JJ - I've not read "To Kill A Mockingbird" either - but I already have enough 'not read yet' books to keep me going without buying any more.
RF - glad the lurgy has gone and well done re your 28mile week.
HS - I heard about the flooding 'darn sarf' - glad to hear you managed to keep your feet dry. Re the peacock - one of my friends had a phase of always seeing a pheasant on one of her routes. She nicknamed it 'psycho pheasant' as it always chased her (territory-related?)
Red - yes, its the same skinny-dip Hipps did last year (think she's doing it again this year). Fancy joining us then? As its for charidee 'n all (just not your favourite one) Well done re your 2hr plod over fields - hope the yoga-induced aches have gone away.
Ray - well done re 8.5ml run (our 'long' runs are about the same at the mo). I have the same problem with heights - I climbed the harbour bridge in Sydney when we were in Oz and had a couple of wobbly-knees moments.
Columba - glad to hear the knee appears to be healing up. Hope trip to Bristol/Greenwich is enjoyable.
BIW - that "Weinstrasse Tag" sounds great fun - can't think of anything similar here in the UK. Hope for your sake the temperature doesn't climb to 35C. Good luck with your 'homework' learning the rules for the dog exams.
My planned Friday LSR didn't happen so I did 8mls on Saturday instead. I've just been out in the rain and done a 5ml run - nice to see a few other runners out and about - one guy in particular who I crossed paths with three times as he looped around town in the opposite direction!
A running friend recommended Garmin Connect. I tried it in the past but it was horrendously slow. It has improved and my friend also pointed me towards Strava (for logging runs, routes and comparing training). One good thing - Garmin Connect will synchronise with Strava and Fetcheveryone and automatically update them for you (you can even sync Strava with Facebook should you wish to do so)
Margaret and I have decided we've had a long enough break from sorting the new house - so we're getting stuck back in to the various jobs. Margaret finally has a mirror up in the bedroom - hopefully by the end of today the living room mirror will be up as well and she'll have an extra shelf in the larder.
HS - well done re your forest hill session. I see you (and others) mentioning never-ending rain. We haven't had too much here (Cheltenham) - wonder if it's to do with the landscape?
Columba - sorry to hear about your fall - well done for carrying on and hope your knee recovers soon and the other bruising/aches and pains go away. Yes, a skinny-dip in Northumberland on 27th Sep at sunrise. Its going to be cold (I did say we are barmy!!).
JJ - I've yet to make room in my garage to allow me to get my treadmill going again - same goes for my sauna (which we've decided won't fit in a shed alongside the house after all).
The bookshelf I mentioned arrived safely - no books in it yet as other furniture also has to be moved around.
And the second (smaller) tree taking light from our neighbours is down thanks to Mrs WM's son who popped in today and wielded a saw while I was out playing golf!
Off to see my son tomorrow for more house-sorting .. hopefully will manage to get out for a run on Friday.
Columba - perversely I enjoy running in the rain. I have one of those thin hi-viz jackets but haven't needed it for a few months now. But I like the fact I can remove it and tie it round my waist when I've warmed up and/or the rain has stopped.
BIW - and remember to stay clear when Charlie has a good shake after his swim! On a more serious note, well done re the run and swim. Yes, I've never understood the business of not swimming in the rain either.
HS - well done re your 19ml forest run in the rain. Chopping down the remains of that tree was just one of those things that had to be done. I didn't really have the energy but just had to get on with it. I was very weary that evening - all the more reason why I was surprised to do an 8ml run the next day without it feeling like too much effort. It's odd how the weight has been dropping off recently. I may no longer be sat in the office all day but don't feel I'm that much more active Anyway, I'm not complaining!
Red - those new neighbours are useful to know because as locals, they have lots of useful info to pass on and 'contacts' for various jobs. When we told Liz next door the tree was going it was the way she raised her arms in the air and said "Yes, there is a god - my prayers have been answered" that amused us no end. We've never seen someone so happy for ages! My partner Margaret is usually an early-riser unlike me .. I seem to stay up a bit later and am usually in bed until 7:30-8am.
My partner Margaret is out all day tomorrow and we're having a bookshelf delivered. I've not checked what time she is planning to leave but hoping I'll have time for an early run beforehand (assuming I don't ignore the alarm and am up early enough a la Redhead).
We've just booked ourselves 11 nights in Fuerteventura at the end of October - this will be the 'proper' holiday we promised ourselves after our house move. We're having a week away at the end of September before that. We're heading to Northumberland for a charity skinny-dip (yes, we're both completely barmy!) and visiting friends in Lincolnshire and relatives in Newcastle on the way.
HS - my friend Alan and I both keep records of our golf scores (and joke we still use spreadsheets despite being retired). Good 'classic' club session there especially as it included a hill on a sprint section.
Red - have only seen a kingfisher twice. Re nuisance calls - TPS is only a voluntary scheme so 'they' can ignore it if they choose (and they do). Best to research the latest phones which now have call handling/intervening/blocking features built in.
Columba - enjoy your tapering and don't be tempted to overdo things.
Ray - good idea to do some 'run as you feel' sessions .. hope you enjoyed lunch with the family today.
JJ - congrats on the new addition to the grandchildren.
How to make friends with the new neighbours - chop down an 8' conifer that makes one of their rooms dark. They will be so pleased they'll bring their trailer round so you can load it with the branches and they'll take it all away for you! The neighbour the other side was also applauding me attacking the tree - she sees it from her window and has always hated it
Surprised myself earlier - after yesterday's energetic pursuits (sorting the garage at my house then chopping down the tree) I went out this morning with no great expectations. I managed 8mls for #buggeralleffort and I think that's the longest run I've done for quite a while. Even better, because I was out early I missed the heavy rain. And when I jumped on the scales I had lost another pound and am now 13st 9lbs (the lowest weight I have been since 2002 when I started tracking my weight).
Off for a swim soon (well, more of a leisurely paddle and chat in the shallow end if I'm honest!)