lunch time.
Afternoon trying vaious physical configurations for the modem router.
1x round the village circuit in the grey 9 mins 13.

news 2017.02.26 sunday

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Sunday we caught up with some more witless.

Monday off.
A bit of sunshine in the morning.
Pumped up the tyres for 1x round the village circuit 8 mins 30.
Correctly disposed of some old vehicle batteries, a tube, and some broken wee items at rugby.
Bought a tplink tl-wr802n nano router to connect to the ethernet only nas over wireless.
Much fun and games trying to get it to work so that I can see what is on the other side.
We went down the pub for lunch.
1x circuit at dusk 8 mins 30.
Eventually managed to connect to the nas by ip address.
Now often getting 23 Mbps.

Wednesday evening rain.
Frogs gathering in the pond in the dark.

Thursday windy.

Friday afternoon nice and sunny again.

Saturday damp, grey wind.
1x circuit 8 mins 45.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shoppng at dunchurch.
The van rolled through 160000.
Evening we caught up with witless.

Sunday morning a bit of sunshine.
1x circuit 8 mins 56.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

news 2017.03.05 sunday

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March

Saturday morning sunshine.
An unsuccessful drive out to attempt collection of my new guitar.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Some bird of prey flying alongside us as we left the village, probably a buzzard.
A bit of shopping at canley.
A bit of looking at bathrooms.
Evening we caught up with the film wild tales.

Sunday rain.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

news 2017.03.12 sunday

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Monday morning frosty.
My new ibanez grg121dx-bkf arrived from amazon.
Something relatively cheap, without a locked floyd rose system, to allow clean note bending and drop d option.

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Tuesday morning frosty.

Wednesday relatively warm.

Thursday took the gpz to work in the warm sunshine.

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Frday afternoon popped over to see adrian.

Saturday grey and damp.
Saw a goldfinch in the garden.
Raised the pick ups on the guitar, closer to the strings, as the bridge pick up in particular was ridiculousy low.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at m+s.
1x round the village circuit in the grey 8 mins 45.
Raised the action on the wound strings to stop the buzzing.
Fitted new strings.
Set up the intonation.

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Evening we caught up with the film 2 jours 1 nuit.

Sunday rain.
Afternoon a little bit of sunshine.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
1x circuit 8 mins 39.

Interesting to read about opposite birds this week.

news 2017.03.19 sunday

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Monday my super slinky strings for the 5 string bass arrived from amazon.

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Wednesday morning misty sunshine.

Saturday new fence.
1x round the village circuit in the grey 8 mins 39.
Fitted the lighter strings to the bass, and adjusted the intonation.

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1x circuit 8 mins 33.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we went out to see camille o'sullivan at the arts centre.

Sunday grey wind.
1x circuit in strong wind and sunshine 8 mins 40.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

news 2017.03.26 sunday

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Monday equinox.

Tuesday caught up wth the film lucy.

Saturday 1x round the village circuit in cold, low sunshine 8 mins 45.
1x circuit 8 mins 39.
Over to the nec for the homebuilding show.
Interesting to see atrium 2 for the 1st time.
About 25000 people protested in london against the nonsensical departure of the uk from the eu.
The eu celebrates 60 years.

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Evening we caught up with the film ida. Now that is a powerful film.

Sunday bst.
Cold and sunny morning, with a single duck sailing about in the pond.
Cleaned the car.
1x circuit in windy sunshine 8 mins 27.
Afternoon still mostly sunny.
Cut the grass.
Replaced the number plate lights on the mx5.
A bit of shopping at m+s.
Pumped up the tyres and took the r6 for a ride.

news 2017.04.02 sunday

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Monday caught up with the motogp from qatar.

Wednesday

As article 50 is invoked by a government that knows it is the wrong thing to do.
The decline continues.

Evening caught up with season 1 of sneaky pete.

Friday went to see ghost in the shell.

April

Saturday rain.
Pumped up the tyres to 70 psi for 1x round the village circuit 8 mins 13.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and apple turnover at m+s.
Afternoon warm sunshine.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Cleaned the r6, and had a look at fitting a 2nd optimate connection.
Evening we caught up with the start of decline and fall.

Sunday morning sunhine.
1x circuit in the cool sunshine 7 mins 52.

I think we can say that spring has sprung.
Swapped to the summer logo.

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news 2017.04.09 sunday

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Sunday afternoon we gave daffodil sunday a miss.
A bit of shopping at lutterworth.
Took the r6 for a ride over to b+q and to see adrian.

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Monday morning frosty.

Friday caught up with the film cromwell.

Saturday 1 of those perfect weather days.
Up early and over to wolston to fly the simply.
3 ascents to about 140m with no sign of thermals in the even, hazy sunshine.
3 nice landings with 1 a bit short.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning perfect weather again.
1x round the village circuit 8 mins 02.
We went over to bruntingthorpe, mainly to have a look at the f-104g, but we also had a sit in the cockpit of the super guppy.
A bit of shopping at lutterworth on the way back.
Afternoon pumpep up the tyres and took the 848 for a long ride in the sunshine.

