Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018
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Saturday, 28 March 2020

Saturday 28 March 2020 - parkrun substitute number 2

Since , the streets have gone very quiet. Shortly after posting the parkrun entry for 21 March, our computer failed. Luckily, I was able to take it to our local shop (who built it) on Monday morning, after which strict 'Social Distancing' rules came into force. Thankfully, my daughter Kate was able to pick the repaired computer on Tuesday after attending her grandma's funeral. Thank you Kate.
Thanks also go to Grapevine Computers in Altrincham for sorting out the problem and replacing the 2TB hard disc that had failed. Luckily, all the data could be transferred to the new disc, and our Dropbox back up files weren't needed.
I reported seeing 47 other runners during my parkrun substitute. Today I saw just one runner and a few dog walkers, albeit I set off well before 9 o'clock. Moreover, I've decided to avoid the busy canal towpath where two metres distancing from passing cyclists is impossible, in favour of Walton Road's quiet pavements.
Derbyshire Road South, pictured above, is normally fairly quiet, but Marsland Road, pictured below, is a busy main road - virtually empty yesterday as I jogged along in the lovely spring sunshine.
I tuned in to the and again this morning. 9/15 score this week was a big improvement! Perhaps because Sue was absent due to social distancing within our household (weird!?) and also because she was at Sainsburys, having taken over  as household shopper because she gets priority as an NHS employee working near 'the front line'. (Sadly she is not allowed to work from home.) Thanks Sue, you did well this morning. (We have flour and pasta!)

My 5 km times have slowed drastically this week to just inside 30 minutes. Today's 28.00 was my best time since last Saturday. The exercise is valuable though.

Take care and stay (at home) safe.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Tuesday 24 March 2020 - A View from the Kitchen Window

This cheeky little blue tit took a break from feasting on the peanuts that dangle from the washing line, in favour of nibbling on the tree buds outside our kitchen window.
In addition to my (getting slower) early morning run in isolation, I'm spending a bit of time each day raking moss from the lawn. There's lots of it, and it also offers the chance to enjoy a chat with the neighbours, from a very safe distance, of course. I've left some of the moss in a neat pile; hopefully it'll attract some of the nesting birds.
It was great to see a flock of goldfinches this morning, as I jogged along Derbyshire Road South.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Book Club

Sue's book club meets every month to chat about that month's book, which has to be a novel by an author never previously featured (and the club - an offshoot of SWOG - goes back many years).

They also chat about holidays, and life in general. This is the first time that they haven't left their homes to meet, but thanks to 'Zoom' they were able to have a two hour meeting of the type that has been possible for many years. I recall video conferences at work going back to the 1990s, resented by those who loved to spend time driving around from meeting to meeting.

Anyway, last night's session went well, punctuated in the background by requirements from Boris, to which we will adhere. "STAY AT HOME". 

Everything apart from Sue being required to go in to work today rather than work from home (not very clever in my view) seems to be on hold. We have lots of 'projects', but lack of inertia must be overcome.

Take care.

Monday, 23 March 2020

Where's Wally 2020...?

Morning runs: saw 47 runners on Saturday (5 km in 26.36), 21 runners on Sunday (28.33), 15 runners today (29.06).

By the end of the week I may look like Wally and be taking 40 mins. The earlier I start, the slower I'm going, but at least I'm getting out, if only briefly.

Sunday, 22 March 2020


I'm abandoning the walks/bike rides programme that I devised and broadcast last week. I'm in a 'Stay at home for at least 12 weeks' category.

Meanwhile, photos from the garden are all I can manage just now, though I'll try to find something more interesting to post from our laptop if I get a chance. 

The hard drive on our desktop computer failed this morning, which is a nuisance, but I'd prefer a poorly computer to a poorly human!

Take care...

