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Images from the land of the slightly upset oak tree

Winter, soon

Nearly winter

Winter is nearly here but the leaves haven't yet got the message.

Book Shelf

Book shelf

Sorted. Although some of those are unread.

Ewok found a sleeve

Ewok found a sleeve

Found on the walk, never to be separated.

Early Anniversary

Early Anniversary

Dinner

Dinner

Friends for dinner. Happy Sunday's.

Snack Time

Snack time

Back from uni for a day, and to raid the snack tin.

M & M at Hawker's Cove

Hawker's Cove

Taking a Moment

Taking a moment

Taking a moment above St Saviour's Point, looking over the war memorial towards Rock.

> The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

J.F.K, 1961 (attr. Edmund Burke).

Spot the difference

Labradoodles

Ewok

Labradoodles

Yogi

Labradoodles

Ewok, Yogi, and...

Dune

Dunes

Dunes

Dunes

Dune. We've been here before. This time though there wasn't any jumping.

Remembering Doug

A Pint of  Padstow

Cleaning Windows

Cleaning Windows

Visitors for the weekend? Quick, let's clean the windows.

Today's Work View

Today's work view

Nicked Fay's bench to work from today. She left me the flowers too!

Some leaves in a puddle

Some leaves in a puddle

Reading Week

Bristol

Bristol

Just dropped F back in Bristol after a few days home for reading week. Yes, his digs are next door to the O2. Smart choice. Bonus points if you can spot him in the piccy's above.

Discharge

Discharge at Bullingdon

Discharge at Bullingdon

With S, S & G. Awesome. Loud too. Thanks chaps.

Dog finds mud

Dog finds mud

A walk around the clumps which was amazingly mud free until almost the very end. Yup, Yogi delivers.

Wellness Day 5

Padstow to Bodmin to Reading

Up early to tidy the house, put the recycling out, and grab a coffee. But still time for a quick chat with H along the terrace.

Padstow to Bodmin to Reading

Today's plan was the reverse of day 1, heading back along the trail to Bodmin.

Padstow to Bodmin to Reading

And then up and over the woods at Lanhydrock to the station. I'd spent a little longer chatting with H and so the ride had been a tad faster than planned, 18 minutes faster than the ride to Padstow on Monday. Let's just say the station was a welcome sight.

Padstow to Bodmin to Reading

There's even a cafe in the old signal box, with fabulous local sandwiches, shortbread, and less-fabulous coffee.

Padstow to Bodmin to Reading

The station staff at Bodmin were wonderful too, wishing me the best of luck getting to the carriage with my reserved bike space (because the train was longer than the platform 😁)

Padstow to Bodmin to Reading

After the coffee experience at Bodmin I was up for a cuppa from the GWR onboard trolley. But it didn't make it to our coach until the approach to Reading, so I skipped and went for a platform Starbuck's instead.

Achievement unlocked: Total for the week: 154km

Pub Band Bingo

Pub quiz music bingo

After a day out in the weather what better way to relax than a beer and a veggie curry in the pub next door. How about a beer, curry and name-that-band bingo? Yup, you're looking at a winner!

Wellness Day 4

North Cornwall Coast Walk

Day 4 plan, grab the bus to Porthcothan, because, and then walk back home. Estimated distance 20 km.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

North Cornwall Coast Walk

I decided to ride on the top deck of the bus to enjoy the amazing above-the-hedgerow views.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

The vista across Harlyn sands was particularly impressive.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

The bus stops right by the closed Porthcothan Cafe. A November theme emerges: The closed cafes of Cornwall.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

A quick pause to take note of the notes.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

The beach at Porthcothan.

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Also in monochrome.

Porthcothan

And a profile, also in monochrome, where you can see that the surf was very, very, surfy.

Avoiding the squalls, walking from Porthcothan to Fox Cove

Heading north to Constantine (past the Minnows and Fox Cove) the views south were dramatic, with squalls wandering inland from the ocean.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

North Cornwall Coast Walk

All the way ominous rain clouds lurked behind me.

Trevose Head

With big seas contributing some drama to the lighthouse view from Dinas Head.

Maybe Stein's family home

But it stayed dry and sunny in places past (possibly) Stein's family home...

Harlyn Surf's Up

...and round past Harlyn bay (where the surf was up compared to Tuesday)

North Cornwall Coast Walk

But the rain caught me at Stepper Point, although fortunately the day mark tower saved me from the worst of it.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

North Cornwall Coast Walk

The home stretch was familar growth, through Hawker's Cove and the path back to the memorial.

North Cornwall Coast Walk

I lovely walk, with views and weather! The south west coast path is pretty awesome, with the only disappointing bit being this nicely fenced section near Mother Ivy's Bay holiday park. Total 22.82km in 4h03m.


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