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Took the fujin for the short ride 5 mins 02.
Took the mx5 for a short drive with the top down.

Thanks to the html5 video tag, ogg and extra space on the new site, I have reinstated 2x flight videos in 2005.

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news 2017.04.16 sunday

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Monday put a new battery on the car.
Evening caught up with the motogp from argentina.

Friday off for easter.
1x round the village circuit 8 mins 10.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Some sunshine and showers, but mostly grey.
Investigated the fault on the fujin front light.
Started reading leviathan wakes.

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Saturday morning 1x circuit in windy sunshine 8 mins 15.
Over to dunchurch for lunch and a bit of shopping.
Bought a new tactile switch from maplin.
Pumped up the tyres, cleaned it, and took the monster for a longish ride, rolling up to 23000 along the way.

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Fitted the new switch to the light.

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Evening stuart + kris came over for a meal.

Sunday morning still sunshine.
1x circuit 8 mins 29.
The pheasant and duck in the garden.
1x circuit 8 mins 01.

news 2017.04.23 sunday

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Sunday afternoon rain.
Fitted a new optimate connector to the new car battery for charging electric aircraft.
Read some more leviathan wakes.
A quick look at the allotment.
Evening we caught up with decline and fall.

Monday off in the damp grey.
We went NE in search of sunshine, and to have a look at belton house, or at least the gardens.
Lunch, coffee and cake in the stables.

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On to the orangery.

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We gave the church a miss, walking along wild flower meadows, past the mirror lake with its few tadpoles, to the boating lake.

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Saturday morning sunshine.
1x round the village circuit 8 mins 08.
A bit of garden tidying in preparation for the build.
The acer looking good in the garden.

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Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and millionaire's shortbread at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Took the r6 for a longish ride in perfect weather.
Evening we caught up with sneaky pete season 1 (again).

Sunday morning warm sunshine.
Over to wolston to fly the simply in the perfect weather.
Found a bit of a thermal at the 4rd attempt, rising from about 100m to 172m.
Recharged after 3 ascents using the new car battery and optimate connection.
4 good landings, although 1 required a bit of a go round again.

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2x circuit 15 mins 24.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
Took the fujin for a short ride.

news 2017.04.30 sunday

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Monday extension build started with digging foundation holes.
Evening caught up with the motogp from texas.

Tuesday foundation holes filled with concrete.

Wednesday afternoon sleet.
Walls up to damp course.

Thursday morning frosty.
Wet room drains in and floor concrete above dpm.
Evening the duck walked over the concrete, leaving a trail of dinosaur footprints.

Friday a bit of wall.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the cold grey 15 mins 41.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.
A quick look at radiators.
Popped in to see adrian's new triumph t120 on the way home.
Evening we started watching preacher.

Sunday 2x circuit 16 mins 06.
2x circuit in the windy sunshine 15 mins 33.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

news 2017.05.07 sunday

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Sunday a bit of garage tidying.

May

Monday off.
Up stupidly early and off down the m40 in the rain to oxford for may morning and otway.
Arrived late in high street about 06:05, missing the start, but there was still choral stuff going on in the distance, followed by bells.
The whole area in front of magdalen college was crammed with people, despite the marginal weather.
Have to get up even earlier in future.

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Eventually I managed to wade through, against the flood tide down to magdalen tower, but the bridge itself was still mostly blocked off.
Back to the bear for otway, where I met will.
A new cd to promote meant a few new songs, but mostly the set remains the same.
A nice bit of sunshine eventually.

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Coffee and pain au chocolat.
Had a look at the new cohen quad on walton street.

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Heavy rain showers on the m40.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.
Home for lunch.
The conker tree doing well.

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Afternoon cleaned the car.
Evening we caught up with the film carol.

Tuesday a bit more outer wall.

Wednesday outer wall now goes all the way round.

Thursday a bit of inner wall and insulation.

Friday took the r6 to work in the windy sunshine, rolling through 11000 as I set out for home.

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Carol took the car for an mot.
A little more inner wall and preparation for mezzanine floor supports.
Adrian popped over on the bike.
Evening we caught up with the film jimi: all is by my side.

Saturday grey.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 39.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and millionaire's shortbread at m+s.
A bit of a look at tiles.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday 2x circuit in the sunshine 14 mins 56.
2x circuit 15 mins 45.

news 2017.05.14 sunday

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Sunday afternoon a bit of shopping at lutterworth.
Went for a longish ride on the bikes with adrian.
Evening we started watching american gods.

Monday some mezzanine floor supports in place.

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from jerez.
Most of the door and window lintels in place.

Wednesday morning frosty sunshine.
Remaining lintel.
All walls up to the wall plate.
Most mezzanine floor supports fixed in place.

Thursday morning sunshine.
Took the r6 to work.
Back home late through heavy traffic.
Remaining inner wall around window former, and roof beam in.

Friday rain.
A bit of outer wall up to the window former.

Saturday damp.
Started catching up with giro d'italia with the climb up etna.
Out early, and over to leamington to look at tiles.
Lunch at the big morrisons.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Took the 848 for a ride over to see adrian.