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Saturday 21 March 2020 - parkrun substitute number 1

Today, parkrunners all over the world have been trying to resolve what to do at 9.00 am on Saturday morning. The Facebook and youtube channels provide some ideas, and there's a youtube video hosted by Vassos Alexander (). There's also a . We scored 5/15. Room for improvement.
I counted 47 runners as I set off at 9 am and went along a 6.7 km route, after which the queue for the coffees was rather more amenable than the supermarket queues I've had to brave recently. Most of the 47 were on the busy towpath, which I joined after 5 km in 26.36. I'm happy with that.
Here's my route, taken anti-clockwise, starting near Timperley Bridge, where I took the top selfie. You might need to click on the image to see it properly. Sue went for a walk up and down the towpath as she is injured for running at present. Neither of us saw any of our 'parkrun regulars', but we are in touch with some of them through a WhatsApp group.
Martha (encountered on her bike yesterday) and I were due to do our 250th parkruns together on 18 April, with lots of cake in attendance. That seems a distant memory of a plan now, especially as we don't have enough flour (and the shop shelves are bare) to make any cake. Unhappy days, but at least Sue and I have an income, unlike millions of others..

Friday 20 March 2020 - A Walk to Dunham Massey

There's not much text here, so feel free to click on a photo and scroll through the short slideshow.
On a lovely sunny (but cool) Friday afternoon, Sue and I escaped from 'C' word despondency for a walk to Dunham Massey and back, from home in Timperley.
Martha passed us on her bike, on the way to Lymm and perhaps beyond. It was good to have a brief chat with her.
Beyond the Bay Malton, a small dog secured to a blue barge admired our freedom to use the towpath.
The light was lovely today. Very clear air; very few aircraft; good views to the Peak District, to Winter Hill and to the windfarms of the South Pennines.
The hawthorn leaves are bursting forth.
This field by the exit to the towpath, is still thoroughly waterlogged.

The National Trust's grounds at Dunham Massey are open to everyone, and family groups were enjoying picnics in the sunshine.
It was busy, but not crowded, with lots of people taking advantage of the fresh air but keeping to themselves. The café was shut.
This is a location where I'll be taking many pictures over the coming months (if allowed). You'll notice how the scene changes over the year when I put them all together in a few months' time.
A sign of the times - posted at all entrances to the park.
Beyond the confines of the park, and before reaching the golf course, there were expansive views over the fields to Winter Hill, standing clearly on the horizon.
There were lots of golfers out on this Friday afternoon. We joked with one whose shot just missed us.
A pigeon near the centre of Altrincham wasn't so lucky, as a sparrowhawk swooped for its lunch of pigeon breast.
After passing St Margaret's, where Sue goes bellringing (the future of that must be in doubt), we headed through Altrincham and Navigation Road to conclude our 12 km stroll in a little over two hours. This was the longest outing to date for my new Scarpa Delta GTX boots; a small ankle rub has now gone, so after about 25 km of use they can be regarded as 'broken in'. I hope they are as good as the previous pair, that are still fully waterproof after over 2500 km of hard use.
All in all, a very pleasant interlude away from (mainly) ongoing depressing news.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Christmas Everyone

With Very Best Wishes from Both of Us

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019 - Dusk in Timperley

Here we are, satisfying all those suffering from 'canal deprivation', with a much requested update on the state of our local canal.

Yesterday, after a hard day in front of a computer screen, I was allowed out briefly by way of a transitional interlude between study and kitchen, for a few contemplative moments beside the Bridgewater Canal, where the Canada geese were choking on their breadcrumbs after being released from the ice, which had thawed during the course of the afternoon.

The 250 year old canal runs absolutely straight for 3.5 km in this section between Sale and Timperley. The recently renewed towpath is one of the busiest pedestrian/cycle ways in Greater Manchester.

Normal service will shortly be resumed...

