Saturday, February 21, 2015

7.5 mile run at Crossways - …, We drove over to Crossways after dropping Joseph off after his sleepover. He was a very good boy and had a party to look forward to. We got Morrisons done and then journeyed to Sandra's where Alison was pruning the wisteria. I went for a run during that time and just caught the hail toward the end of the run. It was very cold! It was home for a long dog walk and an early evening cleaning the fish tank before getting the wood burner going for the last time this half term.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Half term swimming

Alison, myself, Maria and Joseph went swimming at Ringwood this morning. Lovely time with Joseph showing less fear of the water than previously.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bike ride to Cashmoor and back

A busy day of getting things done included a bike ride of a shade over 20 miles. Edmondsham, Cranborne, Wimborne St Giles, Gussage All Saints, Gussage St Michael and Cashmoor before heading back to the Horton Inn and home. 20.18 mi Bike Ride Duration: 1:20:28 Pace: 4.0 min/mi

Moors Valley 17th Feb

I cycled to Moors Valley to meet up with everyone yesterday. I took the long route via Horton, Gaunts Common, Holt, Three Cross and finally the country park itself. With the ride home, the total mileage was a shade under 20 miles, my longest ride of the year so far. We hit the busiest time of the year so far with the car park full but managed to get in. Starting at the play park, we followed with feeding the ducks, holding some owls and the play trail. Some great photos!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Smallworld Reborn

It's a good time to restart this after 10 years! Can't believe it was that long ago I started writing a blog but given things like Facebook and Twitter, it's no surprise there are quicker and easier ways of sharing information and photos which mean a blog loses its appeal. At the same time, this does offer a more detailed and less transient means of writing what is almost a diary. Let's see how it goes.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Running again

After a few days of over indulgence, it was back to a more spartan regime today with a more sensible diet and plenty of exercise. Two dog walks, a bike ride and a 4 mile run in just over half an hour. That is the run in half an hour. All of them in that time would be pretty good going.

Christchurch river race

It was a busy weekend with lots of visitors from Plymouth up for the long weekend. As well as three nights of celebration we were out on Monday for Paul's birthday which once again coincided withhis wedding anniversary. It seems to happen every year! We hired a couple of boats and set off for an hour's jaunt up the river Avon which took us past some fantastic looking properties. It wasn't long before it became apparent that the boat Captain Andrews had selected was considerably slower than ours. Pirate Aquilina loved revving up and past his rival, leaving poor Paul in his wake. It soon became obvious why they had a slower vessel after Mitch and Paul tried to swap over the duties at the helm as they crashed into trees, hit another boat and had several near misses despite going more slowly than an asthmatic ant with a heavy bag of shopping. Even more amazingly, Jamie missed the opportunity to enjoy a pint in one of the pubs in Christchurch but he did find the world's strongest beer it appears as he spent a good deal of the evening after the barbecue spilling cans of stella. Hopefully everyone's fully recovered now - our weekend celebrations were far more fun that anyone else's that weekend, I am sure.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


In what threatened to be another rain soaked game, Werder came out on top on Monday night with the heavens thankfully sparing us a similar drenching to the previous week when we'd lost 4 - 3 in the midst of a huge storm. The conditions had been so poor that all of us were quickly on the way home immediately after the match rather than enjoy any trip to the pub. The tree blocking one of the nearby roads indicated just how bad things were and it came on top of an unlucky defeat.

This week we seemed to click in a way we haven't for some time despite starting with just 5 of the expected 6 players. Unusually we were on the front foot from the outset and dominated the early exchanges even though a player down. We then had the two missing men arrive and didn't look back.

Dave in goal
Dom and Doug in goal
Matt C and Damo in the middle
New Matt and myself up front

The first goal caused the ref to comment on what an accomplished goal it was, perhaps in surprise! The ball fell to me in the middle and Matt burst down the right and into space. His strike found new Matt on his own with a simply tap in to round off a fine passing move. The impetus we gained was even greater as Damo quickly followed up with a shot from a little way out that seemed to catch the keeper out causing him to fumble the ball in hopelessly. The two goals rapidly became three with a very similar move to the opening goal seeing me release new Matt down the right. On this occasion his shot arrowed into the far corner and he was poised for a hat trick before half time.

Damo's quick throw provided the opportunity for new Matt to get his third as he headed strongly over the keeper for a 4 - 0 half time lead. It isn't often we've turned round with that kind of lead and there was a memory from years ago of having lost a lead like this. However, not this time.

This time I was able to nutmeg a defender for new Matt to run on to and smash home his fourth of the night. We were safe and continued to play solidly for the remainder of the game.

Sadly for Dave, his clean sheet disappeared when a throw in was taken as a corner by the opposition and the fierce cross was hit home with barely a protest from us as the referee let the goal stand.

I think we'd take 5 - 1 any day though and it could be a sign of success to come with the annual pub quiz Christmas get together on for tomorrow evening.

Monday, November 28, 2011

We had a day off in lieu today and I took the opportunity to get out and about on the bike for the first time in November. There is a link below to see the route which was just over 16 miles with a break in the middle to walk around Blashford Lakes.

I came back through Ringwood Forest which was pretty muddy and pot holed in places as I followed the footpaths through to Verwood. Thank you iPhone - it's nearly impossible to get lost with the map function and I could see which turnings I had to take. The forest is pretty nondescript as it's forestry commission land and therefore just full of featureless trees and gravel paths.

Bournemouth beach in the sunshine

The incredible weather continues with a beautiful Sunday morning in the sunshine on Bournemouth beach. Maria played in the sand whilst we had a coffee and could even sit in shirt sleeves.

The odd thing is that we were then going Christmas shopping which just felt strange given the unseasonal weather. We've got a lot of it done now but have some busy times coming up with a trip to Leeds next weekend for starters.