Sunday morning damp, windy sunshine.
Caught up with the giro d'itala stage to messina.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 17.
Afternoon sunshine and heavy showers.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
2x circuit 15 mins 16.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 16.
Caught up with eurovision.

news 2017.05.21 sunday

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Sunday evening we went for a walk round the village circuit in the low sunshine.
Caught up with american gods.

Monday saw alien: covenant.
No build in the rain.
Evening bat survey.

Tuesday main roof timer up, and tiles lifted.

Wednesday heavy rain.

Thursday m6 broken.
Outer wall completed, felt on roof.

Friday more rain.
Partition wall framework roughly in place.

Saturday morning sunshine.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 31.
Out early and over to atherstone to look at wood samples for the stairs at sykes timber.
Lunch, coffee and cake at dobbies in mancetter.
Over to rugby to look for floor tiles.
Caffe at the new maia gelateria.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Sunshine and showers.
Caught up with the giro d'talia stage to terme luigiane.
Evening we caught up with american gods.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the damp sunshine 15 mins 31.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.
Afternoon we had a look at the rugby bike festival.
Caffe e gelato at maia.
Took the fujin for the longer ride 10 mins 15.

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news 2017.05.28 sunday

9 hits this week 14068 total.

Monday hot and sunny.
It seems that summer has arrived.
Some roof tiles and a velux window.
Caught up with the giro d'talia stage to alberobello.

Tuesday warm sunshine.
More roof tiles.
Evening caught up with the motogp from le mans.

Wednesday 2nd velux and more roof tiles.

Thursday warm sunshine.
Took the r6 to work, rolling through 11111 along the way.
Afternoon hot sunshine on the way home, including a refuel at tiny tesco.
Roof tiles completed.
New mains distribution board.
Adrian popped over on his bike.

Friday off in the warm sunshine.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 09.
Took the r6 for an mot.
Popped into b+q on the way back, parking under the shade of a sycamore tree.

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Afternoon we climbed up onto the temporarily boarded mezzanine floor and operated the velux windows.
2x cicuit in the mediterranean heat 28 degrees 15 mins 27.

Saturday morning 2x circuit in the warm sunshine 14 mins 48, but with a short stop.
Caught up with the giro d'italia stage to reggio emilia.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and millionaire's shortbread at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with american gods.

Sunday morning hot and sunny again.
2x circuit 14 mins 18.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
A bit of garden tidying.

news 2017.06.04 sunday

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Sunday caught up with the giro d'italia stage to tortona.
Steady rain through the night.

Monday off in the damp grey.
Light rain.
Afternoon over to m+s for coffee and carrot cake, and a bit of shopping.
More looking at tiles.
More rain.
Evening we mocked up the led dimmable apex ceiling lights in the extension.

Tuesday off in the damp grey.
1st fix electrics, and drains.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.

Wednesday warm, with a bit of sunshine.
No build.

June

Thursday warm sunshine again.
Most of the insulation between the rafters.
Evening caught up with the giro d'italia ascent to oropa.

Friday remaining roof insulation in, some plasterboard, and windows in.
Evening we went over to stuart + hris for a meal, including apple charlotte.
Rain through the night.

Saturday morning damp sunshine.
2x round the village circuit past big puddles in the sunshine 14 mins 50.
Into town for lunch at not browns, caffe e gelato at etna.
Had a good walk round coventry motofest.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

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Sunday 2x circuit in the cooler sunshine 14 mins 58.
Caught up with the giro d'italia stage to bergamo.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

news 2017.06.11 sunday

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Sunday caught up with the giro d'italia stage up and down the passo stelvio going above the snow line.
Evening caught up with american gods and the iomtt superbike race.

Monday and the heavy rain seems to indicate the end of summer.
More plasterboard.

Tuesday morning heavy rain.
Caught up with the iomtt supersport race.
More plasterboard.
Evening caught up with the motogp from mugello.

Wednesday morning a bit of sunshine.
Caught up with the iomtt sidecar race.
More plasterboard.
Evening caught up with the iomtt superstock race.

Thursday afternoon heavy rain.
Some gutter, pointing, plasterboard around the inside of the round window.
We went out to vote.
Evening caught up with the iomtt lightweight race.

Friday election result was interesting, if indecisive.
More plasterboard.

Meanwhile the UK is still planning to leave the EU, lead by a government that knows it is the wrong thing to do.
The decline continues.

Saturday morning damp sunshine.
Caught up with the iomtt 2nd sidecar and zero races.
2x round the village circuit in the grey 15 mins 06.
Out early to buy oak flooring for the mezzanine floor, and home again.
Into town late for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and orange cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we went out to see the polish choir senza nome in the big church.
Cool grey wind outside in the interval.
Back home we caught up with american gods.

Sunday morning damp sunshine.
Caught up with the iomtt senior race.
2x circuit in the strong wind 15 mins 27.
There is a pear coming in the garden.

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Afternoon took the 848 for a ride and refuel in the windy sunshine.
Popped in at the allotment on the way back.