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Tuesday 19 November 2019 - Frost at Dunham Massey

Sunrise in Timperley, from the warmth of our kitchen, was a wintry vision.
Sue went to work, but Julia and I ventured out into the cool air, choosing the short drive to Dunham Massey, where a thin mist drifted over the lake.
Bridget and a colleague strolled past, in search of 'takings'.
There was much activity around the hall, and in the winter garden, as hordes of folk endeavoured to set up the light show that will open later this week and last until the end of December. Something to look forward to...
Gunshots confirmed that we should limit our range today to the prescribed paths.
These deer would have been wiser to stay our side of the signs.
They had left their purpose built shelter in favour of the dangers of the park.
Autumn seems to be turning to winter.
The Smithy Drive, above, has lost its leaves since 11 October, below.
Bridget and colleague zoomed past in an electric buggy.
Finally, a panoramic view as we returned to the house and car park after our 45 minute stroll.
Click on any image and you should get a better resolution image and access to a slideshow.
We met Bridget for a third time by the Visitor Centre. Usually elusive, she seemed to be everywhere this morning!

Sunday, 20 October 2019

A Quiet Weekend in Timperley

Friday night at Sale Waterside with R + J. Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri. Kiki Dee gained fame many years ago - tonight she played two excellent sets, including the number that got her into Top of the Pops in 1974. She was famed for a while as someone who played a lot with Elton John.
More recently she has enjoyed a lower profile, making music with Carmelo, an accomplished guitarist, for over 25 years.
We really enjoyed the concert, after which everyone*, including Kiki and Carmelo, adjourned to the bar. A really enjoyable evening; thanks Jenny for organising it.
* Well, not quite all the several hundred people who attended!
Saturday morning started, as usual when we are at home, with a parkrun. Today, our 'home' run got the vote, so we joined the 250 participants and 20 volunteers on a fine morning, though soggy under foot. Slow going through the grass. Tris did a fine job as Run Director and everything went smoothly. There was even cake.
Results are .
It was good to see Mark Hunter, who has been battling a serious illness, going slightly faster every week at the moment, though he has a long way to go to get back to last year's times. At least he is running, and it was great to see him looking positive.
Today - - a bit of good exercise before a lazy 'house admin' day...

Monday, 23 September 2019

This, That, and the Other

Is it really a week since we were enjoying the sound of the Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band at Eagley Jazz Club?
It's a couple of kilometres down Park Road from our house to Timperley Village. The road is lined by a mixture of properties and many mature trees. As I walked down the road one day last week I noticed that one of the very healthy looking trees was being trimmed. At least, that's what I thought I saw. Two days later it was clear that 'trim' was something of an understatement. What a shame... The stump, visible on the far right of the following picture, must be at least two metres in diameter.
We've had some lovely weather over the past week, and I enjoyed a sunny walk in rural Cheshire on Friday morning, on which I reported .
Meanwhile, walking down the canal towpath to the shops in Sale was an absolute delight.
Ken and Helen, who live in Ottawa - and who we visit each winter, arrived for a couple of nights. They are seasoned parkrunners, and joined us and 344 others on a delightfully sunny 5 km run on Saturday morning.
Jenn was Run Director for the day and she managed to conduct the formalities without falling from her pedestal! Well done, Jenn.
There was cake. Thanks go to those 'milestone' participants who provided it.
Coffees in the courtyard were consumed in a very jolly atmosphere, and we were delighted to receive a 'hello' message from our friends at Kanata parkrun near Ottawa - Ken and Helen's home run.
Full results are .
Another courtyard, that at Tatton Park, was the venue for lunch, where Ken, Helen, Sue and I were joined by Kate, Jacob and Jessica. No group photo I'm afraid.
Jacob (8), decided to practice being a teenager...
… there was a 'phone under there somewhere.
Everyone else went to look around the gardens. Jacob was glad to discover that we hadn't enough tickets on our National Trust membership for him and me, so the two of us went into the park for a game of frisbee. There were quite a few folk about, so points were scored for 'Random Hits'. I won - 1:0 - scoring with a superb 'bum' hit.
Then we went back to the courtyard, playground, etc.
It's raining now...

Monday, 16 September 2019

Please Pass the Salmon....

Thanks to Millie, Mike and Sarah for hosting an excellent 'salmon' meal last night...