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news 2017.06.18 sunday

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Monday a bit of sunshine.
More plasterboard.

Tuesday a bit of actual plaster.
Caught up with the motogp from catalunya.

Wednesday more plaster.

Thursday more plaster.

Friday more plaster - upstairs now done.

Saturday morning 2x round the village circuit in hot sunshine 14 mins 53.
Perfect summer weather.
Into town for lunch at not browns, caffe e gelato at etna.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening hot at 31 degrees.
We caught up with the penultimate episode of american gods.

Sunday morning 23 degrees.
This is european weather.
We went down to the pub for lunch in the garden.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and lemon tart, and a bit of shopping.
Getting too hot now at 33 degrees.

news 2017.06.25 sunday

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Monday hottest day of the year.
Much too hot.
Afternoon car said 33 degrees outside.
More plaster.

Tuesday a little cooler.
More plaster.

Wednesday solstice.
Too hot and hunid.
Afternoon car said 33 degrees again.
Plaster finished.
Evening we went for a walk around the village circuit in the heat.

Thursday a bit cooler and cloudy.
No build.

Friday floor screed down.
Evening we caught up with a bit of glastonbury.
Chrissie hynde wiping away 40y and showing the others how it is done.

Saturday caught up with a bit more, with kris kristofferson being lovely and royal blood being angry.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 34.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, caffe e gelato at etna.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Cleaned the car.
Evening we caught up with the last episode of american gods season 1.

Sunday morning pumped up the tyres for 2x circuit 14 mins 44.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
A bit more glastonbury.

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Monday remaining window glass fitted, and french doors lined up.
Evening caught up with the motogp from assen.

Tuesday evening caught up with rogue 1 again.

Wednesday off in the rain.
Finished wading through the bbc terrestrial coverage of glastonbury - now the iplayer.
Over to st mary magdalene church for stan's funeral.
Met up with carol for lunch at morrisons, amd a bit of shopping.
Coffee and bakewell tart at m+s.
Some temporary mezzanine floor from b+q.

Thursady light rain.

Friday morning caught up with a bit more glastonbury, incluing laura marling, being lovely, sulky, and enigmatic as ever.
7y since I lost my job.
Internal doors arrived.
Evening we went out to see despicable me 3.

July

Saturday over to lutterworth to look at oak doors.
Lunch at a cafe.
A bit of shopping for paint and rollers.
Afternoon took the r6 for a ride, and over to see adrian, meeting up with dave there too.

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Sunday morning more perfect weather.
2x round the village circuit in the breezy sunshine, past fields of flax and poppies 15 mins 15.
Saw a pair of woodpeckers on the 2nd circuit.
Caught up with a bit more giro d'italia, with the stage to bormio, passing through the lovely aprica where we went in the other direction last year.
Unfortunately the highlights only started at the passo del tonale, with the angel monument looking familiar.
Still catching up with the giro d'italia and the tour de france has already started.
Afternoon carol started the painting.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Took the gpz for a ride past stanford hall.

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Back home cleaned it a bit.
Took the fujin for a short ride 4 mins 58.

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Monday hot, suuny weather continues.
Evening caught up with the motogp from sachsenring.

Tuesday sunny again, but not so hot.
More plaster on top to straighten up a wall and cupboard.
Evening the tiny pear ripening nicely.

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Caught up with the giro d'italia stage to piancavallo.

Wednesday too hot again. Saw 30 degrees outside the car.

Thursday even hotter. Saw 32 degrees.
Caught up with the penultimate stage of the giro d'italia to asiago.

Friday a bit cooler.
Evening over to the memorial park for the stranglers at the godiva festival.
30 min queue to get out of the car park.
Home just before midnight.

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Saturday 2x round the village circuit in warm sunshine 15 mins 34.
Morning painting.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cookie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at wickes for a garden wall light.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in warm sunshine 15 mins 34 again.
Caught up with the last stage of the giro d'italia in milano.
Mote painting.
Afternoon out to get more paint.
Caught up with stage 1 of le tour de france in dusseldorf.

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Sunday evening more painting.

Monday off for more painting.
Late afternoon out for more paint and a bit of shopping at tesco.

Tuesday steady rain.
More painting.
Staircase arrived.

Wednesday off.
Sunshine returned with a bit of breeze.
Staircase roughly fitted.

Thursday
Mezzanine floor down.
Evening caught up with le tour stage to liège.

Friday skip has gone.
Evening into town for carol's dance night.
Back home late.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 08.
2nd fix electrics, and wet room tanking.
Late night again.

Sunday morning wet room underfloor heating element down.
Afternoon a bit of shopping at dunchurch.

news 2017.07.23 sunday

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Sunday a bit of garden tidying.
Adrian popped over briefly.
Cut the grass.

Monday evening popped over to wolston briefly for the fun fly in perfect summer weather.
Floor tiling.

Tuesday more wall and floor tiling.
Evening caught up with le tour stage to longwy.

Rain, thunder and lightning in the night.

Wednesday afternoon off.
More tiling.
Stairs levelled.
Evening caught up with le tour stage to vittel.

Thursday morning rain.
More tiling, and some plumbing.
A bit of shopping at m+s.

Friday light rain.
Tiling completed, and some more plumbing.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the sunshine 14 mins 51.
A bit of general tidying up.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cookie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Steady rain in the night.

Sunday morning finished reading leviathan wakes.

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Pheasant is visiting regularly.

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2x circuit 14 mins 38.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
A bit of garage tidying.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 11.
Caught up with le tour stage to la planche des belles filles.
Some heavy rain.

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Monday

Tuesday took the r6 to work in the cool grey.

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Too hot and sunny on the way home.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.
More electrics and plumbing.

Wednesday evening caught up with inception.

Thursday morning m6 broken.
Afternoon m6 broken.
Some carpentry.

Friday 17 years since we bought the house - now with an extra bit.

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Saturday morning damp.
A bit of garage tidying.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and cookie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning 2x round the village circuit in the damp sunshine 15 min 14.
Caught up with the lego batman movie.
A bit of actual electronics.
Afternoon a bit of shopping at morrisons and b+q.
Coffee and cookie, and a bit of shopping at m+s.
Took the 848 for a ride in perfect weather.
Took the fujin for a short ride 4 mins 56.

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Monday caught up with le tour stage to nuits saint georges.

August

Tuesday afternoon m6 broken.
The wood burner arrived.
Evening we went for a walk around the village circuit.

Wednesday wood burner installed and test run.

Friday evening we caught up with man up.

Saturday morning 2x round the village circuit over some new surface 15 mins 06.
The gpz is 31 today.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Very wet thundery heavy downpours with a bit of sunshine in between.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with safety not guaranteed.

Sunday 2x circuit in the cool sunshine 15 mins 21.
Caught up with le tour stage up and down le mont du chat to chambéry.
We went down the pub for a garden lunch.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cookie, and a bit of shopping.
Bought a lemon tree from morrisons.

news 2017.08.14 monday

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1d late due to a busy long weekend.

Tuesday some decorating, repair.

Wednesday more decorating, repair.

Wednesday evening rain.

Thursday off in the sunshine.
Caught up with the motogp from brno.
2x round the village circuit in the sunshine 14 mins 52.
A bit of diy in the rest of the house.
Out for lunch at morrisons, coffee and apple turnover at m+s.
A bit of shopping at b+q.
Took the r6 for a ride over to see adrian, and refuel.

Friday off in the sunshine.
Lots of diy in the hall cupboard.

Saturday morning caught up with le tour stage to bergerac.
2x circuit in the grey 14 mins 53.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake in the round market.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Saw a pair of woodpeckers fly off from the garden at home.
Evening we caught up with wild.
We slept upstairs on the mezzanine floor.
Saw a few stars through the velux and the round window, but no sign of perseids.

Sunday morning perfect weather.
Caught up with le tour stage to pau.
Over to wolston to fly the simply.
3rd ascent to about 145m caught a thermal, circling with a group of about 7 birds up to 197m.
After that had blown through, went upwind, eventually joining a buzzard, but not for long.
Bought a new analog foot pump.

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Afternoon caught up with le tour stage to peyragudes.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.
More diy.

Monday found the cat dead on the road.

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news 2017.08.20 sunday

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Tuesday gas service and shower rail fitted.

Wednesday a bit of skip filling.

Thursday a bit of skip filling.
Caught up with the motogp from austria.

Friday afternoon heavy rain, lightning and thunder.
Evening we went out to see dunkirk.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the damp, windy sunshine 15 mins 43.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday 2x circuit 15 mins 14.
Caught up with le tour stage to foix.
2x circuit 15 mins 07.
More skip filling and garden tidying.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and lemon tart, and a bit of shopping.

1w without the cat.

news 2017.08.28 monday

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1d late due to a busy weekend.

Monday over to wolston for the scale evening in the grey. Adrian too.

Tuesday off in the grey.
Dropped off the car at fosseway for service.
A bit of garage tidying.
Brightened up a bit later.
2x round the village circuit 14 mins 58.
Collected the car.
Over to tiny tesco for lunch, and a bit of shopping.
Over to m+s for coffee and millionaire's shortbread.
Caught up with le tour stage to rodez.

Wednesday evening we went out to see your name.
Home in the dark.

Friday skip gone.
Evening we caught up with the tick.

Saturday morning 2x circuit 15 mins 16.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.
Evening we went to down on the close to see wilko johnson.
Saw a bit of the rovings crows set too.

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Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cool sunshine 14 mins 39.
2x circuit in the hot sunshine later 14 mins 20.
Afternoon we went to have a look at the brinklow scarecrow festival.
Evening adrian, claire, georgina visited.

Monday off in the hot sunshine.
A bit of extension tidying.
Into town for lunch at the herbert, coffee and millionaire's shortbread at m+s.
A bit of shopping at b+q.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

2w without the cat.

news 2017.09.03 sunday

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Monday evening we caught up with season 1of the tick.

Thursday morning caught up with the motogp from silverstone.

September

Friday evening we caught up with the wolf of wall street.

Saturday into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cookie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening caught up with the muse set from reading.

Sunday morning grey.

3w without the cat.

news 2017.09.10 sunday

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Sunday afternoon off down the m5 through heavy rain to visit jes +christine.

Monday we went for a walk along the river otter for lunch at otterton mill.

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Tuesday we had a quick look at the seafront at exmouth.

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Stopped at strensham services, then home the pretty way through inkberrow.
Home at 17:30.
The garden sweet chestnut fruiting.

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Wednesday morning caught up with le tour stage to le puy en velay.
2x round the village circuit in the warm, windy sunshine 14 mins 47.
The pear is getting big now.

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Evening saw a hedgehog in the garden.

Thursday morning up early to drop off the car for a new wheel sensor.
A bit of shopping at b+q.
Caught up with le tour stage to romans sur isère le puy en velay.
More diy.
Collected the car.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
More diy.

Friday damp.
More diy.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening carol saw the hedgehog.
We caught up with the film nostalghia.

Saturday morning 2x circuit in the cool, damp sunshine 15 mins 25.
Down the a46, m40 to oxford for the open doors event.
A quick look at st giles church.

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Lunch at pierre victoire.
Disappointed to see the cohen quad closed to visitors.
Surprised to find a fopp store near the bus station.

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Coffee and cake at browns cafe in the market.
Struggled and failed to find the painted room.
Had a look at lincoln college in the showery rain.

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Disappointed to see jesus college open, but charging a fee.
Nice low sunshine on the way home.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cool damp grey 15 mins 05.
More diy.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

4w without the cat.

17 hits this week 14269 total.

Monday more rain.
Evening caught up with jupiter ascending.
More diy.

Tuesday evening more diy.
Windy overnight.

Wednesday some heavy rain.
Caught up with the motogp from misano.

Thursday some more heavy rain.
Evening we caught up with the film st vincent.

Friday more diy.
Evening caught up with logan.

Saturday morning damp.
More diy.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A red admiral butterfly in the new garden plants along the cobbles to whitefriars gate.

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A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning 2x round the village circuit in the cold 14 mins 57.
More diy.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
Took the 848 for a short ride in the sunshine.
Moderately heavy rain before home.

5w without the cat.

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Monday arrived home to find the garden trees much thinned out.
More diy.
Evening more rain.

Tuesday morning misty.

Wednesday evening more diy.
Saw the hedgehog out the front in the dark.

Friday off, and the equinox.
Cold morning at 3 degrees.
2x round the village circuit in the cold, low sunshine 15 mins 17.
Took the 848 for an mot.

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Popped in to see adrian on the way back.
A bit of garage and garden tidying.
Afternoon 2x circuit 15 mins 03.
More diy.
Evening rain.

Saturday morning damp.
Caught up with le tour stage over croix de fer, télégraphe, galibier to serre chevalier.
Started reading american gods.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cool sunshine 14 mins 27.
A bit of garden path design.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
More diy.

6w without the cat.

news 2017.10.01 sunday

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Monday morning heavy rain.
Evening caught up with the motogp from aragon.

Tuesday morning fog.

Wednesday off.
Caught up with le tour stage from briançon to izoard.

Thursday grapes around the front door.

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Saturday morning caught up with underworld blood wars.
1x round the village circuit as the rain started 7 mins 48.
A bit of garden tidying.
Carol picked the pear.

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Into town and dropped off the van for a new tyre.
We walked along the river sherbourne and up to not browns for lunch, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Bought the wolf alice cd visions of a life.
A bit of shopping at maplin for car key batteries.
A bit of shopping at m+s.

October

Sunday morning grey and damp.
More diy.
Caught up with le tour stage at marseille.
More diy.
1x circuit in light rain 7 mins 49.

7w without the cat.

news 2017.10.08 sunday

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Tuesday evening caught up with le tour stage to paris.

Friday evening we went out into fairly spectacular pinky blue sunset to see blade runner 2.

Saturday morning windy.
More diy.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Home in the rain.
More diy.

Sunday morning 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 56.
More diy.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping, then to homebase for some more wood.
Took the r6 for a short ride in the low sunshine.
Pumped up the tyres and took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 03.

8w without the cat.

news 2017.10.15 sunday

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Monday evening saw the hedgehog.

Tuesday we ate the pear.
The lemon tree is putting out fragrant flowers.
1 of the lemons is nearly done.

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Wednesday the white fungus is due about now, and yes it is here.

Thursday m6 broken.

Friday missed the white fungus.

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Saturday pumped up the tyres for 2x round the village circuit 14 mins 56.
More diy.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at big waitrose.
More diy in the afternoon sunshine.

Sunday 2x circuit in the grey 15 mins 11.
More diy.
A little drive out in the afternoon sunshine.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 02.

9w without the cat.

news 2017.10.23 monday

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1d late due to batsford.

Monday windy.
Evening more diy.

Wednesday off down the a46, m40 to oxford to see the pretenders at new theatre.
Arrived with 1h to spare.
Not been in oxford after dark for a long time.
Coffee and chocolate orange cheesecake at caffe nero in high street.
Saw the rails, then pretenders.

Foggy drive home.
Saw a fox at midnight.
Home about 00:15.

Thursday off in the rain.
It seems the pheasant has gone.
Mostly tidying up after diy.

Friday off in the rain.
Morning caught up with the motogp from a wet motegi.
Took the gpz for an mot in the rain.
Afternoon cleaned it a bit in the sunshine.
9y since we finished paying for the house.

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We went out to eat at the old lion.

Saturday morning 2x round the village circuit in the low, windy sunshine 16 mins 15.
More diy.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Very windy, and a bit of rain.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
More diy.

Sunday morning more diy.
Off down the a46 and fosse way to a blustery batsford.
In time for lunch, coffee and cake.
A reasonable bit of sunshine before the rain arrived.
The recent storms have already blown many of the leaves away, but still lots of colour.

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Again, we took the other way home through bourton on the hill.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 07.
Evening saw the hedgehog.

Monday off for floor sanding.

10w without the cat.

news 2017.10.31 tuesday

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2d late due to halloween festival and harcourt arboretum.

Monday afternoon a bit of shopping at morrisons and sainsbury's.
2x round the village circuit in the grey 15 mins 17.
Read some more american gods.

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Tuesday evening caught up with the motogp from phillip island.

Wednesday more diy.

Thursday the acer in the garden a nice red now.

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Saturday morning 2x circuit in the cold wind 15 mins 05.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe.
Coffee and cookie at the belgrade.
Something to eat at m+s later.
Stayed late for the halloween festival in broadgate.

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Back to gmt.

Sunday morning 2x circuit 15 mins 23.
We went back to oxford to have a look at harcourt arboretum.
Lunch, coffee and strawberry tart at a busy sainsbury's at oxford S.

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Afternoon a bit of garage tidying.
Evening we caught up with gameface.

Monday off 0 degrees.
Grape vine in the garden now a lovely colour.

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Took the monster for an mot in the cold sunshine.
Out for lunch, coffee at cake at the stables cotesbach.
A bit of shopping at lutterworth.
A bit of garden tidying.
Took the fujin for a short ride before sunset 5 mins 01.
Evening we had a go with the wood burner.
Caught up with the motogp from sepang.

11w without the cat.

news 2017.11.05 sunday

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November

Friday evening we caught up with gameface.

Steady rain through the night.

Saturday morning rain.
A bit of house tidying.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.
A bit of shopping at sainsbury's.
Afternoon will visited.
Evening we went out past the fireworks to see frank and walters at the soundhouse leicester.
Late night, home at 00:20.

Sunday we had another go with the wood burner.
Afternoon 2x round the village circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 33.
Caught up with gunpowder.

12w without the cat.

news 2017.11.12 sunday

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Monday morning frosty 0 degrees.

Tuesday rain.

Wednesday had a go with the wood burner.

Thursday turf for the front lawn arrived.
Evening caught up with detectorists.

Friday evening we caught up with gameface.

Saturday morning rain.
More diy.
Into town for lunch, coffee and cake at not browns.
Followed the peace trail, starting at the old cathedral.
Past the belgrade theatre, ending in lidice place.

Sunday more diy.
A pheasant in the garden.
2x round the village circuit in the blustery low sunshine 15 mins 16.
Afternoon a bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Now read 50% of american gods.

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13w without the cat.

news 2017.11.19 sunday

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Monday off.
Cold again 1 degrees.
More diy.
Fired up the r6.
Interesting to read about the haitian revolution.
Lunch and a bit of shopping at morrisons.
Coffee and cake and a bit of shopping at m+s.
More diy.
Caught up with the motogp from valencia.

Wednesday evening more diy.

Thursday evening more diy.
We caught up with man down.

Friday morning frosty -3 degrees.

Saturday morning caught up with wonder woman.
We had a go with the wood burner.
Pheasant is back.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with detectorists and effie gray.

Sunday morning frosty.
Wood burner on.
Pheasant in the garden.

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Afternoon cut up some more wood for the store.
Cleaned the car.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 17.
More diy.

14w without the cat.

news 2017.11.28 tuesday

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2d late due to visiting and advent.

Monday off.
Windy and damp.
Pheasant around.
Into town for lunch at basement browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at ikea.
A bit of shopping at m+s.

Wednesday evening windy.

Thursday evening wood burner on.
We caught up with man down.

Friday saw adrian at tiny tesco.
Wood burner on.
Evening we caught up with detectorists.

Saturday morning frosty 0 degrees, with light snow, getting heavier.
Up the m6 to visit richard+family, and jes, christne, steve.
Evening we went out for a meal.

Sunday morning back down the m6 in the rain and low sunshine.
Popped into ikea.
Home about 14:30.

Monday off.
Wood burner on.
More diy.
Afternoon a bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Tuesday evening wood burner on.

Added this year's xmas advent calendar.

15w without the cat.

news 2017.12.03 sunday

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Wednesday evening saw the hedgehog in the garden.

Thursday morning cold at -1 degrees and windy.
Still cold at +2 on the way home.
Evening we caught up with detectorists.

December

Friday took the ukulele in.
Evening we caught up with man down.

Saturday morning cold.
Wood burner on.
Pheasant around.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Car park 4x normal cost - merry xmas.
Popped into express music and bought a tanglewood twt17e.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning warmer 8 degrees.
2x round the village circuit in the damp 15 mins 23.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.

16w without the cat.

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1d late due to snow.

Sunday evening supermoon.

Monday off in the grey.
Put the xmas tree up.
Out for lunch and a bit of shopping at medium tesco, coffee and cake at m+s.
Evening out for the cadmac agm.

Thursday evening more diy.
We caught up with detectorists.

Friday morning snow.
Took the ukuleles in.
Afternoon off.
Evening bitter cold wind and 0 degrees.
We caught up with robot wars.

Saturday morning really cold at -2.4 degrees, with a thin dusting of snow frozen over the autumn leaves.
Pheasant in the garden.
The lemon tree has new lemons coming.

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Out into the bitter cold to town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Parked at the blue bridge.
Had a look at the transport museum for warmth.
Something to eat at m+s.
Over to the belgrade to see the good, the bad, and the ugly sisters.
Back over the blue bridge and home.
The van has rolled through 170000 miles.
Evening no sign of the forecast snow.

Sunday morning the snow arrived.
Remarkably sticky stuff, even around the washing line.
Slowed down a bit later, but pretty well snow all day.

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Monday off.
Pheasant in the garden.

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Out into the frozen snow for lunch, coffee and cake at morrisons.
Probably didn't get above -1 all day.
Tonight forecast down to -10.
Finished reading american gods.

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17w without the cat.

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Monday evening saw -4.7 degrees.

Tuesday morning a crackly -9.8 degrees.

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Wednesday morning a warmer 2 degrees.
The car rolled through 110000 miles.

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Thursday evening rain.
We caught up with detectorists.

Friday took the ukuleles in.
Afternoon off.
Saw star wars 8.
Very long, then a long wait getting away due to traffic.

Saturday morning sleet.
Pheasant in the garden.
Into town for lunch, coffee and cake at m+s.
Surprised to see the blue bridge car park closed.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening out into the cold dark for handel's messiah at the temple speech room.
Not been in there since the airport protest.
Only the "unto us" and "hallelujah" bits sounding familiar.
Back home by 23:00 in frosty cold, past xmas lights.

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Sunday damp grey.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
Still a bit of snow about.

18w without the cat.

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Sunday evening out to see steeleye span at the arts centre.
Support from jacqui mcshee.
Usual long wait to get away.

Monday morning off in misty sunshine.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.
Back home in the fog.

Wednesday remarkably warm 10 degrees in the evening.

Thursday off.
The solstice.
2x round the village circuit in the warm 10 degrees, misty damp and mud 15 mins 50.
A bit of tidying.
Afternoon coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping at m+s.

Saturday damp, but a little cooler at 7 degrees.
Onto the xmas double radio times.
We went out for lunch at the barn.
Coffee and cookie, and a bit of shopping at lutterworth.
A bit of diy.

Xmas eve.
The warm weather continues.
A bit of tidying.

19w without the cat.

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Xmas eve.
Saw a woodpecker on the conker tree in the garden.
Over to see adrian and family.
Evening we caught up with whatever happened to baby jane.

Xmas day warm and windy, with a bit of sunshine.
Caught up with valerian.
2x round the village circuit 16 mins 25.
Xmas lunch at home.
Afternoon rain.
Saw toy story 3.
Evening the m+w xmas show 1977.

Boxing day 2x circuit in the damp windy sunshine 16 mins 05.
Lunch at home.
Afternoon into town for another poäng chair from ikea.
A bit of shopping.

Wednesday morning the snow has returned.
Shame we didn't get a white xmas.
Caught up with atomic blonde.
Out into the snow to stuart + kris for lunch, coffee and cake.
A bit of shopping at another tesco.
Pheasant tracks in the snow.
Evening tried some smokeless fuel in the wood burner.

Thursday morning snow has frozen over to a crackle.
Lovely sunny day.
A bit of tidying.
Evening caught up with a bit more feud.

Friday morning still cold and lots of snow, but a slight thaw in the grey.
Pheasant by the pond.

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Caught up with témoins.
Out in the sunshine for lunch and a bit of shopping at morrisons.
Over to m+s for coffee and pain aux raisins, and a bit of shopping.
Evening caught up with a bit more feud.

Saturday morning warm and windy 11 degrees, with the snow mostly gone.
2x circuit past fields flooded by snow melt 16 mins 39.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and bûche de noël at m+s.
Bought a pheasant door mat.
Evening caught up with a bit more feud.

New year's eve.
Damp.

For those who didn't see the advent calendar here it is fully open.

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Swapped to the winter logo.

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20w and xmas without the cat.